Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
06-04-2014 17:54:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.46/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-11-2013 03:01:28 | More by BEERchitect
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
06-20-2012 02:18:26 | More by emerge077
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-12-2012 14:14:13 | More by Kegatron
3/5 rDev -16%
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.
12-24-2011 08:46:16 | More by feloniousmonk
3.38/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-13-2013 22:27:44 | More by StonedTrippin
2.89/5 rDev -19%
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.
03-27-2014 03:07:37 | More by mactrail
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
01-21-2011 22:46:54 | More by woodychandler
2.88/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
01-25-2012 03:20:10 | More by stakem
3.08/5 rDev -13.7%
(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.
08-20-2012 15:41:34 | More by rhoadsrage
3.75/5 rDev +5%
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.
10-26-2013 11:56:17 | More by Tone
3.3/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
12-26-2011 02:49:03 | More by johnnnniee
2.7/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
12-17-2011 21:41:08 | More by THECPJ
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
06-19-2012 02:09:09 | More by WoodBrew
Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.