Der Weisse Bock | Mahr's Bräu

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Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am kind of everywhere today in terms of beers, or should I say, biers. The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody continues to belch forth all sorts of things & I am happy to indulge.

From the bottle: "Brewed and bottled in Bamburg, Germany".

I am learning from exbeerience that these may be unfiltered beers. That revelation, coupled with the fact that it is getting late & I am tired & do not want to clean up a mess, signals a gentle pour following the Pop! of the cap. Once sufficiently decanted, a vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly reverted to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with ruby highlights & NE-quality clarity. Nose had a smoky cheesiness, like smoked Gouda, that left me unsure of what to expect next. Hey, I am nothing if not adventurous. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not cheesy, per se, but it was definitely smoky with a chocolaty undertone. The more I drank of it, the more chameleonic it seemed. I would occasionally get banana esters, but then they would recede. The smoky cheesiness returned & disappeared in the next sip. I then got a glimpse of dark, dried fruits, but then they were gone. This is one for the books! Finish was in that Twilight Zone between semi-dry & semi-sweet. Wow! What a beer. I wonder if I have any St. Augustinus (sp?) remaining ...

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Photo of seedyone
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ratte n Hum, NYC. Deep obaque copperish-brown. Watery head gave up easily & left no lacing. The aroma starts on the chocolate side but doesn't make it to the tongue. The malts rule the day in a very balanced way. The 8+ ABV is negligable in the taste.

A great well balanced treat.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Sure why not.

Deep burnt red body color. Hints of chestnut brown on the edges. Deep tan colored head, pinhead sized bubbles with about two fingers tall. Minimal retention and settles to a thin collar, and clear topped puck.

Aroma has nice soft clean notes of milk chocolate. Banana esters, light phenolic clove and nutmeg, almost lightly shaven and touched upon the nose. Nicely subtle and balanced.

First sip provides a very unexpected feeling. Sharp and gaseous carbonation with very wet body. Light body and carbon dioxide flavors take away what few touches of chocolate there are. Much of the banana flavor is long lost and there is no creamy character or density here.

A passable brew, but quite a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tremendous brew, redolent of chocolate-laced banana bread. Deep and dark, this is a weizenbock to spend a romantic evening with. What? That was weird? Fair enough. Regardless, take my word for it and snag this one should you ever see it, particularly on draught.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliant chestnut under a 1” light tan foam cap that clings to the side of the glass. A touch of wine aromas and flavor, tart sherry, a touch of chocolate, and then the initial sweetness finishes dry and tart.

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Photo of founddrama
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
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 BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lent in Bamberg includes Der Weisse Bock! ...starting on Ash Wednesday, I believe. I want to say they had it on Tap (vom Fass), but my memory of the evening is a little hazy. Enjoyable and recommended!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, 4880 bottle code. Pours very hazy/cloudy dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with incredible complexity and balance of big dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, date, banana, chocolate, brown sugar, dark bread, molasses, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible weizenbock style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

7.3% ABV for this batch.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and wheat flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice sweet banana flavor.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
"4880" is the bottled on date
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Pours a tall (&gt;3cm) head of lightly burnt tan bubbles, very small in size, creating a dense meringue-like, frothy head. Gradually recedes to a persistent head throughout, surprising and impressive due to high ethanol content of the beer. Leaves no lacing on sides of glass. Body is a dark mahogany stain color, or gem-brown if you prefer. In the light, this shows off some dark ruby highlights. Semi-hazy with visibly active carbonation.

Aroma is deeply of toasted malts and butterscotch, with some banana bread in heavy syrup. Quite different from other weizenbocks I've tried, but quite enjoyable.

Taste begins with rich, syrupy barley maltiness, which gradually transitions to a deep caramelized sugar and toasted malt base that lingers throughout. Very mild, in the background, are roasted flavors, contributing a bit of twang alongside the wheat. Bit of spiciness on back of tongue, indicating subtle hop usage or ethanol. Lingering finish of very mild bitterness and more subtle caramelized sugar flavors. Overall very nice, but would have enjoyed some more banana esters and, possibly, spices.

Medium-bodied with a moderate to moderate-high level of carbonation. In the beer, this doesn't come across as aggressive due to the heft of the body. Instead, the resulting mouthfeel is foamy, creamy, and somewhat pillowy. Finish is dry

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a tan foam head. Light spotty lacing.

Toasted malt. Fermented scents, like a dark bready dough base, or some tart fruit. Some spice.

You get good dark toasty wheat, some spice and light fruit, somewhat cherry-like, light malty bitterness, long toasted grain finish, maybe even a bit nutty. Alcohol? Not even a hint. Nothing overdone, perfectly balanced.

This has some body, but has some carbonation too. As your palate clears, this dries out to a slight pucker. Nice structure.

Great brew. Domestic brewers go extreme with this style. This is completely balanced. Really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out darker than I thought it would. The color was a murky brown with a pretty nice looking bubbly head on it. The smell of the beer was of strong malts and some wheat in the background. The taste of the beer had a slight acidic bitterness to it up front, possibly from the dark malts used. The aftertaste though was a smooth wheat flavor that I found to be quite refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and overall I found this beer to be pretty good.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed a murky dark brown, good cream/kahki head and retention. Scent is quite a welcoming blend of fresh crusty dark multi-grain bread, roasted nuts, hint of tootsie roll like chocolate, notes of blackened banana, light berry fruityness mingles with grassy and grainy hops. Begins with quite a taste of tartness that was unexpected from scent, behind the tartness, one can pick up the wonderful components of scent, but slightly washed out in the finnish by an odd medicinal sassafras/root beer barrel candy note. As i sip, the taste becomes more cohesive and works quite nicely - i thought it was going to be undrinkable at first. Medium bodied, light grainyness on the palate, slightly dry. I thought i was going to love this beer, then i thought i was going to hate it, and then in the end i ended up mostly liking it. Oddly enough, wish i had another glass at home so i could sit and think about it some more.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
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 Suds
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown in color, tan foam, and a slight reddish hue. The beer is appealing. The smell is nice...chocolate, vanilla, and raisin-bread. Nice stuff. Following the first few sips, a lot of spicy phenols come out. The beer is semi-sweet and has a pleasant alcohol warming. A bit yeasty...chocolate and vanilla in the flavor. Medium-full in body, with notable carbonation. This is a satisfying beer, although it could be a bit more intense in its characteristics.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance; dull and dark, cloudy brown. Light tan head that quickly dissipates but a collar remains around the edges. Very sparce lacing. Overall quite flat in appearance but this is understandable due to the higher abv.

smell; deep, wet, roasted malts. Hints of cocoa and mild spicy hops almost absent. Not much alcohol but just a bit brings out a soft dark fruit sweetness. Yeasty bread sweetness comes around from time to time.

taste; watered down dark rum and raisins and molasses but as the sweetness tries to take control, roasted malts bring an aged bitter and toasty flavor out. Bitterness tries to take control but the sweets hold it back, making a dark chocolate and almond finish. Really a nice balance, perhaps the roasted malt flavors could be slightly stronger but no complaints here.

mouthfeel; thick and a bit creamy. Smooth and slightly tart in the finish, leaving a warm sticky film behind.

overall; not overly extreem; a solid a example of the style. The toasty flavors of malt are quite advance and distinguish the beer. Would certainly reccommend.

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Photo of largadeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Burgundy colored with a moderate haze. The head is light tan, ultra-dense and lasting - almost looks like this was poured on nitro.

The nose reminds me of sweet plums and concord grapes. A nice tangy wheat character is present beneath the esters. As it warms, I can pick out the banana bread sweetness that's characteristic of the style.

Much like the nose, there's a big plum and grape flavor present right alongside the more expected flavors of banana, cocoa and caramelized malt. There's a mild phenolic spiciness that brings to mind star anise and clove. It's a semi-dry beer, especially so in the finish where the phenols seem to take over more and dry out the palate, lingering alongside notes of plum and baked banana. 8.5% alcohol is nowhere to be found, for better or worse.

Another fine beer from Mahr's. This brewery can seemingly do no wrong.

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Photo of buyaa
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Unfiltered, dark coloring like slightly used motor oil. Not black but a brown. Dark tan head that disappeared fairly quickly in my glass.

S: Malty and sweet raisin bread. some hits of alcohol

T: Here is where this beer makes it's case. A wonderful beer, a heavy malt backbone but with many other flavors adding to the complexity, but not overly sweet or alcoholic. A yeasty somewhat dry finish, but nothing that overpowers

M: You can feel the thickness of the sediment as your roll it around in your mouth. It looses some of its carbonation bite as you get to the bottom of the glass.

D: Very easy to drink for an 8.5, but I would only want to enjoy this one at a time.

O: Do yourself a favor, buy this beer and enjoy it!

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.19/5  rDev -18.2%
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 TheBrewo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We pour an entirely opaque, cola colored brew. It supports a one and a half finger head the color of raw sugar, that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing. A sweet explosion dominates the aroma, which is composed of butterscotch, figs, and dark fruits. The flavor profile begins with roasted malts, and an almost salty breadiness. This yields, and some of the aromatics, namely the figs and dark fruity flavors, begin to come through in the taste. The sip gets progressively sweeter, as it concludes on a coffee note that stays with you for a pleasant aftertaste. We are left with an uncoated mouth, that is dry, but not puckered. The medium body is surprising, and the carbonation is faintly noticed.

Overall, this was an enjoyable brew. We detected little wheat character, and it was darker and sweeter than the average Weizenbock; it was actually more like a light Doppelbock.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very dark amber in color. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger high tan head that has good retention properties. There is a very high amount of carbonation visible in the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of sweet malts and wheat in the nose along with some hints of bananas.
T: Malty flavors are more evident in the taste compared to the wheat; there are some notes of cloves and dark fruits plus hints of chocolate. Unlike the smell, there is only a hint of sweetness in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: For the most part the alcohol is relatively well masked, although this is a beer that needs to be sipped.

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Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, dark consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Surprisingly, not much lacing.

S: A big aroma of malt, bananas, phenols, and wheat. Very sharp.

T: Tasted of malt (lots of malt), a touch of bananas, wheat and phenols. Had a slightly acidic character, along with a noticeable amount of alcohol. Very tasty and vibrant.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the best example of the weizenbock style I've tried in a while. Drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a good deal of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. It had a small, bubbly tan head of foam.

S - There are two smells I expect in a weizenbock: malt and wheat. This brew delivers those aromas in a big way.

T - In terms of flavor the malt is a little strong than the wheat. There is some mild bitterness from the hops in this one.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

D - This is a very solid weizenbock. I'm glad it arrived in MO because this is a style I'd love to see more often.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark brown color. There is also suspended sediment present. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, slight hop, and some acidity. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight dark citrus, slight tartness, and slight grain. Overall, a good body, but high carbonation hurts the feel.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.47/5  rDev -11%
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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