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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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713 Ratings

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 43 | 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 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

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.03/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this one tonight as I wasn't in the mood for a Sea Monster Stout. Poured into a Shaker pint glass, I got a four finger head. Color was a nice deep yellow. Initially clear, when the head subsided and I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass, it became slightly hazy.

Aroma was of sweet malt, doughy, definitely prominent yeast, and a hint of spiciness.

Taste was off a bit. It started somewhat more bitter than the nose indicated. This was followed by sweet malt, then a little bit of spiciness. Finish was medicinal and somewhat solvent-like. But not ethyl alcohol.

Mouthfeel put me off. A little thin, but it left a coating on the inside of my mouth that was somewhat slimy. Not the worst feeling I've ever gotten from a beer, but I can only think of two beers that were worse.

Drinkability was really bad. This was damn near a drain pour. I was seriously tempted, I really was. But I hate to waste beer, even bad beer. Fortunately, I can down a pint in less than two seconds if I need to. With this one, I needed to.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orange with a white head that remained pretty thin. Small amount of lacing.

S: Piney hops and an almost christmas tree aroma. Classic Belgian aromas of banana and clove laced with sweetness of vanilla. Some lemon type citrus going on as well. Something just doesn't seem right here. A bit unbalanced on the nose.

T: Tastes great, nice hop presence. Has a good dry, citrusy flavor. Good amount of the Belgian yeast comes through, with some breadiness. Citrus upfront and towards the end. Well balanced here.

M: Thin in body and mouthfeel. Almost fizzes away on the tongue. Good carbonation though.

D: Very refreshing beer, great citrus notes for a BPA. Two of these would certainly be in order for a hot day.

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

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of yeast, pepper, lemon rind, orange, leather, and earth. This aroma has some nice complexity. The taste has more barnyard qualities to it than the aroma does. There is some hay, horse blanket, lemon, pepper, and a hint of orange. Very nice. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Pale Ale that I will certainly drink again.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at Whole Foods for a whopping $10. It beats getting a four pack for the same price or more. Drank this throughout the day.

Verboten pours a deep golden, sunset orange with some bronze hints. A bit darker than most BPA's. A very lively bright ivory white foam stood on top about 2 1/2 fingas worth with a bubbly look. Sudsy lace on the sides.

I could smell this all day, it really has a musk on it. Getting a whole lot of tropical fruit up front with pear and light pineapple. Some trace amounts of apple. Getting a nice malty base as well with a Belgian yeast strain that's unmistakable.

Taste is just as explosive with fruit up front with all the aforementioned types coming out. There really is nothing pale about this beer, it's really rich in flavor. Verboten is all about the fruit and the yeast which gives off a bready taste in between and at the end. Pears, apples, pineapple juice, baked bread and a malty finish. Hops don't really come into play although they are there in spirit.

This feels a bit fuller than your normal BPA. Id say about a bit less than medium bodied with a full flavor spectrum that comes than goes only leaving a bit of the yeasty bread on the tounge. It's amazing how Dan put so much flavor and body into a beer that's only 5.9%, it comes off like it should be at least 8% but it aint. A nice carb going for it that does not bite the tounge.

I normally tire of 64oz of the same beer after a while but I had no trouble finishing this growler off. The low alcohol kept me in check and the flavor kept me coming back for more. This is very drinkable and than some. Great beer here!!!!

Photo of bogus564
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass, this brew offers a golden orange color, with a cream-colored head that holds for abour about sixty seconds before turning into lace.

Lovely smell - I'm getting some very nice spicy tones from the yeast. The rest is a good balance between the hoppy citrus and the malty sweet aromas.

First drink - I'm in my heaven. Buttery delight, with a fantastic yeasty spiciness. Right behind it, I catch the grapefruity and grassy notes from the hops, and then comes the malty sweetness, which kind of reminds me of pears and perhaps raisins or prunes. It is outstanding.

From a standpoint of mouthfeel, this one hits me nicely. There is so much going on that you're not bored. Weyerbacher really seems to know what they're doing when it comes to brewing.

I could really enjoy this with some barbequed chicken, ribs, or steak.

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

16oz pour from the tap, served in an English-style pint glass

A - dark amber colored beer, somewhat hazy. small layer of loose bubbly just off-white foam floating on top, thin spotty lacing down the glass.

S - freshly cut grass from hops, some belgian yeast, light caramel backbone. lightly fruity and yeasty.

T - following the nose with a nice lead taken by grassy belgian hops, balanced by some light fruits (apples, pears, very subtle banana).

M - thin body with tight and lively carbonation which cuts through the somewhat strong bitter hops nicely. finishes clean with some lingering soapy bitterness.

D - solid "good" all around. there are better BPA's but this one runs straight down the middle of the style. ABV keeps it pretty drinkable though the hops could wear after a couple. not bad at all.

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A low key aroma of fruit, malt, yeast, and a slight acidity.

T: Tasted of fruit (citrus, apples), Belgian yeast, malt, and mild spices. Nicely balanced and not overly acidic.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the better examples of an American-made version of a Belgian beer. Drinkable.

Photo of boss302
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Verboten, 12 oz bottle, 5.9%abv, bottle conditioned, seasonal. This beer was sold last year under the name Zotten, but due to a name dispute with a Bruges, Belgian brewery, they are now Verboten from using that name.

A Copper in color, not clear. Not much head, but then I took it easy on the pour, trying not to upset the dregs in the bottle. The next one will be poured more aggressively, however I do not think this took anything away from this special beer. It did have a small head, some lacing, but it failed to cover the beer by half glass.

S Big hoppy aroma, citrusy, some fruitiness.

T This is a big hopped beer with a good dose of maltiness to check the hops just a bit. There is some sweetness from the malt but there is no doubt that hops are the main show with this beer. Quite a tasty beer and a bit of a surprise for a self proclaimed Belgian-style Pale ale. Not at all what I think of when I think Belgian Pale Ale. There is a lingering astringency long after the swallow, but its not unexpected from the high IBUs.

M This is a medium bodied beer. There is a thickness that comes from the malt, and the carbonation seems just right. No alcohol taste.

O This is just a wonderful beer. The hop dominant balance hits perfectly in that high hop beer area without being ridiculously hoppy. I love the high hop beers, but when I want more than one, I'll be reaching for the Weyerbacher. Definitely do not miss this beer.

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

Weyerbacher Verboten is an incredibly lively, hazy golden ale with a huge, dense, soft, pillowy white head that seems permanent. It has a fruity and spicy aroma with notes of clove, nutmeg, banana, pear and apple. It's pretty light bodied, very lively and quite smooth. It has a pretty clean finish. It tastes fruity, estery and a bit phenolic. A leafy, wooden bitterness zips up the finish. There's kind of an apple pie flavor in here. It's pretty complex, but it's not challenging. This is drinkable enough to be a session ale.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week since I've never had it before and I was looking forward to trying out something new from these guys. This wasn't the best or worst beer that I've had lately but it went down pretty easily and had some more substance than the summer beers that I've enjoyed lately.

The pour was this brew's best attribute - slightly cloudy, golden, and with a nice frothy head. The taste was pretty malty and sour, which would proabably turn a novice beer drinker off a bit but I didn't mind. There's a bit of wheat and clove to this but by no means is this a Wit. Instead, it's a beer that begs to warm up in your hand and be enjoyed relatively slowly, which I did as the baseball game went on and on last night...

This is a bit strong in mouthfeel and ABV% but it's not terribly present. While I'd prefer to have one of these beers that's been imported, Weyerbacher's done a decent job with this and for a warm summer night, this isn't a bad choice. I would like to see a bit more flavor in this, but at the same time, this didn't call for any food or drink to accompany it. Worth a shot once if you're into this style of beer.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-pours a dark golden orange color, quite clear and attractive with tons of off white dense and creamy head leaving a nice lace on the side of the glass.

S-very soapy yeast aromas, fruity esters, grassy herbal notes, bubblegum, citursy hops in the back.

T-this is actually quite aweful. lots of soap up front, notes of bubblegum and fruity esters, metallic phenols behind and quite strong, notes of citrusy orange hops with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

M-grainy on the palate, medium body, lots of carbonation with a prickly crisp finish.

D-this beer is just off, plain and simple, extremely phenolic and soapy which i am not a fan of at all.

Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish orange with a dense head that thinned fairly quickly. Very sweet Belgian malt aroma, with citrusy orange character and a hint of hop character as well. Nice smooth feel, very pleasant carbonation. Starts with a citrusy orange flavors followed by a the smooth pale malty character. Finishes with a nice hoppy/malty balance. Nice balance to this one. Very easy to drink, will definitely seek this out again.

Photo of adkirkish
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus, fruity, belgian yeast esthers, pale and sweet malts, slight bitter hop aroma.

Appearance: Poured amber orange, w/ a thin creamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Flavor: Sweet citrus upfront, malt character is more pale and makes up the majority of the body, but is quickly followed by bittering hops that leave a long bitter finish. Good balance between the belgian aroma and the pale malt / bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, feels bubbly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth here at 6% abv. I didn't get any astringency which is admirable considering the bitter aftertaste. No perceived creaminess.

Overall: I found that this beer is for once a belgian mixed style that is actually what it is described to be, such as: Belgian IPA / Belgian IIPA, Belgian (insert some style here). This beer lives up to be a belgian pale ale. You've got a great belgian nose but the hops and malt to back up the pale moniker. No recommendations other than to try and have the head on this beer last a bit longer (Minor appearance defect). Great Job on this beer.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with an orange hue. A fluffy white cap slowly fades out into a small, pillowy cap. Lots of tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly baked bread, yeast, caramel, sugar, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with a crisp, lightly sharp flavor. Notes of perfumey flowers, and herbs pull through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and sugary.

Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice butterscotch color, cloudy pour topped by a nice white two finger head. A good look, but nothing to do cartwheels about.

Nice spicy smell, with some toffee sweet and some ligh peach/nectarine in there as it warms, and some earthy bitter at the edge.

Taste is a medium/full flavor which starts with peppery peach and candy sweet, is joined by some nice grassy, earthy bitter, and finishes with a nice bitter and spice that becomes drier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good for style, rolls off the tongue despite good viscosity and plenty of spice resin, nice finish.

Drinkability is very good. Its a tasty, easy sipper that doesn't thrill wildly, and doesn't disappoint.

Impression: Another fine brew in a style that's tough to do well by Weyerbacher, the brewery that flinches not.

Photo of AgentZero
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark amber color with a two finger white head that dissipated down to nothing and left no lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, malt backbone although it's muted to the yeast, little bit of citrus and mild funk. Fairly standard.

T - Belgian best, a little bit of light fruit, almost some unsweetened peach or something. Little bit spicy, little phenol, fairly basic, but not bad.

M - Carbonation is subtle but gives it a good bite. Medium bodied and a little slippery, but good for the style.

D - Got through the 12 oz bottle okay, was easy enough to do but I would notn call this a highly drinkable beer.

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsides to one finger. Maintains nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of bananas, wheat, and malt. The flavor was of bread, bananas, apple, and malt. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a really nice and smooth brew. The fruity flavor is obvious throughout but is not overwhelming and made it quite refreshing. I will definitely be buying and drinking some more of this in the future.

Photo of adamette
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage last week for $1.84 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler. No observed "best by" date. I was happy to find this since I had not heard of it before that moment.

A 2 inch creamy light brown head over a translucent copper body. A little bit basic of a look. 3.0

S A bit of a soapy smell (no, I did not just wash the tumbler and create a soapy smell!) along with very light hops and distant sweet malt. There is also a hint of peppery smell that I like too. 4.0

T A nice confluence of the peppery, yeast and light malt, and even some light hops in this Belgian Pale Ale. I am happy to report that it is not one of those "weak" pale ales that I sometimes find. 4.0

M Some fullness to this feel with the peppery, hoppy taste. It is probably moderate in the end and appropriate to the style. 3.0

D Good with the interesting tastes and reasonable ABV. 4.0

Notes: Glad that I found this interesting offering from Weyerbacher at Save-On!

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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