Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 448
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009

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Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. I'm BATMAN!!! Apr 30th 2015.

Deep red and very clear body, with a deep red ruby shine and caramel brown color. Head manages a solid two fingers, light tan in color, dissolving like a flat elevator to a simple half finger, swiss cheese top and bubbled somewhat thick collar.

Aroma is quite buried and mucked by a bit of steely and what seem like deaden hop character but more importantly dominating what should be a noticeable malt presence. Muted caramel, light toast, faint milk chocolate but burdened by this weird flattened hop aroma which shouldn't be there at all as far as I am concerned.

Palate just is stretching to make a dent in flavor. Incredibly flattened malt backbone, watery, and weak. Wet caramel and toasty crackling barely hinted is completely absent. Comes off like flattened caramel cola. Lifeless to some extent body. Finish lacks, almost cola sweet.

This is drinkable but comes off dead and lifeless for a scottish ale. (999 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber light brown color. One and a half fingers of nitro-esque beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.75 S: Nutty and toasty from the start like a good brown ale. Caramel and brown sugar. Crisp, clean maltiness. On the drier side, but still enough sweetness to hit the spot.

3.75 T: Like the nose this is crisp, clean, and tasty. Plenty of toastiness and caramel. Nuttiness underneath, dry grainy maltiness. Not as rich or as sweet as most of the style out there, but I don't think it's supposed to be. It works quite well for what it is.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Super drinkable with a good taste. (759 characters)

Photo of SpenCycle
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really disappointed with this one. The color is good, a clear brown. The smell doesn't have much to offer, and the taste is much of the same. It's not a terrible beer, but should be labeled a light brown ale or something. This does not remind me of the Scottish style ale in the slightest. It tastes like a watered down brown ale. Won't be getting this again. (359 characters)

Photo of Rddymk
4.29/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely a generous Scottish ale with enormous nutty malts and a very, very low inclusion of hops.A hint of vanilla and nutmeg. Goes down very easy and wanders on the tongue with a hint of deep a roast. A roast almost coffee-like and I don't like coffee. But this Scottish ale is a winner and will be consumed in my household for a long time. It is not an all day beer by any means. A good one to have after a meal of chicken over rice, pot roast or just a can of Pringles! (476 characters)

Photo of Bosoxbennie
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though Company for this beer to keep here in the Midwest. Scotty Karate is by far better, and then you have Robert the Bruce, Old Chub, and Dirty Bastard in hefty supply. I hope Sun King isn't Banking on this one (212 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, from a mixed-sixer at the Glendale, Colorado Liquor Mart.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with four ebullient fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse spatterings of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready caramel malt, dark, slightly soused orchard fruit, a bit of mocha, leafy, earthy hops, and a touch of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is more doughy caramel malt, a hint of smoked toffee, bruised apples and pears, thin brown sugar, a tame acrid milkiness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite active in its toothless frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, but with a growing clammy caveat. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt dragging along that cheap lager metallic essence, to no one's benefit.

A plain as the rain in Spain (I know) Scottish ale, something to drink with a healthy dose of cognitive dissonance. Not particularly engaging, or full, or, well, interesting. And then there's that stoney, metallic thing. Aach, forget it. (1,114 characters)

Photo of Chumcycle
3/5  rDev -12.5%

This beer just does not hit my palate right. This one of the few beers I've had that seems to have no flavor. I gave it a 3 because I figured it was just me... (159 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%

A - very dark amber/brown in color. Clear. Moderate carbonation. White 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer on top that is retained. 4/5

S - Toasted bread. Smells a bit heavy and bitter. Chocolate. Bit of espresso. Grassy. Grainy. Hint of dates. Nutty. 3.75/5

T - Toasted bread. Nutty. Yeasty. Grassy/earthy hops that lend a hefty bitterness to this beer. Leathery. 3.5/5

M - Medium body. Finishes somewhat dry. Moderate carbonation. Smooth but dry. Slight lingering bitterness. 3.5/5

O - Complex aroma but simple and straightforward flavor. Nice for dinner or a cool day. 3.75/5 (632 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.27/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear mahogany hue with a nice two finger off white head that fades rather quickly, not quite soda fast but fast, to leave no lacing and very thin wisps. Quite average in the long run. Numerical score: 3 (x .05 = .15)

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, light malts, faint biscuits and a little raisin. Rather underwhelming. Numerical score: 2.75 (x .2 = .55)

T - Taste is lightly creamy, faint caramel/toffee, faint sweet malts, fair amount of biscuit/grain. Very watery. As others have stated the finish has an almost dirty, metallic taste reminiscent of a cheap Euro lager or incredibly bland/thin brown ale. Numerical score: 2 (x .45 = .9)

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and watery with that off finish. Numerical score: 1.75 (x .1 = .18)

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. I expect much more from Sun King and this scottish ale was incredibly subpar. Very thin and watery, mediocre flavours and a lack luster nose. Quite a shame. Numerical score: 2.25 (x .2 = .45)

Total Rating score: 2.23
Serving Type: Can (1,112 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Can pour at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, nut, and caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors for the style. (646 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a nice clear dark brown appearance in its pint glass.

A light carmely malt aroma floats off the tan creamy two finger head of this beer.

If you were to take a small sip of this beer you would find that it's a very light watery flavor but the longer the beer sits in your mouth you pick up on it's caramel somewhat nutty ale flavors.

The flavor and mouth feel is very mild and drinkable so it goes well with hearty meals.

This is a very clean light tasting beer that would satisfy many from the bud light crowd to the adventurous craft beer drinkers. (569 characters)

Photo of mdsteenb
4.21/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer when eating out. It is also decent in the can - Sun King does not do bottles from what I can tell, other than a growler. I've enjoyed Wee Mac at several different locations and they all tapped it properly and the taste was consistent. Very enjoyable dinner beer. Goes well with pizza and grilled tenderloin are my two favorites. (343 characters)

Photo of Thads324
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint can with a lot of angles goin on...
Pours a dark brown with reddish hues. Big off white head, popping loudly. Very little lacing.
Smells of dusty attic and sweet neutral grains.
Flavor starts watery, with a bit of sweetness. Toffee and grainy husks, corn on the cob and the littlest bits of caramel. An ester and Yeast filled finish.
Very light body, highly drinkable.

I'd put this more in the realm of an esb than a Scottish ale. Watery, with little caramel flavor and no other qualities of a good Scottish style beer. If it was an esb I'd give it a higher grade. Not what I was expecting and disappointing for a brewery I really like. (642 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Dark coppery amber color with a tall foam after each pour in the Bellevue bulb. Quite sudsy in the mouth, though it's kind of a club soda mouthfeel along with that faintly sourish tang that seems to go with big carbonation in lower ABV beers. Smells like beer, is as imaginative as I can get here.

Quite thin and tangy. Slight fruit flavor, like orange peel with a little raisin. Some caramel and roasted malt. Maybe there is a whiff of peat. At the end there is that dirty bitter taste that makes me think of cheap Euro lagers. It's a lot like a a thin Brown Ale.

This starts out pleasantly enough, but that metallic, insistent bitterness as me heading toward the sink. From the 16 oz can purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver. (734 characters)

Photo of Cozuma
2.05/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: looks nearly like it could be promising but seems to be a little dark for a Scottish, thin head around the edge of the sample glass, no creamy head evident.

S: slight malty character

T: bland watery like lacking a strong or noticeable flavor

M: Thin and water like

O: For all the hype surrounding this beer and the number of people that told me to go get it and drink it I am glad to say I did not pay for a pint, the bar was kind enough to allow me to sample it before I threw my money away on it. I can't say it's horrible because it didn't make me want to spit it out or throw the glass but I was unable to see what others find so magical about it. Moral of the story: Happy to try it but very glad I didn't pay for it. (729 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.23/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

16 oz can. Pours clear ruby amber with a big fizzy off white head that goes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet peaty caramel malts with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet peaty caramel malts. The mouthfeel is thin and very watery.

Overall, very thin and watery and bland. (275 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown color with a light head.

S - Slight, fairly standard ale, with malts, earthiness, yeast.

T - Enjoyable, if slight. This goes down easy, but lacks the hit one might otherwise expect. The flavors are balanced, with hints of alcohol and malts, but not much complexity.

M - Medium carbonation, but thin.

O - Sun King is local, so you find this one around town fairly frequently. I am torn, because I do enjoy this beer, and it is a go-to option for me when the choices are between standard major brews and select Sun King options. But the description of this as a Brown rather than a Scottish seems apt. (623 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear deep ruby almost brown, but no head or carbonation.

S-Earthy, peat, dirt, malt, caramel.

T-Smokey, peat, caramel, toffee, very malt heavy. Not much bitterness but balanced.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonation but watery,

O-Was expecting more from this beer. Sun King usually does malty beer well but this one just wasn't where it should have been (358 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight yeast, hint of roasted malt, hint nut, hint of coffee, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Scottish Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of yeast, hint of roasted malt, hint of hop, and slight nut. Overall, good blend, body, and decent aroma. (465 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO

Poured into a Greenbush pint glass and paired with stir fry.

A&S: Light tan head with little to no retention. Dull-looking (not in a bad way) translucent brown colored beer. Very light aroma including caramel, toasted malts, and kinda irony.

T&M: Mild taste with the exact same elements as the aroma. Crisp and refreshing, but not fitting for the style. Low body high carbonation.

Overall: Unimpressed, especially because of the price (over 12 for a four pack of cans). I haven't had much from Indiana outside of Three Floyds so I didn't know what to expect, but this was just not up to standard. (648 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

awfully thin for a Scottish ale, no body at all on this. more brown than red, but shimmers of both appear on the pour. minimal cream colored head rises and recedes. aromatics are fairly right on for the style, woody and mature, malt forward and a touch sweet. whats missing for me is the yeast. it just isn't there with its doughy fullness, and sweetness dominates the nose and taste as a result. some malt richness in the taste, but its got a hollow smoke flavor and a raisin hit that doesn't really meld. doesn't taste too bad though, its the feel that fails it. watery thin in a fall style that demands some heft. total letdown there, despite decent carbonation. it just doesn't stand up to the depth of flavor here. my first beer from these guys didn't impress me much at all. (780 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

American microbrewers are notorious in their try at Scottish Ales that simply miss the mark. Where they excel at "American" styles, they just can't help themselves as they over confidently overstep their boundaries.

Wee Mac pours a crystal clear, but dark garnet tone. A frothy off-white head quickly rises but then quickly recedes. With no lace on the glass, the ale is severely lacking in delivering the handsome foam character that the Scottish Ale style promises.

Deeply malty aromas carry a sweeter scent that's dominated by chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. Meanwhile an element of toast, light coffee and an anise note that reminds me of root beer. Light pepper tingles the nose as the proper absence of hops leaves the nose all about the malt.

To taste, the malt sweetness reigns proudly- caramel and corn syrups further reinforce a cola-like influence. Even as the moderate chocolate, hazelnut, toast and toffee try to round things out, the regal malt complexity and dryness is heavily muted. Finishing with a slight woodish hop tone, the sweetness easily topples its feeble attempt to balance as a slight earthen note of peat and pepper do as much to offset the sweetness as the hops do.

Medium-full, the beer is assisted early by the pleasant acidity from carbonaiton. But as that creamy texture is fast-fleeting, the later half of the session is near-flat and sticky to the mouth surfaces. Its slight warmth from alcohol signals its closure as any dryness is hard to come by.

Wee Mac is a quite marginal attempt at making a Scottish-style beer. It's a pretty typical type of ale that American microbrewers with these styles. It simply lacks the malt depth, complexity and dryness that make Scottish Ales so regal and charming. However, Wee Mac is a sweeter Brown Ale with Scottish Ale influences. (1,813 characters)

Photo of Wavymitch
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Poured a dark color. Clear though. Almost the best part about this brown ale.

S. a pleasant smell. It was a bit hazelnut-ish. Definitley some really carmel aromas.

T/M. Very hazelnut-ish. I enjoyed it. Not what I expected but a vet light almost no hop finish and thin.

O. This is a good brown ale. Not what expected but if you're into a nice Scottish Ale. Kudos (368 characters)

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.04/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown with reddish tinges to it and a moderate tan head that quickly disappears. Nose is quite malt with some toasty and almost nutty tones. Taste isn’t really sweet at all, but has some nice nuttiness to it. OK, but not my favorite thing. (275 characters)

Photo of karengarys
2.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours pop-like, is brownish but looks kind of like pepsi with a lot of ice melted, diluting the mixture. As the beer rests, and the coarse bubbles dissipate, it kind of looks like that watered down pepsi.

Smell is sweet and dark. Brown sugar. Malty. Hint of some dark spice I can't place.

Taste is, well, overwhelmingly thin so I'll do mouthfeel first.

The mouthfeel of this is like seltzer water, but not quite so hefty. Light. Sparkley. Not rich at all, and, well, a bit watery for my tastes.

The taste is on the bland side, sort of like a mass marketed light beer with a packet of malt flavor added. And seltzer water (again with the seltzer water?)

The finish is quite clean, I guess that is good..

So, do I grab this after cutting the grass in the summer? ....not sure when I'd really desire this drink. I'm a scotch ale fan, but, well, this one falls way short. I'm disappointed because I really had my hopes up. (924 characters)

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Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.