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Wee Mac - Sun King Brewing Company

Wee MacWee Mac

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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:
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(Beer added by: cnally on 08-22-2009)
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dcall384

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Had a dark carmel color with about a finger width of head. This beer had very nice lacing.

S- Smelled of malts with some hints of carmel. Was kind of hard to smell they guy next to me was smoking.

T- Tasted of hops, carmel, and malts. Was a very strong tasting beer. Could be becase this was my first scottish ale.

M- This beer finished very dry with low carbonation.

O- This beer was ok I am not a huge ale fan, but for what it was it was pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 18:05:13 | More by dcall384
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joshmkelly

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This verision of a Scottish ale is very smmoth and almost sweet. The malty, toffee, chocolate aftertones makes this a perfect dessert beer. It is thinner than many beers of this style but gives it an enjoyable drinkablity. This beer is best if left at room temperature for about 10 minutes so you can pick up the subltey of all the ingredients.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 21:26:27 | More by joshmkelly
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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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suspect

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks to my buddy Todd for this one.

A: Crystal clear, perfect brown color. Semi-aggressive pour leads to a tan, 1-finger head that dissipates in about 1 minute. Leaves nice lacing.

S: Malt, toffee, malt (again) and some hazelnut and very subtle cocoa. There is no hop character to the smell at all.

T: Very nicely balanced, no funk to it like some Scottish Ales. Heavy malt profile, more hazelnut here than in the nose. No alcohol flavor here, nicely balanced.

M: Light body, almost watery. Lightly carbonated as well. No real lingering aftertaste to speak of.

O: A really drinkable, very nice Scottish Ale. Light, airy, easy to pound in a 16oz can. Not my favorite style for sure but this beer is a good one.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 22:03:50 | More by suspect
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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…

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 02:59:25 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Redsoxnation

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first thoughts upon first taste were disappointing but that improved with the rest of the beer. I thought the beer was light on malt taste and seemed to light for the style. Perhaps I had higher expectations since I picked up in Indy on my way back to Wisconsin.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 17:08:17 | More by Redsoxnation
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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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kjc51478

Germany

2.03/5  rDev -43%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 20:56:39 | More by kjc51478
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Marty30

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my man dannyfrost for this! Poured into A Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. Kind of a dark copper color,clear with tons of carbonation.Leaves a 3 finger fluffy off white head.Some decent lacing left behind.

S. Getting some toffee notes up front with some chocolate and some breadyness.

T. Right away I get the toffee,it's the dominant taste in my opinion.There is some chocolate or cocoa in there.Some bitterness in the end.

M. Mouth is medium to light,very easy to drink.Lots of carbonation stings the pallet.

Overall not a really complex beer but damn refreshing.What I like about this is you can drink this anytime hot,cold whatever.Glad I got to try ,I would seek this out again.

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 00:58:58 | More by Marty30
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a cold can semi opaque copper brown to a sun king shaped pint with a 1/2 finger, relatively short lasting tan head that leaves a quickly receding thin rim of lace after each sip.

aroma of toasted nuts, malts and brown sugar.

nutty, brown sugar, light brown toffee.

medium bodied, big carbonation, super sweet.

drinkable - very

overall - great example of style, refreshing and tasty.

Serving type: can

05-17-2011 01:17:58 | More by robwestcott
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: can

05-15-2011 05:34:51 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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Duff27

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 02:55:29 | More by Duff27
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brewdenver

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber in color with minimal lacing and fingers. Poured a low head that dissipated fast.

S: Mild aromas across the board. Nothing really stood out except for maybe some oaky, earthy hops.

T: Slightly sour again nothing really standing out. Finished clean.

M: Not much happening around the tongue and cheeks. Feels a bit thin.

O: This would be a good beer for those not liking beers with a character. Something I would drink when mowing the lawn or doing some outside yard work.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2011 11:41:20 | More by brewdenver
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flyingspatula

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wee Mac Scottish Style Ale is the first beer I have tried from the Sun King brewery. Sun King is one of a growing number of craft breweries that cans their beers. Pint cans. It pours a lovely brown with a nice malty aroma (although when I opened the can at first I could really smell the yeast). Little head. It has a very nice malty flavor. You tell they don't use alot of hops in this. Well, it even says it on the can. It also says it has a hazelnut/tofee flavor. I don't know if I would say that, but it has a good flavor so that's enough for me. I would buy this again!

Serving type: can

04-07-2011 02:13:35 | More by flyingspatula
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tykees88

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice toffee brown color with a toffee hued white head.

S- Really malty, bread, biscuits.

T- Just like above. If you want hops in your beer then this isn't for you. They are there, you just can't taste them. A very bready beer.

M- Medium to light bodied with almost a little too much carbonation.

O- I will drink em again. It's not going to blow your mind. But you're not going to be upset about it either. Slightly above average.

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 16:37:31 | More by tykees88
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SaucyJack64

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler pint glass from can. Large light-cream lacey head quickly dissapating to very thin lace for remainder.

A - Very nice medium copper colored hue. Just what you would expect for the style.

S - Sweet bread notes with hints of toffee and (as advertised) hazelnut with a strong malt backbone. Pleasant and inviting.

T - Pleasently sweet, toffee and malt dominate with almost no hint of hops used in the balance.

M - Maybe slightly more carbonated than I would like. Finishes clean with notes of caramel maltiness. No hop notes at all.

D - Pretty good representation of the Scotch Ale style. Not going to knock anyone out, but enjoyed the beer and will definantly revisit it.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 02:12:02 | More by SaucyJack64
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a DFH shaped pint glass.

This beer pours a mahogany/copper/ruby color with a generous amount of off white head that slowly recedes into a small amount of lacing.

Very pleasant, although somewhat muted, nose comprised of bready & caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and lightly chocolaty. Just the slighted hint of earthy hops.

The flavor is very even for the style, not huge and overbearingly sweet, but not weak or watery either. The malt profile is both bready and sweet; with biscuity malts, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee featured prominantly and honey, chocolate, and just a hint of hazelnut to round it out. The hops are almost an afterthought, just enough to make their presence known, but not enough to distract from the malt profile. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, and finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable

All in all this is a really good beer, a little light for the style, but not overly so. Good stuff, I look forward to trying more from Sun King.

Serving type: can

03-10-2011 15:37:13 | More by CBlack85
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HosP

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got a taste of this beer. Had on draft at a little tavern north of Indy called Bonge's (Awesome place to eat if your in the area)!

A- Nice caramel color, thin white cap on top. Hangs around throughout the beer.

T- Very sweet smelling. Sugar and caramel most prominent. Malty notes finish out.

T- Much sweeter than I was expecting. Toffee and caramel flavors mixed throughout. Sweet sugar, malty flavors keep going towards the end. Maybe slight honey flavor in it.

M- Light body, moderate carbonation.

O- Very, very nice drink. Sweetness is perfect and good malt balance. Good full flavors. Now picking between which 4 pack got much tougher... looks like 1 of each! Could drink a 4 pack on a nice cool evening.

Serving type: can

02-17-2011 19:41:01 | More by HosP
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domtronzero

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear ruby reddish brown with a big, fluffy, long lasting tannish head. Little lacing throughout.

S - Sweet caramelly bready malts. Subtle fruity esters but otherwise clean.

F/M - Similar to aroma with bready, caramelly malts and not much else going on. Subtle esters, clean, with a rather dry finish. Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering sweet malty flavors.

D - Pretty damn smooth. Good flavors, dry, and easy drinking, this one is well suited for the can.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 06:15:12 | More by domtronzero
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phandke

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No haze apparent. A nice brown, coppery color almost like an old penny.
S: Smells of toasted wood and has some nice malty aromas.
T: A bit of sweetness to this one. Nice malty finish. A little caramel but also a good hoppy, green quality up front.
M: Very smooth, goes down nice and easy.
D: Could drink this all day long.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2011 22:23:11 | More by phandke
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kels

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Again, many thanks to pwoods. I'll definitely need to visit Sun King myself next time I'm in Indy.

Beer pours a perfectly clear copper shade with just the lightest skim of quickly disappearing white wispy foam. A little spitty lace slides quickly back into the beer.

Deep caramel sweetness meets richly roasted malts in the nose. I think I get the slightest hint of smoky peat, but that could just be my imagination.

Taste is full of sweetness. The malts are nicely roasted to a point of rich carameliness that's more roasted than cloying. Not much smokiness to speak of - just a hint of peat in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't even detectable. Feel is moderate, with a light carbonation that gives enough body for the flavors without making it too bright. A nice sticky finish helps things linger.

Drinkability is pretty high. Goes down easy and doesn't bite.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 02:27:39 | More by kels
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pwoods

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at the brewery.

16oz. Can poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a ruby tinted amber with great clarity. Medium head on the pour with only a bit of retention but decent lacing.

S: Great Scottish aroma. Malty but not too sweet. A touch of almost wheat aroma. Somewhat dry.

T/M: Great maltiness, smooth and not too sweet. Great Scottish flavor and nice yeast. Maybe the slightest hint of hops? Body is medium with smooth carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. A fantastic example of the style. Probably about 60, while Robert The Bruce is about an 80 with some hops... Very different from each other but this one is probably better. Impressive.

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 04:05:36 | More by pwoods
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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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thebierbrewery

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a can.

A-Amber to red, bright clarity, small head retention

S- Big malty, caramel, biscuity, low to no hop aroma

T- Very balanced (towards malt). Malty but not cloyingly sweet Blanace between caramel and biscuit.

M- Medium to medium light, slightly creamy, high carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, very well balanced bier

Serving type: can

01-21-2011 01:08:08 | More by thebierbrewery
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ten Penny Ale Pint glass.

Aroma of brown sugar, scotch ale yeast, toffee, caramel, English brown malt and a bit of butterscotch.

Taste of brown sugar, a light vanilla, graham cracker, butterscotch and some biscuits. Everything comes together pretty well. The carbonation is a bit high for a scotch ale at 5.4% and pretty light in the mouthfeel but this is a tasty brew from a can and I would say it is definitely worth trying. Hard to complain about mouthfeel with something so drinkable. Were they available around here I would probably pick some up every now and then.

Nice job from a brewery I had not tried anything from before nor heard much about. Sun King, welcome to my vocabulary.

Serving type: can

01-09-2011 19:48:50 | More by alpinebryant
Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.