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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 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!

Photo of mdfb79
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orange-amber color with 2 inches of white head and high carbonation.

s - Smells of spices, cloves, bananas, and Belgian yeasts.

t - Tastes of spice, bananas, and Belgian yeast. A tiny bit metallic.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation.

d - A decent Belgian ale. There was a nice smell but a slightly metallic taste which was offputting and the carbonation was too high. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of meatyard
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange with a 1" off-white head that recedes relatively quickly to a cover and leaves some light lacing.
Smells spicy including cloves, yeasty and has a light hop aroma.
The taste is much the same as the smell with some bitterness in the end. The spiciness is even more pronounced here with more clove and a little malt comes forward.
Mouthfeel is pushing medium and dry.
Drinkability: This has many qualities to make it pretty drinkable. There's the low-ish ABV, a reasonable take on the BPA style, fairly inexpensive and a nice mix of flavors.

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

Weyerbacher Verboten, which is the latest incarnation of Zotten, which once was Alpha.

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small chalice. A dark gold in color with good head retention. Not a lot of lace though.

Smell: Belgian yeast and some floral hops. The cascade hop is prevalant in the nose.

Taste: A blend of pale malts, estery yeast and hops. Light bubblegum, minimal spice. The hop profile is sharp, biting, herbal and a little piney. Some grapefruit notes. Theres a minerally aspect to the beer. To sum it all up, a hop forward Belgian pale ale and a good one at that.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp. High level of carbonation and a semi-dry finish making me want to sip again. Theres a mellow lingering hop bittermess.

Drinkability: This is a very sessionable Belgian Pale Ale. Quite enjoyable, and won't dissapoint those looking for a hoppier example of the style.

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

Appearance - is a rich slightly cloudy amber - honey hue. Head is thick and full with an off white cream color. Forms a solid two fingers of head with tons of lacing.

Smell - is of yeast and malt, very fruity with light floral hops

Taste - yeast and malt again with some light bitterness from the hops.Malt lends a lot of sweetness. Pretty simple in my opinion but not necessarily bad.

Mouthfeel - is fairly good but nothing worth raving about. At first it seems as if its going to be creamy and full of carbonation but I was left slightly underwhelmed.

Drinkability - is good, its not heavy at all I could have two more before becoming full.

Overall - not a bad brew not remarkable but at the same time I don't find myself regretting buying or drinking it.

Photo of scottyshades
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC
A: Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper color with a small head. Retention is OK, not great.

S: For some reason, Weyerbacher makes about 3 beers that smell and taste very similar- this is close to their quad and Merry Monks. Strong Belgian influence, with lots of spearmint notes and general yeasty goodness. Sweetness is apparent.

T: Metallic notes are immediately noticeable (possibly the tap lines- but Barley's always has clean lines so...). Again, spearmint, light hops, bubblegum, a little band-aid, and light spices.

MF/D: Decent feel to it, carbonation is smooth and inviting. Residual sweetness and a lingering spearmint flavor.

Photo of irishking1977
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, copper golden hue with virtually no head and minimal lacing. Pretty unremarkable, if not basic BPA appearance.

S: Expected Belgian yeast aroma. Baked bread with a hint of clove and hops?

T: This could be labeled a Belgian IPA, with the unexpected hops in the finish of this one. Not as hopped up as your typical American IPA, or any Belgian IPA (Piraat comes to mind) but it's still hopped in comparison to other basic BPAs. I'm personally not a fan of the combination of a BPA and IPAs; I like them both, but they should be separate. Beer drinkers drink Belgian ales so they get a minimal or non-existent hops finish, IMO. The combination of sweet malt,bready belgian yeast, and hops is kind of confusing to the palate.

M: Nicely carbonated, in contrast to Weyerbacher's Merry Monk's which this one reminds me of a dummed down version of. MM is overwhlemingly yeasty and bready, and Verboten seems to be similar, but lesser so.

D: The injection of hops seems to drown out the rest of the flavors and aromas of a beer that has potential. An interesting take on BPA's but a traditionalist might not find it as such. Drinkability-wise, my palate would be tired and confused after two or three. Worth a try, but nothing spectacular.

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

appearance: hazy gold with low head retention

smell: typical bubblegum and clove aromas

taste: high bitterness for style. which i like. upfront bubblegum/clove, heavy bready notes

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: a nice belgian pale with higher bitterness. not bad.

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