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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%

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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Photo of rajendra82


1.75/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer came in a handsomely labeled bottle, and poured out dark red, with a decent sized foamy off white head. The aroma was that of roasted grains, and grassy hops. The taste was where things started to go downhill. The taste was down right weird, with off putting wet paper, leather, and rubber tastes mixed with some aweful spices. The mouthfeel was thin and watery as well. Bad on several levels. Not quite sinking to a drain pour level, but flirting pretty close.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 03:36:08 | More by rajendra82
Photo of microbrewlover


1.8/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer last year, I seem to remember it being better however I will review the batch I just had.
This beer pours dark with a nice head which takes a few minuets to dissapate.

I could not smell any any flavor in this brew. The tast was bland, almost like flat soda but without the carbonation.

I could taste the alchohol in the brew but not much else. This was just a bland and unexciting beer. This is the first beer I ever had from Weyerbacher that I did not think was great.

I will try this again, just to see if I had a bad batch or if this beer really is this bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:34:06 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of andyo


1.95/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty disappointed by this beer. This really did not strike me as a winter warmer. This beer really lacked anything "special" for the holidays.

This beer has a very off-putting smell. The taste is somewhat salty; it doesn't sit well on the tongue. It is very much like a nut brown in flavor, though very thin in mouthfeel. To me it tasted like a "nut brown MGD" if you can imagine that. There was a striking resemblence.

Don't waste your time with this one. There are plenty of better brews out there

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 00:52:44 | More by andyo
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had high hopes for this one - fan of the brewery and of the style but this one misses the mark.

A: Somewhat amber dark with a very minimal head.

S: Nuts and malts without the hopiness of spices that I was hoping for. Didnt really come off as a winter warmer?

T: Bready and malty. Lack of any hop flavorings or spice- really not much up front or in the depth of the taste here. A little sugary sweetness but not much else.

M: Moderately carbonated and fairly smooth texture.

D: Low because it just really wasnt that good and would not consider this one a 'warmer'.

There are far too many other winter beers out there that this one pales in comparison to. Hope for a better faring next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 18:13:03 | More by marcpal
Photo of JoshW


2.15/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, very light carbonation. Smell doesn't really exist, I guess if I were to nit pick I could smell a hint of chocolate/malts. Tastes like a watery shitty guiness, not a big fan of this one. It is easy to drink however, if you like watery shitty guiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 19:04:16 | More by JoshW
Photo of bfr1992t


2.17/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

~45F bottle poured in to room temp glass.

A - Dark red/brown

S - Nearly nothing. Slightly sour malt

T - not impressed. Watery and mild. Weak malt with some bittering hops at the finish to barely cling on to the category of "beer". No real flavor at all.

M - Thin and watery

D - probably couldn't drink much of this as the taste was unpleasing.

Very atypical of Weyerbacher. Unfortunately weak for this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:49:59 | More by bfr1992t
Photo of dirtylou


2.29/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz single, new holland 2009 pint

A winter ale, an english brown, a beer. A rather lifeless, mostly clear cola-brown body - odorless, mostly flavorless. Some chocolate malt, a bitter dryness in the finish, really just nothing to say about this one. Weyerbacher tends to be all over the map - this is a low point.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:15:26 | More by dirtylou
Photo of ZAP


2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's a beer that could stand to be reworked or revamped or re-whatevered.

The bud light of winter warmers....I'm pretty sure I could bong this stuff if I was still in college.

Nose....unremarkable..really not much of any aroma..

Taste...unremarkable...nothing bad...just very light flavored with mild cocoa notes...almost like a light nut brown ale..

Body...unremarkable...one of the lightest bodied winter warmers I've had...Like I mentioned light bodied even for a brown ale..

Drinkability...unremarkable...but perfect for those who want a winter warmer with little to no flavor or character..

While I enjoy the bigger winter beers, I also can appreciate a well made, tasty medium weight effort like this years Schell's Snowstorm....this one though is just simple unremarkable....I like a lot of Weyerbachers stuff and was looking forward to this but came away very disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:41:05 | More by ZAP
Photo of JohnnyM2002


2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - From opening the bottle to the pour, sounded and looked the same as if I were pouring a Pepsi into my Duvel glass. A lot of carbonation at first, but it fizzed out pretty quickly. I will say that as it warmed up, it took more of an amber color, but stayed more on the brown side for awhile.

S - Smells stale and musty. Expected some kind of balance (i.e. sweet and spice), but nothing there.

T - Just nothing. I literally can't believe this taste...I keep thinking there has to be something there. I get a mildly malty flavor, but there's nothing backing it up.. My wife described it as club soda with alcohol, and that's not too far from the truth.

M - Not bad...no carbonation present in the glass, but a pretty bubbly finish gives it some life. A little alcohol in the aftertaste and a lighter-medium body.

D - Not enjoyable, to be blunt. The worst winter selection I've had this year...not any representation of Weyerbacher at all. I'm not going to hold it against them at all because of their other fine products.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 02:26:27 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of letsgopens


2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep brown with mahogany highlights and a pearl white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lace.

Very sweet and malty to the nose with some roastiness and a lot of molasses. A hint of chocolate and honey is also detectable. If this beer has an upside, it’s the aroma.

Very mild and a bit bland. Malty with a some roastiness. Dry with just a hint of molasses. Not a lot of flavor, I must admit. I don't like to trash beers, but this selection is watery and doesn't have much flavor.

Clean and moderately dry. Smooth on the tongue but with a slightly metallic quality. Not a lot of body or texture. Rather watery and uneventful. This selection is certainly not representative of all Weyerbacher's beers. I've had some really great stuff from them, but this one is not something I would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 02:47:50 | More by letsgopens
Photo of Thads324


2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish red with a tan head that goes by the wayside very fast. Smells like super sweet booze. Some cherry smoked wood and a bit of caramel.
Taste is slightly medicinal. Almost like cherry NyQuil. The malts underneath are sweet and dark. Can't tell what types. The cherry like flavor disappears almost entirely, but the beer continues to be a slightly boozey and overly sweet brew. The hop bitterness at the end is nice and earthy. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and medium bodied.
Ugh! Too sweet, odd characteristics. a bit of spice in the flavor but it just gets lost by everything else. I can't figure out what this is. Just weird and not very good for a brewery I tend to really like.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 04:16:01 | More by Thads324
Photo of Hautacam


2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cola colored ..clear ...not much of a head.
Smell is very faint vanilla.
Taste is caramel,vanilla, faint cherry..maybe some coffee ....but its all way too watery. It made me think of a diluted Corsendonk Christmas Ale.
Mouthfeel also thin.
Not too good , especially from a brewery that makes such amazingly good brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 21:47:57 | More by Hautacam
Photo of BuckeyeSlim


2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 08:24:42 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of Weyerbacher beers are fantastic, So, I always get axcited when I get a chance to try something new from them.

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is dull , boring and lacks flavor.

I always like the art work on Weyerbacher labels. To me, the bottles, labels, and names of the beers are part of the fun of drinking craft beer, so this winter ale will get a half point from me just for the packaging.

The beer irself is a bit of a disapointment. I can hardly pick up any aroma. It has a bready malty flavor, and some spiciness from the hops but it is just not that good.
The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery that leaves behind a chalky after taste.

To my surprise, the beer actually improved as it warmed up, but not enough to chang my rating.

It is not terrible, just a disapointing effort from Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:11:36 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of mgbickel


2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a 1/2 finger eggshell colored head that quickly dissipated leaving pretty much no lace behind. The body a clear amber/reddish color with mahogany edges.

Lots of fruits and spices on the nose...specifically apples, cinnamon and honey.

Wow...nothing from the nose transfers into the mouth. Not bad...but not complex enough for a winter brew. Honey, fruits and a little all spice, but very weak.

Mouth feel is light and thin, with moderate carbonation.

There are a number of winter brews I would choose over this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 19:37:58 | More by mgbickel
Photo of kirok1999


2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks promising, nice dark reddish brown with sticky white head. The smell is almost nonexistent. Drank this with a buddy and we agreed immediately that there was almost no nose to this one at all. Taste was slight caramel malt, some bittering hops but not too much. Very bland and thin. Mouthfeel was thin, watery. Easy to drink because it is so thin. I expected much more from Weyerbacher as I love most of their other brews. What happened?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 23:08:59 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Risser09


2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle fresh from the brewery soon after bottling - Poured into a lowball glass

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent, deep brown color with ruby red highlights. It has a short lived head that is tan in color and rises to about half an inch. There is very little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Toasted and chocolate malt fill the nose. Cacao bean and roasted coffee beans as well. Not very complex but suitable.

Taste: Coffee, toasted malt and toast are the main flavors of this beer. I can say that it is not coplex in the least and doesn't have many endearing qualities to it.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smoothe but without much flavor this beer is not a standout. Alcohol is mildly noticable and there is an annoying dryness that shouldn't be in a winter warmer.

Drinkability: This is probably Weyerbacher's worst beer, IMHO. Nothing about it stands out and it is not very complex in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 01:58:13 | More by Risser09
Photo of quasimoto


2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep mohagany brown, and crystal clear. Light off-white fluffy head.

S - What aroma there is of this beer, seems to be very malty, almost caramelish scotch ale like. Watered down actually.

T - Malty back bone of filtered water. There is very little taste of this. Some fruity malty flavor. SERIOUSLY LACKLUSTER IN FLAVOR!!!!

M - Light bodied, and thin. not too much going on here.

D - I think this is a drinkable, in the sense of a light session beer. If you want a flavorful beer, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 02:03:00 | More by quasimoto
Photo of cabsandking


2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights and beige cap that quickly fades to some spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, fruity, slight citrus, and faint cinnamon like spice. Tastes of toasted malts, odd similarities to coca cola, caramel, butterscotch, slight sour fruits in the background and chocolate notes in the end. Some bitterness is noticeable and seems out of place. Medium carbonation gives it a frothy mouthfeel which is more than I’d like. This brew seems like an attempt at an English Porter but didn’t hit the spot for me as the flavors are all too mild and subdued.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:48:58 | More by cabsandking
Photo of beerorbooze


2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with very little lacing. Smell is a vague coco, other flavors are not pronounced at all. I usually appreciate the beers that Weyerbacher makes even with the very high alcohol associated with most of there products. This one just seems like a failed attempt at what could have been a good beer. Tastes watered down, dont know what they were thinking with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 22:43:51 | More by beerorbooze
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very clear, deep cherry brown with a tan, frothy head that gradually falls to just a ring. Looks like a cherry coke.

Smell: Mainly roasted malts with earthy and spicy notes and a hint of cherry. All smells are very faint.

Taste: Mainly malty and slightly spicy with a sour ring just before a barely bitter finish. There's something woody and earthy in the profile that just doesn't work. Another BA described it as "wet cardboard" and it's right on the money. It's even metallic at times.

Mouth: Full-bodied with lots of carbonation. Thick and chewy. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability: Low due to the negative flavors. Mostly a bore, sometimes a challenge, to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 12:50:29 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of shippos

New York

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

courtesy of Clvand0 via BIFXmas,
poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that laced around the glass. burnt aroma, strange....smells wet and a little musty or sweaty. thin mouthfeel and a bit on the weak watery side. get some burnt grain in the taste, kinda like black malt. very similar to a less than average stout/porter. still fairly easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 16:02:19 | More by shippos
Photo of boralyl


2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Produces a small light tan head when poured into a pint glass. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is clear and brown with reddish hues.

S - A mixture of crystal malt and light chocolate paired with some subtle spices create the aroma.

M - The mouth feel is too watery for the style in my opinion. It's light-medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Light caramel and some nutty flavors followed by some herbal hops in the finish. It's pretty bland, don't get many flavors.

It leaves a lot to be desired in the taste department. It's too thin and has a watery feel. Not a fan of this one, although Weyerbacher makes many amazing beers, this isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:34:16 | More by boralyl
Photo of clvand0


2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some dark fruits and sweet caramel with a touch of chocolate. The flavor is pretty bad. It's thin and has a strange nuttiness that I don't like at all. Unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 18:41:29 | More by clvand0
Photo of Stimack

New York

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided that I should try this brew before it disappears as we are hedging towards spring, though it has been snowing for the past three days. This brew poured to a nice deep brown color with some red/ruby highlights. Smaller sized head, light tan, did have pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma here comes across nice as chocolate and roasted malt notes come across. Maybe some cinnamon but that is the extent of the spices that I picked up. The flavor is a disappointment for me as it just seems to be very empty. Sweetness, caramel with a light touch of chocolate but that seems to be about it. Overall I think this one misses the mark, just does not seem to be anything special for a winter brew and the emptiness in the flavor just really brings it down. Will pass up on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:21:14 | More by Stimack
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