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Fireside Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a recent tasting. I believe the beer was provided by thirdeye11.

The beer pours a clear brown color with a tan head. The aroma is alcohol, malt, toffee, dark fruit and a little smoke. The flavor is leather, tobacco and a hint of smoke. I didn't realize this was a smoked beer when trying it as the smoke was not near as prevalent as in most other smoked beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 22, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice, rich tan head. Nice lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, earthy hops, toffee, a touch of dark fruit and a background of Rauch-like smokiness. Pretty complex. Very inviting. "Different" in a nice way!

The taste is of roasted chestnuts, chocolate/ toffee, brown sugar - nice maltiness with herbal (towards tinny, though it doesn't quite reach that) and earthy. A soft smokiness rounds it out in the finish.

It has a full-side of medium body. Pretty silky/creamy. Mildly carbonated (another bubble or too wouldn't hurt, I suppose - though this works well, too).

A nice "fireside" drink. Aptly named. Alcohol is well-hidden. Smoky, but not too. Malty but balanced. This is a well-done, "unique" brew. Very enjoyable!

jwc215, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest light beige head but it lasts. Leaves decent lace. Dark brown, but bright light shines through. Appears to be clear.

The smell is mostly dark crystal malts. No sugar smells--very dry. I don't detect a lot of smoke here.

As a general rule, I'm not a big fan of smoked beers, but I do like this one. The smoke element is present and subtle, lending to a interesting balance of the darker crystal and light hop. The beer is on the dry side but not in an astringent sort of way. Nice body that tips a little to the richer side. This is accented by the carbonation tipping to the low side. The aftertaste is a long lasting version of the flavor profile.

smcolw, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark copper color with a nice 1" head that lingers a bit. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light smokiness, caramel, and a hint of nuts are detectable.

Taste: nice mild smokey malt base with some caramel, roasted nuts, red apples, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long but light on the tastebuds as the smokiness lingers softly.

Drinkability: this was a very drinkable smoked beer since the smokiness was not overbearing and actually complimented the other flavors. Would be a great beer for a BBQ meal.

Gavage, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the smokiness taste in beers so I bought this single for about 1.75.

Pours a mahogany color with a small head and some minor lacing. Smell is very sweet and candy like, a hint of smokiness. Nice full body to it, again the sweetness comes through, a very very light smoke taste. Has almost a brown ale feel to it with about a 1/16 oz of a smoke in there. I wish the smoke had more of a flavor in here as it is basically just an above average brown ale. Decent beer, but so far Z lager or Jinx are the best for smoked flavors.

oriolesfan4, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

InspectorBob, May 22, 2013
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!

woodychandler, Jul 14, 2010
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.

corby112, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So this was originally released as 'Charlie' in their Brewer's Select Series. Not sure if the recipe was tweaked at all for the regular version, but the ABV and packaging is different from Charlie in the db. Bottle reads, "An intriguing dark ale with a touch of smokiness". 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, cola like color with a creamy, thick off white head that has nice retention and leaves nice streaks of lacing.
S: A very nice, mild subdued smokey aroma with roasted malt and slight nuttiness.
T/M: Lighter side of medium bodied with a nice strong amount of carbonation. Like the aroma, this a very well balanced, smooth flavor with a mild smokey flavor throughout and in the finish but never overwhelming or out of balance with the rest of the beer. Very strong malt, roasted body with slight chocolatey flavor and a small hop presence in the finish. Very little alcohol presence and is very easy to drink. I like smoked beers and would actually prefer a slightly stronger smoke presence but overall this beer is very well done and enjoyable, happy to see this added to Weyerbacher's rotation

yourefragile, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. Pours a dark amber-brown with a tall head and lacing. The aroma is a mix roast caramel and smoke. The same notes continue in the flavor without much change. While this beer has a nice balance of smoke, ash, and malt, like many Weyerbacher beers (in my humble opinion) it lacks depth. Worth a try if you want a smoother smoke beer.

tempest, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces w/o freshness info to be had. On the darker side, under a rich khaki head that stays and leaves plenty of stranduli of lace. Mild smoke and toast on the nose. Plenty of dark malts, again moderate smoke, and drying hops. Thick feeling on the tongue, I suppose thats whats called "full bodied". I'm drinking this on a July nite and this one says loud and clear "winter time beer" anyway, enjoyable and quality offering, night capper of a beer or would pair well with rich foods. Not crazy about the style, so doubt I'd go for this one again.

Billolick, Jul 13, 2009
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.

Georgiabeer, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of duceswild
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

duceswild, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stemmed pint glass)

A- The dense brown body has a slight hazy to it with a reddish hint that glows in the light. There is a thick light tan head that last for a good bit.

S- The aroma is very clean but with lots of sniffing the notes of dry toffee and malt come through with a soft herbal hop note in the finish. I don't get any smoke at all, and I actually check the bottle to see if this was really a smoke beer.

T- The soft woody brown malt flavor had some soft dry caramel malt hints and a nougat melanoidin quality, perhaps smoke? The finish has a light tartness with some pine hops that snap just a bit. As the beer warms there is a faint smoke note that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice brown ale but not a lot of depth and I couldn't find much smoke at all. The strongest flavor was the nougat quality.

rhoadsrage, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ithaca pint glass late at night without the fire going. I had this when it was 1st released and going in again.

Down south iced tea brown with some slight copper hints poking around. A whirlpool of bubbles within the liquid results in a semi dense dark beige foam that is rocky and tight looking. Thin pokadot spots of lace on the way down, nothing much.

Getting a nice peaty smoke mixed in with nuts and caramel. A slight chocolate that is so so light. A bit of graham cracker which is nice. Fireside ain't all that smoky in the nose which is A OK by me.

A well mixed smoked beer here that does not burn out the palate. I actually would not consider this a smoked beer. More like a kinda heavy brown with some peat and smoke. Roasted malts in the middle with some sweetness. I could not pick up the graham cracker, but there is a certain toastiness to this plus some small sugar sweets. Cant pick up the chocolate either, but some caramel will sufice.

I had a smoked beer once from Germany and it rocked my taste buds into submission, I could not get that taste out of my mouth. Fireside is on the opposite spectrum from that, the smoke integrates, rather than destroys. No bitterness, as hops aren't really in the taste. Medium bodied with a light and healthy carb.

Well, this is a good beer, good enough for a single bottle purchase every year at least. Im not a smoked beer guy but this one was not to bad. It's very drinkable, less than 8% and not to extreme(This coming from Weyerbacher?) fireside is one to cozy up to, I just wish it was winter when I was drinking it.

BARFLYB, Apr 16, 2010
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.

Wasatch, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 10, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BillRoth, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Mar 07, 2009
Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.