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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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:
This beer is not spiced.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2001)
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5/5  rDev +46.6%

12-04-2011 17:55:18 | More by whallgren
Photo of BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +40.8%

Poured a deep red amber with very little head
Very light lacing
Rich chocolate malt smell with a slight spicy raisin
Light carbonation that ended perfect in my eyes
Tastes of chocolate malts with very light hints of various spices
Overall I think it's worth a try along with your other Winter Ales

12-02-2007 02:01:36 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +36.4%

Poured this beer from a bottle into a chilled pint glass. Half inch head, which dissipated fairly quickly. Very nice coppery/brown color. A bit of caramel/nut aroma. No overtly strong spice flavors typically found in a winter ale. Nice clean, dry finish. I personally found this to be one of the nicest 'brown ales' I've had, though it is not specifically a brown ale. Very enjoyable.

03-01-2012 00:14:48 | More by jktedder12
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

11-10-2013 02:58:25 | More by reitzbrewing
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

08-05-2013 22:33:13 | More by mpalestino
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

01-31-2012 02:30:31 | More by songoose
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

01-03-2013 21:33:10 | More by barneysdad
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +32%

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep brown color with a good sized tan head that went to a layer, leaving good sticky lacing on the glass.

S - roasted malt and spice aroma.

T - very good tasting brew, malt and spices blended well together.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: This is one of my favorite Winter Ales. I highly recommend trying this brew before Spring.

12-07-2007 21:17:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +32%

12-25-2013 00:56:29 | More by jaybmore
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4.45/5  rDev +30.5%

This is a dark, malty ale not quite as rich as a porter but with a smooth roasty flavor with a hint of smoke.

09-24-2001 09:11:48 | More by QXSTER1
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4.43/5  rDev +29.9%

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.

02-08-2006 01:46:06 | More by Shovelbum
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4.43/5  rDev +29.9%

Happy wintertime, BA. This will be my first winter warmer ever (at least to my knowledge), so forgive me for not knowing much about what to expect from the style.

It's certainly a nice, deep mahogany color. A half finger of light tan head gives way to an interesting surface-covering with lots of tiny bubbles clumped together.

The smell is subtle, but fills the air around my pint glass. Definitely present are chocolatey malts and a very enticing woody, roasting nut aroma. Reminiscent of a porter, I'd say.

The taste is very interesting! Surprisingly complex. At first, there is a sweetness about the taste which is just a little lighter than the malts you might find in a heavier porter or stout. Malty, but fresh and not cloyingly sweet. The finish is a little bit drying, and this works very well with the lightly carbonated feel to keep the beer very refreshing. Weyerbacher really found a way to wed refreshing crispness with smooth sweetness. But wait, that's not all! Maybe it's just me, but at the very finish, a hint of nuttiness comes out.

A very interesting beer. Well done! I think I'll have to revisit this one many times before the winter goes away.

12-02-2011 04:15:41 | More by troysoy2
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4.43/5  rDev +29.9%

Pours into a pint glass a deep dark brown with a tan head. It's one finger high and it's got a nice array of small and medium sized bubbles in it.

Nose is sweet, caramelly, bready, nutty goodness.
Pretty much exactly like a heavy English Brown Ale.

Taste follows as above, exept that it seems a little lighter on the palace than the nose would suggest. But pretty much just tastes like an English Brown.

I was really surprised at how good this beer was.
But perhaps even more surprised at how well this goes on a hot summer day after a long days work. After having this now I could'nt imagine it being better in the winter.

06-25-2011 03:32:13 | More by cooch69
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +27%

very drinkable winter ale, more like a watery stout but it has
much going for it. Some smoke swirls around the taste buds.
I've read so many people think they taste plums, minced meat,
licorice, raisons, whatever its earthy- woods in the winter, complex yet
very drinkable, some metallic in there but really very subtle. Its
fun samplings these seasonals, so much goes in to these brews
and I'll be there to taste them. Nice offering from the people at

11-22-2004 00:58:34 | More by littlebibs
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

12-25-2012 04:07:58 | More by chim52chim
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Bright mahogany with a low beige/light brown head and subdued carbonation which leaves decent lace. LIght dark malt/fruit aroma with a touch of black licorice. Decent dark fruit/black licorice flavors. Medium bodied (leans full) with a smooth creamy finish.

A nice winter offering and a bit spicy but not one leaving you wanting more than a few ...

Per W.B.Co. website: Brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt.

2003 version
Tasted: 11/28/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.)

11-29-2004 20:35:51 | More by RBorsato
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

06-30-2012 22:01:37 | More by mtrain237
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

this beer pours with a thick almond colored head that lasts a full minute until it rings the glass. the color is a dark brown that turns a ruby red when held to a light.

has a slight coffee or espresso smell and taste. first winter ale ive had with that taste. very smooth though, and the taste sticks to your tongue with a delicious bitterness.

can't wait to try the rest of weyerbacher

03-15-2006 03:17:37 | More by sinstaineddemon
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

08-03-2012 01:17:01 | More by WDJersey
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

02-04-2013 01:29:53 | More by cackalacky
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%

Appearance: Very deep brown. Almost black but maintains some clarity. Good head with decent retention.
Smell: Strong aroma of roasted malt.
Taste: Nice toasty flavor with an interesting undertone of maple or possibly honey.
Mouthfeel/drinkability: Nice crisp beer. Well carbonated and overall very easy to drink and enjoy during the holidays.

12-24-2009 20:25:13 | More by pzrhsau
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4.2/5  rDev +23.2%

Pours a ruby / black body, topped with a decent foamy,
short lasting, tan head that settles to a thin lace. On the nose the aroma is of coco, roasted malts. On the palate the alcohol is hardly noticed, touch of toffee, deep roasted chocolate malts taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish... I really enjoy this winter ale, very drinkable...

12-14-2002 08:38:14 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

Even a rousing pour raises only a scant tan head that settles over brownish-red, almost cola colored liquid. The nose gives notes of light spiciness, nuts and chocolate wrapped in a soft malty blanket spinkled with a touch of aromatic hops. The taste is dry hoppiness, some fruity notes, deep roasty maltiness with a touch of sweetness, before the hops return for the long bitter finish. A well made Winter sipper...made for quaffing fireside on a cool night.

11-06-2003 00:33:04 | More by beerluvr
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a non-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that has minimal retention time and now rests at a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with light surface foam. Small amount of lacing.

S- Has a caramel sweetness in the aroma and a hint of glass.

T- Malts are more pronounced in the taste as they provide a smooth, balanced roasty flavor and make for high drinkability. A bit of raisin and chocolate are present.

M- Light and creamy with a very relaxed feel. Medium carbonation.

O- There's not much to this beer but that's why it's great. A very straightforward and sessionable winter warmer.

01-03-2012 23:17:51 | More by Immortale25
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4.18/5  rDev +22.6%

On cask at the holiday ale festival at Max's.

The beer pours a dark brown color with persistent head retention and lacing. On the nose I get quite a bit of chocolate and coffee, which is quite attractive. On the palate this beer has chocolate flavors reminescent of nestle's quick. The beer is very soft and creamy on the palate, and is surprisingly light. While not especially complex, this beer is very light and easy drinking... it's flat out delicious. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this one.

A very nice beer from Weyerbacher. I suspect having it on cask greatly improves it.

12-23-2008 13:22:27 | More by John_M
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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.