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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 36 | 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 Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am really pleased with this beer. I have been drinking a lot of very spiced beers recently and when I first sipped this I feared it a boring beer. Not so. It is simple but as it reached room temp it actually peeked, with an exceptionally smooth body and a simple sweet (but not too much so) malty body, chewy full texture and caramel candy, toffee, chocolate and roasty malts. It was dry around the edges and chewy through the middle. The appearance [now that I am out of order] is very attractive too. A ruby hued brown with a tan head and droopy lacing. The aroma grew on me as well. It had a dark earth brown ale aroma, I like that despite it's difference. Drink this beer fresh and let it warm from your fridge.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Hautacam
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

Photo of
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Crystal clear, dark mahogany color. Huge, rocky, light tan head.

Smell was very Belgian like. Bananas, bubblegum and clove.

Taste was a left turn from aroma. Coffee and roast character, faint, but initial impression. Moved to dark wheat bread, and very little in the way of sweet. Citrus hop finish, just a bit. Some pepper too.

Surprisingly light for style. Carbonation was quite low. Seemed more drying than I would like and a bit acidic.

Pretty easy to drink, and I liked the flavor. However, the mouthfeel holds this one back. Could get a bit annoying after a couple.

Photo of bfr1992t
2.17/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

Photo of ski271
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nutty-brown color with a small, very-light-tan, creamy head that slowly fades to a thick film. It’s a very festive beer with warm aromas of roasted malts, nutmeg, caramel, molasses, and a little brown sugar and prune. Flavors follow suit but with more of a chestnut flavor, along with chocolate and some clove. It has a full body, smooth texture, and low carbonation. This is one I recommend letting warm up a little more than you’re used to in order to bring out the complexity. Surprisingly different than what I expected from a winter warmer, but enjoyable nevertheless. A nice change of pace and another interesting offering from one of the more bold and adventurous breweries out there.

Photo of dherling
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark brown color , clear, with a decent off white head, that never fully dissapears. Nose has malt, light sherry, some alcohol, prune, and sour cherry. The taste is pretty tame, a slick mouthfeel offering some cherry, mollases type malt flavor, and a bit of alcohol. Finishes fairly crisp, a quick finish to somewhat of a tame beer.

Photo of kirok1999
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
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?

Photo of quasimoto
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany in the center, with lighter, caramel-tinged highlights on the outer reaches of the glass. Initially substantial head that fades to a ring. Aromas are fresh and well balanced between some nice English ale fruitiness and grainy brown malts. There's little of the spicy characteristics here that I would expect from a winter warmer. On the palate, the malts are in the forefront, with plenty of roasty, slightly astringent notes up front, fading to a creamy baked bread note toward the end. Fruits (apple, banana) come and go throughout, but they never take the emphasis off the malts. Still no spice. Carbonation is quite full and chewy. Overall, this was quite a nice beer. Not quite as warming or as spicy as I expected, but a good, solid ale nonetheless.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in the glass with a thin tan head. No lacing. Smells of caramel malt, clove and nutmeg, hint of cinnamon.

Rich caramel malt, sweet spice, hints of toffee. Spices are quite pronounced. Mouth is sweet and sticky. Aftertaste of spice and stickyness. Decent enough winter warmer.

Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich mahogany with a medium sized tan head that desipates too quickly. The smell is strong with a real sweet malt aroma. The taste is nutty,chewy,and full of sweet malt. The m/f is medium and very well balanced. A damn good beer and I can't wait for winter.

Photo of babydoc
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 55 degrees into a pint glass. While I usually try to find the copper, amber, mahogany, etc notes, this one looked alarmingly like a cola product. (Not that that's bad- just what it looked like). Head was 1-2 finger tan and bubbly, also cola-like. It dissipated befoire the beer was gone.

Nose was diminuative- subtle caramel, sweet fruit, some plum? Taste was sweet, with plum again, fruity, some caramel, nutty tones.

Mouthfeel is moderate, kind of hanging on the tongue and palate despite thinning some at the finish. Light carbonation.

Drinkable? Surely. But the category has me stymied. I'm a fan of winter ales/winter warmers, but this ale somehow reminds me more of an English Brown. I'd like to visit it again in the cold of winter and see how it goes.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was strange to see a winter ale sitting unsuspectingly in the freezer during the summer. Anyway, pours a very nice looking rosewood coloration, with a pleasing thin white lacing. Smell was very much centered around buttery diacetyl, some nutty smells and a light touch of chocolate towards the end. Taste was also very pleasing, with butterscotch, more chocolate, ginger bread, herbs and spices, cinnamon...many more im sure as it warms a bit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied. Drinkability? All I can say is that this beer was great during a hot summer night, and im sure would be even better during a cold winter's night with snow falling. I've never been too big a fan of this style, but this one hits the mark with me. Weyerbacher once again pleases with this one. Cheers

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark chestnut with mahogany highlights and decent clarity. Two finger tan head, dense with good retention and a sticky patchwork of lacing. Spices prevail in the nose; ginger and allspice, with a roasted barley background. Bold roasted taste upfront, with a burnt flavor and big malt sweetness. Ginger, allspice and a hint of coffee in the aftertaste. A mild, indistinct hop bitterness balances well enough for the style and the burnt flavor and spices help keep the sweetness in-check. Medium body; fine bubbles give it a crispness without being overly carbonated while breaking up the spicy/residual finish.

Photo of KFaulkner
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, a good winter warmer in June. Feels like Christmas; but not really.

Pours a dark copper color with a nice foamy head. The smell is not strong or overwhelming, but subtly malty.

It tastes sweet and smooth; malty with hints of caramel. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

I enjoyed it quite a bit; a nice seasonal from Weyerbacher.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very deep, solid amber color with a half finger of head that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity appears to be good, but its dark enough to where just a bit of light moves through it and a light cascade of very fine bubbles moves up the side, keeping the head rolling. Nose is interesting. I get notes of caramel, chocolate and a light cardboardyness. Its a little light and not really reaching out and grabbing me. Flavor is chocolatey and nutty with a caramel and slightly fruity aftertaste. The aftertaste comes across chocolate and fruity. I've never been a fan of fruit and chocolate, and that keeps me from enjoying this more. Feel is on the light end of moderate, with a lighter carbonation that breaks things up just enough to keep this from being still. This one is okay. I don't think I would bust into another one soon, but its not worth avoiding. The chocolate flavor is nice, but not in harmony with the fruityness.

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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

this beer pours with a thick almond colored head that lasts a full minute until it rings the glass. the color is a dark brown that turns a ruby red when held to a light.

has a slight coffee or espresso smell and taste. first winter ale ive had with that taste. very smooth though, and the taste sticks to your tongue with a delicious bitterness.

can't wait to try the rest of weyerbacher

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark brown with a light red hue to it. Small off white head fades quickly into a small collar that sticks around. Mild amounts of spotty lacing.
Smell is of light caramel, nuts, and mild fruit esters...perhaps a whiff of butterscotch as well.
Taste is somewhat muddled of light caramel, nuts, and mild fruit with a tinge of an off taste that seems almost metallic.
Mouthfeel is sweet and fizzy with some light caramel lasting after the swallow.
Drinkability...not really one I'll go back to. Too sweet and unbalanced for me. Maybe if they heartied this one up a bit like Stoudt's did to their Winter Ale this year, it would make a world of a difference.

Photo of Riggsy
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear dark cherry red color with small tan head that receded quickly and clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of sweet, caramelly malts. Little else.

Taste: Malty sweet with smoky undertones.Some residual sweetnees after swallowing. This reminds me more of a scotch ale than a winter warmer.

Mouth: It is full bodied and adequately carbed.

Drinkability: It's heavier from the malts but I still would limit my drinking to one per sitting.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a respectable one inch tan head over a dark but translucent body. Head recedes rather rapidly leaving a maze of lace. Strong aromas of biscuity malt. Tastes of soft biscuit malt with an underlying caramel sweetness. Faint traces of vinous fruit, smoke and chocolate. Low level hops start to balance things out. Notable British saltiness. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a clean, drying finish.

Malt bomb! This beer was a nice surprise, but then again I'm a malt-head. Big yet complex malt presence dominates, but is kept in check by minimal hopping--a tad too minimal. Very soft mouthfeel helps this slide right down. Devotees of Fat Tire will appreciate the toasty character of this warmer.

Photo of johnniemarg
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear brown-red with very thin head that disappears immediately. No lacing.

Smells of maple and hazelnut.

Taste is in line with the smell in general. Sweet maple and nutty flavor, but not too sweet. I don't get any hint of spices like those found in many winter seasonals. Can't make out the hops underneath the other flavors. This is a somewhat typical nut brown ale.

Very thin-bodied despite being highly carbonated.

This is a pretty smooth nut brown ale. I could drink a bunch of these, but it's not really my kind of beer. That's not to say I'm not going to finsh the 6-pack, but if I were at a bar I would try one, say it was pretty good, and then move on to something else.

Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dad had a few left in the basement from last year, it held up well. dark chestnut brown pour with a dense khaki head that holds on and leaves scattered trails of lace.

Aroma is subtle and malty, with toasted nuts, brown sugar, and citrus hops.

Flavor has chewy caramel malts upfront with hints of fruit and soft citrus and floral hops in the finish. I'm sure this would have been hoppier fresh, but still not bad.

Body is medium, with a slick texture and high levels of carbonation.

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut with a thin head. Some lacing. Caramel/toffee malt aroma with fruit and a hint of chocolate. Spicy and malty sweet with caramel and fruit.
Sweetness lingers in the finish with spices. Low carbonation, palate coating, feels kind of dead. A little better than average, not bad for a winter ale. Thanks northyorksammy!

Photo of IceAce
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle with no visible freshness dating

Pours ruddy brown with a full finger of light tan foam. Aroma is earthen malt. Clarity is very good with slow streaming carbonation.

Entry is supported by adequate carbonation but slightly thin mouthfeel. Midtaste is low roasted malt with chocolate overtones and the finish features a long slow earthy malt fade.

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.