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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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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, with nice reddish highlights that circled the bottom and the sides of the glass. Rich head of off white, eggshell color comes up about an inch before settling down and leaving in its wake a nice an well rounded cap of foam and lacing.

Aroma is ripe with dark fruits, chewey caramel and rich toffee notes. Warming brings up even more fruit, dark figs, plums, lots of sweet bready malts and lots of funky flavors coming through now. Butterscotch mixed with a lightly tart fruit note, this was very complex and has held up remarkably well. Smooth, steady carbonation and while not being too light or heavy, it certainly won me over with its well balanced

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy butterscotch in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing in the center.
S: There are aromas of apples and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of apples, spices and wheat. Some hints of alcohol are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is mostly masked from the taste.

Note: 2005 vintage

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Photo of HisDorian
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was told that this was the best in the Wild Dog series...so here we go!

Poured into a Guinness tulip. Nice big head. Golden yellow color. Smells extremely strong of wheat, as it should. A very wheaty flavor. Not much in the way of the cloves or banana I expect to find in a wheat beer. Just good, crisp, and clean. Not as thin as a lot of wheat beers, either. Nice presence in my mouth and tastes great. I would definitely drink this again!!

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Photo of asabreed
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged big bottle from 2005, when it was just released. Again, getting married in a few days, and with one left in the cellar, I decided to crack one open with a friend in the wedding. Bottle sauys 8% ABV.

Into two 12 oz. glasses.

Appearance: Hazy yet a bit lighter-than-I'd-think amber, with a nice head above and good lacing, especially for the glass and the age. Good gurgling bubbles top-surging. I expected this one to dissolve like Dr. Pepper, and it held its own after four years, so bravo.

Smell: Now this is a bit weird, but expected, as all the semblance of wheat beer aromas is seemingly gone. There's literally none. It's all caramel and toffee sweetness with granny smith apple sourness and some cider vinegar. Like a Flemish Red almost, and nowhere near a Weizenbock, yet I've delved into the realness of the moment here, and am rating it as a beer and not sticking to the style because of the age. Good mild funk going on, almost as if there's Brett involved. IS there Brett involved? I don't think so, but still, I like it.

Taste: Again, the age on this has probably completely changed it. No clove. No banana. Reminds me more of a Wild Ale than a Weizenbock, easily. So I have some things to deal with as far as this review goes. It talks about it being an amber wheat on the label, but it's turned into, seemingly, a Brett-laced Wild Ale, somehow complete with forefront caramel and toffee sweetness, some granny smith apple, and finishing train-wrecked both the aforementioned: caramel granny smith apple drenched in sour funk and toffee. Weird and wild and wow.

Mouthfeel: Not as creamy as I'd expected, but still fairly full-bodied and non-cloying and bringing out the enhanced sour flavors of the four-to-five-year-old brew.

Drinkability: This isn't a beer that probably should've held up for at least four years, but it has. That said, as I have said numerous aforementioned times, there are many who would not like what they're tasting. But the fact that beer can do this, and change so freakishly and deliciously, makes me realize just exactly why I like it so much. With a 2005 bottle, it is not a Weizenbock, and that is for certain. But there's some wild things that have been happening in the bottle, and I'm thrilled with it. Like a mistaken Wild Ale, almost. Sweet and sour beer, mistakenly, again, almost. I still have a bottle. If ity turns to vinegar in a year or two, then so be it, but I'll see what the Wild Dog can do in that time. Bring it.

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Photo of natasharai
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
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 br3wmeister
2.66/5  rDev -30.9%
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 superdedooperboy
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised when a friend and I stopped into Helga's in Augusta, GA and sat down at the bar to find a few bottles of this sitting in the cooler along with all of the other beers. I enjoyed this one earlier in 2008, and being somewhat hard to find (having been brewed once only in 2007), we got the pricey $19.99 price tag down to $15.99 and split it between the two of us. Poured into a (frosted) pint glass, yeast sediment and all.

Pours a murky chocolate brown, with yeast swirling around and giving rise to a creamy head of mocha foam that settles and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smells spicy, with nutmeg and anise notes and a little pepper. Pleasing to me, no real clove is apparent.

Medium-to-full in body, without much carbonation detected (unsurprisingly, this corked bottle having sat in the cooler for nearly two years). A little sweet caramel and chocolate first pops in up front, moving to a middle of spiciness similar to the aroma and a bit of lactic-like sourness. Dark fruits toy with the other flavors as well, and it all leads into a rather spicy finish, with a bit of sweet to balance the edge.

Not the most drinkable beer, thanks to the high level of alcohol and a bit of overwhelming spiciness matched without much carbonation. Perhaps a better beer when fresh, but even after two years, this one still has a nice, unique touch, and is a fairly nice representation of the style.

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Photo of gford217
2.76/5  rDev -28.3%
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 YonderWanderer
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Beertracker
2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aged since 4/06

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly tan head into a weizen glass that settled into a thin ring. the body was a clear reddish-purple but the second pour was slightly more muddled.
s - sweet and fruity with a touch of yeast.
t - biscuity and spicey with hints of banana and molasses.
m - a little thin and a touch dry.
d - easily quaffed but the finish became a tad cumbersome.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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 cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was delighted to find this lonely bottle newly-appeared and sitting on a shelf at 21 Eleven. How can it be this little beauty escaped for three years unseen and un-drunk?!

750 ml Champagne-style corked-and-caged bottle with no Ralph Steadman art on it?!?!?

Don't worry, though, label-design contest winner Tim Smith's li'l 'doggie' is every bit as weird and creepily-delightful as old Ralph's freaky stuff... anyway, back to it... poured into a weizen glass yields a clear brown-amber body with lively trickles of active carbonation and a few floaties, capped with a small pale ivory head that retains at a creamy sheet and grows in volume in supplemental pours, leaving a few sticky puffs of lacing on the glass.

The sparkling drink carries a rich and wheaty nose with fruity and slightly phenolic notes.

Taste is tangy and wheaty with smooth alcohol and some spice notes. Rich wheaty caramel flavors that thicken and darken as the drink warms provide a velvety-smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel that evokes a light essence of banana. There's a nice bitterness in the finish.

The final pour of the bottle contains a bit more yeasty sediments despite my half-assed efforts to not pour them in, boosting the aroma with nutty banana (maybe it's in my mind, or just the drink warming) and bringing a dryness into the flavor profile that didn't show itself before. There's a slightly gritty, powdery texture that accompanies the move, too, but the last few rich-and-nutty swallows made me wish I'd liberated a little more sediment into the rest of the drink. Awesome.

A really fantastic beer that only faintly signals the 8% ABV until a friendly warming sensation kicks in, reminding me that this tasty wheat beer is still a big drink. Mellow, wheaty and friendly, this 2005 offering is truly outstanding.

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Photo of blakesell
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml caged and corked bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a rich amber brown with a thick head of coffee coloured foam rising a finger high. Cork was in there like swimwear and didn't want to come out for anything, had to use a corkscrew on that bad boy.

Smell- Rich wheats, dark malts, and what smells a lot like a brettanomyces funk giving that sweet/sour perception. Hops are subdued, clove is present, it's fruity but I get very little banana.

Taste- Creamy, fruity, almost a grape bubble gum flavour. Banana on the tongue, but not strong. More of that Belgian funkiness. I'm not sure if that flavour/scent was intentional, but I like it just fine. Light oxidation, but it works in favor of the beer.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium full-bodied, lightly warming, well carbonated, not hoppy, smooth and effervescent.

Drinkability- This is one fine weizenbock. It may not be characteristic for the style, but it is delicious.

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Photo of Floydster
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my dad a few nights ago, poured into my Firestone pint glass

A-Deep brown color with a lot of red in it, 3/4 inch off white head that settled pretty fast, not much retention, small amounts of lacing

S-Some wheat, bananas, sweet malt, caramel, cloves, Belgian yeast, pepper, various other spices, candy, and brown sugar

T-Started off on the sweeter side with lots of caramel and spices, some wheat in the middle, sweet and fruity finish, became a little breadier later on but did not change much when it warmed, could taste some nice sugary accents by the end, expected this to taste much stronger if that makes sense, was probably more balanced when it was fresh, enjoyable overall

M-Sweet anf tangy mouthfeel, thin to medium body, still a large amount of carbonation for how old this one is, taste lingered a little bit

D-Could have gotten close to drinking this bottle myself but not quite, pretty heavy because of its sweetness, above average ABV, smooth

Never found this at any stores for some reason and had been wanting to try it ever since it came out, not one of the better Wild Dog series beers but still worth trying, would drink again, this one probably would have tasted better fresh, this bottle was at least two years old now

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