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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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 89
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 ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean brown beer with cooper highlights. Has a big bubbly beige head and very good lace. Big bananna character up front in the aroma. With a nice spice and clove action in the background. The alcohol character seem to flatten out the expected weizen notes in the taste. That added to the lest than robust mouthfeel. Left me a bit dissapointed. There are some roasted malt notes towards the end of the glass.

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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 Sephiroth
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours with slight head, color ranges from orange at the bottom of the glass, to amber at the top. Aroma of spiced malt and clove.

Tastes malty, spiced, I do get some wheat coming through. Mouthfeel is ok, the few bubbles seem large, good finish, though. Aventinus is the only other beer in this category that I've tried, this is plenty drinkable for me.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber color with a finger of light tan head that falls to a very full coat over top. There's a few floaties in there as well. Nose is a good dichotomy of caramel sweetness along with a very healthy nutty and toasty character. There is a faint banana ester in there as well. Flavor is more roasted than the nose. Its the same roasted flavor that I found in New Glarus Black Wheat and in Bell's Wheat 6, and I believe it to be a particular variety of wheat, possibly torrified? Its very full flavored. There is a solid nuttyness along with a light creamy character. Very tasty. Feel is on the lighter end of moderate with a creamyness and a light to moderate carbonation. I like the smoothness of it. Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. I think everything holds together well between the nose and the flavor. No hint of the 8.6% anywhere really makes this one stand out to me.

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Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Took forever to get the cork out of this one. Poured a murky brown color with a medium white head that had nice retention and left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma contained a lot of dark fruits with a little alcohol as well. Also a little soapy. The flavor was more smooth than I expected, but it has some muddled wheat character along with some dark fruits. Very malty and the alcohol comes through strongly. The body is moderate. The drinkability is ok, but it would be better if the alcohol was maked better. Definately not worth the $18 per bottle that they charge for it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ole 750 mL bottle caged & corked with a gold cage.

Pours out with a spotty dense beige headcap that settles to a this coating over a firey amber hue.

Initial scents of ripe banana and some vanilla detection.

First swigs: Straight up banana essence meets a dark bread malts. Some dry pancake flour hints blend with a dark fig and almond. Full of sweet dark fruit.

Medium to full bodied. Plenty of crisp carbonation and a thick milkshake like chewiness with a mega buttery smoothness.

Last swigs: Why this is sooo F'in expensive is beyond me. Overpriced alert! I was ga-ga for their Wild Dog Double Pale, but this is not as mindblowiing but worth a shot if you can grab a reasonably priced bottle.

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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 LuckySevens82
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian Glass.
Pours a slightly hazy autumn brown, with just a hint of red and orange. Head is impressive and off white. Retention, lacing, and collar are all excellent.
Smell is figs, plums, heavy spices (clove, cinnamon), a musty wheat aroma that is both expected and welcome.
Taste is murky wheat flavors, almost like a pumpernickel bread, fruit, and spicing. Defintely some nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove in this one. Fruits are figs, plums, dates, raisins, etc. A very active beer to say the least, but the flavors mesh well and are topped off by just a bit of nobel hops which is nice.
Mouthfeel isn't nearly as slick as I would have thought it would be. Carbonation and a whole lot going on make this one not cloyingly sweet and quite enjoyable.
Overall, I wouldn't say that I could have this every night for the rest of my life, but it's a darn good weizenbock, especially coming from Flying Dog which in my opinion puts out some rather mediocre beers. A good beer plain and simple.

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

Corked and caged 750ml. Murky brownish amber with a decent sized tan head. Clumpy lace was left on the glass. Bananas and a big malt sweetness dominate the aroma. Some spiciness and yeast notes show through as well. Sweet bananas and yeast seem to come on strongest in the flavor. Good amount of sweetness as well as clove spiciness. There was definitely something different going on in the flavor that I didn’t recognize in other weizenbocks but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Pretty thick body with ample carbonation. Easy enough drinking overall, but not my favorite example of the style. Solid stuff overall though a bit expensive.

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Photo of bruachan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked this up at acme in hudson. i think there's a couple left

i was excited to give this a try but decapitated the cork in the process. i don't own a corkscrew. i did, however, manage to procure one (whew!). took a little effort to get the sediment involved in the pour (all i had was a half liter pils glass)

pours a mahogany color that fades from slightly orange at the bottom to dark cherry at the top. some foam sits yet above that, and i can see some stick startin' up

banana and clove nose, with a kick. i taste the banana more than i smell it. i smell a good deal of coriander as well

very smooth wheaty mouthfeel with enough bitterness to frame the picture. spicey, but extremely drinkable. perhaps i should go buy some for cellaring

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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 neonbrown82
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me alot of Aventinus, but a little bit more harsh in alcohol and more cloyingly sweet. Still a good beer all around. Purchased on a beer run to Family Beer & Liquor in East Dubuque.

The beer pours to a dark nutty brown color with a ruby hue. Fairly clear until the dregs of the bottle are poured, at which point it begins to look like a pureed vegetable drink. The first few pours are great, however, and the carbonation is lively, keeping a lofty head in the glass.

The smell and taste is very wheat-y. Banana, clove, grain, etc. But on the other hand, it was also as sweet and as strong as a doppelbock. Harsh at first but gets better as you warm up to it.

The mouthfeel is sharp with carbonation and alcohol. Lots of residuals leave a puckery cloying sweetness in the mouth. The strong clove and banana flavors wash that away, however, making this quite a drinkable beer even with the ABV.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass (Franbziskaner glass) crystal clear deep amber brown with a tan frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong banana when the cork FINALLY popped, but that quickly flashed away and left a spicy clove phenolic that was enticing. The fruit was still present, but at a lower level and in the background. The aroma also contained a biscuity malt character.

The flavor was malty with a good bittering aspect which was coupled with a moderate fruitiness and a moderate clove spice. The malty caramel character and the nice wheat worked well to complement the flavors in the beer. Also present was more of the biscuity nature mentioned in the aroma and caramel.

The finish was dry with a lasting fruity, banana, impression and a light clove spice long and pleasant into the aftetaste. The body was what was a bit light with only a smidge above medium and a moderate mouthfeel. Not a bad beer at all, an easily drinkable example of the style.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $13.99 at Six Twelve in Raleigh. Says 8% ABV on label.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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 goodbyeohio
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to BiF

750ml with a neck tag, cool steadman label. looks nice in a tulip (i know, i know).. chestnut brown with garnet shine. not much head but some solid lace. nose is sugary burnt bananas like foster. fruit permeated by bready yeast adding a vegetal tartness. silky mouthfeel.. perfect carbonation and light yet supple body. roasted malt base evokes date and carob, light banana in the finish and the bitterness of the banana peel. quick but severe alcohol sting on larger sips.. warming and welcome. the empty glass smells like chex mix.

sure, it's expensive but it's also a superior weizenbock. for free, i'll drink 1000 of these. if i have to pay, i might revisit once down the road if im craving WB. otherwise, ill stick to victory or somesuch affordable version

still, an excellent job and quite possibly the best thing i've had so far from this hit-or-miss brewery.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut brown with a 1 finger head and good lace. Smells of a spicy caramel wheat malt. Brown sugar, banana, cloves, vanilla. very malty with the sweet and spicy dark wheat malt, banana, clove and a bit nutty.Raisin and plum hints. Nicely balanced. Roasted bitterness in mid swallow and finishes sweet. A nice weizenbock. Perhaps a bit overpriced at $12.99 though.

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Photo of carln26
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany color, mildly hazy, topped by a thick tan head that dissipates quickly. The nose reminds of the Bell’s Wheat 6. Intense clove, banana, and toffee come across. Taste is very different from the Bell’s. The banana and clove is much less pronounced, but the toffee and caramel from the malt is accentuated. Very well balanced. Sweetness really comes out on the finish. The mouth feel is a little thin, but it has a great drinkability. Alcohol doesn’t come across as heat. Great stuff.

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

Hazy brown body with rusty red highlights. Big fluffy tan head has notablr retention and ample lacing.

Aroma is crisp wheat, banana, toasted pacans, tropical fruit, and lots of spice. Stylistically dead on.

Flavor features toasted wheat, rotten banana, mango, praelines, nutmeg, clove, and coriander with a great floral and herbal hop finish. Naturally I compare it to Aventinus and is is just as good IMO but unique in it's own way.

Body is medium with a very creamy texture and soft carbonation. Light and airey yet full and mouth coating. Me likey.

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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 BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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 battlekow
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend just left, bound for Florida and family to celebrate Thanksgiving, so I think it's time to crack open my 750 of Wild Dog. Hopefully in a few hours I won't remember where or what Florida is.

Wild Dog glugs into my glass, exhibiting a chestnut body with a gigantic rocky head. Oh yeah, this is gonna be good. Smells intensely wheaty, with some phenol hints, musty yeast notes, and an undercurrent of booze. Tastes similar, a big mouthful of alcohol-soaked wheat. The alcohol flavor is quite strong; 8% is high, but I've had beers a lot higher than disguised it a lot better. It's a good beer, but the sting from the 8% gives it a bit of an unpleasant edge and detracts from the drinkability. Let it warm a bit and some welcome chocolate wades in to do battle with the booze.

I'm determined to put away this entire bottle. Bottoms up!

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