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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 KrautAficionado
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light copper pour producing a big, bubbly white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Good aroma of stinging hops that lead to a very faint citrus scent along with musty yeast. The aroma is nice, but you gotta dig for it. Solid bitterness, medium bodied, very dry and it leaves a sticky sweetness behind. Dry wheat, biscuits, honey, mild citrus and some evergreen. Candy sugar and earthy yeast. Interesting bottle, I enjoyed it more and more.

KrautAficionado, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of vikingloki
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bear Creek Grille in Macungie. I'm a Weyerbacher fan, I admire and them and usually love their big beers.

Comes to the table in a frosty pint glass, almost a reddish color with not much of a head, probably lost in the trip to the table. i like the color, it's a "light foxy red".

Smells good, interesting, yeasty, bready, hoppy, complex. Taste is not what I expect - there is a very unusual, but I wouldn't say bad, kind of 'zing' thru-out, my guess is it's the yeast. Beer finishes dry with a little hop smack at the end like an afterthought. The yeasty taste lingers on the palate and to my dismay does not compliment the beer cheese dip and beer bread.

I'm kinda on the fence about this one, I'd like to give it another chance sometime. Maybe having one that's been bottled in a month might mellow out that oddish tase.

vikingloki, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of Joe610
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Joe610, May 04, 2013
Photo of rodcom
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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".

rodcom, May 18, 2008
Photo of kmeyer45
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kmeyer45, Aug 02, 2013
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 mikeforr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mikeforr, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of DanielClouser
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I recently thought about the idea of toning down the bold new Belgian IPA style to a Belgian APA.

I think Weyerbacher had the same idea, and Zotten is the result, as it is not consistent with the classic BPA style.

Overall, it was very successful, but there was a pervasive grassy sort of bitterness in the flavor that really hurt the brew (especially its drinkability).

I think maybe the hops variety used and/or how much is used for bittering should be re-evaluated for this beer, as it otherwise has potential to be excellent.

DanielClouser, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of JKelleyLBI
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JKelleyLBI, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of aburns2424
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

aburns2424, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of macshark
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

macshark, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Number967
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Number967, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of nivlac18
3/5  rDev -20.2%

nivlac18, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Jonnymet21
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Jonnymet21, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Aash
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Aash, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of StephFalcone
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

StephFalcone, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BrewerMike
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt orange color, crystal clear, with a decent off-white head that remains in some fashion all the way to the last drop. Has the appearance of a thin beer without much body or flavor. Average carbonation.

S: Mild Belgiany aroma--yeasty, bready, clovey. Some slight hints of citrus hops [but not as strong as many others report]. Also a slight sweet, bubblegum aroma, but mostly yeasty/bready.

T: Sharp on the tongue up front. Balanced malty/bready sweetness with spicy and bitter finish. Some citrus/lemon peel notes toward the end. Most present is the earthy, bready character. Slight toffee/caramel flavors which get taken over by the citrus hops. Not overpowering, decently balanced and light. More flavor than appears up front. A bit more bitter on the finish than I would like, leaving somewhat of a tart, bitter taste in my mouth.

M: Definitely more body and various flavors going on that makes it interesting. A bit too sharp and bitter than I expected for this style, even if it's a pale ale. Carbonation is nice and refreshing.

D: Quite drinkable. Pretty well balanced, although slightly more bitter than expected. Alcohol is well hidden. Wish it went down a bit smoother, but enjoying it more as I drink it.

Overall I found this to be an interesting beer that kept me identifying more flavors and subtleties as I drank it. I enjoyed the earthy/bready character to the citrus bitterness and wish that balance was closer. But I definitely enjoyed this as a diversion from a typical pale ale as well as a "typical" Belgian (if one can say typical and Belgian in the same sentence). I didn't grade it as high as some primarily because of the bitter bite toward the end of each sip. This, coming from someone who is obsessed with IPAs.

BrewerMike, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of captainjferjado
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale pours a warm yellow with great carbonation and head retention--a yield which maintains an inch with great lacing. The aroma is simple enough but enticing with citrus-aroma hops. Sweetness of pears and spices with bitter hop finish. A little too hoppy given its otherwise delicate flavors. Well carbonated and smooth except for a little puckering due to slightly excessive hopping. Not quite "pale." This beer is enjoyable and smooth. Unlike the vandal sneaking in to the temple grounds to learn of it, this truth is not quite verboten to the earthly; let's enjoy.

captainjferjado, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of iamatreestump
4/5  rDev +6.4%

iamatreestump, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Lukewarring
2.41/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Look - 2 Liquid has nice consistency, medium with a little less thickness. Small specs vissible floating around - looks gross
smell - 3.25 Nice spicey aroma, maybe good for a cooking. No/low Head.
taste - 2.25 - First sip is overwhelming with spice. Your tongue mellows out after that, but taste stays with you like a cigar.
feel - 2 Has nice consistency, but has bitters on the back of your tongue in the after taste which activates glands making mouth feel gross. Sipping beer to avoid aftertaste
overall

Lukewarring, Sep 15, 2013
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 Laurrr86
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Laurrr86, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of madogracin
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%

madogracin, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of graha739
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

graha739, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of fav920
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a pro with belgian pale ales, but i like this a lot. If you've had Quad by Weyerbacher (which I love), this tastes like a "Quad Light". I will buy this again, and paid $7.75 for a 4pk at Jonathon Ron in Brielle, NJ. Another quality beer by Weyerbacher!

fav920, Jun 20, 2009
Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.