Fourteen Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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267 Ratings

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Ratings: 267
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 35 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikey711 on 07-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Wheatwine Ale celebrating brewing from 1995-2009, brewed with over 50% wheat malt.
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wheatwine that while not astringent was bold on the wheat side and not as balanced as I expected. Somewhat boozy and alcohol warming, though not in the aroma which is honeyish.Tad above average mouthfeel, some toffee, darkish colour with some off-white head.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with no real retention or lacing on a hazy crimson body.

S: lots of fruit, molasses and a little chardonnay note. sweet

T: A fairly boozy taste as was expected. Breads and malts up front transitioning to a chardonnay sharpness with fruit, molasses and honey notes.

M: sharp with light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall these tend to be too boozy for my liking. Sort of the way I feel about barelywines. This one is fairly complex and one of the better members of the genre.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured light brownish/orange in color (like a very dark wheat beer) into a snifter glass with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. There is a good amount of head retention. A light level of carbonation is visible, along with some yeast particles floating near the bottom.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but there are some notes of bananas, spices and alcohol. As the beer warms up, the smell becomes a little stronger.
T: Like the smell, there are subtle banana flavors in the taste, intermixed with notes of spices, grainy malts and yeast. The overall taste becomes somewhat sweet as it warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with very little in the way of carbonation. There is also a little bit of alcohol warming.
D: The alcohol doesn't stand out that much, but this is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped. It's a good choice if you are looking for a nightcap.

Photo of brentk56
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that fritters away to a ringlet while leaving just a little bit of lace

Smell: Fusel alcohol dominates, with undertones of wheat malt, fermented honey and banana

Taste: Wheat bread and fusel alcohol, up front, with a developing fermented honey flavor that builds, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I will have to re-visit this in a year or so as the fusel alcohol is interfering with my enjoyment (A second tasting in March 2011 reveals some settling down of the alcohol but the overall effect remains rather harsh.)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy golden color ale with a large frothy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some nice bubblegum notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some bubblegum ester with some nice notes of wheat malt with some nice balance between sweetness and and the esters. Body is slightly fuller then average with a nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very well done and less harsh then most other wheat wine I have tried before.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful Wheat Wine style beer from Easton PA. It has a sweet smell that includes some mixed fruits like Banana and Lemon, Perhaps a little orange as well. With it's citrus sweet taste the beer has up front it fades into a boozey and malty aftertaste thats a little dry. XIV has a cloudy golden amber color with a decent head that is around for a few minutes but goes away after drinking a few sips. Very drinkable beer and very flavorful. Highly impressed with this brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years."

--Mark Twain

Burnt orange with a snow globe-like swirl of yeast flecks and a slim cap of beige colored cream that allows beer to be seen from a bird's eye view within minutes of the pour. Minimal lace... since there wasn't much foam creation to begin with.

Smells like a high-octane wheatwine. The malts, which are more than 50% wheat, don't contribute much from an olfactory standpoint. Whatever hops were used don't either. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave much.

The good news is that Fourteen has aged gracefully. The bad news is that it doesn't have anywhere near a complex or deep flavor profile. Such is the problem with primarily wheat-based ales that don't have something else (e.g. an estery yeast strain with hefeweizens) to make them interesting on the palate.

Specifics include rock candy, honey, hints of banana, maybe a hint of bitter grasses, and a large splash of Grey Goose. A moderate sweetness is cut off at the knees by warming and smooth-edged alcohol. Pretty drinkable by big beer standards.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is where it needs to be. Slightly bigger would have been fine too. Slightly smaller would not have been. The carbonation is still somewhat sparkly, which helps rather than hurts.

Fourteen Ale is not the equal of some of the other Weyerbacher anniversary brews. Then again, given the style and my preferences, that isn't a big surprise. If you're cellaring a bottle or two, another year isn't likely to hurt in the least.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have had this about a dozen times now and just got around to reviewing it. served col an into a snifter/

Nice pour, a very odd amber color, almost like apple juice with a light cloudiness to it. Small, very quickly fading head that left really no lacing at all. Strange.

First aroma is light, lots of fruit here, figs, grapes, touches of pears as well. Sweet with an almost candy like aroma at times that comes across nice at first but gets to be a little much after a while, still though decent and well recieved. First sip is slick, with an almost syrup like feel, just not carbonated enough for me, but thats the style, what can you do. Bready notes mix with loads of fruit and touches of earthy hop notes. Lots of bread and figs, pears especially in the finish are also very prevelant. Light boozy notes is covered quite well and one thing I can say is this did not drink like 11 percent.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle procured in Buffalo during a trip there this summer.

This beer pours a cloudy orange hue, with less than a finger of soapy off-white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving no lace in its wake. The aroma is fairly mild, and is of boozy, warm white banana bread, cloves, citrus, and some understated floral notes. The taste is gummy candy sugar, sweet soft wheat malt, some nuttiness, light spices, pepper, and a moderate alcohol warming. The carbonation is on the low side, the body fairly heavy, but a bit chalky and cloying, and it finishes off-dry, a substantial amount of sweet malt and spices persisting. The sky-high alcohol is actually well integrated, no obvious edge is detectable.

As my first wheat wine, I didn't really know what to expect. Turns out it parallels its cousins, the barleywines and rice wines - ratchet up the particular malt component and any associated characteristics, and the booze, of the base beer style. This result is interesting, but not something that I feel benefits overly from the process.

Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells pretty boozy. There's plenty of citrus aroma to it as well as some other fruit notes such as tropical fruits (pineapple comes to mind). Quite a bit of wheat and some brown sugar.

T: Heavy on the booze as well as banana, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some wheat and bready malt, as well as brown sugar. A little bit of candied pears, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Some decent flavors but just totally over the top boozy.

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very cloudy, orange/gold color with a one-finger, white head that left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove. One of the strongest smelling brews I've ever experienced.

T - It tasted very spicy and yeasty. Tons of clove flavor with a smooth, slightly sweet, wheat backbone. There was a fairly strong alcohol heat.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a great tasting wheat ale. It was spicy and delicious.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shame, SHAME on me for not getting to this brew sooner. Fifteen is already clogging up the shelves here in Georgia and still I haven't popped open a single one of my Fourteen bottles. Well, today, that's all gonna change!

Appearance: Pours out a caramel-colored, opaque body with a minute, bone white head leaving no more than a trace of lacing here or there on the descent.

Smell: Aroma smelling of modestly toasted bread crumbs, and apples, bananas, and white grapes given a pinch of spice and a generous coating of sweet-scented caramel sauce and honey. Plenty of the anticipated wheat, of course, and more than a generous dosing of alcohol.

Taste: Typically tangy-tasting malted wheat with an additional hint of toasted bread. Big tastes of caramel and honey with a substantial sweetness. Already there's plenty of alcoholic heat warming the tongue, throat, and belly. Vivid fruitiness of mashed bananas and oven-baked Liberty apples. The white grape in the nose is coming across more as a lychee flavor in the taste. Gentle spiciness. There's a bitterness present, if a bit downplayed. A stack of fruits dusted with peppery spices on the warming, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability: The drinkability remains, well, as decent as it really can be for a wheatwine, what with its weighty body and generous helping of booze. Overall, it's fairly good for a wheatwine. I'll be sure not to wait so terribly long on the newest Fifteen Ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I was surprised and thrilled to see this return to the stores around here. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, booze, orange flesh, banana, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some light floral hops. The taste is kinda surprisingly heavy on the citrus, particularly oranges, along with some rye spice, rye bread, honey, booze, a touch of hot cinnamon, and bubblegum. The body is a heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. I do so enjoy this beer. I hope I can get my hands on the Special Dark version, maybe have a side-by-side o' wheatwine-y goodness.

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on top of a hazy, golden brown body. The creamy foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Strong yeast character with equal parts banana and clove. Spicy wheat with toffee, caramel, and some spicy alcohol.

T - Sweet, spicy wheat with a huge note of clove. Some bubble gum flavors in the middle with mild, spicy hops. The finish is equal parts spicy wheat, spicy yeast, and spicy alcohol with a hint of caramel malt that blends with mild hop bitterness to create a fleeting tobacco note in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - Well, I have certainly had worse wheatwines, though I am not quite in love with this one either. There are some good things going on here; the aroma is quite nice, but the flavor comes across as a little rough and it just doesn't have enough complexity to justify the huge alcohol content. It might improve with time, but I am kind of skeptical about the possibilities of aging a wheat beer; even one that is nearly 12%ABV.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, caramelized malts, honey, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some fruit come in along with a decent alcohol sting. It takes some time but there is some spiciness that sneaks in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer worth drinking for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Quick six on Mt rose ave in York -shared with Idesofmarch86, evets, stevea1210, poured chilled in my Allagash cervoise.

A - A caramel colored medium amber shade w/ murky appearance and quickly settling off white head. The wheatwine has legs, but only tiny speckles of lace and the retention is so-so. the bead is tiny.

S - The smell is like bubblegum up front with sweet fruit like dried banana and mild floral notes in the mix, the scent of alcohol is there in the background.

M - The feel is dry strong, warming and slightly spicy w/ medium sweet feel and fruity tinged finish

T - The flavor is very good, it kept me sipping for a while and getting more fruit complexity with both banana, clove and gentle hoppy notes of pepper and mild apricot w/ a light bitter edge. The alcohol is there with a golden raisin quality as subtle tropical notes into the finish like papaya

D - I really enjoyed slowly consuming this and it is a good candidate for sharing at 11.8%, but very drinkable for the strength. I would have liked to try this fresh, but I chose to hold off since I only had 1 bottle - I am glad I got the chance to try this and wish more breweries would attempt this style

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a clouded amber hue with chunks of yeast and hop particles flowing loosely using 50% wheat malt which is nearly unheard of this beer brings on the wheatwine style like Weyerbacher is known for. White head is bright bold and beautiful, leaves big chunky layers of lacing clinging to my Allagash chalice.

Aroma offers up sharp spicy sweet malted wheat and alcohol nose, with edges that are throwing out the esters including some banana and vanilla with a touch of clove and bubblegum here.

Flavor blows threw with alcohol, honey malt, and reduced banana flavoring. Brings the wheat wine over the top I guess that's what it is supposed to provide, but I don't see why the need for huge beer is needed to celebrate their anniversaries. I will probably age a bottle anyway, Thirteen was pitch black how different these creatures are.

Mouthfeel is cloying with thick unrefined boozed infused alcohol burn and syrupy unfermented malted wheat notes, what a riot of a beer. I'd appreciate something the brew is proud of I hope they have a keg of Zotten at the Big Pour, I love that beer.

Drinkability overall is so week it's hard to describe I've been drinking this brewer's series since Decadence, what a clouded hard in your face to win over your loyalty I picked this one up from Fathead's Weyerbacher is great stuff during a visit to Fathead's where beers like Hops Infusion and The other hoppy brew from their repertoire.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large head that leaves good lace. Cloudy with an orange-gold color.

Sinewy aroma of high alcohol, almost as if it is a fortified beer. Floral hop and wheat round out the smell.

Slightly sweet, definitely very high in alcohol. A sipping beer. There's a touch of hop in the background, but the finish is very sweet and quite warming from the alcohol.

This is a story of an extreme beer, well-made, and takes some getting used to. But it is worth seeking out to try for an unusual treat. It's not that wheaty and is closer to a barley wine than a wheat beer. The wheat is not hidden but it is also not the main feature.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Served in a snifter. Beer is brown, high haze, white thin head, a little lacing left on the glass, head crowds near the edges of the glass.

Some ethanol in the nose, strong ester aroma, banana, cloves. Solvent aroma is evident though. No detectable hop character in the aroma, that is ok for the style though, just wanted to note it.

Solvency in front, finishes cleanly. No aftertaste at all. Mild banana flavor in the front and mid-palate. I have to get a lot of this beer in my mouth before I can taste anything. Some "warmth" from the alcohol. This beer finishes so cleanly, it cleanses my palate.

This is only my second wheatwine, the first being from Terrapin, and this one I enjoyed more but was less like what I expected. Mouthfeel was fine, I was expecting it to be as thin as water but I was pleasantly surprised. Drinkability is high, and overall really enjoyable. I would recommend it but based on ABV, I would be slow to try it again.

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazed orangeish amber with reddish hues and a creamy thick head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of honey and caramelish sweetness with banana and clove-like spicing.

The taste is sweet - honey and caramel. Candyish banana and warming alcohol give it an imperial hw character. It has an herbal/clove finish. Nice candy-ish sweet and spicy aftertaste lingers. Very tasty!

The feel is creamy/velvety. Full-bodied but touch of carbonation keeps it from being too thick. It is slightly syrupy.

For a high abv, and considering some alcohol shows, this has a "refreshing" quality about it. It is like a combination of Hefeweizen and caramelish barleywine. A unique, tasty, sweet, but not too, brew that is dangerously drinkable!

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a warm, pale and wheat malt scent. It has a smooth, malty aroma that more than anything screams alcohol. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth and velvety wheat flavor. It's not exactly complex, but it's not at all offensive and it drinks well for a 11% abv. beer. It's a tad sweet with little to no hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good example of the style. It's flavorful without being over the top and it goes down ultra smooth.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is hazy and orange hued with an off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings citrus fruits, malt, and alcohol. The beer is full bodied, with a heavy citrus and alcohol presence. The finish lingers for a considerable time, with alcohol presence growing in strength as I progress through the beer. This is a good beer to split. Six ounces is plenty. A solid example of the style, I would have this again.

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy reddish orange in color with a short 1/" head that falls quickly to a few big bubbles. No lace develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness, alcohol, and some soft spiciness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel sweetness, ripe plums, green grapes, some soft yeast spiciness, nice balancing bitterness and soft alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: coming across as a bit sweet and softly spicy, this is an interesting beer that tends to be a slow sipper.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Has it been fourteen years already?

Darker than your average wheatwine, fourteen has a really dirty brown, rusty appearence. Some dark mahagony notes and some lighter notes on the edges. A bright white head stood up, than sat back down again. no lace, faint skim.

14's bouquet is bold and wheat is the main contender. Using over 50% wheat malt will do that I guess. At times this reminded me of a light shnapps for some reason. I get butterscotch, banana and spice. Oh yeah there is some alcohol here as well.

OK, big banana and spice, that much is certain. Never had so much banana in a WW, but i've had a limited amount. Clove and other spices. Eat your wheaties, or drink them in this case. The alcohol is hidden but not 100%, some warmth. Aftertaste of banana and clove. Over all, 14 reminds me of a light liqueur with butterscotch.

The alcohol is real tame for a almost 12%er. Leave it to Weyerbacher to do it big. This is not really hot either. This is quite impressive as that was my only fear going in. Too bad the big flavors don't integrate so well now, in time im sure they will meld better. Above medium, with some carb. Not the easiest to go down. The big taste of banana is the only fault imo.

Well this is 12%, one is fine for me, in fact I wished to share this with somebody, but she did not care for it. Im not sure if I enjoyed this, it was OK. Perhaps a few years in a cool cellar will do this some good. I could see a bomber of this doing well after a thanksgiving dinner with desert and friends.

Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Hazed orange amber color with a thick beige head that leaves little lacing and fades fairly quickly to a ring a blob of thin film in the center of the glass. Boozy, but not alcoholic, aroma with hefe banana and clove notes, pleasantly spicy and sweet. Flavor is similar balance of yeast spiciness, and caramel and banana sweetness. Medium, fluffy creamy body with sharp carbonation. Like nose, very boozy, but no alcohol burn like some other Weyerbacher beers.

There is also a "Special Dark" version that was available at the brewery. Same bottle and text on the label, except for the words "Special Dark" printed under the letters FOU of fourteen. This isn't in the database, and I don't particularly feel like adding it at the moment, but I thought I'd comment on the differences. Color is much deeper (obviously) more of a mahogany, slightly clearer and a dark tan head that recedes to a ring with no lacing or film. Aroma is a little hotter and sweeter, more dark fruit than the banana and clove spiciness from the regular version. Mouthfeel is very similar but flavors are much sweeter, more dark fruit and malt presence than yeast and spiciness. Interesting drinking these side by side, I think I would still end up rating them near the same but I personally prefer the Dark Version

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Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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