Heineken Tarwebok | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands
heineken.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a murky, burgundy color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of wheat and roasted malt with some boozy notes.

T - Very malty and sweet with biscuity flavors. There were some wheat, banana and clove notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is okay. A little too sweet for my taste in Weizenbocks.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise from Heiny. This is a nice, balanced yet sweet bock from the makers of a crappy mainstream beer. The amber/clear/a bit dark body is topped by a really nice, perhaps sparse, head. It quickly died though, but it looked good for a while.
Caramel and sweet bread are in the nose; perhaps some scratchy grains as well.
Taste has a good balance, while not totally balanced, of hops and malt. Bitter enough to keep it tame, and the sweetness is followed well by a clean finish.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BGsWo22
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Tarwebok. Poured into a shaker pint.

No yeast in the bottle turns a dark red cola colored beer very clear. Almost a finger of light pinkish tan head.

Dark bready wheat aromas with hints of apparent cardboard oxidation. Fruit notes are sluggish, but I can detect some prune and date. Slight clove and extremely overripe banana.

Flavors are richer than the nose could have warmed. Sweet buttered toast, plum, clove, phenols, German-inspired maltiness, anise, and finishing spiciness from the alcohol. Faint brown banana. Long yeasty finish; dank cobweb yeast, not the powdery kind.

Wet and wooly. Nice alcohol presence. Softly carbonated. The feel really works.

I can't believe I'm enjoying this beer. Tarwebok is an okay weizenbock. Try it.

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Photo of harrymel
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

look is standard with some initial foam over an Amber beer, etched surface. Nose Carries, cherry and toasted brown sugar along with some decent Bock malts. Taste is vanilla, sweet, wheat and fruity. A little thin bodied with hi carb. Drinkable.

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Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wagenvolks
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

30 cl bottle into a wine glass. Found this at a grocery store in Aruba.

A thin khaki head disappears quickly above a transparent, amber-brown colored ale. Nothing spectacular to write about...yet. The aroma picks up the slack a bit. Sweet toffee malts hit the nose, rich in molasses and caramel. Also some lavendar florals and clover honey notes present.

The flavor is fantastic, I was definately not expecting the bum-rush of hops, caramel, toffee, chocolate, and alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, as the medium body of the Tarwebok finishes with a little hoppy bite to remember it by. Overall, this is a tasty beer with a moderate amount of complexity. If anything, it's a bit too sweet, but I was willing to overlook that fact and give it a decent rating. I hope I run into this one again.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

We pour a deep auburn brew. It holds a two finger head of light brown bubbles. This dissipates at a medium pace. Stripes of lacing are left around the glass, with a film and aggregates of bubbles left floating atop the glass. Carbonation appears moderate, and there is no sediment noted. The aroma is mild, with caramel and slightly toasted malts. There are faint butters, and a bit of a metallic note. With warmth come banana esters, but these sit on the back, with the ethanol, and a clovey phenolic pinch. As we sip, the first thing we notice is a flash of bitter malts, followed by some bone-dry chocolate. The flavoring quickly sweetens up, with white sugar sweetness, cooked caramel, and a creamy, milky sweetness. This is cut at the transition with by some peppery booze and bready malts. The real peak shows banana esters, which both soften up and feed into the initial sugary base. There is a blunt bittering of cinnamon and nutmeg through the end, with metallic, tinny malts, that take on a more adjuncty form here. The aftertaste breathes of cooked malts, coiny metals, soy sauce saltiness, and more of those finishing adjuncts. With a few breathes there are curious hints of fresh coconut, but these are faint. The body is medium, and carbonation is towards the upper limits up medium. There is little smack or slurp, and there is a puckering to each sip. The feel is watery at times, but the lips are left nicely sticky. The mouth is slightly dried. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks decently.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma. Although mild, there were some nice malts and sweeter, caramel and estery inclusions. The taste, however was too sweet, and became overwhelming at points. Additionally, it was felt that for the style, the malts were a bit too dark, overpowering the esters and phenols, both of which we would have liked to see more represented.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Absumaster
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a traditional Dutch bockbier and recipes change every year. The Heineken Tarwebock (wheat bock) is without any exception sweet and sticky.

Appearance is red/brown, with no head to speak of.

Smell is caramellic and roasted with a small hint of cherries.

Taste is SWEET!, holy crap this stuff is even sweeter than I thought, sticky on the lipps. All this sweetness overrules any other taste, but I am still able to pick up the roasted and dark malts. It tastes like the fermentation has been stopped prematurely. What an incredible sweetness, almost like molasses have been thrown into water and partly fermented. I can hardly get my lipps apart.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A brown lager with a good foamy head. Looked appealing.

A nice dark malt aroma, not really too much sweetness to it. A bit of hoppiness.

The taste was quite bitter, dry, and lightly roasted. It was not heavy at all.

Mouthfeel was all right, would have liked it a bit chewier

Overall a pretty drinkable brew.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSarge
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we are, the alleged Heineken beer that doesn't suck. Let's see if I share the same taste for this beer, as the late Michael Jackson had:

I poured this brew into a tulip glass, and it made a good appearance with a sticky and clumpy tan head, as well as a dark ruby red colored body with great clarity.

Aroma was it's very perfumy. There are also subtle hints of chocolate, and perhaps maple syrup.

Taste wise it's in line with the chocolate flavor, and has a slight cola flavor to it.

Feel wise, it's creamy and full in body with a warming alcohol finish.

Okay, for a beer brewed from a brewery that's somewhat shunned by most beer geeks or snobs, this is a great beer. Heineken really should try to market this beer a bit more, and shed light to the masses that they can make a very good beer.

Note: This is actually a weizenbock, as it is brewed with 17% wheat malt.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Very solid beer. Clearly underrated.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at my in laws. It was part of a Heineken holiday pack. Never heard of this brew before.

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) This is a dark amber. A fairly aggressive pour yielded roughly a finger of off white head. The head dissipated rather quickly, leaving behind just a collar of foam. No lacing noted.

S) Big malty sweetness, and really not much else. The sweet aroma definitely dominates the nose on this one. I have to say, that I found it appealing.

T) It was as sweet as the nose led me to believe it might be. Sweet roasted malt, caramel, a little bit of like a nutty coffee blend. I picked up a bit of booze on the backend. The aroma was one thing, but this was just a tick too sweet for me. Pretty good though...

M) This was pretty full bodied, and it did not have much carbonation, which suited this beer quite well. It was very smooth, and despite the fact it was just a little to sweet for my tastes, I found it very easy to drink. The finish and aftertaste were very satisfying.

O) This was a nice after dinner sipper for sure. Likely the highlight of the holiday pack from Heineken. I would recommend giving this beer a try.

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Photo of marine1975
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Heineken Tarwebok from Heineken Nederland B.V.
3.63 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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