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

Very hazy orange body topped by two fingers of extremely creamy white fluff. Thin drippy lace.

Enticing assertive clove and banana nose.

Taste is strong assertive wheat characteristics: banana, clove, pepper, and a firm wheat tang. Sense of alcohol, almost a delayed belly warmth.

Firm mouthfeel has a little bubbly to it too.

A highly enjoyable weizenbock, a great example of the style.

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Photo of Burt
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Yellow orange that is cloudy, thick off white head that slowly dispersed but never completely. Left thick lacing that was clumpy.

Over ripe bananas, some clove and hint of alcohol.

Huge over ripe banana in the beginning (almost too much) breadiness in the middle that finishes slick with clove and yeast.

This beer had a lot of flavor and depth but seemed to be over the top. Not sure if the over ripe banana was from the alcohol, as it warmed up the clove and yeast got stronger and made this beer more palatable. Not a bad beer but further research for myself is needed into this style.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass

A: pours a nice hazy golden color with a large amount of carbonation bubbles with a finger of white frothy foam that lingers nicely
S: very typical scent of the style, lightly toasted bread, slight lemon at the end
T: very nice taste, not as drastic as other wheat brews but smooth instead, interesting underlying floral note or even earthiness
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth with a nice lingering taste on the back of the palate
O: really enjoy this brew, find it to be highly drinkable, beautiful color, great, unobtrusive taste

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a stubby 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A nice 1.5-finger, foamy head formed. Spicy brown mustard-colored with a thick haze you can't see through and a heavy effervescence. No lacing to speak of.

S: Big aroma: banana-nut muffin, coriander and other spices, some berry notes, walnuts and zucchini bread.

T: A really nice combination of flavors on the front and middle form into a swallow that tastes like they've been rolled into bread dough and thrown in your mouth raw. Nice sequencing of flavors. It starts with strong banana nut flavors and adds spiciness as it travels back in your mouth. You get some dried fruit notes mixed in on the swallow with a bready, yeasty taste left after the finish. A bit hot on the swallow, which is surprising for a <7% abv beer, but you could get a taste of alcohol.

M: Creamy, crisp, bubbly, multi-textured and always appealing, though overall it's a touch thin.

O: This is a really good tasting weizenboch that proves a fantastic alternative to other beers of a similar style. It's complex enough to make you think, but once your done thinking it is simple enough to not get in the way of enjoying one.

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

yet again another review from the beer camp case tonites venture is the weizenbock.
poured from the bottle into a heff glass (had swirl a bit to get the goodness from the bottom of the bottle)
appearance a hazy orange
smell a bit of banana and citrus.

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Photo of fields336
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy as hell orange/golden color, with 3.5 fingers of foamy creamy off-white head. Leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass. the head stays around fairly thick for a while.

S: Huge banana and spicy clove, cinnamon notes. Tons of yeast is there with some bready and biscuity notes.

T: Peppery, cinnamon, and banana backed by huge yeast notes. There is a distinct hop character underlying the bready malt notes. This is a tasty beer. All of the elements are working in perfect symphony.

M: Medium mouthfeel with really nice carbonation, the carbonation lingers in your mouth and on your tongue for a while.

O: I'm making it a point to search out this style more often, this is a well crafted beer. Highly recommended.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint. Light orange pour with a moderate, sticky white head. The nose has hints of bannana bubblelisous bubble gum, and cloves. The beer is full of banana and clove, it finishes with lingering clove. The body is moderate, good carbonation, easy drinking. A good beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a cloudy deep golden with a rocky white head of about three fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving a nice rocky cap of foam and lacing.

Aromas of banana and clove, wheat, lemons, and lemon zest. No hop aroma.

Flavors of crisp wheat, banana, clove. Short finish of spicy wheat.

Mouthfeel is light, with a crisp wheat maltiness, spicy astringency, and a good level of carbonation.

Overall, a bit light for a weizenbock. An excellent full bodied, higher gravity weizen, but not a bock strength beer.

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

Strong, wheaty aroma has a faint lemony undertone, a whisper of sweetness, and a lot of appeal. It pours a slightly hazy golden amber, but I was not able to get much in the way of a head. Delightful wheaty flavor has a yeasty underpinning and a hint of citrus that is more sweet than sour - quite refreshing. Texture is smooth and fizzy with a good amount of body. A good summer brew.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter glass. Nice head retention and lacing on the glass.

The nose of this beer is filled with vanilla, orange cloves, banana, mango, lemon, and alcohol. Ditto for the taste. This is a very heavy brew that coats the entire palate with all of the typical hefeweizen flavors with a very substantial mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth rides through until the end with just a slight tingling bitterness from the hops.

When I see "Weizenbock," I personally prefer mine with a touch of dark malts to accompany the alcohol strength and flavor. That said, this is a very good beer that makes a great nightcap after having a few wheat beers earlier.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on the Beer Camp Variety pack.

Appearance- cloudy orange color, foamy headthat dissipates quickly

Smell- very fruity(banana) and citrus, spices

Taste- banana, spices

Mouthfeel- very smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was very good. It was delicious. My eyes lit up when I first tasted it. mmm good. I recommend it.

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

A: Orangish hue and cloudy with a huge foamy head and great retention; lacing is pretty solid

S: So much spicy yeast: cloves, banana, bread, apples, lemon; also a sweet breadiness that plays well off the fruity yeast; maybe a touch too sweet but this smells like banana awesomeness

T: A decent balance between banana fruity yeast and chewy bready malts as the aromas indicate but it doesn't quite finish right; a bit too sweet and a bit too thin in the end to make this work perfectly

F: Too thin--especially for a weizenbock; I've had many regular hefeweizens that had more body

O: A decent beer but it sure looks and smells better than it ends up being; a solid beer from SN but not their best offering

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

Hazy yellow-orange color with a good sized sea foam head that dissapates down to a thin white sheet with big bubbles. Banana and bread in the aroma, or banana bread if you will. Very soft and pleasant in the regard. You can tell that bananas are going to be a big part of the flavor profile.

Fairly highly carbonated with a heffeweizen like yeast and malt. The banana comes out, but is not strong enough to be overwhelming. Its a soft and easy flavor to get along with. Touch of booziness after the initial flavoring, and even a slight hit of bitterness from floral hops that balances out everything. A bread-like consistency and taste rounds it out. All of that put together makes for a complex beer that is pleasant and super easy to drink. Booziness may be a tad too strong as it has a tendency to distract from the other really pleasant flavors in there. Overall, this is a good beer, and another from the beer camp series that I'd like to see released outside of the 12 pack.

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

Translucent dingy orange-brown color with start white fluffy head. The head was extremely agressive even from a soft pour.

I really dig the smell. It has one of the most dominant banana smells I've ever had in a beer, clove, and finishes with tobacco leaves.

Again, the banana dominates the flavor along with bread- just make that banana bread. There's a spicey finish to it.

Mouthfeel is soft and sweet.

I'm really impressed with this beer. The scent and flavor is very concise, it looks good, everything about it is quality.

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

Glass - Wheat beer

A - Super cloudy orange/brown color with a 2-finger head that held decently. You can hardly see the carbonation because it's so thick and clouded. No lacing left.

S - Sweet smelling with lots bread, banana, gum, clove and hints of alcohol. I get hints of leafy like hop aroma's.

T - I get a moderate amount of sour twang upfront with mild bready flavors. Clove, bubblegum, banana and alcohol quickly follow. The alcohol is mild but noticeable. It finishes with mild bread, alcohol, and almost no hop bitterness, I am however getting a bit of leafy mint hop flavors, which I think works really well with the beer.

M - Smooth and full bodied with soft crispness.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I loved the chewy mouthfeel and the bready flavor profile that wasn't overly sweet. Just a great beer that I would love to buy again. Definitely recommend this one to wheat beer lovers. Cheers!

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Photo of JosiahS
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Great appearance. Soft, pillow-like white head with a hazy dark orange that cascades to a lighter, clearer bottom.

s: Sweet. Banana, clove, a light wheat aroma underneath and alcohol.

t: Consistent flavor from start to finish. Bready, wheaty goodness. A nice banana/clove that's just right. Finishes clean.

m: Surprisingly, low-medium carbonation with a smooth slick mouthfeel, about medium-high.

o: Awesome. Alcohol is well integrated, flavor is perfect. Very drinkable.

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Photo of danmcg62
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep golden brown color with a two finger width head that's staying around for a bit. Carbonation bubbles are dancing up the side of the glass. A nice looking beer indeed.

S-Citrus fruit (grapefruit and pineapple come to mind) and flowers are there with the first sniff. Mild pine smell from the hops. Very complex smell. I like it.

T-Super fruity. Bananas, pineapples, and grapefruits are in there. Mildly hoppy and a little alcohol show up at the back of the tongue.

M-Thick and chewy. Nice feel in the mouth. Mildly spicy to the citrus fruit and the hops. Good stuff.

O-I liked this beer a lot. One of the best, maybe the best in the beer camp mix pack. Easy drinking and complex.

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

Had poured from a bottle into a glass at Mahar's Public Bar (Albany, NY).

A: Cloudy, golden orange. Nice head (a little under 2 fingers) with decent lacing.

S: Clove and wheat, with hints of all of those familiar weizen flavors lingering in the background (banana, "bubblegum").

T: Caramel, malt, wheat upfront with a little bit of alcohol and hops lingering behind. Very pleasant and enjoyable to the bottle of the glass.

M: Light, representative carbonation. Pleasant and not at all obtrusive.

O: While I'm not a fan of most of Sierra Nevada's mainstays (I don't enjoy pale ales/IPAs), this beer is a very nice weizenbock. I'd drink it again, but only if I could get it apart from the other beers in the "beer camp" set. (I'll drink it again while out if it's still available).

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish-yellow with two fingers of head. Nice retention. Smell is clove spice and mild banana. Taste is sweet and spicy; banana and clove from the German yeast. A little alcohol warmth is also present. With a medium body and mild carbonation, this beer is smooth and drinkable.

This is a great beer, and a solid example of the style.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip.

Colored the orange of the end of a sunset, completely opaque and topped with one finger of creamy sand-colored meringue.

Long-baked banana bread leads the nose, met with orange juice, caramel and wheat. Deep, sweet stuff.

Less banana and more booze in the flavor. Caramel, wheat, hints of lemon peel and toffee. Long finish of toasty biscuits.

Fairly high carbonation and a bit of fizz. The body could be a bit more substantial — it’s about medium-light. Just a bit of alcohol fumes in the nose.

Very different from the other brews in the Beer Camp pack, but also very good. As weizenbocks go, it’s a bit lighter than average, but this adds to its drinkability.

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy, deep slightly rusty orange color with a frothy and thick looking light khaki head. Decent retention, but not much lacing.

S: Lots of fruity esters, mainly banana and honey. Decent amount of clove as well as some carmel and thick bready notes. Very aromatic.

T: Lots of baked banana bread flavor with a bit of citrus and orange flavor in the mix. You get a bit of spice from the yeast, mainly cloves, a touch of pepper and some carmel malt as well. The spice is more evident in the finish.

M: Very nice mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth and soft carbonation that makes it feel thicker and more viscous than it really is.

O: Not bad considering I haven't had too many weizenbock in my days. Doesn't have the best drinkability, but that's not surprising. Worth a try in the sample pack, but I don't think I would buy this again.

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

This beer was poured into a snifter, it has a nice orange color body with a 2"finger white foamy head, that retains well. The smell is peppery and citrus fruits and some banana. The taste is very similar to the smell, good peppery taste then the fruit gets you on the finish, with some hops come through just slightly. Very nice mouth feel, overall this is a good beer.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Tons of white, just slightly orange tinted head, with great retention, and tons of lacing. Slightly dark burnt orange. Very hazy with yeast.

S- Spicy yeast, banana. A bit of alcohol comes through in the end.

T- Lots of banana. Some spice. Some yeast. Pretty straightforward, but pretty good.

M- Nice and thick with mouth coating yeast.

O- Another hit for the 2011 SN Beer Camp pack.

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