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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 368
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 51 | 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 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.

Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a mildly sweet caramel malt , a mild chocolate malt and a goiod burnt grain.

The taste was soft and malty. Chocolate, caramel and black malts were noticable. Mild bitter coffee as well. A bit muted flavor wise.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very drinkable ale. Nothing really too exciting here however.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.4/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - From opening the bottle to the pour, sounded and looked the same as if I were pouring a Pepsi into my Duvel glass. A lot of carbonation at first, but it fizzed out pretty quickly. I will say that as it warmed up, it took more of an amber color, but stayed more on the brown side for awhile.

S - Smells stale and musty. Expected some kind of balance (i.e. sweet and spice), but nothing there.

T - Just nothing. I literally can't believe this taste...I keep thinking there has to be something there. I get a mildly malty flavor, but there's nothing backing it up.. My wife described it as club soda with alcohol, and that's not too far from the truth.

M - Not bad...no carbonation present in the glass, but a pretty bubbly finish gives it some life. A little alcohol in the aftertaste and a lighter-medium body.

D - Not enjoyable, to be blunt. The worst winter selection I've had this year...not any representation of Weyerbacher at all. I'm not going to hold it against them at all because of their other fine products.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin wispy head that swirls around on top of the beer.

S- This beer has notes of chocolate and biscuit with a soft cocoa nibs hint and a very faint maple syrup smell when it warms.

T- This beer has a light toasted malt with chocolate malt flavor up front that has some nice complexity. There is a soft pot caramel note as it warms but it is not strong at all. The finish is a light carbonic acid tang to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creaminess in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth but layered flavor that is a bit mysterious to the complexity. There are notes of chocolate malt but lots of other secondary flavors are in the background.

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

Poured a deep ruby red brown with a big cream colored head, that was thick and long lasting. Smelled deeply of malt and spices, nutmeg and almost a cinnamon. Taste was a little thin. The spiceness was definatly there and actually felt a bit warm going down. Great mouthfeel as the carbonation was pretty much perfect. Very very drinkable, in fact could put down alot of these as it is definaly not that thick and goes down very easy.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an amber hue. The head was moderate and tan, rising slightly and lasting enough to trace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong impression of caramel and a nutty character. The aroma almost had a candy sweetness presence.

The flavor was vegetal and not well done at all. The flavor contained some caramel and a bit of roast flavor. The beer was never sweet and seemed a bit old in flavor. As it warmed the beer exhibited a lightly tart character.

The finish was dry with lasting light roast and vegetal characteristics lasting far too long and far too strong into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation level. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of fank2788
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark brown to mahogany color very clear with nearly no head with no head retention or lacing. Smell is slight roasted malt and belgian yeast smells and not much else. The taste is roasted malt with a smoky overtone almost no spice or bitterness is present. The taste improves slilghtly as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thin reminding me of sam adams winter lager which isn't a good thing in this case. Drinkability is ok but there are many better winter beers available.

Photo of Neehan
3.17/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark brown from the bottle with minimal head and just a bit of lacing. It smells of nice, wintry malts with brown sugar and spices. This is repeated in the taste, but with a good deal of alcohol coming through in the taste as well. A well-balanced mouthfeel with a touch of warmth for the winter. Solid drinkability. This presents as a typical winter warmer but with an extra kick of alcohol.

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a low, khaki colored head with decent retention of the remaining ring. The beer is a deep chestnut brown in color.

smell: Smells almost like a really malty brown. Plenty of sweet, buttery toffee malts along with a woody, earthy aroma. Some light milk chocolate and maybe even a little spicy root. Herbal hops.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body a full medium.

taste: Pretty good...earthy and malty. Nutty and sweet, toffeelike malts with notes of milk chocolate. The flavor is there, but for some reason doesn't seem to manifest itself on the tongue; so it comes across as lacking at times. Low, spicyish hop flavor and a gentle, cleansing bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: quite easy

Photo of jdg204
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bad boy up at the Weyerbacher brewery itself, which is well worth the visit. I have to say I'd probably have rated it higher if it was propositioned as an Irish Ale (like Smithwick's) and not a Winter Warmer. I just expected a bit more spice and complexity from a Winter Warmer, but it's actually not that bad an Ale.

Appearance - Nice dark brown color.

Smell - Not a huge nose though there is a nice roasted smell. Seems like there should be some spice odor but none is present.

Taste - Has a very nice roasted malt flavor and there is some subtle spice flavor but I expect more from a Winter brew.

Mouthfeel - Pleasant mouthfeel, decent aftertaste.

Drinkability - Like I said, would be decent as an Irish Ale, but I just expected something richer from a Winter brew.

Photo of mmmbeer
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep mahogany with an inch of ecru head that doesn't lace too well. The smell and flavor are essentially the same, with toasted/caramel, smoky? malts with light hop flavor and bitterness on top of a medium body that leaves a short finish. Average at best, and not much of a winter warmer as it reminded me more of an oktoberfest, which is strange because their oktoberfest did not taste like what it claimed to be. I'd say skip it.

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

Poured from a 12oz into a pint glass, this beer was brought over by a friend, so cheers to him.

Pours a very clear and very dark red with a decent head that falls to a thin foam. Some pretty decent lacing follows the beer down the glass.

Smells sour and fruity. A rather light, earthy aroma, only a few hints of spice.

Taste is earthy, roasty and malty, with hints of fruits and nuts. Oddly I get a little bit of what can only be described as papery. No huge hop presence obviously, this is a malt showcase, but there's a little there to add balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drying but a little too light.

Drinkability is ok, I could have a few of these with a nice winter meal, some comfort food. A pretty decent offering from a kind of hit-or-miss brewery.

Photo of Phatz
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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
2.43/5  rDev -29.2%
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
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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
2.19/5  rDev -36.2%
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
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
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
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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
2.57/5  rDev -25.1%
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
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
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
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.