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Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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286 Ratings
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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.01%


Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009)
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mdsteenb

Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 21:00:51 | More by mdsteenb
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Thads324

Connecticut

2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 02:22:51 | More by Thads324
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mactrail

California

2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 03:07:37 | More by mactrail
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Cozuma

Indiana

2.04/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2014 12:17:52 | More by Cozuma
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-19-2013 06:44:17 | More by Beaver13
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2013 21:49:52 | More by Tsar_Riga
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: can

11-14-2013 21:17:03 | More by rlee1390
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 11:56:17 | More by Tone
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minterro

Colorado

3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 03:50:06 | More by minterro
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 22:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-11-2013 03:01:28 | More by BEERchitect
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Wavymitch

Indiana

3.49/5  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

Serving type: can

09-07-2013 23:37:43 | More by Wavymitch
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maxwelldeux

Washington

3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-08-2013 01:50:00 | More by maxwelldeux
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karengarys

Indiana

2.79/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 21:55:37 | More by karengarys
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tdeshaw

Indiana

2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: This was the best part about this beer, looking at it. I poured a nice ruby brown with small tan head. Clear.
S: It had a decent smell to it. It's not too roasty or peaty which was nice but it smelled very small, if that makes sense.
T: It was very smooth but was not what I was expecting. It is not very rich with little caramel hazelnut notes like I was prepared for. Very light for a Scottish style ale.
M: Smooth moderately creamy but the carbonation was good. I don't want to say it's watery but it was not very full, like not at all.
O: It's a solid session beer. They hit the mark dead on when they want to produce "craft" beer for non-craft beer drinkers. I would use this to convert people from domestics.

Serving type: can

05-22-2013 16:37:16 | More by tdeshaw
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AmitC

Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a snifter.

Color is brown with a lot of ruby hues. About two fingers thick tan colored head that recedes slowly. Little lacing on the sides. Some bubbles. A few fine suspensions. Translucent.

Aroma is of scotch and caramel malts. Toasted malts. Strong malt flavor. No alcohol. Some warmth that is not boozy. No hops. Strength is good.

Flavor is full of toasted caramel malts. Very much like a scotch ale. Finish is dry with slight sweetness.

Mouth feel is medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Slightly more malty and caramel flavor.

Very good Scottish style ale.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 01:32:04 | More by AmitC
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Scottish-style ale pours from the pint can a ruby-amber in color. Virtually no lace here.

Aroma is malty sweet. I get a toasty toffee kind of vibe here. Not bad.

Taste is mild and sweetly malty, with more toffee tones and some nuttiness. Not a very compex flavor profile here, but very drinkable and session-worthy.

Serving type: can

11-14-2012 19:09:02 | More by secondtooth
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jeonseh

Indiana

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can poured into a FFF tulip

A - Chesnut brown with hints of red. Clean looking and slightly reflective. Small mocha colored head that went down to a thin layer of foam quickly

S - Smoked malt. Definitely had a smokey peat presence. There are also hints of orange peel as well as caramel malt

T - Lots of caramel malty sweetness and actually a little too sweet for my taste Initally. There is none if the smoke that you pick up in the nose. There is a slight hop presence on the finish that gives it a light orange peel that lingers on.

MF - Heavily carbonated and a bit too heavily for me with a slight syrupiness to it

O - Decent Scottish ale from Sun King. I wish it had more of the smokiness that I smelled in the nose and it wasn't so sweet.

Serving type: can

09-08-2012 22:35:13 | More by jeonseh
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GPHarris

Alabama

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick fluffy, light tan head into an english pub glass that left a thin ring and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright mahogany.
s - peaty and caramel malts. no hop aroma evident but that is fine for this style.
t - caramel and toffee with some raisins and cocoa flavors.
m - medium, slick and creamy.
o - another solid beer from sun king. this was a very drinkable and pleasant beer.

Serving type: can

09-04-2012 15:00:45 | More by GPHarris
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep amber to chestnut brown hue. Slightly hazy. About a 2 finger head that is gone quickly, but laces ok.

S- All malt, but not very prominent. Peated malt and sweet caramel notes intermingle. Fairly one-dimensional.

T- Starts off with some peated malts and moves quickly into caramel flavors. Slightly soured flavors are there too. Ends with a some dark and sweet flavors, mostly brown sugar.

M- Thin and watery. Fairly highly carbonated. Rather easy to drink, but still pretty thin and almost sticky.

Overall, this one let me down quite a bit. A very thin and watery version of a Scotch Ale. Wished this one was heavier on the flavors it has and thicker.

Serving type: can

08-31-2012 22:54:30 | More by boilermakerbrew
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear slightly dense brown body with a light tan head that soon fades to a spotty film. There is a gentle carbonation that trails up the glass.

S- The soft clean aroma has hints of woody brown malt.

T- The clean flavor has hints of dry brown malt and field corn with a grainy after taste that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a scrubbing fizz that covers the gentle flavor that it there. No alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer is very light in flavor and character with the field corn flavor in the aftertaste being the strongest flavor. Not much there. Although the beer being described on the can sounds delicious.

Serving type: can

08-20-2012 15:41:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest in Scottsdale.

Clear dark cherry in color, with a pillowy head of light tan foam.

Perfectly toasty nose. Baked bread, apple, caramel and pecan — good nuttiness. Sweet.

Lots of caramel in the flavor. A touch of smoke and nuts. Clean, toasty finish.

Very light, massaging carbonation in a medium-light body. Clean.

Very tasty and super drinkable. My favorite from Sun King so far.

Serving type: can

06-26-2012 23:10:08 | More by Phelps
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emerge077

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottom of can printed: Ginger orrr Mariann 12124
Guessing April of '12 if it's a Julian date.

Pours into a mug a dark coppery brown, a thin one-finger tan head that fades to a skim after a few minutes.

Toasty with a light malt sweetness in the aroma, slight hint of dried fruit. Light toffee and multigrain bread crusts, sarsaparilla, flavorful and interesting. Lingering bready malt in the finish, initially light bodied and drinkable, becoming watery with some lightly astringent carbonation. A little better than I remember on tap a couple years ago.

Thanks to Howard via Aaron for this one!

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 02:18:26 | More by emerge077
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice coppery brown color, with a nice bit of head. Decent scent, very sweet and malty, although not very deep; has some slight caramal in the nose. Nice taste, a decent maltiness with a bit of toffee/caramal in the flavor; little hop characteristics, which is fine for the style. Slightly thin for an 80 shilling, but goes down quite well, a very nice near-session Scottish ale.

Serving type: can

06-19-2012 02:09:09 | More by WoodBrew
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scottfrie

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can into snifter. Thanks Mark!

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown with two fingers of light tan dense head that slowly bubbled away into a faint collar leaving almost no lace.
S: Sweet notes of caramel malts, light woody notes, bready crust and a hint of dark fruits and juices.
T: Bready like the nose with light flavors of whole wheat crust, raisins, caramel, buttered toast, red apple juice, and a hint of grape and wood. The finish is slight sweet and buttery, and the aftertaste has mild notes of tobacco. I was also describe the taste as “nutty” overall.
M: Medium body, slick and almost greasy smooth mouthfeel, with fairly bubbly and full carbonation.
O: A solid malty beer that is complex enough to be interesting, but still light and easy to drink. Thanks again, HosP!

Serving type: can

06-16-2012 23:12:26 | More by scottfrie
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