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HaandBryggeriet Weizenbock

Formerly brewed at HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Weizen Bock
Drammen, Norway


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Norwegian: Weizenbock er et øl med en svært kompleks, men likevel lett smak. Til å være et bokkøl har dette ølet i tillegg til sitt tydelige maltpreg også mye av hvetegjærens frukt og nelliksmak som kombinert gir en stor smaksopplevelse. Ølet tåler lang lagring og blir bare bedre med tiden, kan nytes til alle årstider. Passer utmerket også som juleøl.

English: This beer has a very complex, yet light taste. For a bock this beer combines maltiness with the fruity clove-like taste of weizen yeast for a great taste experience. The beer is suitable for long-term storage and improves with age. Can be enjoyed at any season, also as a Christmas beer. (Translated from the Norwegian.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle. Malty anis aroma. Muddy brown colour, small head. Roasted malt flavour with a peppery aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16504) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2007 Bottled, #31, at Cph Beerfestival. Dark brown with sediments and a beige head. Sweet, lightly roasted and a belgo-like yeastiness. Unmature or is it like this? Will rerate some day. Full-bodied beer with a flavor more like a brune, but good anyway. Long finish. Rating: 6-4-6-4-13-3.3 (060519)

Rerate 070620, #31, aged fourteen months. Dark brown pour, with some sediments and a large, rocky beige head that settles quickly. The nose is rather yeasty for a weizenbock, with a little sour hint, roast and coffee-notes. It’s quite fruity-sweet in the flavor, with the roast and coffee present there as well. It’s heavily carbonated, thus making it harder to sense the flavors. It is in fact rather easy to shake up a two inch head severel times in a row. I don’t think they hit the style spot on, but it is a nice beer, but a little too heavy carbonated to make it as drinkable as wished for. The finish is dry and fruity, an off course coffeeish and roasted. Almost forgot, there’s alcohol warming your throath as well, and even some dried fruits in the finish. I know this was their first attempt on this beer, hope they get the carbonation problem sorted out, and it is rather nice even though it isn’t the typical weizenbock. Rating: 6-4-6-4-13-3.3 (070620)

Rerating, #33, cellared for a year. Still pours a dark brown body, a little reddish tint occurs, and the dense, beige to tan head diminishes rather quickly, but looks nice just after the pour. It is heavily carbonated, so had to pour three times to be able to empty the glass. I know the brewers prefer their weizens very effervescent, but I find them way too fizzy. It seems they were easier on the yeast in this batch, as the beer pours almost clear. Except for it being a very dark beer, of course. Aromawise also, it seems to be lower on the yeast. The roasted notes, and a pronounced sourness arrives first, followed by fruit, mostly banana, and caramel, but they are quite subdued. As the beer warms up, dried fruits find their way into the nose as well. The flavor is nice, not your average weizenbock, it’s too roasted for that, but the roastiness becomes it, and there’s fruityness, caramel-sweetness, hops, a little touch of spices and raisins, as well as a little alcohol burn. The alcohol and hoppy bitterness are most evident in the finish, along with a little chocolate and coffee. The sourness from the aroma is present in the flavor as well, in a stout-like manner, quite subdued, that is. I wish they could tone down the carbonation a bit, maybe the yeast they are using are too willing, what do I know, but the co2 masks the flavor way too much. Medium body, quite dry. Use: If you can’t decide whether you want a weizenbock or a porter, have both, or have this one. It’s a nice beer for the colder months or a late summer night, or maybe after the Easter meal in the early spring. It will probably match a good cigar as well, but that I haven’t tried. Cheers! (071220)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown with a consistant tan head. Sweet and fruit with notes of banana. Very high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Brown-reddish body with a creamy tan head. The aroma has banana yeastiness and soft fruits. The palate is similarly yeasty with flavours of caramel, pear, and bananas. Very fruity and sweet with a rather high level of carbonation. Good. Sampled at the Københavnske Øldage 2006 on May 20, 2006.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2006
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a small beige head. Wheaty, yeasty, caramel, spicy aroma and taste. Medium body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, bananas and spices. Sweet flavour of bananas, spices and dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2006
Hazy dark brown, thin white head. Citric, fruity, malty nose. Flavour is toffee-ish and somewhat sweet, with some notes of belgian yeast. Decent bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2006
(Bottle 50 cl) Pours a clear mahogany with a creamy, beige head. A bit too heavily carbonated. Fruity, fat aroma with bananas coming through. Lovely full body with lots of caramel and fruit. Very subdued bitterness. Lovely - and another promising beer from Haandbryggeriet. 220506

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2087) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 190506. Red hazy colour with a thin white foam.Aroma of a belgian ale: Citrus, and fruitiness, lots of maltyness and bitternes at the top. Malty and citrus bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23500) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2006
[Bottled at Københavnske Øldage] Dark brown. Aroma of toffee and banana. Solidly malty with soft mouthfeel. Fairly balanced, if a bit sweet, but has no features that really grabs you.

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