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White Birch Apprentice Series First Tracks | White Birch Brewing

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Brewed by:
White Birch Brewing
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspiration comes in many forms. John found inspiration for his beer on the first ski run of the day. By blending the flavors of a dunkelweizen with the rich full body of a bock, we think John’s take on this style is a worthy reward for making the first tracks of the day.

As John moves on, we raise a toast and hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do.

Added by johnnnniee on 12-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: darker amber colored beer, clear, poured with head but gave way to very thin veil
S: traditional estery banana/cloves, darker malt, yeasty
T: decent beer, estery notes, traditional banana/clove taste, clean
M: thicker mouthfeel, tastes a bit heavier than a 6.4% beer, maybe not as attenuated
O: decent beer

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Photo of GBurgess
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NEhophead
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.
Bottled November 2011, Batch 1, Bottle 1296.

Dull, dirty peach color; not quite cloudy, but certainly not clear. Foamy white head that breaks to a thin sheet rather quickly leaving a thin ring of weak lacing.

Candied scented, sweet malted wheat with adjunct grain aromas of corn and rice; a bit unbalanced here. There is a distinct almond nuttiness that does not mix well with the stiff wheat and corn. The fruit flavors range from a somewhat rounded plum, fig, and cherry to sharp grapefruit and orange.

Bland, mild Belgian candied sweetness up front that almost immediately subsides to a clean, stiff wheat base. Unfortunately, the wheat base is very one dimensional and is one of the only prominent flavors in this offering. There are muted milk chocolate and toffee tones just prior to a mellow, almost dry finish.

Medium in body. As with the flavor profile, the mouthfeel is primarily clean and mellow. Rather unobtrusive.

Unfortunate to see such a boring take on such an exciting style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 ouncer bottled November 2011, batch one, bottle no. 1296. Sampled on March 20, 2012. It pours a slightly cloudy medium amber to brown with a decent but short lived head. On the nose there is a party of malts and yeast and a slightly less dominating hop presence. The body comes in medium to above medium and chewy for lack of a better description. The taste is upfront sweet malted goodness, yeasty, with a moderately bitter hop note on the tail end that stands out more than it does on the nose. A satisfying, mellow beer though.

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Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love weizenbocks, there aren't enough of them around imo.

a: This was a murky, orangeish wheat brown. It poured with a big, relatively short lived head.

s: Beautiful. Lots of bananas brwoned in caramel with some fairly strong cocoa aromas and hints of clove.

t: Mirrors the smell, Lots sweet, ripe bananas and more cocoa than clove on the finish which I like.

m: Big, but not quite as schewy as some.

o: Very nice beer. I'm sad to report my other bottle did not survive the fall.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When opened, after a short delay, the bottle starts to bubble over. Interestingly, not much of a head and it settles quickly to simply a rim of bubbles. No lasting lace at all. Orange, dark gold color and predictably cloudy.

The smell is tart, wheaty and mildly hoppy. Some earthiness, too.

Leans toward the tart side. Similar to the smell with earth tones and light hop bitterness that shows up in the swallow. Relatively thin body. No alcohol warmth despite the ABV. The aftertaste is relatively short lived for the style.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this several times tonight at the apprentice open house at the brewery and I brought a bottle home as well. Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden brown color with a decent white head that slowly recedes but never really disappears. Smells of spicy wheat malt, pepper, clove, sweet caramel and toffee, burnt sugar. Smells quite good really. Taste is sweet and malty with a spicy wheat and yeast edge. Caramel and toffee sweetness countered with banana clove and pepper. Medium body with a lighter than medium level of carbonation with a sweet bordering on sticky mouthfeel. Wow, this really isn't my favorite style, but I'm really diggin this beer tonight. Great job apprentice John!

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White Birch Apprentice Series First Tracks from White Birch Brewing
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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