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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 10-23-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Impsonsay
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Poured from bottle into a 13oz Flute glass

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with little to no head.

Smell: Malty, with hints of fruit (banana perhaps) and a faint smell of hops.

Taste: The taste of malt comes in strong with a moderate amount of hop bitterness. Also has, what I believe to be, a mild smoked taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin in the mouth but a good amount of carbonation compensates for this.

Drinkability: Very good and satisfying, If you're looking for a great Weizenbock then I highly recommend it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 GeoffRizzo
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wild dog is 750 ml and corked; served at near-room temperature, as I don't pay attention to that temperature stuff when serving my beer. Hazy, calm bubbly light brown with a foamy sizzling tan head. The head maintains the course, and spider web lacing dominates the glass. A clear and enjoyable nose--spices and hints of alcohol are noted immediately, and warming reveals some banana bread and zesty wheats, with undertones of cloves and caramel malts. The body is bordering on full, the flavors are rushing slick--they coat your palate, and then move down to present a decent warming affect. The flavorings are very nice--a decent blast of dark wheat malts, pepper and a lingering effect of light oak. Medium carbonation which detracts, but only a bit. Some yeast, brandy and raisins that are combined nicely. The finishing swirls will produce some caramel and yeast, with a slick and refreshed palate. This stuff is pure liquid gold; if you can still find it, you won't be disappointed. Served as a toast for my best friend, Buster, who passed today; a friend who loved good beer in his prime! Salud!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 fartingdog
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to wrestle the damn cork out of this one. Pours a deep amber color with a nice head. First scent was winey- don't know how else to put it, but it just had a smell i couldn't pinpoint, but reminded me of wine. Not a bad thing - unexpected and enjoyable. Flavor is somewhat sweet and definitely carries a note of Belgian yeast, i picked up very faint port notes - could be a little fuller in body, tho. Easily drinkable and enjoyable. I haven't had many of this style from American brewers, and this is a pretty good offering, tho I'd be reluctant to hit it again at the price ($11+ per 750).

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Photo of tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
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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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep redish brown body with a thick tan head with slow fading bubbles. Very attractive overall. Very zesty, spicey nose with hints of richness and underlineing floral notes. Rich soft maltiness with bold spicey wheat notes that are not to raw. Belgium barleywine style is well represented here. Oh so slightly lacking the boldness I was hoping for though. May age well. Mouthfeel leaves a slightly soured tingle on the buds. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy caramel color with a two finger head. Aroma of banana and cloves. Tastes much like a Belgian dubbel. Sediment at the bottom may be yeast, not quite sure. I hope it is ok to drink. Very smooth mouthfeel and excellent drinkability for 8+% ABV. An excellent beer for dessert. Excellent way to celebrate completing my MBA.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a wire-caged corked 750ml green glass bottle into a weizen-style glass. Appearance is an opaque rust-hued toffee brown. Full fizzy finger of khaki tan dissipated to a faint whitish ring of lacing over a few minute's time. Smell is of banana, spices, musty wheat and grains, cloves, earthy undertones. Taste is sweet and malty, wheat and spice, slight burning tinge of alcohol also present, comes and goes by the swallow. Lightly drying tart aftertaste lingers after the beer washes off the tongue. Mouthfeel is moderate body with low carbonation, silken smoothness.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of expatsteve and shared along with him, dirtylou and blackie over an impromptu bock tasting.

Pour: hues range from amber through garnet/mahogany with a yeasty suspension under a finger of foamy white head that fades to a skim.

Nose: lightly smoked jerky, raisins and dates, and sour, dusty wheat.

Taste: raisins and roasted malt, dark fruit booze, smoked jerky, and sour wheat malts.

Feel: medium body with velvety carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: smooth, balanced, well-meshed. Great drinkabilty for the style and strength. It's no Aventinus, but a solid specialty from a brewery who is hit and miss in my limited experience with them.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with Golden2wenty1, dirtylou and blackie to kick off an informal doppelbock


Appearance: Cloudy ruby chocolate with orange hues. Pours a 1/4 inch head that leaves a few suds islands on the surface of the beer. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Good solid weizenbock nose--banana esters front an amazing yeast aroma, with smoky molasses, chocolate and raisins in the mix. Nice, sweet bock flourishes.

Taste: Chocolate, toffee and raisins, with little grassy finish from the wheat. Hints of banana, orange, and wheat funk emerge as the beer warms, but it retains the sweetness expected of a bock. Hints of brandy and a little champagne attest to the quality of the masking.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, just a little dryness from the wheat. Light withouth being watery, with low carbonation. Perfect for the style and the flavors that develop.

Drinkability: I didn't expect as much as I got from this beer--it's no Aventinus, but then again few beers will be. Nonetheless, the Flying Dog brewers get the style and craft a solid beer within it. A little expensive (you could get three Aventinus for the price of one of these), but otherwise worth trying.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a fluffy, khaki colored head with nice retention. The beer is a slightly hazy medium brown in color.

smell: The crisp wheat malt flavors are easily found, backed up by a barley sweetness. There is a touch of citrus and some light yeast character. Light, papery hops and a small spike of ethanol round things out.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around the lower end of the high range, and smooth. The body is a thicker medium.

taste: The flavor is moderately sweet with considerable notes of lightly toasted wheat and somewhat subdued barley malts. There is a touch of yeast character in the slightly dry finish.

drinkability: pretty easy, and the alcohol is well hidden

750ml bottle first in line at the doppelbock tasting during my stay in Madison with dirtylou, expatsteve, and golden2wenty1

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 cokes
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Russet copper brown with a intermediate gray-yellow foam.
Grain-heavy aroma, sprinkled with hefe underlings of clove, banana, and vanilla.
Enters full of honey roasted nuts, then fattens to the broader fruitiness of fig cookies, prunes, and carob. Yeast nuance brings a heavy vanilla influence with scrapings of clove, and glints of banana bread, as it closes with a black peppercorn spiciness.
Thickened, but spritely of carbonation. Well structured, and easily consumed. This is nice, but spendy.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle, no date information.

The cork released with no sound whatsoever which had me concerned at first. Clouded caramel. Short, persistent head of fine, bone white bubbles that left a few splotches of lacing. The heavy sediment obscured any carbonation streams that may have been present. The smell is thick with caramel maltiness along with some glazed bananas and alcohol soaked cloves. The alcohol is prominently displayed before the banana dipped cloves come forward. Sweet and filled with plenty of warming alcohol, the finish is clove rich and warm. Medium to full body with modest carbonation and a warm, smooth mouthfeel. This was enjoyable.

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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 cbl2
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. No best by date, but it is a fresh one time offering.


Pours a dark hazy coppery brown beneath a cascade of 2 inches of tight tan foam.


Luscious fried bananas soaked in warm honey. This smells just like the dessert I ate less than an hour ago at a Thai restaurant!


Bananas lead the pack here, with just a touch of clove. A sweet ripe plum is also discernible. Beer is slightly chewy with a syrupy finish to it. Alcohol is well balanced beneath the sweet malt profile. I'm usually not a fan of Flying Dog, but they have churned out a respectable beer in Wild Dog. It is expensive at this price, but worth a look.

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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 Domingo
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After downing several new Weizenbock's over the last few weeks, I stumbled upon a champagne-style bottle of this over the weekend.
I've never been a hug FD fan, but I do really enjoy the Horn Dog and Gonzo. Since I like the wheat styles and try to support the local breweries...this was a no brainer.
This one pours a typical cloudy brown. Not as dark as some...not as light as others. I'd call it average. Head's there, but after a medium pour there wasn't that much.
Smells of the typical clove, banana, cocoa. The smell isn't super-strong, but it's the right smell for the style. Perhaps it's a little more malty than average, which is a good thing.
Flavors favor the cocoa power maltiness, but the banana flavor can't be misses. Clove is hiding in there (and maybe a little nutmeg, too) but it's not the star. It definitely has an alcohol bite at the end. I'd say the nearly 9% ABV is a little strong.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Definitely fits the style guidelines and matches the better examples I've had.
Drinkability is limited by the ABV. I split the bottle and didn't really feel like I wanted more. I think it would make a nice brew on a cool night, but for a summer afternoon it came on a little strong.
Overall, it's a good example of the style. Not the best or worst I've had, but a solid middle of the road offering. It's a somewhat obscure style so I give FD lots of respect for making a good version.

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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 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 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 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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Wild Dog Weizenbock from Flying Dog Brewery
3.87 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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