Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Winter AleWinter Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

370 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 370
Hads: 753
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 58 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-24-2001

This beer is not spiced.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 370 | Hads: 753
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 112211, Best by 032212
Consumed 032012

A: Pours a ruby red/mahogany color with a half inch head that fizzles out within a minute

S: Malty with notes of caramel, light spices, and chocolate

T: Follows the nose, malty with orange peel and other spices, caramel, some nuttiness and a hint of chocolate and coffee towards the end

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice tasty winter warmer that serves its purpose well. Great if you like malty beers or winter brews in general

 503 characters

Photo of ckollias
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black hue with a thin, dark tan, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace and nice trail down the glass.

S: Nice Roasted malt aroma with hints of caramel and spices in the background.

T: Similar to the smell roasted malts flavor present throughout. A little more bitter than sweet and finishes slightly tart.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Winter ale – not the best I’ve ever had but pretty darn good and very enjoyable.

 551 characters

Photo of jktedder12
4.59/5  rDev +33%
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.

 384 characters

Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep amber brown with a two finger creamy head

S-Roasted malt, spices and nut flavors.

T-Starts with a mix of roasty malts and some spices. Not much else in the beer

M-Medium bodied but a little thin with little carbonation.

O-An ok winter beer. Most likely will never buy it again but I'd gladly drink it again if offered.

 335 characters

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: reddish, copper brown. 1 1/2 finger khaki head. Small carb bubbles.

S: caramel malt, biscuty, slight fruit and sweetness.

T: caramel, slight toasted, sweetness, slight fest notes. Hop bitterness subdued.

M: medium body, carbonated, sweet on the tongue.

O: really delicious. Reminds me of a fest beer mixed with a residual sweetness.

 343 characters

Photo of midworken
3.17/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, deep black body with a slight hue of brown. Light tan head didn't stay around too long but left a little lacing on top.
Aroma is a strong malt, sweet stout-like with a smidge of coffee aroma. Raisins perhaps?
Smokiness is definitely present throughout the taste, from start to finish. It's not too strong to mask the other flavors, but the malts don't play a large role here. Spices and zest are noticable, with a dry finish that leaves with the smoke flavor.
The flavors work OK, but I'm not 100% on board with it's vibe. A decent beer, but I won't be seeking this one out next time.

 601 characters

Photo of shand
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time to start getting these winter beers out of my fridge.

Pours a deep brown with a tiny head that retains well. Aroma is a nice, deep caramel maltiness with a bit of spicing and herbal hops. The taste is very nice, it is a well balanced winter warmer with a strong warming caramel maltiness taking center stage. The spices play a supporting role instead of overwhelming (Harpoon, I'm talking to you). There's some herbal hops finishing this guy up too. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty good. Overall, a solid Winter Warmer. Nothing to write home about, but it won't do you wrong.

 632 characters

Photo of andrewinski1
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is dark amber and there is a about a one inch off-white head.

The aroma is caramel malt with a hint of spice. This is very bready and malt forward.

The taste is much like the aroma, with caramel malts leading the way. There is a hint of spice mostly in the finish. This is pretty ordinary, but not bad.

I like the mouthfeel; medium bodied with nice sharp crisp carbonation.

This is nice. I would grab a six-pack of this to bring to someone's house.

 488 characters

Photo of fitzy84
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a pitch black appearance with a bubble-rich head that faded quickly. The aroma had a dull, sweet smell, with general flavors that are fruit with a slight roast of nuts to it. The taste was bittersweet and had more of a roasty nut flavor than I could sense with my nose. The mouthfeel was nicely carbonated, but nice and light, making it relatively refreshing compared to its somewhat heavy roast taste. Overall, a relatively enjoyable winter drink.

 469 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

 643 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 405 characters

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a non-opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that has minimal retention time and now rests at a 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass with light surface foam. Small amount of lacing.

S- Has a caramel sweetness in the aroma and a hint of glass.

T- Malts are more pronounced in the taste as they provide a smooth, balanced roasty flavor and make for high drinkability. A bit of raisin and chocolate are present.

M- Light and creamy with a very relaxed feel. Medium carbonation.

O- There's not much to this beer but that's why it's great. A very straightforward and sessionable winter warmer.

 675 characters

Photo of microbrewlover
1.84/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of zimm421
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaped pint glass. Appears a dark molasses brown with a good tan head. Head doesn't leave much lacing, but has decent staying power.

Nose is sweet with dark malts and a slight nuttiness. Not much else here. Taste is also sweet with caramel and nice dark malts. Not much balance at all here. Slightly disappointing on that end. Pretty straightforward and boring...

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, low carbonation. Overall, this was disappointing. Not much going on at all, and there are much better winter options available.

 555 characters

Photo of oline73
2.76/5  rDev -20%
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

 693 characters

Photo of Thads324
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

 704 characters

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque deep amber/ mahogany color with a big off white head that settles down kind of quickly. Lacing is superb. Lots of action in the glass with a good deal of visible carbonation. This beer wants out of the bottle.

Nose is feeble with detectable dark roasted malts. Subtle piney hop presence as well. A cinnamon bready sweetness up front almost cookie dough like with a slightly charred burnt characteristic somewhere in the middle. Finishes with a modest piney hop presences that cleans the palette of the sweet stuff.

Balance is actually really excellent on this beer. Some winter like spice is detectable but barely taking away from the winter aspect of the beer slightly. The beer overall though is clean and showcases some good flavors that go well together. The flavors aren't concentrated and smooth, it's more layered but still good.

I dont understand the B- rating this beer has, highly drinkable with good flavor. Would make for an awesome winter session beer.

 984 characters

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

 644 characters

Photo of ksimons
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

 717 characters

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 251 characters

Photo of troysoy2
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

 1,170 characters

Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

 976 characters

Photo of matty
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 266 characters

Photo of CampusCrew
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

 302 characters

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.