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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Reviews: 391 | Ratings: 612
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 6/4/11

Aroma - Banana and clove delicious, a very good balance of aromas

Appearance - Cloudy with a good amount of carbonation. A muddy yellow that is darker than yellow but lighter than orange.

Taste - Sharp spice that is pretty much up to style but not as complex as some. Still a very good weizenbock level of spiciness.

Notes - Medium mouthfeel that is well cut with the high carbonation levels. This would be a good Aventinus substitute if readily available.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Hazy apricot body. White head sits low with ok retention and lace.

S – Great nose. Mimosas, cherry jello, and banana jump out of the glass with a nice, light, boozy backdrop.

T – Sweet and fruity up front with a nice acidity. Honey, blood orange and grapefruit. Huge banana bread center loaded with bananas, bready malt, and walnuts.

M – Bright, refreshing carbonation does a great job of keeping the huge flavor profile in check. Medium light body.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a gigantic size frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for a very long time.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, coriander/cloves, bananas

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a high amount of carbonation and I can taste lemons and yeast mixed with coriander/cloves. There is a lot of of ripe banana flavour mixed with bread/wheat. It ends with a banana and lemon slightly tart and spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Another delicious beer from Sierra Nevada. It has a nice full and sweet flavour that keeps you wanting more. I'll buy this beer again the next time I see it.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the beer I had at the Sierra Nevada beer dinner at Kickbacks. ni ce bneer, big banana, medium bodied. Was a great night. Had amazingly paired food with one of my all time favorite breweries. I would love to have this beer again as well as others from the night.

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

Pours a deep rusty orange colour, fairly cloudy. Off-white head of small bubbles dissipates quickly but leaves a thin film of lace behind. Moderate bead. I like my weizenbocks dark, but I'm also aware that styles are open to interpretation. Still, not overly exciting anyway.

Smells quite Belgian, actually. Plenty of clovey spice with a hint of nutmeg, pepper, but it has an almost saisony funk to it as well, possible just because of the green-ness of the fruit esters it's giving off. Maybe needs a bit more sweetness to add a 'bock' element - it's all spiced pear and maybe a hint of banana, but all spice and just slight sourness.

Taste is again largely spice and fruit. Quite fruity on the front - apple and pear with a good quantity of banana coming up behind. Sweeter, with the fruit dominating to late-mid with a warm kiss of booze to accompany it - sherry and a touch of brandy. Finishes with a pleasant weizeny spice - green pepper with clove and cinnamon. Quite tangy on the back with a touch of astringency from the spice, but it's a pleasant fruity palate overall - not too big that it loses the development of flavour. Enjoyable, but not mind-blowingly good.

Bit of zip on the back, from the yeast. Bit of carbonation, bit of booze, but no hegemonic texture so it's quite well balanced. Good for style.

Yeah, a good, big weizen. I did love the Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss, and the question must be raised as to whether this is just a big version? It's bigger, but not really more complex or interesting. It's only 6.6%, so I feel like if they upped the malt a bit more, made it even bigger and sweeter it could be spectacular.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an inperial pint.

A: Pours a completely clouded, apricot nectar color with 1/2 a finger of creamy, off white foam on top. Retention was short lived and there wasn't much lace, but it was nice to look at.

S: Initial aromas were strong in the banana and clove camp with caramel and spiced apple cider making an appearance as it warmed a bit.

T: See above.

M: Big and chewy with a suprising amount of alcohol zest.

O: Pretty good. I was a little suprised at how the alcohol played out on my tongue, but the body was thick enough to counter that.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fast disappearing heard but with sticky lacing. Color is very murky orange juice. The smell of banana is dominant here with a black pepper twist. Taste is very sweet and slick banana with a bit of a citrus undertone in the back end. Sweet up front and a bit tart and tangy twist. Delicious! Carbonation and slick oily mouthfeel is most balanced I ever had in beer. Spot on. I for some reason had been holding back on drinking these. Now I am going to want more. Great addition to the beer camp series.

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Photo of stewart124
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer camp 12pack

Hazy orange with a whispy white head. Lots of banana and tons of spice in the nose.

Big banana/clove characters and a bigger mouthfeel than I expected. There are plenty of fruity esters and a nice light fruity caramel note. Finishes dry.

A very nice weizenbock from Sierra Nevada.

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

Review from a few days ago

Mango syrup appearance, good head and lacing.

Smell is lots of wheat and banana. A little bit of sour, milky malt. Fermenting fruits. Yeast and concrete.

Taste is massive banana and citrus / mango. Quite sour and lemonadey. Very estery.

Mouthfeel is medium and sour with quite a decent amount of carb. Also some sweetness, a little too much.

A well-made Weizenbock; Vitus-style rather than Aventinus-style. Too sweet though.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel and bananas, with some brown sugar and wheat mixed in. It smells what I expect a weizenbock to smell like. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of caramel-covered banana notes with some brown sugar adding some nice sweetness to the beer. The alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to weizen glass. Beer Camp #37. Sampled 6/28/11.

A: Four fingers of an off-white, yellow tinted foam fades slowly into a lumpy cap. The texture is creamy and frothy. The color of the body is a cloudy gradient ranging from medium-light to medium-dark, and from golden yellow to orange. Deposits of thick, loosely slung lace adorn the glass.

S: The nose is textbook weizenbock. Wheaty, lightly spicy, clovey with a strong estery banana at the center of it all. The hop character is masked completely. Deeper layers of aroma reveal overly ripe honeydew.

T: The balance between clove and banana is much appreciated. Too often I am overwhelmed by one or the other. This beer manages a slick transformation between the two, where it starts out dominated by banana and, as the beer warms, fades into clove forward notes.

M: Creamy and thick but with a disappointingly gentle effervescence.

O: Nowhere near a miss, but not the highlight of the mixed case either.

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Photo of portia99
2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle that got lost in the back of the fridge for a couple of months...poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed golden orange color with a thin finger of foam cap with a white color. Head dissipates fairly quickly down to a rocky uneven collar.

S - Hmm...not getting much of anything. With a struggle, I pick up some cloves and a bit of wheat...but really not much of anything there.

T - Bubble gum, cloves, wheat, spices, sugary sweetness, a bit of alcohol, grainy and cereally.

M - Tingly mid level carbonation over a medium body. Fruity and bubblegum flavors dominate and linger well past the swallow.

O - Not my favorite style and certainly not one of the best examples of the style out there. Seemed very simple and lacking in complexity and/or nuance. Definitely drinkable, but lacking anything extraordinary. A rare miss from Sierra Nevada for me.

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Photo of foles
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, minimal head and carbonation. Typical weizen nose characteristics which die off with the head - some alcohol present on the nose. Some spice, clove, but with overbearing alcohol on the palate.

Not rich enough in flavour to justify its bock status, but hits you with alcohol which is not well hidden. To be honest the regular SN kellerweiss was tastier for me.

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Photo of cratez
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a cloudy golden/amber hue with one finger of eggshell white froth, a few strands of lacing, and lively carbonation in the body. Good appearance.

Smell is banana, clove, cinnamon, yeast esters, bready and doughy malts, wheat husk, lemon rind, slight mustiness, ethanol, and cream. Pleasing aromas.

Taste is yeast, wheat malt, cardamom, marble rye bread, lemon zest, cinnamon, and a mild estery burn with ripe banana on the cough. Pretty solid flavours.

Mouthfeel is thick, fuller than medium-bodied, creamy carbonation, brief citric tang precedes a malty tartness and powdery/chalky finish. Some alcoholic warmth lingers in the throat.

Overall, this is a satisfying strong wheat beer. It's not as spicy as most weizenbocks, and the booze hits harder than I expected, but I would likely buy this again. Worth trying if you ask me.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a full, hazy orange body with a huge fluffy white head. off to a good start!

S: The average German wheat beers are here: banana Foster, brown sugar, yeast, and that unmistakable scent of high ferm temps and a bit of booze.

T: Follows the smell to a "T" its actually pretty unnecessary to point out the flavours because they are identical to the scents.

D: Well, its a proper-done Weizenbock, but it just strikes me a slightly weak. The best in this style manage to up the ABV by one or two points and thus, intensify the flavour, without limiting the drinkability. This one seems to have the same booze profile as an 8.0 Weizenbock, but not nearly enough flavour.

Overall: I enjoyed this, but I don't know if I would buy a sixer. This was probably my least favorite from the Beer Camp case, however, that doesn't mean it wasn't good. Still a very solid brew.

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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 wvsabbath
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Mellow orange/yellow, very cloudy, 1/2 creamy head, fizzy with some lacing.

Smell - Very floral, yeasty. Lots of grapefruit, pineapple, orange, lemon. Some sugar and spices.

Taste - Much like the smell, lots of fruits, plenty of sugars and yeast. Theres a real sweet malt and hop flavor mixed in also. Very floral and smooth, a mix between a tripel and belgian witbier.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and sweet on tounge. Lemon and orange really sweeten up mouth. Slight bitterness from the hops but nothing to ruin mouth.

Overall - A real summer time beer. I could see drinking this in 90 degree weather after mowing the grass or at a cookout. Its a little to sweet for me but bluemoon fans would enjoy this. Very easy to drink and to enjoy.

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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 spicelab
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010.

Murky apricot with a healthy just off-white porous head. Flecks of lace and a slight ring.

Loads of caramelised malt and fruity esters. Rich toffee, banana, clove, glace cherries, cola, boiled candy. The pungency of the wheat prevents it from becoming cloying. Delish.

Rather sweet. Custard apples, banana, fairy floss and clove. Nice flavours, but some darker fruit character wouldn't go astray.

Light to medium bodied. Deceptive carbonation and a touch of dryness. Nice.

Good stuff. A smorgasbord of confectionery aromas and flavours made to order for a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber with a big rocky off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is subdued - some grainy wheaty malts and musty earthy yeast with some banana and clove and some floral hops.

The flavor is grainy wheaty malts with a little sugary fruity sweetness, and a musty earthy finish with some banana. As it warms, the sweetness starts to overwhelm. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full carbonation.

Overall, it's OK. It's a bit subdued and a little too sugary sweet. I don't really care for the banana notes either.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle part of the 2011 Best of Beer Camp Variety Pack

Sierra Nevada Weizenbock Camp #37 poured cloudy amber with a generous 2-finger white foamy head that left behind sticky lacing. The nose was first hit with bananas; then clove, and a touch of yeast. The taste matches the fragrant aroma, nice banana flavor with a hint or orange and yeast followed by just right clove spiciness. There is an aftertaste of clove, yeast and banana. Mouth feel is medium, smooth and creamy.

I wish Sierra Nevada would make Beer Camp Weizenbock #37 a regular offering – to date, my favorite American brewed Weizenbock

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Dogfish head Snifter.

Color: Cloudy orangish-yellow

Smell: Sweet note from the banana and a nice wheat smell.

Taste: Clove, banana and wheat in that order. I can't get past the clove.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: A great brew besides the clove taste. I had a traumatic childhood experience with clove. There is a lot of clove that's hard to get past. But besides that everything about the brew is great. Cheers!

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Photo of Tone
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, slight alcohol, and slight citrus. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, yeast, slight citrus, slight spice, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, lacking in appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange/pale amber with a large, fading head.
Nose is sharply phenolic, lots of cloves and an almost medicinal character. Underneath is a hefty amount of doughy wheat and soft banana notes.
Very sweet tasting, with loads of wheat and confectionery-like sugary notes. The phenols are pretty overpowering.
Carbonation is much too high.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on day 95 of 2011 (April 5). 2011 Wiezenbock.

Appearance: First things first, thick layered ring of yeast sediment visible in bottom of the bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thin weak head head that disappears in seconds. Soft carbonation visible.

Smell: Clove and holiday spices. Not too aromatic.

Taste: Clove with a little banana. Tastes like a holiday beer! No alcohol taste whatsoever in this 6.8% ABVer. A tasty, refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and mouthfeel is relatively thin.

Overall: Overall ok. I am not sure if a fresher example would be more impressive as this one has 6 months of age to it. The taste was the best thing about this beer and I guess that is what matters most, right?

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Weizenbock - Beer Camp #37 (Best Of Beer Camp) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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