Rio Salado Blizzard Bock Winter Wheat Ale



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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This dark wheat ale is smooth and malty. Made with an emphasis on the malt flavors, in combination with a Bavarian yeast, which lends light banana aroma with clove and vanilla flavors, this Winter Wheat ale has a nice wintery spice.

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Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Must afge in the bottle. Burnt coffee aroma. Dark ruby red color when held to light. Head was tan and was gone quickly. Flavor was of sweet and sour candy. Acidic finsh that I really didn’t care for.

Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Thanks for the trade, TannerTavernboys! This one rubbed me the wrong way from the start for some reason. Maybe it was the seemingly random mashing of words/styles (Wheat! Bock! Winter! Applesauce!) but unfortunately this didn’t seem to gel for me. Pours dark brown with a thin light tan head and little lacing. Aroma of sour fruit and toasted malt. Medium-bodied with a sourness that permeates, making me wonder if this might have been a bad bottle. Malt, wheat and clove flavors are dominated by the sourness. The finish is dry and fruity. I’d like to try this again to determine if there are problems with the beer in general or if is what the it is supposed to be like.

Terminus (3716) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2005
tap at taphouse-tempe, AZ-pours deep brown amber with no head whatsoever. big spicy, fruitcake like aroma with banana and clove in there as well. lots of spicy flavors, but the alcohol is not well hidden and becomes hot for such a low abv beer. body is very low in carbonation which could have been a problem in delivering the flavors properly. maybe this keg is really old or something. wish i had it fresh from the winter time.

FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a deep amber color. It is topped by a thinnish, frothy light brown head. As I pour this beer I get strong notes of banana, when I go in for a better smell I get hints of higher alcohols and fusels, as well as banana and clove notes. The taste is palate filling and sweet up front, almost like a banana cream pie. The finish is sour and salty with a dry finish that actually balances the front part of this beer despite the fact that it might be a bit infected. Along with the sour finish this beer evokes thoughts of sour cherries, and oak. The finish has hints of roasted malts, but mostly the astringent notes of burnt grain husks.

I am not quite sure that this beer is supposed to be as sour as it is, the sourness is only a bit here, and perhaps it is just yeast derived, but whatever I certainly like it. This beer would perhaps be a bit unbalanced without it.

Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Draught @ the 5th Annual Strong Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brown with a large, dense and lasting head of foam. Moderately aromatic, with hints of banana, clove, nuts and toasted malts. The flavor is actually pretty delicious and was one of the best beers at the fesitival showing notes of big, bready, fruitcake flavors and hints of banana, clove and a certain tartness and acidity that is hard to describe.

jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown color with a light brown head. A sour fruit, tart and cherry flavor and aroma. Warming. Thanks to Tim for bringing this back from his road trip.

Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Interesting aroma - typical weizen banana and clove, but there is also chocolate, malt, cherries, and a hint of molasses. Very dark mahogany brown, minimal head. Flavor is spicy and fruity, with a little chocolate and roast character. Balance is slightly sweet, pretty full bodied, warming. Overall an interesting beer, kind of like a weizen-stout-bock.

Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Color is dark as a moonless night with a minimal head. Very malty aroma with some hints of banana. Malt definitly leads the taste but has a smooth, sweet, fruity nutty flavor. Few hints of spices. Still it warms the heart. Nice job.

dankitydancer (58) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2003
heady brew great bock witha nice what lick like most rio;s it has a good ehad an a strong alcohol content which is always good a nice winter beer that is is terrific for locals like us cheers

DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2003
Wow...this is one of the better Weizen Bock's out there. The aroma tells the story with banana and cloves just smacking you right up front...some forest scents, grapefruits, and roasty woodiness also apparent. It pours a dark brown to blackish color with a small dark brown head which dissipated quickly. The carbonation level is very active in this beer with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. The flavor is definitely clovey and banana with a sweet hint of vanilla, raisins and lemony grapefruit in the finish. Perhaps a cranberry hint in there too...super fruity beer. Dry spicey ending..bittersweet..perfectly so. Nice mouthfeel, and a well rounded Bock...i liked it a lot. Thanks to mitch!

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