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Fourteen Ale - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fourteen AleFourteen Ale

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very good

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 allboutbierge
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first wheatwine.

Color is an off yellow golden blend with a short lived white frothy head. What aroma it gives off is spicy, but its a mild spicyness. No yeast or esters in nose. Some banana comes through, but its flavors come out much stronger on the tongue. There's the typical wheaty elements of clove, banana, but theres a strong presence of pepper in there too. Flavors aren't blend, rather strong and easy to pick out on the palate. Alcohol has a clear presence-

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown with a silky beige head.

Nose has a really big wheat aroma with tropical fruits, cloves, caramel, spicy yeast and booze.

Taste also has a big wheat and bready malt presence followed by herbal hops, banana, citrus, clove, peppery yeast and subtle alcohol tones.

Medium to full body has a soft carbonation. A bit hot, but still drinks well. Should age nicely.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz provided by SAS... Poured into my small La Trappe goblet... 1/2" head... the brew is lightly hazed deep golden... descent cap and no real lace.

The nose is very surprisingly muted.. a tad bit too much EtOH... Some background bubblegum... a bit of apricot... Seriously.. not alot going on here... The alcohol burn just blows out all other components..

Flavor is boozy and little else.. some honey essence and descent overripe banana esters .. a very minor bit of clove.. ehhh.. like a huge American hefe with a small shot of vodka... I am so far not digging this one.. solvent alcohol finish..

I have one more of these from a great MA BA .. but .. wow .. I don't think my palate is off... this is really no good right now.. The alcohol fumes are close to flammable.. Sweet sugary... This was a chore split between two BA's.

I can see what Weyerbacher was doing.. and maybe this "should" have been aged for a damn long time... but right now, I am having a hard time figuring out what the base beer is.... just too much burn and not enough of what should be in a Wheatwine, American BW, English BW, Eisbock, Etc...

Not digging this one at all... too damn hot.. final sip is bad apricot brandy.

Photo of Risser09
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby brown color with lots of head that builds quickly and rises to 3". It is light tan in color and shows great retention. The bubbles are minute and there is plenty of lace that remains. I love the red glow that makes up the outer edges of the beer.

Smell: Sweet and wheat-driven, this beer is spicy with almond and nutmeg. A toasted cereal aroma is faint. Interesting.

Taste: This beer comes off very strong, like an eisbock. The grain components are powerful with wheat and munich malts. The main flavor is actually alcohol, with subsidiary flavors of caramel, nougat and almond. Intense.

Mouthfeel: Very boozy from start to finish, I'm having a tough time getting through the 12 ounces. Lots of coating turbidity and plenty of residual sugar. Belly & throat warmth.

Drinkability: One hsould be enough for the evening. This beer could use some time in the cellar where it could mellow out. I'm sure the wheat component would make it great after 5 or 10 years.

Photo of nickd717
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC.

A - Hazy golden-orange color with a small vanishing white head.

S - Aroma is banana, wheat, spices, and alcohol.

T - Really boozy, sweet, and a bit overdone with banana, wheat, spices, honey, and lots of alcohol. This does not hide the fact that it is almost 12% ABV whatsoever.

M - Palate is medium-full with medium-high carbonation and a dry, boozy finish.

D - Not great. I really didn't care to finish this after about half of it, but what the hell, I did.

Maybe it needed more time to age, but I just didn't find this one to be that impressive. Goes to show you can't always make a great beer by brute force.

Photo of everetends
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle that I picked up at Bruisin' Ales last week in Asheville, NC. Was really to see this in 12 ozers considering these anny beers from Weyerbacher are traditionally in bombers. From my experience with Wheatwines, they are better in smaller doses and to be savored instead of slammed in mass quantity. Alright, to the beer. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a very nice dark honey color. You have some orange, yellow and brown going on in here. Held to the light, this beer doesn't change color much. The best I can put is that it just lightens up a touch, still the same colors just a touch lighter. The pour bubbled up a slow finger of bright white head. It slowly fades to a thick ring going on here that stays and is accompanied by a thin oil slick of foam. Good and thick sheets of lace are on the glass after each sip, but these ease slowly back in due to the slick film that sits on the glass. Very nice in presentation.

S: I really do think this is the best part of this beer. Big time aromas coming out of this snifter. Starts with some heavy wheat of course. Tons of spicy and earthy presence which is what I expect from the style. Quite awesome. Behind that is what can be best described as if you were freshly cutting bananas and apples for a fruit tray. The banana is so BIG. Just so fresh and present. To mellow it out a touch you get some honey, clove and caramel presence. Floral hops are present for sure but not really shining, this is really a malt and wheat forward beer . . . and I love that.

T: This starts up again like a big ass imperial hefe. Big time and amped up wheat flavors. Nice and spicy with some good peppery flavors mingling with some good earthy and an almost leather type flavor. Then you get that huge banana flavor. Yet again so clean and very prominent. Slight apple flavor. Cloves and honey are sweetening it up a bit. Would have gotten better marks but the alcohol is very present. Tons of alcohol flavor (not just burn), you can taste the alcohol and it is a bit much at times. Still good stuff.

M: Big full bodied brew, very slick and sticky. Carbonation is light and just a touch of crispness in here. The alcohol is hot, yes sir. Tons of alcohol burn in the throat and the stomach. The wierd part is the residual and very lasting burn this beer has. It sticks with you. I think I am sweating. Aftertaste is booze and bananas.

D: Well, this is a very nice beer. The aromas and flavors are great. I dig it for sure. It only got average marks in drinkability because of the alcohol presence. Just a ton of a booze really does take away from the drinking experience. This is a slow sipper for sure but thats the style. It should be a big beer and this is absolutely that. Damned good beer and I look forward to trying one many months from now when this has cooled off a bit.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - honey color with a creamy tan head that leaves a layer of foam down the side of the glass.

S - Huge banana aroma. Spice, wheat, some alcohol and yeast.

T - Apricot, banana and over ripe melon. Alcohol flavor helps contribute to the over ripe melon making it very ripe at times. Nice dunkleweiss flavor to it.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel but soft and creamy with a touch of warm alcohol.

D - A nice sipper. Bold flavors with some warming alcohol but I am surprised by how subdued it seems for such a big beer.

Photo of chaz410
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All Hail Weyerbacher!!!
I have had the anniversary beers from 12 and 13 but this thing blows everything out of the water!
It pours a light amber body with a thin white froathy head.
The smell is unbelievable. It is full of wheat malt, strong, thick caramel malt lacing and a little hint of mild hops along with some alcohol notes.
The taste is even better! This is like the strongest hefeweissen you've ever had, mixed with a nice English barleywine and then finishes with a strong Dukleweissen finish. There's a great wheat forefront with nice caramel and 2 row mouthfeel and then a thick alcohol and barley back mouth followed by bannana and clove hints.
The mouthfeel is velvety and fantastic!
This is very easy drinking for a strong beer and Im sure it will age well.
This beer is one of the best I've had in months, love it, buy it, store it, it's the best!!!!

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gamboge colored...whisp of a white head on top.

S-Spicy and boozy.... fruity but the peaches, nectarines smell like they are coming out of some everclear soaked jungle juice concoction...also some bubble gum esters...

T-Spiciness is up front...I like it....a little more wheat malt sweetness balances..also a little bit of caramel...the fruitiness is there as well with similar flavors as the aroma.

M-Big beer..alcohol laden but not bitingly so. Has a somewhat sticky texture....finishes with a little acidic fruitiness...

D-A great sipper to enjoy while sitting by the campfire....

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

Very interesting beer. Had this on tap at the brewery during the release of Riserva a few weeks ago.

I didn't really know what to expect from a wheatwine, as I have never had this style before, but I did expect some wheat!
A: Pours a dark cloudy shade of mahogany and produces some decent lacing and a good head that retains well.

S: Tons and tons of wheat. Smells like a bowl full of wheaties! Slight fruit aroma comes off of this as well as a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms, but other than that it remains pretty well hidden for its ABV

T: Same as the nose, exceptionally wheaty in flavor. A twangy citrus note is present as well as a lingering metallic note. Fine brew here.

MF/D: Don't really know if it is light/med/heavy for the style, but compared to others I would say medium/full.

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 riversider76
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick,hazy golden orange. Thin tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit,spices and clove. Alcohol is big in the aroma.Body is thick and carbonated. Taste is of sweet dark fruits. Lots of alcohol and a nice spicy finish. Was a bit too sugary for my taste, but still really good.

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 TonyGutz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this poured like free flowing honey

S - after the pour the initial waft was quite strong and smelled d of spices and wheat

T - inital taste has a nice hard bite to it but it immediately mellows out to a nice fruity tase

M -the initial hit is quite strong and just like the bottle says it should mellow rather nicely with age

D - overall i would definitely have another the initial bite is not too strong, but enough to get your attention ad the flavor kicks in as soon as the bite dies down i am quite interested to see how this would taste after some time in the cellar. overall i am definitely going to get some more if they are still around

Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this beer is very drinkable and has some nice things about it that should make it grow.

A - yellow haze with a thick 2 fingered head that slowly went away.

S - strong smell of Bananas, wheat, and spice.

T - Apricot like very stong taste.

M - Burning very nice will taste nice cellard.

D - Well very stong will taste after cellering. Man this is a great brew just needs some time.

Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised peach appearance. Thin dirty white head. Lace is minimal. Nice aroma of banana esters and ripe melons and apricot. Some yeastiness too. Nice fruitiness to this beer. Tastes of apricot and passion fruit and green melon. Has that spiked punch feel to it because the alcohol makes its presence known too, in a good way I might add without any octane overload. A little peppery accent with some doughy malt tones as well. Lingerining alcohol and some bitterness. Lightly carbonated and medium-full body. Nice effort.

Photo of danmouer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere in the back of my muddled mind I had tucked away a mental note to try Weyerbacher's "14" when I stumbled across one, so as I was packing up a mixed six at my local, I saw and snatched a bottle.

However, I had forgotten originally why I wanted to taste it or what sort of brew it was supposed to be. But I got home, chilled it down, and just before dinner I popped the cap and poured. THEN I looked at the label to see what I was about to drink: a "wheat wine" weighing in at the ABV one expects from his 4-oz. glass of Cabernet Sauvignon! Yikes! And I had just poured 12 ounces...

After a quick readjustment of my expectations, here is what I found. The beer pours a hazy, opalescent orange-amber color and shoots up a huge just off-white rocky head that slides back on itself slowly, leaving a small but substantial corona of foam.

The aroma announces that there is alcohol present, along with fruity esters--banana and maybe a lemony citrus--and a soft fistful of malt. Hop aroma is far in the background.

The flavor is also alcohol-prominent, nicely winey, but leaner than expected. This is a medium-full-bodied big-boy beer, but not at all cloying or syrupy. Carbonation is good and attenuation seems to be higher than I expected. The finish is clean, but appropriately lingering.

Drinkability is an odd concept with this beer. Unfortunately, I sat down on my back porch at the close of a 95-degree Virginia summer day to drink a refreshing wheat ale, and I found myself riding a horse of a completely different color. I didn't finish the 12 ounces. Nonetheless, I intend to buy a couple and lay them down, share them with my sweetie or friends over a special meal or as a winter-warmer through the holiday season. Think I'll pour 4-oz servings in a nice tulip glass. I s'pect this brew will show much better in those circumstances.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reliable wheat twine. A good beer for the style.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple and somewhat forgettable design. Brief narrative the anniversary that gives name and occasion for the brew, with a small descriptive note. Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness but since it celebrates 14 years from 1995 to 2009 I guess one assumes it is generally speaking from 2009. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato (19°), with Alc. by Vol (11.8.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark orange haze with a surprising head for such a heavy beer, but something that makes sense with the wheat base, and it foams down quickly to a stubborn ring.

S - Hmmm, banana breadiness with clove like and orange peel hints common in wheat beers lingering over an emerging alcohol that it is quite present.

T - Sweet, a bit spicy, and boozy.

M - It approaches almost a full body, with some carbonation, and a heavy alcohol warming finish.

D - It´s drinkable. But the heaviness around the alcohol does not feel very compensated by too enticing a flavor or accessible complexity. The 12 ounces can feel a bit long if one is not in the right mood.

Notes: It´s a good brew, and I do think that is a reliable sample of wheat wine. I´m going to age one or two of them and see how they go in a few years and hopefully it´ll grow with age.

Photo of ToddT
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange tinted beer with a large beige head. Head falls slowly and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Wheat, banana, subtle spice and little notes of yeast. Subtle in aroma, I may have to let this warm some more to bring out the true notes.

T- Boozy and sweet, alcohol is prominent but not overpowering. Notes of banana and spice peak out from behind the power of the alcohol. Dark candied fruit at the finish, which is dry, and with sweet fruit as a lingering final note. As this warms subtle aromas and flavors become more evident and it becomes much more balanced.

M- More than medium in body and well carbonated. Slight syrup feeling and a little viscous. A little thick in the throat after each swallow.

D- A sipper to be sure, 11.8% ABV is powerful and while masked it does show through. Goes down easy but second or thirds are probably out of the question.

Brand new style for me and I'll look for more of it. Nice alternative to a barleywine, just as strong and complex but a little more drinkable right away. Cellaring this one is the way to go, can't wait to see how a year of age changes this. Warming brings out the true nature of this one.

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

A:Hazy, pale brownish color with off white head.

S: Banana.. and lots of it.. yowser. Smells like banana bread.. whole wheat banana bread.

T: banana, clove, a bit of alcohol... figs perhaps..?

M: Weird. not bad, but new.. Very full, and thick. 'fluffy' is the word they use to describe the style, and I can see why.

D: Good. Boy one will do me just fine. That is a big beer!

Photo of jamie2dope
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We need more Wheatwines out there, cheers to Weyerbacher for making this style part of their anniversary beer series. Pours a nice hazy orange/pink, with about a finger of white heading. Smells of ruby red grapefruit, berries and bitter hop permeate the aroma. Similar taste, though more stone fruit can be felt in the taste. Alcohol is deceiving for such a big brew. This is also definitely one to let warm up a bit to let some subtleties pull through. This is a great Wheatwine, and one of my favorites from this line of beers. Worth grabbing two four packs of; one to drink right away, and one to age for a while. Cheers

Photo of aerozeppl
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The nicest looking wheatwine that I have ever seen. Very nice garnet colored beer. Looks brown until it is held up to the light.

S: For as big a beer as this is the nose is rather tight. You get the booze right away. After that some burnt caramel and tons of sweetness.

T: Sweet and boozy just like it should be. You can actually pick up quite a bit of wheat in the finish. A touch of dark fruit in there with the booze.

M: Fairly thick and coating.

D: It is around 90 degrees out and this is going down way to easy. It could probably use a little time but I like letting the monster loose full force.

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like bright orange and lemon and grassy hops, with very sweet caramel and wheat malts, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like oranges and peaches and coriander, with wheat and bready yeast and sugary caramel. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this had nice flavor and body, but noticeable alcohol and unrefined taste. It was easy to tell that with some age, the alcohol will subside and the flavors will combine more intricately for better refinement. But even fresh, this beer was quite enjoyable, especially for sipping while close to room temperature. I loved the balance of hops and malt, and look forward to seeing how they will change over the years.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass, this beer was a hazy cherry amber color with a small white head. Nice aroma of banana, caramel, and spice. Taste also very nice, with banana, caramel, clove, and some hops late. The alcohol was noticeable, and I thought the beer was on the hot side. I'd like to cellar some and see if the alcohol calms down.

Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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