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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 EORS
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy amber with almost no head.

S: Good aroma of spicy, musty yeast, little bit of lemon. Malt as the beer warms up.

T: Tangy spicy yeast, edging to sharp when it mixes with the alcohol. Tart rather than bitter.

M: Full, with almost no carbonation.

O: OK for the style, straightforward. Tastes like a Belgian beer without the dryness or thinner body of a tripel.

Photo of Skeletor1976
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jpoder
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: golden, slight haze, but not off-putting. white head that fades to thin remains.

s: bubblegum and banana

t: more bubblegum and banana. wheat.

m: substantial mouthfeel, drying in the finish, but not dry.

o: not a bad belgian pale ale. I liked it a lot when it was cold, but as the glass warmed, the alcohol and some harsh flavors came through. not bad, but not great.

Photo of Chas58
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weyerbacher Tulip glass from a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin

Appearance: pours a hazy orange yellow with a fairly active head that leaves a beautiful lacing as the head slowly dissipates. 

Smell: a slightly yeasty  floral aroma, very pleasant and very reminiscent of the good single Belgians. Some citrusy hints. 

Taste: a biscuity, fruity, mostly mild citrus flavors. A very nice flavor that pays nice tribute to the really good Belgian ales. 

Mouthfeel: a very normal amount of carbonation with a nice yeasty film and a very floral citrusy taste. Very balanced, and with no alcohol burn. 

Overall: this is a very good, almost great Belgian ale, very balanced and really tasty. I enjoyed the fresh growler fill more than I remember from the bottle. Belgian singles can get too yeasty at times ( in my opinion), this does a great job of being incredibly drinkable , and tasty. Give it a try if you find it. The Weyerbacher Tap Room is always a good place to taste it. 

Photo of KyleDubya
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jsanto
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s - 4 pack, bottles. served in a konings hoven goblet.

a - looking at a light golden beer with a little head, but that is fine.

s - light orange and slight alcohol.hint of spice.

t - citrus spice beer. beer flavor.

m - carbonation and alcohol citrus beer flavor.

d - verry enjoyable beer to drink. the 4-pack was just enough.

Photo of anoctopus
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of StephenHopking
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of agriff401
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of miodusb
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of bbarrows
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, 1 inch white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

S: Sharp bitter, alcoholic nose. Not much else to notice besides this. Unexpected since it's only 5.9% abv.

T: Bitter and spicy from noble hops and yeast. Enough maltiness to balance out the hops without being sweet.

M: Moderate. Not dry, not cloyingly sweet...what's the word for something right in the middle?

D: Unusual blend of hop bitterness and spicy yeast characteristics make this a difficult beer for me to drink. I can't appreciate the combination.

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 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.

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.

Photo of Joe610
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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".

Photo of kmeyer45
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Photo of mikeforr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Photo of JKelleyLBI
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of aburns2424
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of macshark
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Number967
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of nivlac18
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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