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Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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630 Ratings
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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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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JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of Weyerbacher beers are fantastic, So, I always get axcited when I get a chance to try something new from them.

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is dull , boring and lacks flavor.

I always like the art work on Weyerbacher labels. To me, the bottles, labels, and names of the beers are part of the fun of drinking craft beer, so this winter ale will get a half point from me just for the packaging.

The beer irself is a bit of a disapointment. I can hardly pick up any aroma. It has a bready malty flavor, and some spiciness from the hops but it is just not that good.
The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery that leaves behind a chalky after taste.

To my surprise, the beer actually improved as it warmed up, but not enough to chang my rating.

It is not terrible, just a disapointing effort from Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 04:11:36 | More by JohnFatAss
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Hautacam

Connecticut

2.45/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 21:47:57 | More by Hautacam
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a 1/2 finger eggshell colored head that quickly dissipated leaving pretty much no lace behind. The body a clear amber/reddish color with mahogany edges.

Lots of fruits and spices on the nose...specifically apples, cinnamon and honey.

Wow...nothing from the nose transfers into the mouth. Not bad...but not complex enough for a winter brew. Honey, fruits and a little all spice, but very weak.

Mouth feel is light and thin, with moderate carbonation.

There are a number of winter brews I would choose over this one...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 19:37:58 | More by mgbickel
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tugg407

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-10-2012 09:36:20 | More by tugg407
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ConradKenney

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

02-18-2014 15:24:53 | More by ConradKenney
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jubie921

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-02-2014 22:52:47 | More by jubie921
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ONN8

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

12-19-2011 02:19:04 | More by ONN8
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Aggiedad

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-02-2012 14:43:59 | More by Aggiedad
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scm2787

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

08-22-2012 00:56:05 | More by scm2787
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rorjets

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-18-2014 03:43:44 | More by rorjets
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soupieman

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

01-01-2014 00:13:43 | More by soupieman
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

12-23-2012 01:33:01 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

12-12-2012 00:00:19 | More by tmars13
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swingdjted

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

08-11-2013 02:16:33 | More by swingdjted
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kirok1999

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 23:08:59 | More by kirok1999
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 01:58:13 | More by Risser09
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cabsandking

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:48:58 | More by cabsandking
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beerorbooze

Connecticut

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with very little lacing. Smell is a vague coco, other flavors are not pronounced at all. I usually appreciate the beers that Weyerbacher makes even with the very high alcohol associated with most of there products. This one just seems like a failed attempt at what could have been a good beer. Tastes watered down, dont know what they were thinking with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 22:43:51 | More by beerorbooze
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quasimoto

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 02:03:00 | More by quasimoto
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very clear, deep cherry brown with a tan, frothy head that gradually falls to just a ring. Looks like a cherry coke.

Smell: Mainly roasted malts with earthy and spicy notes and a hint of cherry. All smells are very faint.

Taste: Mainly malty and slightly spicy with a sour ring just before a barely bitter finish. There's something woody and earthy in the profile that just doesn't work. Another BA described it as "wet cardboard" and it's right on the money. It's even metallic at times.

Mouth: Full-bodied with lots of carbonation. Thick and chewy. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability: Low due to the negative flavors. Mostly a bore, sometimes a challenge, to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 12:50:29 | More by oxmasterscream
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shippos

New York

2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

courtesy of Clvand0 via BIFXmas,
poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that laced around the glass. burnt aroma, strange....smells wet and a little musty or sweaty. thin mouthfeel and a bit on the weak watery side. get some burnt grain in the taste, kinda like black malt. very similar to a less than average stout/porter. still fairly easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 16:02:19 | More by shippos
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boralyl

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Produces a small light tan head when poured into a pint glass. The head recedes fairly quickly leaving little lace. The beer is clear and brown with reddish hues.

S - A mixture of crystal malt and light chocolate paired with some subtle spices create the aroma.

M - The mouth feel is too watery for the style in my opinion. It's light-medium in body with moderate carbonation.

T - Light caramel and some nutty flavors followed by some herbal hops in the finish. It's pretty bland, don't get many flavors.

It leaves a lot to be desired in the taste department. It's too thin and has a watery feel. Not a fan of this one, although Weyerbacher makes many amazing beers, this isn't one of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:34:16 | More by boralyl
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some dark fruits and sweet caramel with a touch of chocolate. The flavor is pretty bad. It's thin and has a strange nuttiness that I don't like at all. Unenjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 18:41:29 | More by clvand0
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Stimack

New York

2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided that I should try this brew before it disappears as we are hedging towards spring, though it has been snowing for the past three days. This brew poured to a nice deep brown color with some red/ruby highlights. Smaller sized head, light tan, did have pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma here comes across nice as chocolate and roasted malt notes come across. Maybe some cinnamon but that is the extent of the spices that I picked up. The flavor is a disappointment for me as it just seems to be very empty. Sweetness, caramel with a light touch of chocolate but that seems to be about it. Overall I think this one misses the mark, just does not seem to be anything special for a winter brew and the emptiness in the flavor just really brings it down. Will pass up on this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 19:21:14 | More by Stimack
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perfectkaos

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 05:22:59 | More by perfectkaos
Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.