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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:
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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 hopsaplenty
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -8.1%
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 cbl2
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -8.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -9.1%
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 Enola
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
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 -38.2%
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 -37.4%
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 -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -5.7%
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 -6.5%
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 +1%
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 +10.4%
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 -3.1%
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 +9.1%
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 -28.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -12.7%
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%
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 -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 meathookjones
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +1.3%
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 -11.4%
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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Wild Dog Weizenbock from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 89 ratings
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