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Weez - Maine Beer Company


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very good

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%

Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ToasterChef on 06-13-2013)
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a gorgeous black color with a fluffy brown head. It looks like a wonderful imperial stout.

The aroma follows with the Citra of bright pineapple, apricot, peaches, orange peel, and then a nice roasted malt of coffee and bitter chocolate, but mostly the citrusy hops. Think Wookey Jack.

The flavor follows with the hops in the front. Pineapple, orange peel, grapefruit, bright hop notes, along with a herbacious and citrus peel bitterness throughout. A very light clean bready malt with barely any sweetness. Then midway there’s a roasted malt, adds a bit of depth of coffee flavor. Very gentle.

My new favorite black IPA. This is still very much an IPA, with a perfect medium light amount of roasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:35:09 | More by dar482
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served out of a bottle into Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

A- Pitch black opaque with solid light tan head.

S- Coffee, slightly smokey aroma (slightly stuffed nose, so it's hard to nail down anything exactly).

t-burnt roast malt bitterness along with classic hop bitter citrus flavor.

M- prickly carbonation.

O- One of the best Black IPAs of all time

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:25:48 | More by Eamonn-Cummings3
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South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours near black with a monster outs 3 finger dark mocha/chocolate colored head, fantastic retention and perfect lacing. Heaps of mountainous head remain 10 minutes later.

S - Big fresh hoppy aromas, floral/resinous, wet juicy/citrusy, extremely juicy hops and piney hops. Burnt and very roasty. Smells fantastic.

T - Big roasty and resinous pine flavors mix with citric rinds and bitter tropical hops. Leafy and resinous. Lots of dark roasty malts. I aftertaste is roasty and wet then dry bitter hops. Awesome

M - Absolutely perfect. Light and refreshing, decently carbonated but smooth, very refreshing.

O - The best black ipa I've ever had. Looks and mouthfeel are perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:09:41 | More by MacQ32
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4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

$6.99 for a half litter bottle. Bottled 061113.

A: deep dark, color, opaque with creamy rocky light brown head, head very nice all the way to the bottom of the glass
S: very nice roasted malt, grainy, chocolate, nice hops
T: well-balanced, deep roasted, chocolate malt with nice hop bitter finish
M: well-balanced and highly drinkable
O: reminded me of a hopped up porter

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 11:59:55 | More by wisrarebeer
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4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown to black with no light showing through. Thick, full, khaki colored head. Head retention is great and chunks of lacing present on the glass wall.

S: Malting really present - molasses, slight smoke, and some hoppy aroma.

T: Sweet molasses up front with the hoppy bitter flavor lingering off the back. Nicely balanced.

M: Creamy, a bit heavier than Another One but still enjoyable with with bitter aftertaste keeping it light.

O: Closer to a black IPA - nicely balanced and really well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:39:56 | More by Oakenator
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black with lots of thick tan had.
S: It smelled like fresh grapefruit and pineapple, with some citrus zest and a hint of dry mocha.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and pineapple and dark chocolate, with some honey and dry roasted coffee. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with fine natural carbonation. Beautiful body.
D: This was an excellent black IPA. It looked like a top stout, smelled like a top IPA, and tasted like a perfect mix of top stout and top IPA. The body was fantastic, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. I find no fault in this brew. One of the best in class, and definitely recommended. Well done, Maine.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 01:01:38 | More by Pencible
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4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 8/2/2013

A: Dark black opaque ale with a massive head. First slow pour produced 4 fingers of fluffy brownish/tan head that left heavy cascading lacing on the glass. Next pour to finish the bottle added another two finger head. Very carbonated and good looking beer.

S: Pure grapefruit sweetness and bitterness in the nose, hints of melon and caramel in there as well.

T: Complex flavor. First rush is sweet grapefruit with hints of honey, cantaloupe and a little caramel. The carbonation kicks in to blend the flavors with some toasted chocolate, a little smoke and some minute amounts of coffee. Very good bitter finish as well as the hops hit first and bitter in the end.

M: Very creamy beer, not quite as thick and heavy as a stout even though it may look like one by the color. Good carbonation that really cuts the flavors in half.

O: Very good beer. I love the strong hop aroma of a good DIPA with the mix of roasted chocolate malt. Well balanced and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:07:25 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, dated 031114
L - black with a huge persistent tan head that hangs around forever leaving some lacing as it gradually fades
S - piny, roasty aroma fills the room. Citrus and chocolate upon closer inspection
T - lots of toasty grain, dark chocolate, charred roasted barley, caramel, nutty, grapefruity citrus, pine
F - medium bodied, resinous but still very creamy, lingering roast and pine
O - one of the best American Black Ales/Black IPA's I've had to date. Not sure I can justify another $6.99 on another bottle, but this was well worth the try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 03:18:10 | More by barnzy78
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4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maine Beer Company - Weez, poured into a stein/mug

Look - Pours a dark black with a massive mocha head that takes a while to dissipate, tons of lacing. Perfect looking brew not just for the style but in general.

Smell - Coffee and chocolate notes, deep roasted malts, and piney hops underneath.

Taste - Slight carbonation almost cola taste followed by mostly piney hops with the burnt chocolate taking up the rear.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied. Bitter, finishes dry but leaves a slight stickiness over time. A tiny ounce of alcohol warming that is pleasant. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is one hell of a solid brew from Maine Beer Company. 100% recommend. Hoppy and roasted mixed together gives a bitter brew with the stones of a Stout meets IPA feel than a Black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 13:11:32 | More by JMScowcroft
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Alberta (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip April/11/14

A nearing black with a deep cola edge, half a glass of mocha foam has staying power to say the least, at the bottom I have nearly a finger left over with a table top island so I'm impressed. Strange that it only starts leaving lace half way down the glass in the form of a few partial rings

S heavy on the pine and spruce, peaches, tangerine, and grapefruit are also strong, a hint of root beer and cold coffee but not much of the dark malt on the nose but I'm loving the intense hops notes, smells massive

T slightly less fruity, piney hops and much more dark malt, some char and bakers chocolate and the coffees a little stronger, great mix of black and green

M not quite full bodied, a nice bitter snap, leaves a little behind on the palate while removing enamel, piney citrus with a little coco just keeps going on the finish

O brilliant BIPA going on here and I now I'm always saying "I'm surprised this beer doesn't get more love" but I'm a little baffled that this gem doesn't even crack a 4 average

I could drink a few of these with no problems its hands down a great version of the style. So far Maine's gone 2 for 2 in my books and I still have a pair in the fridge I can't wait to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 22:30:45 | More by wordemupg
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4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours like black mocha coffee with a beautiful head of medium sized, khaki colored, medium sized bubbles that sit above two finger widths in the glass and take their time in calming down. The head leaves a lacing of fat, thick bubbles that fluff out into the glass. In body the beer is impenetrable the eye. On the nose the beer smells gorgeously fruity with citric tangerine and nectarine with a touch of pine. In the roast, the beer is light with caramel and a faint touch of roasted chocolate. On the tongue, the beer tastes of citric bitter with a light sweet roast that draws a little bitterness from it and builds in the mouth. The beer also has a light acidic pop, presumably from the hops, which leaves the mouth with a wet scrim of saliva. This beer begins as sweet, however, and slowly works towards a more bitter palate, which is wonderfully encouraging of future sips. In flavor, the beer begins as fruity hops, with sweet orange and grapefruit citrus touching the tongue before a healthy roast of coffee and light char moves in and overrides those flavors. Chocolate and light metallic flavors also tingle on the tongue with the roast. The finish returns to fresh citric juice with a touch of roasted malts, and the aftertaste is of lightly roasted malts with a soft touch of metallic flavoring. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a little bit of weight. The carbonation is creamy and smooth, providing just a kiss of fierceness making the beer wonderfully clean and crisp on the mouth. The mouth is left with a nice bit of saliva to cancel out the acids, and a slight bitter bite on the tongue. Overall, this is a beautifully complex beer. It sits somewhere between a hoppy porter and an India Black Ale, with a beautiful nose of citric hops and tastes nicely roasty with a good juicy bite from the hops. Color me impressed by this beer. It is sweet on the front and bitter on the end. I wouldn’t call it a “Black IPA” by any stretch of the imagination, and I will continue arguing for some differentiation between India Dark Ales and their roastier cousins (Weez sides more on the roasty cousin side). This beer is great though, and is another success from the MBC. Try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:55:08 | More by Maxwell
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/11/13 ... drank on 7/13/13.

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Brown-black in color, this beer is practically opaque. An average pour produced a little more than a finger of head that was rocky in texture and diminished quickly. Lacing is sparse.

Smell: Smell is of roasted and sweet malts, with somewhat of a catty, pine, and weed smell. Hmm, a little scary, but good!

Taste: Tastes of lemon, earth, and pine, and ... pineapples. This beer is sweet and fruity and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a thin, slick, and oily texture. Carbonation is average. Bitter dry finish. Refreshing.

Overall: I was expecting a normal IPA ... imagine my surprise when it poured black. Regardless, the best black IPA I've had to date ... a beautiful malt character like those found in other black IPA's, but with some sweet juicy fruit mixed in. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 03:07:42 | More by ChrisKayler
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4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured into snifter. bottled 06.11.13.

A: pours a very dark brown with a dark brown frothy head. retention is terrific. minor lacing.

S: citrus starts the nose off with a bevy of dark malt undertones. meaty and rich. however, every revisit brings back even more American hop presence. pine. very promising.

T: the acridness of the roast is strong, but not overbearing. a hop bitterness is there too. finish has a ton of dark chocolate, roast, and a good bit of espresso. a minor astringency in the finish, but it is almost expected with the amount of roast here.

M: a slightly creamy mouthfeel on a pretty ful and rich body.

D: a pretty solid black IPA from Maine. great hop nose while still remaining to show a solid malt presence, especially with the roast. very enjoyable. a little surprised not as many people agree with me.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 01:39:15 | More by Jimmys
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4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown, with a body that looks thicker than I expected. Settles into the glass as a near-black with no transparency. Gorgeous frothy mocha-colored head that stays thick and lingers.

S- Lots of dank, herbal hop aromas with roasted malts and even some mocha aromas. Very nice nose.

T- Hops come through nicely, lots of herbal and pine hop qualities with the roastiness coming through nicely. Finish has a roastiness that resembles coffee with hints of chocolate. Really goes back and forth between the huge hop bitterness and the huge roastiness.

M- Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation.

O- I love this style when it is executed correctly and this one does a great job. I am interested to see what type of hops and malt are used in this because some of the flavors expand further than even the best black IPAs I have had. Really awesome offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:03:40 | More by stephenjmoore
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New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice opaque black in the glass, 2 full fingers if head with slow dissipation and nice lacing left behind. Smells of citrusy hops, fresh cut grass, spruce, Chocolatey/coffee roast.
Flavor is pungent hops followed by a mellow smoke, charred oak, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted oats. A bit if bitterness lingers.
Medium in body with medium carbonation.. A creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.
This is a phenomenal beer. Is there a style these guys can't nail?

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:01:15 | More by facundoCNB
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled exactly one month ago, 6/11/13.

A - Pours a dark, porter brown. A big cocoa head rises to three inches then dies to a single finger. Beautiful lacing.

S - Smells of roasty, toasty grain and chocolate. Slightly burnt. Big citrus hop aroma tells me why this is a Black IPA and not a stout. Well balanced and pleasant aroma.

T - Starts with a sweet, chocolate covered orange burst of flavor. Oak and burnt grains come through midpalate. Some bitter pine and char follow on the finish and linger. Mmmmm.

M - Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O - I very much enjoyed this beer. Perfect melding of dark roasty flavors with vibrant citrus hops. I definitely prefer this to it's lighter, same hopped counterpart (Another One). If you enjoy the ABA style, I recommend grabbing one of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:08:49 | More by NoLeafClover44
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4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Becker pilsner glass. Moderate hand. Label instructs to drink within 90 days of 123113. Just squeaking in there!

A: Essentially black, opaque body with 3 fingers of rocky, tan head. Good retention with nice lacing. Impressive.

S: Roasted malt. Cocoa. Coffee. Piney hop with lighter citrus, grapefruit notes. Earth. Bread. Light spice. Faint bourbon/booze. Brown sugar. Very balanced.

T: Chocolatey, roasted semi-sweet malt initially with a gradual swell of moderate hop bitterness. Dry finish. Nutty and roasty bitter notes linger on the palate. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a smooth effervescence. Moderate body. Very easy.

O: Another rock-solid offering from Maine Beer Co. Drinks superbly. A very even balance between the hops and the malt really lets you decide: Is it more hoppy? Or is it more malty? Well, it's both. Simultaneously.


Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 00:30:42 | More by fourstringer
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 061113

A: Pours a near pitch black color with 3 fingers of brown/tan head that lasts forever. Leaves great lacing

S: Plenty of hops to go along with a good deal of roasted malts. Get some citrus, pine, and earthiness. Not much aside from the roastiness from the malts

T: Roasted malts definitely dominate the taste, with a nice bit of hoppiness behind the roast. Quite bitter throughout, finishing with more roastiness and a long lingering bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly quite carbonated

O: Definitely on the malty side with the big roasted malts. The hops take a back seat in this beer, but provide quite the bitterness. You can tell it has the same hops as Another One, but the roasted malts really dominate this beer. Both great beers, and it's nice to compare the two

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 01:22:35 | More by BEERMILER12
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4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weez pours black into the glass with a big, thick creamy brown head on top. The foam fades slowly leaving clumps of lace and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of pine, plus some licorice, chocolate, and citrus. Very nice.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. The flavor has a fair amount of piney hops blended with chocolate, licorice, orange citrus, roasted malt and a touch of smoke. It finishes bitter and dry and slightly grassy. Once gone the piney bitterness, roast malt and chocolate lingers on the palate.

This is a very tasty beer with a nice mouth feel. The aroma doesn't fade like other beers and the flavors are nicely balanced. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:13:52 | More by WanderingFool
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Rhode Island

4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, floral hops roasted malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate followed by a strong hops presence. Then some citrus and chocolate sweetness comes in. The roasted malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is very solid beer to pound down for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 04:31:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured into a pint

A black body with a one finger light khaki head. Some good lacing left behind, but nothing too special.

The nose is of bright pine and citrus with a little bit of roast underneath. Grassy, piney hops dominate the nose with a little bit of roast poking through in the finish.

Lemon, pine needles, and fresh cut grass come through up front. A little bit of roast pokes through in the middle. The finish is a sweep of fresh cut grass, a touch of lemon, and piney bitterness.

Medium body, smooth, with on point carbonation.

A damn fine Black IPA. Cascade, Simcoe, and Citra bringing the heat on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:49:07 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a big rocky tan foam head and rings and gobs of foamy lace. Decent retention of the head, which actually seems to thicken.

Big grapefruit rind nose with some carbonized malt notes.

Big hop bitter bite up front, with an acidic tingle on the tongue. Big charred maltiness, with bitterness fighting thru that is more malt than hop. The beer mellows as the palate clears, with deep roasted bitterness and coffee notes. Bitter finish lingers at the end, but not overpowering. Touches of the citric ring pop up throughout. Nice beer.

Medium bodied, acidic and carbonated. Tingly beer.

When this style is done well, it is very good. This is very good. Nice characteristics overall, and great rich flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 23:13:03 | More by OtherShoe2
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New York

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black cat with a tall hat of dark brown foam; fluffy lace trails

S: darkly roasted malts and earthy, herbal hops; made me think of wet, deep, dark, nutrient-rich soil - that may sound off-putting, but I found it inviting

T: this is a toward the dry and roasty end of the spectrum, but with a big juicy mouthfeel. I picked up lots of bittersweet flavors throughout. Spices of some sort flash and fade into mellow toastiness and dark chocolate char. Very understated.

M: roasty and crisp, slightly coating, full-bodied, dense, balanced right between a bittersweet & wet and roasty dry finish - super easy drinking.

O: real good beer - can't see any fan of ABAs not liking it, and I think it has a very approachable character for any drinker. On par, in my estimation, with most of the popular beers in the ABA style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:29:00 | More by Greywulfken
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4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one as a present from my Mom on her trip to Maine, thanks for thinking of me!

Poured from the simple but very informative bottle into a pint glass, Weez is very dark you can see a slight dark brown hue when held to the light but otherwise black. There is a thin, creamy mocha colored head that hangs around all day. The nose is a nice mixture of aromatic hops and dark malty notes. The taste prevails in the hop direction initially with a sweet piney, resinous hop flavor and then shifts back to a bready, burnt chocolate, semi-dry finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected and goes down easy, mild but adequate carbonation helps too. Overall, a great beer and a great representative for the state of Maine!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:31:06 | More by gmfessen
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall, lumpy, beige head; leaves a center dome of foam. A web of lace as it recedes, most of it lumpy. Dark, dark brown liquid where no light shines through.

Wonderful blend of burnt toast and heavily bitter, but floral, hop. This is a beautiful smelling beer.

Very dry with a strong burnt malt flavor. The finish is bitter from the hop and the overly roasted barley. Thinnish body, above average carbonation--so the flavor is the dominate feature of this brew. Think bitter stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 21:39:40 | More by smcolw
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Weez from Maine Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.