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82
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21 Ratings
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Ratings: 21
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Risser09 on 08-31-2008)
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Reviews by sjohansen:
Photo of sjohansen
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark mahogany color, very red around the edges. Not a whole lot of head to speak of. Started off with a half finger of teeny tiny white bubbles, they disappear quickly, leaving a half moon around the top of the glass. The clarity is pretty brilliant, and I can see a lot of larger bubbles rise to the top. Not any noticeable lacing.

Hay notes in the nose. Crisp and earthy. Can also detect a small amount of sweet ripe apple and pear, maybe from the yeast.

Sweet fruity notes on the front of the palate, lots of apple and hints of brown sugar. Very low key ruby red grapefruit hops. Subtle peppery alcohol in the finish. Not the kind that blows you away and makes you puff smoke, but the kind that adds flavor to the session. As it warms, the alcohol turns from pepper to rum.

Medium mouthfeel. Dry finish that gives the palate a good scrub inviting another sip.

I think brewery one offs are great. I like the idea that I can try something different from Weyerbacher every time I get a chance to visit their brewery. I've heard this described a couple different ways (wheat red ale, wheat wine, wheat dunkelweizen, etc.) I can confirm that there is wheat, and the beer is good. If it comes back, it would be worth a trip to Easton to pick up a case.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Bravo

Risser09 (Aaron) sent this to me?! A little confused with my beers.

A- Clear brownish deep red with a small soapy head.
S- Not picking up much. Sweet candi sugar, malt, and a light touch of grape.
T- Sweet sugary malt with a light touch of grapes. Rock candy sugar with a touch molasses and wheat.
M- Sweet and malty up front but becoming cough syrupy bland in the end. Cloying too.

Overall- Not too shabby but fizzles out. (Thanks Aaron!)

Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Delivered with a thin cap of bone-white atop a clear chestnut body that displayed ruby and golden highlights when held to the light. The head retention was poor and the lacing basically non-existant.

The nose was limited, delivering basically a scorched-sugar like maltiness. No hops, and only a hint of light, white grape fruitiness.

In the mouth it was light-medium in body and a bit fizzy, foaming up to become pillowy in the mouth as it warmed.

The flavor offered the same almost-burnt sugar character that the nose suggested, but with a bit more caramel and a hint of wheatiness and perhaps nuttiness. Some underlying dark fruit skins were present as well, along with some spicy and almost minty hops. Alcohol was clearly present, and perhaps that lent towards the spicy character.

Overall, fairly unimpressive, particularly for a more costly beer. It doesn't seem to have any focus at all. Strong but bland.

Photo of Chinon01
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher yeast strain clearly evident in taste and nose. Light coffee color with minimal head. Nose is leathery and malty, thin and estery. Taste is similar to nose with roasted sweetness and a touch of milk and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is average and drinkability lower due to prominant Weyerbacher yeast strain presence.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to rich for sending me down a bunch of these to tick off.

hazy bright golden yellow coming through immediately. Nice white puffy head on top quickly faded leaving behind a broken crown and some nice carbonation.

The aroma was odd. Very light and almost non existent at times. What was there seemed a touch artificial to me to be honest. Light grain and some off fruit notes, not very appealing at all. The flavor was a little bit better, but still very weak in my eyes. It started with a nice rush of light grain, some mild fruitiness as well. Light touches of peach and passion fruit I guess highlighting it, but leaving quickly with only a touch of light grass like flavor in the finish, which was itself short-lived. Very light body on this one, almost non existent to be honest, with a big carbonation profile. This would be session ale in the hottest of weathe

Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On tap at Capone's...
Weyerbacher calls this a Red Weizen. I'd call it an Americanized Dunkel Weizen with a lighter hue...
Appears a gold toned amber with a small white cap that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty dots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of crisp, tart wheat, roasted nuts, clove, with some yeasty esters coming through.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a dusting of cocoa powder found in the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium, tart, crisp, with light booze detected in the finish.

Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from ClockworkOrange. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey brown brew. Head quickly disperses to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is sweet esters with a light booziness.

Taste is lightly sweet upfront, moderate banana wheat character in the middle, and citrusy close. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is pretty good as well.

Not so sure about this being a "American Pale Wheat Ale", but the brewery describes it as a red wheat ale, so I guess this is as good a place as any to list it.

Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep copper with ruby highlights with a thin white head that reduces to a veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Roasted caramel malt with a nice touch of apple, white grape, pear with a hint of cocoa.

T-Toffee, caramel with nice nutty topped fruit (apple). A dry touch of bitter coca in the finish along with some hop spiciness.

M-Medium bodied, fairly crisp with nice lingering flavours.

D-Goes down easy....nothing outstanding or crazy here. A relatively simple, flavour and quaffable brew.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Looks like a tasty beer. A dark amber color. It looks in line with the other beers from the brewer... darker than average.

Smell- Light Floral Hops and a Raspberry Jam smell to boot. There is a limited wheat note.

Tastes like a dark wheat beer with hints of raspberry. The taste is big and bold and like an medium body ale. The wheat tones didn't really exemplify what the beer is all about.

Mouthfeel has a medium body with a medium carbonation level.

Photo of joepais
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sending this one out to me Bottle poured into my Sam Addams glass produced a finer worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. the body of the brew was a nice mahogany brown.

The aromas were light malts and wheat with a little fruity yeast coming to my attention as well.

The flavor was nice and light, some grassiness, sweet malts and a touch of bitter nice and light in the mouth with enough carbonation for my tongue.

A good drinking brew very sessionable and could easily be a fine addition to their regular line up.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a pint glass

Appeared a clear chestnut with ruby highlights with a thin, bone white cap. Little to no retention or lacing.

Fruity esters--apples or grapes--with burnt caramel malt, which gives off a pleasing sweetness.

Mimics the nose. Burnt caramel, nutty with earthy, grainy malts. I also get a touch of baker's chocolate and delicately spiced hops.

Medium bodied, carbonation is right where it should be.

Easily drinkable. I could see this being a good alternate summer beer.

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours an almost clear mahogany brown with no foam to speak of

S - sweet malt aroma with hints of nuts, overall earthy aroma

T - nutty, piney flavor, very malty for the style

M/D - light bodied and easy to drink. Decent flavor, nothing overpowering or that stands out, it seems to fall a little flat for me.

Photo of tpd975
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very nice chestnut brown hue with amber tones showing through. The head it big and tall at least three fingers in height. The head color is the same as the inside of a malted milk ball. The retention is pretty good an the lace is off the charts. All that being said I was shocked to see this one hit the glass when it is classified as a pale wheat. There is nothing pale wheat about this one.

S: Really nice malty aromas. Tons of sweetness teems from the glass. Dark brown sugar and gooey caramel come first. Every couple whiffs I can pick up nutty fudge. There is a slight bready quality with a touch of spice as well. I am not a malt guy, but this one has me very interested.

T: Very nice flavors. Tons of malty goodness packed into this one. Gooey caramel and brown sugar. There is almost a carrot cake like spice to this one. Peanut infused toffee comes through as does a touch of hops in the finish. Make no mistake about it this is malty goodness in a bottle.

M: Medium in body, smooth, almost creamy.

D: Very. Like I said I shy from the maltier brews. This one is extra tasty and very well crafted. Two thumbs up Weyerbacher.

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Capones a week or so ago. Got a chance to snag a few bottles this past weekend. This review is for the bottled version. Poured into my Maredsous chalice a the color of fresh brewed iced tea with about two fingers of tan head. As soon as I put my nose to the glass, I knew it was a Weyerbacher beer. It just had that Weyerbacher "house" smell to it. If you've ever been to the brewery, you know what I mean. Mild aromas of sweet malt, and slightly fruity. Tastes of grapes, caramel malt, and wheat with almost no hop presence. Mouth is crisp and dry with medium carbonation. An interesting series so far and I look forward to the next one (Charlie perhaps?)

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Risser09 for this one.

I am basing these numbers and ranks with style taken into complete consideration.

I have never seen an American "Pale" Wheat Ale this dark. This is almost a brown ale color; Dark amber and clear with a tan brown head of large size. Not sure how this is categorized as this but the color is WAY too dark.

Aroma is slightly sweet and bready and full of caramel. Fruity. Even a bit of Belgian candi sugar. Slightly clovey. Again, I see no AWPA characteristics.

Slightly sweet with a large biscuit character in the flavor. This certainly is not an AWPA. I would say this is a brown ale or something else. As mentioned, loaded with bread and biscuit. Good caramel flavor and more belgian type sweetness. There is a touch of a hop bitterness in the end as well which is quite welcomed.

Light on the body. Finishes really dry and clean.

I liked the beer overall. Maybe a 3.5 overall but way off base style wise. I dont know what else to say. Thanks Risser for the beer!

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Risser09
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle - August 2008 Bottling - Poured into a red wine tulip

Appearance: Pours an effervescent ruby red color with some brown. 1" tall khaki head had large bubbles that quickly pop away. No lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smell: Malt prominance. Smells like that of a winter warmer. No real hop aroma to speak of. Nuttiness is the main aroma component.

Taste: Malty and nutty. Sweet, caramelized apple and a light wheat taste. Reminds me of a lager. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and pretty light. The alcohol is present and feels higher than 6.4%. Active carbonation and very refreshing. Smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: This is a good beer that you don't see many of (style-wise). It's nice to see offerings that are sessionable.

Photo of chemmie
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a bottle, poured into a tasting snifter, at an impromptu tasting.

It poured into the glass a clear bronze color with just a little head that was gone pretty much instantly. Not much lacing left on the glass, either.

The smell wasn't too deep. It was a light, sweet, smell. The malt is in there as is a lot of sugar. No hop smell.

The taste, as others have said, reminds me of light white grapes and a lot of sugar. I had a hard time pinpointing exactly what the flavors were, other than the grapes and sugar. Then I figured out it was the yeast. The yeast really comes though on this one.

I'd say this wouldn't be bad to drink a lot of. It is a distinct flavor, and not bold at all. It is a little bland, but that might just be the subtleness of the sweet flavors. It isn't bad, at all, but it isn't perfect, either.

Bravo from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.