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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Winter AleWinter Ale

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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 IronCitySteve


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep dark brown color with some light tan hues on the edges. There is a thick tan head with moderate retention. There is some spotty lacing.

S: There is some roasted nuts, caramel, dark brown toast, chestnuts and brown sugar.

T: THe taste pale's in comparison to the scent. It starts off with a slightly roasted nut taste. In the middle there is some more nuts and some brown sugar, but it is rather mild. Finishes with a slight roasted coffee astringency.

M: This beer is slightly watery. I was hping for more body and more character.

O: Not the winter warmer I would look for or buy. Certainly drinkable, but an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 22:43:18 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a dark deep brown with ruby highlights and a thin layer of white lacing on the top

S-smells of roasted malt, some light molasses and a hint of hops

T-taste is sort of thin, but the taste is similar to the smell in the roasted malts and coffee bitterness.

M-light to medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a decent beer but nothing special. Not enough flavor or body to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:03:14 | More by ksimons
Photo of corby112


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with deep ruby/mahogany edges and a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Sweet, roasted malt aroma with a strong chocolate presence along with some zesty spice and sweet dark fruit. Roasted but not burnt smelling with hints of chocolate, oatmeal and coffee balanced by some cinnamon, pepper and dark cherry.

Medium bodied with a balance of roasted malt, peppery spice and dark fruit. There's a slight syrupy medicinal presence along with some dark cherry and plum. The spice adds a slight dryness that balances the sweetness and compliments the subtle roasted chocolate malt character. Decent but kind of pedestrian.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 09:19:51 | More by corby112
Photo of tone77


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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is also somewhat malty, some spice and just a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 16:39:40 | More by tone77
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 04:15:41 | More by troysoy2
Photo of AgentMunky


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. No visible best by date.

A: Thin but creamy head. The colour is the darkest brown and opaque on the desk, but when held up to the light, it is translucent and brilliantly ruby-coloured. Gorgeous!

S: Roasted chestnuts, something that smells like old ale yeast, and a semi-robust maltiness. Not very strong.

T: Hm, not bad. The roasted malt is predominant, reminding me of a porter more than a winter warmer. A bit of sweetness, almost fruitiness, emerges after the initial roasted bitterness. The aftertaste is light and nutty.

M: The mouthfeel is thin, but not anaemically so; rather, it contributes to the overall effect. Whether the overall effort is something I appreciate. however, is a different matter.

O: It's not bad, but it seems underpowered and, not plain, but average. Drinkable, but not compelling. I tend to forget about the beer while I'm doing things (even typing this review). Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 00:07:35 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of matty


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is light carmel malts.Taste is the same carmel malts,bread and toffee.Overall a pretty decent beer that doesn't wow but gets the job done.I would recommend to try at least once and I'd probably purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 11:35:59 | More by matty
Photo of CampusCrew


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

Weyerbacher- disappointment, nothing to it, brown ale marketed as winter,boring... but any way it was a solid made brown ale.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:37:59 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Brenden


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown color with lighter red-tinged brown highlights. A creamy light brown head is almost two fingers high and keeps its form pretty well. Lacing is left in patches well down the glass.
This smells like a pretty standard brown or possibly porter. Not a whole lot of spicing is evident in the nose, though a touch of a peppery nip and a sweet mulling spice like nutmeg or the like is in there. Otherwise, it's mostly roasty in the malts presence with a bit of earthiness and a note of cocoa. It also goes a tad metallic in the end.
While it's pretty good, there's something that doesn't quite come together in the flavor, as the roast and light chocolate are there along with spiciness but so is the metallic note, and something goes oddly tangy part of the way through.
The body is medium and there's a good creaminess to it building off a nice crispness. Carbonation is a bit too sharp.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 15:17:28 | More by Brenden
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dundee Festive Ale.

A: Clear, dark red-amber, with three-finger, tan, rocky head that lasted a while. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some spice. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and sweet malt. Tastes more like a brown ale to me. Not bad, but sort of mild.

M: Light to medium bodied and kind of flat. Smooth and warm.

O: I liked this better than the Dundee. Descent winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 06:29:29 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of 57md


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark brown with less than a finger of head and no retention. There is an unpleasant astringent smell to this offering. Dark roasted malt is present in this beer, but it is a bit thin for a winter warmer. There is slight bitterness in the finish which may be the highlight of the experience for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:38:56 | More by 57md
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 jsprain1


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Red-brown with a thin light tan head that retains mediocrely.
S- Aroma is bready, caramel, a touch nutty, a bit of hoppiness.
T- Initially some sweet caramel, but a dark fruit and nutty flavor comes up. A bit of deep earthy hops comes through in the finish.
M- Body is thinner than I would like. Body is medium light, carbonation is fairly low.
O- A pretty good winter ale. Not the best I've had this year, but still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 03:41:07 | More by jsprain1
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a bit of an ivory head.

Smells like coffee, dark fruits, cocoa, slight toasted sweetness.

Light coffee and dark fruit flavors in taste with moderate sweetness. A light floral hop bitterness leads into steely aftertaste

This is a nice smooth winter ale worth having a few by the fire.

Overall would possibly drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:19:24 | More by TheMultiYeast
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:32:13 | More by cooch69
Photo of Eriktheipaman


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

Poured a black with rose highlights when held up to the light. Slightly off white head.

The smell was of sweet dark fruits. Mostly of black cherries.

The taste was also mostly dark fruits but on the lighter side. Black cherries and prunes. A little hint of spices but nothing to pin point.

The body was very light and made it for an easy drinking. It might have ery well been past it's prime but hell it still wasn't bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 16:15:20 | More by Eriktheipaman
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle brought back from Florida by the girlfriend, 12oz into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, with chestnut and mahogany highlights throughout. Two plus fingers of khaki head falls to a nice layer, with mild lace. Nose has dried dark fruits, light raisin and plum, some light brown sugar. Taste has the same dark fruits, but with a lower intensity than the nose suggested, dry grapes and some alcohol in the finish. Medium feel, but almost a flat dry and 'dead' palate; lacks any real complexity. Moderate drinkability, but not enticing enough to warrant another go. Underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 02:19:21 | More by liamt07
Photo of Knapp85


3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 04:41:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is a dim, cloudy red-brown beer with a dirty white head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing on the glass. It has a faint, malty aroma that's slightly sweet, with a hint of dark fruit and soy sauce. It's pretty full bodied and syrupy. A chewy finish leaves the mouth slick. It has a mellow, well balanced flavor, with notes of Coke syrup and herbs. It's just a touch sweet. There are hints of fruitcake and oregano. It's pretty substantive, warming and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 14:10:09 | More by yesyouam
Photo of grover37

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Free sixer from D'Vines for having an account. Thanks!

Appearance (3): Clear brown, with one finger of off-white head that nearly disappears. Little lacing.

Smell (3.5): Sweet malt and grains. Smells a bit like wort.

Taste (4): Nice and malty. Sweet but not overly so. A bit earthy with a caramel finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Slick and wet with a drying finish despite the crystal sweetness throughout. Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Overall (3): Not too bad for free. Much more like a brown ale or dark lager even, than a winter warmer. No spicing, just malty goodness. Not something I'd go out of my way for, but it paired well with bar-b-q sauce.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:03:14 | More by grover37
Photo of elgiacomo


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours dark red/brown with a two finger beige head that leaves some lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma features a lot of toasted bread and malt, a bit of chocolate, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is caramel, some chocolate, toast & bread, a bit of dark fruits, touch of citrus hops, toffee & brown sugar. Moderate sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty good English Strong Ale. Better than I expected, to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:34:10 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of IIKaRuII


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark night reddish brown. that is slighty see through a finger sized coco color head forms leaving a light trace of lacing behind.
smells of spices and a bit nutty. almost over powering. caramel malts, smells a little toasty as well. warm liquor.
taste is toasted malts and nutty. caramel malts are kinda hiding in the background a bit. reminds me of fireside nut brown ale.
medium bodied for a 5.6% drinks watery, lightly carbonated.
Nothing special, and just a decent winter ale. would like to see more spices in this rather then toastedness.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 03:44:00 | More by IIKaRuII
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 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 BeefyMee


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I'm really digging the look of this one. Awesome dark brown/deep ruby red color, good head and some lacing.

S: Sweet and malty nut brown aroma. Very similar to SS Nut Brown, which is one of my favorite beers, so I'm pretty excited.

T: Still has the nut brown thing going on but it's toned down here. Slightly tart, which might indicate that it's a little past its prime, but if you can't get a fresh winter ale in the middle of February then that is sad indeed. Buttery aftertaste.

I like this as a winter brew. More malt, less spice, it's a nice change from the usual. I only wish I bought more than one bottle. Next year a six pack at least.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:03:02 | More by BeefyMee
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