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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: 475
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 39.6%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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: 475
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of minterro
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart in Denver, CO

Poured into a Greenbush pint glass and paired with stir fry.

A&S: Light tan head with little to no retention. Dull-looking (not in a bad way) translucent brown colored beer. Very light aroma including caramel, toasted malts, and kinda irony.

T&M: Mild taste with the exact same elements as the aroma. Crisp and refreshing, but not fitting for the style. Low body high carbonation.

Overall: Unimpressed, especially because of the price (over 12 for a four pack of cans). I haven't had much from Indiana outside of Three Floyds so I didn't know what to expect, but this was just not up to standard.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Wavymitch
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Poured a dark color. Clear though. Almost the best part about this brown ale.

S. a pleasant smell. It was a bit hazelnut-ish. Definitley some really carmel aromas.

T/M. Very hazelnut-ish. I enjoyed it. Not what I expected but a vet light almost no hop finish and thin.

O. This is a good brown ale. Not what expected but if you're into a nice Scottish Ale. Kudos

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of karengarys
2.82/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of tdeshaw
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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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 secondtooth
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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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 boilermakerbrew
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep amber to chestnut brown hue. Slightly hazy. About a 2 finger head that is gone quickly, but laces ok.

S- All malt, but not very prominent. Peated malt and sweet caramel notes intermingle. Fairly one-dimensional.

T- Starts off with some peated malts and moves quickly into caramel flavors. Slightly soured flavors are there too. Ends with a some dark and sweet flavors, mostly brown sugar.

M- Thin and watery. Fairly highly carbonated. Rather easy to drink, but still pretty thin and almost sticky.

Overall, this one let me down quite a bit. A very thin and watery version of a Scotch Ale. Wished this one was heavier on the flavors it has and thicker.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

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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 emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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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 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 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 Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of CitizenRay
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had with Adam H and RWNewhouse at a blind scotch ale tasting.

This pours a very light ruby, almost looking like an Irish red, with some decent lace. On the nose there are fruit esters and dry bread, perhaps with some nuts. In the mouth the nuttiness comes forward with the esters but there isn't a whole lot here. The body is medium-thin at best and there is a short finish with the fruitiness.

Overall, this was the consensus worst beer of the tasting. We were surprised because we thought one of the locals would finish worst, but it just goes to show that the grass isn't always greener.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy warm brown body with a white/yellow head. Nearly no lacing. Thin and not sticky.

S - Malty and cardboard... something odd.

T - Best part of this brew. Malty, slightly sweet and earthy.

M - Light/Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - Not what I wanted from a scotch ale.

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