gunnfryd (14188) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dry fruit and malt. Flavour is malt, hidden banana and light roasted caramel.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy rootbeer brown with a massive tan head that refuses to dissipate. Aroma is yeasty, malty, and nutty with hints of brown sugar and cloves. Very good flavor - excellent balance. While it’s not very complex, I’m glad it’s not overpoweringly sweet like most dark bocks. There is just the right amount of malt sugars to balance the hops. There is a nice dry finish with only slight bitterness. The mouthfeel isn’t great however - there is a thin, oily texture. But overall, this is a good beer - not great, but it is very smooth, and has a good "traditional" weizen bock flavor.
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 Bottle. Muddy chocolate brown pour, lively, with a creamy yellow-tan lacy head. Sweet smell, wheat and yeast, cloves, maybe some kandis, orange peels and grape, spice, hint of alcohol. Tastes yeasty, wheaty, bockily vinous, and medium spicy. Feels smooth, creamy, and a bit oily, warming from the mild alcohol but nothing harsh. Medium-dry finish. Overall, a mild but flavor-packed synthesis, a successful fusion of two (or three) distinct styles. Erdinger does use a bit of its “magic” to dull this – it could have been much sharper – but there’s no point in complaining – they’ve finally given us a good one! [2006.06.20: 4.2]
Have had about a dozen bottles over the years, but here’s a fresh one in the States. Soapier, oilier appearance than I remember from two years ago, with a little more red berry on top of the above. Still has interesting vinous character and strangely complex fruitiness that seems to be hard to find elsewhere -- lots of interesting esters and yeast metabolites, flashes of lots of different kinds of candy. A bit airy, medium body, malt a bit flat and the wheat isn’t really given a chance to shine, and the alcohol seeps and singes despite the sudden flatness, but this really, really hits the sweet spot for me as the third beer of the evening, just enough for the sweet-tooth but dry enough to continue things along smoothly. Still the best in the brewery’s portfolio, meiner Meinung nach, und immer noch empfehlenswert. [2014.11.10: 3.9]
DarkMagus (504) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown... foamy head that lingers for awhile... chocolatey, malty, nutty flavors... amazing. Very easy to forget that this beer is 7.2%abv. One of the best strong beers I’ve had in a long time.
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Poured a dark brown color with large foamy head. Aroma was of caramel cloves malts some chocolate even to it. Flavor is much the same not as sweet as some other Weizenbocks. Good beer."
Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big fizzy rocky head settles quickly. Colour is a nice reddish brown. Malty nose of sweet milk chocolates, quite elegant. Excellent chocoltae notes bob up again in the palate. Always elegant, helping the beer stay under the radar (so to speak) despite the 7.3%. Nice fizz levesl keep the beer lively despite the obvious palate weight.
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was shocked to see that this beer doesn’t get good ratings. I guess the raters all want something more rich and sweet, simply because this is a weizenbock against Aventinus. But, Erdinger’s signature on their wheat beers has been the exact opposite: somewhat dry and not-cloying approach to german wheats. This was exactly that within the weizenbock style (very drinkable), and I applaud them for their efforts, even if it isn’t as fancy as others. This is more rich than their dunkelweizen, but far less sweet than other weizenbocks. The bananas and cloves do come out to play, however, and the mouthfeel is dry but maltier than a dunkelweizen. The pour was reddish brown with a nice frothy head that sustained itself quite well and laced ok. Chocolate malts came out as the temperature increased.
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a big off-white head. Bready aroma with some banana underneath. Caramel and banana flavours as well as other, darker fruits. Still dry throughout. Full-bodied and chewy. My favourite so far from Erdinger.
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of bread, apples, raisins, dates, and bananas. Thick mouthfeel with taste of fruit and malt, wine-like finish. Reminds me of a good chardonnay. On special at the Lighthouse in Wilmington.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, cloudy brown color with a creamy tan head. Sweet bready malt aromas with fruity overtones. Flavors of dark roasted malts, vanilla and dark fruit-very wine-like. Creamy, chewy character that finishes with tart, yeasty notes.