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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
THE BROS
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shrews


4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served - can poured into Pint Glass

Appearance
Rich brown color with minimal head. Copper color.

Smell
Roasted almonds with hazelnut hint.

Taste
Very rich and malty taste. Can taste the nuts (hazelnut) and hops. Mixed taste between the brown ale and an IPA.

Mouthfeel
Very drinkable. Tastes great and smooth in the mouth. Complex and rich taste throughout the entire process

Overall
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 22:28:20 | More by Shrews
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cagocubs

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 21:47:16 | More by cagocubs
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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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CitizenRay

Indiana

2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 05:51:21 | More by CitizenRay
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-01-2012 06:19:40 | More by ChugginOil
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EricCioe

Montana

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 02:15:33 | More by EricCioe
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2012 01:26:10 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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vw73182

Indiana

1.63/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I’ve had several Scottish Ales and this one is nothing similar. First off the smell of this beer seems offensive. The appearance of the brown hue is almost like muddy water not what I would expect for a Scottish Ale. The taste is repulsive extremely metallic taste and that’s it. The Palate is all the same all the way through watery metallic

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2012 16:15:19 | More by vw73182
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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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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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BrewerB

Florida

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

MarkFy hooked me up with this beer in a recent trade. Sun King's Osiris left a great impression on me and I've been looking to sample more ever since. Cheers and thanks, Mark!

Poured into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass this beer is copper in color, mostly clear. A thin light tan head formed up top but fizzled away and didn't retain well.

Big caramel aroma in the malt-forward nose. Subtle touch of smokiness. Malty sweet.

Again the malt forward flavors are here. Somewhat earthy with a hint at brewed coffee and a dash of sweet caramel in the finish. Leaves the palette dry and clean.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Always great to sample more of the Sun King offerings but this might be my least favorite so far.

Serving type: can

01-06-2012 04:07:23 | More by BrewerB
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

1.68/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Copper ale with mostly gold highlights shining through in spite of being a wee heavy. Slightly off white head falls quickly. Strong malt nose w/o any hops noticed, but there's a stale bread smell that's rather unpleasant. Strong diacytl, I believe. Diacytal flavors, butterscotch, and staleness continue in the taste. Sour and off flavored, and the mouthfeel is watery. I'm generally beer adventurous, but extremely disappointed with this beer and having a hard time finishing it. Avoid.

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 18:02:11 | More by FightingEntropy
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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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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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vande

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - a light reddish brown in pour with a nice-thick head, that quickly recedes to a half finger in depth...

s - bit metallic on the nose, bit a carmel & malt...

t - not sure of scottish ale, almost seems more like a brown ale with slight tendencies of scottish ale? reminded me somewhat of a new castle... malty presences mixed with nutty tones and a tinge of vanilla.. interesting..

m - slightly lighter than I would have expected in body, but this fact made it quite easy to drink - not sip... :)

o - very drinkable... my first from Sun King. I've an Osiris waiting...

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 05:06:43 | More by vande
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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

Serving type: can

12-17-2011 21:41:08 | More by THECPJ
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tsauce2

Indiana

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

P: Drank straight out of a 16 oz can.

A: Have had this before in a glass. SRM is light/medium brown. Translucent and clear filtered. Head is off white/cream, puffy, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Light/medium lacing.

S: Malty (medium roast), slight carmel notes. Smells slightly sweet and slightly nutty.

T: Much lighter than the smell, but medium roast malt and carmel tones still come through. Nut flavors are light but noticable. Balanced and easy drinking. Aftertaste is malty, slightly sweet, slightly nutty.

M: Medium body. Mf is reflective of ingredients. Light creaminess from the malt and toffee/carmel aspect. Robust quality comes from the light nuttiness of the brown ale component.

O: Easy drinking. Not huge flavors, but very well put together and very good at what it does, which is be an everyday drinker. Nice malt and carmel tones, nice touch of combining Scottish and Brown Ale components.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 08:13:53 | More by tsauce2
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

A: Brown/crimson hue with a one-inch but steady head and decent lacing

S: Lots of sweet malts: toffee and caramel and bready perhaps as well as a grassy, herbal quality

T: Malt forward and not as sweet as aromas indicated; some earthy, grassy undertones--at times this fels closer to a brown than a scottish but it's still quite enjoyable

F: Medium body; though perhaps a touch thin on the back end

O: A decend canned Scottish ale; nothing that blows one away but it's a nice easy drinking beer nonetheless

Serving type: can

12-02-2011 21:59:05 | More by dbossman
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Kbogac

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Cloudy light brown with minimal cream colored foam. Dissipated quickly to a light film with a ring. Very little smell. I get a little malt but not much else. Taste is light almost washed out. There is some malt, caramel maybe hops but it is tough to tell. The carbonation is high and somewhat off putting. Very sharp and an assault to the tongue. Overall I didn't really enjoy this beer.

Serving type: can

11-12-2011 15:17:21 | More by Kbogac
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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
Wee Mac from Sun King Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.