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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

700 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
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 Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro as part of Blind BIF 4. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a light copper-colored brew. Very, very short white head without much retention. Nothing else comes of the foam other than a very thin collar. The nose brings some light clove character along with a bit of bread-crust malt. The taste falls through with many of the same characteristics and then hit a bit of bitterness toward the end and in the finish. Fairly plain, other than the clove character. Bit of light floral hops. The feel is light and undercarbonated. Slight bitterness again in the finish along with a bit of alcohol. Drinkability is decent, though nothing too special here.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pale malts are a bit stronger and there are only notes of fruity yeast and some hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has little if any carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a reasonable head that does a fine job providing a lace curtain

Smell: Bready with a spicy herbal character; apple and pear fruit elements and some phenols

Taste: While there is a hint of breadiness, up front, it doesn't take long for the Belgian character to arrive, bringing apples, pears and spicy phenols; by mid-palate, a surprising level of Germanic hop character joins the profile, too; after the swallow, the herbal elements dominate, brining phenols into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: A little too much phenol character for my palate, but this is a decent stab at the style for a domestic brewer, and one that verges on Belgian IPA territory

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious and fruity, this classy American brewed Belgian-style ale has a simplistic overtone has a sweeter and more estery fruit flavor mix compared to Belgian exports.

Starting with a very froathy light amber color, the beer carries a mild yeasty haze, a blanket of ivory-white foam that lasts well into the session while lacing all the while. A very creamy looking ale with perhaps more visual weight than preferred.

Honey and banana notes give first impressions in aroma. The malt character of light grain, honey, bready, wheat, and light biscuit give a rich and sweeter aroma while the esters of citrus and tropical fruits give a roundness to the sweeter nose. Lightly spicy with tea-like herbs, white pepper, and bitter orange peel, the beer seems to balance toward the sweetness.

The delicious sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and soft sweet breads set the tone in taste while complementary fruity esters of oranges, banana, appricot, lemon drops, and white grapes help to reinforce the sweetness and offer roundness and support. Mild herbal hop notes seem like sweet tea, lemongrass, and marmelade before turning lightly bitter in finish. With a spicy yeasty flavor of white pepper, corriander, and mild detergents, the phenolic balance is unsettled and could use more development to balance the beer.

Quite creamy from start to finish, the sweeter and richer tone is unexpected, prefering a drier, zestier, and more spritzy carbonation and prickle instead. But the beer struggles toward dryness late as the alcohol and hop resins can only take it so far, leading to a semi-dry finish.

The aftertaste of honeysuckle, spices, and wheaty grains has a whisp of evaproative taste that extends into the next sip. All culminates in a sweeter and less complex Belgian ale than what's offered from authentic Belgian breweries, but this beer compares well with others brewed in the U.S. like Ommegang BPA or even Belgian brewed Leffe Blonde.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hops with some nice light fruity ester and some grain is also noticeable. Taste is also a very nice mix between some cereal and dry hops with a light fruity touch in the finish - I very much appreciated the hops presence and this was somewhat reminiscent of DDC Dernière Volonté thought a notch below overall.

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

Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention on a cloudy golden amber body

S: musty and slightly pungent yet cirtusy hops and yeast. A very mild fig and apricot note as well. some mild pale malts.

T: more like a saison in terms of the yeast and fruitness (banana) profile with clove and spice. the hops are less available in the flavor and mostly provide herbal and candied citrus notes however the hop content is of the right degree for the style.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: A nice representative of the style which seems to be sweeter than others I have had. Drinkability is good.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden amber in color with a nig head of white on top that only slowly faded as the session wore on, dropping tons of lace up and down the sides of the glass. Richness to it that looked just fantastic as it warms up. Aroma of light fruit touches, hints of a light grassy touches, maybe pine. Apples and grape skin start to come to the front as it warms up and it gets a very complex touch to it. Smooth, even flavor here, really quite wonderful. Light and airy on the palate, the carbonation is spot on. Light touches of apples and bananas, hints of light peach and a delicate touch of grape are all coming out at me. Nice bready and grainy touch to it now as well, really again very well done.

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has changed names at least twice and I'm hoping it is going to stay with what they have it named now. This beer pours out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a strong head on top. The smell is like a mix between and belgian triple and a german wheat beer with some hops mixed in. The beer tastes pretty refreshing. The flavors are of clove, wheat bread, spicy hops, and some soft fruits. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and keep this beer alive.

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

Snatched up a 4-pack of Zotten for $7.49 at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. I've typically enjoyed most of the Weyerbacher product I've had, so hopefully this'll hit a home run for me even if I'm not a sick, sick child dying in the hospital.

Appearance: Pours out a dark, orange-amber body with a frothy, though somewhat short-lived, bone white head.

Smell: Pale malts and light, crisp wheat malt brushed with a light, sweetish caramel sauce. Boldly spicy, zesty scent of fresh-ground pepper along with notes of Dubble Bubble bubblegum and citrus with some pine awakening upon warming.

Taste: Pale malts and wheat coming across as a taste of particularly grainy whole wheat (but wholesome) bread. Light touch of sweet caramel glaze. Already there's a zip of peppery spiciness and flavor of bubblegum. Lesser hint of banana. Pinch of Florida orange citrus pith and a few drop of pine resin with a medium-plus amount of hop bitterness. A bit of watercress late in the taste. Dry, earthy, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Why, that's generally likable! Plenty of flavors and complexity to keep me fairly well-entertained, but, thankfully, it's easy-going on the overall ABV. I do look forward the three remaining bottles!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Here goes: It pours a hazy light amber topped by a nice finger of off-white fizzy foam. The nose is fruity: lime, grapefruit, orange, banana; yeasty; spicy: pepper, clove, coriander (maybe). Let's add a bit o' wet hay for the hell of it. The taste is heavy on the Belgian spiciness: pepper, cardamom, rye, clove; some sharp piney hops, some banana, and some orange peel finish things off. The body is pretty light, with an active-ish carbonation and a crisp finish. A very nice BPA, though the hops and spices don't seem to get along all too well, deciding instead to clash. Beyond, that, though, a solid offering.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted fruity with green apple. Nice sweet flavors with a yeasty, spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian Pale Ale. Another great brew from Weyerbacher.

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

Carefully poured to leave the yeast behind, Zotten displays a crystal-clear orange body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention is good, and it leaves some very nice jagged lines of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is quite perfume-like, combining a strong floral side with some phenols and sweet malt, a bit of spiciness, and possibly a bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows suit, and it's the yeast and hops that carry this beer. What malt lies beneath it is just a springboard for the more complex, yet etheral, flavors. It's delicate, but it has a real presence to it. Spiciness acts as both an anchor and driving force, helping to lift it into the air, but also keeping it from becoming sweetish. Beyond that, a firm bitterness helps keep it focused.

Unlike quite a few American attempts at Belgian-styles, it's not overdone. Some may mistake that as lacking flavor, but that's off the mark. There's just enough malt to it, and it's a bit "sweetish", but that's just one component that quickly passes before it moves on. Interesting. Intriguing, in fact. It keeps you looking for more! A unique ale!

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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out spicy and a little fruity with flavors of pepper, coriander & citrus. Then a strong Belgian yeast breadiness and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this beer but was pleasantly surprised to find that the spice content wasn't overdone and that this was a decent beer overall.

Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head, resting on top of a dark gold body with excellent clarity. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Strong, fruity aroma of banana and juicy fruit gum. Some vanilla and pineapple come out once the bubble gum subsides. There is also a spicy, herbal hop note in the background.

T - Bread malt and bubble gum up front with a very intense note of clove. Some spicy yeast notes in the middle with more banana and the beginning of an herbal hop flavor. Finishes with more of the crusty malt and fruity hops as well as intense hop bitterness that interacts with the clove flavor in an odd way.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a reasonably dry finish.

D - This beer displays a lot of promise in the aroma, but ultimately fails to deliver on it. There is a lot of banana and bubble gum as well as a huge, medicinal clove note. While there are some of the vanilla and soft fruit notes that would be more appropriate to the style, they are ground down under the assault of the other yeast flavors. The hops are also a bit blunt. There is a nice herbal note in the aroma and a similar character shows up in the flavor, the bitterness is excessive and exhibits a harshness that is amplified by the medicinal clove. Overall, the beer looks good and smells nice, but totally comes apart in the flavor. I'll finish this one, but I won't be drinking it again.

Photo of Kegatron
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with several big frothy fingers of of eggshell-white head. This retains with a firm 1/2 finger that leaves a foamy cascade of lace behind which slowly recedes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is heavy and sweet in the nose from a mix of bread and fruit. A deep spiciness gives this a strong zesty tang. This just smells very tangy and warm overall.

The taste is toasted bread and fruit, with a strong gritty herbal character and bitter citrus rind across the back of the profile. Lots of spice here (probably a bit overly so) and yeast really dry the back of this out good. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a certain amount of sharpness across the tongue but the majority of the feel is mostly thick and beefy with alcohol.

This was OK at first but as it warmed a lot of alcohol started to show itself. Much more than I would have thought for an only 6% beer. The heavy combo of sweetness, spice, and warmth just didn't work me here the way that I had hoped.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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