Weizen Bock

Weizenbock beer is a member of the bock beer family; a wheat based cousin, if you like! There are pale and dark weizenbocks; both come with the same strength ABV as a regular bock. A pale weizenbock tends to be a golden honey/amber, with the dark version shifted into reddish hues. Both come with thick, long-lasting heads. A traditional weizenbock is unfiltered, so expect some cloudiness. Browse the extensive range of weizenbocks at Beers of Europe.

Unlike the bottom fermenting bock, the weizenbock is a top fermenting wheat ale. It has a combination of characteristics, drawing from the hefeweizen and doppelbock beers. First brewed in Bavaria, Germany, this is essentially a winter wheat beer, where wheat replaces some of the barley. The weizenbock usually contains 40-60% wheat and generally utilises one of two yeasts; each producing quite different outcomes. A weiss yeast results in a Weizenbock with the spiciness of cloves and plum-like fruitiness. Alternatively, a Weizen ale yeast gives the weizenbock a banana like esters. The rich, bread-like character comes from the malt mellanoids. Overall the weizenbock is low on hoppy bitterness and the carbonation is typically high.

As well as the variations in yeast, weizenbock beer can also range in colour from pale to dark, but all weizenbock beers are strong ales, weighing in at 7-9.5% ABV. Many would argue that the weizenbock should be served in a tulip shaped glass.

Beers of Europe stock a selection of the various styles of weizenbock beers, including the weizenbock glass, should you need one!

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