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Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 20.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 93 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
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 StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +2.7%
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 biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
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 emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
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! (600 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -11%
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 stakem
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,610 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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 johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (936 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Two inch head atop a clear, dark red/light brown beer. Head recedes to one finger width. A few streams of effervescence float upward. Above average head retention and average lacing.

S- Smells slightly grassy. Bready.

T- Malt malt malt, as well it should for a scotch ale. Good "brown" flavor. No hops apparent.

M- Good carbonation, albeit with a thin mouthfeel.

D/O- A real thirst-quencher, better than other Scottish Styles I've reviewed. Would be great in the summertime on the beach as opposed to a bland BMC. Thanks for the hookup dannyfrost! (555 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
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 bluejacket74
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.27/5  rDev -32.6%
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 THECPJ
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
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 scottfrie
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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! (786 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
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 DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
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)

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Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.