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 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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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a cloudy reddish brown color with a huge foamy light brown head that sticks around, leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Spicy clove and dark fruit aroma, chocolate, caramel, clove, banana, plum and nutty flavors. Full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol comes out in the finish, very enjoyable.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Fathead's.

Appearence: Pours a nice, dark burgundy with a thin tan head that dwindles after a few minutes. Cloudy as hell, with a decent amount of slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Nice, strong sweet notes. Bubblegum comes to mind, as well as caramel and bready notes. Well balanced, with a tiny bit of spiciness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: At first, it's initially sweet with a little alcoholic spice. The bubblegum notes are still present, as well as molasses and caramel. It blends slowly into a little bit of lavender-type spices, then ends smooth and clean, with a wonderful bread aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rich and full.

Drinkability and Overall: This, by far, the best Flying Dog brew I've had. It's balanced, complex, and smooth. Plus, it tastes amazingly. Hopefully I can pick up a few more of these, and I can't wait to see the rest of the Wild Dog series. Cheers!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Wild Dog Weizenbock from Flying Dog Brewery
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