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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 54 | 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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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 373
Reviews by keeganfrank:
Photo of keeganfrank
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cherry-colored ale with a sudsy, beige head about one finger thick. Aromas of brown sugar, tart fruit and bread. Mild fruit and caramel flavor. The taste is somewhat bland and disappointing, given the decent aroma it has. Weyerbacher is one of my favorite brewers and offers some exceptional styles of beer...unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not overly impressed with to many of the beers I have had,this one was one of the better offerings I think.Pours a deep brown with some definent red tint in there with a nice creamy looking head.The aroma is very chocolaty and sweet smelling with some faint hop aromas as well.Taste is real nutty with some bitter chocolate tones in there along with a fruity finish.Not a bad beer I would get again.

Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of three winter warmers I picked up in a mixed 6er.

Nice clear red body, somewhat dark when not held to the light. Kinda fizzy off-white head on the pour. Small, a half inch or so that reduced to a ring around the glass.

Seems to have some estery, spicy characters that hint at clove and fruitiness. Defiantely some strong yeast character showing through. Toasted biscuit base malting. As it warmed more of the malts showed through along with some butteriness, toffee-like possibly.

Flavor is very malty though, biscuit and some cracker. Some slight esters are noticable from the yeast after the swallow, but then some dry malty characters show again. Not quite roasty, but some good dark malt characters, not overly caramely either, although some is there.

Low carbonation, nearing medium body but a touch thin. Actually refreshing when cold.

This is a solid malty beer. Nothing that turns me off about it. Easy enough to drink. A decent beer.

Photo of JasonA
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer brown with small reddish hue off the edge of the glass. Solid finger of head with ample lacing. Large bubbles begin to form.

Medium malt, some spiced fruit, some ABV and some carmel.

Little dry, some deep malt, not a lot pf malt depth. Some stoutish bittering hops. ABV with some cloying.

Bites a little. Dryness more prevelant than I would like.

Its a little closer to Sam Winter than I would like for a micro winter. The little cloying is a bit of a turnoff. Ill move on from this winter, but Ive had a lot worse.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a dark amber color with a smallish head. It had a sweet aroma, reminiscent of chocolate, and a small amount of spiciness. The spice, which I took as mainly clove, came through more in the taste. I also thought it was more on the sweet side. Kind of an average beer.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Two-finger thick foamy ecru head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a thin ring on the glass and fine lace on the surface. Color is a solid deep dark chocolate brown. Held to a light, it's a cherry wood reddish brown and quite opaque and cloudy.

S - Nicely toasted malts and caramel predominate. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger with a hint of fruitcake sit in the background. Before it warms in the glass, a touch of alcohol also pushes through.

T - Malts are more roasted than in the nose - almost charred. Sugars are darker. Spicing suggestive of a mint/menthol effect and/or straight vanilla extract really push onto the roof of the mouth and give it almost a medicinal quality. Pine cone bittering hops for balance sneak into what little there is of a finish, along with smoky dark chocolate.

M - A bit fizzy. Reasonable carbonation. Structure is thin and lacks body - almost watery; this becomes even more pronounced as it warms. Not much of a finish and what's there isn't so much on the tongue as it is in the nasal cavity. It's also on the dry side.

D - Hard to identify a distinguishing characteristic that inspires repeated drinking. Quality ingredients seem present, but lacking cohesion. Would drink this if it was all that was available, but wouldn't look for it. This recipe is off and atypical of its named style.

Photo of merlin48
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown(looks like a Pepsi) with a short lived ivory head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is the highlight of this seasonal ale and features malt, almonds, nutmeg, and a number of other Christmas spices.
Mouthfeel is lively, with coating roasted malt and herbal hops. Very strong in the mouth.
Roasted malts dominate the taste, with a prominent coffee note up front. Toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon are also prominent. Finish is dry, roasted coffee, additional hazelnut or chicory, and a white pepper aftertaste.
I think this was my last winter seasonal ale, and it was a good one. My palate is tired of Christmas spices, and ready for some spring seasonals. I might have given slightly higher marks to this one a couple months ago.

Photo of Billolick
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App: dark almond, clear, minimal head and lacing

Nose: sweet, malty,, faint spices

Taste: eh, this one doesnt do much for me, too much like coke cola, thin ,malty, sweet, very faint spicing in background.

MF: thin, slight prickly sensation

Drink again? I can think of a bunch of other WWs that I'd look for ahead of this one.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnnjckt for adding this one in our trade...
Chestnut in color...with half a finger of white head, which fades rapidly with very little, thin lacing.
Nice in the nose as it warms to room temperature...some carmelized sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar and a sweet malt backbone.
Taste is again, not very special until it warms, but once it does, the flavor is quite good.
Brown sugar mainly with some roasted malt flavors and even some floral hops to bitter up the back-end just slightly.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...carbonation could be a bit less.
Overall, very easy to consume and a nice beer to quaff this time of year.
As usual, a solid offering from the folks at Weyerbacher.

Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear but dark cherry wood with nice off-white cap and slight lacing.

Smell: Fairly dry caramel, butterscotch, light roasted malts (chocolate mostly), cherry, spicy English hops and a light nuttiness. Smells like an English Brown Ale.

Taste: Tastes somewhat like an English Brown Ale as well, with caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Unfortunately, there is more of a cherry aftertaste than an English hop aftertaste, which is not ideal.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, but is fairly thin and watery. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Not sure what Weyerbacher was going for here; did they really intend a watered-down Brown Ale with a borderline medicinal cherry finish? Still tastes pleasant enough, but there are SO many Christmas choices that there is no reason to buy this.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a snifter. pours a dark deep looking maghony. frothy light tan head. some good retention, a little lacing.

malty aroma. buttery, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate comes through as it warms. maybe a touch of earthy hops as well.

nice balanced flavors going on here. first you get a buttery, chocolate, toffee, toasted malt flavor that continues to the finish, but with some bitterness from the hops at the end. slight dark fruity taste in the finish as well. almost slightly smokey.

medium to almost light body, slick creamy light mouthfeel. very easy drinking, very sessionable, even in the summer time. i saw this lone 6pack at my local beer store so i decided to pick this up seeing as weyerbacher has yet to disappoint me.

Photo of far333
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruddy highlights, a light brown frothy head rises up high and settles out slowly.

Aroma of roasted malt, light molasses, brown sugar and cocoa.

Flavor of lightly roasted malts, toasted biscuits, toasted marshmallow, some leather and cocoa. Caramel and toffee emerges later. Low bitterness.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, a bit creamy. Tasty beer, smooth and drinkable.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a very creamy eggnog colored head. Smells mildly piney with a bit of evergreen and smoke.

Tastes like OSA light. Little bits of spice and evergreen but much less pronounced and far more delicate. A little bit soft for a winter ale. Has a very solid mouthfeel and a bit of a sweet/dry ending. Not a bad session brew.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nicely formed tan moccha colored head, nice evenly spread lacing good appearance. Aroma: Some mild anise like notes, dark chocolate malts, and mild spices a very reserved but solid profile here. Taste: Mild soft tones of chocolate and spritzy fruit undertones, a bit of a one sided flavor profile all malt not any hop character detectable for me. Mouthfeel: Sturdy carbonation with a silky characteristic to it medium bodied winter ale not as robust as I yearn for but nonetheless still very tasty. Drinkability: A pleasant surprise wasn't expecting too much from this brew but it turns out to be a solid all around session winter brew, nice effortless just enjoy.

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass.

This beer beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to a nice ring.

The aroma is good. This smells like a winter ale, with roasted chocolate malt overlaid with some spices and a bit of a fruity yeast aroma.

The taste is interesting and has some complexity. Although rather on the sweet side, it is dry on the finish with slight bitterness and some nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is good, with a medium/full body, a creamy feel, and a nice level of carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, with good flavor and creaminess, making for high drinkability. Lacks the body or high ABV found in more traditional winter ales.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a respectable one inch tan head over a dark but translucent body. Head recedes rather rapidly leaving a maze of lace. Strong aromas of biscuity malt. Tastes of soft biscuit malt with an underlying caramel sweetness. Faint traces of vinous fruit, smoke and chocolate. Low level hops start to balance things out. Notable British saltiness. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a clean, drying finish.

Malt bomb! This beer was a nice surprise, but then again I'm a malt-head. Big yet complex malt presence dominates, but is kept in check by minimal hopping--a tad too minimal. Very soft mouthfeel helps this slide right down. Devotees of Fat Tire will appreciate the toasty character of this warmer.

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of mild roasted malts with hints of toffee, chocolate, and metal.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly harsh roasted and toasted malt flavors up front segue into hints of semi-sweet chocolate and lighter hints of toffee. The ending holds a bit of nondescript fruit flavors and spices that linger on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this was an odd winter warmer that was a bit too muddled. Not terrible but not worth seeking out.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12 ounce bottle poured into a standard glass.

Appearance: When poured a slight frothy head appears, however, it disappears quickly leaving a slight patch of foam on top and a weak ring on the sides of the glass. The color is cloudy brown, though, when held up to the light red hues can be seen.

Smell: Though not very strong, aromas of toasted malt are present.

Taste: Nice acidity on the tip of tongue follows roasted malted notes that finishes light. However, the finish does offer some nice subtle flavors, mostly candy like.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light for a winter beer, I would place it on the lower rung of medium body. There is very little creaminess until swirled in the mouth.

Drinkability: It taste is decent, its smell alright, and, because of its light body, it is a winter beer than can be consumed more than one at a time.

I had this beer originally on tap. I quite liked it, though I did have some beers before it. The bottle has not been as good to me as the tap was. It is not a bad beer, but, if I was looking for a lighter darker beer I would try an Austrian or German dark lager, the price would be much less as well.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin wispy head that swirls around on top of the beer.

S- This beer has notes of chocolate and biscuit with a soft cocoa nibs hint and a very faint maple syrup smell when it warms.

T- This beer has a light toasted malt with chocolate malt flavor up front that has some nice complexity. There is a soft pot caramel note as it warms but it is not strong at all. The finish is a light carbonic acid tang to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creaminess in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth but layered flavor that is a bit mysterious to the complexity. There are notes of chocolate malt but lots of other secondary flavors are in the background.

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown color with lighter red-tinged brown highlights. A creamy light brown head is almost two fingers high and keeps its form pretty well. Lacing is left in patches well down the glass.
This smells like a pretty standard brown or possibly porter. Not a whole lot of spicing is evident in the nose, though a touch of a peppery nip and a sweet mulling spice like nutmeg or the like is in there. Otherwise, it's mostly roasty in the malts presence with a bit of earthiness and a note of cocoa. It also goes a tad metallic in the end.
While it's pretty good, there's something that doesn't quite come together in the flavor, as the roast and light chocolate are there along with spiciness but so is the metallic note, and something goes oddly tangy part of the way through.
The body is medium and there's a good creaminess to it building off a nice crispness. Carbonation is a bit too sharp.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

Photo of caddybuyer
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark clear ruby cherry cola with a creamy tan head.

S-Nutmeg and caramel malts. Allspice in the background.

T-Drinks like a brown ale with some spicing thrown in. Rich roasted chocolate malt predomniates. Fairly simple, but very well done. Astringent finish.

M-Slightly creamy and well balanced

D-Not sure I would label this a warmer, and while there are others that I prefer, this is such a nice drinkable unoffensive sweetheart of a winter sessioner that I would not hesitate to buy this again. In fact, I'm going to open another right now....

Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ black with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell- roasted nuts, chocolate, hops.
Taste- like a brown ale. Some roasted nuttyness, some ashy smokiness.
Mouthfeel- pretty smooth up front with a slight carbonation in the back. Warm on the tongue.

Overall, a decent Ale. To me its a brown ale slightly better than Smuttynose- Old Brown Dog Ale but not as good as NewCastle.
It's drinkable but I like the label art better!

Photo of prdstmnky
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a dark brown / amber body and 2 fingers of frothy tan head that fades after a few minutes. Roasted malts in the forefront of the nose, and a nice nuttiness. Also picking up some spices (cinnamon / nutmeg). Pretty much as expected from the smell, I do like the roasted chocolate malt in this ale. Its got a medium, creamy body with a nice carbonation level for the style.

This is my first time trying this beer...though its not the best Winter Warmer, Im glad I grabbed a sixer to enjoy over the holidays with friends & family - seems to be a hit with the non-craft crowd.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.