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Fireside Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fireside AleFireside Ale

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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 22
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 366 | Reviews: 273
Photo of mcallister
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn fine looking beer here. Deep rusty mahagony with a small tan head that fades quickly into a thin tight lace.

Hints of smokey malts, and a slight bacon meaty quality. Burnt caramel ad milk chocolate. Herbal qualities and grassy hints. Nice toffee and more bready malts.

Solid and very easy drinking. Shows nothing like 7.5% abv. Not overly complex but to the point and even sessionable. Light smokey malt showing hints of cured meats and salt. Light chocolatey flavors, thick dense almost pumperkninckel malts. Black truffel as well. Very good carbonation and great mouthfeel. Just a solid beer from top to bottom. A great job by weyerbacher.

Photo of yelterdow
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered this new four-pack in the cold case at ShopRite in Paramus... let's sample one now. Served in a tasting tulip at between fridge and cellar temperature with a chicken sandwich.

Appearance- Three full fingers of foam adorn the brilliant brownish-gold beer in this glass. The carbonation from the etching feeds the head continuously, and it is packed solid... thick and foamy, light beige in color.

Smell- The robust, smoky aroma combines with the familiar nose of Weyerbacher's yeast strain, and the bright hops balance the malts nicely. Terrific and very appetizing.

Taste- A beautiful display of all aspects of this beer in harmony... rich, smoky malts defer to fleeting hops, while the distinctive character of the house yeast adds its flavor. The swallow brings a very pleasant, and amazingly balanced summation of the beginning and middle... while leaving a lasting zap right at the back of the sides of the tongue. An absolute joy to drink.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Bright and prickly in the mouth at first, then quickly rolling and foaming into a lush texture that really does the flavors justice. A style that isn't brewed enough, this particular beer certainly surprised and impressed me.

Photo of TMB0424
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a brown, caramel tinted body with a one finger, fizzy cream colored head. Tons of bubbles rising up with sticky lacing throughout.

Smell is of sweet roasted malts, nice dashes of caramel. Tiniest hint of smoke, nothing huge though.

Tastes of smoked malts (charcoal smoked) with sweet caramel mixed along with it. Woody, very nice. Hints of roasted nuts and bitter chocolate with fresh apples as well. Finishes smokey, bitter, warming - with a dash of hops in there. Well put together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a distinct syrupy creaminess to it. Alcohol, other than its warming presence, does not show its face anywhere else in this brew. It's very well balanced and the smoked malts taste great. Really good brew - I'm saving one of these for a BBQ rib meal or something to that affect.

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.

Photo of Kolsch
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint of this after getting a sample. Didn't know what style this beer was before I got the sample.

Appearance: Dark Tan leather. Head retention was a mere cusp. No lace left on glass.

Smell: I did detect some smokey flavor along with the malt.

Taste: Dry malt base with a hint of smoke. Taste is a little similar to the Slam Dunkel. I detected some tobacco as well and not sweet at all.

Drinkability. I did not know this was 7.5 ABV and could have a few pints easily.

A well done Smoked beer that I would definitely have again.

Good job Weyerbacher!

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

A: Pours a dark brown color, with some hints of amber when held up to the light. A tan head that quickly disappears, but there is ample lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, caramel, bread with a hint of smoke. Nothing over the top or overwhelming.

T: Tasted better than the smell. A good blend smokey malts, caramel, roasted nots with just a slight twinge of hops.

M: A light to medium body. Just a tad too thin.

D: I didn't really taste the alochol, but it does have an ABV of 7.5%. A decent smoked beer, worth a try.

Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 ounce bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Dark-brown, dark-amber hue, decent head, minor lacing, no carbonation...
Smell: Dark fruit nuances with a touch of smokiness, heavy on the malts...
Taste: Average to good level of smokiness, certainly not as prevalent as some of the more well-known depictions of the style, yet a good, strong, full-bodied beer nonetheless...
Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable for a 7.5% ABV...
Not bad, but with a noticeable grape(?) aftertaste...

Photo of ToddT
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cola brown color with a cream colored head that falls quickly but leaves a nice lacing pattern down to the bottom of the glass.

S- Not much to speak of, hints of roasted malt, caramel, sweetness, and a light hint of smoke in the background.

T- Quick hit of malt upfront that fades to a smoky almost apple wood flavor. Pleasant warming finish.

M- Nice carbonation, a little thin for what I was expecting but well balanced.

D- Easy to drink, hides the 7.5% ABV well. Would have liked a little more smoke in this one, but overall well balanced.

Photo of brantadid
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice brown color with a 1 finger head that quickly deminished. Not much lacing to speak of.

Metallic aromo up front in the nexe. Behind that you get lots of Porter notes. Losts of burnt malt in the nose.

Nice sweet malt characteristics in the front palate. Slight chocolate notes present. A little smokey. Only a few slight faint warming from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel was fairly thin and light. Interesting considering the rest of the flavors. overall, a fairly drinkable beer.

Photo of ATPete
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours an attractive and almost transparent burnt orange brown color with a small tan head that sticks around for a while. Roasty/burnt malts to the nose, this would fool me for a porter in a blind test. Good smokey malts shine right up front, chocolate sweetness, caramel candy, and a roasted nuttiness about it, a balancing twang of hop bitterness and fresh red apple hit the tongue late palate leading into a mild smokey/malt finish. The 7.5% hardly shows through in flavor at all. Fireside sports the lighter side of a medium body and crisp carbonation, quaffable, and just complex enough to leave the taste buds begging for more.

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

Poured like a soda from a sparsely labeled 12 oz bottle that doesn't indicate a drink-by date. A pleasant nutty, orange brown. Nearly opaque, you can see through it only when holding it up near a light source. Off white head, decent retention. Pretty good lacing.

Malty, sweet nose with a hint of spicy smokiness. Simple syrup, caramel, some hops.

Some caramel. Grains. Smoked flavor crests, and then hops come in at the end, imparting something of a smoked pine aftertaste.

Medium body, slightly syrupy feel as it warms. Medium carbonation level, subdued prickliness. A well balanced and very drinkable brew. 7.5 isn't the strongest ABV, but nonetheless it is very well hidden here.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Charlie (Fireside Ale)

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn (PA)

A- Deep dark brown with a thick frothy head. Whipped cream lacing.
S- Light on the nose, Molasses, Smokey charred oak chips, and brown sugar.
T- Sweet molasses/ caramel malt with a nutty touch. Bits of deep dried fruits like fig and raisin slightly appear.
M- Thick and syrupy. Sweet sugary malt with a touch of alc. in the end.

Overall- A decent sessionable beer that wasn't as smoked as expected.

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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

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

I was able to try this Weyerbacher beer on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room on 11/1/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

This Weyerbacher poured a dark mahogany brown with quite a few cherry red highlight along the sides. Sitting on top of this dark brown brew was a creamy 3/4 of an inch head of white foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a small white film, a string of white bubbly rings, and a few small blots of lace around the glass.

Despite it's dark color, the smell was bursting with fresh baked banana bread. Swirling the beer around will only increase the scent of the banana bread. Hiding behind the banana bread was a dash of cocoa powder and a subtle touch of roasted malts. As you can probably tell already, I loved the scent of banana bread this beer had. It was a pleasant surprise!

The taste of this beer was just as interesting as the aroma. It was malty with dark roasted malts and fruity with bananas at the same time. The taste also contained a hint of cocoa powder and a dark fruit or two hiding in the background. There was a very tiny hop profile at the end. It was so small that it was barely noticeable. Very good and unique tasting beer!

This dark beer was light to medium bodied with a malty aftertaste of dry roasted malts, a hint of ripe banana, and a speck of cocoa powder. This aftertaste didn't linger on for too long before it completely disappeared.

A smoked beer? Not really. Is it a great beer? You got it! I did read at the Drafting Room that it was a smoked beer, but I didn't get any smoke and anything smoked in this beer. It really doesn't matter to me because I would love to drink this beer again. Hopefully they will try to bottle this beer.

Photo of magnj
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - Poured into a Weyerbacher Pint glass it produced a creamy 1 finger off white head. The color is a deep Mahogany, few bubbles.

s - Sweet, Malty, Smokey, Nutty...

t - Again, sweet and malty. I can taste the smoked ham as the description mentions, though that might be placebo. The 7.4% ABV is hidden well.

m - Pretty light, silky, not syrupy.

d - Tasty, not too filling, but a little potent, could be rough to session something this alcoholic.

Photo of martymoat
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is of slight roasted and sweet malt notes. There is a smokiness thats not in your face but defiantly making sure you know that it is present. Also what i feel may be a earthy woody hop aroma at the end of the aroma that may or may not be trickery on part of the smokiness and smoked malt in the beer.

Pours a beautiful deep mahogany color with a thick head that dies down to a dusting.

The taste is very well balanced and smooth in the beginning, a good medium body up front and a malt backbone with some caramel and roasted notes that lead the way into a perfect balance of the smoked character in the middle that carries through to the end where you get a medium to light semi dry slightly sweet finish that does not overwhelm you like some other smoked style beers maybe being a little to heavy on smoke or other aspects of the beer. Their is little to know hop detection in the flavor and a very restrained amount of bitterness. This one for all that it is can very easily become a session beer it really is a perfect blend of everything in the beer and nothing is out of tune.

more of this should be made SOON!

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Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.