Eighteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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Photo of Erice78
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like alcohol and banana nut bread, with a little sweet toffee and earthy dark fruit.
T: It tasted like earthy banana nut bread and sweet fig and spicy clove, with some bitter copper and fresh wheat. It had an earthy but clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly think with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a heavy but enjoyable weizenbock, with more emphasis on the bock. The scent was rough, but the taste was good, and the body was solid. The finish was surprisingly smooth without much heat, so it was easy to drink. Seems built for aging, although it was decent fresh. Good brew.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark brown; fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and great retention. The aromas are full bananas, cherries, and cloves. There's some bubblegum and sweet malts in the mix as well. The yeast is there in the flavors and aromas, but seem to blend harmoniously with everything else going on. The flavors sweem to match the nose. More banana and lots of spices. Molasses is there. Lots of cherries and raisins. Lots of dark fruits and bread notes. Subtle hints of cocoa. Flavors are spicy, but not overboard. There are subtle alcohol notes, but nothing overwhelming or diminishing the flavors. The mouthfeel is absolutely wonderful. It's extremely fluffy and creamy. It feels light for a pillow even though it's clearly full-bodied. The carbonation is on the lower side. This makes a nice sipper and it seems to open up as it warms up. It's actually an easy drinker despite the ABV. This one would probably age well.

I like it. This is a solid example of the style. They make it work, although the ABV is kind of high for the style. There's not a ton of weizenbocks on the market, so this is definitely worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a good representation of the style. That said, this style doesn't always sit that well with most people. It has too much going on. So the challenge is to make it work. I think they at least came close.

It looks like it should. The most exceptional thing about it is the fine little bubbles that continue. Dense.

The aroma is that fruity yeasty beastiness you expect and that rolls into the taste only much heavier. The heaviness continues and gets stronger on the aftertaste. Its big and bad, like doing shots.

I think its a good one and I would buy it again except for the crazy price. I would love to try it on tap.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was a red/brown, mahogany color. There was a small tan head.

Fresh-baked bread aroma. Caramel malt. Dark fruit.

Great taste. Molasses, sherries, plums, and raisins.

Very malt-forward. Couldn't notice the alcohol, but could definitely feel it.


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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – Served a deep mahogany colored brew bordering on brown with a tiny white fizzy head. The head fades very rapidly leaving only a very trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite sweet overall with lots of cherry, prune and plum as well as some more sugary smells of a more molasses nature. With the sweeter smells there are also a decent amount of wheat and brown bread aromas. Rounding out the aroma is a light spice smell, some banana and a alcohol aroma which overall add more sweetness and a more warming smell to the brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and wheaty taste with lots of dark fruit flavors of cherry, plum and prune. While smoother upfront, as the taste moves on it becomes more grainy and harsh in nature. Quickly following the initial tastes the wheat flavors grow more grainy in nature with the bready flavors becoming more roasted and brown bread in nature. All the while a boozy and burning alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. The alcohol starts out lighter but gets quite strong in the end with a rather potent banana and peppery spice flavor coming as well. With the combination of flavors that are left on the tongue at the end a hot and boozy, grainy brown bread and sweet dark fruit flavor, which do not meld all that well, are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. The chewier nature is nice for the wheat and brown bread flavors of the brew, but gives way to much time for all the hot boozy flavors to linger on the tongue.

Overall – A little too hot in boozy flavors with all the tastes never really come into concert with each other. This was not one I would likely go to again or recommend for regular production.

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4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown, nice head, carbonated appropriately for the style. Big bready, dark fruit flavors...figs come through. Nice and boozy per the style. Some of the other reviewers complained about this being a winter beer released in July....so what. Leave it in he basement il December.
Overall, a really nice beer and original for the style.

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Photo of Act25
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unless you really want to try 11% ABV heavy handed sweet hammers, you can safely skip this one. Besides, this is a Jan, not a July beer.

A: Poured into a .5l cyl named Spaten, becomes a murky dirty river brown with minimal carbonation, and no mahogany highlights. The beer sports a half finger beige head that reduces to a medium patch of thin film and a ring at the edges. Only a little lacing are observed. Not an appealing brown.

S: Dominant clove & Banana, it's a weird milkshake with alcohol.

T: Interesting mouth tingle right up front with clove mostly underpinned by malts and dark fruits (figs, over ripe banana). I found it more alcoholic in the finish that other reviewers. (And I am not a fan of Doubles usually as I find heavy alcohol leadens the flavors and aroma of great beer).

M: Milkshake like, Motor oil mixed with old cider? It's full bodied with moderate carbonation. Much alcohol warming in the finish, makes me wish it would snow. Too sweet. I need a triple cream soft cheese and figs rather than a thin slice of cheddar.

O: This is a overly dramatic, big beer with a high ABV that's only suited for winter. Skiing, or perhaps carry it in a flask?? .... not a very easy beer to drink - there are some odd ball flavors and nice stinky aromas to the beer. I am going to repour it into a chalice and drink it like sherry.

Safely pass on this one.

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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Already I am impressed I get a rocking two fingers of head completely topping off my Samuel Adams perfect pint that seems to stick around forever. One of the darkest Weizenbock's I ever had a dirty muddy chestnut brown.
S - Smell has a distinct peppery bite of alcohol, Banana + peel, figs, raisins. and just sweet caramel all over.
T + M - I just had to point out how thick this is holly crap! The ABV only smacks the palate every other sip as well. Banana and bitter peel with hops highlight with some dark fruits mid palate, a touch of sour cherries, and it finishes with fruity yeast esters.

Overall I quite like this it's as big and bold as their Merry monks ale and more balanced than their Blithering Idiot. I think what I liked most was the massive ABV that didn't taste like ethanol. Well done guys!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky brown with a finger of head which quickly diminished. sweet malt aroma, grapes, raisins, cherries, caramel. the flavor is a lot like a quad.. very sweet, dark fruits (plum, dates, raisin), caramel, lots of wheat flavor, very booze heavy.
medium to full body, low carbonation.. feels heavy at first but thins out on the palate. a bit more carbonation would do this beer good.

i think the saison from last year was a lot better than this anniversary beer.. not very familiar with the style, but it is very reminiscent of a quad.. quads and tripels, i really have to be in a certain mood for.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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