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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 glid02
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a two-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of caramel and grassy wheat first and foremost with mild spices and even milder banana aromas lurking in the background. As it warms the wheat aromas intensify a bit and become more tangy.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep caramel and wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by hints of over-ripe bananas and less quickly by good amounts of spices. Midway through the sip hints of mildly sour soy sauce come out before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was a much more caramel-oriented weizenbock than most others that I've had. Don't expect loads of spices and bananas in this one however it remains worthy of a shot.

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Photo of danadeny
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly body , dark brow, sedement floating everywhere. Lots of carbonation. Smells like a malty German wheat beer. I was hoping for some smoked malt. The flavor is a bit off. I know my store may be selling old stuff from other German imports I have bought. This flavor has a tangyness and no balance which I belive is uncharacteristic for the style. So I am not going to give this beer a full review because I belive I have a past prime bottle.

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Photo of crenegar
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ, not a speck of dust on the shoulders. Although they usually carry Mahr's Bock this was a nice find.

This product is a bit more like their regular Bock beer than their Weizen and is quite a bit different than Aventinus or Vitus. The malts used here are more earthy and the grainy bread like flavors are paramount. Not nearly as much of the banana, clove flavors typical of regular Weizen beers. The use of Weizen yeast is just noticeable, it lightens the body and provides just enough of effervescence to make this beer really drinkable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 05Harley
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't find the date on this one.

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $5.99/bomber

Appearance: Hazy deep amber color. Thick head if poured too aggressive. Not much sticking to the sides. No lacing.

Smell: Spices and Banana come to mind with this one.

Taste: Definate malt up front with a hint of Lime almost tangy. As it warms it gets a little peppery.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry finish. Alcohol well hidden at 8.5%.

Drinkability: A worthy weizenbock. Not my #1 choice in the style but very good never the less.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle. Pours clear mahogany/ruby with a billowing light beige head. Hiuge banana and clove on the nose, with a bit of graininess and tang from the wheat. The wheat character is much stronger in the taste. Banana and clove are still there, along with some other spice. A bit of hop bitterness, which is surprising. Slightly roasty, dry finish. Thick, almost creamy feel with perfect carbonation for the style. This is great; drinks way too easily.

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Photo of rye726
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with shades of amber and a thin beige head. Nose has cloves, fresh fruits and wheaty malts. Taste is also quite fruity balanced by spicy herbs and peppery yeast. Clean body is lightly carbonated. A tasty Weizenbock that drinks quite easy.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Things I like:

Great bottle art with the cool ass goat licking up the beer spilling out of the glass.

Nice unique aroma...more doppelbock than wheaty...dark fruits (red grapes, cherries, prunes) along with molasses...

Sweet sticky flavor(but not cloying at all)....sweet malts and dark fruits again....

Low carbonation allows the flavors to jump out...

Things I don't like:

Really lacks weisse characteristics...I'd love to see the flavor of this combines with some yeasty banana and clove components.

Looks flat...like day old cola left in a glass overnight...

Final Thoughts:

Very unique...not up there with Aventius or Ramstein but a beer I would love to drink more of...

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Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coca cola color (before I swirled in the sediment, then cloudy) with an off white head, biege, and lots of action.

Sweet molasses and florals smell with a roasted malt aroma.

Molasses and dopplebock malt taste with a wheat grain background and multi floral flavor.

Medium to full bodied, resinous and slightly buttery feel, with a crisp comfortable carbonation.

IMO this is more of a doppelbock with a wheat background/finish, similar to Aventis, and I like Doppelbocks particularly this type.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new arrival at our store, so I decided to try one. The beer pours a rich brown. Slightly hazy with a thick off-white head that thake forever to calm down. Aromas at first were that of wine. It had a sour, yet earthy character reminiscent of young Chateau Margaux. It dominated most of the boquet until I really stuck my nose into the glass and detected the aromas of the grains that were used to make this brew. The flavor was amazing. Fruity, yet at the same time mellowed out with sweet caramel and toffee overtones. Followed with a touch of dried fruit and a nice dry finish. This beer is definitely one to leave its mark. It's been almost five minutes since my last sip and I can taste it like it just came off my tongue. This was one unique brew. My standard for thisstyle is Aventinus, but I can almost put this there if not in front. A great sipper for these cold winter nights.

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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 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 jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahrs is one of my favorite German breweries, so when I saw that they had their Weiss Bock out on the shelf, decided to see what it was all about. I poured this one in to a Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. Color is an opaque brown, with two fingers of frothy tan heading. Smell is of sweet brown bread with powdered sugar on top. Some clove and medicinal aromas also show themselves. Taste has brownies, dark fruit such as plum, raisin, more clove, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. Body is light, bright and spritzy, with good carbonation. Malt is nice on the palate, with little hopping. One of these is good enough for me, but certainly a respectable Weiss Bock from the Mahrs brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ColoradoBobs
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 bottling, listed on the label at 8.5% ABV.

Purchased at the recommendation of crosling, because he knows I like malty beers AND Hefeweizens. This beer is both.

Gorgeous pour into my 23 ounce Hefeweizen glass, in two stages: first slow and easy until only 2 ounces remain in the bottle; then swirl and pour quickly to pick up the yeast. This method yields a HUGE light brown head, extending at least an inch above the top of the glass, over a hazy dark brown body. Simply gorgeous: this is eye-candy beer, one of the five prettiest I've ever seen.

Smell is rich and sweetly maltilicious with a solid spice-banana-clove note.

Taste is much like the smell, with an added little kick of hops.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin, especially in view of the heavenly head and ample lacing.

Drinkability is perilously good for an 8.5% beer. I'd love to have another, but I only bought one bottle! I'm sure I'll get more.

Not as good as Aventinus or Vitus, but that's some pretty stiff competition. Overall, a very worthy brew. Go get some.

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Photo of Crosling
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

New Batch. 8.5% version. Dark brown color with a massive, creamy and extremely well lasting head. Pretty nice nose showing a touch of mocha, banana, clove and caramel. Flavor is well layered and quite sweet. Creamy texture with lots of taste. Caramel, toffee, spice, pie crust, loads of fruits (apple, plum), even a light hint of tobacco. I really like this beer, but i'm a sucker for this style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 GatorBeerNerd
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Its a dark almost black color with amber tones in it. Even with an aggressive pour there was very little head. It disappeared in an instant. There is no lacing at all since there is no head.

S: Dark fruit tones dominate the aroma with a splash of alcohol mixed in. There is also a hint of roasted malt.

T: Roasted malts and a a undertone of chocolate compromise the main flavor. It is a very bold flavor. I cant really pick up what else is in this one, but I like it.

M: It is somewhere between medium to full bodied. There is some kind of spicing that makes up for the lack of in mouth carbonation. It is an interesting in mouth experience.

D: This one is much more drinkable than I would have expected. There is basically no after taste at all. It is one of the smoothest finishes that I recall. The extremely slight warming effect is the only thing that hinders the drinkability at all.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a flute.
Alcohol by volume listed at 8.5%.

Pours an amber-highlighted, light maple in color. Carbonation-filled off-white head that evaporates shortly after impact to a few lingering whisps leaving no visible lacing.

Vinous fruit aromas: plum, currant, apple. Spicy clove along with licorice and other fresh spices. Notes of semi-sweet banana and tropical fruit with a sherry-like alcohol presence.

Ripe green apple and grape fruity esters that provide a mild tartness. The flavors turn more aged as they are met by a moderate clove spiciness; hints of licorice. The alcohol presence is not quite balanced and certainly noticeable; however, it is flavorful and near port-like.

A full, medium in bodied; mellow and smooth. A balanced body fit for the dynamic flavors and subtleties of a Weizenbock.

A flavorful and balanced Weizenbock; slightly darker on the flavor spectrum for the style, but all of the flavors work very well together. A German Weizenbock I will certainly return to.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a deep mahogany with a very creamy and smooth looking mocha cap. Evaporates to nothing and leaves zero lace.

Aroma - deep roast, almost a soy-like smokiness. A buttery yeast component too. Very interesting smell.

Taste - a very nice roastiness and burnt sugar combination, like molasses. Very unique and tasty. The wheat is understated but weaves in and out of the other flavors nicely. A little alcohol warmth, this baby is smooth and delicious.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, slightly heavy body, modest carbonation level.

Drinkability - very enjoyable from the first sip to the last. I'll remember this one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a a dark brown with good carbonation.

The smell is big caramel malt with a wash of alcohol and a clear smoky aroma.

The taste follows well, a very nice bock, with chocolate notes in a huge malt bill, some alcohol mixed with a nice smoky flavor close to a scotch ale.

The mouthfeel is big with good carbonation.

The drinkability is great, I will be looking for more of these.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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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 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 oberon
3.87/5  rDev -1%
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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Der Weisse Bock from Mahrs-Bräu
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