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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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670 Ratings

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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 brentk56

North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

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

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

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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


2.83/5  rDev -24.7%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

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


4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

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

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

10-24-2010 01:19:44 | More by cpanossian
Photo of rapidsequence


4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

10-15-2010 00:59:31 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of thecarster1


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

a- bottle poured into a tulip, one flus fingers worth of head, decent retention, slight haze, warm honey amber color.

s- spicy pepper, banana, clove, the nose is almost hefe adjacent.

t- lots of belgian yeast in here, zippy lemon, pepper, a bit of bitter hops, the spicy pepper lingers, and there is a citric tang on the back end.

m- medium to full mouth, coating, prickly.

d- good, this is a nice offering from weyerbacher, i would pick this one up again.

10-10-2010 19:39:04 | More by thecarster1
Photo of bsp77


4.1/5  rDev +9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very hazy honey orange with sustained cream-colored head.

Smell: Mix of very sweet banana bread & fleshy fruit and very dry clove & pepper. Somewhat musty as well.

Taste: Not as much as sweet fruitiness as in the smell. This is dried out musty malts with slight banana and wheat-like undertones. Ends extremely peppery, spicy and bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, creamy medium body, extremely dry finish.

Drinkability: For a standard Belgian Pale Ale, this is very bitter and funky, but it is also quite crisp and refreshing. Very good, unique, summer seasonal.

10-05-2010 22:04:37 | More by bsp77
Photo of rtepiak


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

an orange pour with a nice almost white head of two finger. Nose is of zesty lemon and brown sugar. A bit of apple. Palate has an initial quality of cider. Nice apple tart that is only in the first moment. Then there is a honey and brown sugar pollen quality of malt. The sugar and hop quality isn't brisk one bit though. Hard of the gums as it doesn't sometun sit well. Good roasted meats quality for a blonde but i think the tension on the palate could make the abv very prevelent.

10-01-2010 01:58:58 | More by rtepiak
Photo of captainjferjado


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

10-01-2010 01:45:05 | More by captainjferjado
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

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!

09-24-2010 18:33:04 | More by WesWes
Photo of tone77


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits and spices. Taste is good, fruits spices, a bit bitter at the finish, a lot going on here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a high quality beer.

09-22-2010 15:35:56 | More by tone77
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

Fair, if a bit forgettable, take on a Belgium pale ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Light cream label with a faint texture resembling old paper and the name of the brew and style presiding it in large Germanic medieval-like fonts. Given other disastrous Weyerbacher designs this is pretty restrained and works well. Notes bottle conditioning, and Alc. by Vol. (5.9%). Lacks bottling or freshness date. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy deep gold pour, over a 1" frothy head with average retention, good surface memory, and some lacing.

S - Light yeasty sense with a grassy-hoppy touch over some fruity hints.

T - Taste follows with a yeasty sense, not bad, but a bit unusual leaning on a bitter and astringent sense, touches of spices, pepper, clove... Over that hoppy and bitter touch resting a bit uneasily on the malty base.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Fair in an uncomplicated kind of way, good to share informally but short of being something really worth looking for.

Notes: Middle of the road for me, granted that I typically am not too fond of the style and this falls on the low end of that spectrum for me.

09-03-2010 13:07:30 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of rawthar


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Not attempting to replicate my review of Zotten, though I realize that this is the same brew. I'm interested to see how my tastes have evolved.

A- Glowing golden, active body with a massive immaculate Belgian-style head that can't be stopped, can only be contained. A very lively beer in the glass.

S- Lots of crusty bread upfront with a dry bitter Popperinge hop backbone. Some pilsner style grains. Some funkiness and ripe dark berries on the back end round this out. Yeast is the primary focus, with lots of subtleties and side trips.

T- Subtle carby sweetness on the tip of the tongue immediately dries out as the beer coats the rest of the palette. Bittering hops only, although there is a bit of citrus intermingled on the back end, along with a few raisins and flowery hints. A slight twang of macropils in the aftertaste.

M- Lots of carbonation, but it is soft and creamy up front. A bit of an acidy, yeasty stab in the back of the throat going down.

D- Not my favorite style, but a very good, drinkable pale featuring some good subtle funk. Reminds me of west Flanders.

09-02-2010 01:06:02 | More by rawthar
Photo of blackie


4/5  rDev +6.4%

weyerbacher verboten

a: pint serving, hazed bright copper in color, topped with a nice thick head, light lace

s: pale malts with a nice yeasty peach aroma dominant, contrasted by a tropical American hop aroma - mild to moderate in strength, delicately sugary, mild clove

m: carbonation light and bubbly, body light-medium

t: pale malts and wheat form a nice, simple structure, yeasts and some lightly sugary peach fruit quickly dry as mild clove and a piney bitterness come through, not highly hopped exactly, but it really stands out when applied to this style, some tropical fruits - especially pineapple

d: easy, a nice bpa variant with an American hop edge

single from some place or another

09-01-2010 02:02:40 | More by blackie


3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Bottle to wine glass. $3.50.

A: Bottle conditioning leads to a healthy pop upon cracking. Verboten pours with an above average sized off white head of 2 fingers. Long lasting. The body is golden orange and hazy with a fair amount of dark chunks of particulate deposited on the second pour. The foamy head sticks to the glass well and the body produces a good amount of splotchy lacing too.

S & T: With Verboten, Weyerbacher gives a respectful nod to the Belgian Pale Ale while incorporating a slight American twist in the hop bill (Centennial and Cascade). The Abbey yeast strain adds a light barnyard note which works well with the American hops and does not let this brew stray far from the Belgian style. Heavy malts of hay and heavy hops of grass, herbs and pine. Seemingly hoppier than many Belgian Pale Ales available which is a good thing for me since I prefer a dose of American hops in Belgian-Style Pale Ales. Additional flavors of apple and pear, a bit spicy with a light dusty notes as well.

M: Medium body with a minerally texture and average carbonation. The bottle conditioning and wheat malts have a greater effect on the appearance of this brew than they do the mouthfeel. Finishes dry with a restrained bitterness of only 30 IBUs.

D: Stylistically satisfactory and on point despite the creative liscense and liberties taken by the brewer. A valliant effort, but well short of extraordinary.

08-29-2010 14:01:59 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of jsanford


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Hazy golden-orange with a impressive 3-finger cap of creamy white head. Leaves behind think, sudsy lacing.

S - Banana, clove and light caramel-y malt with a touch of lemon. Not overwhelming or too unique, but nice nonetheless.

T - Pretty close to the nose. There is more of a defined citrus hop taste that gives way to a earthy spiciness, not unlike white pepper. Nicely balanced.

M - Creamy medium body with a sharp, crisp carbonation.

D - Really nice drinkability on this one, the missus and I blew through the sixer. This is a style that's growing on me more and more, and this Weyerbacher brew is near the top of the heap. Solid offering!

08-18-2010 04:07:58 | More by jsanford
Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.