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

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Added by rayjay on 01-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/24/11
*From notes

A: Pale and unfiltered, it looks like a woody CA chardonnay. A standard pour yields a 2.25 finger head and some attractive lacing.

S: Maple cured bacon and semi-sweet, earthy yeast follows.

T: Bananas Foster and lemongrass hit first and carry through to the mid, where a dense and slightly cloying dose of liquid smoke takes this one on to the finish.

M: Slightly thin, which is unexpected considering the layer of sediment hanging out in the bottom of the glass.

O: Sierra-Nevada's Beer Camp Weizenbock is in my opinion, the weak link of the Beer Camp mix-pack. It was the perfect pairing with my meal, but as a stand-alone, I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this out.

*Paired with scrambled eggs, crispy shredded hashbrowns and juicy bacon strips

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

A: Poured into a Weizen glass. Body is murky dark golden with a small white head. Leaves behind faint splotches of lace.

S: I get the standard bananas and cloves, some lemon and a touch of generic spice.

T: Wheat twang and lemony citrus give this one a nice summery flavor profile. Malt is bread-like underneath, with yeasty stuff following (bananas and cloves). Finishes with a bitterness that at times borders on being sour. Clean at the finish, however. Heat is felt in the belly.

M: Carbonation is sharp and active. With each sip, more bubbles rise to create a small film of head, which then dissipates quickly (until the next sip).

O: Very good.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely cloudy yellow body with a huge 2+ finger head that exceeded the capacity of my glass. A massive, great-looking beer.

Smell: nice wheat-beer aromas of clove and banana along with a light serving of a spiciness that I can't identify but which I like. Quite nice.

Taste: again, the nice banana and clove mixed with some rich malt flavor. There's a bit of a fruitiness in here; almost like a musty citrus flavor or something. Heady and tasty.

Mouthfeel: good medium body and a thorough creaminess. This one hits the spot for me.

Overall: this is a great tasting beer, if a little heavy to be a session drink. I would gladly have this beer again, if only one or maybe two per sitting.

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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 musicforairports
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dirty orange color. Two-finger head leaves no lacing.

Smell is strong, lots of bananas and other fruit qualities.

Taste follows the nose, with a lot of bananas, cloves up front, some citrus. Finishes a bit crisp, with the same flavors. Some breadiness present throughout.

Medium mouthfeel, not overly carbonated.

I had expected more malt in the flavor, but this one is pretty good. Not usually a fan of "weizen" beers, but this is a good one.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy light tan with some golden color tones towards the sides of the glass. A thin off-white head quickly dissipates. No lacing on the sides.

S: This is a fragrant beer. Fruits and yeast dominate the nose. Banana, coriander, orange rind, and ripe apple notes accompany the smell of yeast and some biscuit.

T: The taste matches the nose. Sweet fruit and spice envelope the tongue at the onset of the sip, banana, citrus, and coriander are present. Some biscuit and yeast move into the middle to finish of the sip with very slight bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. This beer is very refreshing on the tongue and throat.

Overall, this is a very good weizenbock. The flavors are complex and blended very well.

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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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Photo of Haybeerman
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Evenly cloudy orange/amber color. Poured a 3 finger fizzy off-white head that dissipated to skim along the inside edge of the glass. Laced in some intermittent spots.

S: Prickly lemon zest. Sweet bananas and spicy cloves. Very prominent, clean aromas.

T: Sweet wheat malt and a little lightly toasted bread. Citrus and clove interplay in the middle followed by ripe bananas. Spicy sweet flavors linger in a long, low bitter.

M: Medium body. Low-to-moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy. Refreshing without a strong crisp feel. Very balanced on the palate.

O: Great beer everywhere but in appearance. Easily drinkable, consistent with style, flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of beagle75
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with over two fingers of off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aromas of bright lemon citrus, creamy yeast, and spicy cloves combine for a sufficiently intense and authentic smell.

T: Begins sweet, with soft refined wheat and mild herbaceous hop aromatics that benefit from a citric tang. Mild clove phenolics advance in the middle, joined by pudding-like banana in the finish that is decadently unctuous and matches the texture perfectly.

M: Medium to thick viscosity, creamy and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is obviously cut from the same fine cloth as Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis. It is luxurious and slightly decadent, thanks in large part to the velvety mouthfeel, but never undermined by its other qualities. This is definitely worthy of the title "Best of Beer Camp."

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

12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Super murky orange and copper in color. a nice two finger off-white head clings to the glass well.

S: Clove, sugar, some fruity notes of banana and citrus, cinnamon and other spices.

T: Opens up malty, bready, followed by flavors of cinnamon and clove. Light bitterness.

M: Very malty in body, but still refreshing on the finish .

O: A sweet beer that remains drinkable, but one or two would be enough.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours murky dark gold with a two inch head of dense white froth. A thin foam cap and stringy lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are chock full of bananas, sugar-dusted proofing dough, and cloves. Fresh and quite estery.

Medium bodied with a pillowy, soft mouthfeel.

Plump, juicy malt, banana skins, clove dust, and some earthy spice fill the palate.

Finishes with brown-sugar dusted bananas and drizzeled malt.

Tasty, tasy brew. A pitcher please, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.39/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is a banana party and I wish I wasn't invited. Medicinal, spicy, yeasty, banana....approaching sickly sweet. Im missing the grainy, bready malt base that makes beers like this a bit more balanced, and a lot more drinkable. Finish is banana cough syrup and black pepper. Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style though. Viscous enough to carry along these big fat flavors. Not really a fan, easily the worst of the Beer Camp pack.

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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 prdstmnky
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this bock into a pint glass, nice 2 fingers of head with several minutes of retention before falling to a fluffy surface cap. The body is a cloudy, pale orangish brown color (almost like a light apple cider) - a really nice looking beer.

The nose is moderate, with banana / clove / yeast / fresh bread being the most prominent. Lots of the aforementioned banana flavor upfront, along with an array of citrus and earthiness in the middle, and a fairly spicy finish. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, and a nice dose of carbonation.

This is my 2nd of two beer camp offerings I was able to obtain, and I preferred this much more than the California Common (2 totally different beers obviously). A really tasty Weizenbock that I would definitely buy again if it were available.

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Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky brownish-orange with an exceptional tan head that actually turns white at the top edges. Froth suspends for a good while and evaporates more than disintegrates. A thick sheet stays behind and clings to the glass.

A tangy citrus aroma provides cover for a sweet malt base. Coriander and cinnamon mingle with some banana and clove. Banana, sweet bread, cinnamon, a touch of grain, a tiny drop of maple syrup and a distant note of sour apples blend nicely.

Medium mouth-feel and initially creamy with a dry ending. There is a lingering sweetness that is never cloying, but could be toned down a bit, which mind you, is a personal preference.

A complex Weizenbock whose elements make for unique drinking, but not at the expense of refreshment.

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

A: pours a hazy orange with a two fingers head great retention little to no lacing.

S: wheat, caramel and toffee. Banana bread and bitter hoppiness.

T- more biscuit and banana 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 banana plays main fiddle.

M- full flavor and medium body with great effervescence and sweetness.

O: good weizen would only like this to be a tad lighter but very nice.


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

A- Golden cloudy caramel appearance. Major creamy frothy 2 finger head that just sits there forever and being held in place by all the little bubbles from within. Lots of lacing too.

S- Banana, lots of yeast, bready, spices, and a bit of bubble gum.

T- Outstanding. Little sweetness. Banana bread. cotton candy. cloves. A kiss of lemon.

M- Smoooth. Medium body with a super creamy mouthfeel. And a bit sticky. Even a minute after you've swallowed, the yeasts and breadyness and spices are still sticky to your mouth and lingering. Awesome!

O- Great brew! I'm going to crack open another now. Love it. Beer Camp 12pk of 4 different styles that all taste awesome for a great price. You just can't beat that!!

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

Cloudy caramel colour with a short off-white cap. Good head retention, some lacing but it wasn't overly sticky. Lots of banana, clove, and wheat cracker aroma, bready, a bit of lemon and bubblegum, a hint of sourness from the wheat. Nice flavour, some caramel and ripe banana sweetness, crackery malt, mild citrus and bubblegum. Bitterness was medium/low with a bit of a grassy taste and the finish was slightly spicy. Medium to full bodied with ample, creamy carbonation, light dryness and a hint of alcohol warmth. I enjoyed this one quite a bit - I'm glad there were three of them in the beer camp box.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No bottle date on this one.

A: HAZY yellow color, true to the style. Very cloudy and unfiltered. Two finger, fluffy white head. No lacing with this one.

S: Belgian spicy yeast primarily from the nose. I get some of the fruity, banaca, notes that others have mentioned as well.

T: Very true to style. Spicy, wheaty, yeasty. I get the clove spice from that Belgian yeast.

M: I would say light to medium bodied beer. There is light coating on the mouth. That spice sticks with you for a little bit.

O: Fairly good example of the style. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Wasn't my favorite, but it's drinkable to try.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden amber hue beer with orange high lites.
Very well carbonated brew.
A dense foamy cap, not too tall, lingers for a good while.

Aroma is rich and malty with bananas and cloves coming through nicely.

A good tasting beer with a rich maltiness and banana and clove esters.

Sweet, tart and smooth and a medium moutheel.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Poured a very hazy amberish color.Nice thick white heading in which left nice ringlets throughout the tasting.Very earthy beer.Toasted malts,Bread malts and a nice spicey kick.Taste is a bit different than what I thought with a little more light and zestiness of clove and banana. Decent medium body with good carbonation. Very solid weizenbock.

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Photo of beerman21
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had to get the variety pack from there first time released beer camp series. The Weizenbock was the first on my list of beer causalities.

Pours a hazy bright yellow gold with a substantial head that diminishes to a thin lace rather quickly. Looks pretty delicious already, very hopeful for this beer to taste and smell as good as it looks.

Alright the smell right off the bat, large amounts of baked banana bread, cloves, lemon. Banana is the most aggressive smells coming through. Candy sweet yeasty smell melds well with the banana.

The taste; a lot of baked banana bread, lemon, sweet candy flavors I can't really pin point.

I could have a few of these, ABV is high per what the bottle say 6.8%. Very drinkable but the ABV could sneak up on you. Overall awesome brew, they should make this a regular staple.

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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