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Wee Heavy - Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 558
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 74
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-1998)
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Photo of Soma474
1/5  rDev -75.4%

Soma474, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of Noxious26
1.43/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

500m bottle served in a pint glass at Bushwakker's.

Dark red ruby colour and clear. Thin off-white head.

Aroma is malty and smoky, but has an off scent. Smells like old stinky army socks.

Extremely smoky flavour. A little malt at the start, then campfire smoke just invades the senses. Even the aftertaste is smoky. Where the hell is the sweetness???

Medium bodied, mildly fizzy and dry.

Ack! This is terrible! Try drinking liquid smoke like you would make sausage with... that's this beer. Overwhelming smoke flavour. I might as well be smoking. One of the worst beers I've ever tried.

Noxious26, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of cwreay90
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

cwreay90, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of J_Dub
2/5  rDev -50.9%

J_Dub, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of pwdiamond
2/5  rDev -50.9%

pwdiamond, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of MarkoNm
2.14/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a clear, dark red/ruby color and is topped with a relatively small tan colored head.
The aroma is mild - just some malt and perhaps a little fruit and wine aroma.
The taste was a kick in the head - strong and bittery all the way through with the wine-feel to go with (not what I like).
I don't really like this one, too bad.

MarkoNm, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of maximum12
2.17/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

After a run of good wee heavy brews, excited to see this on tap when I stopped for lunch at the Bulldog Lowertown in St. Paul, MN. Give me one of those!

And...blah. This is one of the most blase' beers I've ever had. Way, way, way, way, way too creamy to the point of severe distraction, really ruining the beer for me. No scotch taste to it at all. Just malt, malt, everywhere the eye & tongue turns. One note, & not a very interesting one.

Disappointing. Wonder if this would be any different out of the bottle.

maximum12, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of aztraz
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

aztraz, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of deadliest
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

deadliest, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of BrownAleMale
2.38/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- Very very dark red to light brown in color. Basically a sliver of off white head.

Smell- A very green bottled beer skunkyness smell.

Taste- In the front there is that skunky beer flavor and some smoke and bread malts on the backend. The feint backend has what I have come to expect from a scotch ale but the front is either skunked or not to appealing.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light with pretty high carbonation especially for a scotch ale.

Overall- While the backend of the flavor notes resembles a scotch ale the rest is just not there. I am reserving my full opinion because the possibility of a sounded beer is here.

BrownAleMale, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of RyanCoonan
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

RyanCoonan, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of TastyAdventure
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

TastyAdventure, May 29, 2014
Photo of Belittle
2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

Belittle, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of kimcgolf
2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a dark brown with hints of ruby, and a thin off-white head with little lacing. Aroma was mostly chocolate and malt. Although I did not think this was a smoke beer, that is by far the most dominant flavor I got from this thin-bodied beer, along with a hint of choclate. Finish was mostly a watery, smoky after-taste. I was looking forward to this, but was quite disappointed.

kimcgolf, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of nstorm
2.6/5  rDev -36.1%

nstorm, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of dqrull
2.7/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a brown-ish copper with a lasting stubborn head, slightly beige and quite creamy-looking.

Smells very malty, a fruity malty, and maybe some green vegetables as well, and I get some buttery ... butterscotch, that makes me think of the horrible liquid Innis & Gunn, not falttering, but it goes away as the beer gets warmer. A light alcohol that is pretty stingy shines through when I inhale strongly.

Smell is actually rather thin, starts off well with a fudgy and slightly fruity maltines s, reminiscent of apples and plums with a semisweet thing to it, and then... nothing. The taste just plummets into a big heap of nothingness, leaving a lightly bitter feel in themouth, but that's it.

Mouthfeel is okay, nothing special really.

EDIT: Just read that the Wee Heavy we get here in Sweden in stores is a pasteurised one, that's really complete bullshit, explains why the beer felt dead and soulless I guess. Maybe I should have gotten worried when I saw that it was in 355 ml CLEAR bottles (just like that appaling Innis & Gunn), but now I know!

dqrull, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of JohnBender
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

JohnBender, May 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

vcoggins, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of TerryW
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep mahogany red coloured beer, substantial off-white head, good lace. A handsome beer.

Grainy, malty nose, but not substantial. Very first swallow is full of sweet caramel, lots of malt. Gently dry, very slightly bitter finish.

Interesting, but overall came off as slightly too sugary to me. Passable, but not something I'd work to track down.

Edit Sept. 29/05 Revisited. Looks good, smells good, but an unpleasantly medicinal taste. I'm coming to think that Belhaven underwhelms me.

TerryW, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of btmo
2.88/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was a little dissapointed by this beer.

The flavour was ok but it was nothing special. I like the high alcohol content, as I think this helps bring out the flavour, but really, I just didn't think it was warranted in this case.

Colour was good, but the head vanished very quickly.

Worth a try if you are a fan of the style, I suppose, but it just didn't do anything for me. It is certainly drinkable, and is certainly pleasant enough - it just doesn't ring my bells.

btmo, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of hotstuff
2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer style that I truly enjoy, but unfortunately this particular Scottish Ale missed the mark with me. It poured a large sized creamy ivory head with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was uncarbonated with a reddish-brown hue. The nose was malty, notes of caramel and butter. The flavor was slightly bitter and sour with a fore and aftertaste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. This beer left a spider web like lacing.

hotstuff, Oct 26, 2003
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2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Imperial 500 mL embossed body & neck labeled bottle with an artsy cool dragon on the front. Also states "Est. 1719."

Dark ruddy, ruby, mahogany yet clear filtered with scant rising bubbles under a khaki sticky slick head ring into me pilsner pint that quickly jumps up after a few swirls, finally leaving a lace coating.

Malty aromas dominate this pungent nose. Molasses and smokey doughy flavors.

Peat moss malts and dark roasted malts meet smoked salmon and hickory chips.

Feel is slightly oily, and heavy. (DUH!) This is a rough drinker to me but Wee Heavy is not a favorite style, yet being objective as possible...

Last swigs: Like the BELHAVEN Ale, not my cup 'o tea, but glad to have tried it. 6.5% sipper. Special thanks to Shapudding for having the tasting where this was offered.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of AndoBrew
2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: ugly. dirty water!

smell: yummy! nice chewy malts .. some butter (I love butter!) small small amount of floral hops. real nice and thick smelling though.

taste: so odd in contrast to the smell.. toasted malts, strange.. to sweet. I wish with this butter richness that it had more toast to support it. oh well.

mf: dont care.. to sweet and lite.

drinkable?? kinda. not for me.. maybe a new new castle for some though.

AndoBrew, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of beeroclock
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass, poured a deep brownish red, in the light you could see the reds come out. Decent off white head that lasted some time. Smelled sweet with some alcohol tones. Tasted of raisins and sugars that stayed with the aftertaste. Very heavy drink. I have never been a huge scottish ale fan and this one is not any different in that fact, however it is much better than some of the others out there. The heaviness wouldn't allow for many of these in one sitting.

beeroclock, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of chickenm
3/5  rDev -26.3%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
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Wee Heavy from Belhaven Brewery Company Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.