Weizenbock | Half Pints Brewing Company

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Half Pints Brewing Company
Manitoba, Canada

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by trevorwideman on 03-21-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by xav33:
Photo of xav33
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Oakbluff for this one

Half Pints Weizenbock
22 oz bomber
Brewed spring 07, enjoyed 08/07.
Moderate pour in a shaker.

Poured a murky brown with a moderate somewhat diminishing fizzy beige head.

Smelt of moderate cloves, raisins, figs, bananas, cinnamon.

Taste was upfront strong bitter sweet caramel, dried fruit (figs) followed by a strong bitter pungent mushroomy yeast and a kick of cinnamon and cloves spices and some moderate sweet caramel on a long finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, fizzy, and lightly astringent.

Overall, this is a great weizen bock. Lots of strong flavours, very intense, bold and complex. Palate was a little dull and effervescent, but the rest is amazing. Good stuff!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Orrshow
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a cloudy brown color with reddish tinges. There is a little off white bubbly head. A little lacing is left on the glass.

Smell – The smell is nice. Brown sugar and bananas arise upfront and are followed cloves and nice sweet malt. Some wheat aroma is present as well.

Taste – The flavor begins semi sweet with a nice banana flavor to follow. There is a little wheat present as well with a touch of clove and some cherry.

Mouthfeel – Substantial body that is slightly oily. The carbonation is slightly tingly.

Drinkability – Good. Tastes nice and goes down very smooth.

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

Thanks to trevorwideman for sending me a 660 mL bomber to review!

This is another solid beer from Half Pints, which continues to brew up a wide variety of interesting, innovative beers. I'm already looking forward to their next offering....

It looked good poured into a tall weizen glass, a finger-width white head formed above a hazy mahogany body. The head quickly reduced to a sticky ring. A nice banana aroma was the first thing that wafted up from my glass, followed by wheat and a sweet vinous smell. It was a little muted overall.

Comparisons to Aventinus are inevitable, and maybe a bit unfair considering it's a beer many consider in a class of its own. I found this beer smokier and drier than Aventinus, with a prominent roasted barley aftertaste. There are hints of complexity, with some fruity banana flavours and a bit of vanilla in the taste. I usually have trouble detecting hops in really malty beers, but could pick up their mild spiciness in the middle.

The full body and slightly sticky finish are right for the style and the 6.2 per cent ABV isn't apparent. Cheers to Half Pints for brewing a weizenbock and mostly hitting the mark.

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Photo of elricorico
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy medium brown, with a fairly restrained tan head. I'll admit I was expecting a more boisterous brew.

The smell is filled with banana. Sweet bananas and vanilla. Faint bubblegum. Straightforward, but nice smelling.

Sweet sweet banana bread flavour. Peppery through the back half of the mouth. Faint clove and smoke in the nostrils at the finish. A pleasure for the tongue.

Smooth and full bodied, with ample carbonation. Basically what one wants from a weizen beer.

Almost chuggable, this beer is far too easy to drink. I owe my friend Rod, and his girlfriend, big thanks for importing me a couple of bottles.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep brown color beer with a nice large off-white foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a nice touch of banana and some ester. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some subtle notes of banana. Body is quite full with some great carbonation. I was expecting some more complexity but still thought this was a well made beer.

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours crystal clear deep red with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. some nice bock-like character. toffee and butterscotch. hint of alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker. hints of smoke and earthy character. bit of fruit.

taste is good. light caramel and toffee. light smokey and earthy character. bit of bock-like DMS, though certainly not to undesirable levels. slightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well. great malt profile. good stuff.

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

At 6.2%, it's between a dunkelweizen and a weizen bock.

I did a 3/4 pour, reviewed it, then swirled the sediment in the bottle & added it as well.

A: Copper with a light tan head. Without the hefe sediment, there's very little retention & more of a leg than lace. Dump in the hefe & it's murky, with a creamy head that has some retention & leaves some lace.

S: Not very fruity, but a nice aroma of banana bread; spice; caramel.

T: Bready, burnt caramel, roasted nuts, spice, slightly grainy, with only a hint of banana in the flavour. Alcohol is very subtle. The hefe sediment adds a little tartness.

M: Moderate body & carbonation with a slight hint of grainy tartness. The hefe gives it a slight creaminess.

D: A decent drinker and a good brew. I just hold this style to a higher standard.

Thanks for the CanLIF Oakbluff!

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to oakbluff for hooking me up with this, haven't been disappointed by HP yet!

Pours a slightly hazy brown/orange, really nice colour, thin off white head forms, some lace, settles down to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, floral, caramel, banana, spices, almost cherry/strawberry, bit of bread, pretty neat. Taste is nice, sweet, grainy, some banana/clove, nice bready malts, sweetness, although pretty dry in the finish, nice bitterness, great balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light to medium carbonation. Very nice example of the style, could be a bit thicker in the flavour and body, but very well done. Thanks Scott!

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

650mil bomber..thanks Trevor.

Pours a lucious clouded rusty-brown wheat bock in the glass...great billowy cap that laces well.

Aromas are pungent and fills the room with; dates, banana, papya, cocoa and cookie dough....bloody marvelous nose to this !

In the front the tongue is assaulted with peppered cocoa bundt cake with wisps of beechnut and smoke...then the fruity phenols show up for the second course and the taste gets more complex....figs in the aroma but not the taste..mid palate we get succulent fruits, nuts, cocoa, cinnamon and cloves, toasted treacle cookies....this leads into a long finish that tends to go dry with a predominating toasty-char astringency melding with the noble hops for controlled bitterng...overall musty/earthy-fruity-coca character.

Damn fine dunkler weizenbock..very drinkable, full of flavor, robust but not overly alcoholic or filling....very well executed.

Your best work to date Dave! :-)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderfully murky dark rusty reddish brown color with a small, slender capping of lightly yellowed compact foam. Boney fingered lace reaches across the glass with grace as it keeps a slim collar tight to the edge.

Lovely fat aroma of wheaty based sweetness and snappy low muddled yeasty spice. Raisin, banana mush, and cookie dough all make for a great display on the nose

Taste doesn't disappoint as it carries a firm lasting ride of wheat malt and spice with nice touches of dark fruit bread and soft cookie dough. The yeast play is terrific as its low leveled spice mingles with a balance that's welcomingly flattened, letting the malt take a firm hold of tone across the palate while the spicyness lingers about. A lofty, yet lightly fluffy and incredibly tolerable dryness tenderizes the finish as it floats effortlessly off the palate. Solid and yummy!

Feel is what I'd call low and slow with a creamy malt base and dark maltyness thats quite smooth. Body is medium to fullish with a great dashing play of yeasty spice and dryness.

Wow, what a surprise! One hell of a Weizenbock. Very yummy and a solid drinker to boot. Cheers to this Half Pints winner and feloniousmonk for giving me the chance to grab a bottle!

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Photo of markaberrant
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in 22oz weizen glass.

Colour is hazy orange-red. Agreesive pours yields a small tan head that recedes to a splotchy cap.

Aroma is appetizing munich malt with a bit of earthy clove underneath.

Taste is a harmonious mix of munich malt, hops from start to finish (how do you do this Dave?), with a subdued clove and just a hint of banana. A citrus character shows up in the finish that I find a little too sharp.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation is low.

Easy to drink for a sturdy 6.2% beer, but I'm not crazy about the citrus finish.

I really like the malt bill, but this bottle is undercarbed and it seems out of balance in the clove/banana yeast character. This just isn't doing it for me, I guess I like more of the classic Aventinus style.

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

660ml bottle bought at the brewery today. I watched this bottle being filled, that's how fresh it is. Poured into a Weizen Glass.

Nice, big full inch of head erupts, leaving a very nice lace. Colour is an extremely murky brown, quite opaque due to lots of yummy sediment. Carbonation is most likely medium, keeping that head up, but I can't see it. Looks delicious, and smells even more so. Weiss aromas erupt with banana and pear being the most obvious, but there is a massive biscuity Munich/Vienna malt presence here that smells extremely bready and delicious. Caramel sweetness is there too, and some spicy clove notes. Hop presence is more in the background, but is very earthy and grounds the beer well, balancing the aroma.

Taste is everything the nose would suggest, and maybe a little more. Lovely Lemon sourness complimenting a massive malt presence that somehow feels perfect and not too heavy. Malts are bready and caramel sweet, with enough cocoa and roasted bitterness to make it a very holistic experience. The yeast lends lots of the typical Weiss flavours, but the Bananas and Cloves dominate. Hops are as down-to-earth in the flavour as in the aroma, but maybe a little more floral. Wow. Mouthfeel is a little heavy and creamy to start but finishes drier than expected. Carbonation is not overbearing in the least, just pushes the flavours around the palate well. Drinkability is exceptional as 6.2% is outstanding for a beer with this much flavour, every sip is worth holding in the mouth for a while. Not dissimilar to this brewery's Oktoberfest, which is a good thing, but I think it goes to the next level for me because of how much I love Weissbeers. Outstanding and essential and eminently drinkable, It dosen't get better than that.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy rust colour with a good head. Aroma is definitely heavy on the wheat yeast characteristics- strong bananas and spice. Taste is heavy on the malts (as it should be for the style)- the bready vienna malts are ominpresent here. Heavy malty mouthfeel initially, but very interesting how the wheat yeast allows it to finish fairly dry. I have not had much experience in weizenbocks so I can’t say how close to style this brew is, but it certainly is a tasty brew and a welcome addition to the pending spring. I was surprised to this is above six percent as I didn’t think the alcohol was all that noticeable. A solid follow up to the Trinity.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish-brown in colour with medium carbonation. Initial aromas of Vienna malts and hothouse flowers (is this the bastard child of the Father from the Half Pints Trinity???), along with a hint of banana, berries, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol. In the mouth, it’s still pretty Vienna malt forward, but the typical wheaty lemon, banana, and vanilla notes develop a bit more here. Some nuts, mild clove, and black pepper notes are also present. The mouthfeel is quite heavy, yet the beer still quite refreshing... a perfect balance. I was expecting more fruit and a bit less Vienna malt flavors, but it's still mighty tasty.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark burgundy color, nearly brown, downright murky, with spotted head.

Banana and clove spills out of the aroma from the start, fresh and fruity, wine-like, grapes and cherries, raisins and plums, quite a delight...

Taste: full, fluffy mouthfeel, wheat flavor, same fruit flavors re-visit the mouth, dark fruits aplenty, with light spices...grape and cherry on top, with some fig and plum at work, as well.

Just a bit lighter in the loafer than we'd like. I have to compare every weizenbock to the king, Aventinus, but this is a bit far away from such greatness. The flavors are represented, but there's something missing in the character, the fullness of body, the finish, the feel. What can I say, it tastes good, but...not great.

A good drinking, good tasting ale. Just a few steps away from being ...well, better.

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Weizenbock from Half Pints Brewing Company
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