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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 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 BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Much heavier and creamy that I expected. The dark amber to brown (chestnut) colored beer has a rust-like haze and a lightly tan head and remained well. Smells of a balanced blend between fruity esters, cloves, toast, and banannas with syrup, nuts, roasted grain, and chocolate. The taste is a trancendence of aroma. The estery qualities are magnified to compete with the robust grain bill. The barley sweetness remains bold without dominating the finess fruitiness. The body is full, rich, and creamy without becoming thick. It still remains smooth and easily drank. Leaves a velvety coating on the toung without weighing heavy or remaining sweet.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Procured from NBD in Manhattan a year ago, making this bottle 2 years old.
I'm curious about how it has aged, so we're about to find out. Cork was not budging, it was finally extracted by twisting it a few times with a rubber glove.

Pours in to a Moinette chalice a rusty reddish brown, with 1/4 inch of foam. Big bubbles in the middle, it reduces itself to a skim in a few minutes.

Initial aroma of raisin, molasses, a little gingerbread and clove. Slightly dusty, it reminds me of Corsendonk Abbey a little. Sweetness carries through in the taste, but is rounded out by an earthiness and slight woody bitterness in the finish. Raisin, caramel, aged hops that have faded a bit, it all comes together smoothly, but encourages slow sipping. It really starts feeling like a Dubbel without the extra yeast and full body of typical Weizenbocks. Carbonation is still present, thanks to the stubborn cork. I preferred the bottle I had over a year ago, but this has held up pretty well.

Overall, it was a nice "strong Belgiany brown ale", well suited to a cool autumn evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to get a hold of this for two reasons. #1, it's the only beer from Flying Dog that I hadn't tasted, and #2, their last Wild Dog release, the double IPA, was really good. Fortunately, this one has lived up to that expectation. Oh, and I also got it on sale for $9!!!

750 ml, corked & caged. Nice label. Nice hang tag. It opened with only a minor "pop", although that was straight out of the fridge and it was a little bit colder than it would normally be.

I carefully poured it into a large weizen glass and found that the head was quite easy to control. The yeast, however, needed to be roused. When all was said and done, a cloudy, dark mahogany and caramel body rested gently beneath a tall, creamy head of khaki-colored foam. The head retention was very good, even very, very good considering that it's a weizenbock; and it slowly dropped to a short but solid surface covering. As I progressed through the glass it would diminsh a bit, but with each sip the stir of moving the glass roused the carbonation and it brought the head back up again. Some very nice rings of lace were left at the outset, one for each sip, and it then produced wide, craggy swaths of lace. Pretty nice appearance overall.

The nose stood out. In many cases, the nose of a weizenbock is not quite as rich as the flavor behind it, but that didn't happen here. It's spicy, malty, caramelish, and fruity with notes of black pepper, green pepper seeds, clove, wheat, caramel, banana and some soft melon.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a very fine, median carbonation. I was expecting a little more zest based on most of the other examples of the style, but this suited me just fine. Standard weizens are normally quite effervescent, but the bocks are more restrained, and this seemed a touch softer than that. Very nice. It allows more of the maltiness to come through, and the smoother, softer mouthfeel lends to drinkability.

The flavor starts with a combination of fruit and peppery spice. There's initially some darker red/black fruit (plum, perhaps sweet cherry, ...grape even) that I didn't find in the aroma, and then the spice kicks in with black pepper, clove, coriander, and even some green pepper. As it warms in the mouth more fruit arises with banana and melon, and maybe even some low-level papaya. At the same time the maltiness has hit it's peak and your mouth is almost completely awash in caramel and wheat. It's rich and full, but not overwhelming as a thread of alcohol and some underlying leafy, floral, and spicy hop flavor and bitterness cuts through. It finishes dry with a flicker of yeasty pepperiness, a spritz of alcohol, and a smear of lingering bitterness and leafy hop flavor. Quite impressive... a little too much malt, a slightly high or low fermentation temperature, a bit too much residual yeast, a finger's nudge too much alcohol, or a bump of extra bitterness can throw a beer like this out of balance, but there's none of that here - well-balanced, clean, superbly brewed.

Highly recommended! Get it while you can! One of the best weizenbocks I've ever tasted. In fact, considering the intensity of the flavor and balance, it's basically a weizen doppelbock. I'd put it right up there with Aventinus! Whoever brewed this really knows what they're doing!!!

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle pours chestnut with effervescence & 1 finger of sand collored head. Slight lacing & head retention

S: Bubblegum, bandaids & some fruittyness

T: Bubblegum & fruittyness up front. Some apricot flavor along with a hint of chocolate. Finishes fruitty, warming, & quenching with hints of cinamon

MF: Medium bodied with some spirtzyness

Drank pretty easy for tha ABV. Not a bad take on the style. Looks like this one has improved with age

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

Dark coppery orange that becomes bright coppery orange with beautiful candy apple red highlights when the glass is held up to the slanting rays of the setting sun. There's a healthy amount of suspended yeast as well, which should add to the flavor intensity. I love the look of the head too. It's orange-tinted golden brown sugar in color and looks tremendously sticky. Shotgun-shredded sheets of lace will probably have to be washed away with scalding water. Easy call here.

What's this? Barnyard funk in an American-brewed weizenbock? From the 'banana and clove' comment on the little cardboard tag, I was expecting the brewers to have used a hefe weizen yeast. I guess it's still possible, although those aromas are faint at best. For the most part, the beer smells like tangy fruit and... wait just a second... it now smells more like medicinal phenols than Belgian funk. Perhaps the flavor will sort things out.

Wild Dog Weizenbock tastes almost exactly like it smells. I'm still trying to figure out if that's a good thing or a very good thing. No worries, I still have about 23 ounces to go. One thing I can say is that this ale tastes like it was brewed in Belgium rather than Colorado, USA. I have to believe that Flying Dog purchased their yeast strain there rather than in Deutschland.

The dominant member of the flavor profile is tart, spiced, orchard fruit, along the lines of not quite ripe apples, pears and apricots. I suppose it's possible (given the 'everything but the kitchen sink' esteriness of the yeast) that no additional spices were utilized. Still though, I wouldn't be a bit surprised to find that some where. This is a pretty complex beer... that I still haven't made up my mind about.

Although the Band-Aid phenols aren't as rampant as they are in some other offerings, they're prominent enough to turn off the uninitiated. I happen to like them and feel that they add rather than detract in this particular beer. If speed of consumption is any sort of guide to drinkability, this one scores pretty high. I keep going back time and time again to try to figure this sucker out.

Alcohol is nowhere, and I mean nowhere, to be found on the palate; which is another reason why I'm gulping rather than sipping. Time to slow down so that my fingers are still able to type my impressions. The mouthfeel is midway between medium and full with a pleasing, slippery silkiness on the back end. I like the semi-boisterous amount of carbonation as well.

Wild Dog Weizenbock is the best Flying Dog beer that I've ever had (I missed the Wild Dog DIPA). It's close to greatness, but it lacks that certain something that would make me love it. That said, it's definitely worth a purchase if you can still find a bottle. I'd like to see the Wild Dog Series released on a regular basis, especially since this brewery's regular lineup too often barks up the wrong tree.

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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 rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed vermillion, thick cocoa-tan head, long-lasting. Essential, classic look for a bock of any standing. Nice, so far.

Aroma is smooth and sweet, associations first of nuts, toffee and malt, then spices, cloves and more. Uplifting, vivacious, and nearly ethereal. Nice, again.

Tastin' it: dark and fuzzy on the palate, but sweet and clean thereafter. Rich and caramel-y, with a nutty snap. Very tasty. Chocolatey. Have I said "yum" yet?
Very lively in the mouth, yet it fades off, as all good things must, alas. But while it does reside among the senses, it a bounty of delights.

Full bodied, lovely, flavorful texture, delicious finish, long and malty-sweet.

Another good dog!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Zorro
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromatic notes of clove, plum and apple waft to my nose as I pour this beer into my glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color when held up to the light; otherwise it is an opaque, dark purple-brown color. The head is frothy and a pale amber color. The aroma is definitely clove like and also has a tart fruity component to it that reminds me of plums plus notes of figs and prunes. At the end a bit of banana comes through in the nose as well.

The taste is sweet and smooth up front, it finishes with a bit of spiciness and a strong banana cream note. This is a pretty rich beer and a 750ml bottle is definitely a pleasurable endeavor for the night. The finish has a smooth creamy, mouth-coating feel to it, but mixed in is a bit of spritzy carbonation and a spicy, peppery, almost ginger like note. There is also a hint of dark malt in the finish; a bit of burnt raisin, perhaps a hint of chocolate and a slight roast grain astringency.

This beer is quite good, as with the other beer in this series; I am quite impressed so far by the beers in the Wild Dog line-up. Banana cream is definitely a good descriptor for this beer, though there is a definite clove note here as well as other spice notes. As the beer warms up the chocolate note begins to pick up a bit; add a splash of chocolate to that banana cream please. There is a slight tart note here which adds to the drinkability of this beer. If I had to complain, this is indeed quite tasty, I would wish for a bit more malt complexity; this is quite nice as is though.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of weeare138
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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 scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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 ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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 jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled, sampled with blackie and golden2wenty1 courtesy of expatsteve

appearance: poured into a 2006 great taste samplig glass a rich dark amber mahogany, light beige head, nice full body...

smell: sweet malty aromas, apple, caramel, light honey, plum, light spice

taste: pretty nice bock...light wheat flavour, booze pretty well hidden for 8.6%, toasted malt, sweet fruity flavours, apple, caramel, light nutty character

mouthfeel: rather smooth, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy brown color with ruby edges. The head is large, fluffy, white, and has good retention. The aroma is everything you would want in a dark wheat beer. Sweet malt, cherry, banana, and clove. The taste is rather fruity for a weizenbock, but not too a fault as it doesn't overpower any of the usual flavors. Cherries first hit the tongue followed by cloves, then bananas, then alcohol. The mouthfeel is spectacularly smooth with perect carbonation. Overall, this is a very fine weizenbock.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent! It pours a gorgeous reddish-brown, deep and clear, very inviting. Aroma is strong and malty with overtones of brown sugar or molasses, possible chocolate hint. Taste is superb - malty with some hop bitterness, a whisper of sweetness, molasses tones. Smooth but with quite a bite, it is to be sipped and savored. I am glad that I managed to catch this special release.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark ruby haze for body color and a whimsy small capping of fluffy sunburned paper white foam. Retention of foam is low as it glides away to the slim collar quickly and laces the glass lightly with a few short strings.

Aroma is plump and ripe, I can smell it as its poured. Quite grapey with a purple jelly ripeness mixing with a light banana, some decent wheat grain sweetness, and a partial spiceyness of clove and vanilla to top it off. Very nosey and nice to whiff.

Taste is OK at first, it tends to grow a favorable wheaty base with a slight grapey, super green banana grab of flavor as it goes. Mind you, its not overbearing; quite even-handed. This grew on me as I went along as the smooth wheaty malt base kinda adds little returns of interest each new sip. The darker, riper, fruitier nudge to its character throws it a bit one way, as its jelly, sugar juice-like front and middle mellows enough and closes in on a balanced wheatyness and from there evens out as it turns toward the finish. A very subtle, but present turn towards, what I felt as, a more interesting comlex flavor profile, in the finish with a bunch of ripe fruit and slight spice of vanilla and wheaty, floating sweetness thats boardering a uniquely placed tartness of purple grape jelly and green banana with a slice of plum.

Feel is a bit undertoned for a Weizenbock as its smoothness in wheatyness is quite nice but somehow misses out on the thicker notions of a bigger malt tone. A few empty, not quite watery, but getting there, areas, tend to stand out in the body, taking away from the wheatyness that could be more present and lasting.

A decent enough Weizenbock. Pretty drinkable, easy going and smooth with a fairly prominent wheatyness thats easy to embrace. Could be better, could be worse, and a good enough effort on a hard style to brew by the folks at Flying Dog.

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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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