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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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660 Ratings
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Ratings: 660
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.8/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

BeerLover48Fan, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of jktedder12
4.65/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

jktedder12, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +32%

reitzbrewing, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
4.5/5  rDev +32%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +32%

rypkr, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of songoose
4.5/5  rDev +32%

songoose, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of barneysdad
4.5/5  rDev +32%

barneysdad, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 07, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +32%

jaybmore, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of QXSTER1
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

QXSTER1, Sep 24, 2001
Photo of Shovelbum
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Shovelbum, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of troysoy2
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

troysoy2, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of cooch69
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cooch69, Jun 25, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Doctor_Bogenbroom, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of littlebibs
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Weyerbacher.

littlebibs, Nov 22, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

chim52chim, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.)

RBorsato, Nov 29, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

EvoRich, Nov 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

sinstaineddemon, Mar 15, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

WDJersey, Aug 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

cackalacky, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of pzrhsau
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

pzrhsau, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

WilliamPhilaPa, Dec 14, 2002
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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 660 ratings.