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Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

Wee MacWee Mac

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BA SCORE
81
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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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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 08:46:16 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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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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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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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am so f'in' stoked to open this CAN! It came to me in a trade and I put it in the reefer until I could bring my bottle numbers into alignment, then I (finally) figured out how to use a website to resize photos for this site's purposes and I have been busy taking pictures of CANs so that once the pics are approved, I CAN Crack 'em open. I am now back to The CANQuest (TM), where I feel a true calling, so let's have a review!

From the CAN: "A Pint In Every CAN"; "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."

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a mild cascade as the beer produced two thick fingers' worth of mocha-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish-brownish amber with coppery highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was as malty as advertised and definitely had that hazelnut character that they mentioned. I am ambivalent about hazelnut in that I do not mind the flavor, but I would not want a cup of full-on hazelnut coffee, either. Mouthfeel was medium and the good news (for me) was that the hazelnut was, indeed, reduced by the cocoa flavor. Yes, it was a very malty beer, but I CAN appreciate such things, despite being a self-avowed hophead. On the flipside, though, one CAN at a time is probably enough for me. The finish was sweet, but not cloyingly so, as some beers in the style are.

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 22:46:54 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2012 03:20:10 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep coppery ruby, with a couple fingers of foamy off-white head. This peters out pretty readily, leaving back some thin ringing and a frothy cascade that slides down the sides rather quickly. The aroma smells of caramel, a touch of cocoa and smoky roast, while a bit of underlying green hops help add a flavorful twang to this in the nose.

The taste is similar to the aroma, with sweet toffee, cocoa powder, and green citrus, with a roastiness across the back which hangs a gentle smokiness on the breath after each sip. This finishes dry with a lingering mix of sugars, bitter fruit, and maybe even a smidge of spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue with more of a firm creaminess that expands out into the rest of the mouth. This is pretty easy feeling overall.

This was interesting. Almost like a Scotch Ale Lite with the hop component of an American Brown Ale. There wasn’t really anything mind blowing here but it was decently flavored enough with that hop profile adding a good amount of fresh crispness here and this overall drank rather easily thanks to the lower ABV. It’s worth a look.

Serving type: can

04-12-2012 14:14:13 | More by Kegatron
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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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RoyalT

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:08:34 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper/brown color with a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The brew smells like toffee, nuts, and toasted malt. It tastes like toffee, nuts, peat, and caramel/toasted malt. Mouthfeel/body is low/medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. It is pretty easy to drink. At $11.49 a 4-pack I wouldn't buy it again at that price, but I do think it's a brew that's worth trying.

Serving type: can

10-16-2011 23:02:48 | More by bluejacket74
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear solid copper brown color with a good sized creamy white head that slowly dissipates, but leaves some spotty lace in its wake. Now this beer is still quite cold, freshly poured after coming out of the "regular" refrigerator, but most of what I'm getting from the aroma is an almost tart fruitiness. As this warms it opens up a little and I get more malt with sweet caramel and toffee, bread, and hints of dark fruit. Taste is mild toffee and caramel up front followed by some tart and dark fruits for the dry finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sugary mouthfeel. This one is a bit weird. There's a tart almost metallic thing going on the aroma. The body is a bit to thin for the style and the flavor should have more rich caramel/burnt sugar maltiness in it, but it doesn't. This one kind of falls short of expectations.

Serving type: can

12-26-2011 02:49:03 | More by johnnnniee
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear ruby red color with orange edges, a white head with little retention and no lace.

S-the nose is light, toasted bread, a touch of grain, sweet caramel, herbal hops in the back.

T-a toasted breadiness right up front, slightly grainy with notes of toffee in the middle. some sweet dark fruits blend in at the back with notes of tropical fruity hops to finish off.

M-very light body but smooth on the palate, good carbonation to hold the feel throughout and a clean soft finish.

D-easy drinking and tasty, nothing huge but a good balance and flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 22:24:21 | More by cpetrone84
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ehammond1


2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 20:38:00 | More by ehammond1
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morimech

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

10-13-2011 22:07:52 | More by morimech
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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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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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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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JamesS

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2009 23:48:09 | More by JamesS
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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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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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nrbw23

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear brownish red color with a white head. Head turns into a cap of a few bubbles and leaves some really light lacing.

S- The nose is pretty light, toasted bread, a touch of grain, sweet caramel, a bit of earthy. A bit of toffee as well.

T- Taste really follows the nose wll. Toasted malts, grainy, toffee and a fair amount of sweetness.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Not too bad and very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

06-01-2011 20:36:30 | More by nrbw23
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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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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brundo4 for sending this one out. Live review poured into my pint glass.

A- Body is a transparent mahogany color that pours with a 2-3 finger soapy white head. Head subsides quickly to 1/2 finger-but has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-Nose is moderate in strength and offers a lot of caramel malt as well as some chocolate an toffee.

T-Flavor is much lighter than the smell and offers a decent earthy hop profile in addition to a mild caramel and chocolate malt presence. What lingers on the palate is some earthy hop flavor as well as a hint of caramel, toffee, and chocolate malt.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a very light, thin body.

D- This is a decent, above average Scottish Ale. Its very light, sessionable and drinkable. Also seems to be an interesting, somewhat unique brew. Its nice to sample someone else's locals occasionally and I'd like to trade for more local growlers.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2010 18:02:23 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.