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 thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany. It had a purple-red glow to it before the bottle yeast was swirled in. The head is a sheet of tan; small, as most big beers would don. This one is no exception.

Rich aromas of plum, clove, banana bread, toffee, fudge, raisin, alcohol, cough medicine, and roasted wheat. Quite the deep, permeating nose. Indulgent and sniping down the style.

Hard booze, heavy clove, dark wheat, rummy fruits, medicinal phenols, hefe yeast, ripe banana, Belgian chocolate, toffee, grape, and pumpernickel loaf. Latent spiciness with a carbonated tickle, to boot. Dries out a little bit, lacks the juiciness that the nose premised. Still full-on richness supported by a medium-thick body heft. Deep and complex. No sip is obvious. Authentic, up until the 11.1% rides full-steed.

A dutiful weizenbock. Perhaps, heavy-duty. Delivers with a nose full of flair and a sipping-speed tastiness. Savor the flavor, because the faults are few.

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

-Weizenbock. 11.1%

A: Cola pour with a monstrous 3+ finger peanut shelled colored head that was smooth and frothy all day long. Leisure rise of carbonation bubbles creep up along the inner walls of the vessel while a thin, spongy film coating exists for lace.

S: Bananas, cola, toasted caramel and some nuttiness exists on the nose along with some chocolate and a bit of mustiness.

T: Flavor of chocolate, cola-banana flair, dry pinch of coffee, nuttiness, and an earthy, musky bitterness. Yeastiness of banana, doughy bread, with some alcohol spiciness of black licorice, mild anise twang but is otherwise very well hidden in character for 11.1%. Spices of cardamon, and sweet chocolate flashes come about.

M: Warm anise alcohol warmth, medium full body, creamy texture, slightly oily feel with a soft presence of carbonation.

O: Overall a nice layering of complexity from the yeast and alcohol combine to give this a warming glow of spiciness. very good.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

It's been awhile since I have had a new Weyerbacher beer.Poured into a weizen glass a deep murky chesnut brown with a half finger off white head that was gone pretty quickly,a menacing looking weizenbock if I have ever seen one.The banana notes really jump out at ya in the nose along with some gummy fruitiness and nut,there is a big alcohol presence wich is par for the course when it comes to Weyerbacher in my opinion.It's big and chewey in the mouth unlike any of the style I have had.It's an alcohol bomb with big medicinal sweetness and alcohol,the banana and clove spice is there but it's hindered a little by the sheer size and burn of this beer.The biggest weizenbock I have had,Iam not sure what some of my friends from the south of Germany would think of this.There are good points to this beer but it's to big a monster for the style in my opinion.

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

Weyerbacher 18

LOOK: Pours a cloudy brown color. Very much an unfiltered wheat beer. Short lived head forms with little to no lace.

SMELL: Banana, bubblegum, and general wheaty aromas upfront, giving way to alcohol, citrus and a bit of toast.

TASTE/FEEL: Well balanced between wheat malt and fresh tasting hops, with more bubblegum, clove and soft banana notes met by a sturdy bitterness. Little alcohol flavor, finishes nice and even. Well carbonated and full bodied. Nice clean wheat beer that has a punch but drinks easily.

OVERALL: A tasty, fresh Weizenbock. More well hopped than most suggested by the hop flowers on the label. I'm glad I have more of these. Another well done Anniversary beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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 BB1313
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of krs0123
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -9.7%
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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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of facundoCNB
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Ego
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

mud with head, a 2 finger crown of white, literally this looks like muddy river water, light barely penetrates this, the lacing is super nice leaving trails in its wake, the head fades at a decent pace retreating into the oh so well known o-ring of beerdom, interesting looking brew

bananas flam-bayed in bourbon, some yeasty dryness, sweet dough, the nanners are the boss here though, really heavy in that department, pretty strong

taste etc...
thick as mud, pretty heavy in the mouth in other words, really up front with the banana flavor that is just enough to temper the heavy ABV, you sort of get a peek at the alcohol for a second but then you kind of aren't sure if you actually spotted it, the problem is that hiding the ABV with big flavor can back fire if you don't particularly love that big flavor, I think this meets
the criteria here, it is a little much, it doesn't quite reach the undrinkable category but it is not something that is a flavor that makes you want to keep going back for more

definitely boozy but the ABV is sort of held in check but in doing so the flavor is a bit much for this taster, the mouthfeel is great but man after a while it is just too much banana tone, worth a try if you see it but don't go nuts looking for it

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Photo of larryi86
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A- A hazy brown with a one finger tan head.

S- Bready, wheat, dark fruits, some alcohol, yeast, bananas, spices.

T- Sweet, bready, wheat, spicey/earthy finish, dark fruits, rich, bananas.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A nice Weizenbock, a little boozy. Not sure if it would pick it up again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark red/mahogany color with translucent red outlines. Maybe an 1" worth of head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing

S: Fairly phenolic and yeasty, with notes of banana, clove, and other lighter fruits. Some sweet maltiness also come through along with the alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the phenolic and yeasty notes which impart a nice fruitiness, some banana, and clove. Goes into a light sweetness followed by a light hit of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely on the strong side for a weizenbock at 11.1%, but it is hardly noticeable. The banana and clove notes are solid along with the fruitiness that the yeast imparts. Very nicely done for an Americanized version of the style, and worth picking up

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Photo of ksimons
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a murky brown with sediment in the bottom and a thing layer of light tan head

S-smell is full of banana followed by bready malt, caramel, and a bit of spice

T-taste is similar to the smell with sweet banana, wheaty malt, light dark fruits, and a bit of spice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 11%.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, sweet fruity finish

Overall a good take on the style and well hidden alcohol makes this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky, muddy texture. There was a small amount of foamy head that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S: A decent enough aroma of malt, wheat, and that bubblegum quality.

T: Tasted of wheat, first and foremost, the bubblegum quality, a sugary element, and a hint of malt. A bit on the boozy side, especially in the finish. Not a bad flavor, but a tad on the off balance.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat smooth finish (aside from the booziness of it). Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting take on the weizenbock. A bit uneven, but worth a shot.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip. Bottled on 7/1/13.

A - Pours a dark brown chestnut color. Shows serious cloudiness on the stream to the glass, but this isn't nearly as apparent once it gets there. Just under a half finger of eggshell colored head holds steady for the duration. Tiered lacing paints the interior of the glass.

S - Sweet candied nuts, fig, and serious brown sugar. The combination of booze and fruit creates a bananas foster aroma. Extremely rich aroma, but I guess that was to be expected from a Weizenbock north of 11%.

T - Not overwhelmingly or cloyingly sweet as I anticipated. Nice, delicate wheat character along with a whole fruit bowl of other flavors. Some rich, shoo-fly pie maltiness on the back end. Banana stands out amongst the complex flavors. The alcohol goes almost entirely unnoticed. Well done.

M - Smooth with a surprisingly middle of the road body. Easier to drink than most of the other, lower ABV, Weizenbocks I have tried.

O - Weyerbacher is always creative with their anniversary series beers and an 11% Weizenbock fits the bill. This beer was complex and flavorful without being cloyingly sweet. The alcohol was well hidden and I wanted another after my first. Well done. Among my favorites in the series thus far.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, not quite opaque. Cola highlights. Decent size tan head, especially given the high abv.
Smell: dark fruits and yeast. I would have guessed I was sniffing a quad if I didn't know better.
Taste: very nice. Dark fruit. Nice malty backbone. Some spice and fruit blossoms in the finish.
Overall: kudos to Weyerbacher. Always something new and interesting in their anniversary brews.

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Photo of themind
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A quality brew from a quality brewer. I stopped by the brewery and picked up a growler of this stuff. The mouthfeel was a little thick for me. It has a decent aroma and crisp carbonation along with a good taste that lingers on your palate. I had several glasses of this stuff and enjoyed each one. The ABV is hidden fairly well. The beer seems to have hints of banana, clove and dark fruit. overall I like it.

Bottom Line: Decent offering from the Easton boys.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just accidentally erased my whole write up so here's a shortened version:

Deep chestnut color with no opacity and no head even with an aggressive pour. Complex nose of dark fruits, toasted whole wheat breads and faint banana. The taste isn't as complex as the nose but flavors are good, lots of dark dried fruits, plums, raisins, hearty grainy breads and a touch of yeast snap to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is deceptive, medium bodied and smooth, almost no detection of the 11% abv. Flavors are a little muddled and blurry but work together. Weyerbacher isn't really known for making really clean beers anyway with the exception of simcoe and the new last chance ipa. Pretty good overall a little different in regards to style.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
2.12/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that Weyerbacher is one of the 3-4 breweries that really got me into craft beer. Because they were local and their cases not terribly expensive, I could justify paying the extra few bucks because I thought they made a good product. That was about 6 years ago.

I really, really wanted to like this beer. I want to like a lot of the things they make. They're local, I know a few guys from the brewery, and they're good people. It's just that other than this year's batch of Riserva...nothing they've made recently has been good, including this.

A - Pours a murky, cloudy brown color that explodes with carbonation when I poured it into the glass. I poured into a 13oz tulip, and with 4oz or so left in the bottle the head was already overflowing the glass.

S - Banana, clove, and yeasty booze. I don't really get weizenbock at all, it's just off flavors from overly hot fermentation and booze.

T - Again, more booze, along with unbalanced clove and banana. The yeast has totally taken over this beer's flavor profile, and not in a good way.

M - Sugary/underrattenuated, sticky, and not very good. Also, massively carbonated, and not very drinkable.

O - Drainpour. I got through about 3 sips, and decided I'd rather drink a glass of water. I really, really wish Weyerbacher could still put out beers like Thirteen, and even Fifteen, but between last year's imperial saison and this weizenbock, it seems they're more focused on making big anniversary beers than good anniversary beers. Really a shame.

For a good local PA Weizenbock, I'd recommend Moonglow instead. Not the booze bomb that this is, and much more drinkable overall.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very murky medium brown in color with minimal amounts of carbonation and some light mahogany highlights. The beer has a creamy half finger tall light beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of malty sweet with banana and a light amount of clove.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet wheat malts with moderate notes of banana and some light notes of clove. Very light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a big beer with a high ABV and as a result it is not a very easy beer to drink - there are some nice flavors and aromas to the beer but it is a sipper.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into Tulip

Appearance- hazy dark brown, 1 finger white head that fade quick

Aroma- Chocolate, dark fruits, some banana, malty sweetness, slight amount of smoke, and some booze

Flavor- Sweet malt, not overbearing, some dark fruits, plum, some spicy phenols, less complex than the aroma, booze, but its drinkable for sure.

Mouthfeel- Full and thick, almost too much but not bad, alcohol heat

Overall- Its a bit heavy even in the style, a sipper but very enjoyable, probably my favorite of the their last few anniversaries. Worth a try.

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