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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

678 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 678
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | 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:
Formerly Zotten, but taken off the market in Feb 2010 in a copyright infringement agreement between Weyerbacher and Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

(Beer added by: dborginis on 05-20-2010)
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Photo of KarlHungus
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of yeast, pepper, lemon rind, orange, leather, and earth. This aroma has some nice complexity. The taste has more barnyard qualities to it than the aroma does. There is some hay, horse blanket, lemon, pepper, and a hint of orange. Very nice. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Pale Ale that I will certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a solid pale malt scent along with good hop character and one hell of a yeast aroma. It's fruity/peppery; all of the above. The taste is great as well! I'm loving the bitter hop flavor compiled with a yeast character that's out of this world. It's dry and bitter and just plain good. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a Belgian pale that borders on a Belgian IPA. It's complex and super enjoyable. Great job Weyerbacher!

WesWes, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of mmmbeer
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, with no freshness date. Pours golden amber, fairly clear, with lots of carbonation that builds up a two finger froth. The head settles to a quarter inch, leaves nice lacing, and the body loses carbonation rather quickly. In the nose, light malt and spicy hops yield to fruity/phenolic yeast. Tastes of toasted malts, spicy/medicinal yeast, and a firm bitterness from the green/spicy hops. It has a medium body, with lots of carbonation that quickly ebbs, and a lingering bitterness. They call this a Belgian pale, but it almost tastes more like a saison. Either way, this is an easy to drink brew that is well-balanced and definitely worth a revisit. An impressive offering from Weyerbacher.

mmmbeer, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of TurtleCove
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle bought as part of a mix pack from local beer distributor.
Poured into a Duvel tulip, great looking beer. Deep golden honey brown, expected cloudiness from lees. Three finger white head, fine bubbles, subsides slowly to good lacing.
Smell is as expected from a Belgian style pale ale, yeast, spice and citrus, maybe a hint of melon and banana too.
Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and almost creamy form the fine carbonation.
Taste, like smell, is as expected from a Belgian style pale ale with great yeast and a slight hoppy finish. One interesting, and very pleasant, flavor note is a slight herby flavor reminiscent of fresh dill.
Eminently drinkable.

TurtleCove, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer caught me off-guard in how good it was. A pleasant mix of Brett funk and hops. Brett on the nose.

The taste is well constructed. Brett up-front. And then a pleasant and non-overwhelming hops bitterness at the end.

I highly recommend this, especially for any Orval fans out there.

GeoffFromSJ, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished pumpkin with a lustrous luminescence when backlit with radiant morning sunshine. The incredibly creamy crown is more ecru than alabaster. It almost looks good enough to be called Belgianesque, something that rarely occurs with Belgian-style beer brewed in America. An attractive array of tattered lace graces the glass.

The aroma is pretty close to classic for the style. I used those words because this Belgian pale ale uses American hops (Centennial and Cascade). Their citrusiness takes a backseat to what smells like an incredibly estery yeast strain, though that's fine with me. Warming brings out even more boldness.

This is fantastic beer that reminds me of one of the all-time great ales in this corner of the country (or anywhere else for that matter). New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat is a kick-ass hefeweizen that uses American hops and does so in gobsmacking fashion. Zotten isn't quite that special, but it is a marvelous marriage of the Old World and the New World.

The mouthfeel is more than fine and has picture perfect carbonation that adds sparkliness to a flavor profile that is already as zippy and zesty as all get out. That said, no one who knows better would mistake it for having been brewed in Belgium.

Zotten is Belgian/Flemish for 'fools'. Anyone who loves Belgian-style beer that is insanely drinkable would be foolish not to seek this one out. I'm amazed at how many styles (from a multitude of countries) that Weyerbacher does well. Slam Dunkel and this beer are perfect examples.

*reviewed on 10-25-2009

BuckeyeNation, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of HopsYeast
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this at a weyerbacher pairing dinner. they paired it up with mussels in a thai coconut broth. the broth had overpowering amounts of acid in it but the beer helped that alot by counterbalancing it.

a-dark bronze slightly cloudy. had little to no head but it was poured as part of a mass pouring so everyone at the dinner got theirs at once. so i have no idea if the beer sat or not and for how long after it was poured.
s-smells almost like you expect an ipa to but with a much less pungent hops smell. has a more mellow floralness to it.
t-it starts off with a quick burst of hops that very quickly gives way to semi sweet yeast flavors. the beer completely washes off your palate after every sip so it was great to drink with that overpowering broth the mussels were in.
m-smoooth. very small amount of carbonation. velvety and easy to drink.
o-very drinkable. and at 5.6% it is something to keep in stock. it is bottle and keg conditioned so aging this would be a fun experiment.

HopsYeast, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is fruity and yeasty with a hint of butterscotch. It pours a hazy, barely translucent solar yellow with a very thick and rather persistent cumulus-fluffy white head. Flavor has a fruity core, a mix of per and apple, with a firm yeasty tone and hints of butterscotch and grass plus a not exactly subtle bitter nip. Firm, smooth texture has well-rounded body and quite a bit of fizz. Don’t forbid this from your beer selection!

Cyberkedi, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of cokes
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

cokes, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of boss302
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Verboten, 12 oz bottle, 5.9%abv, bottle conditioned, seasonal. This beer was sold last year under the name Zotten, but due to a name dispute with a Bruges, Belgian brewery, they are now Verboten from using that name.

A Copper in color, not clear. Not much head, but then I took it easy on the pour, trying not to upset the dregs in the bottle. The next one will be poured more aggressively, however I do not think this took anything away from this special beer. It did have a small head, some lacing, but it failed to cover the beer by half glass.

S Big hoppy aroma, citrusy, some fruitiness.

T This is a big hopped beer with a good dose of maltiness to check the hops just a bit. There is some sweetness from the malt but there is no doubt that hops are the main show with this beer. Quite a tasty beer and a bit of a surprise for a self proclaimed Belgian-style Pale ale. Not at all what I think of when I think Belgian Pale Ale. There is a lingering astringency long after the swallow, but its not unexpected from the high IBUs.

M This is a medium bodied beer. There is a thickness that comes from the malt, and the carbonation seems just right. No alcohol taste.

O This is just a wonderful beer. The hop dominant balance hits perfectly in that high hop beer area without being ridiculously hoppy. I love the high hop beers, but when I want more than one, I'll be reaching for the Weyerbacher. Definitely do not miss this beer.

boss302, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of complexnomenclature
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

complexnomenclature, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of yergermeister
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

sailorastro, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Orange-golden in color and moderate clarity. Moderately large frothy pale beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Lovely palate of Belgian yeast character-bursting with fruity esters (lemon, orange, pear, and a hint of cherry), lemongrass, herbal, and spicy hops, spicy white-pepper phenols, and some soft, bready malt in the background. Smell is complex and delicious.

Flavor-Sweet, pear-like fruity esters, followed by golden bready malt. The mid-palate is rich with orange and lemon citrus, before being overtaken in the finish by peppery phenols and grassy, spicy hop flavors. Hop bitterness is medium and the finish is dry. The aftertaste lingers on, and combines sweet pear and lemon with grassy herbs and a bit of spice. Yum.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate to moderately high carbonation. Dry finish, but no astringency.

I love this beer. It smells sublime, and has an awesome taste to go with it. The wide variety of esters, phenols, and hop characters play wonderfully together, and come across as elegantly complex rather than as a garbled mess. Tasty, easy drinking, and easy to pair with food. Two thumbs up.

plfahey, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - very nice, hazy amber yellow coloration, with moderate white head. Laces nicely.

s - aroma is extremely refreshing. Yeasty hops with a light citrus aroma.

t - follows the nose. great earthy taste. dirt and grass and a little bit of spice on top of yeasty, citrusy hops.

m - excellent mouthfeel. very, very balanced all the way through. could not be hopped or carbonated any more appropriately.

d - very drinkable. refreshing, clean, high quality. very solid beer.

jmerloni, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of HeroicDoses
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Randomly bought a 4 pack of this on a early spring Sunday afternoon from Shop Rite Liquors in Oakland, NJ (tremendous selection btw), and am loving it! Pours a sweet light orange, solid head, great texture, subtle bite, mouthwatering hops and amazing finish. Not much more to say other than I could drink this stuff forever. Too bad it's been discontinued, but apparently it's eventually supposed to be sold under a different name (so don't fret!!). If you get a chance to get this, DO IT, it's the real deal.

HeroicDoses, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of dborginis
4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the Brewery:
Verboten is a Belgian-style pale ale with an American twist. It is brewed with pale carahell and wheat malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops to give it a distinctly American character. The medium bodied beer has a crisp palate and moderate bitterness coupled with the fruity esters from the abbey yeast strain. It is bottle and keg conditioned, so expect a tall, fluffy head and a small amount of sediment. ABV: 6%

Zotten had become my favorite beer last year, and I am so glad it is returning as Verboten. If you don't know the story, there are multiple forum threads about this.

This was poured from a bottle out of a case with Aug 27 2010 as the drink by date. There was about an inch of head, a clean white color, with the rest a slightly turbid golden color. The smell is the standard Belgian sweetness.

The beer itself has the sweetness standard of a Belgian style. That's the first flavor. Then comes the bitterness from the hops (and two of my favorite hop species) and a bit of solvent from the alcohol. The beer is well carbonated: I like a beer with a bit of carbonation. It all combines to make what has become my favorite beer. I am about to brew my own Belgian Pale Ale and I can only hope it tastes half as good as this!

I'd wish only that all this flavor could be achieved in a slightly lower ABV to make it truly sessionable. Still it is a great drink anytime, and I'll have to stock up unless they take this guy year-round!

dborginis, May 21, 2010
Photo of NewBeerMember
4.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful orange color; served in a glass. Not much of a flothy head. Wonderful aroma, nice feel and taste, a little bit strong aftertaste. Very similar to my favorite beer, Stella Artois however, packed with more flavor. Will buy this again. It was highly recommended.

NewBeerMember, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Gww1864
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Gww1864, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of JoePetto
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at TND in Wayne in 13oz wide beer flute. This is not an attempt to create a rendition of a true belgian pale ale, rather it is a "tweener" beer bridging the belgian and american pale ale styles. That said, this is a really enjoyable beer regardless of style. Funkiness of the Merry Monks yeast strain hits first then followed by a nice amount of hops flavor on the finish. The beer is zippy with flavor and carbonation and extremely refreshing. At 6% ABV, this beer is made to session.

JoePetto, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of RyanPS
5/5  rDev +33%

RyanPS, Nov 17, 2011
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of teyuders
5/5  rDev +33%

teyuders, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of anoctopus
5/5  rDev +33%

anoctopus, Feb 15, 2012
Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.