Altvater Weissbierbock
Brauerei Bischofshof

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Brauerei Bischofshof
Ranked #15
Ranked #11,933
4.01 | pDev: 6.98%
May 03, 2023
Aug 10, 2016
Very Good
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Opaque orange, whipped meringue foam, arcs of sudsy lace in the glass.

Aroma is phenolic and a touch metallic, apple juice and pineapple cake struggle to register on the first sips. Banana bread, malted wheat cereal, light clove. Medium bodied and hefty, creamy texture from the wheat. Light oxidation.

Overall it’s decent, maybe not the freshest. First time seeing it around town, though other local reviews are over a year old.
May 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Prior to finding Altvater, I didn't know Bischofshof was a contract brewer to Weltenburger. It shows. They both are exceptional and among my top five Bavarian brewers.

Altvater pours pretty, but loses to much of its life too quickly. Smells are sweet, subtle bananas and vanilla. Yet Tastes are balanced, but then again I'm a malt-head. Both penetrating and soft in my mouth, I marvel at how they can do both.

As this is my first from Bischofhof, I'd like to give them a proper micro-review. But they make it hard on me because I couldn't find the English button on their website. But from the photos, there is lots of sophisticated graphics. Beyond that, you be the judge. Prost !
Jan 29, 2023
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 22, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Cloudy orangey yellow body with a billowing pearl white head and lacing. Banana, wheat, cheaper euro yeast with fruity esters. Taste leads with the fruity with cheap euro yeast undergirding wheat, banana, faint slices of red apple and clove finish. Feel is bright and yeasty with a wheat backbone, lighter.
Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of bubblegum, clove, banana and sweet toffee. Sweet caramel, banana and wheat taste with clove and spices.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500mL bottle
L: tall & frothy ivory head caps a hazy copper colored ale
S: banana, clove, wheat, light caramel, Hefeweizen yeast
T: light caramel, pale grain, wheat, yeast, clove, lemon, spicy & herbal hops, bubblegum
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish
O: I’ll try anything German. This was good, just as expected.
Jul 10, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.38 by rangerred from Tennessee

May 10, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Apr 16, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 18, 2022
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Reviewed by shacawgo24 from Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
A-Pours dark glossy honey that flashes into a burnished orange when held into light. Attractive cloud-white head that has decent retention throughout the 16.9 oz sip.
S-Honey wheat bread, trail mix, faint booze & gentle banana.
T-Honeycomb cereal, dried apricot, that indescribable bright fruity note so prevalent in quality beer (berry? cherry? citrus?) and bready.
M-Wonderful gloss with permeating bready-golden raisiny-booze airs. Dry finish with slight glossy feel lingering.
O-Near flawless beer. Only $2.99! Just as good as any Weihenstephaner bomber. The look could be less murky/dark a bit. The smell could benefit from being more pungent & blossoming. The mouthfeel is the biggest dink I'd say, very astringent & dry. But the glossy honey feel saves the day in that regard. Overall, a tasty, sweet meal in a glass that is perfect alone, with the rabbit hole of food pairings staring ever so deep. Keep up the good work Brauerei Bischofshof.
Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by KS_Augsburg from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very good Weizenbock, or Weißbierbock as we like to say in Bavaria. Can‘t help to benchmark this against the Vitus and to be honest: it holds up pretty well. Weizenbock is not for the average beginner, for some it‘s an acquired taste, others will never enjoy it. Personally, I think Weizen (wheat) is a great family of beers. Compared to the king of Weizenbock, this one is not as complex, at the same time it might me more approachable for someone who is not already a fan of the style. Less banana, less clove, more citrus. Very enjoyable. When in doubt, I‘d chose the Vitus, but definitely very enjoyable.
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Undecipherable bottle code; drank 2/12/22 @ the Yarchives.

Mostly opaque dull orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a huge bright white head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Banana, clove & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Banana & mild clove flavors up front; caramel notes on the finish.

A bit sweet, perhaps? Overall, very enjoyable.
Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by oberon from North Carolina

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another curiosity pick from my local Russian market. This pours from the bottle a clear golden tan. Lots of banana and clove notes on the nose, with a real bready character. The sip follows the aroma, with a long, lingering malt-forward finish. A pleasant surprise.
Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by faraday326 from California

Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by InfernoBoss from California

May 01, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by Daniel_Mott from Sweden

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Jun 01, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Oct 30, 2019
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cerveza de color ámbar con una buena cabeza espumosa. Cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y especias. En boca es muy fácil de beber, con un buen final, ligeramente dulce.
Oct 02, 2019
Rated: 4 by safaricook from Netherlands

Aug 26, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by mishi_d from Romania

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by mytu420 from Romania

Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by qrazvan from Romania

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
An amazingly good weiss bock from a local Regensburg brewery.
Red-brown colour. Fruity/flowery taste with a bit of sweetness hidden and full body.
A highly recommended German classic bock!
Nov 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy bright yellow color with white head. Aroma has classic hefeweizen banana and clove. Taste starts sweet with lots of banana, slightly astringent, not bad.
Oct 13, 2016
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
From Corte Ingles El Duque. In Bavaria glass. At dinner, with noodles soup and Pok cheese. Lots of good hefe character in nose and mouth, with some bocky caramel at the end of sip, specially when warms up, that is very pleasant
Aug 14, 2016
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