Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 362
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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 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.

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

Deep mahogony color. Head that dissipates to very thin film that leaves almost no lacing. Little bit of a nutty smell and a slight chocolate and carmel note. Very little hops character. Taste matches the smell. Very malty beer with little hops character as expected from a winter warmer. Mouthfeel is very thin and a little overcarbonated. An above average beer but not spectacular.

Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark, dark brown, nearly black, but not opaque. Light tan, bright head. Appears to be on the lower end as far as carbonation goes.

Smell: not too much hop aroma. Some chocolatey, toffee-ish smells. Smells sweet. Very light hops in the nose. Can't smell any alcohol. Some faint fruit esters.

Taste: sweet, but not overly so. Very low hop bitterness, but some hop flavor. Hard to place hop variety - maybe Goldings or Fuggles? Tastes sort of like a dopplebock in terms of sweetness, but lacking the hop bitterness. No malt bitterness. Fruitiness becomes more evident, sweet tang of licorice, caramel, malty. Maybe a touch of diacetyl? Good balance between hops and malt, not cloying, but balance tilts in favor of malt. No spices or other non-traditional ingredients evident. Not much alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: fairly full, 'thicker' than your standard ESB or brown ale. Maybe the mouthfeel of an American porter in terms of fullness.

Drinkability: wouldn't mind sitting down and having a couple of these with a nice lamb stew. I wouldn't want it to be the beer to start an evening - you'll fill up too fast. But a great way to top it off.

Overall: although billed as a 'winter warmer' with corresponding alcohol content, the alcohol does not dominate the beer and I would probably mistake this for a scotch ale if given it in a blind tasting. Very good beer to have around during the holidays. Not terribly complex, but a solid offering from Weyerbacher.

Photo of andyo
1.95/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty disappointed by this beer. This really did not strike me as a winter warmer. This beer really lacked anything "special" for the holidays.

This beer has a very off-putting smell. The taste is somewhat salty; it doesn't sit well on the tongue. It is very much like a nut brown in flavor, though very thin in mouthfeel. To me it tasted like a "nut brown MGD" if you can imagine that. There was a striking resemblence.

Don't waste your time with this one. There are plenty of better brews out there

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I honestly thought that I received the wrong pint when it arrived at my table... this one is a deep dark brew with a thin tan head that appears much more like a stout than a winter-warmer ale. The aroma is faint, a bit too faint, though some roasted, toasted malt come through. The taste is initially like that of a mild stout or thin porter... some toasty, chocolately, nutty flavors but a bit watery with not enough of a "middle" and no hops to speak of.

I must say that it got somewhat better the more I drank... with it's mild flavor, it may have been overpowered by the lingering strong brew I had before it, and the burger I recently consumed. This one needs a little breathing room to stand on it's own. Still, It needs something more, a little "oomph" to make it more palatable. Not every beer needs to be big and robust, but a little more flavor would go a long way with this one.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a cream colored head that fades.

Smells toasty and nutty. I'd have guessed it was a nut brown ale by the smell.

Taste is indeed toasty and nutty, with a hint of sweetness to it. Finishes with a very nutty aftertaste.

Body seems thin.

Pretty easy to drink. Just not what I would call a typical winter warmer.

Photo of Higravity
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes found mixed in with homebrew stuff.

Apperance: Well carbonated rich red-brown with and pleasent white head that gives some lacing.

Smell: Kind of lagerish and bland some caramel malt and a hint of spice.

Taste: The alcohol is hidden, but the beer is mostly bland for a winter warmer. A decent malt backbone with few hop notes and a dull sense of a muddle spice.

Mouth: Solidly built just wish something was hung on its good frame.

Drinkability: Not bad session beer, but not what I think of as a Winter Warmer. My first real Weyerbacher let down.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany nearly black pour with gleams of light escaping through the sides. A clear yet dark pour topped off with a sudsy rather rugged tan cap that settles to a thin yet existing cover.

Roasted malt and black liquorice and anisette aromas, reminiscent of an English porter.

First swigs: Toasted malts and coffee ice cream. Rye bread and root beer notes become prominent. Some hints of the ole famous Weyerbacher house flavors peek out too. Cocoa flavors similar to a home baked Betty Crocker chocolate cake and some detectable nuttiness. Dry yet cloying aftertaste of rye grain and molasses.

Medium feel, plenty of gentle carbonation. Plays out somewhat watered down in the end.

Last swigs: Molasses, walnut and liquorices Winter warmer. This can wait until next year to try again. Not one of the year’s best winter warmer candidates, unfortunately from my local hometown hero Weyerbacher. Hidden 6.1 % ABV.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One half finger foamy off-white head. Brownish garnet beer which one may be able to see light through. Light aroma of dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate with fruit in the background. There is a sort of burnt feeling with the aftertaste of this beer which I found to be rather unpleasant. This beer was also light as well. The taste of this beer is good, but the feeling in leaves in the mouth completely takes away from a satisfying beer experience.

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

04/15/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating on it. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Full inch white head. A small rim of head maintains throughout the entire beer. Average lacing and a nice chestnut re-brown coloring.

Smell- Dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste- This guy tastes like a type of porter to me. Lots of roasted malt flavor, a tad of chocolate and a nice amount of dark roast coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel- A tad thin and a tad too carbonated.

Drinkability- Overall, not a bad brew. Wish it had a bit more of a mouth-coating taste to it though.

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

poured a clear deep brown color with foamy head that dissipated into a thin ring. has a nice roasty smell with a hint of nuts and dark cherries. the taste is similiar to a mild stout. As it warms the taste seems to improve.Leaves a nice taste in the mouth. Not their best offering but very drinkable

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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