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 Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous overflowing head, gone three minutes later Cloudy orange highlighted body, one-eighth inch retained head. Sweet malty aromas, and bannana. Above average body and mouthfeel, good weizenbock, some bannana, a little pepper. Above average carbonation.Very drinkable. Drying finish.Beer camp box, a good buy.
I had this on tap two months lter, not as good on tap.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, creamy taste, easy to drink with mild to medium body. Only a subtle after taste which is pleasant.

Cloudy, yellow-amber color. Formed good foamy head.

Compatible with multiple foods. The first I have had of this style. Look forward to trying others.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great smell, but the flavors are more earthy than I was expecting.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a muddy orange color with basically no head on top. The beer didn't really have any lacing either. The look was a bit disappointing to me. The smell of the beer had a lot of clove aromas and fresh wheat. Some nice malt aromas in there too. The taste is a lot like a really spicy hefeweizen at first then it switches over to a big malty bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel has a good bite to it, goes down pretty easy too. Overall I like it but I didn't love it.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy pale yellow in color and poured with a two finger high dense off white head that slowly died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of banana, clove, wheat and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink compared to others in the style, especially considering its lower alcohol content.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp collection. Pours a cloudy light orange color, very little head to it and no lacing.. a bit disappointing. Faint aroma to it as well. Taste is actually pretty good, nice crispness to it and well balanced. The dark fruit-like flavors really come through. Mouthfeel is pretty good, solid beer all around. Hides its ABV well and is quite smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surely surprised to see a growler of this beer sitting in front of me. I didn't expect to see this beer so soon.

The beer opens with a golden-straw color, assertive haze, fantastic head formation and lacing that lasts the session. Although I expect a bit darker color, the beer has an impressive appearance.

Rich, fruity aromas of cookie dough, yeast, and fresh baked breads are backed up with bananna, apples, pineapples, mangos, appricots, and papayas. Spicy, yeasty aromas also deliver a lot of clove and pepper notes. The spices twirl around a significant hop scent as well.

The aromas blend well into flavor. The fruitiness and bready malts swirl into a richly sweet taste, also bringing bubblegum and Fruity Pebbles cereal. Decorated with the clove, cumin, corriander, white pepper; this beer pulls no punches with complexity. Hop flavor is also abundant and gives a lot of freshness to the taste.

The beer is very full, rich, and almost too sweet upfront. As the fruits and breads subside and allow the peppery spices and hop bitterness to set in, the beer balances out quite well. Very smooth, creamy, and a joy to drink.

This is a terrific beer, but I would think that the fruity, bready sweetness would wear on me after any more than a pint at a time. I would prefer a more Bock-like toastiness, boldness, and melanoidin character to add even more complexity and balance to the beer. On the other hand, I love the fresh hop character of the beer for a snappy and clean texture and finishing flavor.

Thanks Mike.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Fresh out of the fridge, but not too cold. Acquired as part of the beer camp pack, at Wally's Wine.

A: Pours a four finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a hazy copper.

Sm: Definitely a wheat foundation. Some citrusy notes are present: orange and light lemon. Also, banana and clove are in there to be sure. No alcohol comes through. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: The wheat base is complemented nicely by the banana and clove. The orange is present but unfortunately restrained. Well balanced, but a bit simple and without any bold dominant flavours. A bit boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a bit undercarbonated. Also, a touch thin. It does complement the flavour, but it doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable enough, but lacking a bold or inspired quality. It's fairly priced, but boring. Where's the beef?

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it pours a murky dark orange, very cloudy and murky with yeast trub. Fluffy cap of white foam that lingers for a good five minutes, with a layer of opaque yeast resting just under the surface until the first sip.

Banana creme pie aroma that jumps out first, softly sweet and wheaty, with some clove phenols as it warms. Later on it loses the banana to some degree, favoring wheat and spice.

Creamy feel with lots of ripe banana flavors. Clove, cracked wheat, light apricot notes. Lightly sweet but not cloying, and slightly dry in the finish. Mellow, medium bodied with a light lingering note of spicy clove. Overall a pretty good rendition.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey/amber color bock with a good size foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar and light wheat notes with some caramel also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some deep caramel malt notes with some residual sugars with some wheat malt. A bit low on ester for the style in my opinion. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I find that additional focus on ester with less residual sugars would be best.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow/amber color with two fingers of foamy white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Lots of banana and spices, wheat and mild citrus notes.

Taste: As in the smell, lots of banana and spices. Very crisp and a bit sweet. Mild citrus notes and an herbal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth carbonation with a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really nice warm weather beer. The fruit and spice notes combine well. One of my favorites I've had from this style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden/orange color with a one-finger, egg shell white head of bubbly foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and of dark fruits. There was a yeasty presence, too.

T - It tasted of dried fruits - apple, plum and raisin. It had a sweet caramel taste with a touch of cracked wheat.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale that finished clean and dry.

O - This is a really tasty weizenbock. I love this style and glad Sierra Nevada released this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up at State Line in Elkton. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours a slightly-cloudy dark yellow color with a thin white head. Short retention time and not much lacing to speak of. Good thin cap throughout. The nose brings some nice banana and clove and a bit of bready malt in the background. The flavor mixes the yeast and malt quite well, with a nice clove spice to go with mild fruit and a bit of bread. Medium body with low carbonation; incredibly smooth and drinkable. No noticeable alcohol. Really a well done brew that is at the top of its style.

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very thick and creamy. A lot of yeast in this one. 1 finger of white head with good retention and lace. Color is a super hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Orange peel., bananas, lemon zest, cloves, spices, yeast, bready malts, and some caramel. More of a wheat.

Taste: Matches the nose but, but it has a much fruiter flavor and a more developed malt profile bring out a lot of bock flavors. A lot of caramel and toffee with some darker fruits.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and spritzy. High carbonation..way to much. Light to medium bodied. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, it wasn't my favorite weizenbock, but it wasn't bad. Too much wheat flavors and not enough bock flavors. Missed the chocolate on this one.

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Photo of superspak
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 4/5/2011. Pours hazy golden orange color with a foamy 2 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace. Minimal wisps of lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big grape, banana, pear, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Some pretty nice aromas that are a bit faint. Taste of banana, clove, grape, lemon, bread, wheat, pepper, floral, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Quite dry on the finish; with small lingering notes of banana, bread, wheat, pepper, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very easy to drink as well. Overall this is a nice weizen bock. Nice flavor balance and very easy to drink. It was not as robust as I was hoping for, and a it feels a bit basic. Enjoyable, but lacks character.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The foam settles fairly slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Notes of banana bread and raisins with a little bit of honey.

T - Cloves and bready malt up front with a little bit of caramel. Some banana character begins to come out in the middle with more light caramel. The finish is full of banana and vanilla with a spicy note of lingering clove.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A nice interpretation of the style. I was a bit unimpressed at first, but as it warmed, the banana bread character became more prevalent and it began to work nicely with the creamy body.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse glass a murky mix of lemon and tea with a large blooming head that never really goes away,multiple chunks of lace left behind.Mainly phenols in the nose with a little toasty wheat malt,the alcohol seems to be well hidden with no real sweetness of it showing thru.Lighter on the palate and feel for the style but its not a bad thing,phenols and a little vanilla,with some of the toasted wheat malt.Its drinkability for the style is very high,pretty darn good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy and fluffy head of almost 2 fingers rises and fades at a medium pace, with a bit of lacing, over ridiculously hazy nectar orange carrot colored beer.

Nose has a nice weizenbock, lots of wheat, light yeast, plenty of citrus, orange rind, floral, light spices, touch of banana.

Taste starts slightly sweet, plenty of wheat, almost creamy, light yeast, tons of citrus, little bitter and sweet orange peel, light spices, touch of coriander, light floral like flower taste, little banana, little sticky syrupy sweetness. Finishes still a bit sticky, slightly dry but not as much as I expected, lingering spices and orange.

Mouth is medium bodied, a little creamy, decent carbonation but lower than I expected and a creamy carbonation not the small bubbles and lots of carbonation I expected in a weizenbock.

Overall not bad, not what I expected, the mouth is a little flat and not what I expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada "Best of Beer Camp" Weizenbock

Appearance: Typical appearance: orange-amber body beneath a frothy head of white. Average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Clove. Doughy malt.

Taste: Sweet, doughy, wheaty malt. Sugary. Clove. The alcohol never shows.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Crisp carbonation.

Overall: Quite pleasant.

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Photo of chinchill
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from 2011 Beer Camp mix pack that had just arrived at retailer. Served in a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a super creamy and very high bone-colored head. Head has excellent retention and more than 2 pours were required to get this in my glass. {A 2nd bottle only produced a modest but durable white head} Cloudy, unfiltered look. Limited lacing.

S: Yeasty and wheaty with clove, citrus and banana tones. Perhaps not bad for style but not to my taste.

T: Low levels of bitter, sweet and sour largely in balance, but with a sweet start and a sour finish. Hints of citrus under clove, banana, and light malt. Well done but not really my cup of tea.

M: medium/thin body; low but fine carbonation; after a bit of crispness initially it is quite soft

O: My first beer from the Beer Camp. Given my love for Sierra Nevada Brewing, this one was a little disappointing but ... Not a favorite style, but clearly a step above average for style IMO.

(revised 6/15/2011 with 2nd tasting)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -1%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas and caramel come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fruity Hefeweizen flavors. Big on the cloves and even a touch of coriander. Rich and creamy mouthfeel, which is what I like about the authentic German beers. Head lasts nicely. Quite sweet, malty without being sticky. Just a nice touch of hops with a big spicy flavor. Interesting fruity nose with plenty of cloves.

A very sensuous beer and a real pleasure to drink. Clean and floral. One of the best new beers I've had this year.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Pack - $16.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, grubby orange body with an initially lofty, white head.

Smell: Tangy and tart aroma of not-quite-fully-baked yeasty wheat loaf, clover honey, cloves, and dried lemon. Though, as it warms, a quality of cloves soaked in a clean, quality spirit begins to dominate.

Taste: Sweet honey suspectly dosed with a pinch more turbinado glazed over bready malted wheat preclude the expected elements of banana puddin', ground cloves, and a garnish-worthy lemon wedge. Small snippet of yeasty dough and Dubble Bubble. The unapologetically growing clove spiciness mingles with some slight tartness and a bit of alcoholic warmth. Slice of farm-fresh apple. Low bitterness. Tangy, semi-sweet, and creamy on the finish with a little lingering warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body fluffed up with ample carbonation and the generous maltiness.

Overall: Oh, I quaffed it.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy light orange, reminds me of pulpy orange juice, with a small white head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S: A good bit of banana right away, heavy spices with cloves and nutmeg. There is a little bit of orange and some bready malt.

T: The flavor profile is a combination of orange and banana with some heavy spices, similar to the aroma. There is a good bit of bready malt and wheat on the backend.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

O: A solid beer, thought it was going to be a bit lighter in color, but not something I am docking it for, just different than expected. Easy drinking with a nice flavor profile, but not something I want to drink all the time.

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