Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell
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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #15
ABV:
8%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,459
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
60
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Brauerei Ladenburger
 
Germany
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  2
SCORE
89
Very Good
Ladenburger Weizenbock HellLadenburger Weizenbock Hell
Notes: Honored as one of the World's best Weizenbock beers.

The Weizenbock from the Ladenburger brewery, which exists since 1789 and is now managed by Karl Friedrich Ladenburger in the 8th generation, is a beer that has received multiple awards from the World Beer Cup! It is a classic, top-fermented, golden yellow strong beer, which is fermented traditionally in the bottle. The foam is particularly fine-pored, very stable and creamy. In appearance, one finds a strong golden-yellow color with beautiful, natural haziness. The smell is fruity, with a trace of banana flavor. In the first sip, this beer specialty is balanced, full-bodied, sparkling and rounded - the malt character is balanced and aromatic. In the aftertaste, it is very mild and makes you want another sip, especially so on cold winter days.
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a small white head that dissipates rather quickly and no lacing.

S:. The yeast is very strong in this one, clove, banana, some bubblegum followed by freshly milled wheat.

T:. The yeast is quite strong in this one, notes of banana, clove and banana, followed by notes of milled wheat.

F:. Smooth easy drinking body.

O:. This is a very tasty weizenbock.

Feb 20, 2021
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 24 of the 2020 Costco Beer Advent Calendar. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of banana and wheat. Tastes of banana with nice clean wheat notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.

Feb 02, 2021
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Roguer from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good head production and decent retention. Body is, as expected, cloudy and relatively pale.

Big, bold nose, with plenty of clove, and touches of pepper, lemon, honey, and banana. Other notes include straw, wheat, pear.

Very similar flavor profile: white bread, wheat, honey, banana, clove, and light pepper. Creamy, low bitterness, wonderfully drinkable. An excellent representation of the style.

Jan 22, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste: yeast bread, hint of orange peel, herbal, some pear, some earthy wheat, with bright finish. Citrus, bubblegum, wheat nose. Golden hue, semi clear, with tall foamy head and refined lattice of lace. Medium body. Traditional German Weizenbock. 40 IBUs

Jan 14, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Beer #24 and final beer in the Costco Advent Calendar.

This one pours a fairly hazy golden yellow color, with a cascading head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet candied banana, wheat, and bready sweet malt.

This is a little bit too sweet for the style, but it's still probably one of the best in the advent calendar so far. It's got a wonderfully creamy flavor to it, and lots of sweet banana yeastiness, especially as it warms. There is also a grainy and bready malt sweetness that also increases as the beer warms up.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and pretty rich, with a pretty decent drinkability.

I'm finally done with this Advent Calendar, and it went out on a high note here.

Dec 25, 2020
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CRK from South Dakota

3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A sniff of banana, bread, pear, and perhaps tinged with huckleberry pie. The taste is just a bit like Double-Bubble gum, winding out, with a drop of lemon dish soap.

Dec 25, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2020-12-24
500ml can served in a big snifter. Dated EXP 2022/05. 24th and final advent beer.

Pours a hazy amber, medium sized creamy head, a few chunks of sediment that came out of the can which I'll ignore. Smell is light banana, vaguely fruity, grain and a bit of yeast.

Taste is banana, some tea, more grain. Something sweet and bready -- almost like a bran muffin or something. Slightest hint of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is medium, perfect level of carbonation. Overall, quite nice, in my opinion.

Dec 24, 2020
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-gold body with one-finger head and minimal lace ring down glass. Moderate aroma of clove/spice with some yeast/wheat twang with faint hints of bananas. Smooth, creamy, light to medium body, has a good balance of bubblegum yeast/wheat twang sweetness that mixes with a mild spiciness and touch of lemony citric and herbal hoppiness with crisp finish. Notes of bread and banana come through at times and a pretty good beer.

Dec 09, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Medium-strong aroma of banana, spice/clove, bread, sweet pear.

Look is clear to slightly hazy burnt yellow / amber, with plenty of rising bubbles to a tall, white, thick head. The head has decent retention, but not much lacing. A good look in my weizen glass.

Taste... Wow! Very impressive flavor! Initially there is the banana, clove, bread, and wheat, but it transitions quickly to an abundance of fruit / pear flavors; very nice, impressive indeed. The finish and aftertaste has the lingering of all of the flavors remaining on the tongue. While this beer is listed at 8.0% ABV, the alcohol is not very obvious (except as it starts to take effect toward the end.)

Feel has a medium body with good presence of the carbonation.

Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and is surprising (to me) how good it is, coming from the Costco Advent box. I'd buy this beer gladly if it was separately available here in the USA.

Mar 24, 2020
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy pale to medium golden honey in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow + pale golden yellow + apricot + peach colored highlights. Then beer has a three finger tall dense foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering 85% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of banana + clove over the top of moderate aromas of wheat + bready malts with moderate amounts of light fruit (pear) sweetness. Very light aromas of earthy + spicy hops and a hint of booziness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of wheat + bready malts with moderate amounts of light fruit (pear) sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of banana + clove. Finally there are light flavors of earthy + spicy hops with a hint of booziness in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness from the hops and the banana + clove flavors linger.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks fairly easily considering the strength and there is a bit of booziness in this one. Enjoyable and a very nice example of the style. Definitely one that I would grab again.

Dec 24, 2019
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AckerBrauMeister

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

ok, you can never give any beer a 5.0, but as a Weiss Bier fan, this is one of the best I have had outside of the taps in good old Bayern. keep 'em coming!!

Dec 22, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 50 cL can into shaker pint glass. Exp 05/2021 stamped on the bottom of the can.
A: Pours a slightly hazy lemon hue with very active carbonation jets producing a 1/2 inch bubbly white head that fairly quickly recedes.
S: Lovely banana and clove with soft wheat.
T: For style, this is outstanding and immediately brings me back to travels in Germany and enjoying this style of beer along the Rhine. Perfect banana and clove, soft wheat, and a hint of light malt in the background.
M: Light body. Softly sweet. Slightly oily feel. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Excellent for style. Extremely sessionable. Well done!

Dec 21, 2019
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, part of the Costco 2019 Christmas Advent Beer Calendar. Day #8

Whoa, we've got a lively one here ... 8th day and 8% abv!! A pale wheat bock, a boozy one at that. Drinkable and refreshing with a whole lot of clove, banana, ripe pears, bready malt, and nutty yeast. Definitely getting me in the Xmas spirit.

Dec 15, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL can, EXP 05/2021. 2019 Costco Advent calendar. Hazy golden body is capped by a towering white head that holds excellent retention. Aroma is wheat, honey, banana, clove, earthy hops. Nice weizenbock flavors with this one: wheat, banana, clove, herbal & earthy hops, bubble gum, and honey. Fuller body, quite creamy, ample carbonation, alcohol mildy hot at times, balanced finish. Very good Weizenbock - glad to try it!

Dec 12, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium body and carbonation, has a creamy thickness that gives it a really nice feel
Aroma is orange, citrus peel,coriander, floral,earthy
Taste follows the aroma with some mild sweetness. Flavor is complex, interesting, and strong,no need to look for anything as it's full flavored
This was a great beer that I would try again

Dec 11, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Based on the BA reviews, 2019 seems to be the first year this Weizenbock made it into the Advent Calendar.
Based on the beer's quality, I'm surprised it took this long.

Landenburger's creation does not Look as good as it Tastes. A blondish pale with a pretty hard pour into a tulip produced much more foam that I'd like to see in Weissen cylindrical... so consider the tulip next time because it also spreads it out over the length of the ale.

For Smells, I get classic banana, tropical fruit and accompanying spices; but none are particularly strong. So balanced.

Tastes follow closely, a well-integrated beer; but a nice pepper comes through in the finish to stimulate the glands.

The wheat causes this to sit softly in my mouth. There is just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate... which still needs to be refreshed in December. This beer went well with a sandwich... in fact, may push my ABV envelope for midday.

After visiting Landenburger's website, I learn the eighth generation is in management. This brewery does the right things in terms of local, high-quality sourcing (especially water) and seems to care for the environment. Based on this awarded beer, it is too bad Landenburger doesn't get broader distribution in the States. But, Advent is a good start. And Kalea, keep this quality and variety coming !

12/10/20 This Weizenbock is one of the few beers that I'd had in the 2019 Calendar that also was in the 2020 Calendar that I thought was good enough to have twice. (The not-so-good 2020 duplicates I give to my nephews.) At any rate, I've edited my above review and am satisfied that I've talked enough about this one beer. So, I'm keeping count over at UnTappd.

Dec 11, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright orange color - completely opaque and cloudy. Thick two finger white head collapses quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of banana, bubblegum, clove and nutmeg.

Taste follows the nose with notes of banana and bubblegum along with mango, peach and wheat malts. Notes of spicy pepper, clove and nutmeg come through. A very fruity weizenbock, but very nice.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Smooth, thick, and creamy. Lively carbonation.

This is a legitimately excellent weizenbock.

Dec 10, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the Costco 2019 Advent Calendar. From the half liter can, it pours a hazy amber with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates. In the nose, it is bready with some banana. In the mouth, it is smooth feeling, with much bready flavor and a sharp finish.

Also in the Costco 2020 Advent Calendar.

Dec 09, 2019
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entheos from California

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the better wheat beers from Germany that shows how the Germans brew it better! Imported from a can and still crisp, semi-sweet with a touch of sour. Just love the flavors!

Dec 09, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy orange with an off white pillow head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has aromas of bread, dough, and bananas. There are clove and spicy notes in the background.

Taste: It has banana flavors with dough and some bread. The spice and clove are a little more in balance with the flavor as opposed the aroma.

Feel: It has a medium body with a slight spicy bitter bite.

Overall, the flavors are balance toward the banana and malts with the spice and clove being more noticeable in the finish.

Dec 09, 2019
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml can into a willi becher pint glass.
L - Pours a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head.
S - Smells of bready maltiness.
T - Tastes of banana and clove.
F - Medium body and lighter on the carbonation.
O - This is an easy drinking weizenbock.

Dec 06, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL can stamped EXP 05/2021 (18 months from now!) poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp 7.4% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy in a light orange amber color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap, but stays there thanks to a steady stream of bubbles from the glass. The aroma is faint with a banana & bubblegum hybrid plus a touch of alcohol. The taste is mildly sweet apple, pear, clove on top of a pale malt background. The finish offers little in hop flavor or bitterness, but is pleasantly dry with the alcohol bite just balancing the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just above average carbonation. Overall, good. Another from the Costco box in a style which I'm not well versed. Seems to contain the basics of the style guidelines.

Dec 01, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Seventh beer in the Costco/Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar and, I have to say, really an exceptional one.
Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into into a CL custom taster pint; best by 05/2021.
A: Pour a cloudy, golden orange color with an (initially) 3 finger, fluffy, off-white to wheat head, at least a finger retention for several minutes, and coarse, foamy lacing.
S: Aromas of cloves, banana, lemon, and caramel.
T: Semisweet. Flavors very much in line with the nose, forming a delicious melange. Tingling, light bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy and smooth, but tingly.
O: Really a flavorful and delicious Weizenbock. The beer is the Kalea 2019 Advent Calendar are generally very good (without rating excellent), but this really is outstanding. A non-guilty Sunday afternoon pleasure.
I agree with BenHoppy, really a 5: one more rating, friends, then we get a number.

Nov 17, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: golden caramel butterscotch with fizzy bubbly head

A: sugar candied sweet bananas and clove along with vanilla custard. Quite complex in the aroma.

T: caramel Christmas nutmeg spice with cinamon cloved bananas and cream with some almond butter and vanilla. Hints of caramel, pecans, and honey come through as well. But the most pronounced flavor is bananas and it almost has the flavor of banana pudding or banana cream pie oh yeah it's that good.

F: thin and light but bursts of flavor that leave you stunned before quickly fading

O: I have to agree this really is one of the world's best Weizenbocks if not the best.

Nov 12, 2019
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Highest rated BA beer in the Costco Beer Advent 2019 calendar beer pack

“ honored as one of the world’s best weizenbock beers”

16 oz can poured into a tulip

Translucent amber, streams of micro carbonation, two finger creamy white foam cap, good retention, settles to a solid creamy layer, good lacings

Abundant clove and Banian aromas on the pour, bubblegum

Taste is banana , clove , hint of bubblegum

Smooth, semi creamy mouthfeel, low sudsing, sweet finish, abv well hidden. The can states an abv of 7.4%

Good beer

Oct 20, 2019
Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell from Brauerei Ladenburger
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 60 ratings