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

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Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37Best Of Beer Camp: Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Hojaminbag on 05-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 297 | Ratings: 441
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

medium amber color with a minimal head that did have some nice lacing bouncing around the edges of the glass and sticking quite nicely. Light carbonation could be seen streaming up, but the overall look was a nice light caramel brown. The aroma was full of roasted nuts, caramel, earthy hops, hints of bready grains and touches of light fruit notes that blended in quite nicely I had to admit. A bit light and not as in your face as I would have liked it but it was still pretty good. Same goes for the flavor, nicely well rounded and full of deep resonant notes, but it still needed that little extra push to make it over the top. Nice clean finish was medium bodied and slightly slick

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to abru17 for hooking me up with this bottle -cheers buddy!
Poured chilled from the short 12oz into a Duvel tulip.

A nice hazed amber like honey with thick cap of cream that settles to about a 1/2 inch with a microbead. The aroma is very full of banana esters and seems like a weizen in general with some light clove and mild alcohol odors, but very bready scent with yeast aroma the dominant smell. There is perhaps a tinge of hops in the background but very mild. The feel is good but a little sweet with full body and mild carbonation and gentle spice with a semi dry and light heat in the finish.

The taste of Beer Camp Weizenbock is lightly fruity to start- not as much banana in the flavor as the aroma and more creaminess than spice, but slight tanginess of yeast comes in with gentle pepper in the tail end. The light toasted and ripe banana leads to a slight flavor of alcohol and caramel as it finishes with a moderately sweet malt and yeast synergy. I like how creamy it seems with each sip letting you know you are getting your money's worth in wheat and yeast. I enjoyed this particular beer and was satisfied with the Sierra Nevada attempt, but there are much better examples of the style out there. I just feel it is missing something...perhaps complexity

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

A: The beer pours a hazed golden orange color with a finger or two of off-white head.

S: Big time banana to the nose. A moderate spice character, mostly clove, with plenty of sweet bread and caramel malts. Nice wheat character and a hint of bubblegum.

T: Great banana flavor along with some hints of orange. Clove gives a nice spiciness to the beer and there is plenty of sweet bread, toffee, and wheat. Really a nice flavor.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Easily the best beer in the Beer Camp pack and a pretty solid beer all around.

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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 TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

My second beer from the Camp pack. It pours a hazy auburn-orange topped by a strong finger of cream foam. The nose comprises orange zest, white bread, light clove, and a touch of coriander. The taste really amps up the spicier notes, with clove, cardamom, and black pepper taking center stage. A strong orange contingent comes roaring behind it, backed-up by a nice bit of mild honey. The finish tapers off with a dash of yeast. Thee body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. Overall, a very nice w-bock, something I could easily see drinking many bottles of if given the chance.

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

Good thick head that leaves plentiful lace.  Golden color with lots cloudiness.

Strong wheat aroma.  Slightly sweet.

Buttery, wheat flavor.  By the swallow, there's a sourness that reminds me of lemon zest with a touch alcohol warmth.  Alcohol is present but definitely in the background.  The body is full, but the carbonation is equally high.  The aftertaste is mild and short lasting. In short, this is a traditional wheat beer with a little alcohol punch.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm loving this beer this should become some type of seasonal specialty for Sierra Nevada, solid esters/fruit/clove going on withing moderate strength wheat beer. Appears like a clouded ripened banana orange smoothie with a bright white head glowing bright. Speckled lacing scatters the sides of my Weihenstephaner glass. Aroma let's a bit of booze hit my nares but a nice spicy banana/clove and mild citrus twang flows pretty nicely with each sniff. Flavor is a robust kellerweiss which I happen to love just enough alcohol strength peaks through with the waves of banana bread/clove/and mild citrus notes. Super sweet mix of alcohol/ripe banana/clove and mild citrus left behind, a big beer from Sierra Nevada in flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth for how much malt and sweetness in the flavor, juicy ripened bananas explodes on the palate. A soothing layer of alcohol with nutty dry yeast notes. Overall flavor is pretty satisfying along with expressive big wheat beer something you don't find very often from an American craft beer producer.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks go to Kegatron for gifting me with all 4 of these "best of beer camp" brews.

Standard stubby 12oz SN brown bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This brew appears a clouded deep orange to light brown coloration. The cap appears more than a finger strong, thick and creamy and slightly off-white. It is composed of rather large bubbles and has pretty solid retention. Patches of lace cling to the glass with every sip.

The aroma right out the bottle is initially a little green and yeasty with some chlorinated and sulfuric qualities that were not all that enjoyable and distracting. As it opens up, it displays a deep fruited quality mixed with a spicy scent of cloves and faint banana notes. The fruited quality is a bit sharp almost lemony and citrus-like. More smells of the brew reveal some of the previously described sulfuric quality mingling behind the pleasant notes of this brew's nose. The smell of this brew is a perfect example of how a brew can evolve the longer it rests inside your glass and you give it time.

The taste is sharp and crisp for the style. A citrus fruit quality is present that blends into the thick maltiness and more fruited quality of this brew. Suggestions of banana and mild peppery notes are throughout mixed with a spiciness of clove. This brew really lets the malt play through the background and totally focus on the yeast and alcohol characteristics. It is well balanced and quite enjoyable. The more sips I take, the more it warms up to me and I enjoy it.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a very prickly feel to the modest level of carbonation. It is hearty and warming for the style. The nearly 7% abv is not hidden at all in both flavor and warming factor down the back of the throat. This is a fairly solid representation of the style and I enjoyed it more than my reviewing score would lead you to believe. It is worth a try.

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