Der Weisse Bock | Mahrs-Bräu

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Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

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Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dinner beer that went with most food. Complex: wheat and chocolate bitter with subtle fruity sweetness. Robust so can store for a few months. Clear expiry date on back of bottle with top ten picture. Bit too high on alcohol but satisfying neverthe less.

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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 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 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 BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These beers typically have everything in them, even the kitchen sink, and all going a different direction. This beer is no different, but the flavors and characteristics seem to come together more than most. The beer opens with an expected hazy, rusty, dirty hue, great head formation that faded rather quick for a wheat beer. Aromas of strong wheat malt wrapped into the barley well, leaving a nice base for intense fruity esters and complimentary phenolics. Bannans, grapes, berries, dates, figs, plumbs, prunes, and apples round out the esters, while a clove, peppery, smokey character is given with the phenols. Quite rich and full palated with warming alcohols that thin the beer for easy drinking. The carbonation fell quickly, leaving the beer a bit flat late. It's not quite Aventinus, but it's a nice Weizenbock.

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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 emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The goat on the label looks pretty psyched to get his own beer...

Pours with strong carbonation into a weisse glass. Once the yeast is swirled, four fingers of foam rise and slowly settle. Faint aroma suggests tart green apples, and light gingerbread.

Taste is lively and fruity, similar to a Belgian dark ale. There's a strong nuttiness that comes across, some caramel, and vague clove. The effervescent mouthfeel mixed with the slightly sweet esters support this comparison, while it's wheaty fullness diverges from Belgian territiory. Despite the richness of flavor, this weizenbock is light on the palate.

I've had exceptional bottles and older ones that may have diminished in quality, so be sure to give it a second chance!

One .5L bottle is satisfying, but I wouldn't refuse a second.

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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 oberon
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass a deep tawny brown with some chunkies and floaties swirling in the bottom of the glass a foamy 1/2 finger tannish colored head atop fading into a creamy mass.Inviting aromas and quite complex notes of green apple and clove show thru most up front with hints of caramel and bitter chocolate as well and a lingering banana character,a nice mix of weizen and bock going on quite sweet with a bit of an alcohol zip to go along with a clovey,banana character its not boozy but the sweet alcohol has a presence.Solid nothing to complain about more of a winter season beer but its good no matter what season really.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big fluffy off-white head offers fairly good retention and a nice Belgian-lace. Brownish in color with amber highlights. Less hazy than expected, but there are some larger particles in suspension suggesting the yeast cake had been quite compacted - probably an old bottle. The aroma is limited with some caramel-like maltiness and a bit of a bready character. There are some very light notes of brown sugar and citrus, matbe some spice. The body is somewhat thin but the high carbonation level compensates in the mouthfeel. The flavor is restrained with a lighty sweet malt character. Very basic, no real fermentation characteristics seem to come through. Gently balanced hop bitterness finishes slightly dry. Although this beer is from Bamberg it doesn't seem to display the characteristics normally associated with the region. This may just be an old bottle that's lost some of its complexity.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, almost murky, tawny with brighter orange edges. The golden ecru cap is large and airysoft. It deflates fairly rapidly, but will no doubt continue to threaten to overflow the glass on all subsequent pours. Unfortunately, it isn't the least bit sticky and is a poor lace generator. With a better lid, this could be a looker.

The nose is wonderfully aromatic and reminds me of some of the better dunkels and dark weizens that I've run across. It's primarily dark wheaty with swirls of caramel, chunks of bruised banana and substantial sprinkings of ground clove. Actually, it smells like the beer equivalent of black bottom banana cream pie.

Der Weisse Bock is a little (okay, a lot) more sour on the palate than expected and will take a few ounces to get used to. Tangy wheat mixed with melted caramel is still the star of the show. What tastes like hefe weizen yeast makes a valued contribution as well. Pungent clove spice and banana esters do their best to get noticed in the midst of the impressive sourness.

The various members of the flavor profile increase in intensity throughout the mouthful and are best appreciated on the back end as the sourness finally begin to fade. Have I mentioned that this beer is sour? The mouthfeel is medium to slightly more full and the finish is lightly sticky and slick. I wish there was a little more sweetness present since the unrelenting puckery tartness becomes wearing after a while. Brisk carbonation keeps things lively.

Mahrs Der Weisse Bock is a good rendition of the weizenbock style that could be great if it wasn't for the overwhelming (take a guess)ness. All the necessary elements are in place, they just need to be allowed to strut their stuff unimpeded. This is oh so close to a stellar rendition.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Cape Wine & Spirits in Lewes, DE. Poured chilled from the 16.9oz bottle into a goblet.

A - A deep garnet shade w/ practically now-you-see-it, now-you-don't head of tan. The clarity is translucent w/ absolutetly no lacing

S - A creamy smoky sweet nose w/ dates, sugar dusted nuts and gentle fig aromas. There are odors of vanilla, toffee and a light alcohol presence

M - This is a potent beer and doesn't care if you know it, viscous with moderate carbonation to lighten the sugary malt feel more like port to me than most beers of this ilk I can think of. The feel has slight smoky texture w/ dry tinges, but finishes slightly sweet and has a warming quality

T - I was impressed with the flavor which is a mix of malty/nutty candy-like tastes and a strong smoky bock. The wheat gives a smooth essence to the flavor w/ light caramel and toast notes. The hints of mild gentle sweetness at first that then move to a dark toffee, vanilla, dark fruit- like raisin and mild smoke flavors. There are hints of molassess and brown sugar as it finishes with an herbal flavor and taste of alcohol, with residual sugars of candy-like malt.

D - For an 8.5% ale/lager hybrid this is very smooth. The qualities of Weizen are not lost, but it has a very bock influenced character. There is plenty of malt and strong lager flavor for a cold, wet fall day it was perfect

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9 oz long slender Euro style brown bottle, a bottled on date on the back label. This was bottled on 01-10-00. Thin layer of brown sediment on the bottom of the bottle stay compacted while pouring. Mystical looking goat holding an over flowing beer glass and licking the foam over on the front label.

Appearance: Deep and rich brown colour with undertones of amber, slight chill haze which is a given factor to ales. Big bubbles of carbonation rush to the top and help keep a pancake like head for the duration.

Smell: Smell of freshly cooled banana bread, bit of spicy alcohol and huskiness in the nose also. Phenols are big with waves of clove and pepper. Obviously fruity with esters to boot.

Taste: Full malty body with a medium high carbonation that brings a refreshingly and slightly harsh crispness, prickly mouth feel from the carbonation that quickly goes dry. Big maltiness with cracker and vague rye flavours. Spicy upfront with both phenols and alcohol duking it out for domination, neither prevail though they seem to meld into one spiciness that holds true far into the finish. Hops are innocent bystanders and only add the element of balance the big picture of wheat bocks. Mild yeast flavour brings some earthy flavours. Dry rounded husk seems lightly toasted and lingers far and wide. Fruitiness is strong but vague in variety, only banana and tangerine can be picked out. Alcohol starts to kick in with a peppery flavour and a warmth. After taste leans towards husky with a bone dryness.

Notes: So complex and so dry, does not seem like a 7.2% abv brew being that the warmth comes late. This is certainly big enough to wash down a juicy corned beef Ruben on marble rye layered with Swiss cheese. Even better with some long aged cheddar and whole grain crackers.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from 16.9 oz bottle, the bottling date on the back is smeared out. Der Weisse Bock pours a hazy, dark brown color. Head is tall and thick. The aroma is of rich, dark European bread with a distinct banana smell. This is very strong and inviting. Taste is complex. Banana and clove notes are joined by big bready malts. Flavors are noted on multiple levels. Finish is sweet and slightly nutty. A mild alcohol taste is also noted. This is great stuff, and is sadly from another great brewery that we're missing out on in Houston.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep caramel brown hue with a big viscous tan head leaves behind heavy patches of lacing. Aroma: Butterscotch sweetness very rich with an air of smokiness. Taste: Sweet fruit undertones sharp sweet malted wheat and the peated malts used here are great I would call it a near smoke beer. MouthfeeL Silky big chewy mouthfeel medium to full bodied brew in my opinion. Drinkability: Extremely unique weizenbock that I'm glad I picked up the smoked malts added to the experience but didn't overshadow the dark weizen bocks key characteristics.

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

Pours a dark clouded ruby that is almost opaque with a massive tan head. Nose is sweet and pungent with an almost wooded malt on there it seems. Flavor is thick and sweet with an almost berry like quality to it. Feel is almost a bit too tingly on the mouth from a sharp layer of carbonation. Definitely very drinkable. Worth trying. Goes down smooth and is very well made. I could go for these over and over again.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice find on tap at the Blind Tiger. Poured a hazy/murky shade of dark plummy brown with a soft puffy head, that showed moderate retentive powers. Sticky and fine lacing left on the glass. The nose was strongly fruity with a wiff of sourness and alcohol . This is a slightly sour, mellow, yeasty and musty concoction. Lots of complex fruit, spice and yeasty notes floating around. Interesting, sophisticated, old world brew. If you like a complex, strong German style Wiesse Bock, this one is well worth a try. I'd like to try a fresh bottle for a comparison.

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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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft but I've also had this in the bottle. I love the goat on the label, its so cool when Bocks have goats on the labels.

Big pour, 20 ounces at a local beer bar, served in an imperial pilsner glass.

Beer is dark, off white head (thick) that falls away slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. All is well. Its too dark to tell what the carbonation levels but based on head retention I hope they are high.

The aroma is a mixture of roast and sweetness. I am hoping for some nice banana hidden in there and after smelling the beer half a dozen times before tasting it, I finally convince myself that there is some esters in there and that they smell inviting.

I've been trying a lot of weizenbocks lately and unlike the others in this catagory, this beer is not sweet, at all really. I question what the aroma is telling me about the beer but the flavor is slightly roasty in the back, almost flat in the front with perhaps a slight hint of sour. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is medium body and the carbonation works well in the mouth, I just was expecting something else in the front of the palate to bring it all together.

I would order it again and recommend it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and fruity wheat malt scent that boasts of clove and banana along with crystal malts. The taste is decent. It has a tart wheat malt and yeast flavor with a dry, sweet finish. It has a crystal malt sweetness with a dry, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the aroma, but the mouthfeel needs more body and less carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

17 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $5.75... shared with my carpool buddy... my half into my Chimay goblet.

3 finger head atop a dark cloudy porter like brew... foamy head with little lacing.

Bready banana spiked with light clove... spicy raisin bread.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with quite a bit of caramel... body is fairly thick and the carbonation is fairly smooth.. making a very easy drinking brew... a little cocoa throughout.. more brown sugar than caramel as it warms mixes well with the banana bread flavors.

Pretty excited to see the Coop got another weizenbock in... but that said I would probably only ever pick this up again if I was brewing a weizenbock and needed some inspiration or probably for a style tasting.

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Photo of John_M
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed this beer previously, but it was so superior to what I had had previously, decided to update my review. First sampled on 5/25/07, but tried again last night (9/12/08).

On tap at the German beer festival at Max's last night. For me this was the beer of the night, absolutely stunning.

The beer pours a dark cola color with good head retention. It really looks more like a dopplebock then weizenbock, but that's not big deal. Nice looking beer, but nothing really special, until I took that first sniff. Amazing. This is easily the most complex dopplebock I have ever seen. I don't know what the hell Mahr's did to impart this kind of aroma, but it was amazing. One initially gets smoked bacon, grilled meats and smoked salmon. However, as the beer sits in the glass the aroma picks up some sweetness, and as God is my witness, gives off an aroma of barbeque potato chips. There is also some clove and banana in the nose, which just adds to the fun. On the palate one still gets that smokey flavor, but it's a bit more subdued. However, there is a fascinating interplay of chocolate and tartness, coupled with some banana and more clove. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with the alcohol pretty well disguised.

This beer was just excellent. Wish it were available on tap all the time, but doubt I can expect that. Oh well....

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