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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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710 Ratings

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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 318
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | 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 Risser09
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Uncapped and poured into my Duralex tumbler. The ale appears a hazed golden yellow color with about an inch of dense bone white foam. Taste and aroma consist of candi sugar, spicy peppery yeast, red candied apples, grapes, lemon, orange, quite fruity, notes of bubblegum. Crisp, dry, medium bodied and well carbonated for the style. The best thing to come from their house abbey yeast strain to date.

Photo of jdaelhousen
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour produces a solid contribution of body under head. Perfect pour, consisting of about 1 inch of frothy white head over a copper colored body. Aroma consists of a strong fruit nose sustaining orange peel, coriander, & mild cherry notes. The maltiness of the Belgian style pale ale is definitely noticeable, among some toasted toffee complexities. Flavor contains an initial high carbonated bite of citris orange mixed among coriander and cherry. The fruit aspect of the beer is complex and evident. Finish provides lasting carbonation with the orange and coriander notes, but also accompanies a spicy herbal complex featuring some very mild clove notes. Aftertaste leaves a rustic coriander bite on the palate, as orange citris flavor and notes of hay and horse blanket rise up on the palate. Overall, this beer is extremely impressive, and at 6%, is very drinkable, refreshing, and flavourful. Nothing but outstanding!

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

A very solid new beer from Weyerbacher here. Pours golden with a classic White, tightly beaded head. Nice nose of clove and coriander and some crisp grain. Taste is somewhat similar, but much heavier on the coriander and lighter on the clove. Very, very herbal. Pretty smooth in the mouth with a peppery, herbal finish. Nice effort.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pumpkin pie orange with gold hightlights and a swirling thick yeast haze. An ivory tusk colored head blossomed upwards 2 finger high before slowly settling to a rocky structure and eventually a thin whispy patchy covering. Visible effervesce was strong.

S: light overall, some orange candy sweetness and lightly toasted grain sweetness was evident. Light traces of citrus and semi-dry orange peels are mentionable. Overall for a Belgian pale the yeastiness and hops were both under-represented here making for an average experience. Was expecting a bit more from this brewery.

T: The flavor started out with an initial sweetness of oranges and pale grains along with citric undertones. A light yeasty sourness soon kicks in along with a dried lemon grass hopping. The bitterness was moderate-heavy, a well representation per style, with dried lemon peels closing things out. Per style a pretty good flavor here, sharply and bitterly hopped, crisp in nature making for good marks here.

M: sharp from the carbonation which livened things up a bit, while the overall feel was light, very smooth with a good display of bitter citrus on the finish and fade.

D: Decent drinkability overall, a well hopped dry bitterness delivers flavor wise though other aspects of this beer are lacking a bit. Good for a few but that would be my limit.

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap pours semi cloudy yellowy amber, it lifts a tight khaki head, but then trails behind onlyminor lacing. Midle of the road Belgain pale in my book. Fruity in the mid section and then quite dry in the finish. Pleasant enough stuff, sessionable, would be nice with a warm weather lunch, salads, bread and cheese, but nothing to seek out or go nuts over.

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

Large chalky white head. Leaves lots of spotty lace. Foamy. Slightly hazy in an otherwise amber broth.

Sweet, almost like maple syrup, smell. Lots of sugar and candy with a faint amount of Belgian yeast in the background.

More dry than the smell indicates. Quite chewy. Very short aftertaste. Low level of hop bitterness. Still, it works in terms of balance. The swallow shows up a higher alcohol level than the ABV would indicate. In a word, I'd describe this beer as enigmatic.

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

pours a hazy, almost cloudy, autumn gold. Apparently unfiltered. Rich, off-white head settles to a tight, solid cap of foam.

Aroma is straight up Belgian yeast, with the overripe fruit esters of banana and melon skin, and a hint of spice.

Taste has a nice balance of sweet honey malts and tangy, bubblegum-y yeast. Floral, lemony hops come in strong, with a surprising cilantro-like soapy bitterness. Any sweetness begins to yield to dry, crackery malts and tart apple. All that's missing is a nice wedge of brie. Bitterness in the finish lingers a bit long for my taste and is my only real complaint. Nice rustic quality to it that is suggestive of a farmhouse ale or biere de garde.

Terrific, weighty mouthfeel for a regular BPA without become heavy or cloying. A brisk carbonation helps in that regard, as does the dry finish.

A bit to bitter for the style perhaps, but pair it with some rich cheese, a baguette and some fig preserves and you have a great picnic.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/orange to copper with a big off white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles leaving a thin lacing in its wake.

Nice aromas of yeast, pepper spice, banana, and coriander waft from the glass. As the beer warms, some sugar notes become apparent as well.

Pleasant flavors as well, more up front sugar than the aroma, sweet fruit, banana, again coriander, but more floral hop bite in the finish.

Medium to light in body, medium to high carbonation, somewhat dry finish, and a nice peppery bite to end.

Good brew, perhaps not traditional of the style in all aspects, but quite tasty. The flavor characteristics are borderline aggressive, but I would not complain.

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a cloudy rusty orange with about a fingers worth of off-white head. The head quickly faded to a ring, but left nice lacing.

The aroma is a basic version of what I had hoped for. Sweet fruit and candi sugar with a bit of peppery yeast and a herbal/floral hop note. Not bad, just doesn't wow me.

The flavor is quite enjoyable. I get the yeast right up front quickly followed by the sugars and fruit (pear and apple). The yeast comes back into play again with a nice pepper bite before I get the earthy hops.

Active carbonation keeps the flavor going after the swallow. Not too bitter, more dry and white peppery. Very enjoyable brew that I will pick up again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: A nice cloudy gold color with a nice one finger white fluffy head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet fruits with some candy sweetness and a nice floral hop smell. Not overly complex, but nice.

T: Sweeter fruits start first with hints of pear, apple, orange followed by a deep candy sweetness and maybe some bubblegum. A nice yeasty spicy funk is tasted and then you get this massive hop hit. Tastes of floral spicy earthy hops linger at the finish and leave a nice bitterness. Not overly complex again, but very nice.

M: Medium and coating with some prickly aspects. Nice lingering bitterness.

D: High, these are really drinkable, and the abv is totally hidden.

Overall this beer is a tweener to me, but a perfect tweener. It's hoppier than a BPA, but not as hoppy as a Belgian IPA. It really is a great beer that is really enjoyable. Dan, this beer is wonderful, I love it. If you brew it regularly, I will buy it. A damn fine beer that is a nice mix between a Belgian and an American that is very enjoyable and drinkable. Good stuff!

Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mr. Goodbar's. Some yeast aroma. White soapy head on light orange body. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, and spicey, corriander, a little cloves and pepper.A little bannana. A little hoppy and drying in the finish. An average beer overall, likely better with food.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy,golden color with a really nice looking head and lace.
The aroma of spice,grain and fruit/gum.

The taste is sweet bubblegum flavor with only a touch of bitterness that is overcome by a good helping of hops. Some citrus notes as well.

The feel is light to medium body with a smooth ending.Medium carbonation.

Notes: Not Belgian,but still a very good beer.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go again, another brew from Weyerbacher. This one is a Belgian Pale, which is a hit or miss style for me. Clear orange in color, with a decent amount of white head. Lots of bubbles are racing to the top of this beer. Musty smells start things off and stay throughout, with traces of fruit thrown in here and there. More phenols in the taste, along with some grapefruit-esq hops, and a dry finish. Medium bodied, this is one crisp and refreshing Belgian beer. Drinking it is pretty damn easy too. Here we have another winner from Weyerbacher. Keep up the good work guys.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MY 100TH REVIEW kinda wish i couldve had a little better beer than this for the 100th, but the next 2 should make up for it.

pours a hazy glowing orange amber color. big fluffy head, almost pure white faded to a ring half way through the glass. just a touch of lacing.

in the aroma your hit with big bubblegum and bananna from the yeast, some spiciness, floralness, from the hops i imagine. the aroma almost reminds me of the flouride u used to get from the dentist when you were a kid.

for the taste you get some of the belgian yeast character, flouride taste, and then you get a lot of american hops. the 2 flavors combined create a kind of spiciness, almost peppery if you will. finishs a dry bitter spicy flavor that lingers. seems more like a belgian APA. doesnt seem to have the soft fluffy goodness of the true belgian PAs. for this i go down in the score a little, still a very good beer.

smooth mouthfeel, medium body. good carb. but just not the same as an authentic belgian. good drinkability.

Photo of DanielClouser
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I recently thought about the idea of toning down the bold new Belgian IPA style to a Belgian APA.

I think Weyerbacher had the same idea, and Zotten is the result, as it is not consistent with the classic BPA style.

Overall, it was very successful, but there was a pervasive grassy sort of bitterness in the flavor that really hurt the brew (especially its drinkability).

I think maybe the hops variety used and/or how much is used for bittering should be re-evaluated for this beer, as it otherwise has potential to be excellent.

Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.