Editors’ Picks: Weizenbock

Leave understatement to the lagers. These big, estery wheats celebrate the fine flavors of rich fermentation.

Craft Beer & Brewing Staff Sep 21, 2019 - 2 min read

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Great Lakes Brewing Glockenspiel

In this beer, all of the ingredients shine and sing in harmony. It’s full-bodied, with the vibrant esters of banana and clove, a smack of earthy, slightly spicy hops, and a caramel malt sweetness to tie it all together.
ABV: 8% IBUs: 20 Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Victory Brewing Moonglow

An occasional offering from the Pennsylvania brewery, Moonglow is slated for a return later this year. Previous versions of the dark, unfiltered, malted-wheat–forward bock have featured honey and vanilla with an assertive clove bite. It’s a hearty sipper built for autumn.
ABV: 8.7% IBUs: N/A Location: Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Schneider Weisse Tap 6 Aventinus

Aventinus is often considered the gold standard of the style—and with good reason. This is a bock with depth, where the caramel, banana, and clove flavors we’ve come to expect are blended together into a full-bodied and smooth-drinking beer.
ABV: 8.2% IBUs: 16 Location: Bavaria, Germany

Live Oak Brewing Primus

Brewed with 50 percent wheat and 50 percent barley, Primus is the brewery’s winter seasonal, brimming with the proper yeast-driven esters backed by sweet toffee, caramel, and chocolate from the malts. It’s hearty, but even after two pints, it won’t weigh you down. Seek it out and wish for winter year-round.
ABV: 8% IBUs: 12 Location: Austin, Texas