Weizenbock | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Brewed by:
Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 04-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by ggroller:
Photo of ggroller
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy caramel color with no head. Strong vanilla and bannana in the nose. The Weihenstephan yeast really makes it's presence known in this one. Very thick and sweet mouthfeel with a powerful alchohol presence. The finish is very sticky and a little too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, caramel-brown body with an orange-ish cast is capped by a short head of creamy, subtly-yellowish off-white head that holds fairly well but leaves less lacing than might be expected for the style (even one with a higher alcoholic content). The nose is bright with banana, soft berries, and clove. The body is medium with a lightly zesty, natural carbonation that tickles the tongue and then adds some creaminess to its mouthfeel. Banana, again, dominates the flavor with a touch of clove and mild berries as accent over a sweetish, wheaty maltiness. Some notes of alcohol appear now and again but never intervene, leaving this beer quite enjoyable, satisfying, and drinkable. A great after-work beer as the sun sets over Bethlehem and the crowd at the bar starts to grow. Very well-brewed and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a half liter weizen glass...
This year's batch comes in at a sub-par 6.7% abv. Not exactly to style.
Appears a hazy, dark brown with deep crimson notes when held to the light. A 1 finger, light tan head slowly fades out into a mild velvet cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, cloves, banana nut bread, cream, and Bavarian yeast esters.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild caramel and fresh grain flavors coming through. Mild notes of apple appear in the background.
Mouthfeel is med bodied, sweet up front, mildly spicy, and dry in the finish.
I'm surprised they decided to call this batch a weizenbock. If I hadn't known any better, i would've thought it was a typical, run of the mill, dunkelweizen. Too toned down to be a kick-ass weizenbock, which is a truley royal style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold color with a thick creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice rich wheat malt scent with some crystal malts as well. It has a smooth banana and clove aroma that is quite pleasant. The taste is great. It is smooth and rich with a dark wheat flavor and a warm finish. This is a very flavorful beer. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an awesome beer. It is so smooth and flavorful; a great seasonal.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this the other evening at BBW. The pint comes with little head, and the beer is a deep tan, very thick and cloudy looking. Obviously unfiltered. The smell is of yeast and some banana esters. Even some phenolic sharpness. The taste is very full. There are obvious clove and banana esters, and the Weihenstphaner yeast is very noticeable. The thing that turned me off was the very prevalent alcohol in this. It's really the main taste here, and it is sure to make you say, "Whoa". 7.7% and not hidden very well IMO. This makes it somewhat less refreshing and less drinkable. Not at all bad, but I've had better domestic micro Weizenbocks (ABC for one)

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clouded murky orangy-caramel brown color with a inch tall lush and thickly dense off-white cap, diminished fairly quickly. Lacing leaves good amounts of stringy sheets. Aroma has a pleasant fruityness with a tropical overture of dulled orange, solid banana, some mango and pineapple with just a touch of yeast and clove spice. Taste is great, nice and fruit laden goodness, banana and mango juices surge over a weizen-like spice of clove and yeast. Quite thick and full with lasting juicy fruits. The banana really is nice, not so much as to think of those banana milk shakes that are a bit too much, but just right, mixing with other tropical fruits, all a bit dulled and not as sharp as the juices themselves would be. Spices are mild and tame, which I like. Quite nice. Feel is medium full with a decent smoothness and kinda creamy, finish is a bit thin, but its body seems to take a good stand within most of its stay. A pretty nice drinker, nice fruitiness and smooth to the buds.
This growler of Weizenbock was produced by francisweizen, thanks!

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Photo of Fish113d
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, it looks to me like dark apple cidar. Apricot and oatmeal color that is very cloudy w/ a slight head, but mostly edge lacing w/ an oily film on top-interesting. Smell is mainly of bananas and apricots w/ a slight brown maltiness- also lots of vanilla and some slight alcohol. Sugary-sweet bananas are the main taste w/ cloves and a slight alcohol burn on the tongue w/ a little vanilla finish w/ a banana aftertaste. Feel is pretty decent: the alcohol tingles the tongue along w/ the carbonation killing some of the flavors at a chilled temp, but a decently smooth finish. This beer tasted and drank better as it warmed. Drinkability is good on this, but honestly 1 was enough for me...a little sweet for my liking i think, but overall, enjoyable.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, a new winner from BBW!. This weizenbock is a hazy/cloudy dark rusty colour with orange/red highlights. The aromas are all wheat, yeast, bananas, tropical fruits, cloves, and more. The taste is very yeasty, wheaty, and fruity with the banana flavors very pronounced. This is 7.7%abv? Really? The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and this beer is quite reminiscent of a souped up double-hefe, or dunkel. The drinkability is also awesome for this new German beer from BBW!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very, very fine brew. I mistook the Bethlehem Brew Works as a place that steered away from some great German-style brews. This one, along with their Marzen, proved me all wrong. A fantastic representation of this style, the Weihenstephan yeast they use in this brew is apparent, and the subtle yet pronounced aroma and flavor make this one extremely drinkable Bier. Hats off to Mr. Thomas on this fine elixir.

Zum wohl!
Addendum - 03.23.05

Not often does a Bier just hit all of the right notes. This one is one that does, in a big way. A beautiful brew, and definately more honed this time around, thanks to Lewis' amazing crafting skills. The wheat balance well with the malt, all the while the alcohol looms in the background...present, but not annoying. Could be put up with the best of them, IMHO.

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Photo of erica
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this and got a gowler of it the other day. I'd get it again, it was pretty tasty. The colour was amber, reddish brownish, and completely opaque. Not too pretty. It smelled spicy, with cloves and fruits in there, and alcohol. It tasted similar to its aroma, but more pronounced. It didn't taste as alcoholic as it smelled, but very spicy and sweet with that banana flavour in there. Mouthfeel was on the thick side, but not too thick really. Drinkability is good, but since it's spicy-sweet, it could get to you after a few glasses.

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Weizenbock from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
4.05 out of 5 based on 11 ratings.
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