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Fireside Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Fireside AleFireside Ale

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very good

361 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 01-09-2009)
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Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that faded slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Smokey caramel nose. Flavor is smokey sweetness with nice hop background. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 22:54:10 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Wasatch


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some smoke notes. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, nice touch of smoke. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 23:53:45 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coppery chestnut brown color with dark ruby/mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy yellowish head that slowly settles into a lasting cap. Streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Slightly smokey aroma with plenty of toasty malt and slight hop bitterness. Hints of chocolate, caramel and nut and subtle smoked beer characteristics. There's a bit of campfire, burnt toast, charcoal and smoke but nearly as much as I expected or prefer.

Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end of the spectrum with lots of toasted malt flavor and dry bitterness. Only slightly smokey with hints of burnt toast, nut, chocolate malt, caramel, nut and toffee. The smokiness is subtle and most noticeable up front and in the aftertaste. Just a touch of charcoal, smoke, campfire flavor and the beers has a more toasted malt profile than anything else. Pretty well balanced actually but not nearly smokey enough for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 08:01:35 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from undated notes taken at Quips Pub.

It arrived with a finger of medium-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was malty sweet underlain with a light smoky tang. Mouthfeel was medium with a light smokiness on the tongue with malty sweetness the predominant flavor in the mouth. I caught the smoke on the finish, but it still seemed pretty mild to my taste. Come on, you Easton boys, crank it up!

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 19:58:34 | More by woodychandler
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A chocolaty 'sticky toffee pudding' with bits of scarlet especially evident when held into the light. The colour is quite dark but spotlessly clear, it's obviously filtered. Its head is thick and comprised majorly of well defined bubbles that leave a crater like surface. Looks good!

The beer doesn't smell too aggressively smokey - certainly not to the same degree most German rauchbiers are anyhow. The smokiness more resembles singed wood rather than smoked meat (as is more common, I find). Even then, it smells more like wood being branded than kindling being burned at a campfire. Grainy malts are sensed to lay underneath.

True fans of the style may prescribe to a "the smokier the better" credo but I've come across examples where the sense of all things smoked and charred to oblivion was a little too intense for my liking; Fireside is not. I'm finding the smoke perfectly balanced (albeit a little light maybe for the purists) but just enough for my palate.

It tastes like a nice dunkel that was racked over the coals. I remember this brewery put out a very good dunkel, I wonder if it's the same recipe just smoked? Either way, crispy smoked bacon and sweet caramel-laden malts find harmony in one another. There's a touch of grainy bread, hickory and the suggestion that someone's been cleaning a barbecue.

Speaking of, this would pair wonderfully with anything made on such a thing. Grilled meats - smoky, roasty, chipotle hot or otherwise - would be complimented by this crisp, bitter beer that shares just enough of the same character and could provide the carbonation strong enough to scrub away and lift all that fat off the palate without washing away the flavour.

Even with the acquired taste, there are plenty of off-balance smoked beers that fail to be all that palatable. Although this doesn't have all the same character that a bold, confident, time-tested true German rauchbier would, it was certainly very palatable. And for many that's all that will be asked of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 20:28:52 | More by biegaman
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft malts with a flowery hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a crisp malt and lively hop. No smoke detected however.

The mouhfeel was of moderate fullness.

Overall a tasty standard type ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2009 16:49:05 | More by plaid75
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from bottle.

Mahogony brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Smells strongly of malt.

Tastes of scottish style malt. A bit of hop in there as well. Smoke on the back end but not as much as I anticipated. Still very fine, as I think more smoke would make the beer too one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is prickly, light carbonation.

Drinkability is solid. A beer to sip upon with each sip re-enforcing the malty goodness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 19:44:48 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown in color, with a few orange tinges when held to the light. The beer has a half inch of head that generates a fair amount of lacing. the aroma is of smoke and malt. This is not nearly as smoky as the Aecht Schlenkerla brews from Bamberg, but has a decent amount of smoke nonetheless. The flavor is straightforward, with a present but not overpowering smokiness, as well as a slightly sweet, toasted malt characteristic. The feel is medium bodied, with a good carbonation level. A very drinkable and enjoyable smoked beer. Though not my favorite of this ilk, I enjoy drinking this every so often.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:11:48 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Slatetank


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a goblet chilled.

A - A dark tobacco brown w/ a rocky pale tan head of approximately 1 inch. The bead is fine and the ale has a shade of dark cherry with good clarity.

S - A fragrant fruit and wood w/ a high smokey odor of malt. Hints of raisin and bread with a meaty smoky edge

M - A med full bodied smooth and medium carbonated feel. The smoke in the texture is very well done w/out any attempt to overpower the malt. The finish is lightly bitter, roasty and leaves a subtle dry smoke touch on the tongue

T - The flavor of a smooth brown ale w/ a nice creamy and mild vanilla quality w/ a milk chocolate sweet tinge mixed w/ smoked wood crispness and mild yeasty fruit flavor. The currant flavor reoccurs but only a glimpse and a bit of pine hoppiness in the finish w/ mild smoke lingering and malt balance

D - Not your average smoked beer, it has a nice smoke aroma, but the taste is less smoky and the feel isn't overly dry. This is definitely one of the better smoke beers I have had and certainly deserves the rating of above average in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 03:24:19 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this at Green's in Atlanta to check out. Quite interesting- the smoke is moderate, not too subtle but not too prominent either. Pours a nice copper color with a quite healthy head to start that settles to a thin ring. Nicely balanced aromas of woodsmoke, firm malt, and some earthy hops. The taste is similar, but the smoke definitely dominates the hops, although the firm malt still shines through. You do get some hops on the backend followed by some late sweetness and straw flavors. Fairly soft and smooth in the mouth, but the carbonation level is fine. Not bad at all, and the residual hops and sweetness interwine interestingly with the smoke. I'd like to try this on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 03:07:25 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of HopHead84


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 9/7/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer appears dark brown with an amber hue and a one finger off white head.

The nose is of bready malt with a bit of sugary sweetness. It's slightly nutty as well. Smoke character isn't overpowering but it's definitely noticeable and reminiscent of peat. Think of a smoked brown ale and you'll get an idea of how this smells.

The flavor opens up with bready, nutty, and caramel sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable from the start. There's a surprising low medium level of bitterness that I wasn't expecting. The peat-like smoke rounds out the flavor and makes the beer more interesting. The finish is sweet malt and smoke.

The beer is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 03:09:24 | More by HopHead84
Photo of kylehay2004


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Single finger head dissipates quickly, leaves a periphery of head. Brown with amber/reddish hues.

S: sweet malt with caramel and dark fruit/figs aromas.

T: More dark fruit and figs with mildly smokey finish.

M: The smokey finish makes this a smooth but thick beer. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a very complete and fairly complex beer. The tastes at times can be conflicting but overall an excellent and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 21:29:24 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a somewhat clear texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: There was a smokey, malt aroma about this beer.

T: Tasted of sweet malt and a slight graininess. Not as smokey as you would expect.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a pretty decent beer, though it's not something I would readily return to. Still, a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 15:31:54 | More by avalon07
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a creamy cap of tan head. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing.

Nose is sweet and nutty with a nice chocolaty malt background. Smokiness probably wouldnt be noticed without seeing it mentioned on the label.

Tastes kinda like an English Brown ale, has a nice nutty presence and the malts are lightly toasty but mostly sweet, light chocolate. Nice little hop grab on the tail end. There is a bit of fruitness in here, muscat grapes and plums. Smoke is very light, if noticeable at all which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise, I thought this was a pretty enjoyable little brew. Id probably pick up a sixer each year if I lived up North.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 18:15:17 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DrDemento456


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at D's in Swissville, finally a good place to get local stuff for a low cost!

A - Holly carbonation! I got at least 1 1/2 inches of head. I expected pitch black but got a bountiful dark brown ale with amber tones. Pretty.

S - For some reason I expected to get more smoke on the nose but got some raisins, figs, slight caramel, and just a "touch of smokiness" as advertised.

T - mmm smokey. I got a nice rush of smoke like licking some freshly cooked ribs. A mild sweetness and dark fruit but surprisingly bitter finish with some hops or bitter roast. Interesting overall flavor.

M - Medium maybe could have used a bit more body but no complaints.

D - Wow I am glad I started with this beer since it was very good. I did go into it thinking it would be like a smoked ale or porter so maybe I wasn't blown away but I did enjoy the subtle smokeyness and overall flavor. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 23:31:48 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of bluejacket74


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with an inch frothy off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both good. Aroma is dark bread, caramel malt and a bit of smoke and nuts. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but the smoked malt taste is a little stronger compared to the other flavors. Finish is smoky and a little bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. Not a bad overall brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:47:49 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of ZAP


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Burgundy/brown color

S-Peaty...sweet fruits grilled over an open wood fire (peaches, apples, pears)....

T-Flavor leans toward a wee heavy flavor...peat is there at first as is the open flame woodiness/smokiness...also the sweet grilled fruits but now add a caramel drizzled flavor to it...then on the finish that is all wiped away and it finishes with a slight sourish note from some of the fruits mentioned earlier but not sweet now (apples, pears maybe), and a bitter dark unsweetened chocolate note....very multidimensional as the flavors change as you drink it.

M-High side of medium bodied...pretty smooth and creamy texture..

D-interesting beer...it really begins sweet with the woody grilled sweet fruits flavor but then closes with a bit of abrasiveness...I enjoyed this and would welcome another.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 05:20:55 | More by ZAP
Photo of DefenCorps


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 12oz bottle at State Line the other day

A: Clear copper with a thin off-white head that never really grows beyond a thin disk. Retention is great, though, that disk persists.

S: A tasty combination of a brown ale, spices and smoke. The dominant aroma is from the sweeter caramel malts, and the spices (ginger? nutmeg? allspice?) meld into the backbone. The smoke character is faint, lending a delicate counter to the sweetness

T: Opens up with the spices dominating. There's a ginger-like note, and there's also some herbal character with some mild astringency. Sweetness follows, with sugar and caramel with a smoky mid palate. The finish is dry, mildly astringent, and a combination of spices and caramel sweetness

M: Medium-light in body with sharp carbonation, this beer is solid. The carbonation works well with sweetness and the smoke, and the finish, is solid too.

D: The ABV is well hidden, and I'd go for another.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 05:57:22 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of gford217


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper that sits dark brown in the glass with a creamy off-white head that lingers as a ring of creamy bubbles for the duration and leaves only the faintest trace of lacing.

Man, I love the smell of a good smoked beer and this definitely fits the bill with a smoked hickory and summer sausage dominating the aroma. The sweet caramel malts are present but definitely in the background.

The taste is a little less heavy on the smoked meat and has a more prevalent caramel malt character. Most of the smoke comes out in the finish and lingers for a while after each sip.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a smoked wood dryness.

I'm a big fan of smoked beers and this is a fairly basic but very good example. It's very, very drinkable for the style as the smoke is certainly not overpowering, especially in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 03:01:10 | More by gford217
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, caramel. Taste is good, malts, caramel, a bit of smoke, and a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 15:10:45 | More by tone77
Photo of jrallen34


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours an ugly muddy medium brown, looks dirty. A light tan head with great lacing, ok retention...Smells like a smoked lager, light char, oak and smoke, smoke dominates without much else going on, like it though...Taste is average, smoke character abound but its slightly generic with a huge malt presence which is just out of place. Weird spice note is off as well...The feel is decent.

A good aroma but that's about it. Average.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 23:33:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of cokes


4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt, but clear, cherrywood color with a low, durable rise of grayish tan suds.
There are some underlying brown sugar and hard toffee sweet nuances on the nose, but it primarily about the smoked wood and pork fat.
The sweetness ekes out a slightly larger foothold in the mouth. Brown sugar is foremost, but toffee, and cooked apples, and cotton candy, and Concord grapes all make their respective appearances. Now it's time for smoke. It comes through drier and woodier here in the mouth (or, in other words, there's not as much barbecued pork). In the relative absence of tangible hopping, this smoky dryness provides the necessary balance, and an aftertaste of burnt cedar.
It's pushing full-bodied, with a slow, trickling carbonation. Yet it doesn't drink particularly big. It's no sessioner, but it'd be quite easy to go through a few of these with some like-minded cuisine. It's not that hard to go through that many in absence of any food either.
All in all good stuff. The smoke stands up and sits down as necessary. Don't come here looking for "extreme" aside from the rareness of smoked beers. This has far more finesse than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 05:55:18 | More by cokes
Photo of nickfl


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small, white head of foam with poor retention and light lace. The body is amber-brown with decent clarity.

S - Peppery yeast with lightly smoked malt aromas. Some caramel and toasted malt.

T - Malty caramel and toffee up front with peppery yeast character. Moderate smoke character blends in the middle with the yeast character. Bacon like finish of brown sugar and smoke.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This comes across almost as a smoked Belgian dubbel. The spicy yeast works well with the smoked malt but it doesn't get along so well with the caramel. It is a bit disjointed in the end, it might have the potential to improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 10:24:15 | More by nickfl
Photo of blackie


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint serving, full khaki head, maple amber beer, nice retention and lace

s: hardwood smoke sticks out well above the malty, almost oktoberfest style body, mild esters, simple but enjoyable

m: smooth, medium body that's a bit syrupy, light carbonation

t: nutty malt body carries a moderate, not quite meaty hardwood smoke flavor, brown sugars, welcome bitterness as smoke lingers in the finish

d: just fine, a good smoked beer

single from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe, Frederick, MD

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 04:16:51 | More by blackie
Photo of FosterJM


3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

354th review on BA
bottle to tulip

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing this one at the end of the night.

App- This was exactly how a cold soda pours, just minus the bubble activity. A little bit of a dark brown with some highlights running through it. Decent head and a little bit of retention.

Smell- Sweet and smoky. Some crystal malt scents and a hint of spicy smoke. Faint all around. Didn't get much from this.

Taste- Smoky flavor comes in on the taste but doesn't really give off big flavors. The malts are there but with a semi toffee like pulled candy sweet and a little bread

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Pretty standard feel. Decent.

Drink- Not a fan of smoke beer it seems. This just didn't do it for me. Wasn't bad, don't want to say that just not for me. Flavors were okay just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 16:37:42 | More by FosterJM
Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.