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Verboten - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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very good

318 Reviews

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 732
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 58 | 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 drpimento
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good Belgian effort. Served at a good temperature with a modest to small off-white head and some lace. Color is a slightly hazy brown amber. Aroma is close to a hefeweizen- spicy, bananas, bread dough. Flavor is like nose, nicely balanced as a result of carbonic tang and the the other factors. Body is appropriate and well executed. Finish is like flavor, has good length, and yields a desire for another sip. Good Brew!

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint.

A - Pours a murky golden color with a small white head that dies quickly. Leaves a good lacing.

S - Banana, spicy hops, grass, and cinnamon. Very nice smell, but a bit subdued.

T - I get nice Belgian flavors of yeast and clove, then a nice hop bite. The finish is spicy with a lingering banana flavor. Drinkability is very high.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - I really enjoy Verboten because it has all the flavors I am looking for in a Belgian Pale Ale, while maintaining great drinkability. I have had just about every Weyerbacher beer and this continues to be the one I turn to most regularly. It doesn't have the highest ratings on this site, but I love the stuff.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.

A: hazy orange. frothy white head. ample fine carbonation bubbles can be seen ripping toward the surface. retention and lacing are average.

S: cantaloupe. grapefruit juice. the combination of floral hop components and fruity yeast esters is quite pleasant.

T: pears. a little bit of banana. white wine/green grapes. a slight bitterness towards the tail-end, but this is mostly yeasty/belgiany/fruity.

M: vivid carbonation on a medium body.

D: im really glad this brew is bottle conditioned. adds a zest to the fruity flavors that is much appreciated. the hops are there, but are slightly overwhelmed with the yeast. the malt body provides enough of a backbone to make it work. overall a pretty tasty bel pale.

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Photo of beergod1
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blonde with a touch of sediment and a small white head. Nose is strong and a mix of bananas, Belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Flavor is surprisingly complex, front is mostly floral and bitter hops that come out strong, and the flavor shifts to banana and a funk/tanginess that goes well with the carbonation (which is quite high). Finish is clean and keeps a touch of banana lingering without over doing it.Another Solid brew from Weyerbacher

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Photo of smakawhat
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A very large amount of cola like carbonation comes off the pour. Crystal clear body and a very copper amber brown. Head is foamy with some retention, a solid simple white does the trick. Very unusual looking color and appearance for this style.

A simple ripping grain, and some of that classic Belgian yeast character. At first seems rather un-impressive, but gets better as it sits. But not too much going on.

Palate hits with a mild stinging bitter, mixing with Belgian style malt and yeast. Hints of crispness, even a nice chew. THe mouthfeel is what is most noticeably the most impressive giving some density to the palate, some good tight carbonation in this also.

A simple easy to enjoy good and basic version of the style. Drinkability is fairly solid.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly - review from notes

Pours a completely clouded dark golden color with a fluffy white head. Fades into a nice layer of film with patchy lacing on the glass.

Banana, spice, and clove in the nose. Hints of Belgian yeast and a touch of funk with a light sweetness.

A bit sweet and spicy up front, driven by banana and cracked pepper. Some herbal notes with clove and soft fruit sweetness. Belgian yeast and light funk with continuing spice. Finishes a little dry and sweet.

Thin medium body, slightly lower carbonation, feels a bit weak and watery. Drinkable and pretty refreshing, but there's definitely some better examples of the style around.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy deep blonde color with rich orange and amber hues. Huge fluffy white head. Big clove and hop nose. Other belgian scents come forward as well. Lacing is very good.

Wow, very hop belgian ale. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with lots of clove and spiciness. Some alcohol present on the swallow. Big warming sensation in the throat. Herbal, earthy, spicy and dry. Flavors are well blended and hold together well. Very unique brew.

Belgian flavors are there but lie beneath a rather unique hop profile. Big flavor for a smaller brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden/orange color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a touch of caramel.

T - It tasted fruity with green apple. Nice sweet flavors with a yeasty, spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty Belgian Pale Ale. Another great brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cream, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color, with yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Pine hops and caramel nose and flavor is almost balanced pine hops and caramel but the hops win - too hoppy for a Belgian pale. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. A clear copper color with lots of carbonation. The head is an inch and a half of off-white foam that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted malt, clove, yeast, candi sugar and peach.

T: Toasted malt flavor up front with a little bit of clove, peach and citrus then there is a bitterness that sets in and continues into the finish.

M: Decent body with good carbonation. Initially sweet and then the beer dries out as it turns bitter.

O: Good pale ale. The flavors are very nice, especially as it warms. I would try it again.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #54 (July 2011):

Fruity nose right when the cap is popped, and pours out a weathered golden hue with good lacing to boot. Herbal, salty and minty, with mango, musk and lemon zest in the aroma. Smooth yet bitty; creamy but with a bitter pull. Yeasty with a semi-pungent, phenolic herbal tone. Bitterness dials in pretty high. Fruity but dulled by the bitterness, the al- cohol shows a slight warmth. Phenols want to be on top; bitter semidry finish. Intensely complex with an in-your-face bitterness and a new flavor around every corner. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a bubbly tan head that settles nicely.

S: Bubble gum, apricots, coriander and floral hops make up the main part of the aroma. Some bready and caramel aromas make up some of the grain bill part of the bouquet.

T: Sweet meets spice with a caramel and honey sweetness from the malt and coriander and estery yeast give some spiciness. A generous amount of european hops give a floral and spicy kick to balance the sweetness. Belgian yeast gives it that traditional belgian flare.

M: Light to medium body with a crisp carbonation level.

D: This combination of two styles I like is worked together in harmony and makes for an exceptional belgian pale ale. It is easy to drink and so flavorful yet not overpowering on the palate and a lower level of alcohol makes it easy to want a few in a row.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tulip.
Amber/gold color. Thick foam gone after the first sip.
Smells of dark cherries, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate?
Taste of a darker brew..maybe a quad. Tastes malty, sweet, a bit of hops. Lots of flavor. Its a very good brew. A nice "session" beer by Weyerbacher, who normally makes some high ABV brews. So it nice to be able to drink a few.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a fluted pint glass: color is a nice translucent copper with good carbonation, my beer had warmed so the head was about 3 inches thick on the pour, but nice off white to light tan color.

Smell is mild sweet caramel malt mixed with yeasty, breadiness. not overwhelming but very pleasing.

Taste is somewhat clean from the bottle than I remember when I had on draft, either way notes of caramel and yeasty/bready notes.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced for this style solid lingering sweetness and light bitterness to clean up.

Overall, I really like this brew, solid belgian style pale ale and one I'll look for again on draft.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes, thanks to jlindros to sharing this.

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy copper with a minute white fizzy head that faded super quick to barely leave a halo.

S - Very nice aromas here, good belgian yeasts and soft fruits with some sweet malts in the background.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of sweeter malts and good yeast esters along with subtle fruits. There is a slight bitterness on the back end.

M - Nice mouthfeel, slightly dry with a decent enough amount of carbonation to keep things a little lively.

O - Overal, this beer wasnt that bad. Wish there had been a nice head to it or something but still, not bad.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at d.b.a., Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy copper in color and poured with a thin ring of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with some hints of pale malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of pale malts are a bit stronger and there are only notes of fruity yeast and some hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has little if any carbonation.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink and a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Apparently, Weyerbacher's not into putting any sort of freshness date on their bottles for whatever reason.

A- Pours a medium amber with a one finger head that decays to an 1/8 inch head that has OK lacing and a nice sheet of small bubbles.

S- Yum. I can smell the Belgian yeast oozing from the aroma with bubble gum sweetness a note of coriander. Slightly perfumey.

T- Man that's good. I usually favor belgian-style beers, but this one is seriously no joke. Yeasty with flavors of banana, more coriander and some orange. Huh. It tastes a bit more metallic than I remember it being on first try but it doesn't get in the way. Hops are only really detected in the aftertaste but, since it's a straight-up pale ale (and a Belgian one at that), that's to be expected. A nice showing of malts though, adding some grainy depth. Did I say yum?

M- Lively carbonation that lingers for a bit.

O- A perfect example of a solid BPA that's not too in-your-face. It's beginning to seem like these guys don't make bad beer or even subpar beer.

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Photo of Kranders
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tries so hard to be straight out of the trappist books, and I'll have to say that it does a really good job. It just doesn't come full on as you'd hope. It lacks a little of the bready-yeasty flavor that really makes the trappist beers unique, but it's a great shot from something on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy dark amber colored beer with 2 fingers of yellow-tinged white head. Lots of rising carbonation, just a constant upward cascade of bubbles. Head recedes leaving a thin lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet and fruity. No discernible fruit aromas, just overall very fruity smelling. Hints of light malts as well as some yeast and a bit of citrus hops as well. The more the head recedes, the more of a caramel malt smell you get coming off the beer.

T - Much different than the aroma. The first thing you get is a bit of yeast spice, followed by a dominant flavor of caramel malts mixed with some slight bittering hops. The fruits are almost completely gone from the taste. The yeast spice is the most dominant flavor by far. Slight peppercorn taste, but for the most part just bready and spicy.

M - Medium body, full carbonation, finish is sticky sweet with that spice complimenting the sweet malts until the flavor completely leaves your mouth.

O - This is actually the Zotten rather than the Verboten, which I randomly picked up at my local shop. I'm guessing this is aged about 2 years by now since it was recalled sometime early 2010. Not sure what flavors would fade in that time, but it's still very good. Simple, yet balanced, and varying between aroma and taste.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a cloudy dark orange/brown color with a finger of foam that fades very slowly. Aroma is very phenolic - the belgian yeast dominates the nose.

First sip is very spicy. Yeasty flavor is out of control. Finishes sharply bitter. I don't get much malt presence, as it is overwhelmed by the phenolic flavor and bitter bite. There is also a slightly metallic twang in the flavor.

I usually like the beers that Weyerbacher puts out, but unfortunately, this one is a total miss for me. I don't prefer the phenolic yeasty flavors in general, and this one dials it up a few notches.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured delicious amber color with little head.

Smell: Fruit, especially citrus notes. Hoppiness can be detected afterwards.

Taste Citrus start with hoppy finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and delicious. Low carbonation allows for optimal flavor, but without have a completely flat beer.

Overall: A good autumn to early winter beer. Well balanced flavors and mouthfeel provide an excellent sipping beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured an amber color with a slight haze, and a moderately-lacing white head. Bready, yeasty aroma, with fragrant fruit notes, slightly phenolic, but tolerable at that. Similar taste: bready, spicy Belgian yeast, pears, apple skins, with a drying hop sensation following. Medium body, a bit chewy, and nicely drinkable. Not something I'd go out of my way for though.

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Photo of Ziro
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a beer from Weyerbacher and had to grab it. Poured this from a 12oz into a snifter.

Pours nicely into a murky amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight amount of carbonation can be seen.

Fruity mostly citrus with some malty aromas. Sweet smelling as well with a bit of yeast. Also has an earthy hop to it. Mostly sweet with everything else coming in after.

Tastes of honey and fruits. Again mostly citrus followed by some hop bitterness at the end. The hop finish is a great surprise from what you expect from the smell. The alcohol isn't easily detected which is a plus or minus depending on the drinker. As it warms the other ingredients come out of hiding.

Smooth and malty with a nice dry hop finish. Not a strong finish just enough to change it up. About medium bodied and carbonation isn't too much just the right amount.

I can't really complain after trying this brew. The aroma had some complexity to it and then you take a sip and have a nice surprise from the unexpected finish. My only real nitpick if I must(and I must) is the appearance. The head just disappeared on me(which may be my own fault). Regardless, I can easily see myself getting another 6-pack or recommending this to friends.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may be a tad old, we will see if it makes a significant difference.
Bottle poured into chalice.
Still with sweet spirtzy fruity slightly phenolic and overall enjoyable aroma. Also contains pale malt and nice spiciness.
Smallish slightly dense head caps amber mostly clear and very active body.
While the aroma held no indication of age the flavor does, but only a little (slight cardboard). There are still worthwhile and enjoyable flavors remaining. Long extended drying on the finish. Pretty complex flavors and many are quick in action and leaving. The fruit is a little flatter, but there, and the spice is a little tame. Hop flavors still show (so I do wonder about the age - maybe it's fresher than I think). There is a tartness, that at times moves to a sourness.
Full carbonation that's quite soft and fluffy and lighter body. Immediate warming inside (but I'm on a relatively empty stomach).
This is an enjoyable drink. Holds Belgian qualities in a lighter body and easier drinking drink. The rest of the bottles will be easy to consume.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious and fruity, this classy American brewed Belgian-style ale has a simplistic overtone has a sweeter and more estery fruit flavor mix compared to Belgian exports.

Starting with a very froathy light amber color, the beer carries a mild yeasty haze, a blanket of ivory-white foam that lasts well into the session while lacing all the while. A very creamy looking ale with perhaps more visual weight than preferred.

Honey and banana notes give first impressions in aroma. The malt character of light grain, honey, bready, wheat, and light biscuit give a rich and sweeter aroma while the esters of citrus and tropical fruits give a roundness to the sweeter nose. Lightly spicy with tea-like herbs, white pepper, and bitter orange peel, the beer seems to balance toward the sweetness.

The delicious sweetness of honey, powdered sugar, and soft sweet breads set the tone in taste while complementary fruity esters of oranges, banana, appricot, lemon drops, and white grapes help to reinforce the sweetness and offer roundness and support. Mild herbal hop notes seem like sweet tea, lemongrass, and marmelade before turning lightly bitter in finish. With a spicy yeasty flavor of white pepper, corriander, and mild detergents, the phenolic balance is unsettled and could use more development to balance the beer.

Quite creamy from start to finish, the sweeter and richer tone is unexpected, prefering a drier, zestier, and more spritzy carbonation and prickle instead. But the beer struggles toward dryness late as the alcohol and hop resins can only take it so far, leading to a semi-dry finish.

The aftertaste of honeysuckle, spices, and wheaty grains has a whisp of evaproative taste that extends into the next sip. All culminates in a sweeter and less complex Belgian ale than what's offered from authentic Belgian breweries, but this beer compares well with others brewed in the U.S. like Ommegang BPA or even Belgian brewed Leffe Blonde.

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.