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
For Trade:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MikeWard
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass. Date indecipherable. Thanks again Tim.

Filled the tulip beautifully. A small off white head kept going by the generous carbonation flowing along the curves of the glass. Dark brown body, murky, but when held up to the light, shows some coper tones around a dark core.

Smell was most appetizing. Sweet malts with bananas and bubblegum

In addition to the above, the taste also delivered a nice surprise. Alcohol not strong, as you might expect from an 11.1. In fact it seemed to present as a warming centre among a wrapper of banana and bubblegum, with a few light spices amongst the malt. Pretty interesting taste.

Mouth was a bit on the thin side, but not unappealing. Finished dry.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. Will have to hunt out some other weizenbocks for comparison.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky chocolate brown which,when held to the light, takes on an ombre effect, starting as a dark brown at the top of the glass, and fading into a light caramel color towards the bottom. Hundreds of tiny bubbles whiz to the surface to create a smooth, yet fizzy tan head that melts from a four-finger width to a slim film in approximately two minutes. My assumption is that this dissipation, which is not quite "to style" is due to the high alcohol content. 11% ABV!

Smell: Complex malt with dried fruit, particularly dried cherries and prunes. The alcohol smell is prominent, but with an ABV that high, how could it not be? The bouquet lacks the typical clove-like spices and melanoidins, but is still rich and inviting.

Taste: In comparison to the smell, the malt thins out a bit here, tasting of toasted Vienna-like malt and not much else. The yeast, phenols, and melanoidins, however, open up to include banana, clove, and caramel flavors along with the dark fruit experienced in the aroma. At first the taste is boozy and sugary, but a light bitterness heightened by a low level of lactic sourness (fine for style) takes over midway through the palate and lasts into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, delectable. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. The alcohol warming is surprisingly light, but is still there, contributing to the slightly dry finish the lasting light bitterness creates.

Overall: A well-made beer that manages to hit almost every aspect of this incredibly complex style on the head. Despite my minor criticisms, it really is a delicious big beer that I would highly recommend. I enjoyed how the flavor changed just like the color, although this effect also made the taste come across as being a little unbalanced. Increase the maltiness in the taste and the spices and melanoidins in the smell and bring down the cane sugar sweetness just a bit, and I think this would be a WORLD CLASS beer for sure.

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3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: On the darker side, just the way I like my weizenbocks. Murky and muddy, this poured with a small, short lived fizzy head.

s: Lots of sugary toffee pretty well dominates here. Some boozy vanilla and a hint of yeasty banana.

t: Very sweet overall, but this still works. Almost sugary toffee and caramel dominate. Hot, boozy finish with a faint banana exhale. I was hoping for some cocoa and dark fruit, but I couldn't find any. Not as complex as some.

m: A bit undercarbonated, this feels a little light bodied.

o: Whenever I finish an Aventinus, I wish I had more. While I did enjoy this, 12 ounces was enough.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a two finger khaki shade. Retention is damn excellent for such a big beer, but it's whipped cream-like texture means it leaves no lacing behind.

S: Quite a bit going on here. There's the typical 'banana and clove' ester character as expected, but it's what lies beyond that which make it interesting. Vanilla, cream, nuts, and dark fruits all coalesce on the nose quite well. The alcohol isn't perfectly concealed, but has a defined character to it (in this case, dark fruits) which makes it much better.

T: It starts off very sweet...really sweet, actually. Lots of vanilla cream character to open this one up. The yeast presence is fairly mild, but does provide slight hints of banana near the middle. Some tart dark fruits (think plums) and a slight alcohol burn finish it off. Maybe it's because I'm drinking this at a lukewarm temperature, but there really isn't too much alcohol in this. My problem with it is actually this: it's way too sweet without a significant amount of complexity. Ergo, it kind of tires the palate after, say, 6 oz.

M: The feel is wonderfully creamy, lush, and soft. The finish really lingers on the palate, also. It could use more body, though, and maybe a touch more carbonation. At least the alcohol presence on the palate isn't ridiculously harsh.

O: This wasn't bad at all, in fact it was quite decent. Thank Jebus this was only a 12 oz bottle, though - the thought of finishing 750ml of this doesn't exactly fill me with joy. You could probably split a bottle of this between two people and everything would be peachy.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a dark brown color with a miniscule tan head. Not good retention or lace, especially for a wheat beer.

Nose has lots of clove and yeasty aromas. Dark, sweet malt is there and more alcohol that a beer of this ilk should have.

Big yeast and big alcohol...sweet wheat and malt make it smoother than I thought it would be. Not bad for such a high ABV wiezen. That said, I still think a few percentage points off the ABV would have made this a much more enjoyable brew. The mouthfeel is decently smooth, though undercarbonated for a wheat beer. Overall, I see what Weyerbachr is going for here...an imperial weizenbock, and it is not a half bad attempt all things considered. I wont have any problem finishing my 12 oz sample, but wont have any desire to seek out again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never tried this before but loving this style and hoping that this would live up to the lofty expectations that I had for this. Sure enough, it did and while it was indeed a strong beer, it was nowhere as strong as the bottle would have indicated and this was a great example of a style that isn't brewed nearly enough!

The pour to this was what I expected - a dark raisin hue with some light seeping in around the edges and a tan head that wasn't large but certainly held its own for a while. Not a lot of lacing to be seen here either but what was left behind after each sip lingered for a bit before sliding down the sides of my pint glass. As for the aroma, it was that of dark fruit and banana with the latter becoming quite pronounced int he taste. Toss in some currant, plum, cherry, with a nice and beautifully creamy undertone and the result was quite divine. A hint of candied sugar helped to give this a Belgian feel but this wasn't dark enough to be a Dubbel or a Tripel. There was enough wheat here to settle at the bottom of the bottle but more importantly, it gave this beer a good amount of body without ever weighing it down too much.

NO doubt this this was brewed strong and it felt it but at no time could I directly taste the alcohol. It made itself felt as I worked my way through this, and slowly felt a warming effect. Like the Aventinus and the Moonglow , this was one of those beer that I couldn't get enough of and couldn't recommend enough. A must-try for any lover of full-bodied dark beers that are worth savoring every sip of.

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