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Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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Wee MacWee Mac

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101 Reviews
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Reviews: 101
Hads: 474
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 39.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 100 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 474
Photo of pwoods
4.69/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at the brewery.

16oz. Can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with great clarity. Medium head on the pour with only a bit of retention but decent lacing.

S: Great Scottish aroma. Malty but not too sweet. A touch of almost wheat aroma. Somewhat dry.

T/M: Great maltiness, smooth and not too sweet. Great Scottish flavor and nice yeast. Maybe the slightest hint of hops? Body is medium with smooth carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. A fantastic example of the style. Probably about 60, while Robert The Bruce is about an 80 with some hops... Very different from each other but this one is probably better. Impressive.

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Photo of mcnut
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at MacNivens in Indianapolis

Appearance: Carmel color with a very nice head which stuck to the glass.

Smell: Malt up front, with a soft hint of hops following behind it.

Taste: Very malty, but with a crispness that cuts through.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting this to be a wee bit heavier on the pallate than it was, but it was perfect for drinkability

Drinkablility: This beer is definitely sessionable to my pallate.

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Photo of JToad
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also had this at Hal's Vegas Bar and Grill in Greenwood, IN.

Before I write this, I admittedly am a hophead, and malty beers are not my favorite.

Poured a dark cherry mahogony, with nice tan frothy lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, very smokey. Very aromatic.

Intial tastes of the roasted malt, tobacco was in the background. Great mouthfeel,smoothe and mellow. Noticable hops, more so than most Scottish Ales I've had. Nicely carbonated with just enough bite. The more I sip, the more complex this tastes.

Sun King is 2 for 2! I could drink this beer all the time. Id really like to pair it with a cigar, and help bring out all those tobacco flavors hiding behind the malt. Im not sure I would call this a Scottish Ale, but call it what you want, it's fantastic. Sun King, please make your way to South Bend.

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Photo of Rddymk
4.29/5  rDev +24%
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!

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Photo of phandke
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No haze apparent. A nice brown, coppery color almost like an old penny.
S: Smells of toasted wood and has some nice malty aromas.
T: A bit of sweetness to this one. Nice malty finish. A little caramel but also a good hoppy, green quality up front.
M: Very smooth, goes down nice and easy.
D: Could drink this all day long.

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Photo of mdsteenb
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of Shrews
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served - can poured into Pint Glass

Rich brown color with minimal head. Copper color.

Roasted almonds with hazelnut hint.

Very rich and malty taste. Can taste the nuts (hazelnut) and hops. Mixed taste between the brown ale and an IPA.

Very drinkable. Tastes great and smooth in the mouth. Complex and rich taste throughout the entire process

A pretty great Brown that also tastes like an APA/IPA. Love the malts and the rich hops as it enters your mouth. The hazelnut smell tops it off.

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Photo of joshmkelly
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This verision of a Scottish ale is very smmoth and almost sweet. The malty, toffee, chocolate aftertones makes this a perfect dessert beer. It is thinner than many beers of this style but gives it an enjoyable drinkablity. This beer is best if left at room temperature for about 10 minutes so you can pick up the subltey of all the ingredients.

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Photo of salvo
4.15/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with red and gold highlights with a half inch of off white head. Clear with many small sharp bubbles rising.

Smell of earthy and rich malts with some light herbal hops to balance. Taste is earthy and sweet without overwhelming. Lives up to the "wee" part of heavy by not being too big or heavy in either taste or alcohol. I'm not a big Scots Ale aficionado, so some adherents may be looking for more, but this is an ideal Scots for me: it's right precisely where Robert the Bruce from 3F is just overwhelming.

I hope to see Wee Mac Brown in cans soon, as hinted at in the tasting room: the can is just as outrageously designed as Osiris and Cream Dream. Yahoo, Sun King! Keep up the good work!

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Photo of CBlack85
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a DFH shaped pint glass.

This beer pours a mahogany/copper/ruby color with a generous amount of off white head that slowly recedes into a small amount of lacing.

Very pleasant, although somewhat muted, nose comprised of bready & caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and lightly chocolaty. Just the slighted hint of earthy hops.

The flavor is very even for the style, not huge and overbearingly sweet, but not weak or watery either. The malt profile is both bready and sweet; with biscuity malts, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee featured prominantly and honey, chocolate, and just a hint of hazelnut to round it out. The hops are almost an afterthought, just enough to make their presence known, but not enough to distract from the malt profile. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable

All in all this is a really good beer, a little light for the style, but not overly so. Good stuff, I look forward to trying more from Sun King.

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Photo of thebierbrewery
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a can.

A-Amber to red, bright clarity, small head retention

S- Big malty, caramel, biscuity, low to no hop aroma

T- Very balanced (towards malt). Malty but not cloyingly sweet Blanace between caramel and biscuit.

M- Medium to medium light, slightly creamy, high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, very well balanced bier

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The aroma does not pack any surprises with its toffee malt aroma. A little earthiness as well.

The flavor is more interesting. The malt foundation is solid. Plenty of nuttiness with toffee and peat. I guess the brewer added cocoa and that to is detectable. Bitterness is low with the hops adding more earthiness.

Solid body for a beer with this ABV. The carbonation is well suited for the beer. The texture is silky smooth.

Nice to pick these cans up during recent travel. Tasty, low ABV beer in cans. Sweet.

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Photo of cnally
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap. macniven's. need I say more?

the appearance is a barely see-through light brown, minimal head and virtually no retention.

aromas are black cherry, slightly woodsy, very sweet and a little grainy.

they just nailed the flavors here. a fantastic concoction of malts, caramel, burnt sugars, heavy mossy and woodsy notes. creamy and milky finish.

the mouthfeel stays creamy and has the slightest bite of dryness.

this is a delicious, heavy brew, one in which the flavor is immense and the other aspects make it slightly less drinkable.

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Photo of AmitC
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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!

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Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a bar near InPol.

A: Pour is a copper with red tint color with a nice bone white head that towers over glass and recedes to a manageable 1.5 finger head that maintains and laces.

S: Interesting scents. Toasted malt, some hops and earth tones, sweet molasses.

T: Everything you get in the smell comes forward courageously in the taste. A nice complex flavor that lingers between an APA/IPA and a brown ale. Nice and crisp tastes of hops blend with sweet tastes of caramel and malt.

M: Very drinkable. Its like a hybrid beer that gives you two styles in one. Very easy to drink with good coating and lighter body for a scotAle.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - sweet. Brown sugar, honey, caramel, stewed malts with some hints of vanilla cream and apple pie.

Taste - unfiltered cider, caramelized malts, raw sugar, honey, bran flakes and some subtle vanilla. Definitely toffee and caramel flavors coming into play. This is the type of beer that appeals to lots of folks. A little more oomph than a regular amber or brown ale but still approachable at all levels.

Overall - Lots of rich, sweet malty flavors abound. This is a malt lovers delight that is for sure. No mistakes here, just a great brew and a well done version of the style. Great third canned offering from the folks at Sun King!

Would I buy more of it? - definitely. Like their other two canned offerings, Wee Mac is solid and delicious. Sun King has done a great job in their first year that is for sure!

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of HosP
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a taste of this beer. Had on draft at a little tavern north of Indy called Bonge's (Awesome place to eat if your in the area)!

A- Nice caramel color, thin white cap on top. Hangs around throughout the beer.

T- Very sweet smelling. Sugar and caramel most prominent. Malty notes finish out.

T- Much sweeter than I was expecting. Toffee and caramel flavors mixed throughout. Sweet sugar, malty flavors keep going towards the end. Maybe slight honey flavor in it.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

O- Very, very nice drink. Sweetness is perfect and good malt balance. Good full flavors. Now picking between which 4 pack got much tougher... looks like 1 of each! Could drink a 4 pack on a nice cool evening.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a cold can semi opaque copper brown to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger, relatively short lasting tan head that leaves a quickly receding thin rim of lace after each sip.

aroma of toasted nuts, malts and brown sugar.

nutty, brown sugar, light brown toffee.

medium bodied, big carbonation, super sweet.

drinkable - very

overall - great example of style, refreshing and tasty.

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Photo of kels
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, many thanks to pwoods. I'll definitely need to visit Sun King myself next time I'm in Indy.

Beer pours a perfectly clear copper shade with just the lightest skim of quickly disappearing white wispy foam. A little spitty lace slides quickly back into the beer.

Deep caramel sweetness meets richly roasted malts in the nose. I think I get the slightest hint of smoky peat, but that could just be my imagination.

Taste is full of sweetness. The malts are nicely roasted to a point of rich carameliness that's more roasted than cloying. Not much smokiness to speak of - just a hint of peat in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't even detectable. Feel is moderate, with a light carbonation that gives enough body for the flavors without making it too bright. A nice sticky finish helps things linger.

Drinkability is pretty high. Goes down easy and doesn't bite.

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Photo of Ferg
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on tap, and it was very enjoyable.
One of my favorite dinner beers with pub food.
Rate a 4 +/- if you can find on tap.

From the can, it is horrible!
Little taste, what notes you get are very tinny and not enjoyable.
Rate a 2 +/- from the tin can.

Sun King needs to go to bottles, as the can does not cut the mustard.

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Photo of SaucyJack64
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler pint glass from can. Large light-cream lacey head quickly dissapating to very thin lace for remainder.

A - Very nice medium copper colored hue. Just what you would expect for the style.

S - Sweet bread notes with hints of toffee and (as advertised) hazelnut with a strong malt backbone. Pleasant and inviting.

T - Pleasently sweet, toffee and malt dominate with almost no hint of hops used in the balance.

M - Maybe slightly more carbonated than I would like. Finishes clean with notes of caramel maltiness. No hop notes at all.

D - Pretty good representation of the Scotch Ale style. Not going to knock anyone out, but enjoyed the beer and will definantly revisit it.

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Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.