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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 726
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 49 | 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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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.

Photo of edskirk3
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, it's that time of year again. I have a 12oz brown bottle with zero freshness information. Ale pours a very deep ruby red. When not backlit, it just looks brown. About a finger of froth here. Appears to retain well and possess much stickiness.

Smells sweet with brown sugar and caramel. Maybe a trace of chocolate.

It has some viscosity to it. Not a lot of carbonation going on. It's quite malty. Sweet toffeeish flavors meld with a light cocoa presence and a soft roasted character. Maybe some molasses? This seems to be more of an English Mild or Brown Ale. If there's any hops in here, I'm not tasting it.

This so-called Winter Ale is pretty tasty and I wouldn't refuse another. Perhaps a bit too strong to have more than a few, though.

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

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 a little flat
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 tempest
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, it's just kind of plain and sweet. The malt reminds me a bit of a scotch ale, but a bland one at that. I've said it before, but I think Weyerbacher's house yeast is holding them back, it consistently seems to add nothing to the beer and masks otherwise fine malt flavors. At least it's decent to drink, just uninspiring.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  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

Photo of GreenWBush
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Late ’05 release, refrigerated. No label info, and no internet nearby, so I’m shooting in the dark here. Looks a bit like a stout; good deal of ruby on the edges makes me think maybe not. Poofy foam cap.

Nose strikes me instantly familiar; I’m thinking “dark lager” ala SA Winter. Toasty-grain here, mild and woody English hops reinforce this notion. Appears to be spiced.

Goes down the beer-hole as a halfway point between OSA and SA Winter. Which is a compliment of interpolation but not necessarily creativity. Seems increasingly English with consecutive gulps.

Creaminess is good, soda-ishness not so much. Not obtrusive. For a winter’s night by the fire, yes. Otherwise, no.

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A small but long-lasting head--off white color, but leaves no lace. The liquid is reddish brown and clear.

Lots of powdered cocoa in the aroma; some alcohol warmth.

The taste mimics the smell. This is a relatively thin beer with a high carbonation. Some hop bitterness although most of the rougher flavors come from the darker malts. I wonder if there is a touch of black patent in this brew.

This is a tasty brew that reminds me more of a English brown ale than a winter warmer.

Photo of jjayjaye
2.79/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with interesting ruby hues. The light tan head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. Through the darkness you can see that you're in for an active, carbonated experience.

The nose hits me wrong. There is something about it that reminds me of Brooklyn Winter, and it turns me off. Past that, you can smell standout roasted malt and chocolate.

The mouth is highly fizzy. Medium bodied. I get an underlying bitterness and an associated lingering burnt/smoke-like perception. I'm challenged to describe the flavor; there are some foods that you either like or you don't. This rest of this pint isn't happening...

Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep caramel aroma typical of many in this style. A bit of an earthy quality and a toasted note too. Lightens up in time to a somewhat non-distinct aroma of little complexity.
Pours a brownish tint with some ruby highlights. Brightly clear. Head is initially full, but is settles somewhat swiftly to a tan cap. Nice coating of head remains on glass as drink is taken and then it runs back to the beer.
Malty flavors dominate with caramel again, but also a toasty pushing roasty quality. Hint of fruitiness in a dark vein. In the end rather dry with only a mild bitterness. The lack of sweetness seems more inherent in the malt more than a result of the hops.
Thinness takes away from idea of it being a satisfying winter warmer. Carbonation is adequate and a little prickly.
Malt dominated drink with moderate heaviness in malt flavors, but lacking complexity

Boy, this bottle goes good with one of the bigger storms of the past several years. Thanks JB.

Photo of cabsandking
2.64/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights and beige cap that quickly fades to some spotty lacing. Aromas of sweet malts, fruity, slight citrus, and faint cinnamon like spice. Tastes of toasted malts, odd similarities to coca cola, caramel, butterscotch, slight sour fruits in the background and chocolate notes in the end. Some bitterness is noticeable and seems out of place. Medium carbonation gives it a frothy mouthfeel which is more than I’d like. This brew seems like an attempt at an English Porter but didn’t hit the spot for me as the flavors are all too mild and subdued.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a dark reddish brown color with a finger of light tan foam. Slight lacing left on the glass. Smells of roasted nuts and malt, as well as raisins. tastes of caramel malt, prunes, and warm spices such as cinnamon. A notch below medium in body with decent carbonation. Not a bad winter beer, but not my favorite.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Lucious brown/red body with a off white head.Bubbles racing to the top of the glass.Some nice lacing on the top of the glass.

Smells like coca cola and carmel malts.I cant smell any hops in here.

I taste roasted malts and basically all malt with no other hops etc...

It sorda has a thin taste to it but its tasty and easy going down.I dont know how many I could drink of them in a session.The carbonation is easy on your mouth.

I had this in the begining of the season and I didnt like it.Im guessing my palate was pretty new to all the beers I had been trying at the time.But now its pretty good,Ide have again but I wouldnt go out of my way to have it again.If it was offered to me I would drink it.Its solid though and it taste like coca cola so thats plus.

Photo of Nipitato
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Pours a deep amber/ruby color accompanied by a thin off white head that dissipates rapidly.

S: Unimpressive for a winter warmer. Biscuity malty notes predominate. As beer warms fruity esters come out. These esters have raisin/plum character. No noticeable spice or seasonal characteristics.

T: Mellow balanced taste. Some dried fruit raisins. Strong malt flavor of caramel and chocolate. No spice flavors. Predominantly malty.

MF: Medium body. Low carbonation. Full satisfying finish.

D: Almost like a brown ale with even less hop character. Easy to drink and tasty but not really a great winter warmer.

Photo of pavandal
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Little head appeared on top of this as I poured it into my pint glass. Some bubbly floating on top, like an oily layer. Beer was a brown/deep amber.

The smell on this was excellent. Hints of raisins and dark chocolate dominated the nose.

Taste was alright. Lots of sweet fruity flavors and a nice dark chocolate overtone, just as was in the nose. No hopiness to note, I could have done with some in a brew this sweet. It's not deathly sweet or anything, but it's just enough to make you want something to bitter it up a little.

The beer was thin, not a big bold malty monster like so many of these winter warmers are, nor is the alchohol content very high. Not to bad.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnnjckt for adding this one in our trade...
Chestnut in color...with half a finger of white head, which fades rapidly with very little, thin lacing.
Nice in the nose as it warms to room temperature...some carmelized sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar and a sweet malt backbone.
Taste is again, not very special until it warms, but once it does, the flavor is quite good.
Brown sugar mainly with some roasted malt flavors and even some floral hops to bitter up the back-end just slightly.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...carbonation could be a bit less.
Overall, very easy to consume and a nice beer to quaff this time of year.
As usual, a solid offering from the folks at Weyerbacher.

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.