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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

706 Ratings

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | 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:
Beer added by: dborginis on 05-20-2010

Formerly Zotten, but taken off the market in Feb 2010 in a copyright infringement agreement between Weyerbacher and Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan.
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Photo of thecarster1
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of captainjferjado
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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

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!

Photo of AleWatcher
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this from 2DogBrew-- Thanks Russ for all 18 or so boxes you've sent me over the last 6 months-- your friendship and generosity are appreciated in a huge way.

I poured this into a tulip... in the hopes this review will launch me into the next level of beer karma.

Pours a light golden orange color with some serious haze and cloudiness. Two finger white head settled faster than expected into a frothy cap but did leave some nice chunks of lace behind as a memento of having once been there-- like fossils in the sedimentary layer. Not too bad, but a little like Weyerbacher's labels-- not really impressive.

The smell is certainly to style-- some sweet and dry malts with a citrusy hop note and the unmistakable yeast notes. The yeast contributes a spicy and fruit ester that is warm and inviting. Again, nothing really stands out. Perhaps I'm expecting too much of this beer. I thought there was a big lawsuit or cease and desist order about this beer being a clone of some awesome Belgian beer... Maybe I imagined that... as part of my brewing industry insider/espionage thriller (I'll be opting the movie rights, so long as Micheal Caine plays the lead).

The taste starts sweet-- lightly sweet-- almost like Kix cereal. A little sweet, a little grainy, and totally mother-approved. The light citrus notes moves in and blends into the fruity yeast note--- it is a mix of standard Belgian yeast fruitiness and a little German Hefe yeast-- some banana and clove hiding in here perhaps? For just a split second, the yeast gives me a bubblegum flavor, but not regular/original bubblegum, it is reminiscent of Fruit Stripes bubblegum. Very interesting beer with a lot going on, though I think much of that complexity is due to the yeast, I still say that overall, I am impressed with the flavor. The finish has a spicy note of white pepper. Finish isn't exactly clean, there is a lingering blend of all aspects of the flavor profile, with nothing really getting in the final word.

The body is more full than medium-- probably a little heavy for the style, but it may just be due to my perception of too little carbonation. That perception may just be due to the inordinate amount of DIPAs I've been drinking lately... The feel isn't bad, a little more bubbles and it would work better in my opinion. The beer remains pretty much a one and done for me. I really couldn't see having another of these, not that it is bad, it's just not something I want to drink all night.

Overall-- I would happy to drink this if some one offered it to me or if I found it on tap, but I won't be asking Russ to send me another bottle.

Photo of bigrzman
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light wispy head goes away quickly. Nice cloudy golden amber color and vibrant carbonation. Very fruity and bready to the nose. Very bready taste with a hint of orange peels and berries. Nice smooth mouthfeel with a nice bubbling on the palate. I could enjoy a few of these on a spring or winter day

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Use to drink this from time to time when it was still called Zoten, but just as good still.

A: Light creamy head that fades quickly, light golden amber pale color with pretty good clarity.

N: Nose has a light Belgian quality with some sweetness maybe candi sugar.

T: Taste is light and ambery but has some Belgian sweet candi sugar and a slight bitter aftertaste, it has a slight tangy quality.

M: A light to medium body that speads over the tongue with decent carbonation.

F: It finishes a little sweet and bitter and lingers, makes you smack your mouth a little, not bad, but could be better I think, the two main flavors, Belgian malts and hops, seem to clash, not enough Belgian and too much hops IMHO.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my goblet the beer was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized white head.
Great aroma. Sweet malt, outdoors/yeasty, a bit of citrus.
The aroma didn't quite translate into the taste, but was close. A bit of lemon, sweet bread, and some late hops.
Medium mouthfeel, quite pleasant.
I will want to drink more of these.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this ale.

A: It poured a strong golden color which was slightly hazy and was topped by two fingers of fine bubbled, cream colored, head. Retention was good and lacing was evident.

S: Apricot and coriander? Nice malt aroma to follow.

T: Well balanced malt with lemon, spice and a light hop bite to finish. Perfectly balanced and richly flavored, this is one APA that is sure to satisfy someone who is eager for a rich full bodied brew. The only thing that seems out of place is the name. There is nothing forbidden about this brew.

M: Smooth on the tongue like velvet. Not too thick or overpowering with just the right amount of crispness that brings you back for more.

D: Extremely drinkable. I'll be sure to pick up another 6 pack of these next time I'm in town.

Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours an oh so slightly hazy and quite bubbly orange with a nice frothy two finger eggshell head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruits with lemon peel and mild spice. The taste is a nice spice filled amount of sweet malts and sweet fruits with a nice slightly bitter citrus hop finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with smooth carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer to wrap up a hot Summer day.

Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours copper-orange in color and boast a nice fluffy white head with plenty of stick. There is definitely a slight haze to this brew as well.

Smells clove, banana, and rock candy come to mind.

The taste is tangy with a nice hop bite and some fruitiness in there as well.

The most feel is medium with the carbonation running just a bit too high IMO.

I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but pretty tasty. That being said, I was expecting this to be a little better. Not disappointed, but not wowed either.

Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, yet golden orange body with some visiable sediment...a foamy, two finger, white head that falls into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - Belgian yeast, earthy hops, corriander and clove, slight apple and banana

T - The flavor follows your typical Belgian ale...there is a touch of sweetness in the forefront coming from some pale malts and the fruits...the middle is all yeast...a buttery bread flavor...the finish is all earthy hops...not bitter but grainy

M - Medium bodied...this beer coats the palate nicely...a strong finish with a touch creaminess to it

D - I enjoyed this after a nice jog...it went down rather easily but maybe Belgian pale ales aren't my thing...I don't know if they changed the recipe from Zotten or not but I remember I really enjoyed Zotten

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of floral and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright and light citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn earthy and mild amounts of indistinct spices join in, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer. Note entirely to style but very crisp and well worth a shot.

Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed lemon yellow body. Thin off white head. Nice lace left behind. Dusty aroma. Some of that nice earthy farmhouse stuff going on without the funk. Bready and lemony aroma as well. Nose is quite complex. Sourdough malt base flavor with earthiness and tart, lemony accents as well. Complex, much like the nose. Spritzy feel and palate cleansing ability are both duly noted. Quite drinkable and good and unique. Chalk up another winner from Weyerbacher.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It came in a mini flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is an off white color, good retention, a little lacing, medium bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, earthy hops, and estery.
Taste: The flavors are estery, yeast, and spices.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a clean finish.
Drinability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ach, meir gutes zum triknen. As a Weyerbacher fan, they get some slack no matter what they produce, but this is the real deal, and deserves your consideration. I hope to buy it again.

Das ist a strong bier, with a lot of character and unique stuff going on. It actually tastes a bit stronger than the alcohol content indicates.

As a critique of the style, this is better than weaker wheat styles. It is a better Belgian style for me than others.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a a nice golden peach color with a staying 1+ finger head..clinging lacing on side of glass..smell is musty with yeast and fruit along with some hops citrus lemon and pepper.taste was better then smell first up was some musty grassy hops followed by yeast and fruit like apples and pears..throw in some clove a little citrus peel and som spices..its very smooth..mouth feel is smooth and velvety with sweetness on the front and some bitterness in the back..its well balanced flavorful and easy to drink..ill buy it again and recommend it

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.