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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

700 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | 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 Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a hazy golden orange. A fluffy white head sits at a dense three fingers fingers or so for some time, never really fading. Patchy lacing is more than moderate in volume and extremely sticky.
There's a good balance and complexity on the nose as fresh hops mix with a clean malt, rounded out by aromas of tart and sweet fruits, yeast and a slight peppery nip.
Hops are pure and clean in the taste and the malt balances nicely with it. Also in play is plenty of a tart green apple note as well as light citrus, the ever-present yeast and the nipping spice. Rounding out the finish is an herbal, earthy flavor. There's a very nice character to this.
The mouthfeel is at once both smooth and crisp with a light to moderate carbonation in a medium to full body.
I'm not too familiar with the style just yet, and this one is certainly good enough to keep me interested.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out spicy and a little fruity with flavors of pepper, coriander & citrus. Then a strong Belgian yeast breadiness and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this beer but was pleasantly surprised to find that the spice content wasn't overdone and that this was a decent beer overall.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from sholland119 in a recent trade. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beer was a hazy peach color, with a two-finger, white head. Decent lacing and heavy carbonation.

Aroma was bubblegum, bread, light hops, apples and yeast.

Taste was grass, lemon, clove and biscuit, followed by a lightly hoppy finish.

Fairly easy drinking and sessionable. Overall, not bad. I'd probably reach for this in the summertime or use it as a "gateway" beer for non-beer geek friends.

Photo of Katahdin
1.48/5  rDev -60.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow this has to be one of the worst ideas in beer history. Trying to cross a pale ale with a Belgian and what you got is something that is a distant cousin to both. Instead of leveraging the style's strengths this beer doubles down on their worst attributes. An aroma that is pungent, a color taht is cloudy. A very hoppy tatse that fights like a strong ale. Not a fun beer and a true shame that it might discredit Weyerbacher's other great beers.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful looking beer, I got that desired "two-finger cap" and it's an incredibly foamy beige thing. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of lace stick going on.

Aroma is rather subtle and even unremarkable. Not bad in any way, but the hints of peach/pear fruit, sweet spice and nutty yeast are just that--hints. Seems somewhat closed off, or muted...or maybe my sniffer ain't working well tonight...

The flavor totally and utterly hits its mark. A mellow but firm malt center offers a doughy foundation for fruits (apple, pear, peach) to leap off from, and the yeast is nutty and just slightly funky. There's a mineral vibe shrouding the flavor, in just the right measure where it feels earthy rather than metallic. Nuttiness, a light hop kiss and dessert-y spice linger in the enjoyably dry finish.

Light-to-medium body, and it fills the mouth with tiny bubbles, making for a springy, airy sensation, although there's also a nice bready roundness as well.

This actually outclasses Bruges Zot, which I found overrated, but which is of the same style and shares a conceptual link. It may not outclass all authentic Belgians in the style, but it can sure hold its own. Another Weyerbacher winner.

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

12oz bottle from the cellar.

Pours hazy amber with a half inch head of tight bone. A solid skimcoat remained throughout the glass along with some decent ripped lacing.

Aromatics lead off with plenty of phenols, esters, and light spice. Bannanas, bubblegum, honey, orange pith, and earthy hops.

Medium bodied with a crisp, creamy mouthfeel.

Sweetish malt, light spice, and bannanas start the palate. Hints of cocoa, coriander, orange peel, and mint stems follow through. A substantial bitterness for the style works well with a spicy hop bite.

Finishes with honey-drizzeled, spice-dusted bannanas, and warming alcohol. Faintly numbing in the end.

Pretty aggresively hopped for a Belgian Pale, and theres a whallop of phenols here. The alcohol is a bit strong for a 6% brew.

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

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear amber body; two fingers of dense white foam - good retention and ample lace. Solid, if unspectacular.

S: Light, fruity, estery yeast; bubblegum; some malt sweetness towards the end. Inviting.

T: Just like the nose with its yeast, bubblegum, and malt, but with some nice spice and dryness on the finish. Tasty.

M: Fairly light with a decent amount of smooth, subtle carbonation.

D: Quite sessionable for a yeasty Belgian style, as indicated by the relatively low ABV. Still, not what I'd call super refreshing.

Notes: I picked up a four-pack of these on sale for $5, and at that price this rivals the best value I've ever encountered for bottled beer. Now I wish I'd gotten more, as this is very solid stuff - as is pretty much everything I've had from Weyerbacher.


Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review is from notes taken 11/2/2009. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Body pours a nice coppery, peachy color and comes with a huge 3 finger head that is slightly off-white and thick like a merengue, has nice retention and leaves a foamy web of thick lacing; body is mostly clear and shows moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly tart and sweet, light fruity esthers. Nose is quite strong.

Taste: As mentioned above, the fruity taste is a bit sweet and tart (like the candy of the same name); interestingly enough, there is a mild grassy (and slightly metallic) hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste; well-balanced, flavors are not especially overly pronounced or big like some Belgian styles.

Mouthfeel: Moist and refreshing; leaves a sticky coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Nice subdued flavors, refreshing mouthfeel with a very moderate ABV, I could drink this all day.

Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Hazed copper color with a finger thick light tan/off white head that dissipates to a thick ring and spotty film. Pleasant aroma of yeast and floral and citrus hops. Flavor is very rich, light, and complex. The floral, yeast and citrus notes dominate with little malt presence and linger with an earthy, citrus aftertaste. Creamy soft mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall a nice balance of sweet (fruit and yeast) with spice and hop bitterness, an excellent summer beer that is great year round. Good job Weyerbacher.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished pumpkin with a lustrous luminescence when backlit with radiant morning sunshine. The incredibly creamy crown is more ecru than alabaster. It almost looks good enough to be called Belgianesque, something that rarely occurs with Belgian-style beer brewed in America. An attractive array of tattered lace graces the glass.

The aroma is pretty close to classic for the style. I used those words because this Belgian pale ale uses American hops (Centennial and Cascade). Their citrusiness takes a backseat to what smells like an incredibly estery yeast strain, though that's fine with me. Warming brings out even more boldness.

This is fantastic beer that reminds me of one of the all-time great ales in this corner of the country (or anywhere else for that matter). New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat is a kick-ass hefeweizen that uses American hops and does so in gobsmacking fashion. Zotten isn't quite that special, but it is a marvelous marriage of the Old World and the New World.

The mouthfeel is more than fine and has picture perfect carbonation that adds sparkliness to a flavor profile that is already as zippy and zesty as all get out. That said, no one who knows better would mistake it for having been brewed in Belgium.

Zotten is Belgian/Flemish for 'fools'. Anyone who loves Belgian-style beer that is insanely drinkable would be foolish not to seek this one out. I'm amazed at how many styles (from a multitude of countries) that Weyerbacher does well. Slam Dunkel and this beer are perfect examples.

*reviewed on 10-25-2009

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

Foggy honey-orange with a tan and sticky rise of dirty white foam.
The nose is hit first with a lemon peel zestiness, along with hints of chamomile and rosewater. It turns doughier with notions of raisin bread. Hops bring a kaleidoscope of flowers.
It begins bready, lighty toasty, lightly doughy. Some candied orange presents itself early on, then shuffles off to the background. Golden raisins, honey, and vanilla-caramel nougat step into its place. Yeast brings peppery, gingery spiciness, with hues of clove and allspice, as well as a discernible earthy, wet stone quality. Hops are big and brash, and bring pulpy, reedy, prairie grass and wildflowers, full of resonate bitterness and resinous chlorophyll, replete with the softer hues of lilac and rose petals.
Medium bodied, with a fluffy, steady CO2, giving it an airy, but muscular feel. It's eminently drinkably, despite and due to its complexities.
Best of both worlds. This is a gem.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured amber/orange, with a thin white head and no lace. Smelled of sour yeast-funk, lemon zest, and bittersweet dark fruit, like green raisins and prunes. The flavor did produce some maltiness, raisin, and lemon flavors, but it also produced warm biscuit and evolved to crisp dry finish. Pleasantly surprised after the aroma. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected, but silky and lightly carbonated. Decently sessionable.

Photo of asabreed
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A hazy mildly burnt orange color with a sticky and slightly raucous head that likes to leave broken webs of lacing all over the middle part of the glass.

Smell: There's an initial killer tandem of candied pineapple and vanilla going on here that I really like. Followed by strong and earthy citrus tones. Clean nuanced hops too, which is hard for me to explain. They're mellow and add a weird creaminess to the nose in some way, almost candle-wax like? Though that doesn't make much sense. And there might be some berries somewhere too. There's a lot going on here, and the possibilities as it changes temperature seem to be pretty wide and varied.

Taste: What I like here, and what differs from the aroma, is the spiciness from what I perceive to be the hops. The yeast and hops seem to be providing all the flavor here, which is evident in the quality and presentation everywhere. Candied fruit, pineapple, vanilla, pepper, woodsy earthiness, mildly nuanced and flowery hops that settle in nicely for the long and cascading, complex finish, with the great earthiness, the spicy hop bite, and the candied fruit and vanilla coming together harmoniously and joyfully.

Mouthfeel: Good and creamy and well-carbonated, more between lighter and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: A highly nuanced beer from the sometimes (though I enjoy it thoroughly) over-the-top Weyerbacher. Take some time with this one, let it sit, sip on it. This had some TLC involved, and I would bet that with the Pepsi challenge many wouldn't be able to tell that this is really a domestic. Bravo, again, Weyerbacher, for the addition to the already many times I've said it.

Photo of Beejay
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy, orange amber with some great white head.

S: Some citrus, yeast, and a good bit of hops.

T: Hoppy, with a slightly sweet fruit taste. Tastes much like a hopped up Belgian.

M: Medium bodied, but fairly highly carbonated.

D: Good, the hops seem to fade a little as I progress, very drinkable, but I am not going to rush to the store for it. Respectable, and a good change of pace.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with a white head.

Aroma is coriander, cloves, yeast. Some citrus and banana

Tastes like the aroma..the fruit flavor profile of the banana and citrus work well with the cloves and coriander

Well bodied. Tastes good, looks good, and is easy to drink. I could have a couple.

Photo of Risser09
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent yellow/gold/orange color with plenty of carbonation activity. The head rises 3", is almost white in color, and shows great retention. Lots of lace clings to the glass.

Smell: Spicy, peppery Belgian yeast along with citrusy hops and pale malt. Clove and dampness are part of the estery Belgian yeast.

Taste: Delightfully hoppy and spicy, the Belgian yeast brings clove, pepper, and esters to the forefront. Sweet malt flavor is both pale and caramel in flavor. Hops drive the beer home with a balance of citrus.

Mouthfeel: A tremendously well-balanced brew with bitter, sweet and spicy all being key components. Medium bodied, well carbonated and a tad bit of noticeable alcohol.

Drinnkability: I would drink a lot of this brew. I think it is better now then when it was green & fresh. Bravo..err..Zotten!

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

Carefully poured to leave the yeast behind, Zotten displays a crystal-clear orange body beneath a creamy head of white. The head retention is good, and it leaves some very nice jagged lines of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is quite perfume-like, combining a strong floral side with some phenols and sweet malt, a bit of spiciness, and possibly a bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows suit, and it's the yeast and hops that carry this beer. What malt lies beneath it is just a springboard for the more complex, yet etheral, flavors. It's delicate, but it has a real presence to it. Spiciness acts as both an anchor and driving force, helping to lift it into the air, but also keeping it from becoming sweetish. Beyond that, a firm bitterness helps keep it focused.

Unlike quite a few American attempts at Belgian-styles, it's not overdone. Some may mistake that as lacking flavor, but that's off the mark. There's just enough malt to it, and it's a bit "sweetish", but that's just one component that quickly passes before it moves on. Interesting. Intriguing, in fact. It keeps you looking for more! A unique ale!

Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden amber with a few fingers bubbly white foam. Sticky lacing.

S - Floral, citrus, orange, lemon, banana and a touch of spice.

T - Bubblegum, a bit sugary sweet, coriander, peppery spice and floral hops.

M - Medium body due to the sweetness, high carbonation, fluffy on the tongue with a peppery finish.

D - A little too sweet but very drinkable.

Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another twelve-ounce single copped for a reasonable price from Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville...
Thick head with an amazing pour and appearance... Golden-hue with slight carbonation and heavy lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Fruity, rich, yeast-laden aroma with hints of honey and nectar...
Flavor was extremely thick and rich with hints of cloves, bananas, pears, and green apples...
A fairly decent stab at the style...
Not bad...

Photo of riversider76
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Not much retention,but a decent lacing. Aroma is of Candy,spice and fruit. Body is medium with a little too much carbonation for me. Taste is fruity,with hints of licorice and peppery spices. Very enjoyable!

Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an orval chalice,nice deep orange with a nice head that left some nice lacing.smell is slightly medicinal and spicy,slight citrus note as well.

taste is balanced with a strong medicinal phenolic character,rounded out with some light fruity esters (slight banana,light fruit).i really like a strong medicinal flavors in belgian beers.

lively carbonation and medium body make this an easy to drink beer,especially with the moderately low alcohol.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark gold in color. Very little head forms on the pour, and there's no head when I reach my chair.
Smell is very slight. Some light peppery spicyness. There's also just a hint of candied sugar.
Taste is much more of the peppery spicyness flavor. Decent amount of carbonation. A lot of bubble gum flavor as well. Medium mouthfeel. This is getting old in the flavor pretty quick. Good beer though.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. It poured a clear orange with a frothy whtie head. Belgian spices rule the aroma, also a bit sweet. The tongue follows the nose, sweet spices followed by a dry lingering finish. The beer is medium bodied, average carbonation. For me the beer is a bit of a sipper, overall a solid beer.

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

a: This was a hazy light copery color with golden edges. It poured with a large but short lived fizzy white head. It was easily revibed though.

s: Slightly musty sweet grains, bready yeast notes, plus some licorice like spiciness.

t: Drier than the smell would suggest. Starts off some yeasty breadiness with some light sugar in the backround. The finish is an odd combination herbal hops and something else spicy. That something else lingers long into the aftertaste, too much so in fact.

m: Thin and undercarbonated; a little watery. I can see the carbonation, why cant I taste it?

d: Not bad, but not something I'd hurry back to. Kind of an odd brew.

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

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter

More of an amber hue, with a one and a half finger head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is very floral, with plenty of light citrus and a little orange peel.

Some sharp grapefruit is in there, met by some spicy phenols. Full bodied. The finish develops into more of a sour apple flavor.

I'd say this is more like an American style Belgian IPA, which is an adaptation of the American IPA. Pretty good. Recommended.

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.