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85
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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 15
Gots: 34 | 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 prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Zotten is a darker shade of gold. It's a little hazy and has a bit of an orange tint with backlighting. A vanilla colored head covers the top and reaches nearly two fingers deep. It was very slow to dissipate and left sticky strands of lace lining the glass.

The nose good, though it is just a little underpowered. It kicks off with a bit of a sweet, citric scent. It smells like hop induced grapefruit and pineapple. Interesting. Belgian yeast quickly enters the mix and takes over the nose. Weyerbacher nailed that aspect. Pepper and light clove are noted. Alcohol isn't noticeable. For the style, it's pretty impressive. I like the citric hop twist. With a little more power, this would easily achieve the next highest score.

The flavor really delivers! There's definitely a citric hop element that's apparent from the first sip. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are noted, and it has just enough of a bitter kick to really satisfy this guy. It's an excellent twist on the BPA style. Belgian yeast is very flavorful and well done. I'm always to see an American brewery get that right. There's a light spicy flavor that caps it off. Pepper and light clove are the strongest varieties. Alcohol is blended very well and doesn't have a strong presence. It finishes spicy and a little dry.

Zotten has a light body. It's smooth, but would benefit from a little more girth. Carbonation is active, but isn't distracting. Drinkability is very high. This is a really tasty Belgian Pale that goes down very easy. Unfortunately, I have only a single bottle. I regret not picking up more.

Weyerbacher did a really impressive job with Zotten. It's not often that you find American takes on Belgian styles that are such a success. I guess this one deserves a bit of a footnote. The hoppy flavor is very American, but adds a great deal to the overall flavor. I love that aspect of it. The nose could use a little more muscle and the more body would help, but those are small gripes. Zotten's a fantastic beer that's well worth a purchase.

Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive frothy head after pouring into a tulip glass. A smooth, honey like appearance.

Immediately the Belgian yeast is evident in the aroma. Slightly sweet, some kind of light fruit is there as well.

The taste is at first lightly sweet, with evidence of the Belgian yeast. The next taste to hit are the hops. They are delicate, balanced, and delicious.

A fairly light, medium carbonation.

A really good example of the style, and reasonably priced as well.

Photo of scootny
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely to behold in the glass with an head the color of aged plaster. Lots of lace on the sides and a decent retention and fade. A dusky orange fluid that has just a touch of cloudiness. Smell has lots of Pilsner malt and Belgian candi sugar, Hops are spicy and well developed but not overpowering. A touch of alcohol that leads to a spicy, peppery quality. Taste is superb with a big malt body that unfolds the layers of the grains in a delicious bready showcase. Candi sugar adds a refined sweetness and the hops are a wonderful surprise with an American persona. Feel is supple with a velvet carbonation and swallow. Superior drinkability makes me wish I had a bigger growler.

Photo of drcarver
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a cloudy, medium amber color with a small 1/2 finger white head that lasts.

S - hint of perfume, citrus, and spice

A - a strong flavor of banana and pear balanced with citrus and a clove like spice. A long-hanging aftertaste

M - Smooth and creamy

D - Goes down nicely.

Photo of Kolsch
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle at Mr Bones, Greensburg PA

Appearance: Dark, brown hues of orange. Nice 1/2 inch head and retained very well thru drink

Smell: Smell of wheat and hops.

Taste: Starts out very much on the wheat side, sort of like the little brother of Slam Dunkel. Mid way thru, the hops kick in to remind you this is a pale ale as well. Nice combination of wheat and hops. None overpowers the other.

Overall: One of the better lower ABV offerings from Weyerbacher. Much welcomed addition to the lineup.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy beer with a nice orange copper color. Pours with a good size white foamy head thats dense and tall. This beer is well carbonated no doubt helping to keep the foamy sweetness propped up.

Aroma is that of most Beligums: spicy yeast with a pronounced banana and clove aroma.
Hops are low keyed and earthy.

A dry mostly malty brew with plenty of your typical Beligum yeast character. Taste is balanced well between the spicy banana cloves, malts and hops.
This beer is a good example of a BPA. It's sweet, dryand a little hoppy.
A very good beer.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 10/20/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a hazy, burnt orange with an inch of creamy and highly carbonated head. Ah, the genius of bottle conditioning!

S: It smells like lemon, banana, pepper, and the lovely Belgian yeast character.

T: It consists of tangy citrus flavors, spicy yeast, cereal grains, and a little bit of berry flavor.

M: It is leaning more toward the cereal grains at the end with a light mouthfeel.

D: It is usually tough to expect much from American breweries when it comes to Belgian styles (except for Ommegang and Russian River) but this is way up there.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at Whole Foods for a whopping $10. It beats getting a four pack for the same price or more. Drank this throughout the day.

Verboten pours a deep golden, sunset orange with some bronze hints. A bit darker than most BPA's. A very lively bright ivory white foam stood on top about 2 1/2 fingas worth with a bubbly look. Sudsy lace on the sides.

I could smell this all day, it really has a musk on it. Getting a whole lot of tropical fruit up front with pear and light pineapple. Some trace amounts of apple. Getting a nice malty base as well with a Belgian yeast strain that's unmistakable.

Taste is just as explosive with fruit up front with all the aforementioned types coming out. There really is nothing pale about this beer, it's really rich in flavor. Verboten is all about the fruit and the yeast which gives off a bready taste in between and at the end. Pears, apples, pineapple juice, baked bread and a malty finish. Hops don't really come into play although they are there in spirit.

This feels a bit fuller than your normal BPA. Id say about a bit less than medium bodied with a full flavor spectrum that comes than goes only leaving a bit of the yeasty bread on the tounge. It's amazing how Dan put so much flavor and body into a beer that's only 5.9%, it comes off like it should be at least 8% but it aint. A nice carb going for it that does not bite the tounge.

I normally tire of 64oz of the same beer after a while but I had no trouble finishing this growler off. The low alcohol kept me in check and the flavor kept me coming back for more. This is very drinkable and than some. Great beer here!!!!

Photo of Tim9m1r
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Medium copper color with an off-white medium textured airy head with some lace remaining after the head dissipates.

Smell - Lightly soured banana like fruit aroma followed by light sweet alcohol and spicy resiny hops.

Taste - Sweet malt and lightly soured fruit followed by sweet alcohol with a spicy resiny hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium viscosity that is clean and light feeling with moderate carbonation, light bitterness, and a mild alcohol warmth as the beer goes down.

Overall - Well balanced with a light feel and very good flavor that gets better as the beer warms closer to stout serving temperature.

Photo of Risser09
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent yellow/gold/orange color with plenty of carbonation activity. The head rises 3", is almost white in color, and shows great retention. Lots of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast along with citrusy hops and pale malt. Clove and dampness are part of the estery Belgian yeast.

Taste: Delightfully hoppy and spicy, the Belgian yeast brings clove, pepper, and esters to the forefront. Sweet malt flavor is both pale and caramel in flavor. Hops drive the beer home with a balance of citrus.

Mouthfeel: A tremendously well-balanced brew with bitter, sweet and spicy all being key components. Medium bodied, well carbonated and a tad bit of noticeable alcohol.

Drinnkability: I would drink a lot of this brew. I think it is better now then when it was green & fresh. Bravo..err..Zotten!

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper-orange color, with a nice thick off-white head. Lacing is superb. Lots of bubbles.

A great aroma or citrus spice, some burnt sugar and bubble gum notes. Interesting mix of spicy hops and some nice earthy yeast. Taste is alive with spice and citrus, some caramel and that nice musty yeast character. There is a great melding of distinct flavors in this beer. They all work very well together. Alcohol peeks through in the finish, which is only mildly bitter and still spicy with some lingering tutti-frutti.

Medium bodied, smooth with a nice tingle of carbonation.

This is a well made beer.

Photo of ToasterChef
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Delerium Noel goblet. I'm glad I was able to find a bottle of this discontinued beer on the shelves at RSVP. The beer has a golden tan color. It is extremely clear with a lot of carbonation rising. There is a big white foam head that has settled down to a finger thick layer of large bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing and plenty of visible coating left behind when I swirl the beer around. It has a great sweet malt aroma. I can detect figs, banana and toffee; it reminds me of a strong dubbel. I could smell the beer a little bit while pouring, but now that I've really taken in the aroma, I'm eager to take a sip. The beer has a big malt flavor. I can taste graham cracker, banana, alcohol and a slight astringency in the finish. It is a heavy beer with lots of coating properties. I can almost swallow a second time after I use my tongue to collect the film left in my mouth. I don't consider this a bad trait (although some might); I like a beer with a strong mouth presence. There is a good amount of carbonation; looking at the beer made me expect to feel more bubbles, but I think the heavy body tempers this quality somewhat. Considering the heavy body and ABV, I find the beer to be pretty drinkable. I would drink a number in fast succession, but I can certainly see myself working through a four pack in an evening. I'm glad this beer will be back, albeit under a different name.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pour a golden orange with a thick white head that dissipates with spotty residual lacing (it has literally left small spots of foam all around my glass).
S. Smells of wheat, cloves, banana, and freshly baked bread. All of this comes through with a candy-like sweetness.
T. Starts out wheaty and mildly spicy. Mid-palate I get a taste of circus peanuts, but really only the best characteristics of them (maybe I've forgotten what they taste like, but I get them without all of the associated sugar). The aftertaste is sweet banana bread with a subtle residual hop bitterness.
M. Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - serves this beer well.
D. Superbly drinkable. Sweet and interesting with a decent amount of hoppy bitterness to balance it out.

Photo of bogus564
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass, this brew offers a golden orange color, with a cream-colored head that holds for abour about sixty seconds before turning into lace.

Lovely smell - I'm getting some very nice spicy tones from the yeast. The rest is a good balance between the hoppy citrus and the malty sweet aromas.

First drink - I'm in my heaven. Buttery delight, with a fantastic yeasty spiciness. Right behind it, I catch the grapefruity and grassy notes from the hops, and then comes the malty sweetness, which kind of reminds me of pears and perhaps raisins or prunes. It is outstanding.

From a standpoint of mouthfeel, this one hits me nicely. There is so much going on that you're not bored. Weyerbacher really seems to know what they're doing when it comes to brewing.

I could really enjoy this with some barbequed chicken, ribs, or steak.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from a 6 pack I bought at Beer Run in Cville.

Appearance: Clear, bright, orange amber. A tiny bit of yeast sediment didnt make it into my tulip. Big white head with good retention and OK lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Immediately identified as a Belgian style beer with some light fruity esters and phenols bordering on bandaid. The surprise is that this beer is clearly made with American hops-- a B-APA, I guess. Citric and slightly grassy.

Taste: Damn this is hoppy. Almost into IPA land with the amount of hops character and bitterness. Quite a different BPA. Bitter citric and again, grassy hops-- tastes like Cascade--- SNPA with Belgian yeast. Fruity esters and some slightly musty yeast blends well with the hops. Bitter finish. This is a winner.

Mouthfeel: Bottle conditioning has caused an appropriate excess of carbonation. Sticky hops resin on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'm in love with this beer. Lowish alcohol, lotsa hops, and interesting Belgian yeast characteristics make a great, drinkable beer.

Photo of HarryPlopper
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, amber appearance with some orange hues. Decent head when poured, some lacing.

Floral bouquet with notes of spice.

Outstanding taste with floral and orange notes. Slight bitterness with a sweet finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel, not too much carbonation and light in the mouth.

Overall, an excellent beer.

Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Apparently, Weyerbacher's not into putting any sort of freshness date on their bottles for whatever reason.

A- Pours a medium amber with a one finger head that decays to an 1/8 inch head that has OK lacing and a nice sheet of small bubbles.

S- Yum. I can smell the Belgian yeast oozing from the aroma with bubble gum sweetness a note of coriander. Slightly perfumey.

T- Man that's good. I usually favor belgian-style beers, but this one is seriously no joke. Yeasty with flavors of banana, more coriander and some orange. Huh. It tastes a bit more metallic than I remember it being on first try but it doesn't get in the way. Hops are only really detected in the aftertaste but, since it's a straight-up pale ale (and a Belgian one at that), that's to be expected. A nice showing of malts though, adding some grainy depth. Did I say yum?

M- Lively carbonation that lingers for a bit.

O- A perfect example of a solid BPA that's not too in-your-face. It's beginning to seem like these guys don't make bad beer or even subpar beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing, very nice actually.

Nose is very perfumey and aromatic...like the cosmetics area at Dillard's. Lots of light melon and other light fruit yeast esters and grainy malt.

Nice blend of light malt, phenolic yeast and bright hops on the flavor with each playing a prominent role. Hops lend some lemongrass-esque flavors on the end that is delicious! Mouthfeel is light, but wonderfully creamy. Almost get some bananas and coconut as it warms up, kind of has an overall zesty, tropical vibe to it. Very good, I will seek this out again for sure.

Photo of Casey10
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden color

S - Earthy musky smell

T - Wow a lot of different tones here earthy, wheat and raisons maybe.

M - foamy light crisp tate

D - Don't know if I would drink a lot of these but a nice representation of style.

This is light beer that is a nice representation of the style that it is creating. I liked this beer but it did not blow me away.

Photo of jdaelhousen
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour produces a solid contribution of body under head. Perfect pour, consisting of about 1 inch of frothy white head over a copper colored body. Aroma consists of a strong fruit nose sustaining orange peel, coriander, & mild cherry notes. The maltiness of the Belgian style pale ale is definitely noticeable, among some toasted toffee complexities. Flavor contains an initial high carbonated bite of citris orange mixed among coriander and cherry. The fruit aspect of the beer is complex and evident. Finish provides lasting carbonation with the orange and coriander notes, but also accompanies a spicy herbal complex featuring some very mild clove notes. Aftertaste leaves a rustic coriander bite on the palate, as orange citris flavor and notes of hay and horse blanket rise up on the palate. Overall, this beer is extremely impressive, and at 6%, is very drinkable, refreshing, and flavourful. Nothing but outstanding!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.