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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | 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 merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown(looks like a Pepsi) with a short lived ivory head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is the highlight of this seasonal ale and features malt, almonds, nutmeg, and a number of other Christmas spices.
Mouthfeel is lively, with coating roasted malt and herbal hops. Very strong in the mouth.
Roasted malts dominate the taste, with a prominent coffee note up front. Toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon are also prominent. Finish is dry, roasted coffee, additional hazelnut or chicory, and a white pepper aftertaste.
I think this was my last winter seasonal ale, and it was a good one. My palate is tired of Christmas spices, and ready for some spring seasonals. I might have given slightly higher marks to this one a couple months ago.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep red, almost black color with two fingers of off-white head. There is lots of lace left. The smell contains roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a bit of alcohol. The aromas are a little light though. The taste is heavy on the malt side, fairly sweet with caramel, honey, and molasses. Just a touch of alcohol and hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability isn't too bad as well. A fair winter warmer.

SheepNutz, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on draught, and must say I think this here bottle tastes much better and has much more flavor. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a thin laced head. Nothing too striking in the nose, a bit of malt and chocolate. Flavor is much more chocolatey than I recall the last time I tasted this. There isn't much more complexity past this, although the balance of malts and hops is well done, considering it isn't so hard to pick out either. Lightly carbonated but has a slightly thin feel to it. A nice beer, but this brewery has done and will do much better. Worth a try, but not one to search hard for.

IrishRedRock, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany red color with 2-finger off-whie head. Head leaves nice rolling patterns of lace on the pint.
Aroma of sweet malt, maple and brown sugar and sweet ripe dark fruits.
Flavors of dark caramel, sweet dark ripe cherries and plums and a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. No discernible bitterness although sweetness is truncated by something. Bit unbalanced IMHO.
Mouthfeel is sweetness throughout with some moderate spice towards the finish.
Drinakability is very nice, beer is tasty, easy to drink and warming.

CRJMellor, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of BCMan
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a good looking brew and is interesting to taste but unfortunately interesting doesn't always mean good. I was pleasantly surprised with the dark drown color with a redish tint when exposed to the light. Even with an aggressive pour very little foam was generated and what was faded instantly. This beer smells just like it tastes...a little sweet and of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was also surprising. It was festive but a little weak. For a winter beer I like for it to warm me at least a little. A good brew to offer at a party but not if you're treating yorself.

BCMan, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of Wildman
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a light tan gamy head that left little lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and chocolate is present. A flavor of malt and some coffee elements, but fairly weak in flavor, even at warmer temperatures. The body was pretty light for the style. The finish was bitter and astigent. Really was not terribly impressed with this one.

Wildman, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark tan head. Beer is mahogany to brown in color.
Aroma of dark fruit, and sweet, lightly roasty malt.

Taste shows a sweet, lightly roasty malt backbone. Dark fruit. Hint of chocolate. A bit of spiciness. Decent hop balance, not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid winter seasonal.

PhantomVodoo, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew is a dark red colour with a small white head. The aromas are of spices and roasted malts. The taste follows suit. The mouthfeel is thin and watery and the drinkability is OK. Another sub-par offering from Weyerbacher. A local brewery, that unfortunately, never really captures my attention...

francisweizen, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown with a very creamy eggnog colored head. Smells mildly piney with a bit of evergreen and smoke.

Tastes like OSA light. Little bits of spice and evergreen but much less pronounced and far more delicate. A little bit soft for a winter ale. Has a very solid mouthfeel and a bit of a sweet/dry ending. Not a bad session brew.

yankeeheel, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of byrd
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good sized foamy tan head that rises right to the rim of the glass. Head reduces moderately fast to a good foamy lace. The color is a very deep reddish brown with some garnet highlights. Some carbonation can barely be leen rising up from the bottom. The aroma is earthy with some roasted and chocolate notes. Some about the aroma I can’t quite place. Mouth feel is a bit thin to medium. The flavors seem a bit watered down, but are similar to the aroma. Note much sweetness to this brew. There’s a slight malt noticeable, but a tartness picks up and lasts until the end. The finish is quite dry and hoppy with some light roasted notes. There also seem to be a slight cola flavor to this brew at times. The carbonation is light. Not a brew that I’ll be putting on my must have list. I can finish this one, but don’t really want another.

byrd, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not overly impressed with to many of the beers I have had,this one was one of the better offerings I think.Pours a deep brown with some definent red tint in there with a nice creamy looking head.The aroma is very chocolaty and sweet smelling with some faint hop aromas as well.Taste is real nutty with some bitter chocolate tones in there along with a fruity finish.Not a bad beer I would get again.

oberon, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of beerinator
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Tannish head with pretty good retention.

Aroma: Raw nutty aroma. Roasty toasty nutty.

Taste: Very little hop bitterness, but also not too sweet. Roasted toasted, with a quick trip down the tongue. Fast finish, with little aftertaste. Nut Brown.

Notes: Pretty good beer. Not a whole lot of body. Doesn't seem to have the heft that most winter seasonals have.

beerinator, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ black with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell- roasted nuts, chocolate, hops.
Taste- like a brown ale. Some roasted nuttyness, some ashy smokiness.
Mouthfeel- pretty smooth up front with a slight carbonation in the back. Warm on the tongue.

Overall, a decent Ale. To me its a brown ale slightly better than Smuttynose- Old Brown Dog Ale but not as good as NewCastle.
It's drinkable but I like the label art better!

NJpadreFan, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of pezoids
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t think I have been blown away by a beer from this brewery yet. Their brews seem to be middle of the road attempts, that could be much better. Not saying this beer is bad. This one poured out a cherry amber color with a small, but creamy tan head. The aroma has cherry tarts and almost a waxy chocolate smell to it. Overall, pretty subtle and bland.

The taste is pleasantly dry with some bitter fruits coming out, but it’s more bitter than sweet. Dry and light body that seems to need something. This isn’t a bad holiday or winter ale by any means, but just nothing extraordinary, or highly flavorful.

pezoids, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The black body is very cola like and this impression is enhanced by the initial large beige head. Unfortunately the head passes quickly and leaves no lace to mark it passing.

The nose is spicy and earthy giving a large sense of pulpy fruits. The flavor is very filled with lacquery malt notes and nutty elements as well, as if from almond extract. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Decent drinkability, but not a session brew.

AtLagerHeads, Jan 02, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: full blackness and utter opacity marks the color, and the head is a big, bold thing, large, fluffy cream-toned head.
Aroma:dark, with deep, nutty, spicy notes, earthy, and highly carbonated, peppery.
Taste: lush malt warmly greets the tongue, smooth, yet bitter and spicy tones interject. Carbonation continues to be high, and the feel on the tongue is sometimes to close to a cola or such. Body is medium or so, but feels lighter than it ought to be. Texture possesses an oiliness at times, that goes beyond smooth and into slick.
This winter ale could use a great deal of improvement if it means to strive further in providing true drinking pleasure. As it is, it's a nice little brew, nothing great, and not offending, neither.
Thanks to MenekiNeko for helping me to try it on.

feloniousmonk, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a nice layering of white head. The smell is a light sweet malt. The taste is a VERY light sweet maltiness with a bit of hops to it. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Drinkability-wise, wouldn't really want another.

I feel really bad bashing a Pennsylvania brewery, but unfortunately not a lot of Weyerbacher's beers have really impressed me, and this seasonal is no exception. Doesn't seem at all to be an old ale at all, and this isn't going to be one I'm going to look forward to next year.

beergeek279, Dec 29, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didn't know what to expect when I opened this one. Weyerbacher always has that effect though, you never exactly know what you are going to get, which is good sometimes. In this case, it was bad. It seemed to me that this one had an identity crisis. It was quite hoppy, but at the same time had elements of Imperial Stout. This was perplexing to me and I wasn't a huge fan. One thing though, is that the warmer it got, the less hoppy it was. That was kind of neat. This brew to me was just "blah". Nothing really stood out in my mind about it.

JISurfer, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Such a nice deep cherrywood/mahogany tone to this beer. Clarity is very good. A good sized brown head is erected on the pour and it has a bit of retention. Soon though, there is a thin coating a a creamy color. This provides some droopy lace. There's some chocolate and cherry on the nose. And a toffee like malt presence. Nice aroma. There's a warm toffee malt sensation on the palate. Maybe some biscuity malt character as well. Fruity tones are quite sublte and accent delicately. Cherry, rum and raisin. A drying sensation is noted on the aftertaste as well as a slight lingering alcoholic taste. Carbonation is moderate and the body seems to be about medium, medium-full maybe. Nice selection.

Bighuge, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown with a nicely formed tan moccha colored head, nice evenly spread lacing good appearance. Aroma: Some mild anise like notes, dark chocolate malts, and mild spices a very reserved but solid profile here. Taste: Mild soft tones of chocolate and spritzy fruit undertones, a bit of a one sided flavor profile all malt not any hop character detectable for me. Mouthfeel: Sturdy carbonation with a silky characteristic to it medium bodied winter ale not as robust as I yearn for but nonetheless still very tasty. Drinkability: A pleasant surprise wasn't expecting too much from this brew but it turns out to be a solid all around session winter brew, nice effortless just enjoy.

WVbeergeek, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a Delirium Noel pint glass. Probably should have used a pint glass instead.

Appearance: Dark brown liquid with some reddish highlights. Topped by a healthy tan head of thick bubbles. Head goes away pretty abruptly and leaves a light film on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. An attempt is made to leave lace, but it fails.

Smell: Light roasted coffee and cocoa aromas. Little bit of bitter prune smell as well.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor is quite prominent. Mild coffee and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and quite drying to the palate. Rather light bodied for a such a dark colored beer, and it's not to it's benefit either.

Drinkability: I'll eventually get around to drinking the rest of the 6-er, but I'll take my own sweet time doing it.

Other: With the scene depicting snowmen-committed mayhem on the label, I was expecting more of a holiday style beer with spices and whatnot. Ignore the frivolity on the label (but do enjoy it) and pay attention to the name. It's a winter beer.

ManekiNeko, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice crimson-brown color with a tan head that dies pretty quick. Aromas of chocolate malt, mild hops, and spices. Big caramelly malt taste with underlying spice. A bit sweet but with a decent balance of hops to it. Has a faint note of brown sugar and cinnamon crusted graham crackers, but that fits in with all the crystal and chocolate malts. Rather effervencent.

crookedhalo, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Even a rousing pour raises only a scant tan head that settles over brownish-red, almost cola colored liquid. The nose gives notes of light spiciness, nuts and chocolate wrapped in a soft malty blanket spinkled with a touch of aromatic hops. The taste is dry hoppiness, some fruity notes, deep roasty maltiness with a touch of sweetness, before the hops return for the long bitter finish. A well made Winter sipper...made for quaffing fireside on a cool night.

beerluvr, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown amber brew topped in a small coating of off-white foam that dies kind of quickly leaving small amounts of lace on the glass. The nose is a bit faint with sweet malt aromas being dominated by more roasty malts. No real spices like that of other winter ales. Looks like I'm in for a new type of winter brew.

The flavor starts off somewhat sweet, again, without a lot of spice. There is definitely notable hops. Roasty malts make up a lot of the flavor with hints of toffee. It is smooth with a body right around medium but a little fuller. Drinkable to the last drop, it may not be an excessive drinker, but a few at a time would not be a problem. I like this new (to me atleast) style for the winter.

ElGuapo, Oct 16, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby highlights and a short creamy tan head that drops but keeps a thin creamy surface covering and leaves some spotty lace. The nose offers some dark cocoa and a touch of roastiness, as well as a light metallic note. It's quite English in character. Its medium body combines with a very fine carbonation to produce a mouthfeel that's lightly creamy and smooth. The flavor expresses a gently fruity and toffee-ish malt with a soft touch of chocolate and a mild roasty edge that's infused with earthy hop flavors. A firm bitterness balances the malt and dries the finish that lingers with a faint note of black licorice. The slightly higher level of alcohol is exceptionally well cloaked. Very nicely done with a good drinkability although it only truly reveals its full malty character when enjoyed at cellar temperature.

NeroFiddled, Jan 11, 2003
Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.