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Fireside Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fireside AleFireside Ale

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85
very good

363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 7 | 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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dlello2

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Nice dark brown color with a hint of red. Small head.

S - Smoke up front. Some malts, chocolate.

T - Lots of sweetness to start. A bit of sourness and then chocolate. Ends with a hint of smokiness. Really nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

M - A bit thin and oily. Something in this isn't quite balanced for me. Very small bubbles in this one don't help this one much.

O - This beer was pretty good. Fireside is an apt name... the smokiness in the taste is just suggested, but I can see this one being a good fireside sipper.

05-02-2012 01:38:26 | More by dlello2
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Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-28-2012 04:12:11 | More by Njstoutlover23
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown wih almost no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of smoke, wood, earth, and roasted malts. Flavor is a nice smoky flavor with some woodiness to it. Earthy. Not as smoky as some other Smoked Beer or Rauchbiers, but there is a nice amount. Some malt flavor towards the end with a woody finish. A bit thin with a light mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for the style. Overall, a well done Smoked Beer worth drinking.

04-24-2012 04:54:47 | More by PicoPapa
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LexShaw89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-21-2012 22:23:38 | More by LexShaw89
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%

A finger of offwhite head and a hazy medium brown body. No lace.

Nose smoke and wood, bits of charred ash-- beech if I had to guess, but I can't say for sure. It doesn't hold back on the smoke, so points for that. Really quite nice.

Dang. This is way better than I would've guessed. Big smooth body, a slightly nutty brown with a bunch of smoke thrown in. And by thrown in, I mean decently well integrated, don't get me wrong. Aftertaste has some slightly acrid woody tang, doesn't linger too long and finishes dry enough. Not the best I've had, but hard to ask for more. This is a first impression at least, it kinda wears as you keep drinking it.

Body is smooth and pretty full, not very bright. Works well for the style.

I had low expectations for this beer, and it smashed them. Don't recall what I paid for it, but I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it on a shelf. I say this as a big rauch geek. Bamberg imports (and smoked malts in general) come at a premium price-- why not try a domestic?

04-21-2012 02:19:01 | More by zaphodchak
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Jamstone714

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-08-2012 19:52:25 | More by Jamstone714
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JLapadura

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-30-2012 16:16:23 | More by JLapadura
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-30-2012 00:46:01 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

03-23-2012 15:47:56 | More by nrs207
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Arborescence

Finland

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance: Dark brown, not much of a head.

Aroma: Smoky, but not overly so.

Taste: The smoke isn't so strong in the taste, but it doesn't need to, as coming from the cask, there is a nice and delicate combination of 'old ale' style characteristics here.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, medium body.

Overall: It certainly tastes like something that would be nice whilst sitting by a fire!

03-18-2012 01:07:13 | More by Arborescence
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that slips away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Below average lacing.

S- Clean maltiness with a hint of smoke in the back. Mildly astringent alcohol tone.

T- Smoked malts and an elusive hop bitterness. The label says there's a touch of smokiness but, if you're ultra-sensitive to it, you'll think otherwise. Goes down easy for a 7.5% ABV.

M- Not as thick as expected but still has substantial body. Medium carbonation.

O- I was worried I might not like this one since I'm so sensitive to smoke in beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. I would recommend it to someone who's having trouble getting into smoked beer because it really is quite subdued compared to others I've had.

03-15-2012 01:15:23 | More by Immortale25
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-14-2012 18:09:00 | More by DSlim71
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duceswild

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

03-09-2012 03:47:49 | More by duceswild
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DarrellK

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2012 22:10:12 | More by DarrellK
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Paul68

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-05-2012 18:21:56 | More by Paul68
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NJHopHeadBob


2/5  rDev -46.8%

03-02-2012 17:52:33 | More by NJHopHeadBob
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is amber to light brown wiht a nice light tan head, about 1/2" thick that then dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell is muted malt sweetness with some light smoke quickly followed by some fusel/alcohol. The smoke is subdued but there, I like a bit more in the nose.

Taste is pretty clean, balanced malt sweetness, some light roast, caramel with some intermingled smoke. Some astrigency present but in a bad way (more effects mouthfeel). Surprisingly easy tasting for 7.5% and even a good amount of mild sweetness. bitterness is present to clean up flavors but nothing jumping out.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy on the tongue from sweetness and astrigency. Not a bad finish or feeling and somewhat expected for the smoke type beer.

Overall, this is a very clean smokey beer, hard to pin point the type of wood used, the malt sweetness is nice and balanced by some bitterness while the booziness is hidden well.

02-25-2012 23:46:27 | More by mvanaskie13
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-24-2012 21:14:21 | More by HamGlade10
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish/brown with slight red tint. Creamy 1/2 head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Smoke, malts, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Mild sweet hop aroma with some added sugars.

Taste - Smoked malts, bacon and hickery and some added sugars are main flavor. Caramel and some bourbon flavor comes out also. Plum and fig come out after the first few sips and add a bold sweetness. The finish is a little boozy and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, but alot of flavor. Tounge gets smoke and malts, with all the added flavors. Palette gets smoke and malts and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is malty, Dark fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Well, i was really impressed at how flavorful this beer is. Alot of flavors and certainly smokey. Only issue with the beer is it can be a little much flavorwise cause theres alot going on but the balance is decent enough and i really found this enjoyable. Second only to unfiltered fresh double simcoe, this is my second favorite weyerbacher brew.

02-17-2012 02:21:26 | More by wvsabbath
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-15-2012 19:22:00 | More by PeteRiz
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-11-2012 14:30:56 | More by Tyrawlings
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

I had this on-tap at Andy's Corner

Off white light khaki color head fades into a film and a ring around the glass. Dark copper body.

Smoke, caramel, a little bourbon, dark fruits.

Dark fruits, cocoa, hazelnut, nutty, slight smoke - more in the nose though.

Light to medium body, carbonation seems a little high for this type of beer. Not dry, some noticeable alcohol warmth but not crazy.

This is definitely, something you want to sip. The carbonation kind of ruins the beer from being really nice.

02-11-2012 08:31:13 | More by 9InchNails
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-05-2012 20:45:17 | More by rydev24
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UfosBigRigsnBBQ

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02-03-2012 13:28:13 | More by UfosBigRigsnBBQ
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-29-2012 13:53:54 | More by ohtheguilt
Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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