Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp)

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rayjay on 01-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of sullied
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy orange color with a small amount of head that dissipated after a bit.

Smell: Citrus smell is the strongest smell but a bit of a bread like smell under it. A hint of a sour note on the nose as well.

Taste: Wonderful. This is one of the best tasting beers I've had to date. It has a nice citrus flavor well balanced by the wheat flavor. A little sweet, but still has a bit of hop flavor as well. Aftertaste is a nice bread like flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick leaving the mouth slightly dry. Very nice.

Overall: From the moment I began pouring this into my glass to the very end of the glass, this was the best overall beer I've had to date. Highly recommend to anyone that likes a good wheat beer (my favorite style).

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Photo of russpowell
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazed honey/apricot color with 2 fingers of ivory head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Cloves, breadyness & phenolic notes

T: Sweet breadyness, figs & apricots mix with green apple peels & green banana, plus cloves up front. Slight smokeyness, more green banana & cloves once this warms, a touch of boozeyness nixes with juicy fruit, plus white pepper. Finishes fruitty, juicy & with nice banana peel notes

MF: Medium bodied,carbonation is subtle & really pushes the flavor

Super example of the style, I really can't find any fault at all this, great quencher n another 100 degree day!

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml into a stein.

A-Beautiful cloudy burnt orange with a 2cm white head, fading quickly.

S-Strong ripe banana and bubblegum.

T-Very sweet, candy rich, and heavy almost syrupy but enough carbonation to keep it from cloying. Dense and moist like banana bread, with a hint of bitterness that was similar to unripe fruit, but this provided a nice complement to the banana/gum sweetness.

M-Extremely creamy, almost like drinking a milk stout on nitro. Velvet.

O-An amazingly rich and warming beer.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque hazy orange with a thin skim of white bubbles.

S: wheat, caramel and toffee. Banana bread and mild green apples.

T: more biscuit and banana bread than the nose but basically the same. Caramel and honey right off the bat. The fruits and spices come in fast and strong but the new honey taste lingers throughout and hangs on the tongue.

MF: full flavor and medium body with great effervescence and sweetness.

O: great weizenbock!!! I would buy sixers if not twelve packs of this only.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...this is by far my favorite of the beer camp beers, really an awesome brew...big straw yellow cloudy body with generous head. Tons of nose of wheat and yeast funk...they nailed both the weizen and the bock, so to speak...I mean nailed it, it's great, with just enough noble hops to balance it and nothing more. It's very rare that I would say this about the aroma of an American edition of a German style, but it competes with the best Germans. Taste follows suit, with big wheat and fruity characteristics. Mouthfeel is robust, energetic and quite simply, flawless. Overall, try it if you find it. Great beer.

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Photo of dcook11
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a flute glass. Thick white head, cloudy orangish hue with some lacing and a pencil thin that maintains after the initial larger head fades. The smell is delicious. Banana, clove, some taffy (banana taffy). Smells amazing. The taste is off bannana cloves, spices, hops. the mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Overall, i love this beer. Man i wish this was year round and in six packs.

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Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy golden color with a massive white head that had excellant retention. Huge chunks of lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma is thick with yeasty esters. Heavy with banana and clove aromas.

One of the better tasting weizenbocks around. I would have to have this side by side with an Aventinus and see how this truely compares. The yeast really did their work. Flavors of bananas and bubble gum. A little alcohol warmth in the finish.

Soft, creamy texture with a larger than typical body for a wheat beer. Perfectly carbonated. Do not know how it could get better.

Did not expect much from this beer since I have not been impressed with Sierra Nevada's previous wheat beers. But this one could be one of the best ever crafted.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden yellow/orangish color with an off-white head with excellent lacing and retention qualities. Looks fantastic.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The aroma is sweet and malty with some spices (clove), banana, and yeast. There is no sign of alcohol in the nose whatsoever. Smells great!

T- The taste is equally as good as the aroma. The taste starts out with a lot of sweetness with some wheat and banana. The clove flavors come in next along with some yeast and a touch of warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Really nice!

O- Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I would love to see this one in the regular rotation from Sierra Nevada. Highly recommended!

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Photo of gpogo
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Completely opaque hazy golden brown. Large light brown/cream colored head.

A- Very wheaty malt aroma. Spicy cloves and bananas dominate.

T- Wheaty flavor. Tastes like a field of wheat in your mouth. Clove and banana, as it warms it has less and less of a spiciness. Crisp finish.

M- Medium-full bodied; smooth, but with a spiciness. Moderate carbonation.

D- This is a great Weizenbock and one of my favorite beers in the beer camp collection. Check it out.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy golden color. Firm foamy head dissipates to a thin white layer. A little lacing, but not much.

Smells of sweet bananas and cloves. Hints of sweetness in the background.

A wonderful banana and clove taste. A little citrus in the end. Some banana that lingers. Reminds me of a traditional German Hefe.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front. Full body, with carbonation that lingers in the end. A smooth delightful beer.

I love German Hefe's, and I wish I could get this beer year round!

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Duvel tulip with a heavy white head that left some lacing.

Very hazy pour with plenty of yeast at the bottom.

Aroma of heavy overripe banana, cloves, white pepper, belgian yeast, and Bazooka original bubblegum.

Taste is great, nice and spicy with mild spices, strong banana and clove flavors and an unreal bubblegum flavor. This is by far the strongest "original bubblegum" flavored beer I have ever had and i would say this is the best beer in the mixed Beer camp package. There is a medium to thicker body for a weizenbock which is really done well. I would get this year round if they were to offer it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, peachy yellow with a creamy white head. Decent retention but little lace.
Smell is amazing. Malt, citrus, pepper, clove and a hint of wet cardboard.
Taste is even more involved. Malt, citrus, vanilla, pepper and other spices, melon.
Rich with a tanginess/tartness and a refreshing aspect that masks the apparent weight of the beer. This is really good. Full bodied with a medium effervescence. Finish is both tangy and mellow. So glad I had this.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy appearance with creamy white head atop a deep dark golden cloudy body of weizenbock. Nose is a delight with loads of bready/yeasty aromas, along with some spices & citrus. Palate is quite creamy, yet not too heavy to loose drinkability. Gorgeous mingle of wheat, bready flavors, citrus, spice, and a zesty carbonation level that carries nicely through the finish.

Brewed in the lighter weizenbock way, similar to Vitus, compared to the more dunkel versions like Aventinus.

A must try.

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Photo of swooshjtb
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a goblet style glass.

Weizenbock pours a cloudy, amber color with a thick white head.

I could smell this beer from a few feet away. It smells of citrus and sour malts that I usually associate with hefeweizens. However, there is also a hint of banana in the smell.

Initially, the taste offers citrus, spices, and a small amount of banana. The malty taste follows on the way down the hatch. Honestly, one the best tasting hefeweizens I have had in a while. The mouthfeel is very smooth and slightly under carbonated in a good way.

Overall, this is another great offering Sierra Nevada. I really like this beer. It's great in the summer and goes down smoothly.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. Definitely (and thankfully) unfiltered. The tall, densely foamy head has a soft orange tint. Retention is very nice, and splotches of sticky lace stick to the glass.

S: Tangy notes of bready wheat malt and the trademark yeast esters. Banana, bubblegum, and peppery spice are quite vibrant. There's also some orchard fruit (golden apples/pears) for good measure. Light clove. Highly enjoyable so far.

T: Some bready maltiness up front, with a pleasant wheaty crispness. Yeast flavors take center stage. Bubblegum, banana, clove, pepper, and some mild fruitiness are all readily available. A low level of hop bitterness keeps things relatively balanced. Alcohol is undetectable, although the abv seems to be on the lower end of the spectrum for this style.

M: Medium bodied. Quite creamy overall, with smooth, light carbonation. A light level of crispness up front prevents it from becoming too soft overall.

D: This is an excellent American weizenbock. The aroma and flavor are vibrantly, complexly yeasty. Despite the complexity, this drinks very easily and boasts a refined mouthfeel. There's a lot to like about this one - definitely the standout from the Beer Camp mixed pack.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. We're well past cloudy into murky territory here. Huge initial head, but it's a thick skim that lingers. Attractive streaks of lace.

Massive fresh banana aromas backed up with hearty doses of clove and lemon. Yeasty and very lively. Somehow juicy and bready at once; it sounds odd, but works quite well. Bubblegum and clove bring the sweetness, but the wheat's up to the challenge and provides a nice bite. Thickish with a coating feel. A fruity mix of bananas, apples and grapes tossed with lemon juice lingers.

Overall impression: Explosively fresh and flavorful. Well done. My favorite of the Beer Camp brews.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it took over 2 years for it to finally happen, but the other day I was able to sample again the excellent SN weizenbock I had in SoCal a few years back.

On tap at Max's.

The SN weizen pours a somewhat cloudy amber orange color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is textbook weizenbock, with banana, clove, brown sugar and a hint of chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, though I was happy to see that it was not overly sweet or spicey. Also, while the beer had something of a creamy mouthfeel, it was still light on the palate and very drinkable.

Don't see all that many domestic weizenbocks, and frankly I'd be hard put to think of a better one than this. Impressive stuff...

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Photo of Fernans
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at Boston Beerfest, then bought the 12. What a top notch beer. Weizens are not my favorite style, but this is exceptional.
App: Cloudy yellow/orange
Smell: Bananas, hints of flowers or cloves
Taste: Slightly toasty, wheaty, great
Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, smooth with just slight carbonation

This is a really good beer. They should just make 12 packs of this stuff. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark lemony yellow with a small dusty white crown of foam. Keeps itself a tight skim the entire session. Some spotty lacing.

Wonderfully complex and bountifully pleasant nose of dark soggy citrus that seems a mellow mix of mango, tangerine, melon, and starfruit. Quite doughy too with nice notes to clove and phenolic spice.

Smooth yummy taste of firm mellowing citrusy things, make yourself a dark-sided melonyness, mango, blood orange, lemon, berry smoothie laced with clove. And blam-O you have this wonderfully tangy sweet malty treat. Nice background of doughy breadyness while the spices left lingering are spot on perfectly balanced.

Firm, smooth, lofty, large medium body with a small spiked touch of German hefe-like fluffy bitten carbonation. And at 6.8% you can have a number of these without to much head buzzing hassle. A terrific showcase of the style.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a very hazy yellow color that has some orange tints too it. It has a small 1-finger white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some decent lacing behind.

S - It has a big smell of banana right off the bat. There are also notes of lemon, clove, and other spices. Mmm this smells excellent.

T - The taste also has a big banana flavor right away. Other than that there are some nice lemon and spice notes that accompany it. Also, there is some nice light maltiness, some yeast funkiness, wheat, light hops, and some clove. The finish leaves some lingering spice notes behind.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down smooth, and it has a super creamy feel to it. This is a super refreshing beer. There are some spice notes left lingering in the finish.

O - This has awesome drinkability. I could easily drink a bunch of these. It is just a great beer overall. I really hope they consider keeping this beer around. I definitely recommend trying this. I look forward to having more.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.
Pours a very cloudy orange amber. Thin white head, but nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, wheat , clove and light citrus. Sweet caramel malt, citrus, wheat. Everything comes together for a pleasant flavor combination and finish. Somewhat complex flavor. This is an excellent wheat beer. It leans more towards a hefeweizen to my taste, but really enjoyed it and I'm not going to argue.

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Photo of rayjay
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery.

Very pale and very hazy. Big white wheat beer foam with great staying power. I suppose I was expecting a darker beer (I come from a Victory Moonglow background) but this looks great.

Loads of esters, clove, banana, roasted plantains, noble German hop aroma, vanilla, cilantro, bubble gum, and a touch of alcohol.

Extreme drinkability! Alcohol is barely noticable, and the firm malt body doesn't weigh down your stomach like some SN beers do. Gentle sweetness and strong bitterness, traditional German beer done American style. Flavors come together perfectly; rich esters, malty sweetness, hop bitterness, great spicy wheat beer yeast characters. A touch of black pepper and bubble gum.

This venture outside the pale-and-hoppy-ale-with-carmel-malt realm proves that SN is way more than a one trick pony. i hope they continue to produce quality German style beers, mostly to feed my German beer kick I'm on.

Seek out this along with the Ruthless Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the last 12 pack on the island...yes.

A - sexy yellow/amber color, huge head

S - everything you want a wheat beer to smell like...germany...but yet california, banana, clove, hint of citrus

T/M - malty, creamy, sweet but not over powering

o - wheat beers are hard to session for long periods but this is just damn tasty.

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Photo of heymikew
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a sucker for a cool wheat brew on a hot summer day and this fit the bill nicely, Labor Day 2011
I only wish it was deemed worthy of further production,' cause I'd buy it regularly.

Pours out cloudy and thick, straw-yellow, with a foamy heady that doesn't last long. A little swirl halfway through helps open it up

Creamy banana shake mouth feel. Yummy with a hint of clove.
Perfect for the style

Dear SNBC, Please make more!

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Photo of Shaw
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

They don't look any better than this: Cloudy golden in color with a big foamy head that doesn't vanish. Nice!

Big aroma of cloves and spices with a hint of green banana.

The taste is excellent: It's fruity, spicy and sweet with a complex flavor. It's like a hefeweizen pumped up a bit, but not too much. Of course, that's why it's a weizenbock.

A very nice, creamy and slick body.

I'm a hophead, but this beer shows you don't need lots of hops to make an excellent brew. There really isn't any room for improvement with this beer. Sierra Nevada puts the Germans on notice. Seek this -- and its Beer Camp brethren -- out.

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