St. Blasius Weizenbock
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Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #85
Ranked #42,033
3.52 | pDev: 15.06%
Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
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falloutsnow from Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
No bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Aktien's weizenbock, at least from this bottle, stays fairly true to the standard formula, but seems to be missing some of the spark found in other weizenbocks. The esters were muted and spice complexity was fairly low. Granted, I may have had an old bottle. This is not something I'd seek out again unless I knew I had a fresh bottle, but would want to try again on tap or at the brewery.

Pours a massive head of off-white to very light tan bubbles, medium in size, that creates a frothy, soft appearance. Gradually fades to a ring and small islands of foam atop the beer, leaving no lacing. Body is a dark, semi-hazy copper brown with yellowish highlights. Very carbonated.

Very sweet-smelling, with emphasis on caramel malt and subdued banana esters. Also a bready component, like fresh bread crusts. Fairly good, would have liked some more complexity via esters or spices, but still enjoyable.

Taste opens first with sweet, slightly salty, wheat wort meets soggy bread, slight spice, banana esters, and wheat malt tang. Caramel and bread flavors then become noticeable, flanked by brown sugar sweetness. Slight cardboard flavor by midpalate. Ends with banana esters on sides of tongue as well as a bit of spiciness form some compound or ethanol. Aftertaste is fairly bland,a bit sweet and richly worty.

Medium bodied with a bit of wateriness around the edges. Somewhat overcarbonated and thin for the style. Mouthfeel still smooth, soft, but more a mass of foam than desired.

Mar 09, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is sweet and malty, and I can't say this really comes across as a German weizenbock (more like a marzen or maibock). Nevertheless, it's still pretty attractive, with some nice baked apple and light cherry. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though thankfully this beer isn't too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, malty finish. The alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and frankly I was surprised to see the 7.2% abv.

While nothing extraordinary, this is yet another very nice effort from the folks at Aktien-brauerei.

Nov 14, 2011
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matjack85 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found these 500ml brown bottles at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for the reasonable price of $2.89 a bottle.

The beer poured a cloudy chestnut brown color with a full 4 finger's worth of off-white head. The head subsided in about a minute and lacing was decent.

Nice pumpernickel bread smell along with some caramel and an apple-ish smell.

Sweet caramel malt and roasted malt flavor with the addition of some tart apple flavor which gives it a funky twist. Yeast is also present giving it some bready flavor. Different, but I liked it.

Smooth, medium bodied, but a bit undercarbonated.

Not your typical weizenbock with the addition of the tart apple flavor, but tasty nonetheless, and the alcohol is well masked considering the 7.2% listing.

Sep 09, 2011
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womencantsail from California

3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a surprisingly effervescence and a bit white head.

S: Sweet malt and bread giving some caramel and toffee to the beer. Unfortunately, it's a touch cidery, but there are some sweet banana esters and a little bit of spice.

T: Far fruitier than I've ever come across in a weizenbock. Like the nose, there is a definite cider component to the flavor. Some good toast, caramel, and bread, however. Banana and clove do give it that typical German flavor.

M: Medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: The good flavor components were good, but the off flavors were just a bit too off.

Apr 24, 2011
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DIM from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a: This was a dark, cloudy brown color. It poured with a disappointly short lived fizzy head.

s: Very different than any other weizenbock, not in a good way. Words like bland, mild, and off come to mind. Vaguely grainy aromas with hints of cherry and some banana that may have been wishful thinking on my part. Also, a little clove and possibly some cocoa?

t: Tastes a tiny bit better than it smells, but not enough to warrant a higher score. There are tart and sweet elements here, both are mild as this is pretty bland. Tangy tart elements up front give way to something that vaguely reminds me of what I was hoping for. Fairly strong spicy clove notes at the end. This isn't a very descriptive review, my adjectives are vague. There just isn't much to say about this one.

m: Not as hefty as I expect from the style because this was too still.

d: In a word; disappointing.

Jun 30, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle with a medieval picture of a monk and a goat on it,

A: Pours a very cloudy light brown with a fizzy white head that doesn't stick around too long. Ruddy and cloudy with a lot of yeast floaties, not the most appealing looking beer, plenty of dregs at the bottom of the glass.

S: Some light banana, with a sour green apple and wheat.

T: Dark wheat bread heavy with clove and sugar. Pastry flour makes an appearance. Sweet dark fruit in the finish. Not exactly traditional flavours, but not bad. I liked the aftertaste.

M: Fizzy, biting carbonation. Very frothy, weird mouthfeel.

D: This is not horrid, but it's not terribly good either. Kind of all over the place, awkward to a degree. A passable weizenbock.

Feb 08, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I see a weizenbock on a menu, I order it, its a simple protocol that results in drinking and therefore knowing what makes a good weizenbock. This one let me down.

Beer poured from a bottle into an Imperial pilsner glass (served at a bar at 45 degrees). Beer is brown, absolutely no head. The beer did not fit in the glass, I should have known this wasn't going to be a good experience. No head means no lacing, no carbonation, now I'm thinking I'm getting a bad bottle. The review will continue but if I get another bottle I'll try it again. Benefit of the doubt. Eventually I poured the entire contents into the glass and it turned from clear (it was surprisingly clear to start with) to yeast and cloudy with floaters all over the beer. The appearance is a mess.

Aroma renews my faith in the style and gives me hope for the beer. Caramel is first, sweetness next, nice, no alcohol, a hint of wheat? lots of yeasty / bready aromas. Smells fine, never judge a book by the cover I suppose.

Beer is sweet (too sweet for the style IMO). Medium bodied, there's the carbonation, maybe the bartender should have shook the beer or served it at 50 degree to get a head, its all over my mouth, filling the palate. Its a little distracting unfortunately. Drinkability is fine with this beer, its overall an average weizenbock.

Dec 11, 2009
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Aktien beer I grabbed at State Line a few weeks back.

Brilliantly clear (until I add the yeast), this beer has the color of burnished copper and is capped with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a disk. Plenty of carbonation is visible

A little sweeter than I like my weizenbocks, this beer is bready, sweet and has plenty of banana with some clove. The bread character is great, this really smells like rising bread with some caramel and honey.

The palate opens yeasty and estery with a some banana and a fruit bread like character. The palate isn't as sweet as the nose would let on, and that's for the better. Caramel and brown sugar sweetness appear mid-palate, along with a touch of clove. I also get a little burnt sugar, and that's a great touch. Sweet, bready and mildly yeasty on the finish with the alcohol cutting through the sweetness just enough, this feels quite great on the palate. The high level of carbonation is a little distracting, especially coupled with the medium body. The finish also has a little phenolic character, which I appreciate. All told, a VERY enjoyable weizenbock, one that I will drink again without a doubt.

Dec 03, 2009
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flagmantho from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: every so slightly clouded orange-tinged gold with a thick off-white head which dissipated quickly leaving little lace.

Smell: very fruity malt aroma. This smells a lot more like a cider than a beer. There's a also a spice character to it which actually makes it smell a lot more like apple pie than anything else. Fortunately, I like apple pie.

Taste: very interesting flavor; it is quite fruity with a lot more taste of raisin and pear and plum than apple; with patience I can taste a little wheat, but it's buried. There is practically no hop character though there is a little bitterness to confirm the fact that I'm drinking beer and not a fruit product. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied; pretty good.

Drinkability: I like it well enough, though it's not exactly my cup of tea. I look forward to revisiting this beer after I have a little more experience with the Weizenbock genre.

Oct 01, 2009
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UGADawgGuy from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a part of my ongoing quest to sample every wheat beer I can get my hands on, St. Blasius captured my attention. It's certainly worthy of yours, as well.

Appearance: St. Blasius Weizenbock pours a fairly nondescript opaque amber/mahogany, consistent with most examples of the style. Exposure to direct light invites comparisons with your average dunkelweizen. Unlike most weizenbocks, however, this one yields a solid three-finger, khaki head -- albeit one that fades within about a minute. No lacing or cap is evident during drinking.

Smell: Also fairly middle-of-the-road for the style, St. Blasius smells sweet and wheaty. In this case, wheaty "twang" and brown-sugar sweetness are well-integrated with one another, and I like it a lot. To tell you the truth, I don't smell anything beyond that.

Taste: While not particularly aggressive or characterful, St. Blasius features the most agreeable parts of the flavors of most weizenbocks, without their more challenging accoutrements. I don't get a lot of tangy wheat sourness, which is a good thing, in my view. What I taste is an opening fusillade of fermented wheat, supported by a backbone of lightly toasted malt, bread crust, and yeasty wholesomeness. There are hints of dried fruits, but they're rather distant. This beer is drier than many weizenbocks, with a lingering echo of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good. St. Blasius is heavier and thicker in the mouth than most wheat beers, but nowhere close to the creamy smoothness of Aventinus. Carbonation is ample and appropriate, elevating the flavors and sustaining the aroma as the glass warms. Good, bordering on great.

Drinkability: If the ABV was a bit lower, this would be up there with the best of them (Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Hacker-Pschorr, etc.). As it stands, St. Blasius Weizenbock is as drinkable as any weizenbock not brewed by Schneider und Sohn. Refreshing, hearty, and warming -- a great cold-weather brew.

On the whole, I strongly recommend this beer to any wheat beer aficionado. If you're not familiar with the style, start with a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel, work your way up to Schneider Aventinus, and then give this one a try.

Mar 13, 2009
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PretzelCity from California

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear, dark gold into my glass with a one inch white head that fizzed out rather quickly. Fruit in the nose. Apple juice like flavor. Medium body. Very drinkable. I've only recently begun to explore the many styles of German beer and this one is a pretty good example its style.

Jan 09, 2009
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark yellowish-brown/ brown copper color with a foamy off-white head. Musky aroma that is dominated by clove spiciness. Slight chocolate malt presence. Flavor is once again dominated by cloves. A little bit of licorice, chocolate malt. Very carbonated with a spicy roastiness up front followed by a sweet malty center and dry finish.

Nov 21, 2008
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pmcadamis from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Giant clods of yeast chunk float around this deep rhubarb hued brew like turds in the bowl. This beer is cloudy, and seriously chunky! The color is a very deep strawberry/rhubarb shade of ruddy brownish red. The head is minimal and flimsy, and dissipates in seconds. Absolutely no lace is left on my glass. This is one odd lookin' brew!

S - Strawberry candy....the kind that comes in a strawberry wrapper complete with the green top. Deep yeast notes and some clove honey and pancake syrup round out the nose.

T - The flavors here are honey laden clover, sweet dates, taffy, and some sort of fruity candy. I keep thinking of strawberries....not fresh ones, but artificial sweet strawberry syrup. The sweetness is not over the top, even though it is the star of the show, and the alcohol helps keep it in check.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and an off-dry yeasty finish. This just feels hearty and muscular, but not big and flabby. It's like one of those little Olympic gymnast girls....strong and powerful, but agile and spry.

D - Good beer! I like the style because it's so heavy hitting and "dark" (as the beer-ignorant like to categorize beer), but it's also very quenching and refreshing. An excellent "winter sports" beer for sledding, skiing, and hiking in the colder months.

Nov 12, 2008
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orangemoustache from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky apple juice cider color. The head is barely a quarter inch and dissipates in a flash. No lacing and little floaties are not helping this look any better. The nose is of fermented fruits and hints of alcohol and caramel. Lots of complex flavors keep inline with the nose. Slightly souring pear and other fruits,maybe apple and over ripened banana. Lots of yeasty flavors and bread like malts balance this nicely. Tons of fizzy carbonation(strange how small the head is on this overly carbonated brew),medium body and subtly warming on the throat. Very enjoyable!

Oct 26, 2008
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canucklehead from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a heady beer with a real strong malty flavour. a little rough and ready with an almost applejuice nose however what saves this beer from being hard to drink is the great finish that pulls everything together. Not my favourite and maybe worth putting down in the cellar to smooth it out.

Oct 09, 2008
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scruffwhor from Illinois

2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good bubbling as I peer into this sediment filled, muddy rust hue. Only a flash in the pan head that recedes to nothing after only a couple of seconds. The aroma is a bit medicinal and metalic with just a touch of fruity bread. The taste is a moldy wheat beer with a strong fig and very light plum essence. Would be pretty good without the moldy taste. The is very fleetin, no lingering. But what does linger is some on the verge of going bad fruits that lingers a bit. Won't buy this beer again. But glad I tried it.

Jun 15, 2008
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color, implies dark but isn't opaque at all. Big tan head plops up several fingers and sticks pretty well before noisily receding, leaving no lacing on the glass. Lots of sediment before I swirled and poured the rest; plenty of chunks from bottom to top.

Dark fruit on the nose, even some apple in there, German yeast, very estery, and caramel and crystal malt sweetness. Definitely spicy; maybe some nutmeg, and cloves. Kind of a grape juice tang.

Wheaty creaminess, toffee malt, slight amount of caramel...big malt bill, offering up some of the same spices from the nose: clove predominantly. Touch of peppery alcohol, finish is chalky and lightly acidic, leaving it a bit dry.

Decent chewiness, quite smooth, if just a bit effervescent. Not at the top of its class, but a quality brew. I attributed a lot of flavor characteristics to it, but it's really fairly unbalanced, and lacks the pop and depth of larger-bodied weizenbocks that I consider world class.

Certainly well brewed and nice if you're craving the taste (I am!)..if you come across it don't be afraid of it not being a top 100 beer. This is one of a limited number of weizenbocks that I've come across (only one of the top five most reviewed w.bocks is a full time offering: Aventinus) and it matches note for note, just lacks that special something.

Apr 07, 2008
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t0rin0 from California

3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at a german store down the street. Then I consequently got into a big argument with security at the airport when I tried to bring 50 lbs of german beer bottles to southern ca in my suitcase. In any case they all made it here ok.

Its been a couple months since I've had a good german brew. This beer poured an interesting hazel brown color that could be described as a Light Bock color. Neat color but the foam that started tall and fluffy with some yellow and redness to it almost instantly disapeared. Also, there was a fair amount of junk at the bottom of the bottle.

The smell was of wheat, bock, and fruit. Very nice. The wheat gave it an inviting softness and the fruit accentuated the sweet bock maltiness. It reminded me of a lighter version of a belgian dark ale.

The flavor was downright enjoyable. There was the caramel/chocolatey sweetness that comes with a bock. There was also some hop bitterness and if you look hard enough you'll find a touch of european hop flavor. That banana quality of german yeast strains was there too. Other than the smoothness of the beer I'm not sure what the wheat contributed to the flavor. The alcohol was barely noticeable in the flavor but it could be detected.

The beer was moderatly thick and oily for a bock, which I thought was odd. In the end, I could drink this all day. Maybe its because its atleast 5 or 6 months old or maybe because its just a different flavor than I'm used to, but I really enjoyed this beer.

Feb 13, 2008
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Minkybut from Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this ugly beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a gold color with a fine white bibbly head that almost instantly fell away to nothing. No lacing whatsoever either. The smell was sour which scared me. The tase was a bit sweet and a complex mix of fruit taste with a strange undescribable after taste. I did not care for it and will not buy again.

Dec 13, 2007
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I wait for the few trick-or-treaters to beg for candy at my door, I have this beer sitting at my side:

I couldn't tell if this was a weizenbock or apple cider. It looks like a dark unfiltered wheat beer, but it leaned heavily towards the sweet side. Sweet like, well, apple cider. A little bit of clove danced around in the background. Yet the taste wasn't bad at all and it had a pretty good drinkability for its strength. I guess I was expecting something that would WOW me.

Nov 01, 2007
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this. Weizenbock is my favorite style...
Appears a hazy, light orange toned brown with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out into a mild cap.
Smell is of citrusy dough, caramel, vanilla, a touch of bananas, and mild spices.
Taste if of the mentioned aromas but more tart with a light apple note that isn't unheard of for the style. It's not bad but it is a bit sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, fruity, with a smooth finish.

Oct 30, 2007
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big half-liter bottle, served in a weizen glass; it pours a ruddy amber/brown, with medium carbonation and a finger of fizzy, short-lived, khaki head. The bouquet is quite tropical for a wheat beer (orange, pineapple, apple, banana), with a nice spicy yeastiness and hints of clove. The flavor builds on this by adding some tart/tangy wheat, papaya, chocolate?, and grassy, leafy/green hops on top of a light/medium body that has a similar finish, and imparts a tingly effervescence. Overall a yeasty, phenolic, and tropical wheat beer that is unique and tasty - of the five Kaufbeuren beers I've sampled, St. Blasius is easily the best.

Aug 13, 2007
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Fairly pale for a Bock titled brew; still it is a rich amber color and is quite hazy. It is topped by a large frothed, initially one-finger thick, quickly disappearing, light tan colored head. The aroma is quite fruity; notes of plums, apple cider, a touch of raisin, and a hint of clove. The aroma is quite a bit thinner than I was expecting, or put another way it is not nearly as rich as I would have liked.

Fairly sweet tasting, that accentuates a finish that has a solid Weizen-like clove flavor. This beer has a light carbonation to it that adds a bit of zest to the middle of this beer. Flavors of apple cider (both sweet & hard varieties) are perhaps one of the most noticeable flavors. The finish is marred by a touch of vegetal flavors and perhaps a phenolics note that is a bit beyond clove. This is really not all that good; the flavors, as well as the palate, seem washed out.

Jun 13, 2007
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rallison from California

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having never seen this before (Hollingshead's does indeed have quite a few German brews), I picked it up. I like the style, but have only had a few that were truly memorable.

This pours a slightly hazy semi-dark amber color with a 1 finger incredibly fizzy head that quickly dies. Smells of sweet wheat - well, wheat soaked in artificial fruit flavorings. It actually smells better than the description makes it sound.

Taste also veers toward the sweeter side, with a nice touch of wheat in the background. Sweetness has just a slight bit of artificial quality to it (similar to the smell) - sort of sweet apple juice. It's alright - nothing special.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated - a bit much for my taste - and drinkability is good.

Overall, this is an ok beer that I can't really see myself coming back to.

May 23, 2007
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BassAssassin from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light amber. Similar to cider. Pours quite clear, unless of course, you get some of the yeast into your glass. Vigorous head dissipates very quickly.

S: Strong aromas of apple cider and yeast. Some bready aromas are also present. I'm hesitant to drink this.

T: Sweet and slightly bready. More apple cider, just like the smell. Some underlying funky yeast flavors are present, as well. No hops to speak of. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium to full bodied. Not as much carbonation as there should be. However, this does make for a smooth brew.

D: Not something I would have again. It's certainly worth a try, but currently there are several much better weizenbocks available.

May 19, 2007
St. Blasius Weizenbock from Aktienbrauerei Kaufbeuren AG
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 36 ratings