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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 52 | 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.
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Ratings: 740 | Reviews: 373
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper, almost brown, color with a decent tan-like head, some patchy lacing.

Smell is mostly malt but has some floral hop presence, caramel, not too spicy for a winter warmer though.

Taste is pretty roasted and sweet, malt front with a strong enough bitterness. One of the more drinkable offerings from Weyerbacher, as most of their beers tend to be quite high in alcohol content.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep auburn color, with a decent tan head. No lacing to speak of but the head stays around for a little bit.

This has got a nice deep caramel malt nose and an oh so subtle spice aroma (paying attention Harpoon?). Good hop aroma mixed in with the spices.

The taste is mildly spicey up front, hops and ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg but all very subtle. Some good backbone to this though, caramel and a wintry warm down home malty goodness.

I could drink more than a couple of these on a cold winters day. The spice is perfectly done and that is much appreciated. GOod body and nice slick mouthfeel. I'm all over this one.

Photo of dmamiano
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour with ample head. Heavy lacing and good, active carbonation abound.
Nose is very nondescript...hints of malts and slight spice.

Upon tasting, I am detecting hints of chocolate(way in the back).
Nice combination of malt and bitterness.
Well balanced beer with a good mouthfeel.

The more I drink of this..the better it gets.

Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured a reddish-brown with a half of a finger off-white head that quickly subsided into a thin, consistent layer of foam; some lacing, but not much. Scent was malty and sweet with a touch of fruit (not sure what). Taste presented as a bit nutty with a slight hops presence that gives the brew a little bite at the end. Fairly effervescent in the mouth, leaving a surprisingly clean finish. This is a pretty drinkable beer and very reminiscent of a brown session ale in many ways.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer shows off a very dark brown with a creamy almost Guinness like head. Smells of Weyerbacher :). There is some roasted malt sweetness in the nose, but little else. Up front the carbonation is full and noticeable. Starts off sweet and midway through moves to a slight fruity hop taste. Finishes with a roasted acidic quality and semi dry. Notes of molasses and spices throughout. Comes off as a Poter-lite. I can't say I look forward to this each winter, but it doesn't turn me off. Mouthfeel is creamy, but this comes off a little over carbonated for my taste. In short I find the beer to be "okay" and simple.

Photo of mountdew1
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark brown with a reddish touch. Head was 1 finger of a browny white foam that left a ring around the head and small "islands" of foam on top. Smell had hints of orange zest, sugar sweetness, along with some nutmeg and wheat. Taste was very bland with only slight wheat flavors that were noticeable after the sip and also some bitterness. Felt like it would coat the mouth well until actually swallowed, then it felt very watery. Easy to drink, the wateriness made it go down very quickly.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a vice dark brown, with very good carbonation. The head is big thick and fluffy, tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is nice, roasty malt coupled with floral hops.

The taste follows, a roasty malt back bone base finished with hops of floral and fruity hops. The after taste is the roasted malt which is a good thing as I don't think the hops pair the best with the malt.

The mouthfeel is good meduim body and a good cleansing carbonated bite.

The drinkability is ok, I am not sure I would like too many but worth a try to be sure.

Prosit, MK

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark brown-copper body with virtually no head to speak of. Smells roasty grainy, toffee-like aroma with hints at a soy-sauce quality... Tastes roasty, with toffee, caramel, and hints of chocolate characterizing the flavor, with a hint of peatiness as well. Rather smooth, albeit aqueous with a fair bit of carbonation. Fairly drinkable. Decent, but nothing to write home home about.

Photo of HopDerek
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red/brown color with a little bit of tan head and not much lacing. Smells of chocolate, nuts, and caramel. Taste is very sweet, of sweet bread, caramel, nuts, and some chocolate. Not much hop presence. Medium in body and smooth with good carbonation. Not much of a winter warmer, lacking any sort of hops, just overly sweet and a bit nutty.

Photo of maddogruss
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a tan head. Good retention and good lacing along the glass.

S: Smells of sweet malts with hints of banana esters were evident.

T: A dark, almost roasted, robust flavor. Slightly earthy. Roasted malt flavor with a bit of banana esters/fruit in the aftertaste. A well-balanced beer.

M: Nice, full-bodied and silky smooth mouthfeel. Very easy on the tongue.

D: A very drinkable beer. The taste is robust and well-balanced between slightly roasted malts and a fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is very easy drinking and overall and very good beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a dark amber color with a smallish head. It had a sweet aroma, reminiscent of chocolate, and a small amount of spiciness. The spice, which I took as mainly clove, came through more in the taste. I also thought it was more on the sweet side. Kind of an average beer.

Photo of sjohansen
3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I stopped in at Weyerbacher prior to Christmas and picked up a couple Winter Ales in a case that I mixed at the brewery. (If you have an opportunity to swing by on a Saturday, I highly suggest it.)

Weyerbacher always has some pretty cool labels. This one has snowmen running a muck in a winter wonderland. The ale pours a dark amber with light carbonation. There is a reddish hue in the color.

I picked up a slight chocolate note in the nose. It smells similar to other olde ale styles.

The carbonation takes away a little bit from the malt base. As it warms, the spices come out of the profile. There is a spice that makes this warmer slightly sweeter then some of the other I have been fortunate enough to try this holiday season.

It is what it is. Another solid interpretation of a winter warmer/olde style ale. There isn’t really anything that makes this stand out, and the carbonation takes a little away from what this beer could be. I still recommend almost anything Weyerbacher, but some of their other offerings are definitely standouts, while this one kind of fades into the holiday background.

Photo of genog
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of marcpal
2.08/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had high hopes for this one - fan of the brewery and of the style but this one misses the mark.

A: Somewhat amber dark with a very minimal head.

S: Nuts and malts without the hopiness of spices that I was hoping for. Didnt really come off as a winter warmer?

T: Bready and malty. Lack of any hop flavorings or spice- really not much up front or in the depth of the taste here. A little sugary sweetness but not much else.

M: Moderately carbonated and fairly smooth texture.

D: Low because it just really wasnt that good and would not consider this one a 'warmer'.

There are far too many other winter beers out there that this one pales in comparison to. Hope for a better faring next year.

Photo of Onibubba
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decent brown pour into a pint glass. Little head to speak of. Some chocolate in the smell, some malted milk. Taste is borderline metalic with the chocolate, maybe some anise. Not too tasty. mouthfeel is another downfall. Seems thin and watery to me. Drinkablity is ok if taste and mouthfeel are not considered. Sorry to say, I didn't even finish this one. Life is too short to drink mediocre beer. Next!

Photo of perfectkaos
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head.

got some chocolate malts on the nose, maybe some coffee smells too.

not much on the front end of the taste... some coffee and chocolate hints at the end. no spices are noticeable.

seems a little carbonated for my tastes too.

could it be that i've found a winter beer that i dont like?

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, deep brown color with a good sized tan head that went to a layer, leaving good sticky lacing on the glass.

S - roasted malt and spice aroma.

T - very good tasting brew, malt and spices blended well together.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

Final Note: This is one of my favorite Winter Ales. I highly recommend trying this brew before Spring.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.77/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep red amber with very little head
Very light lacing
Rich chocolate malt smell with a slight spicy raisin
Light carbonation that ended perfect in my eyes
Tastes of chocolate malts with very light hints of various spices
Overall I think it's worth a try along with your other Winter Ales

Photo of billybob
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear mahogany color with a one finger beige head that quickly fades to a ring on the glass with a small amount of lace. weak aromas of coffee, roasted malt, caramel. big roasted malt slightly bitter taste, very dry, missing some sweetness and spice. mouthfeel light and carbonation ok. don't think i'll buy this one again.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Mahogany colored under a small white head. No lacing, some retention.

S: Caramel and some earthy hops. Malt hangs around nicely.

T: Toasted malt, some sweetness with a very mild bitterness to finish. Slight roasted character as well in the finish. Overall left with a slightly sweet taste in the mouth. Not bad.

M/D: Maybe a tad high on carbonation, body is medium but a little on the thin side. Drinkability is fine. Not quite what I would think of as winter warmer but something that is easily downed.

Photo of charlesw
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird, that's about what I have to say... Weird and weird. OK, I see. There aren't any widely-available excellent examples of a winter ale. In just a few different samples it sure seems to be a scattered category! This one... This one... Tastes like a lot of things. Carmel and chocolate and coffee with a touch of sweet. But... There's a hint of sour in there, too. Maybe some kind of hop...

It's kind of like a sweet porter with some other weird stuff going on. The smell... Is pretty off-putting. Bummer. This is better than the spanish peaks one in that at least it has some body to it. The flavor is a bit weird, but you could always just call that seasonal... Yeah, well, OK for now...

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with plenty of clarity. A thin/patchy head tops it off.

The smell is of roasted caramel, toasty bread, some nuttiness. Smells like a typical brown ale (with maybe a touch of porter). Lacks the spiciness of a winter ale.

The taste is of slightly burnt toast and caramel. There is some piney spiciness, but not much. It remains sweet and malty in character with a touch of charcoal in the finish.

Medium-bodied, and not quite as smooth as I would like.

Well, I'm not convinced that this is a true "winter warmer", but as a brown ale it's not bad. Nothing I would seek as a winter ale, though.

Photo of letsgopens
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep brown with mahogany highlights and a pearl white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lace.

Very sweet and malty to the nose with some roastiness and a lot of molasses. A hint of chocolate and honey is also detectable. If this beer has an upside, it’s the aroma.

Very mild and a bit bland. Malty with a some roastiness. Dry with just a hint of molasses. Not a lot of flavor, I must admit. I don't like to trash beers, but this selection is watery and doesn't have much flavor.

Clean and moderately dry. Smooth on the tongue but with a slightly metallic quality. Not a lot of body or texture. Rather watery and uneventful. This selection is certainly not representative of all Weyerbacher's beers. I've had some really great stuff from them, but this one is not something I would suggest.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber color, with red notes, with a tan head. Aromas of roasty malt and spice, primarily cinnamon. In the taste, a bitter malt and an array of spices, dominated by cinnamon. A small bitter, yet malty mouthfeel, with a dry roasty aftertaste. Stout-ish in flavor, as well as cinnamon flavor.

Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle fresh from the brewery soon after bottling - Poured into a lowball glass

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent, deep brown color with ruby red highlights. It has a short lived head that is tan in color and rises to about half an inch. There is very little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Toasted and chocolate malt fill the nose. Cacao bean and roasted coffee beans as well. Not very complex but suitable.

Taste: Coffee, toasted malt and toast are the main flavors of this beer. I can say that it is not coplex in the least and doesn't have many endearing qualities to it.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smoothe but without much flavor this beer is not a standout. Alcohol is mildly noticable and there is an annoying dryness that shouldn't be in a winter warmer.

Drinkability: This is probably Weyerbacher's worst beer, IMHO. Nothing about it stands out and it is not very complex in flavor.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.