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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)

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rayjay on 01-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 612 |  Reviews: 391
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle bought as a part of the Beer Camp Series into my Franziskaner weiz glass. Hazy, yellowish orange color. The ABV is marked on the label.
This beer has very good carbonation
Nice one finger foamy head with very good retention.
Aroma is a mild beautiful blend of fruity esters, specifically banana aroma (isoamyl acetate), spices (nutmeg/coriander mix) and yeast.
Super crisp and refreshing weizenbock. Absolutely delicious.
This is probably one of the best beer of it's kind I have ever had.
Leaves behind some very good lacing all along the glass.
Very good drinkability with this one. You can suck one of these down before you know it.
Another solid brew from one of my favorite breweries.
This is a must try for every weiz beer lover. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks to Ratman for selling a quartet of Sierra Nevada's beer camp beers. This one poured a hazy banana yellow color with about an inch of ecru foam on top. Aromas of spicy wheat, clove and banana. On the palate, this one was medium bodied, with more banana and clove and a little wheat.

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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 dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011- the best of beer camp #37- weizenbock

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass. bottled roughly at the begining of MARCH 2011, about 3-4 months old.

pours out a super hazy, opaque cloudy deep golden color. lots of yeast in the bottle. big 2 fingers of creamy, just slightly off white colored head. bits of lace, god retention.

mostly aromas of alcohol and fruit. right next to that there is some of that weizen yeast, with some wheat and a touch of spice.

in the taste, a nice range of fruits, from dark to lighter fruits, clovey spicey weizen yeast, a nice little hop kick towards the finish, more on the herbal side with some apparent bitterness.

the heavier side of medium bodied, creamy carbonation that seems to be just around the right level.

overall: a solid weizenbock, IMHO just as good if not better than aveintius. not my favorite style, so not something i would come back to, but i definatly enjoyed my one bottle. i would definatly suggest the beer camp sampler, from what ive had so far, some solid brews.

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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 racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz beer in to my favorite pint glass

A - Chill Haze cloudy light caramel pour with decent carbonation action in the glass. The head is white and frothy which adds to the presentation.

S - Fresh baked bread, caramel malt and a hint of fruit and spices in the finish

T - A strong wheat bread like flavor with a sharp hoppy bitterness that is fruity and clove like. Hints of banana are everywhere! A bit of an alcohol warmth to this beer which is present in the finish. A nice hop and wheat balance to this beer.

M - Medium carbonation coupled with a warming sensation from the alcohol presence.

O - If you like complex front end wheat centric beers with a banana and clove backbone then this beer is for you. Personally I am not a fan of wheat beers but this is definitely a consumable beer. Nice job beer campers!

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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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a very hazy deep caramel body with strands of racing bubbles up the side of the glass. There is a creamy white head that turns a bit rocky and last for a good bit.

S- The aroma of bread crust and dry caramel take on a soft baked apple note and club soda hint in the finish.

T- The wheat bread crust flavor is followed by a green bitter note that is soft and has a club soda quality to it. There is a soft alcohol bite in the finish with a fruity apple ester and some green juicy noble hops that carry over a bit after the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a full fizz in the finish and a soft heat from the alcohol.

O- The nice bready wheat character has some big flavors without any real typical banana or clove qualities. The alcohol is a bit to much for the taste but it is nice in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of n2185
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours hazy orange with three fingers of off-white head that maintains in a dense cap with good lacing.

S:some spice and floral notes followed by some orange citrus notes. A biscuity yeast aroma finishes.

T: similar to the aroma, some spicy notes at first followed by some orange citrus flavors. A slightly bitter yeast and biscuit flavor mixes with the citrus for the finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit on the heavy side for the style.

O: a good weizenbock. Not as crisp and refreshing as I prefer, but still good.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Weizenbock. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Nice Yellowish orange color. Super hazy. You can see the yeast swimming around, looks almost like glitter. Big fluffy, like a cloud, 3 finger head. Perfect white, with a couple light tan spots where the yeast came out of the bottom of the bottle. Great lacing and the head might never go away.

S: Cloves right up front. Subtle banana lurking behind the cloves. Very light traces of caramel.

T: Almost a slight hop bitterness at first, almost. Then a caramel-apple flavor hits, just like if you were at the fair. Then the wheat rolls in for a quick stop turns immediately to clove. Clove lingers all the way to the stomach then the banana hits for second and slowly fades.

M: Full. Creamy. Great mouth coating. A slightly dry finish. Very light but long lasting clove aftertaste.

O: A very good beer. Sierra Nevada does it again! Definitely have to try the other beer camp brews. One of the better looking beers I've seen.

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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 corby112
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011, beer camp #37.

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with golden banana yellow edges when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet citrus fruit aroma with a ton of bready yeast and banana character as well as some zesty spice and earthy, floral hops. Hints of pepper, clove, and citrus rind. Subtle alcohol as well but the yeast dominates the nose.

Full bodied with a nice balance of bready yeast, sweet citrus fruit, banana and zesty spice. The yeast and banana characteristics are very prominent adding fullness to the body and balancing the spicier and sweeter fruit notes. Hints of zesty pepper and clove up front that linger into a slightly dry finish. Orange peel and lemon zest add sweetness and balance. Complex and full boded yet remains very flavorful and easy to drink. The best beer of the series that I've tried so far. Recommended!

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Photo of JLeege
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy golden orange color with a frothy finger of white foam, faded fairly quick. Average appearance.

Smell- Yeasty banana and clove. A little lemon and a subtle tart green apple too.

Taste- Wow, tons of banana, like a shit load of banana! Some wheat, obviously, and slightly bready. Like biting into some fresh baked banana bread. Somewhat spicy, notes of clove, subtle bubblegum, seems like pretty decent yeast strain they are using here. There is a hint of lemon and that tart green apple again on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly creamy and smooth. I am going to have to give this a perfect 5!

Overall- This is the highlight of the beer camp mixer for me. Call me crazy, but to me this is on par with the best that are coming out of Germany, I love this beer. I wish they would sell this in six packs. Move over coffee stouts, this would be an incredible breakfast beer, paired with some Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

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Photo of juhl31
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-cloudy gold with an orange hue. there is an okay white head to start, but it retreats to the safer edges of the glass quite quickly

-big banana and wheat, with small apple on the nose as well as a nice malt sweetness. there is a weird rubbing alcohol smell and sting in there if you keep your nose shoved in the glass long enough

-i taste some apple sweetness up front and then the banana rolls in hard. there is the wheat within the background the whole time

-tight carbonation within a semi dry, medium bodied beer. i seem to wish it was a bit lighter bodied, but i guess that comes with the 6.8%

-overall, this is a beer i enjoy. for the flavor and style family, i prefer a smaller bodied, more sessionable beer. that being said, there wasn't an aspect of the beer that i disliked by any means

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz mixpack bottle.

Appearance: Hazy gold color. Light for a weizenbock. Moussy head, lasts about 1/2 the beer. Just some spots of lacing.

Smell: Balanced array of banana, clove, bubblegum, and bready-sweet wheat malt.

Taste: Fruity with bruised banana and overripe apple and pear. Light clove flavor. Bready wheat malt and yeasty notes. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and soft. Well done.

Overall: Nice little beer. Too light in color, a little low on the abv, and not approaching the complexity of something like Aventinus, but a damn nice addition to a mixpack.

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Photo of DJED69
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew! To me, best of the sampler pack by far. Pours a beautiful, hazy gold with nice fluffy head. Smells of yeast, spice and mild banana. The taste folows suit and is a wonderful balance of all the above scents. Body of the beer is medium with nice mouth feel. This is truly an excellent beer, one I wish Sierra would consider releasing again. Sad to be having the last of my samplers three botles.

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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 GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Hazy golden orange color with thin white head. Good retention and it sticks to the glass nicely.

Aroma is full of great banana and clove as is the flavor.

Sweet upfront that carries through to the middle. Finishes fairly dry with good balance from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium body and moderately low carbonation.

Overall a very good example of the style.

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Photo of Erish
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Part of the 2011 Beer Camp series.

A: cloudy honey gold color, the pour produced a cascading thick and creamy head that very slowly falls into a thick cap, the lacing is very good. A beautiful beer.

S: raw wheat, clove, banana, ripe apples, and an earthy/spicy funk.

T: the wheat and funky front give way to spices and fruit in the middle, the finish is dry with a floral hop note. Nicely balanced and delicious.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, moderate to plentiful carbonation.

O: A solid beer all-around, though it lacks any particular characteristic that make it a great beer in my mind. Nonetheless, it is quite tasty, and I hope that SN brings it back someday.

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

Pours a very cloudy honey-copper color with a bubbly white head, little retention and no lacing.

Nice nose of orange peel, banana, pale malt, wheat and cloves

Nice rich fruitty wheat flavor balanced well with an almost winey alcohol kick at the end. Same flavor notes as the nose: orangey citrus, banana, wheat and cloves with that alcohol note I mentioned.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with low-medium carb and light aftertaste.

Overall I am generally a fan of Hefs and this is that much better. Full flavored with that extra alcohol kick for a summer style beer. A must if you like hefeweizens.

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Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was really good!!!! I read a lot of reviews saying Juniper Black Ale is the best of Beer Camp. If so, that must be a hell of a beer!!!

This one poured into my Aventinus glass as a very murky caramel color with a good size delicate white bubbly head. Head retention is decent and there are some rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is awesome. All the hefe aromas are there: wheat, bananas, cloves, bubble gum plus a heavier malty backbone.

Taste is excellent as well. The smell is a good indicator of taste. Kind of like a richer, good hefeweizen featuring more bready malts, but still with all the hefe like flavors.

Mouthfel is crisp and refreshing like a hefe, but a good bit heavier with the malty presence. This is more than a summertime thirst quencher. A few of these could be a cold weather nightcap as well.

A real winner. I would like to see this one year round.

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

Pored a nice cloudy yellow hue with a good 1 1/2 inch foamy head. Typical wheat beer. Love that cloudy hazy look and the full bodied smell. Almost like freshly turned wheat. First sip was without anything and it was just what I expected. In fact, this wheat beer was like many of the great German Hopfen-Weisse,
The second sip I added just a twist of fresh lemon which really brought the weat flavor up a notch
There was a nice spicy orange overtone to this one, but not a lot of coriander which I find in many other wheat beers.
I like this one a lot and have found each one of the beers in the Beer Summer Camp by Sierra to be fun and tasty

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Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours very cloudy yellow orange with a 1+ finger that left some spotted lacing on the glass

smells of banana and bready malts

taste of banana and booze with a little spice - not a very complex beer but it tastes very good

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - a little sticky from all the sugar in this beer

overall - very solid beer and better then a lot of weizenbocks i have had - that said i would rather have SN Keller on a wam summer day

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Photo of KSac4115
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, honey color with a half inch foam head that dissipates quickly. Very cloudly so you can't see through almost at all. Reminds me of a light unfiltered wheat beer. Smell is very much like that of a wheat beer. Gives an aroma very similar to that of Hoegaarden. It is pleasant and citrusy. Can get hints of lemongrass. Tastes very much how it smells. Citrusy with lemon hints. Not very bitter, more sweet than anything. Some piney hints as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is perfect for this style of beer. Drinkability is probably pretty high even though its a little sweet for me particularly. After taste isn't very strong but it leaves a pleasant almost fruity taste behind. Overall, pretty good beer. I'd get it again but am not rushing back out to get it.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with very short lasting lacing.

Smell: Wheat clove and banana is what I get from this.

Taste: yeasty wheat beer with banana and clove

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy.

Overall: I like this beer but it is almost a straight hefeweizen and I don't really get the bock part of this beer.

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