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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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 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
Photo of jackndan
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher Winter Ale: deep dark amber, almost black. Not much of a head, not much lace. The aroma is very nice, some winter spices (pumpkin pie) mixed with a light sprinkling of pine. Very nice sweetness, which mingles with flavors of coffee/pine and hints of spices. This beer is fairly light bodied, with a crisp snap. As it warmed up, it had a nice lingering aftertaste of roasted malts. Very nice.

jackndan, Dec 20, 2002
Photo of goindownsouth
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good brew from Weyerbacher. A very good seasonal ale with a light and lacey head that leaves little behind as you drink down the glass. The aroma has a slight hint of fruit and spice, as many winter brews do, but this one is very subtle and drinkable. Well worth seeking out from this fine Pennsylvania brewery. Prost!

goindownsouth, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a ruby red color, very clear. The head was whitish that did not stick around, it left a small white skim across the top. There was no lace to speak of. The aroma had hints of roasted malt, smoke, earth, slate, spices, sugar and alcohol. The taste was of roasted malt, earth (kind of left a dry dirt flavor in the mouth) some hints of slate, a little smoke and spices. Slightly sweet in the middle but the earthy taste really stood out at the end. To be honest an interesting beer that was really not that bad. It really didn’t match up with the food that I was having, but would be good watching tv or at a small gathering with light food.

Jarod, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby / black body, topped with a decent foamy,
short lasting, tan head that settles to a thin lace. On the nose the aroma is of coco, roasted malts. On the palate the alcohol is hardly noticed, touch of toffee, deep roasted chocolate malts taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish... I really enjoy this winter ale, very drinkable...

WilliamPhilaPa, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Maestro
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint this evening amongst my Christmas Shopping. Nice malts that seemed to overpower the hops. I was in the mood for that since I was eating beer battered fish with malt vinegar. The beer was strong but not too strong. I enjoyed the spicyness which says a lot for this beer because normally I can do without the spice. It was quite a nice treat.

Bottle notes 2003-3004
Good stuff. It has a very mild dose of spices and there seems to be a bit more hops this time around. But it is bottle, not tap, and a different year.

Maestro, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown, with a ruby red body in the light. Topped by an oversized fizzy, foamy off-white head. Good lacing. Heaps of coco in the nose. Roasted malt on the tongue, but the taste is surprising fleeting. It's there, and gone, like the flick of a switch. Mouthfeel is smooth, but not thick. Very drinkable. No sense of alcohol. My overall impression is of a brown porter. Not a bad beer, but one that could get overlooked in the holiday madness. Good with dinner, or by itself, but not a "sipping in front of the fire watching the snow fall" winter seasonal.

RonfromJersey, Dec 06, 2002
Photo of HopheadEd
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice winter seasonal from Weyerbacher, one of my favorite local brewer. Spicy nose off the bat, good head and lacing. Caramel taste up front, some light spicyness, nice crisp hop finish. Very drinkable on these blustery days.

HopheadEd, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of QXSTER1
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark, malty ale not quite as rich as a porter but with a smooth roasty flavor with a hint of smoke.

QXSTER1, Sep 24, 2001
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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.