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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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657 Ratings

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | 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 micromaniac129


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 10:59:51 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of silentjay


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a careful pour produces a slightly hazed golden copper with a small white head that settles to barely a film, but leaves some decent lacing.

very peppery, with some toasted grains and plenty of herbal tea, some citrus behind that.

lemon pepper, cracked black pepper, esters, herbs, decent amount of citrus hops. spicy and earthy finish and a subtle sweetness after the spices fade.

medium bodied with soft, yet prickly carbonation and it finishes a bit dry.

glad they brought this one back after the trademark dispute, a very good beer that is well balanced between spicy, hoppy, and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 05:07:43 | More by silentjay
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old school Zotten Labeled

Poured into chalice.

Pours over a finger of khaki head. Color is a dark orange hued gold. Good head retention leaving a solid lace ring after every drink I take. This was definitely the best part of the beer.

Aroma: Earthy and herbal. Fairly hoppy for what I was expecting. Some spices. Lemons and pepper. A bit grassy.

Taste: More lemons and pepper. Straight up. Lemonade with a dash of pepper is the best way to describe this beer. Odd. Earthy with herbal notes. Grassy. Spiced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and spiced. Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, an odd beer. Nothing too special. The pepper and spice really throw this beer off from making it something I may actually like. Not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:12:21 | More by mothman
Photo of dtivp


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow tinted with orange with one finger long lasting white head dissipating into a moderate collar with heavy lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and some spice.

Taste was slightly metallic, orange zest along with other citrus, some bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel was medium body with heavy carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

This is a very crisp, slight bitter, refreshing beer. It is a little prickly from the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:45:17 | More by dtivp
Photo of Thorpe429


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 00:49:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of mmmbeer


4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 23:26:09 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of harrymel


2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown bottle date.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a hazy amber ale with a persistent, peanut colored, three finger head. The residue sticks to the glass - tacky. Good looker.

S: Yeasty nose. Grain, simple earthy hops. Hints of tea. Maybe a hint of banana. Very simple and straitforward.

T: Very metallic. Bitter with charred grain flavors.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. Leaves little reminiscence of its presence.

D: Forgettable. Worth a try. Nice as an extra.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 16:37:33 | More by harrymel
Photo of bbarrows


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 04:03:56 | More by bbarrows
Photo of pdoran10


3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color into a snifter. two fingers of white head that fade pretty quickly and leave slight lacing.

Smell is cotton candy sweet malt and a surprising boozy fusel alcohol presence. A lot of heat in the nose especially for 6% abv.

Nice complex taste that doesnt exhibit nearly as much boozy heat as the smell. Spicy lemongrass hops, slight funk and sweetness from the malt nice flavors, but still more alcohol heat than desired in the finish.

Mouth feel is dry with super high carbonation. moderate thickness from malt.

Overall, reasonably nice flavors, but booze heat and really high carbonation detract here.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 07:31:17 | More by pdoran10
Photo of haazer


2.03/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured bottle into the appropriate weyerbacher tulip glass.

A- Forms a large frothy head vanilla bean in color. Leaves spotty amount of lacing on the glass. Decent head retention also. Beer started out well filtered, but the settled yeast pours into the beer and adds cloudiness to an apricot, brownish-orange brew. Decent carbonation is evident.

S- Has a spicy yeast smell up front. Strongest aroma is definitely bubble gum.

T- For some reason I can distinctly taste copper pennies. Sort of a stale yeast flavor. The bubble gum is there but it's the bubble gum you've chewed in your mouth for a really long time.

M- Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Pretty smooth, but hard to get by the taste.

D- I am fairly dissapointed with this beer. It may be my own fault, last time I was at the brewery I tried some an didn't think it was that bad. Flavors harshness dies down after awhile but it's still bad. Since it's a summer release maybe it's gone bad already? Shouldn't have, but Weyerbacher has much better than this.


Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:26:31 | More by haazer
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hulmeville. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick off white colored heading. Lacing left throughout the tasting. Mostly toasted malts with heavy bread and an awesome spice of clove and a touch of honey. A solid medium bodied with a somewhat thick chewy mouthfeel. Great tingly bubbly action on the tongue. I am not a big fan of Belgian pale ales but this one saat very well with me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2011 15:26:53 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of bradleyp


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SCIFAN for the hookup.

Drank in my Highland Hollows pint glass.

A: Dark hazy copper color, with a nice foamy head, about a finger worth. Very nice lacing around the glass.

S: Decent hop aroma, with some extra spices mixed in.

T: The hops and malts mix nicely with this beer. I think I tasted some cinnamon in there which usually goes nicely with a Belgian PA in my opinion.

M: Goes down nice and smooth. Can really taste the carbonation go down.

D: Although I enjoyed this beer, I did get it through a trade, so I don't see the likelyhood of having this beer again, or not for a very long time. If offered the opportunity, I would love to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 07:52:45 | More by bradleyp
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 23:49:46 | More by brentk56
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Baby growler from New Beer. Rounded pint glass pour.

Whitewash lace lathers the sides of the glass, leaving grimy lace in its' wake. Iced tea in color, but hazed in appearance.

Note: This beer for some reason, made me sneeze a lot.

At first sniff, earthy & woody. There's caramel, but no real sticky resin. Dry malt. Light orange rind. A whole lot of Lysol as well unfortunately.

Taste is a bit of a challenge to pin down. Pepper & watered down pineapple juice. Cider sweetness. Saltines & lingering pine. Ethanol & dirty grain on the finish. Please don't mind the heavy-handed description, it all comes together pretty decent like.

What was adequate carbonation starts falling flat early, but it's still plenty frothy. Bitterness seems higher then indicated. Of course it's dry. Alcohol seems to have been mistaken(feels high 7ish).

Good enough to continue with(at least until the growler runs out). Good beer that is just a bit too hot.

Serving type: growler

01-07-2011 06:26:46 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of Mdog


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, nice carbonation bubbles through the beer, good head.

Smell: Bread, seltzer, hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild bread, some tangy citrus, hint of black pepper.

Drinkability: Pretty good, I could have a few in a sitting.

I did not check my 4 pack of Heresy closely and a single of this beer was a stowaway, someone switched out a bottle at the store. Ok, another beer to try. It's pretty good, not really "Belgian" tasting. I suppose the black pepper finish gives a hint o' Belgian, but it was hoppier than I'd expect a Belgian Pale to be. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 20:45:45 | More by Mdog
Photo of JamnesCameron


3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Malheur goblet.

Pours a light orange hue with a stark white head, that drops fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Aromas of orange citrus, clean malt, and a faint belgian musty scent.

First sip is floral, slightly bitter, with some hard candy. A carbonic bite from the carbonation. A slight dry bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not watery. Some prickly carbonation.

Very drinkable. Nothing too extreme in any direction. Not very memorable, but would make a very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 02:01:24 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of WCBCFrank


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Verboten poured a clear,amber in my goblet. Not as big of a white head as I expected. Lots of yeasty Belgian spice fills your nose, light zesty mouthfeel, nice going down, although I have had better Belgian style Pale Ales. Banana and citrus are promenent. It certainly has a malty Pilsnet type grassy base. Good amount of hops which provides nice bitterness.

I bought a whole case of this stuff back in Aug. Really good up until Oct., not impressed with the aging of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 00:46:10 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of jrallen34


2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from a tulip...Pours a clear and gold, almost copper, very dark for the style. A light off white head rises with good retention and great lacing. Looks good, weird coloring though...TONS of yeast on the nose, nailed the Belgian yeast perfectly. Its strong, almost overpowering as its hard to pull anything else out. Light lemons...The taste is yeasty, but off, lots of alcohol comes through, medicinal, distracting. Not my favorite.

Below average Belgian pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 00:27:26 | More by jrallen34
Photo of morimech


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a small head that hung on for awhile before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Quite a bit of hops in the aroma. Earthy and herbal. Nice yeast qualities give some spice. Pale malt lends some breadyness and sweetness. The taste is bordering on Belgian IPA territory with the hop presence. More bitter than sweet. Hints of grass, yeast spice, with a slight herbal, medicinal finish. Lighter body with lively carbonation that makes the flavors really pop. Not harsh at all. A different take on the style with a bit of the Weyerbacher charactor.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:59:14 | More by morimech
Photo of airheadmtrcycle


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really fell for Merry Monks so I thought I'd give another Weyerbacher a try. A knowledgeable guy at Hop City in Atlanta recommended Verboten. It poured a beautiful golden/copper color with a thick, foamy head that lasted the entire beer and the stickiest lacing imaginable.

The smell is of some faint pale malts, citrus hops and a fruity Belgian yeast. The taste is a contest between the bitter hops and the fruity yeast with the hops coming out on top. To me it's more BIPA than BPA. Tasty!

The mouthfeel is light with low to medium carbonation. Verboten is highly drinkable and the relatively low ABV only adds to its tendency to have another one right away. I went through this 6-pack in less than a week. I'll get this one again real soon. Kudos to the wonderful brewers at Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:19:20 | More by airheadmtrcycle
Photo of bluejacket74


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is citrusy hops, lemon peel, Belgian yeast, bananas, and coriander. It tastes like peppery spice, bananas, citrus, yeast and some grain. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent enough, it's smooth and enjoyable. Not a bad overall brew, I certainly wouldn't turn one down.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 23:45:49 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of mactrail


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice head on a lovely golden ale. Nose is fragrant and reminds me of a Saison.

Initial flavor is a hint of liquorice, which also comes through in the nose. Mellow malts are a tasty prelude to the hops, which come on very strongly. As you sip it changes, which I think is the mark of a good Belgian, the shape shifter. And it has the Umami flavor, the "meaty" taste the Japanese like, which I've encountered in the Biere de Mars style. But the sharp tang, a hint of malt sweetness, and a dark bitter undertone make it quite satisfying.

This is a good combination of the hoppy crispness of a Pale Ale with the complex funk of the Belgians. Very drinkable as a beer to savor slowly.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 02:22:01 | More by mactrail
Photo of nhindian


3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a clear, dark straw color with a 2-fingered, silky head. Disappears a bit quickly and leaves very little lacing. For a bottle that claims it's bottle conditioned, I see little if any yeast in the pour.

S - Smell is of pale hops, orange, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Very fresh and floral with hints of peppery spices, cloves, and some banana on the tail-end. Pretty typical of a Belgian Pale but that's not a bad thing.

T - Taste is crisp and a bit spicey. Getting the citrus and fruity notes up front, then the hops and finally a bit of a warming alcohol. Some bitterness at the end that shows up as the beer warms.

M - Mouthfeel is light and warming. Unfortunately I feel this one could definitely benefit from more carbonation. Just feels a bit flat in the mouth.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The flavors are great and all the senses are excited when drinking it, but it kind of tastes muddled as it warms and isn't dry enough to erase the bitterness and alcohol after drinking most of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:36:17 | More by nhindian
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 06:47:10 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of cpanossian

New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Opaque orange apricot color with some floaties in it (bottle conditioned).

Good sticky lacing around glass - looks classy.

Aroma reminds me of delicate floral and light citrus - like an orange blossom.

Taste is very bitter hops and strong yeast character - this beer has achieved what it set out to do.

Very carbonatious - pleasant foamy mouthfeel and easy to quaff.

I would not drink this beer by itself but pair it with a beef stew or something as robust in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 01:19:44 | More by cpanossian
Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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