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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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711 Ratings

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 43 | 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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Photo of rodcom
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had a growler of the Alpha beer the second night after they cracked open the firkin at the Drafting room in Exton PA. Overall very glad I tried the beer. It is a very unusual taste, color and feel for a beer. First the color/look - pale yellow color, but the yeast leaves it cloudy and there looked to be chunks as you poured it in the glass. Taste wise it was kind of a blend between a Belgian Pale and a wheat beer. Feel - it was a beer you felt like you were chewing it. Usually, I like the warm of a cask style beer, but in this case think it tasted better after I put the growler in the fridge for the second night.

My recommendation - definitely try a glass of this beer when you get a chance since it is so different though not positive you will like it enough to try a second, but you will be able to say you had a "firkin".

Photo of davey101
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Dark copper orange with a nice fluffy white head

S - Not a great aroma. Light citrus, yeast, bread, and some spice. There's a slight hint of offensive soapiness on the end.

T - Yeasty bread, light malts, orange peel, and spices in the finish. Some hop bitterness is present as well.

O - I picked this up off the shelf for a mixed six pack. Not an amazing brew, buts is pretty decent. It did hit the spot on this hot night as its fairly refreshing.

Photo of steve8robin
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle on a whim. First time I've seen this one. 12oz bottle...

A: A nice murky golden color with a small 1 inch white head that fades at a quick pace to a small lace atop the brew. Very light bubbles. Good.

S: A mild earthy bitterness with a mild clove and banana quickly followed. A very faint bubble gum scent on the back. Ok.

T: A clove / nutmeg mix upfront quickly followed by some banana with a dry bubble gum on the back. Ok.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation. A fruity dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is an ok brew. Not much special about this one. I've never been a Belgian style fan. I think it's the fruity / bubble gum / clove flavor that really puts me off. Not my style, I guess. If you like these flavors, you will enjoy this one.

Photo of axeman9182
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Part of my haul from volunteering at BBF. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Verboten pours a hazy burnt orange, with some gentle lighter orange highlights. There's only about a finger of bone colored foam sitting atop the beer. The nose is highlighted by some pleasant esters. Aromas of granny smith apples and white wine grapes waft out of the glass, offset by a dash of clove. The flavor profile starts off with a similar nice fruity notes. Phenols assert themselves a bit more here on the back end than in the smell, and unfortunately they move past clove and have a bit of a medicinal unpleasantness to them. The body is maybe just a little full for the style, but that's a minor issue. A little bit more of a concern is the noticeably dull carbonation, it's not nearly lively enough for a good Belgian ale. Verboten isn't anywhere near being an unpleasant beer, it just misses the mark a bit for the style.

Photo of tempest
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap for $5 a pint at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown. Appeared a hazy amber with a short head. This is an interesting beer, but I get some awful off aromas that really kill it for me. Still there's a relatively big, hoppy flavor with citrus and mild pine, while the aroma hits me with dirt and cleaning solvent - not cool. This beer needs some work, but it's not a good beer yet.

Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very clear, pale golden colored beer. The head is small, and appropriately whispy. Moderate lace. The aroma has some fruit scents, orange and pear, and a little spice. There is some floral scents...dried orange blossoms? Estery, phenolic...not much malt and hop aroma though. The taste is a bit hot, despite the moderate abv. It's peppery and dry. The carbonation could be a bit higher, but the overall body is firm and resilient. All in all, this beer is just average.

Photo of bbarrows
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, 1 inch white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

S: Sharp bitter, alcoholic nose. Not much else to notice besides this. Unexpected since it's only 5.9% abv.

T: Bitter and spicy from noble hops and yeast. Enough maltiness to balance out the hops without being sweet.

M: Moderate. Not dry, not cloyingly sweet...what's the word for something right in the middle?

D: Unusual blend of hop bitterness and spicy yeast characteristics make this a difficult beer for me to drink. I can't appreciate the combination.

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 Sneers
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my new Ommegang goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange capped with a modest off-white head. A healthy dose of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma starts off with golden fruits, namely pears. Spicy yeast comes through, as does a hint of citric hops. The aroma wafts all the way from my glass next to me, but isn't overall too strong.

The taste is all at once fruity, spicy, and bitter. All three hit the palate pretty aggressively at first, but the fruit, if anything, take the back seat. Peppery spice and the beers carbonation make for a nice effect. That said, the interaction of spice and bitterness without much counteracting sweetness make for a unique BPA, if not a little harsh. The bitterness especially comes through on the finish.

The mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation.

Weyerbacher serves up a pretty decent Belgian pale ale with Verboten, but they put their own spin on in and, in my opinion, miss the mark a little.

Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old school Zotten Labeled

Poured into chalice.

Pours over a finger of khaki head. Color is a dark orange hued gold. Good head retention leaving a solid lace ring after every drink I take. This was definitely the best part of the beer.

Aroma: Earthy and herbal. Fairly hoppy for what I was expecting. Some spices. Lemons and pepper. A bit grassy.

Taste: More lemons and pepper. Straight up. Lemonade with a dash of pepper is the best way to describe this beer. Odd. Earthy with herbal notes. Grassy. Spiced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and spiced. Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, an odd beer. Nothing too special. The pepper and spice really throw this beer off from making it something I may actually like. Not really for me.

Photo of StuMiller
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wiseguy142
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good looking. Amazing viscous head, lasts a while with some quickly dried up foamy lacing. Not a big fan of the color.. sort of a stereotypical beer color but there's nothing wrong iwth it.

The aroma is almost too much for my 1 unclogged nostril to handle. Sort of a pungent Belgian smell. I'm not a huge Belgian fan in general and it comes off to me as smelling like bleach. Otherwise very floral to sort of an extreme, like smelling a scented candle.

The taste again follows the bleachy smell. Maybe I'm sensitive to this because some of my early homebrews had problems with phenols, but this is a phenol phuck phest. Sweet and tart around the edges with a hint of alcohol.

You can tell the beer is bottle conditioned because it feels a bit foamy immediately when it enters your mouth. Drinkability not so much.

I'm having trouble finishing this. I don't think it's bad per say. I read in BA mag that some people were claiming it's too young and I think I tend to agree. Never been a big fan of Belgian Pale Ales in the first place- the Belgians I really like are the Strong Dark Ales but I wanted to try this out. I'm going to save the rest of the 4-pack for a few months and try again.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. Decent sized, foamy, white head on top of a clear, golden-wheat, body. Leaves some light lacing. Quite clear for a belgian pale.

Bubblegum nose with fruity banana esters and just a hint of other spices. Not really a fan of the bubblegum aroma.

Light wheat/pilsen flavor with a touch of banana and clove. Slightly metallic on the finish. Fairly average.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a bit of booze on the finish. Dry metallic feel.

Overall, this is a pretty average Belgian pale. I'm not really digging the metallic notes and it seems a bit filtered for the style. Plus the ABV really shouldn't be as noticeable as it is. I wouldn't recommend this one.

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 Grooveman53
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of mikefuski17
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of nivlac18
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of GoGators
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of VikeMan
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jkane101
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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