Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 446
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | FT: 1
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: 94 | Hads: 446
Photo of vw73182
1.58/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I’ve had several Scottish Ales and this one is nothing similar. First off the smell of this beer seems offensive. The appearance of the brown hue is almost like muddy water not what I would expect for a Scottish Ale. The taste is repulsive extremely metallic taste and that’s it. The Palate is all the same all the way through watery metallic (346 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
1.71/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Copper ale with mostly gold highlights shining through in spite of being a wee heavy. Slightly off white head falls quickly. Strong malt nose w/o any hops noticed, but there's a stale bread smell that's rather unpleasant. Strong diacytl, I believe. Diacytal flavors, butterscotch, and staleness continue in the taste. Sour and off flavored, and the mouthfeel is watery. I'm generally beer adventurous, but extremely disappointed with this beer and having a hard time finishing it. Avoid. (487 characters)

Photo of kjc51478
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Appearance is dark copper color with thin beige head.

S: Aroma is weak with notes of chocolate and caramel.

T: Taste is fairly one dimensional with some caramel and nuts flavors in there but mostly just plain maltiness. Not much hop character to speak of.

M: Palate is light-bodied and slightly watery.

O: Overall, a very disappointing beer. (352 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 Kbogac
2.16/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Cloudy light brown with minimal cream colored foam. Dissipated quickly to a light film with a ring. Very little smell. I get a little malt but not much else. Taste is light almost washed out. There is some malt, caramel maybe hops but it is tough to tell. The carbonation is high and somewhat off putting. Very sharp and an assault to the tongue. Overall I didn't really enjoy this beer. (424 characters)

Photo of CitizenRay
2.19/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I'm not too sure what Sun King was attempting to do with this beer. There's really not much to say about it besides maybe that it's a mildly acceptable brown ale. They are worthy of greater beers (recent beers have proven this point) but for some reason Wee Mac is still out there. Your guess is as good as mine. (312 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 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 BarryMFBurton
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What’s more American than drinking a great pint of beer from a local establishment on the Fourth of July? Well, besides running around foreign countries fighting terrorists in an Uncle Sam outfit, not a whole lot. It’s capitalism at its best: voting with my beer dollar to support a local group of entrepreneurs. Here’s hoping that the drinking experience lives up to the setting in which it’s being drank!

A: This one pours from the can a deep, shining crimson. Excellent. The head is awesomely creamy, but it disappears so quickly that it makes the original showing of carbonation forgettable. No lacing, either, but the body’s beautiful color saves it from mediocrity.

S: Some decent malts provide some good sweet notes, dark fruits above all else. Meaty hints of yeasts show signs of those alcohol-heavy tendencies that are so prevalent in the style. The grains can come off as old and unimpressive every once in a while, but overall it’s a pleasing, fruity welcome to this brew.

T: Fruit juice, anyone? As I sip away, the first thing I get is a thin, berry juice taste. It’s like Kool-Aid that turns out bad because you don’t have enough powder; watery is what comes to mind. The yeast makes its entrance after, showing a hint of darkness in the fruit category before drifting off without much of a lingering effect. Hops are not supposed to be huge in this style, so their absence isn’t missed as much; however, it would have been a nice distraction from the unwelcome nature of the palate. To be honest, this seems more like a drink that someone made in a “My First Beer” brewkit rather than a professional brewery. Not good.

M: Thin and watery, adding to this beer’s sad personality. Give me some carbonation! I wish this had been the brew’s saving grace, but it does nothing but amplify the worst aspects of the drinking experience.

O: The seas of good beer flavor are never at rest, presenting new challenges for microbreweries every single day. That’s why I can pick up four cans of Sun King’s Osiris PA and be perfectly content, but four of these would bring me nothing but disappointment. Ah well, it just goes to show: not every beer is great, and not every brewer has its styles down. Give these guys a few years and they might be sending this one out with the strength and flavor I know they can deliver. At least that’s what I hope… (2,388 characters)

Photo of tdeshaw
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark copper brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts,

taste: caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer really has no flavor. really would like to know what exactly they were going for here. oh well another brewery to check off.

cheers,
The CPJ (336 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 RoyalT
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - This is thin brown in color with a mediocre head.

Smell - There are some sugary malts in the nose along with light toast.

Taste - This beer fell apart at the taste. It lacked depth, failed to provide the rich malt promise from the nose, and was overly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel - Unfortunately this beer was ultra-thin, too thin even for the style, and had little carbonation.

Drinkability - This Sun King effort failed to cut the mustard. (462 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 RocPorterFanatic
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light brown with moderate lacing. Nothing of note in the smell, warm biscuits and honey.
First sip, really not that impressed. There's a toasted corn flavor that I'm not a fan of, a little more of the biscuit flavor starts to come through at the back of the tongue.

Overall, this beer didn't impress me. This is the first beer I've had from Sun King, and to be honest, it doesn't make me excited to try any more. (419 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)

Photo of ehammond1
2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, dannyfrost!

Dark cherry auburn with a thick light khaki colored head that doesn't leave behind much lace or stick at all down the glass.

I do not like the way this beer smells. There's a lot of old sponge/dishrag aroma, without much of anything else positive left behind. There's a bit of caramel and bread I suppose, but I can't really keep my sniffer in here long enough to discern much positive.

Fortunately, and surprisingly, the beer tastes far better than it smells. The unfortunate old dishrag character is gone, and what's left is sweet caramel, freshly baked bread, and a low level of bitterness. Decent, and above average taste.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

An average enough Scottish ale, though very unexciting and an unfortunately terrible aroma. (823 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 stakem
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint sized can into a snifter. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of amber red with a finger and a half of yellowish stained tan froth. The cap recedes fairly quickly leaving some webby patches of lacework on the glass. A light swirl revives slightly more than a lace atop the brew.

The smell is a bit tangy with something I perceive as a combination of fruited alcohol and caramel malt. It takes a turn with a slight nod in the darker direction of toffee to brown sugar sweetness to the aroma. Some citrus hops are present and as it warms, it gets an increasingly stronger scent of vinegar mixed with apples.

The taste is sweet with some apple flavoring initially that is quite fruited almost mildly reminiscent of tart cherry as well. It blends into a bit of vinegar aspect before more of a burnt sugar sweetness minorly like caramel or toffee. Alcohol is noted with a fruity appeal and there is a bit of mineral inclusion across the back.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol is well integrated but overall I really feel like this interpretation of a scottish ale missed the mark. The label describes this as dutch cocoa and toffee but this certainly includes more vinegar, fruity and tangy notes than what is listed on the package. (1,298 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
2.95/5  rDev -14%
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. (751 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 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 feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun King Brewery, Wee Mac Scottish-style Ale. "Wee Mac is an eminently quaffable brown ale. Crafted to be smooth and malty, Wee Mac has a rich hazelnut character with toffee undertones and a hint of Dutch cocoa. Hops are used sparingly in this beer and serve only to help balance the sweetness of the malt. Wee Mac is sure to delight your palate with malty goodness." ALC 5.3%.

By the way, before we start I am going to start a list of beer phrases that need to be retired. One of them may have been invented by Michael Jackson, and was probably clever when he coined it. However, "eminently quaffable/drinkable" must die. On with the review.

It's toffee brown, clear, and with no head at all.

Aroma: sweet, malt, caramel, toffee, yaddeta yaddeta. Not especially multidimensional.

Taste it: Flat, bland, boring. Lightish body, forgettable finish. I'm searching and searching for something interesting in this one, something significant and rewarding, and I'm coming up short. Utterly uninspired, this one. (1,011 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sun King Wee Mac

Pours a dark brown with an amber tint. Less than an inch of off-white head.

The nose is is malty and sweet with a touch of hops. Light caramel is noticed.

The taste has some cocoa, hazelnut and sweet malt. Subtle.

Mouthfeel is ligh-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, this beer is alright if youve been sipping hefty brews and want something light and subtle. Nothing too special. (408 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)

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