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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 thecheapies


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper color with lots of sticky bubbles. The head is a static formation of tight carbonation that looks nitrogenated. Slowly decompressing head.

Smells like toasted grains with a hint of brown sugar. That is all, folks.

Rigid flavors that are pretty simple and pretty straightforward. Lightly roasted grain, raisin, earthy hops, and some dry caramelly malt. A little mealy. A little spicy, especially in the finish. Some metallic notes. Quite dumbed-down.

Drinks easy except for a carbonation level that is a little choking. No impediments in the body, but then again, nothing to write home about.

Very average, which is not characteristic of this brewery. Avoidable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2012 13:49:37 | More by thecheapies
Photo of micromaniac129


3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at T J Smiths on tap the other night and was a perfect choice for my steakhouse burger.
The beer was deep brown in color with an average size head and carbs unk.
Aroma was of toffee and malts hints of dought bread.
Taste is a fairly rich malts toffee and hints of chocolates
Feels almost full bodied on the palette and is quite drinkable. Drinks like it should have a higher ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 14:41:03 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – A light brown/dark red color with a bit of head formed upon reception that faded quite fast.

Smell – Some sweetness of sugar with a bit of nut and char aroma.

Taste – Nothing too overpowering here. Some Nuttiness and maltiness first meet the tongue followed shortly by a few sweet notes of chocolate and sugar fading away to a roasted nut flavor.

Mouthfeel – Relatively normal foe the abv. although a little lighter then would be expected for the winter style darker beer. Carbonation was just about right.

Overall – Nothing special here. Its worth a try, but not a beer I would pine for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 00:53:23 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into pint glass. Deep amber brown with little head. Not much aroma, but caramel and malt is present.
Caramel, malt, and toffee dominate, but thats it. Not much else going on.
Kind of boring...little flavor, little body, little aroma. I probably wouldnt buy again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 15:45:58 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of goblue3509


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a two to three finger head which gives way to some lacing and a skim head. The aroma is of caramel malts, nuttiness, and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is toastiness and nuttiness with a caramel malt backbone, no hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly thin. The drinkability is okay, it is for sure an easy drink, but the complexity and taste leave you wanting something that it doesn't provide.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 17:58:03 | More by goblue3509
Photo of MikeRa


3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this ale on tap

A: This ale has a Dark brown color with a 1" head

S: This ale has a roasted chocolate malt smell

T: This ale has a nice bitter taste

M: This ale goes down smooth with a creamy feel

D: This ale is one that I will drink again

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 03:21:57 | More by MikeRa
Photo of Spider889


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Bodega.

Nothing spectacular, this beer is nevertheless somewhat unique. It seems to be built upon honey.

Ruby color, very clear, not much head or lace.

Smelled slightly sour, and faintly sweet the way beeswax can be. Also a prevelant syrupy, earthy honey character and some mild floral clover and honeysuckle notes.

The beer tasted nice and malty. Some light chocolate and caramel malting. Really strong honey flavor to the beer.

Not the best warmer out there, but this was an interesting beer from Weeyerbacher, and I enjoyed picking out some ofthe more unique flavors here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 01:01:33 | More by Spider889
Photo of Thorpe429


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the RFD in DC. Served in a pint glass.

Pours dark, dark brown with a very thin off-white head that recedes quickly and leaves behind just a bit of a thin collar. The nose is pretty plain with some slightly-roasted malt as well as a bit of caramel and very light pepper.

The flavor is over-roasted, especially considering the style. The finish is bitter but in the wrong way, bordering on astringent. There is a lift sweetness kicking around throughout. A bit of lift spice and caramel. The finish is odd and paper-like. I was able to drink this fairly quickly, but I couldn't say that I would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2010 02:12:14 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Winter Ale....on tap at Mudville 9.

Appearance-dark brown to blood red, medium lace head builds and settles with adequate presentation.

Smell-molasses, caramel, sugar, light notes of toffee alcohol warmth, very aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-medium body, sour but heavy feel, sugar up front, molasses surrounds as does alcohol, spicier finish, well balanced and smooth.

Drinkability-on a cold day this did well, no major flaws either.

Overall-solid winter, nothing outstanding but it hits all the right notes and has some nice characteristics, particularly like the spiciness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 23:04:29 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Andreji


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

no. 3 of the american beers tried during the Taste of Paste beer event @ the stag's head.

This one didn't impress me, in fact it was the only american brew i was disappointed with in the night.

Could my choice of a stronger, heartier yeti before it have numbed my palate so? still, i was eager to try something weyerbacher for months now and this was a bit of a let-down at first (not that I'm not gonna give them another chance on their generous repertoire).

Pour is dark, slightly cloudy amber to brownish, seems dirtier than uniformly opaque to me. dirty white head, medium lasting, scarce lacing.

Smell is roast malty, inviting but too subtle at first. discrete alcohol feel but then again, it isn't too strong or extreme, this one.

Taste I was reminded of colombian beer "Colon Negra", because both, in spite of good hints of roast malty sweetness and smokey hop bitter finishes, seemed a bit watered down in between. and the body itself, rather lightish for a winter waarmer, seems to confirm my suspicion.

decent, not fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2010 19:22:52 | More by Andreji
Photo of philbe311


3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Rich deep brown color... Little or no head and only a slightest amount of tan lacing... A minimal amount of carbonation throughout...

S - Malt... Toffee... Milk chocolate... Raisins... Hints of grain...

T - Crust... Malt... Caramel... Toffee... Maple syrup... A minimal amount of spices...

M - Light to medium bodied... Thin... Prickly carbonation... Crisp...

D - Strikes me as more of a Brown Ale than a Winter Warmer... A lot of interesting things going on, but I'm not sure the mesh together in an enjoyable way...

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2009 02:32:56 | More by philbe311
Photo of Atricapilla


2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the tap. A rich, dark brown color with very little head.

Aroma: Strongly of bread, with some slight amounts of clove and nutmeg.

Taste: A bit sweet; leaves a bit of stickiness in my mouth. A bit syrupy. Heavy on malt; some molasses and spice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 17:46:59 | More by Atricapilla
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown coffee color with a small cream colored head. Good lacing, head quickly fades though. Gentle smell of winter spices but not overpowering. Taste is unexceptional with a slight aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the grainy side. Not the most drinkable beer due to its volume but does have that "winter" feeling to it. Just not my particular taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2009 22:46:11 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of BeerSox


4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into wide tulip.

Deep mahogany hue, close to very dark brown, with a thick two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Light toasty malt aromas with a touch of spice. Not much hoppiness. The flavor is very clean with some more of the slighty roasted hops, a little bit of brown sugar, and a light spice like cinnamon. Medium bodied. The finish is quick with a bit of the malts lingering.

A pretty drinkable Winter Warmer. Dark, roasty, with just the right amount of spice. Recommended (especially on-tap).

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 00:03:41 | More by BeerSox
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with only a bit of tan head. The smell is mostly malts with a hint of the spices I expect in a winter warmer. The scent is understated, nothing jumps out at you.

The taste is a bit on the sweet side, balanced fairly well with the malts and spices. Nice crisp finish.

Light to medium carbonation, medium body. Perhaps a little on the thin side for the style.

Easy to drink winter warmer. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 19:12:23 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of genog


3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Mad Mex the other night.
Brought to the table in a pint glass with a reddish body, and a nice thick head that sat on top of the glass for a good period of time. Smell was of caramel malt and some spices, but it really did not resemble a winter warmer. Taste was muted as well with some spice coming through. I found it to be overly carbonated as well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 18:54:27 | More by genog
Photo of tempest


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, it's just kind of plain and sweet. The malt reminds me a bit of a scotch ale, but a bland one at that. I've said it before, but I think Weyerbacher's house yeast is holding them back, it consistently seems to add nothing to the beer and masks otherwise fine malt flavors. At least it's decent to drink, just uninspiring.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2007 02:38:10 | More by tempest
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark reddish brown color with a finger of light tan foam. Slight lacing left on the glass. Smells of roasted nuts and malt, as well as raisins. tastes of caramel malt, prunes, and warm spices such as cinnamon. A notch below medium in body with decent carbonation. Not a bad winter beer, but not my favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2007 19:16:18 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I honestly thought that I received the wrong pint when it arrived at my table... this one is a deep dark brew with a thin tan head that appears much more like a stout than a winter-warmer ale. The aroma is faint, a bit too faint, though some roasted, toasted malt come through. The taste is initially like that of a mild stout or thin porter... some toasty, chocolately, nutty flavors but a bit watery with not enough of a "middle" and no hops to speak of.

I must say that it got somewhat better the more I drank... with it's mild flavor, it may have been overpowered by the lingering strong brew I had before it, and the burger I recently consumed. This one needs a little breathing room to stand on it's own. Still, It needs something more, a little "oomph" to make it more palatable. Not every beer needs to be big and robust, but a little more flavor would go a long way with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2005 03:20:05 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a cream colored head that fades.

Smells toasty and nutty. I'd have guessed it was a nut brown ale by the smell.

Taste is indeed toasty and nutty, with a hint of sweetness to it. Finishes with a very nutty aftertaste.

Body seems thin.

Pretty easy to drink. Just not what I would call a typical winter warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2005 21:04:43 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2004 20:19:45 | More by oberon
Photo of pezoids


3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t think I have been blown away by a beer from this brewery yet. Their brews seem to be middle of the road attempts, that could be much better. Not saying this beer is bad. This one poured out a cherry amber color with a small, but creamy tan head. The aroma has cherry tarts and almost a waxy chocolate smell to it. Overall, pretty subtle and bland.

The taste is pleasantly dry with some bitter fruits coming out, but it’s more bitter than sweet. Dry and light body that seems to need something. This isn’t a bad holiday or winter ale by any means, but just nothing extraordinary, or highly flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2004 04:56:38 | More by pezoids
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown amber brew topped in a small coating of off-white foam that dies kind of quickly leaving small amounts of lace on the glass. The nose is a bit faint with sweet malt aromas being dominated by more roasty malts. No real spices like that of other winter ales. Looks like I'm in for a new type of winter brew.

The flavor starts off somewhat sweet, again, without a lot of spice. There is definitely notable hops. Roasty malts make up a lot of the flavor with hints of toffee. It is smooth with a body right around medium but a little fuller. Drinkable to the last drop, it may not be an excessive drinker, but a few at a time would not be a problem. I like this new (to me atleast) style for the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2003 12:06:23 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of goindownsouth


3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good brew from Weyerbacher. A very good seasonal ale with a light and lacey head that leaves little behind as you drink down the glass. The aroma has a slight hint of fruit and spice, as many winter brews do, but this one is very subtle and drinkable. Well worth seeking out from this fine Pennsylvania brewery. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2002 17:19:56 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Maestro


4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint this evening amongst my Christmas Shopping. Nice malts that seemed to overpower the hops. I was in the mood for that since I was eating beer battered fish with malt vinegar. The beer was strong but not too strong. I enjoyed the spicyness which says a lot for this beer because normally I can do without the spice. It was quite a nice treat.

Bottle notes 2003-3004
Good stuff. It has a very mild dose of spices and there seems to be a bit more hops this time around. But it is bottle, not tap, and a different year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2002 17:28:03 | More by Maestro
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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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