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Fireside Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fireside AleFireside Ale

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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pathman, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beside a fire on Christmas night.

A - Poured out a murky, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bacon and other smoked meats. Some caramel, too.

T - It tasted fairly smokey, but not overdone. Good roastiness with just a touch of sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice smoked beer. Anther good brew from Weyerbacher.

zeff80, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ejimhof, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Bighorn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bighorn, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

kbuzz, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SadMachine, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a rich brownish color body and no head or lace to it. The smell has a aroma of dark fruits and a little smokeyness to it. The taste is of like tart dark fruits with some sweetness to it. The smokeyness comes on the back of tongue, it isn't very strong but just there to let you know its there. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a ok beer. I would not buy this again.

chefhatt, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was kinda coke (brown) colored. It poured a beautiful tan head unfortunately though it went away really fast. There was a hint of smoke in the smell and the taste but it was not too powerful. The beer has a tiny bit of a sweet finish but not too bad. I would buy this beer again for sure.

Minkybut, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with some reddish tints - not much foam to speak of. Subtle smokiness in a malty nose. Some burnt embers. Taste is sweet - caramel, maltiness, plus liquid smoke that evolves into a medium firm hop. Nice bite at the close that brings it all together. Smoky. (I know, right?)

KTCamm, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hockeyfighter19, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, short layer of off white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, baked apples; some caramel

T - baked apple, smoke, earthy woody

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I'm not a big fan of this one. It comes across as a Dubbel with a huge smoky presence. The malt and smoke are at odds. There is little balance. I won't pick this up again.

tdm168, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jp312, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind streaky lacing. Sweet and malty aromas of baked bread, caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of meaty smoke. Taste is similarly malt-forward, with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and more mild smokiness. I'd definitely like to see the smoke amped up a bit, but not too bad overall. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Pretty decent beer overall, but gimme more smoke!

jsanford, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

GTB, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RyanGoodman, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev +6.4%

57md, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of TeamAlphaDoG
1/5  rDev -73.4%

TeamAlphaDoG, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jbaker67, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Gww1864, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep mahogony color. Brown around the edges, deep ruby in the center. Thin grey head. Great looking beer for winter time.

Subtle smoke, underlying notes of roasted malt and dark fruit. Thinner body then expected. Subtle round flavors throughout.

Sweet dark fruit upfront followed by roasted Malts and finishes dry with subtle smoke flavor. Really nice for winter, nice layers of flavor. Long finish that lingers. Pretty good

jtierney89, May 17, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Chugs13, May 12, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a basic shaker pint.

pours a deep amber tone with some ruby highlights; yields a smallish head, less than a finger that demonstrates middling retention and leaves lacing in spots.

in the nose i get malt, smoke (though not as much as i was expecting), and a sweetness i can't quite place - nothing too spectacular. taste is ok, as it warms i pick out caramel and a nip of peat. smokey, though not as much as you'd expect from a smoked beer, and somewhat astringent. decent, creamy mouthfeel. overall it's not terrible by a long shot but it is disappointing. will not seek out a revisit.

disclaimer: 6 pack was on sale at the (albeit historically solid) liquor store, possibly calling freshness into question.

original review on: 07-25-2010 04:21:06

BostonHops, May 09, 2012
Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.