Eighteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Knapp85 on 06-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
275
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
11.84%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
36
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3
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Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Born_Beerknurd
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this beer. Big fan of other Weyerbacher's i've tried, and a huge fan of Weizenbocks, Dunkels etc. Reviewed this from memory.

Pours a dark mahogany color with NO foam head, tiny ring of bubbles that dissipates quickly. Almost no evidence of carbonation.

Smell is of molasses, brown sugar, carmel, and more sugar.

Taste is extremely sweet, with strong notes of cherry and molasses. Noticeable alcohol presence, but really its dominated by the sugary molasses flavors. Slightly bready maybe?

Mouthfeel is what really made this a 'NO' for me. Way way too sweet and syrupy. Feels somewhat like liquid cough medicine as a kid. No carbonation to alleviate the sweetness on the palate. Reminds me of what would be at the bottom of a Coca-cola vat - syrup with WAY too much sugar.

Overall - a big disappointment for me as a Weizenbock lover. I think they tried too hard to get the ABV up and ended up with an overly sweet beer that didn't stack up in other areas, Like carbonation. Got through about 3/4 of this and decided it wasnt worth the damage to my teeth.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I believe this is my first beer ever from Weyerbacher. Reviewed as a weizenbock because the label identifies it as such. 11.1% ABV confirmed per the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN, and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high; I've heard great things about Weyerbacher.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours no real head, yielding only a weak floater ring of khaki colour. Retention is poor - maybe 20 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a very dark caramel-brown; nontransparent and non-translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No vibrance here.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming for a weizenbock. There's just nothing remarkable about it and it doesn't scream German. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws here

Sm: HEAVY on the malts. Wow. Caramel, toffee, brown malts, cream, and syrups - maybe birch. Wisps of dark fruit - plum, fig, prune, cherry. Bready. Some light banana - probably from the yeast. There's some alcohol presence here, but I wouldn't say it's boozy or hot. The dark fruit is a definite highlight.

I'm not finding any wheat, strangely. No hop character is detectable. A pleasant inviting big aroma of above average strength.

T: The dark fruit is dominant: plums, faint fig, prunes, maybe some dates. Not finding much wheat in the body - mainly malts including German brown and dark malts. Caramel. Light toffee. Caramelized nuts. Light doughiness and buried banana from the yeast. There's some alcohol presence, but it works for this build. A very cohesive beer, but it isn't gestalt. Fairly balanced, but not ideally so.

No yeast character or hop character comes through.

Average intensity, duration, and depth of flavour for the style. Could use more complexity and subtlety.

The dark fruit is a highlight. I'd really like to get some wheat from the flavour profile, but strangely I can't find any.

Mf: Syrupy. Thick. Smooth and wet. Full-bodied. Has a big heavy presence on the palate. Enjoyable but unrefreshing. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to it. A biteen overcarbonated. Certainly filling; almost a meal in a glass.

Not oily, astringent, boozy, gushed, hot, or rough.

Dr: It's a sipper, alright. A big German style beer which doesn't always feel traditional for the style. It's a tasty beer and is very filling, but I wouldn't want to take on more than a single bottle. I'm glad they sell this in the 12 fl oz format. As an introduction to Weyerbacher, it's interesting enough to make me curious about their other beers but doesn't quite live up to the reputation of these brewers. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to friends, but I'm glad I got to try it. Not a world class weizenbock by any means.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a dark ruby red/brown color with about an inch light tan head that sticks around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cloves, bananas, dark fruit, wheat, and some caramel. It tastes pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some chocolate and toffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, definitely worth a try. $3.99 for a single bottle.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weizenbocks have been hit & miss for me, so picked up only a single for this pending further investigation. I have the file. Time to hit the streets.

The pour is a very dark red that a more refined palate might call mahogany, but I've always been more of a primary colors & adjective guy, so it's dark red. Nose is like a weizen bush berry, wheat, clove. & very distinct sugary dehydrated bananas. Which I hate. Luckily this beer isn't chewy & covered in Crystal Sugar.

Weyerbacher Weizenbock is probably part of the U.S.government sugar cane support program. Large quantities of sugar pit the teeth & abrade the gums in a sweetness washout. Beneath the unfiltered rush of saccharin is a smattering of typical weizenbock special effects. Clove, banana, caramel. All washed away in a typhoon of sweetness. Hard to drink 12 oz. of this diabetes-inducing liquid.

Too sweet, way too sweet, & also sweeter than it needs to be. I can drink this, but am really glad I didn't cough up for a sixer. After the magnificence of Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, & Sixteen, this is a letdown. Just an average beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Let's see: One of my favorite breweries making one of my favorite styles? Yes please!

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought for $3.75 at Save-On in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Voodoo Brewery pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the ABV is sure to keep this good for a long, long time.

A Light brown creamy head that lasts for about one minute over an absolute gorgeous body which is dark brown and opaque but in front of direct light kind of glows a dark caramel around the edges. Wow, this is one of the best "looking" Weizenbocks that I have seen in a glass and that is saying something since I have seen probably hundreds of them. 4.5

S Bananas, cloves and sweet goodness of wheat malt abound in a cornucopia of scents that are completely inviting. This is not the classic greatness of Aventinus but it certainly reminds of of that great beer. 4.5

T Great deep complexity of banana, clove and sweet wheat malt that almost has a twinge of apple in the finish (wow that is cool!). This is a beer made by people who have a lot of experience and probably a lot of patience to capture the great taste of this beer. It is "darker" than most Weizenbocks that you will encounter but that is not a complaint, just a description really. Bravo, Weyerbacher, Bravo! 4.5

M Thick, rich, heavy and awesome. 5.0

D/O Drinkability is fair since the ABV is so high. The only "heat" detected by my is late, very late in the taste spectrum and it certainly would be missed and therefore could really catch up to you after a few of these. Nah, this is a sipper but you will enjoy each and every one of those sips, believe me. Driving down the drinkability too would be the price. At nearly $4 a bottle it would get very expensive very fast to drink too many of these. Overall, I don't think that I am going too far to suggest that this might be a World Class Weizebock. 4.0

Notes: Thanks Weyerbacher!

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a smaller slightly darker colored fizzy bubbly 1/2 finger head that disappears at a med to quicker rate, typical for this high abv beer, high water mark lacing that also doesn't stay long, very dark beer with just hints of caramel molasses light sneaking through at the thin parts.

Nose is pretty nice, some dark wheat like aromas, biscuit, caramel, nutty, toffee, some candy like notes but doesn't seem too sweet, into candied raisins, slight hint of fig, as well as mild booze, esters, and just at touch of phenolic booze. The longer I nose the more the booze comes out and tickles my nose, as well as a creamy wheat.

Taste starts with some sweetness but not too sweet, a big creamy wheat flavor, darker wheat too with some biscuit and lots of toffee, nutty characters, candy with some caramel and caramelized sugars, a little candi sugar too, little overcooked caramelized almost burnt toffee. then booze, big booze kick with warmth, tingle, and a definite booze taste that's almost fusel but not quite, with lots of phenols too, and a mild ester component. That leads to the fruits again which are much more background than anything, more candied raisins and hint of fig paste, bit of cooked vegetable. It's fairly creamy and wheat based. Finish is a bit sticky and syrupy, bit of bitterness but not much, little toffee and nutty flavors, more mild dark candied fruits, and more phenolic booze lingering.

Mouth is med bod, creamy, lower but decent carb for the style, and lots of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, a big sipping winter beer that will warm you while not going overboard with malts, a nice wheat base, creaminess, good sweet characters and fruits, but overall a bit too much on the booze and phenolic characters.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Eighteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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