Der Weisse Bock | Mahr's Bräu

very good
108 Reviews
Der Weisse BockDer Weisse Bock

Brewed by:
Mahr's Bräu

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 151
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 clvand0
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard brown color with a very tall head that subsides quickly but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some chocolate as well as some dark fruit. The flavor has characters from the chocolate and the slight fruit, but also has a nice dose of wheat malt. Mouthfeel is slightly thin and the drinkability was nice. The wheat gives it a nice creaminess.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this beer. The beer pours a strait up brown color with 3 fingers of head that falls to a finger over the beer. The nose is really about the bock in this one. There are hints of cherries and figs, and just full on bock nose. The flavor is pretty much a marriage between a bock and a wheat. The wheat mellows down the flavors of the bock, rendering it just a bit smaller in flavor. This is a nice beer overall. Better than the victory beer in the same style. The feel is smooth and creamy and a bit velvety. A nice drink. Drinkability is not bad either. This is a drinkable beer. I would have it again.

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

Pours a reddish tan color with a stiff white head on top. The aroma is sweet and malty with a touch of raisins. The flavors follow the lead of the aroma with a sweet wheat bread maltiness along with notes of lavendar and cinnamon. These spices are not potent or up front, but more subtle in the back of the flavor. It has a clean and crisp flavor and a medium body.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Phenols in the aroma are sweet and a little off. Malty grains appear in background (at first). Seems like a little green apple quality that is off-putting. Eventually a little oxidized warmth and alcohol appear.
Brown amber, fairly clear. Head was fizzy and setted quickly.
Taste shows malt upfront that's dark and slightly fruity. Alcohol evident with oxidation and warmth in belly. NIce llong pleasing finish of malty dryness. Taste streamlines in time and as warms to a smooth stream of flavors that blend nicely.
Fairly smooth considering strength of alcohol. Moderate intensity to the carbonation.
Loses robustness in time, but overall I liked this. I still think that malt could be greater and of more intensity, but this is worth the effort.

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Photo of Ardon
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only my second Weizenbock after Aventinus and that's tough competition. Pours with a nice thick head that dissipates pretty quickly. A rich mahogany/cherry colour that seems pretty impervious to light. Smell is out of this world; a rich raisiny banana. Taste is a little different to the nose however, still raisiny but I'm not getting the banana anymore; especially surprising due to the amount of reviews here that claim it's like liquid banana bread. I do, however, detect faint molasses and that strong raisin character coming through. Starts sweet, finishes dry with a semi-sweet chocolate flavour. Basically a delicious brew. I'd recommend this though, especially to anyone who is a fan of Weizenbocks or even Dubbels.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orangey-copper color with a volumnous tan head. Deep bready aroma with banana and tropical fruit aromas, too. Smooth and thick on the palate, phenolic and estery. Good weizenbock flavor; banana and clove with a nice roasted wheat malt sweetness... almost syrupy with a subtle tartness. I was a little worried cause this on had been in the fridge for a while, but I'm not picking up on anything off. Solid weizenbock, which is one of my cherished German styles of beer. Cheers!

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Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer came in a brown 0.5 liter bottle of typical German design. Nice traditional looking label showing a goat licking the head off of this weizenbock. The back of the label has a born on date, which is a welcome departure from German traditional labeling practices. As the label indicated this was born just a couple of moths ago (2 April 04), I am getting a reasonably fresh sample.

When poured into a Pilsner glass, the beer developed an enormous head that was extremely durable. The head was off while is color and nearly 3 inches in height. The underlying body was hazy reddish amber in color. The aroma was clearly from the weizen family with bananas, bubblegum, and cloves on the nose.

The taste wss also relatively simple at first glance with a spicy clove presence up front, followed by a quick snap of hops, and a long lemon-banana finish. As the beer warmed up, the alcohol became more pronounced and made the beer feel drier.

The beer lacks the creamy smoothness of Aventinus, and feels a bit coarser on the palette. But what it lacks in sophistication, it makes up somewhat with a more potent raw energy.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nicely; perfect head-to-body ratio. After letting it breathe a second, I tilted the glass, took a sip, and...

...BANG-O, what ballsy carbonation this has. It's like a bock/seltzer blend. The taste, once you get beyond the tongue-seering bubbles, is predominately sweet bock, but the wheat really comes out in the aftertaste and is almost metallic in nature. If nothing else, it gets points for being unique. I don't know if I'm going to come back to this one too often, but my mind is frantically searching for the perfect food pairing, because something as bold as this must have a soul mate.

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

Thank you to Bierman9 for allowing me to try this solid German brew.

This Bier poured out a rich-looking, and very hazy brownish colour. The head was all talk initially, but quickly faded to a lacey ending. The aroma was very, very malty and sweet, perhaps citrus. After the first sip, I felt I may have initially over-estimated this Bier. However, about 1/3 of the way through, the aroma and flavor, specifically, the way the bready and almost chewey flavor melded together with the lemony overtones. A solid combination, and a great way to spend an early Sunday afternoon, watching Bundesliga action (Bochum at Borrusia Dortmund, in case you were wondering). A very, very good Bier.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Imbiber
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn. Cloudy (as in unfiltered) dark brown, enthusiastic white foamy head with some glass lacing. Malty, slightly fruity aroma, not that distinctive. Flavour was malty and of fruit, raisin, and even banana and a hint of spices. The finish was semi-dry with slight alcohol warmth.

An enjoyable beer, unexpectedly strong in alcohol.

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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 alexgash
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy cola-brown with a big, creamy, light-tan head. The nose is crushed grape jolly ranchers, some bananas, yeast, and little alcohol. Taste is predominantly earthy wheat malts that have a tangy, almost sour character. More grape flavors follow, with a warming, wheat bitter finish and lingering banana. I don't know if I'm a big fan of the sour malt notes in this one. The feel is nice though, and not too syrupy.

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

Pours a hazy brown and amber hued with a faint tan head. The lace doesn't quite hold the glass like other beers.

There is a distinct fruity aroma, like banana maybe. There is a good sweetness in the nose.

The taste is sweet and spicy--I can't quite make out the spice--almost pepper like. Very tasty.

This is a nice and smooth beer with a medium body. I wish it could be a little fuller. There is little to no hop character. I suppose I am used to a drier finish in my beer. I don't believe this is a flaw of the beer just a reflection of what I have been drinking lately.

I liked this beer and thought it was very drinkable. Not one of my favorites but still a good beer that I could recommend.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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 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 TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
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 RoyalT
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Super dark and cloudy dirty brown with good carbonation and a crazy head that I had to control at the pour.

Smell – The big, heavy duty yeast is matched by strong, sugary fruits. The prunes and Bing cherries jump out first, followed by other, lighter fruits and brown sugar syrup.

Taste – Everything stepped back a bit at the taste. The fruits from the nose were there, but the good yeast aroma lost some at the tongue. It was still very good though.

Mouthfeel – A solid medium in the body with active carbonation that was a little on the fizzy side.

Drinkability – This was an excellent example of the style and a definite “buy again.”

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
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 jdhilt
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-fingered faint brown head, fades quickly and leaves no lace. Cloudy amber color, chunky bits on the bottom. Nose is raisiny. Starts sweet and raisiny, finishes tart but watery 6/27/2004 - did not finish watery this time. Very low carbonation and light bodied. $3.29 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of dansteino
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured caramel with an off-white head. Decent head retention.

Smell: Ripe fruit (banana) and spices (clove)

Taste: Fruity with slight chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Not especially smooth, but a very drinkable beer. Carbonation is very prickly on the tongue.

Good beer.

Aventinus, Jr.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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 marc77
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
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 the42ndtourist
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with a massive head that would do Duvel proud - and lasting, too, took me forever to get the whole bottle poured out into the glass. Colour is a murky dark brown. Smell is yeasty, or rather similar to a hefe. Taste is, well, something of a combination of a bock and a hefe-weizen (strangely enough). Thick and malty and phenolic with wheat flavours. Kind of gritty feeling - like a heavy scotch ale (esp. La Chouffe). Good, but there's probably something better out there in the style.

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Der Weisse Bock from Mahr's Bräu
3.9 out of 5 based on 151 ratings.
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