1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Winter Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Winter AleWinter Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

736 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 736
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 53 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 736 | Reviews: 372 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cabsandking
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of boralyl
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a very deep amber/ruby in color with a finger of off-white head.
a slight smell of the malt bill used for this one.. not really much there, very faint in smell at all. this is shocking for a weyerbacher beer.

the taste is almost of an esb... slightly bitter up front but balanced out by the sweet malt. subtle chocolate flavor and a hint of coffee.. again, very weak in flavor.. if it takes a lot of effort to figure out what i'm drinking, then maybe it isn't worth it. not bad once it starts warming up, but it was really hard to decipher any smell/flavor at first.

medium body, moderate carbonation. not something i'd pick up again.. it wasn't bad, but it was very mild / bland. not something i expected from weyerbacher honestly, but i guess they can't all be perfect. again, it's not terrible, and i guess it was worth the experience of tasting it to learn it wasn't great.. if that makes sense. i guess i was expecting a winter warmer and all i got was a watered down bland brown ale with a slight bitterness to it.

Photo of clvand0
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of perfectkaos
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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?

Photo of psykad
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of azorie
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Pav5069
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TeachChefs
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Dogleg
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Stimack
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of malfunxion
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of facesnorth
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Dray
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Onibubba
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decent brown pour into a pint glass. Little head to speak of. Some chocolate in the smell, some malted milk. Taste is borderline metalic with the chocolate, maybe some anise. Not too tasty. mouthfeel is another downfall. Seems thin and watery to me. Drinkablity is ok if taste and mouthfeel are not considered. Sorry to say, I didn't even finish this one. Life is too short to drink mediocre beer. Next!

Photo of dvmin98
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle, served in a Founders Pint Glass

Nice amberish color with very little head and a small amount of lacing that lasted for about a couple minutes.

Smell of raisins and figs

Taste is raisiny and dark fruit with a with some maltiness

Mouthfeel is very thin bodied; almost watery. Get a fairly decent alcohol presence. A little burn in the back of my throat.

Overall, I am drinking this in July as I got the 6er for a $1.99. What the heck, right? I got about 3/4 through it and drain poured the rest. Will give the rest away. May try it fresh to see if its any different.

Photo of oline73
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some sweet malt with fruity cherry notes, may be a hint of almond extract. Just a bit nutty with some Christmas spice.

Taste: The taste of this beer isn't very strong. Mild bready malt. Not really picking up the fruit notes from the smell. There is a very mild spice note and some bitterness in the finish. Tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This tastes like a watered down winter warmer. Would have liked more flavor, but what is there isn't bad

Photo of TheHoppiest
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a nice mahogany color with a cream-colored bubbly head that quickly reduces.

Smells slightly spicy, slightly sour. Despite it's beautiful color, it has a weak barley and malt taste similar to what you'd expect from a lager, with some hints of spice. The malty aftertaste sticks to the tongue, leaving it slightly dry. This beer could benefit from more spice and a different style malt.

Probably would not to have another, especially given all the other great winter ales out there.

On the plus side, the label has festive snowmen carrying six-packs and cases of beer.

Photo of mmmbeer
2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
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 jjayjaye
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with interesting ruby hues. The light tan head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. Through the darkness you can see that you're in for an active, carbonated experience.

The nose hits me wrong. There is something about it that reminds me of Brooklyn Winter, and it turns me off. Past that, you can smell standout roasted malt and chocolate.

The mouth is highly fizzy. Medium bodied. I get an underlying bitterness and an associated lingering burnt/smoke-like perception. I'm challenged to describe the flavor; there are some foods that you either like or you don't. This rest of this pint isn't happening...

Photo of wiseguy142
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is.. purple? Sort of a rosy brown. Not all that attractive. Taste is sort of like a confused homebrew. Basically tastes like a watered down version of Magic Hat's Odd Notion. You definitely notice the separation of the beer's flavor with the underlying mouthfeel. I always think that when you can notice the flavor as being distinct from the mouthfeel something is definitely wrong. This is sort of a confused beer. It was the first I had from Weyerbacher so I was a tad disappointed.

Photo of Jayli
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights. There is about a twi finger tan bubbly head. Head dissapates pretty quickly leaving a trace of lacing on the glass throughout. Nose has some hints of light roasted coffee and cocoa aromas, but most overwhelming is the bitter scent to it. Taste is of roasted malt flavorwith mild coffee. The beer itseld is slightly dry, and is rather light bodied for a winter ale. I was rather disappointed with this beer. Not a bad beer, but not one that I would pick up agian.

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 736 ratings.