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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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653 Ratings
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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An initial creaminess in mouth. Chestnut colour. Highly carbonated. Some astringency at finish. A play of caramel, mollasses, nutmeg, clove, cinammon and chestnut, pinch of chocolate malt. Some flavour altogether that makes it quaffable. Not overally cloying, but on sweet side.

Sammy, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -41.5%

djrn2, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

acurtis, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.3%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts and malty sweetness along with some notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink but nothing stands out to make me want to try it again.

metter98, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, ruby red clear body with a very modest head; little to no lacing

Smell: Dried dark fruit and a slightly resinous odor

Taste: Starts out promising with dark fruit and toffee flavors that quickly fade and are overtaken by a smoked wood tone that is a little surprising; not necessarily unpleasant, but I was expecting more of a holiday spice characteristic

Mouthfeel: A bit thin; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: At first I thought this was going to be so much more than it turned out to be. Not enough flavor and a bit too thin to reach the heights of one of the better winter warmers.

brentk56, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with very light toffee notes. Taste is also a nice mix of caramelized malt with light warming notes of toffee. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor. I don,t know if I enjoyed this one more because I spend a couple hours at the ring before but it is quite tasty.

Phyl21ca, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark bronze-like brown with a significant infusion of crimson when brightly backlit. The dark beige cap is soft and presents a rumpled surface of gently exhaling bubbles. Very little lace graces the glass.

I know that the winter warmer style is a pretty loose one, but this beer doesn't smell like a winter warmer to me, it smells like a brown ale. It's much more malty than hoppy (maybe a little fruitiness if I'm being generous) with chocolate as the dominant aroma. It isn't a bad nose, it's just nothing special.

Brown ale and light porter comparisons are still in play. The maltiness is now more weakly roasted rather than strongly toasted, although there isn't quite enough of it, as evidenced by the overly light body/mouthfeel. The flavor profile is on the simple side with a glancing blow of bittersweet chocolate, roasted barley and... not much else. The beer is neither sweet nor bitter with a thinning, dry, moderately charred finish.

Winter Ale is a different take on the winter warmer style. In fact, I'm not sure what makes it a member of that club other than Weyerbacher's say so (and the crazed snowmen on the label). As a brown ale, it isn't bad, but is nothing that I'd go out of my way for. Thanks to blitheringidiot for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby red brown with a big cream colored head, that was thick and long lasting. Smelled deeply of malt and spices, nutmeg and almost a cinnamon. Taste was a little thin. The spiceness was definatly there and actually felt a bit warm going down. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation was pretty much perfect. Very very drinkable, in fact could put down alot of these as it is definaly not that thick and goes down very easy.

mikesgroove, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -5%

kylehay2004, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a ruby red color with a tan colored head that has a pretty good lacing. The aroma is a bit spicy with seasonal herbs in the mix with sweet malts. The taste is a pretty good, there is a sweet malt start to it that finishes off with the spices kicking in. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side, not oily but kind of heavy, which makes this a pretty nice winter brew.

Knapp85, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a tall, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Earthy, malty nose with restrained notes of both roast and Tootsie Roll-style chocolate, as well as spiced fruitcake topped with chopped roasted nuts.

Taste: Predominately malty with flavors of dark toffee, hot chocolate mix, nuts, and a couple bread crusts. Light fruitiness. Hint of earthy molasses. Spicy hop component and a mild bitterness. Flavors dries out on the way to the finish. Final hints of nuts and molasses at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I could stand to have a bit more "mmph" here, but I still dug it. Ultimately easy to drink and easy to enjoy with an overall pleasing sweet maltiness.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

oberon, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -12.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of seasonal spices and bready malt.

T - It tasted of nutmeg and cinnamon with a bready caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with clean finish.

O - This is an okay winter warmer. Certainly worth a try from a great brewery.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby highlights and a short creamy tan head that drops but keeps a thin creamy surface covering and leaves some spotty lace. The nose offers some dark cocoa and a touch of roastiness, as well as a light metallic note. It's quite English in character. Its medium body combines with a very fine carbonation to produce a mouthfeel that's lightly creamy and smooth. The flavor expresses a gently fruity and toffee-ish malt with a soft touch of chocolate and a mild roasty edge that's infused with earthy hop flavors. A firm bitterness balances the malt and dries the finish that lingers with a faint note of black licorice. The slightly higher level of alcohol is exceptionally well cloaked. Very nicely done with a good drinkability although it only truly reveals its full malty character when enjoyed at cellar temperature.

NeroFiddled, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of light tan head on top of a dark, ruby colored body. The foam slowly settles to a thick film of bubbles and leaves moderate lace.

S - Light aroma of sweet malt and cinnamon with some nutmeg and allspice. Light caramel and toffee notes with no noticeable character of roasted grain.

T - Sweet malt with cinnamon and nutmeg up front. Some caramel and noticeable toffee notes come out next. A little bit of slightly fruity yeast appears before a darkening finish of nutmeg-infused chocolate malt balanced by light bitterness and a hint of grassy hops. Lingering flavors of coffee and smoke.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - I thought this was a little weak and watery at first, but the flavor really comes out towards the finish, especially once the beer has a chance to warm. There are only minor discernible notes of spice in this beer, but those that are present work well with the caramel malts to create subtle complexity. The roasted finish is well balanced by light hopping and is dry enough to keep the beer drinkable without making it taste like scorched toast. This is one of the better winter warmers that I have come across, and one of the few I would consider drinkable.

nickfl, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear fairly dark brown. Light tan head. Maltt nutty nose. Flavor is a bit bitter with a sweet tang that I'm not too fond of really. It isn't all that bad really. Decent enough earthy, leafy tones. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is fairly thick. Overall not bad. Middle of the road, really.

RblWthACoz, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In my new quest to review all winter ales I can this year, next up on the list is the Weyerbacher Winter Ale. I'm a fan of most Weyerbachers, except their seasonals seem to be not of my style. And since this is a seasonal, I'm a little worried.

A: Pours a huge 2.5 finger head that pops down semi quickly. It's a very dark raisin brown colored hazy beer with little light coming through, showing the many bubbles rising up.

N: Hmm, pretty much as I expected for a winter warmer. Lots of winter style spices, some nutmeg, nutty aromas, sweet syrupy malt aromas, I almost expect a touch of alcohol, but it never comes as its only 5.6%. Not sure if it's jsut me, but usually a winter warmer is a little higher in abv since its trying to warm you, esp with the heavy malt sweetness. This must have started with OG of 1070 but ended with 1025 or so.

T: Starts with more almost adjunct type flavors for sweetness. Its syrupy but not super sweet. Some spices but not super spicey. A little nutty flavors, semi light and watery at the same time. A little bit of rich fruit as well.

M: Semi thin, a little watery, good carbonation.

F: Finishes really week too. The flavor just disappears and its almost like drinking water. However, with everything gone almost instantly, I'm ready for another sip right away. Perhaps its good that its not a heavy abv beer as I could get in trouble drinking this fast. A decent session beer though. The spices aren't as overwhelming as I thought they would be.

jlindros, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in NC late July, based on notes

Poured chestnut/red with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa, nutmeg& loads of brown sugar

T: Chocolatey, a bit of iron & roasted malts uo front. Baker's chocolate, some chalky dryness in the middle. Finishes with caramel, licorice & dryness

MF: Silky with low carbonation, but starts to get a touch astringent at the finish

Drinks good, but too pricey at $ 9.00 a sixer

russpowell, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of oline73
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some sweet malt with fruity cherry notes, may be a hint of almond extract. Just a bit nutty with some Christmas spice.

Taste: The taste of this beer isn't very strong. Mild bready malt. Not really picking up the fruit notes from the smell. There is a very mild spice note and some bitterness in the finish. Tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This tastes like a watered down winter warmer. Would have liked more flavor, but what is there isn't bad

oline73, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: full blackness and utter opacity marks the color, and the head is a big, bold thing, large, fluffy cream-toned head.
Aroma:dark, with deep, nutty, spicy notes, earthy, and highly carbonated, peppery.
Taste: lush malt warmly greets the tongue, smooth, yet bitter and spicy tones interject. Carbonation continues to be high, and the feel on the tongue is sometimes to close to a cola or such. Body is medium or so, but feels lighter than it ought to be. Texture possesses an oiliness at times, that goes beyond smooth and into slick.
This winter ale could use a great deal of improvement if it means to strive further in providing true drinking pleasure. As it is, it's a nice little brew, nothing great, and not offending, neither.
Thanks to MenekiNeko for helping me to try it on.

feloniousmonk, Dec 29, 2003
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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.