Der Weisse Bock | Mahr's Bräu

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Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of woosterbill
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Half-pint on tap at the Euston Tap.

A: Murky dark brown/prune colored body with a thin off-white head that quickly settles into a ring. Uninspiring.

S: Sweet + sour sauce. Over the top wheaty funk gives it raw husky tartness, accompanied by treacly sweetness. Some overripe banana lurks in the background. As it warms, soy sauce and apple cider notes emerge. Weird and off-putting, plain and simple.

T: Off-putting wheat sourness up front, followed by candy sweetness and a bit of booze. Meh.

M: Medium body that dissolves into rich, creamy effervescence. Pleasant.

O: I don't know if this was a spoiled keg or just a terrible beer, but either way it was a struggle to make it through even a half pint. I'll give it a bit of credit for being full-flavored, but that flavor was pretty darn messy. Just stick with Aventinus or Vitus.


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Photo of Kahlerbock
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured ruby brown and crystal clear until some chunky yeast came out of the bottle. The head stayed only a minute and then fell back. The aroma is fruit, wheat, malt, and restrained alcohol. The main fruit aroma is raisin with caramel. The flavor is slightly sour caramel and raisins with a sour lingering dryness. There is some wheat in the flavor, but you end with the dryness and alcohol. The alcoholic warming tells you that the drinkability is just not there.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a cloudy amber pour with a yeasty odor. i just had a little of this one as i did not like it all that much. as a weiss, it had a strong yeasty flavor, but for some reason it wasnt' overpowering. a new experience is all i really got out of this one

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Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Coming in a 500ml slim brown bottle, BB 13/05/08, served chilled in a weizen glass 6.5 months way past the expiry date (oh well...).

A: pours a murky, deeply-dark russet brown hue, topped with a sharply-hissing, puffy tan head with surprisingly good retention, while the carbonation remains lively.
S: salty-sweet prunes, dark cherries, wheat-malts, a very light touch of overripe bananas, and a pinch of chocolate powder. The slightly sharp sour-fruity estery note actually rings a bell of a farmhouse Belgian dark ale! Overall, slightly too sharp in terms of sour fruitiness.
T: tea-ish bitter hops and a lightly metallic touch comes with sour cherries, then settling to a mainly weizen-taste of sour mangos and a whiff of lactose drink. Just a little, almost negligible, brown-sugary sweetness manages to emerge at the corner of the palate. In many ways, this is like a poorly bottle-conditioned and overly yeasty example of Belgian dark ale.
M&D: the palate is spritzy upfront, slightly "loose" in terms of the bubbly texture, while the flavour is in a mess and shows no "gravity", or a main theme, at all. All these, I hope, are due to the expiration issue of this bottle, otherwise I really can't find it worth production at all. Got to try it again!

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Photo of marc77
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Turbid chestnut brown in hue and covered by a uniformly thick, seemingly static tan one fingered head. Ripe, sweet banana esters and mellow notes of clove phenol. Phenols take on an odd, napthalene like nature as the brew warms, but remain mild. Hint of spicy alcohol and bubblegum. Surprising note of mint chocolate in aroma. Banana laced sweetness upfront in flavor is ceded by grainy wheat tartness and mild notes of dry, powered baker's chocolate. Sweetness quickly resumes, but this time of a generic dark caramel nature. Subdued hint of raisins and chocolate emerge late. Moderately bodied, but just a touch thin in mouthfeel, lacking both the proteinaceous quality contributed by wheat and the creamy dextrins of a bock. Finishes lightly sweet and bready, but clean otherwise. An understated and tame example of the style, but flavorful enough to keep the palate interested. Tasty, but seemingly simplified in character.

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Photo of TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well carbonated producing a good head that managed to make it most of the way through the glass. Quite dark brown, good looking head, attractive lace.

Smells of wheat and fruit (raisins), sweetness of the malt is present.

Flavour is mild fruit, sweet up front, dusty dry to finish.

Kind of unremarkable overall, passable but not stimulating in any way.

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, almost completely opaque ruddy amber colored with an underwhelming head that fleets quickly. No Lacing to be found, only a small veil of micro beads that float atop the surface. Light sediment is suspended throughout.

S - Sweet caramel, figs, and raisins. Also a hint of the wheat backbone in the end, slight nuance of yeast

T - Quite sweet up front with caramel malt taking most of the spotlight. The finish has a tinge of clove and a light spiciness that offsets the sweetness somewhat. Not nearly as complex and rich as I was hoping.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thin and could use a bit more carbonation. This really lacks the big bodied punch I expect from a good Weizenbock.

D - I found this Weizenbock to be quite one dimensional, and a bit too sweet for my palette. It does a good job of hiding its ABV, albeit without much complexity. I will easily finish the bottle, but doubt I will ever pick this one up again. A decent beer, but one of the least interesting Weizenbocks I have had the chance to try.

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Photo of AltBock
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tall 1 pint 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a realistic drawing of a goat licking the side of a Weizen glass full of foamy beer. It's fuuny the first time you see it, but then it gets old. The back label only contains the mandatory US information. They didn't bother to stamp the bottle with any kind of date.

I poured this Weizenbock into my Ayinger Weizen glass. Out of the bottle came a beer that was a dark cola brown with a massive 3 to 4 inch head of foam. It wasn't a pure white color, but more of an off white color. This head had great retention that left behind a spotty 1/2 inch film and about 2 spots of lace. It's funny, it left behind spots, but not any lace.

The aroma of this Weizen was lightly malty with a sour undertone. Not too sour, but enough was there that I could detect it. The aroma was malty with toasted caramel malts, a drop of molasses, a subtle touch of coffee, and then the aroma finishes up with some sour cherries. Very interesting aroma. There wasn't any wheat, cloves, banana, or spices in the aroma.

The taste of this Weizenbock was malty and chocolately with roasted malts, a hint of milk chocolate, a subtle touch of coffee, and then this malty/chocolately beer ends with some herbal hops and a small bite of alcohol. This Weizen beer still didn't have any wheat in it. I guess it liked the malts more than the wheat. There also wasn't any banana, cloves, or spices in here. I like those flavors in my Weizen, but I guess the chocolate and malts will do.

This "Wheat" beer was medium bodied to full bodied with a mild aftertaste of roasted malts, a touch of roasted coffee beans, a hint of milk chocolate, herbal hops, and alcohol.

I would have liked some Weizen characteristics come through at the end, but they never did. This was my first Weizen beer that didn't have any wheat, banana, or cloves in it. Would I drink this again? Probably not because if I want a Weizen beer, I will pick up a beer that actually has a wheat taste to it.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew but nothing special.
Poured a very murky black with a finger high tan head followed by a slight island lace and ring. Carbonation feels to be average.
Aroma is moderatly of dark fruit.
A fruity beginning, primarily of raisins and plums, followed by a sweet after taste and warmth from the alcohol.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent weizenbock, but nothing worth writing home about. The beer pours with almost no head. Retention and lacing are poor, as one could only guess. The color is a deep brown, nearly opaque. When held to the light, it shines through a ruby red. Looks good with the exception of the head, or lack thereof.

The smell is alright. Thick and sweet with caramel malt and banana. Not much in the way of spice. The flavor is much the same, though there is more of a clove that bites into the tastebuds, along with a hint of alcohol burn. The sweetness is damn near cloying.

The body is thick and chewy. Intense malty sweetness and a decent alcohol burn, as already noted. Too much for me. I like the texture alot, but it's far too sweet.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark cola brown with big tan foam on top. Drippy whimpy lacing with only a few strings grabbing to the glass. A fairly thick skim lasts nearly the whole glass.

Aroma is of those frozen chocolate covered bananas at first but seemingly doesn't last as more of a canned grape/orange soda pop comes through as it sits. Still keeps some of its cocoa underneath though, which helps it stay from getting overly sweet on the nose.

Unfortunately the taste brings in much more of the soda flavors then what the smell eludes to. Tangy, quickly dryish, wine-like spritzer mixed with cola sweetness is a bit strange to the taste buds. Cocoa dryness continuely gets beat out by the soda flavors and some metalic tones also make a pretty big entrance on the palate. This is what you get if you mix grape soda with a white wine spritzer that went under a powdered chocolate milk mix machines' can maker.

Feel is leaning towards a medium body, tangy, quickly whiped away by grapey dryness and is a tad high on the carbonation scale.

Too much soda stuff going on here for any real enjoyment on my level. Not something I'd seek out again or recommend.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another weizenbock to try, one of my favorite styles. This particular version pours thick and dark, with almost no head at all. The smell is heavy with malts, bock-y and sweet, a little phenols from the yeast give a hint of banana. The smell isn't really as fruity as I'd like, but then again I always rate weizenbocks against the unfortunately incomparable Aventinus. The taste is a little oppressive in its strength, it's a little bitter and alcoholic. More malty than anything, again not enough banana/clove or bubblegum. Drinkability is average+, but really this is not the top of the style for me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A wheat bock, so I'm nearly tempted to compare it against Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock, but that's a lofty standard to hold any beer against...
A small head, disappears quickly. A color of deep violet. The aroma? Grapes are predominant, plus spices, vanilla. Taste is deep and rich, rather dry, but compromised by an unfortunate over-carbonation. Halfway into the 16.9 oz. bottle, all I can think of is "grape soda". Not too pleased by this one, sorry

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Photo of metalspice
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bighuge
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a scarlet red/ruby and has fine particles in suspention. Slight head laces adequately. Aroma is very sweet. Slightly smoky. Taste is pretty unique. A guttural smoke flavor accentuates the weizen-bock characteristics adequately. Taste is not like any other weiss bock I've had, but it's a decent taste. And it grows on you as you work your way through the beer. It's a great beer to try if your into experimentation. Couldn't see drinking more than one of these during a sitting however.

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Photo of founddrama
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fizzed like a soda on the pour. More carbonation than I expected. Tangy malt flavor. Lots of body ("thick" mouthfeel). Flavor isn't as "big" as I expected. But also not a big boozy finish either.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel like color and in fact reminds me of cola in many ways. Thin to no head is there upon pour and a few moments afterwards. Disappointing. Nose has a dark bread-like character. Rather yeasty & chocolatey on the taste. Easy drinking, much like a plain ole dunkel or dunkleweizen.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first dark beer ever was a Pabst Blue Ribbon Bock some 45 years ago, and “Bocks” have been a most favorite style ever since.

The beer pours a deep garnet color with the head modest in size, frothy in texture and light tan in color as it erodes quickly, the lace left behind is a bit patchy. Sweet malt aroma dominates, light yeast tone, clean and fresh to the senses with a sweet malt laden front, the top rather thin. Finish is vinous, perky in its hop presence, and the carbonation light. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat sour, and a fair to middling bock overall.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Smarty_Pints
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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