Alpen Glow Weizenbock | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy prune juice with a moderate tan head. Not my favorite Weizenbock, I get caramel, toffee, dark wheat and banana. This is definitely a bit more Americanized, and a lot less sumptuous, soft and bready than some of my favorites.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice version of Weizenbock. Smooth and easy to drink, a bit flat and lacks wow. Still, a recommendation from this reviewer is in order. This is a great brewer and they do justice to this style.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cola color without much head. Aroma has lots of dark candied fruit. Taste is nails all the classic weizenbock flavors - raisinbread, clove, banana, semi-sweet phenol notes. Great representation of the style

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Photo of DeFaz
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So...there are two Fat Head Weizenbock entries for this site, and I don't know how to fix that. What I can tell you is that this is an amazing beer...I don't want to copy what I wrote on the initial entry, but I will tell you that as much as I love IPAs and that this brewery knows better than almost anyone in the county how to make IPAs, this beer is exceptional, and the flavors are incredible, and I am so glad to have taken a growler from the brewery. Again, this is the same beer (I assume) that is also listed for the site...but believe me, this beer is worth travelling to the Cleveland area for the brewery. Incredible banana smell and taste, awesome lacing and head retention, and near-perfect color. Just about perfect (and I'm no weizenbock expect, but this is great!)

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cappy's, served in a shaker pint.

Obligatory weizenbock review disclaimer: I am spoiled as heck by being able to get fairly fresh Aventinus and Vitus on tap at any time I so desire. Please bear that in mind.

Appearance: Arrived a turbid, cloudy brown, much like melted milk chocolate or perhaps a mud pie in a glass. Formed a finger's worth of khaki head, which faded fairly quickly to a cap. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Sweet, overripe, brown-black banana leaps out of the glass to violently plant a fist in each nostril, like you were trying to hit on its significant other at a bar. At its back, ready to jump in if any of your friends do, looms a slurry of sweet caramel malt and a shadow of rum.

Taste: Exactly what the aroma promised, no bait and switch here at all. Banana esters are front, center, left, right, up, down, yonder, and that-a-way, all overripe and bruised - this beer would make excellent fruit fly bait. Malt is also present, sweet like doughnut batter, sans any sort of glaze or filling. A rummy sort of flavor is also present, leading no pirate to ask any questions about where it may have gone. Far off in the distance, faintly, some hints of aged plum can be detected. The aftertaste is a mush of banana and rum.

Mouthfeel: Medium of body, fairly thick.

Overall: While not my favorite weizenbock ever (see disclaimer above), this is actually not a bad attempt for a US brewery. If I were ever in a location where a phenomenal German version weren't available, I would drink this again.

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Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fanfrikkentastic brew, went to there brewery on 13th Ave for the first time on a warm portland day and found myself enjoying several of this delicious and delectable brew. At a modest 8.7% it rocks your socks with a super smooth malty flavor and a head that goes for days, great lacing and carbonation, and fantastic finishing flavor of slightly sweet and a tinge of hops, if I recall it is only 26ibus so prepare for a Maltacular moment when you try this bad boy. Overall I loved it and will most definitely be coming back for more ^_^ 4.5/5

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is that of a typical Weizenbock though it may not produce an impressive head. The aroma on this beer is the strong suit. The taste isn't anything to scoff at either. Though it falls short against the bog boys in this style, for an American take on the style it's a good example. Probably not as good as Moonglow or Aventinus but it's still a respectable attempt.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Murky, muddy, ruddy brown; served to me with a small cap of foam.

s: Stewed banana, cloves, toffee, a bit of cocoa, and a hint of dark fruit. Just a trace of heat.

t: All of the above in near perfect harmony. A little sweeter than I'm used to but it worked well.

m: Big and chewy.

o: DAMN good, top 3 or 4 weizenbocks for me. Sad I could only have one.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with some red tones. Dense head of a buttermilk color. Looks wheaty and thick and gulpalicious. Thick whisps of ring lace.

Banana nut, bubble gum, dark wheat, some toast, some dried fruit sweetness, yeast, German maltiness out the wazoo.

Banana, phenolic mix, yeasty nuttiness, toastiness, rum raisin, sweet booze, medicinal hops, bread, and a hint of juniper berry. Good stuff. Authentically German. A little heady. Very malty and wheaty. No more bubble gum, as was noticed in the nose. Medium-thick body and sweetness with a lot of wet gulp bite. Carbonation is much more relaxed, accentuating a knockout body.

Local weizenbock, for the win. May order another in the next five minutes...

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Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is sort of a dark orange-hued bronze, and the pour off the tap produces a fairly sizeable, fluffy off-white head. It manages some heft as it sticks around in some form or other and drops some patchy lacing down the glass, though just a bit more time before it drops to a foam would contribute more to the beer's strong character.
Straight from the pour I get a strong whiff of bubble gum, initially the strongest note in the beer. If anything, it's nice to know they're not skimping on the specialized yeast. Otherwise, it continues from there, this beer really accentuating and determinedly announcing that it is nothing if not a German beer. Wheat forms a strong backbone while the banana, clove and rich dark fruits make this a complete and very good version of the style. I want to rate it higher, except that by standards a Weizenbock's bubble gum character should not be so dominantly high. This doesn't detract from this beer as being a very good one, but its sacrifice of subtlety and overall balance of flavors for strength keeps it from being one of the greats.
The feel is excellent; rich and silky, there's a nice. active bite of crispness that contributes with the wheat in the medium body and a tight carbonation to form a very nice and lasting smoothness.

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Photo of Liberty733
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A warm aroma, and even warmer flavor...a recognizable alcohol presence. Exploding with typical "weizen" flavors, like clove and banana...easily drinkable, with a smooth finish, but some linger, as one would expect from a "dunkelweiss" or "weizenbock" (as Fat Head's brewery describes this brew), It is a more full-bodied weizen bier; dark in color, with a noticeable body...mmmMMMM!!!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got an 12oz pour at the Pittsburgh Fatheads, not sure when it happened but it now clocks in at 8.7% ABV.

A - Pours a dark tinted amber, almost orange with just a layer of head but it looks creamy.

S - Very impressive smell. Candied banana, spicy clove, touch of sweetness in the nose and no bitterness from hops or yeast.

T - Very subtle alchohol, then rounds to banana sweetness but not too sweet, then covey spice, and finish is sweet. I was mostly impressed by next to none flavors and burn of alchohol.

M - Medium bodied but it drinks nice.

Overall like the wheat wine I am also impressed with their ability to make a very drinkable Weizenbock. Recommended!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and a mellow wheat presence. In the taste, small dry dark fruit and a nice presence of banana in the end. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana dark fruit like aftertaste. Nice presence of dry banana to mix with the dark fruit.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fatheads Alpen Glow

Pours a hazed light brown. Aroma of bubblegum, banana and clove. In the taste, heavy on the banana, alittle spice and alcohol burn. Pretty much estery yeast giving off the banana flavors, which is the one dimensional, yet very nice flavor profile. Some brown sugar, caramel and more banana. Mouthfeel medium bodied and smooth. Overall, a nice brew sure to please any wheat fan.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep burnt orangish amber color, similar to fall leaves. Provides a one finger off white foam head with moderate lacing.

S: Ample amounts of banana, bubblegum, cloves, wheat and apple cider. Very inviting.

T: Starts off with a nice pleasant taste of banana and bubblegum. The spices and spiced cider come through in the middle and last the rest of the way. The bubblegum is most noticeable on the back end which blends nicely with the spices.

M: A nice medium bodied beer. Leaves a spice thick taste on the palate. Not as long lasting as expected but still very nice.

O: One of the better weizenbocks that I have tasted. Nicely blended flavors that you would expect. Would certainly enjoy this on a crisp fall evening.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cleveland Oktoberfest

A- Poured a dark brown color with a two finger off-white frothy head that left lots of lace.

S- Bubblegum, pear, and banana notes

T- Strong bubblegum, pear, and banana flavors with an astringency reminiscent of the aroma of nail polish, not in a bad way though.

M- Pretty creamy with good carbonation that finished with a sharp bitterness

O- A very drinkable and great tasting weizenbock. I would get this one again if I did not want Head Hunter IPA all night.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this brew from a growler into a pint glass.

A: Copper brown ale with a thin 2-finger head with decent retention which ends in a wispy lace.

S: Caramel and sweetness aromas fill the nose. Hints of wheat and yeast are present.

T: Predominant caramel and sweet flavor. Good wheat and banana clove background. Alcohol is present but masked nicely by the sweet malt.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

D: Not too many weizenbocks out there - but this is one of the better ones i've had. Easily drinkable - Every beer from Fat Heads has been a pleasant surprise so far.

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Photo of adamette
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler that I bought at Fat Heads last Wednesday evening while enjoying some beer with my Father in Law and my Brother in Law Steven. I appreciated the $3 off on growlers on Wednesdays which is the special that they run there. Poured into the rastal 0.5L Fat Heads weizen glass that I was served the same beer at the brewery in a few days ago. It is a really nice glass.

A 4 inch light brown head over a great looking hazy dark caramel body which is darker caramel in the middle of the glass than on the edges. I have always liked the look of this beer. The head clings to the inside of the glass really nicely. It is nearly perfect. 4.5

S Lightly sweet malt with some wheat. Not a strong smell but certainly pleasing and interesting. I must admit that
Weizenbocks are one of my favorite style. 4.0

T Luscious sweet malt, wheat goodness and some banana and clove wash over me as I repeat my sips from the tall weizen glass through the ample head of this great beer. It really delivers on all of the desired points of a good weizenbock and actually is a great example of an american weizenbock, my benchmark being Schneider Aventinus. I really have a lot of respect for the brewers of this beer which may be my favorite from Fat Heads. 4.5

M Appropriately thick and sticky, velvety and luscious. 4.5

D/O Really good for a beer at this ABV point, I will most likely drink 3 Weizen glasses full and enjoy them! 4.0

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Photo of Hophead101
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 2.10.11 thanks to sitarist and blind bif#4

lots of hissing as this bad boy was opened up. It wasn't a gusher but sure was plenty carbonated by the sounds of the escaping gaseous matter.

poured into my chalice glass and witnessed a beautifully clean golden orange colored brew with an equally as nice super quick cascading head. upon finishing the pour, the glass contained a wonderfully large frothy off white head which seemed to last forever. as the beer continued - the lacing was equally fantastic.

upon initial wafting of beer to nose, it was a bit underwhelming. banana fumes, yeasty, malt and some mild citrus. not bad smelling - just not overpowering. upon tasting this growlered nectar, I got a nice spicy taste with the corresponding tastes as found in the aroma: maltiness, yeastiness, bread, biscuit - some caramel malt became more prevalent at the end of the taste. not too bad - but nothing overwhelming. decent body and mouthfeel, light to medium. plenty of carbonation with a slight amount of lingering bitterness. while not wowed in tasted, this beer was rather drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Fat Head's.

Pours a hazy copper-brown with a good off-white head and some good lacing as it goes down the glass. The nose brings forward a strong clove presence with a bit of bubble gum, banana, and malt in the background. Strong yeasty components throughout. Some dark fruits are present in the taste along with quite a bit of clove and spicy yeast. A bit too much brown-sugar, however. The mouthfeel was pretty rich with a bit of booze. Altogether, a pretty solid beer but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of Stigs
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a growler filled at Cleveland location earlier in the week - served in a 10oz weizen glass

A - pours with a solid amount, over an inch of creamy and fluffy, light tan colored foam. the beer is very hazy, dark brown in color.

S - sharp fruity esters, huge amount of banana coming through - balanced slightly by a bit of yeast and spice, and a touch of vanilla sweetness.

T - banana, very ripe and sweet right out of the gate. hints of light milk chocolate join in as well. turns towards the yeasty side halfway through with some pink bubblegum and clove spice.

M - medium bodied with tight and punchy carbonation. very creamy through the swallow, finishes with some slightly biting yeasty spice and lingering fruit.

D - solid all around, hitting all the typical looks, smells, and tastes of the style. not much unique about it, though there doesnt need to be. another solid beer from an up and coming brewery.

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Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads.  Served in a tall half liter glass.   

The beer looks very nice for a weizenbock.  It pours a cloudy (muddy) brown color and has nice lace and excellent, fluffy head.  Just a wonder to behold.  

Alpenglow smells strongly of bubblegum, banana and clove. Some wheat is apparent as well.  This is a bright take on the style, with an expressive yeast that has a touch more bubblegum that Aventinus. 

The beer has a slight spice and wheat then bubblegum, raisin, clove, and banana.  The flavor is really pronounced and pleasant, but the raisin is distracting.  Its almost too earthy and spicy and breaks up the pleasant bubblegum and clove.  Perhaps a bit disappointing after the nice bouquet. 

The mouthfeel is creamy with a kiss of carb.  Really good for the style.  Some lingering wheat, sweetness, and bubblegum and raisin linger.  This is a kick-ass American stab at one of the greatest, most perfect beers ever in my opinion (Aventinus).   But the beer falls just a touch short and the flaws make it a disappointment considering the Fat Heads Hefe is just amazing.  Still worth a tick, er, trip.

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Alpen Glow Weizenbock from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
4.07 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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