Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dborginis on 05-20-2010

Formerly Zotten, but taken off the market in Feb 2010 in a copyright infringement agreement between Weyerbacher and Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan.
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Ratings: 725 | Reviews: 321
Reviews by EORS:
Photo of EORS
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy amber with almost no head.

S: Good aroma of spicy, musty yeast, little bit of lemon. Malt as the beer warms up.

T: Tangy spicy yeast, edging to sharp when it mixes with the alcohol. Tart rather than bitter.

M: Full, with almost no carbonation.

O: OK for the style, straightforward. Tastes like a Belgian beer without the dryness or thinner body of a tripel.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Fruity nose right when the cap is popped, and pours out a weathered golden hue with good lacing to boot. Herbal, salty and minty, with mango, musk and lemon zest in the aroma. Smooth yet bitty; creamy but with a bitter pull. Yeasty with a semi-pungent, phenolic herbal tone. Bitterness dials in pretty high. Fruity but dulled by the bitterness, the al- cohol shows a slight warmth. Phenols want to be on top; bitter semidry finish. Intensely complex with an in-your-face bitterness and a new flavor around every corner. Quite enjoyable.

Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Excited to give this a try. Pours into my glass a hazy yellow orange with a billowing bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start out with sweet pale grain malts along with some banana and spice with a bold clove accent. Belgian yeast as well. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp light grain malt upfront that carries with it some sweetness. Some banana and fruit accents follow along with a spiciness of clove and light pepper. Finishes with a touch of Belgian yeast and lingering sweetness. Overall it is just not cohesive and ends up being rather bland.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an onslaught of fast moving carbonation. The excess carbonation gets in the way and knocks down my enjoyment of the brew. Overall, I'm really not digging this brew. It falls somewhat flat flavor wise and ends up being rather boring.
Thanks to afterexile for the opportunity to try it.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my goblet the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head.
Great aroma. Sweet malt, outdoors/yeasty, a bit of citrus.
The aroma didn't quite translate into the taste, but was close. A bit of lemon, sweet bread, and some late hops.
Medium mouthfeel, quite pleasant.
I will want to drink more of these.

Photo of Guden
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Fairly cloudy copper color with a thin layer of head that sticks around but leaves no lacing.

S- Coriander and bubblegum with a little bit of sulfur and fresh grain.

T- The grain comes through with earthy hops and a bit of the belgian character. There's a lot going on but it's not very good instead tasting pretty grainy and muddy. The finish is a spicy bitterness.

M- Pretty thin and dry with medium low carbonation. There's also a bit of a grainy texture to it that doesn't seem to fit. It could definitely use more carb for my tastes.

O- A very average beer. I've had it a couple times when it was around but probably won't go back again. Nothing terrible but nothing particularly good or interesting.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap pours semi cloudy yellowy amber, it lifts a tight khaki head, but then trails behind onlyminor lacing. Midle of the road Belgain pale in my book. Fruity in the mid section and then quite dry in the finish. Pleasant enough stuff, sessionable, would be nice with a warm weather lunch, salads, bread and cheese, but nothing to seek out or go nuts over.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very hazy honey orange with sustained cream-colored head.

Smell: Mix of very sweet banana bread & fleshy fruit and very dry clove & pepper. Somewhat musty as well.

Taste: Not as much as sweet fruitiness as in the smell. This is dried out musty malts with slight banana and wheat-like undertones. Ends extremely peppery, spicy and bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, creamy medium body, extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: For a standard Belgian Pale Ale, this is very bitter and funky, but it is also quite crisp and refreshing. Very good, unique, summer seasonal.

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

MY 100TH REVIEW kinda wish i couldve had a little better beer than this for the 100th, but the next 2 should make up for it.

pours a hazy glowing orange amber color. big fluffy head, almost pure white faded to a ring half way through the glass. just a touch of lacing.

in the aroma your hit with big bubblegum and bananna from the yeast, some spiciness, floralness, from the hops i imagine. the aroma almost reminds me of the flouride u used to get from the dentist when you were a kid.

for the taste you get some of the belgian yeast character, flouride taste, and then you get a lot of american hops. the 2 flavors combined create a kind of spiciness, almost peppery if you will. finishs a dry bitter spicy flavor that lingers. seems more like a belgian APA. doesnt seem to have the soft fluffy goodness of the true belgian PAs. for this i go down in the score a little, still a very good beer.

smooth mouthfeel, medium body. good carb. but just not the same as an authentic belgian. good drinkability.

Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a beautifully clouded copper orange hue with a thick chunky doughnut like cream tinted white head, has some yeast specks floating on board. Lacing is perfect fine Belgian style lacing evenly strong around my glass.

Aromatics offer up floral hops with citrus components joining in, mildly spiced yeast notes with fresh baked bread in the biscuit malt department. Very soothing and delicious smelling brew from Weyerbacher.

A superb blend of flavors collide with cookie dough like malt and sweet bread layers with yeast spicing the party up a bit. Finishing with mildly earthy, pungently citric, and pleasantly floral hop additions. A bit of undeniable Belgian funk going down brings it all together. A perfect blend of spiced bready hoppy ale sits in my glass very well done the most finesse to come of Dan Weirback in some time.

Mouthfeel is so smooth carbonation bubbles to tickle a bit but overall the balance of malt and hops streaks so nicely across the palate, quite the interesting medium bodied Belgian style pale. Leaves traces of yeast spice and bittering hops on the palate, and hop burps will follow and tickle the nose.

Drinkability overall kicks ass one of those OMFG beers that inspires me to try as many beers as I can. A case of this is in my near future I have to sit on these and watch them evolve, the best American brewed belgian style pale to cross my palate reminiscent but by no means a copycat of Orval Trappist.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk chalice.

A: The deep amber liquid was fully covered by a short, dense and creamy tan head that had excellent retention and left my glass fully coated when tilted.

Above The aroma features banana/clove yeastiness, some alcohol esters, bready malt and some peppery spice, It's complex and rich, and seems to change every time I lift the glass. The flavor has more fruit and less pepper than the nose indicates. Moderate bitterness.

Excellent mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with very good carbonation (perhaps a tad aggressive) and a pleasantly full body.

O: True Belgian quality and character (allowing for some American hops) in an ale from Pennsylvania. [4.25]

Photo of SPRichard
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a single bottle 2 weeks back to try it out....finally got around to drinking it today

copper/orange hue...cloudy body....thick white head...a little yeast floating around but it is a bottle conditioned beer so i expected some....nice strong presence of Belgian lacing down the glass

floral hops with some citrus scents also...a touch of spiced yeast...fresh baked bread/biscuit

Belgian funk...sweet bread....finishes with a mild earthy and pleasant floral hop

very smooth carbonation bubbles that tickle the tongue a bit ...nice balance of hops and malt overall over the palate...medium bodied...slight traces of yeast spice and bitter hops on the palate

glad i had a chance to give this one a shot...nothing like investing in a 4 or 6 pack of beer to find out you don't like it...i'll be sure to pick up a 4 pack of this on my next trip to the liquor store....always a plus to find a local made beer that is worth coming back too

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Verboten poured a clear,amber in my goblet. Not as big of a white head as I expected. Lots of yeasty Belgian spice fills your nose, light zesty mouthfeel, nice going down, although I have had better Belgian style Pale Ales. Banana and citrus are promenent. It certainly has a malty Pilsnet type grassy base. Good amount of hops which provides nice bitterness.

I bought a whole case of this stuff back in Aug. Really good up until Oct., not impressed with the aging of this.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of floral and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright and light citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn earthy and mild amounts of indistinct spices join in, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer. Note entirely to style but very crisp and well worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy golden orange. A fluffy white head sits at a dense three fingers fingers or so for some time, never really fading. Patchy lacing is more than moderate in volume and extremely sticky.
There's a good balance and complexity on the nose as fresh hops mix with a clean malt, rounded out by aromas of tart and sweet fruits, yeast and a slight peppery nip.
Hops are pure and clean in the taste and the malt balances nicely with it. Also in play is plenty of a tart green apple note as well as light citrus, the ever-present yeast and the nipping spice. Rounding out the finish is an herbal, earthy flavor. There's a very nice character to this.
The mouthfeel is at once both smooth and crisp with a light to moderate carbonation in a medium to full body.
I'm not too familiar with the style just yet, and this one is certainly good enough to keep me interested.

Photo of BrewerMike
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange color, crystal clear, with a decent off-white head that remains in some fashion all the way to the last drop. Has the appearance of a thin beer without much body or flavor. Average carbonation.

S: Mild Belgiany aroma--yeasty, bready, clovey. Some slight hints of citrus hops [but not as strong as many others report]. Also a slight sweet, bubblegum aroma, but mostly yeasty/bready.

T: Sharp on the tongue up front. Balanced malty/bready sweetness with spicy and bitter finish. Some citrus/lemon peel notes toward the end. Most present is the earthy, bready character. Slight toffee/caramel flavors which get taken over by the citrus hops. Not overpowering, decently balanced and light. More flavor than appears up front. A bit more bitter on the finish than I would like, leaving somewhat of a tart, bitter taste in my mouth.

M: Definitely more body and various flavors going on that makes it interesting. A bit too sharp and bitter than I expected for this style, even if it's a pale ale. Carbonation is nice and refreshing.

D: Quite drinkable. Pretty well balanced, although slightly more bitter than expected. Alcohol is well hidden. Wish it went down a bit smoother, but enjoying it more as I drink it.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer that kept me identifying more flavors and subtleties as I drank it. I enjoyed the earthy/bready character to the citrus bitterness and wish that balance was closer. But I definitely enjoyed this as a diversion from a typical pale ale as well as a "typical" Belgian (if one can say typical and Belgian in the same sentence). I didn't grade it as high as some primarily because of the bitter bite toward the end of each sip. This, coming from someone who is obsessed with IPAs.

Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is slightly darken golden brew. The appearance was great. You can't clearly see through it so its not a typical Belgian wheat. It is slightly fruity with some bitterness to it. I poured this brew from a bottle to a glass and there was not much foam associated to it. Even though it was fruity there was not much sweetness and there was a dry after taste.

Photo of fav920
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a pro with belgian pale ales, but i like this a lot. If you've had Quad by Weyerbacher (which I love), this tastes like a "Quad Light". I will buy this again, and paid $7.75 for a 4pk at Jonathon Ron in Brielle, NJ. Another quality beer by Weyerbacher!

Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head with no retention, leaving a very small ring on top. No lacing at all.

S: Lots of orange and banana with plenty of wheat. There is a little bit of grassy/floral hops along with plenty of spice. Faint bubble gum as well.

T: Much more banana on the flavor profile mixed with a bunch of cloves. Some grain and wheat come forward as does some light caramel and some more more bubblegum.

M: Light to medium bodied, active carbonation.

O: Liked this one a good bit actually. Easy drinking with a fruit forward flavor profile.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Zotten

A- Hazy cloudy orange/brown with a huge thick frothy head.
S- Spicy. Orange peel, grape, and cherry.
T- Spicy dry cloves with a tart fruity bite. Cherry, orange, lemon, and grape really come out. Wheaty and yeasty.
M- Very dry and spicy. A harsh bitter aftertaste.

Overall- Good spiciness. Slight metallic bitterness is a bit bothersome.

Photo of asabreed
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A hazy mildly burnt orange color with a sticky and slightly raucous head that likes to leave broken webs of lacing all over the middle part of the glass.

Smell: There's an initial killer tandem of candied pineapple and vanilla going on here that I really like. Followed by strong and earthy citrus tones. Clean nuanced hops too, which is hard for me to explain. They're mellow and add a weird creaminess to the nose in some way, almost candle-wax like? Though that doesn't make much sense. And there might be some berries somewhere too. There's a lot going on here, and the possibilities as it changes temperature seem to be pretty wide and varied.

Taste: What I like here, and what differs from the aroma, is the spiciness from what I perceive to be the hops. The yeast and hops seem to be providing all the flavor here, which is evident in the quality and presentation everywhere. Candied fruit, pineapple, vanilla, pepper, woodsy earthiness, mildly nuanced and flowery hops that settle in nicely for the long and cascading, complex finish, with the great earthiness, the spicy hop bite, and the candied fruit and vanilla coming together harmoniously and joyfully.

Mouthfeel: Good and creamy and well-carbonated, more between lighter and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: A highly nuanced beer from the sometimes (though I enjoy it thoroughly) over-the-top Weyerbacher. Take some time with this one, let it sit, sip on it. This had some TLC involved, and I would bet that with the Pepsi challenge many wouldn't be able to tell that this is really a domestic. Bravo, again, Weyerbacher, for the addition to the already many times I've said it.

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

16oz pour from the tap, served in an English-style pint glass

A - dark amber colored beer, somewhat hazy. small layer of loose bubbly just off-white foam floating on top, thin spotty lacing down the glass.

S - freshly cut grass from hops, some belgian yeast, light caramel backbone. lightly fruity and yeasty.

T - following the nose with a nice lead taken by grassy belgian hops, balanced by some light fruits (apples, pears, very subtle banana).

M - thin body with tight and lively carbonation which cuts through the somewhat strong bitter hops nicely. finishes clean with some lingering soapy bitterness.

D - solid "good" all around. there are better BPA's but this one runs straight down the middle of the style. ABV keeps it pretty drinkable though the hops could wear after a couple. not bad at all.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful looking beer, I got that desired "two-finger cap" and it's an incredibly foamy beige thing. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of lace stick going on.

Aroma is rather subtle and even unremarkable. Not bad in any way, but the hints of peach/pear fruit, sweet spice and nutty yeast are just that--hints. Seems somewhat closed off, or muted...or maybe my sniffer ain't working well tonight...

The flavor totally and utterly hits its mark. A mellow but firm malt center offers a doughy foundation for fruits (apple, pear, peach) to leap off from, and the yeast is nutty and just slightly funky. There's a mineral vibe shrouding the flavor, in just the right measure where it feels earthy rather than metallic. Nuttiness, a light hop kiss and dessert-y spice linger in the enjoyably dry finish.

Light-to-medium body, and it fills the mouth with tiny bubbles, making for a springy, airy sensation, although there's also a nice bready roundness as well.

This actually outclasses Bruges Zot, which I found overrated, but which is of the same style and shares a conceptual link. It may not outclass all authentic Belgians in the style, but it can sure hold its own. Another Weyerbacher winner.

Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Foggy honey-orange with a tan and sticky rise of dirty white foam.
The nose is hit first with a lemon peel zestiness, along with hints of chamomile and rosewater. It turns doughier with notions of raisin bread. Hops bring a kaleidoscope of flowers.
It begins bready, lighty toasty, lightly doughy. Some candied orange presents itself early on, then shuffles off to the background. Golden raisins, honey, and vanilla-caramel nougat step into its place. Yeast brings peppery, gingery spiciness, with hues of clove and allspice, as well as a discernible earthy, wet stone quality. Hops are big and brash, and bring pulpy, reedy, prairie grass and wildflowers, full of resonate bitterness and resinous chlorophyll, replete with the softer hues of lilac and rose petals.
Medium bodied, with a fluffy, steady CO2, giving it an airy, but muscular feel. It's eminently drinkably, despite and due to its complexities.
Best of both worlds. This is a gem.

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Some yeast aroma. White soapy head on light orange body. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, and spicey, corriander, a little cloves and pepper.A little bannana. A little hoppy and drying in the finish. An average beer overall, likely better with food.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy orangish amber with a thick, bubbly, loose off white head

S - yeasty, apples, white grapes, faint spice

T - apples, peppery, white grapes, clove

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit over carbonated, smooth

Not a bad beer, but a bit simple. It has decent flavor and drinkability. I probably won't pick this up again, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.