Craft Beer “Wheat” Days 3 -4
Battle of the Weizenbocks
Ramstein Winter Wheat
Butler, NJ / Weizenbock / 9.5% ABV
A brilliant dark mocha, notes of sour cherries and cloves. Sweet and strong and warming; a nice companion during this weird winter season.
Germany / Weizenbock / 8.2% ABV
Deep amber brown; citrus, clove and banana scents. Wonderful alcohol taste with sweet fruit, spices and cloves.
Today we bring you dueling Weizenbocks, two of the best in their class. Both were favorites of esteemed beer critic Michael Jackson, and both are damn delicious. Ramstein Winter Wheat weighs in at 98 points on Ratebeer and gets a 100 from the Alström Brothers (Beer Advocate Founders). Schneider Aventinus rates a 100 on Ratebeer and gets 98 points from the Alström Brothers. Schneider Aventinus might have the advantage as it’s the father of all weizenbocks, but Ramstein Winter Wheat is younger and stronger. These beers are heavyweights and champions, who will prevail?
Weizenbock (“veye-tssen-bock” Do NOT pronounce it “wisen-bock”!) is a style unique to itself. It’s essentially a strong version of a dunkleweizen but fermented to dopplebock strength. It’s at least 50% wheat malt, and usally 60% or more. It has a strong, estery alcohol flavor and strong notes of cloves, spices, and dark fruits from the yeast.