ST. NICOLE’S WEIZENBOCK: 88 Points
This Weizenbock is released seasonally in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This beer is smooth, flavorful, and great for any occasion. It begins with a decent sized, light beige colored head that lasts the whole way leaving behind some spotty lacing. The aroma is welcoming and slightly complex with notes of dark fruits like raisins and black cherries along with a hint of toffee, herbal notes, and dark breads. St. Nicole’s is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile follows the nose nicely. A minimal hop presence and nutty undertones hold up notes of raisins, dark breads, malt, chocolate, and a hint of clove. The flavor profile is complex and delicate with hardly any hint of alcohol. The aftertaste is slightly sweet and lingers for a second. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with smoked beef, German sausage, or chili.
ABV: 6.7% Color: Reddish/Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
TAP X MEINE PORTER WEISSE: 93 Points
This Weizenbock is available for a limited time in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A historically bold but in taste ultimately a very appropriate combination of two wayward beer styles,”Drexler concludes. TAPX Meine Porter Weisse shimmers ebony-colored in your glass, crowed with a fine-pored, creamy head. Hints of chocolate and coffee come to your mind. The roasting flavors flatter your palate and award the beer with fine bitterness. A pleasantly dry mouthfeel completes this enjoyment. The complex aroma profile is the expression of a successful association of these contrasting beer styles. Georg Schneider himself gives us some of his own suggestions for possible food pairings with the new TAP X: Personally, I’ve been enjoying the pairing of our TAPX ’Meine Porter Weisse’ most with hefty sausages or smoked bacon…it is then, when some wonderful memories of ’evenings at the pub’ back in London, arise.”
My Description: This is a interesting weizenbock because it is brewed to taste like a porter with wheat yeast notes. I think they nailed it right; the malt bill and the hop bitterness level makes for a delicious beer with a weizenbock body and deep porter notes. It begins with a very large, beige colored head with an excellent retention level and a dry finish. The aroma is complex and welcoming with sweet cherry notes and dark fruits dominating. There are also notes of chocolate and roasted notes. Tap X is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This is a great combination of styles with weizen flavor notes on top with deep layers of the porter style beneath. Roasted nutty malts and raisins are accompanied by notes of berries and banana bread. This beer tastes great upfront and smoothly transitions into the aftertaste that is slightly bitter with lingering dark chocolate notes. Espresso and yeast notes of cloves can also be detected and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. This beer only gets more complex and enjoyable as it warms up with more red berry notes developing. I would serve this beer at around 55° and pairs nicely with smoked sausage, baked ham, or dark chocolate.
ABV: 7% Color: Deep Mahogany Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10
MOONGLOW: 94 Points
This Weizenbock is released in Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This richly flavored, dark amber wheat beer features fruity and spicy aromas galore. Significant strength underlies the pleasant citric appeal of this bock beer. Brewed with over 50% malted wheat, this is a traditional Bavarian weizenbock. Full of the flavors of harvest fruit, this is the perfect Autumnal elixir.”
My Description: A very smooth and enjoyable Weizenbock, Victory created a beer where the flavors work harmoniously together and the finish leaves you wanting more. It begins with a very large, off-white colored head with a great retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind some lacing. The aroma smells fantastic with many yeast notes including bananas, cloves, black pepper, and green apples. This beer also smells a little nutty, which is a perfect compliment to the other notes. Moonglow is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level, a slightly creamy texture, and a dry finish. A complex flavor profile begins with a delicious bready backbone holding up yeast notes of apples, bananas, spices, and other yeast esters. Caramel notes are also present providing a touch of sweetness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great overall balance to the ale. The alcohol is warming but overall unobtrusive. The finish is delightful with lingering nutty notes. This is an excellent Autumn beer and is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, grilled sausage, or a thick vegetable soup.
ABV: 8.7% Color: Brown/Amber Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
PIKANTUS: 91 Points
Great taste and quality
The Weizenbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “For some people, Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus ‘dark bock beer’ is a delicacy to be enjoyed in the colder months of the year. For lovers of strong beer, however, the season for Pikantus lasts a full twelve months. At 7.3% alcohol, this specialty wheat beer has a considerably higher alcohol content than other varieties produced by Erdinger Weissbräu. The dark bock beer owes its sharp and full flavor to the use of selected dark wheat and barley malts and a significantly longer maturing process. In contrast to many bock beers, Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus ‘dark bock beer’ does not taste too sweet. Despite its higher alcohol content, Erdinger’s master brewers have succeeded in retaining the smooth Pikantus flavor.”
My Description: This is a Dunkel version of a Weizenbock and it is very pleasing to the palate, it is great on a cool night or whenever a delicious beer is craved. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with a strong malt presence accompanied by notes of bread, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of ripe bananas. This ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is creamy and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. The flavors in this beer are delicious and work in harmony together. It has a tasty malt backbone with notes of plums and other dark fruits, bread, and a touch of spice. Because the flavors are so enjoyable and the alcohol is nicely hidden it makes this beer very easy drinking. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, roasted lamb, or potent cheeses.
ABV: 7.3% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
AVENITUS WEIZEN EISBOCK: 100 Points
This Weizen Eisbock is available year-round in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Aventinus, the Wheat Doppelbock of Bavaria, has always been known to be the most intense and complex wheat beer in the world. This was the case for the past sixty years, but not anymore… Up until the 1940’s, Aventinus was shipped all over Bavaria in containers lacking temperature control. Consequently, the precious drink partially froze during transportation. Unaware that the brew was concentrated by the separation of water from the liquid. People were baffled by this unique version of Aventinus. By chance, the first Aventinus Eisbock was created. Well aware of this story, Hans Peter Drexler, brewmaster of the Schneider brewery, decided to recreate this classic “mistake” in a modern controlled facility. Thus, the Aventinus Eisbock is reborn sixty years later … Prost!”
My Description: This beer is brewed with amazing quality and it becomes addicting instantly. At 12% alcohol this is more of a treat than a session brew. It begins with a nice sized, light beige colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and interestingly sweet with notes of yeast spices, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of alcohol. This beer is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is powerful and complex. There is so much going on that one person might taste something that another person does not. I tasted notes of caramel, raisins, figs, bananas, cloves, alcohol, and a touch of cherry. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter and helps relieve some of the sweetness. These flavors work together beautifully to create a delicious and warming experience. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate, aged Parmesan, or grilled steaks.
ABV: 12% Color: Mahogany/Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
TAP 6 AVENTINUS: 100 Points
King of Weizen Doppelbocks
This Weizen Doppelbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Deep and complex – for big and relaxing moments by the fire. Dark-ruby colored wheat doppelbock with a creamy fine head. Strong notes of ripe bananas, raisins and plums meet liquorice and roasty aromes. Full-bodied and warming, with a well-balanced and smooth finish.”
My Description: Taking every piece of this Weizen into consideration, this is one of the smoothest wheat beers I have ever drank; plus it doesn’t hurt that the flavor profile is delicious. It begins with a very large, light beige colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is warming and welcoming with notes of bananas, cloves, malt, bread, and a touch of floral hops. This beer is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This beer is well balanced with a slightly complex flavor profile. There are notes of bananas, cloves and other yeast spices, hints of dark fruits, raisins, bread, and caramel. The caramel becomes more apparent as the beer warms. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and the alcohol only adds to the enjoyment. This beer is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled steaks, or chocolate desserts.
ABV: 8.2% Color: Chocolate Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10
TAP 5 HOPFENWEISSE: 98 Points
This Weizenbock is a collaboration with Brooklyn brewmaster Garret Oliver and is available in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “This brew is the result of the long friendship of Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler. Garrett had always admired the delicate balance of flavors in Schneider Weisse, while Hans-Peter had long enjoyed the effusive hop character of Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and BLAST! Garrett’s concept for the collaboration was that each brewmaster would brew essentially the same pale, hoppy weissbock in the other’s brewery, but with different hopping to reflect the local hop flavor.”
My Description: I love it when two amazing brewmasters get together and produce a beer that shows the qualities of each brewer beautifully. This is definitely one of those beers. This beer has a very large, off-white colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of citrus, wheat malt, floral hops, bananas, and a touch of tropical fruit. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is dominated by a fresh and clean hop presence. This is accompanied by notes of wheat malt, citrus, bananas, with a hint of cloves. The alcohol can be felt but blends smoothly with a moderate bitter finish. I love this beer; it is delicious, satisfying, and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with feta cheese, BBQ ribs, or Thai noodles.
ABV: 8.2% Color: Murky Honey Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10
EIGHTEEN: 91 Points
This Weizenbock is released in limited supply in 12 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Eighteen will be released in the beginning of June (2013) and is the 8th installment in the Anniversary series. Eighteen is a 11.1% ABV Weizenbock with complex bready wheat, dark fruit and chocolate flavors balanced perfectly spicy phenols and banana esters.”
My Description: This beer is definitely worth aging and will only get better with time. In fact, this beer got better as it warmed up in my hands and had a chance to breath. It started with an average sized, beige colored head that lasted for some time and left behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting and slightly complex with notes of toasted malt, bread, yeast phenols, and some spice. Interesting enough, the aroma smells similar to soy sauce. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It has a thick and sticky texture. Upfront, there are flavor notes of bread, pepper spice, bananas, raisins, and alcohol. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter. This beer is more on the sweet side but it has a good balance. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steak, grilled lamb, or roasted duck.
ABV: 11.1% Color: Deep Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
WEIZENBOCK: 96 Points
Refreshing citrus notes
This Weizenbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: N/A
My Description: This is one refreshing beer and the flavors are very clean and delicious. This beer starts with a large, bright white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of clove, wheat malt, bubblegum, and hints of citrus. The beer is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavors mimic the aroma nicely. Upfront, there are flavors of bubblegum, malt, citrus, and a touch of spice that is a welcoming addition. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter with a slight citrus note that lingers. The alcohol is beautifully hidden, I did not notice it at all. This is a great beer for any occasion and it completely satisfies. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with a salmon salad, mango infused protein dishes, or Thai food.
ABV: 7.1% Color: Hazy Dark Gold Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
VITUS: 100 Points
Weizen at its finest
This Weizen Bock is available year-round in 16.9 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “A light-coloured, spicy single-bock wheat beer, for both beer lovers and the beer connoisseur. Extra long and cold storage in our monastery cellars makes this single-bock a really special beer with full body and a distinctively great mouthfeel. Prost!”
My Description: This beer instantly put a smile on my face upon tasting it; Vitus is delicious and the flavors are well integrated, it is very refreshing, and the body is creamy and clean. It starts with a good sized, white colored head that has a good retention level but leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is excellent, there are malt undertones with notes of cloves, bubblegum, and banana bread that pleases and excites the senses. It is roughly medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavors in Vitus do not compete against each other, they work in perfect harmony which shows the quality of this beer. It has a malty backbone with flavor notes of bubblegum, cloves and other spices, and as the beer warms up a warming banana bread flavor starts to show itself. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and overall this beer is nicely balanced. It is best served around 45°F and pairs well with grilled shrimp, sauerkraut, or heavy salads.
ABV: 7.7% Color: Hazy Blonde Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10