Wild Dog Weizenbock | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog WeizenbockWild Dog Weizenbock

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by maxpower on 10-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of wcudwight
2.38/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy caramel color with a carbonated 1/2" head that leaves rather quickly and forms a ring around the top of the glass.
Smell is rather weird. Bananna bread oder is good but it also smells like a wet hay bale.
My palate ask, "What's this?" Some bananna and spice in the taste. Cloves. Bananna. Whole wheat bread. Mostly it taste like rotten fruits. A very carbonated finish with a slight alcohol warming.
Way too carbonated in the mouth to be enjoyable.
Not drinkable.
This beer is just not for me.

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Photo of badbeer
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750mL cork and caged bottle.

Nice dark copper color, with a cream colored head leaving only traces of lacing. Smell of some banana and clove, but mostly there was a sour smell to it of rotten fruit. Taste is very sour, there is a very small amount of clove in the finish, but this just doesn't seem right here. Above average carbonation with light to medium body. I just wasn't impressed with this, seemed more like a sour ale, which is not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Enola
2.64/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer did not live up to my expectations.

The beer is just a shade darker than a glass of tea. There was a small head that went away quickly. The smell is like fermenting apples. The taste is smokey with a harshness that cannot be overlooked. The mouthfeel is a lasting funkiness. The drinkability is not good at all. My palate is mad at me.

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Photo of br3wmeister
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a think ring around the edge of the glass. The beer is a dark foggy copper brown.

S- Spicy aromas mixed with raspberries up front then becomes very sweet with huge honey aromas! Some floral notes companied by a hint of sour also add to the aroma.

T- This beer is very fruity, cherries raspberries and pares accompanied by a strong sour flavor that become dry and bready unpleasant aftertaste. The flavor is really off IMO.

M- medium bodied beer with good range of mouth feels form smooth dry to tart.

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Photo of natasharai
2.71/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

NOTE this is a 4 year old bottle.

Appearance: Poured with some foamy off white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the top leaving no lacing. The beer is a cloudy dark reddish brown.

Smell: HUGE smell! Raspberry, sour apple, sour cherry, and a (good) musty/tangy smell. As it warms more spice comes out like cinnamon and clove, then a huge honey aroma with brown sugar.

Taste: Very sour, huge sour apple, some maple syrup, and a honey flavor that somehow turns green olive. Leaves a sour vinegary honey flavor in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, small carbonation, sour pucker, leaves mouth with a sticky coating.

Overall: Bad drinkability, can't finish my glass. The sourness with sweet wheat flavors and vinegar afterwards is really unappealing. I wish I could have had this when it was fresh, I think it would have been much better, but I wasn't into beer back then. The carbonation is really low, which leads to a bad appearance and somewhat flat mouthfeel.

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Photo of Beertracker
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wild Dog Weizenbock pours up "wild" with an "untamable" tannish-white head that towers over the cloudy deep amber-murky brown body. The lightly roasted aroma has a spicy/phenolic (allspice, cloves, nutmeg) character with a less desirable rubbery edge. Low-moderate fruitiness (apple, banana, pear) with a pleasant melanoidin toastiness. No bubblegum. Touch of warm vanilla. Hint of winey (sherry) oxidation and warming alcohol. The surprisngly sour flavor starts off with a light caramel sweetness that is supported by a moderate roasty wheat graininess that's marred by a "heavy-handed" bitterness and underlying spiciness which coupled with the tartness (acetic acid) creates an unbalanced, overly dry, robust warming finish. This medium bodied weizenbock has effervescence, but lacks finesse (smoothness, creaminess) and is overly roasty for my tastes. Overall, I find this a big bottle infected mess that's just too wild & a bit long in the Canis tooth!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of gford217
2.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very surprised to see this 750mL bottle sitting on a shelf at an out-of-the-way liquor store outside Atlanta.

Pours with little carbonation and a dark iced tea color with some big bubbles that dissipate very quickly leaving no ring and no lacing.

The aroma is pretty weak at this point but smells just like red apple skins. There are hints of banana and spice, but it really smells like apples.

The taste follows the aroma and taste a good bit like apple juice, heavy with red apple rinds. There are some spices in the finish along with a bit of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is pretty flat, slick and slightly oily. There's not a lot life left in it unfortunately.

Well, I'm pretty certain this bottle is way past its prime and I was certainly shocked to still see it on a shelf. Either way, not too impressive in its current state and I wish I had tasted if fresh.

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Photo of cncbofh
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Oh god. What happened?

First of all, the cork broke on me and resulted in pliers, a wrench and a screwdriver. Two bandaids and some antibiotic ointment.... Not happy....

It poured a beautiful rust color with a big head. I was sooo excited. And then I tasted it and cried.

The malt is overpowering. Strong molasses and toasted malts, with hints of bitterness but not from hops - maybe from the taste of dog butt. It was sour and under-carbonated. This is not what I expected from a Wild Dog brew... please do better next year Flying. I am unhappy spending this much money on this little and sad brew.

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Photo of Ego
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

one finger of crackling and active head with very loose bubbles, the head dissapates quickly to an o-ring, ruby and brown in hue with a little carbonation noted in the glass. not really that enticing compared to the weizenbocks I have had lately. not much if any lace, a little stickiness...

very subdued bannana and cloves, ginger bread, some slightly roasted notes.. very hard to detect any of this though...

taste etc...
medium mouthfeel, seems a touch undercarbonated, the alcohol hits the gullet in burning fashion not warming, it has mild flavors of dark fruits but nothing too eye popping, or tongue popping, mild bannana flavors with a minimal amount of bitterness in the finish. It leaves the mouth semi dry leading to another sip. pretty average (at best)

considering my scores this is drinkable but not a worthwhile experience, very bland and blah all around... I don't see anything bringing me back to this one with much better brews in the style available.

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Photo of granger10
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A hazy brownish amber color with a larger foamy tan head. Good lacing and nice head retention. Looks very thick. Bananas and clove are in the aroma but they get beat out by the alcohol fusels and a soapy, almost vegetal smell that really detracts. Luckily that flavor did not come through on the taste. Quite sweet with caramel and figs dominant. A touch of chocolate in noted. A banana, clove yeastiness comes out strong toward the back but doesn't really cut through the sweetness. The alcoholic finish continues to carry the sweet fruit flavors with it. A very thick bodied beer but the carbonation does well to give the body some liveliness and carry the flavors. This was an alright beer but the sweetness was a bit too much after awhile and the complexities were lacking.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - this fills my glass with a dark red/brown with 1/2 a finger of tan head that quickly dissipates, very light sediment and carbonation is visible

S - a strong smoky aroma, with darker fuits like overripe banana or plum, and a finla hop twang to the whiff

T - sweet honey/molasses up front flavor, with a fruity plum finish to it

M - weird, more watery than i thought it would be, still heavy though

D - eh, medium, not the best balance against the sweetness, but still a good flavor

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Photo of custardcb
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich amber color with murky body. While pouring a frothy head built up pretty quickly but after a minute or so settled down to a thin lacy coating. By all standards as it rests in my chalice getting some air after being in the bottle so long I'm really looking foreward to this one.

S: The aroma took a little time to get going but standing for a couple minutes and warming up in the air did the trick. Sweet apple and yeast come wafting out. I can tell there will be a bit of maltiness in this one.

Taste: Malt and bitter are the first tastes. A subtle sweetness is there as well that goes well with the sour tastes.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation still lingers and the sugars stick to my lips. Goes down pretty well if you are in the mood for something sharp.

Drinkability: Like I already said if you are in the mood for malt sourness this is a good beer.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber color with a thin layer of head on top. Smell is light, but contains a little bit of clove, banana, and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is of roasted grains, a hint of chocolate, and some other muddled flavors. Carbonation is adequate, and there's a bit of heat from the alcohol. I can imagine that, in its prime, this was a really solid brew. Age has given it different characteristics and it's okay, but not great.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - a reddish amber beer, the head is bubbly and not as dense as a regular hefe. It's holding at a thin to medium cover, it's uneven with more around the edges and kinda splotchy across the surface. Chunky, patchy lace on the sides, unpredictable in its dispersion. Looks rather nice held up to light, the red brightens up and some good bead action can be seen.

Aroma - a little caramel malt, a little bit of hefe yeast. As it begins to settle, the hefe gains control, pushing some banana but not without some residual sweet malty presence. As I work through the bottle, however, the hefe side begins to take over, perhaps as more of the bottom yeast becomes a factor.

Taste - Three parts to the flavor for me - sweet malty flavor, kind of 'envelopes the taste experience. Inside of that is the hefe flavor, yeast and banana mostly but not nearly as strong. The stamp is a warm alcohol feel post-swallow. It tends to intensify the malt side more than the hefe side. I'm thinking I might like it better if the flavors were balanced so the alcohol doesn't let it end so sweetly. It's probably more aptly termed a 'Bockenweiss', lol.

Mouthfeel - slightly heavy body, higher than average carbonation does well to pep up this high abv bock.

Drinkability - I generally either want a bock or a hefe, I would probably pick one or the other instead of this but at $5.49 a crack it's a great deal that even the Flying Dog rep couldn't believe. If you're in the area, Beermail for the location of this great bargain.

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Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a light white head that fizzles out. At first, it doesn't appear unfiltered but after some more sloshing of the bottle and a heavier pour, there seems to be a tiny bit of yeast coming into the glass. Tiny lacing is left.
Smell is a funky mix with caramel wheat and canned malt syrup. Maybe some Pils malt mixed in, which seems kind of weird for a Weizenbock. There is also a bit of a cleanser smell in the background.
Taste is slightly bitter with caramely corn syrup. Where's the rich wheat I was expecting from this "strong wheat" beer? Very little evident.
Mouthfeel is smooth...from whatever wheat is in there, slight sweetness, a bit too much bitterness with the hops. Occasional lingering right in the middle of the back of my tongue.
Drinkability...too funky and not good enough to play among the big boys. I have to measure all weizenbocks against a solid winner like Aventinus. This doesn't even come close in my opinion.

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Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rustic brown...sourish/yeasty/barnyard aroma more reminiscent of some belgian style ales I've had than a German Weizenbock...

Taste is spicy...cloves...also tobacco...earthy...some mild cocoa..not much banana...

Body is medium full....creamy texture...

I wish they put a date on this because I am curious if this is old...still at 8-percent it should age Ok but there is little of the true weizenbock taste...pales in comparison to the top Weizenbocks but certainly drinkable and unique in its own way.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahagony, merlot, amber mix. Hard too see, but there is some carbonation in there. A good two finger that quickly receded to a small foam. The aroma is of green apples, tart bananas, vinegar, and stale cloves. Interesting. The flavor is tart for any kind of bock. Not a lot of warm, dark fruity flavors. More apples both green and red. Some hints of wheat and graniness. An odd vinuous flavor for a weizen bock. Spicey and mildly tart palate. But I liked the interesting flavor of this weizen bock. I wish I could of had a fresher one.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

05/19/06- Purhased at Sun Devil Liquors in Tempe, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, caged and corked. Cork pops with a furious sound. Light poof of smoke appears. Not dated, but purchasd in the winter of ’05. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Caramel-copper in appearance. ½ inch head which soon fades to a light rim and ufo circle in the middle. Light streaks and spots of lace.

Smell- Spices, a touch of a coffee like chocolate. Maybe a mole scent. Bits of brown sugar and of course a nice whiff of clove.

Taste- A bit cola like. Caramel, corn syrup and clove mixed together. Really getting a roasted Kraft caramel flavor more than clove. Not enough oomph behind the spicy flavor to complete he beer. Flavorful, but missing something.

Mouthfeel- Light burnt malt aftertaste. Maybe a light bitter aftertaste as well. Medium carbonation. Maybe a tad watery or seltzer-like.

Drinkability- Really hasn’t tried to many Weizenbocks. Aventinus will always be one of my all time favorite beers of any kind. This one has a way to go to match up. It’s perfectly fine, but can’t hold a candle to the master of the style. Not worth the $12, but would be worth $8 or so to try. Guess I’m just spoiled by that “A” beer.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ggaughan
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this 750 ml bottle at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL while there on a business trip and shared with my cousin while doing some craft beer tasting / tailgating at a concert this past week.

The beer poured a rich caramel color with a thick tan head that disapated rather quickly and left some swirly foam in the middle of the beer. The aroma was a bit of coffee or chocolate, some spice notes and a touch of brown sugar running around. The taste was of some dried fruits and also some sweet banana rounded out with a hot alcohol taste. The body was medium to heavy and there was a bit of a malty aftertaste that lingered in my mouth for awhile. I think I was expecting more from this since it said it was a limited release but overall it was a worthwhile experience.

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Photo of Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

Pours a cloudy reddish brown colored ale with a small tight tan head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a prominent cloves and banana scent. Lesser scents of nuts. Mostly this is scented of cloves.

Taste is sweet and nutty with a strong clove flavor. Additional flavors of leather and tobacco leaf. The flavor does have a few defects. There is a soapy and soy sauce taste here. In sum this tastes like Aventinus with some flavor defects.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Honestly the drinkability here is just so. I made a better Weizenbock the first time I tried using only extracts. REALLY your money is better spent on Aventinus but this is worth a try if it isn't too expensive.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- copper in color with constant bubbling, crazy active fluffy off white head, great retent

S- fruity and fresh

T- toasted and fruity malts with some distinguishable bannana at finish

M- dry and somewhat coarse finish following a smooth start, well carbonated

D- sweet, simple and tasty weizenbock, great for an intro into weizenbocks, its quite an example

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Photo of rajendra82
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This special release came in a green, 750 ml., corked, and wire caged bomber with little card hanging around the neck explaining more about the beer. The beer was poured out this handsome packaging into a half liter Weizen glass, in which it looked very good. The body was reddish amber in color, and clear, and the carbonation nice and active. The head formed nicely to two fingers tall, but unlike the Weizens I love, it did not last very long.

The aroma was floral, citric, spicy, and sweet, with some woodiness. It was typical of the milder beers made from wheat, and did not start approaching the dark fruit complexity of Aventinus. The taste was also pleasant with citric sourness, banana sweetness, and clove spiciness in a good balance of flavors. The higher alcoholic strength made this drier, and warmer than most other Weizens. There was a hint of smoke imparted by darker malts. The overall taste embraced simplicity rather than complexity.

The carbonation was a bit higher than necessary, and the prickle of the bubbles detracted from the malty smoothness. The body also felt a touch too thin, and the lack of yeast in the initial pour did not help the mouthfeel. During the second pour, I was able to swirl the yeast out of the bottom, but no way would I have done that prior to uncorking the bomber. The yeast did seem to smooth out the mouthfeel, and add some chocolate flavor to the taste.

I wouldn’t hold this one at the same high regard as the previous two Wild Dogs (namely Double Dog, and Gonzo). This was more like a Schnauzer posing as a Wild Dog to get some attention.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy brown color with a tan head. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is kinda souring/tart, with a yeasty, earthiness. It has a sugary sweet maltiness, and nuttiness as well. Interesting aroma. It has more of a Belgian quality in the aroma.

The flavor is sweet and a bit tart, almost like green apple peels. It has a sweet nutty maltiness as well.

It is medium in body, with a sweet, sticky like consistency....kinda syrupy. This is different, weizenbock would not be my first guess on this beer.

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Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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