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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

686 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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 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.

rapidsequence, Oct 15, 2010
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.

HarryPlopper, Apr 27, 2014
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.

asabreed, Oct 07, 2009
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.

Immortale25, Nov 03, 2011
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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 13, 2011
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.

Casey10, Jul 11, 2009
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!

jdaelhousen, Aug 28, 2009
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
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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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 madogracin
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%

madogracin, Oct 13, 2014
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
Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.