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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 748
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2001

This beer is not spiced.
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a ½” light tan foam collar that quickly recedes. S: Spicy malt. T: Sweet malt, spice, anise, traces of fruit cake and a light drying astringent spiciness on the finish that provides some balance. F: A little above medium body and medium carbonation. O: An okay winter ale that could benefit from a little more alcohol warming and a little less sweet.

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Photo of chrismann65
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

What a nice Winter ale !! I was glad I got to try this living in Texas ! We don't get Weyerbacher here at all !! :(
I was lucky a friend sent me a few to try out so this one from Weyerbacher was my first . ! Nice Beer , A nice change from a winter Ale , nice pour dark with tan head, nice crisp bead smell with Roasted Malt Balls ! But not to sweet !! Taste : Was like a burnt Marsh-mellow off a camp fire ! I like ! wow nice & tasty beer ! Good malt & nice fell in mouth , very smooth beer , Cant wait to try the Whitt, & barley ones ! Most of All cant wait to try Sunday Morning Stout as soon as I can get my hands on some here in Texas .?

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this one. Not as much as GL, but close. Could easily have a couple of these, and might even be better on tap. Worth trying at any point. Would buy again, if only in a mixed 6 pack because I like to try a variety.

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Photo of brianwsnyder
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 5.6% ABV, this is one of the lightest Weyerbacher beers. It's good beer to enjoy because of that. Easy to drink. Nothing super-special about it but it isn't bad.

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Photo of tillmac62
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

BBD 1/22/15. Pours a dark amber with a rich dark ruby hue. Excellent head, normal retention and lacing.

Weak, but nice, nose of caramel, a touch of molasses and a hint of dark fruit (fig).

Almost light medium body with a touch of creaminess. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is disappointing. There is some light caramel and a roasted malt nuttiness underneath a somewhat metallic off flavor. The finish is a lingering continuation of the off flavor. I'm glad this 6 pack was a gift, because the rest is going in the garbage.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, dark black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and toasty. Lots of roasted malt up front, accompanied by some spices of licorice, clove, nutmeg and brown sugar. There’s some subtle floral hops aroma as well.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of roasted malt up front, with notes of freshly baked dark bread, followed by some subtle spices of black pepper, licorice, clove and brown-sugar like sweetness, finished with some well-balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth, with absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid, delicious beer from Weyerbacher, which is fastly becoming one of my favorite East Coast breweries. Great, strong notes of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness, accented with spice and beautifully balanced hops. Malt fans will love this beer!

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Photo of scaliasux
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark brown. Hard to tell, but appears slightly hazy. Short, light-brown, persistent head.
S - Sweet medium-roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and raisin.
T - Not as rich as the aroma implies. Fairly dark tasting - dark coffee and dark fruit are most prominent. Light citrus fruitiness.

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Photo of delta490
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a thicker tan head. The head quickly settles down, leaving nice soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, with some generic dark and caramel malt notes with a little bit of alcohol. The taste is a little better, with some nice nutty notes and a little sweetness, but not much else. The body is a little thin and there is too much carbonation for me.

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Photo of bassboneman
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an unspiced winter brew this is decent one.
I dont care for "spiced" beers generally. So this is a nice break from the porters and stouts.
Would be nice with fish and chips or nachos...

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Photo of mikeg67
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, herbal hops, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of chocolate, bready malt, honey, cherries, cacao, brown sugar and herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.

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Photo of predikit
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Pours brown , settles in the glass deep brown with touches of ruby. Left a one inch off-white head that receded almost immediately. Left a minimal amount of lacing.

Smells caramel and spice. I see the disclaimer here, I just don't really believe it.

Taste of barley, and well roasted caramel malts. Simple and to the point that's about all it is. And I am actually pleased, reminds me of summer days at a campfire roasting marshmallows, eating the marshmallow I would char to black at least once every time I roasted them.

I could drink this all day, medium light bodied, light carbonation.

I am extremely pleased, glad I chose this over another of Weyerbacher's barleywines for the evening.

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Photo of Act25
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep, mahogony red clear body with a wimp head; little to no lacing.

S: Too little, tired, w dark fruit, cherry cola, not much else.

T: Starts with dark fruit, toffee, caramel flavors that evolve into a burnt, wood char, and a little pepper finish.

F: For style, too thin; moderate carbonation.

O: not the best winter warmer. also ran.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Look: Pours a medium brown color with a big fluffy head.

Smell: Smell of roasty malts, coffee, caramel, bread, and some spices. The more I drink it, the more caramel becomes dominant in the aroma.

Taste: Roasted malts, caramel, cinnamon. It just has a very roasted flavor.

Feel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: I didn't realize this was a brown ale until I poured it. The dark color took me by surprise. I like brown ale's. It has very good overall flavors and aroma's. above average I'd say. Good beer. I'd buy again.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.37/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught poured into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: This is a lustrous, dark, almost opaque beer with a one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipates into fine lacing along the rim of the glass.

Smell: Very faint berry scent, almost imperceptible.

Taste: Mild citrus with a slight carbonated bite to it on the end.

Mouthfell: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, tickling the tongue very slightly. not bad.

Overall: This is a pretty solid winter ale, and I liked the dark lustrous nature of it, as well as the pleasing, but not overpowering, berry flavors. It settled well on the tongue, and I would definitely get it again, especially on tap.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12/18/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very nice. Lighter than I expected for a winter seasonal but really sessionable. Light spices, light sweet & barely perceptible hops/bitter.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice english brown ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JD_Lombardi
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a refreshing change of pace for a Winter Ale. To the nose, I found it to smell slightly of bitter chocolate, with the same in the taste.

It reminded me of a lesser Young's Double-Chocolate Stout to some effect. But for me, in terms of winter seasonals that is a compliment.

Not overly carbonated and not something I could see chugging. More of a sit back and relax-er.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Nutty, malty, some sweet caramel but I can also smell the metallic note that is somewhat of a detractor. Average overall
T: Matches the nose. Toasted walnuts, caramel, sweet malt up front but the finish turns bitter and metallic with an unpleasant finish
M: Medium-bodied initially, pleasant carbonation but thins out a bid towards the end with a bitter finish
O: It's rare that I dump a beer but I wrote the review drinking half of the glass & the rest went down the drain. I usually like Weyerbacher's beers quite a bit but this was a disappointment

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Photo of rangerred
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. No lacing at all.

Aroma is toasty and a bit nutty There is a sharp and fairly prominent metallic note that distracts quite a bit from the aromas that are supposed to be there. Maybe a tiny bit of grass underneath.

More metal immediately in the flavor. Once again this is a big drawback. Dark caramel and toast along with some light milk chocolate. A hint of grass from the hops underneath but it is quite faint. Bitterness is on the light to moderate side and the mouthfeel is quite watery.

Overall, a very lackluster beer. Way too much metal and watery. Underwhelming all around.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a dark brown/black beer. Mild head on the pour, it sticks around for a little while. This meets the description of the beer style. There is no description on the bottle!

Smell: Very nutty, and malty. I don't smell much in the notion of fruit, but this is definitely dry.

Taste: malty taste, then it goes to alcohol. Very dry. Not very hoppy, and its just a plain taste. You can taste the hints of alcohol in the beer itself. I am not a fan of this, but i guess it is accomplishing its taste via its style.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but its more thick than normal. This beer is harder to drink in quantities regardless of its attributes.

Overall: This accomplishes what it set out to accomplish, but this is nothing to brag about.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle, served in a Founders Pint Glass

Nice amberish color with very little head and a small amount of lacing that lasted for about a couple minutes.

Smell of raisins and figs

Taste is raisiny and dark fruit with a with some maltiness

Mouthfeel is very thin bodied; almost watery. Get a fairly decent alcohol presence. A little burn in the back of my throat.

Overall, I am drinking this in July as I got the 6er for a $1.99. What the heck, right? I got about 3/4 through it and drain poured the rest. Will give the rest away. May try it fresh to see if its any different.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date Rated: Feb. 2, 2013...
Glassware: Corsendonk tulip...
Occasion: Hunger games watching....thirsty work...
Appearance: dark ruby-purple body with a decent off-white head; laces sporadically...
Aroma: fruity, peaty with doughy malts and some smoky hints...
Palate: fizzy and warm--a Weyerbacher hallmark--and a bit dry; full-bodied and lasting in its finish...
Taste: grapey, wine-tinged porter with a cola flavor, black and caloric; neither here nor there in terms of memorable...
Overall: the W brand has settled slightly with its alcohol overload mission and seems to have attempted a more restrained approach here; the winter may need more distinguishable notes, but its serviceable at house parties and before the fireplace...

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Photo of dheacck11
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a pale mahogany, very cola like. Thin tan 1/4 finger of head that vanishes instantly.

nose is raisiny sweet. Not really in a good way.

Taste is again just too sugary sweet. Some notes of raisin, bread, malt, but overwhelmingly like brown sugar. Almost tastes like coke with booze.

Feel is medium thick. Has a little chew to it.

Meh. A beer to drink in a pinch. Not really worth a re-visit in the future either. Just very average and too much sweetness for a winter ale.

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Photo of linnymtu
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very unoffensive beer. The best attribute is its color, a nice rich brown. However, the taste is very average, no discernable flavors jump out. I would almost call it an Amber beer. The smell is non-existant. A easy drinking beer, but not for a beer enthusiast.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, mahogany colored beer. An aggressive pour gives about 1 finger's width of tan head. Short retention, very little lacing.

S: Molasses and nuts are the primary smells in the aroma, and there isn't much else going on. Smells deep and sweet, but not particularly strong or interesting.

T: Taste of brown sugar, roasty malts, there's a bit of a cherry taste. in the background. Some slight hoppiness at the end, but the overall effect is that the beer is unfinished. Makes me want to keep drinking so I don't lose the initial burst of flavor into nothingness.

M: Moderate in both body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Pretty unremarkable in every way. It's not bad, it's easy to drink, but it comes off as out of balance. It's not a bad beer, but it's not really worth drinking. A big letdown from Weyerbacher, who's beers are generally stellar.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.