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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A big, rich, deceptive monster of a beer. Combining a hefty 8.5% alcohol with a balance and drinkability that can only come from extended lagering time (in this case 163 days), this is one heck of a delicious brew. Chew on the maltiness and ponder the yeast-driven complexity.

Canadian 2-Row Pale Malt, Malted Wheat, Munich, Crystal & Chocolate Malt.
Magnum Bittering Hops. Hallertauer & Tetnang Ė Flavor and Aroma Hops
ABV 8.5% IBUs: 17


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Pours dark brow with a tan head. Smells of caramel,spice, some cloves. Tastes sweet and caramelly with some bananas and sweet wheat hints on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muddyfeet (72) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2007
For the style, this beer is a bit of a dissapointment. Where is the wheat flavor and texture? Pours a mahagony red in color. Almost perfectly clear that no shaking of the bottle would have helped (you who this is directed at knows of what I speak). White head that dissolves to a thin half-lauer of bubbles on one side of the glass. Nose is more toasted malts and biscuits than wheat. Flavor is very straightforward with none of the wholesome heartiness I associate with the heavier and darker wheat styles. Can hardly taste any what just lightly toasted malts and some bits of biscuits. Some daker plum and fig flavord as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and does not ahve the heavy wheat texture I like for the style. Perhaps one of the easier drinking examples of the style but a bit off as well. Perhaps it was filtered a tad too much?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2006 bottle aged for quite some time in my refrigerator, and finally consumed on 3/17/07
Well first of all, I must admit to quite the stupid mistake of assuming this would be unfiltered. Itís not, but I should have looked at the bottom of the bottle instead of assuming. Pretty sad thatís itís filtered. Even Otter Creek didnít filter their recent weizenbock. Oh well. Fortunately I age 99% of my lagers in a fridge, so this one shouldnt have suffered from the filtration/aging too much.
Head is small, buttery-beige colored and sits atop an amber-caramel body with strong strawberry blonde hues. Clear, and the head retention is rather poor, as is the lacing.
Strong fruity/grainy malts in the nose seem to be mostly a product of the Canadian two-row (reminds me a lot of Cambridgeís Spring Training IPA, actually. I guess that malt is pretty distinctive). Munich malt neither produces much breadiness nor bittersweet/sourness. Hops are soft and mildly herbal by this point, only adding a touch of aroma. Lightly creamy sugars sit on the back, with a lightly crisp yeastiness balancing things on the end. No flaws or alcohol noted, obviously they werent lying about the proper lagering time. Props for that, but why the hell did they go and filter it. Arg.
Sweet, bready malts, with light strawberry-raspberry fruitiness (light melanoidins) and a lingering bready-sourness on the finish. Plenty of caramel notes emerge as it warms (munich malt) with a clean, crisp, modestly sweet aftertaste and some light hop bitterness and herbal notes retronasal. Again, no alcohol or flaws in the flavor. Munich malt gives a fair amount of body, so despite the filtration, itís still somewhat substantial on the mouth, but the carbonation is very loose, of course and provides glimpses of thinning as the beer warms. Filtration really affects the wheat aspects, I think, pulling off the typical smoothness/creaminess that that imparts, but then (on the positive side?) it also removes the nutty/dry-blandness that wheat adds. Thus the beer turns out much more lively/fruity than youíd expect for the style.
3.3 seems like a pretty appropriate score ;)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thanks to zrrbrrt for opening this... Appears a transparent, dark caramel toned amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades into a non-existent cap. Smell is of lightly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light fruits. Taste is of the mentioned aromas. I was expecting a Weizenbock with the description but there was no trace of the heavily yeasted, unfiltered, heavy banana, clove, cocoa phenols that you get from the Bavarian Ale yeast. Instead, itís more like an American lager yeast with itís clarity but not as intense. So, did they imply that this should be a doppelbock with some malted wheat? Thatís what I get from this after having some. Mouthfeel is not of Bavarian origin with an American yeast presence, medium bodied...arrrgghhh...quite the deceiver. I was hoping for something that would try to emulate Aventinus but to no avail. There seems to be confusion with many brewers/beer enthusiasts lately with regards to Weizenbocks & Doppelbocks. Many are calling their beers "Weizen Doppelbocks" but they should clarify what the beer is. This is an American Doppelbock with some malted wheat and nothing more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
12oz shared bottle (thanks Josh). Poured a dark amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of sugary bananas, wheat, yeast, light cloves, and some caramel. Tastes of bananas, sweet fruits and caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4427) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Pours a translucent golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of grainy malts, citrus, bananan, perfume, toasty with some dark fruits. Flavor of sweat malts, nuts and some toast.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2006
What an odd combination. I drank this at the brewery mainly because I had no idea what a Weizen Doppelbock was. A ingenuous and deceptively sweet combination of the malty bock and heffeweizen make this a fun alternative but I would probably like it more in the colder weather.


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