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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012)
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-10-2012 04:26:05 | More by hmph
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden looks, with a minimal ring of a head, Bush glass. Booze exuded in the aroma. Above average mouthfeel, at first I am getting a strong ale/barleywine, at finish I am getting a grapefruit kiss. Decent drinkability, stronger funkier Belgian yeast at the end of the bottle. Maybe there is some grains of pepper, but overrun by the above flavours.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 02:31:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of mattafett


4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-08-2012 00:30:02 | More by mattafett
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-05-2012 21:10:12 | More by lpotter
Photo of hosehead83


3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a short head of white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast
Taste-Citrus, fruity, spicy yeast. High alchohol content well hidden, but mouthfeel is way off as there is very little carbonation, almost going flat after a few minutes, not the bubbly effervescence of a farmhouse ale. This definitely lowered the score here.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:08:31 | More by hosehead83
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-04-2012 13:37:29 | More by atone315
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-04-2012 02:36:19 | More by jivex5k
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy rusty gold color. Fluffy white foam which quickly dissipates to just a ring around the glass.

S - the aroma is bright with lots of fruity and spicy notes. Lots of black pepper. Strong banana note mixed with pink grapefruit and a dash of lemon zest to round it out.

T - slightly sweet bready malt character on the front of the tongue. Banana esters and peppery phenols resonant strongly mid palate along with hints of lemony acidity. They carry over while bitter notes of grapefruit rind shock the back palate. Bitterness lingers slightly along with a bit of pepper.

M - light bodied with a medium amount of carb and a round creamy texture.

O - interesting take on a Saison. Still light bodied for such big abv and big assertive flavors. A nice American Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:12:19 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of thecheapies


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having difficulty spotting the bottling date on the 12oz bottle. They're still using the old font and label format for this one. Saison brewed with orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, and pink peppercorns.

Pours into a goblet with a very hazy/cloudy tangerine glow. A little more earthy in tone than that, actually. The head never really amounted to much. A ring is all to show-for after something like 90 seconds.

Citrus peel, yes. Pink peppercorns, definitely. Very aromatic in fruit and spice. Wheat-like malts seem pretty prominent. Great yeasty aroma; typical farmhouse strain used. Very inviting aroma. Slightly sweet and nicely boozy, so it suggests.

Ah, much drier than I had expected. The peppercorns are a great addition with the uber-dry chalky yeast. The bright tartness of the grapefruit peel is very noticeable, along with the sour lemon and sweet orange. Coriander, alcohol, and white wine. A mega-big saison. The strength shows. It's a bit meddlesome, but the body is still back at medium, which is nice. A little sparkle in effervescence to wrap up a decent mouthfeel. Hot for a saison, but in all honesty, not the apparent 10.5% hot. Trying to be delicate, but bold in flavor. Satisfyingly lacking any malt sweetness or candy quality to the fruit peels. Dry and big. Certainly, more drinkable than it really ought to be. Almost a sipper, yet it should be. Somewhat refreshing, yet not enough. All in all, ridiculous in a really good way.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 03:49:04 | More by thecheapies
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-31-2012 03:38:32 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-30-2012 02:52:27 | More by RoryOMoore
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date but one can assume this has been sitting a while since it came out last year.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch head that soon retires to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Small amount of lacing is spotty.

S- Sharp, somewhat effervescent aroma of spice and some mildly funky yeast. Also, plenty of booze. Doesn't smell like a saison but rather a straight up strong Belgian pale.

T- The booze continues in the flavor along with a medley of spices such as coriander, ginger, allspice and clove. Slightly tart and sort of sweet. Hint of oxidation.

M- Unfortunately, the carbonation is lacking in this bottle. I had a bottle of this nearly a year ago and it was much more lively, but now it's lost a lot of bubbles since it's been sitting so long. Body's on the lighter side and there's a chalky feel.

O- I meant to review this beer earlier but didn't get around to it until it was past its prime. Needless to say, I don't recommend aging this one. Note: the real date of this review is 4/13/13. The original date is when I first "had" it and I rated it a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:58:56 | More by Immortale25
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head on a cloudy golden body. Lots of banana citrus, corriander and grain. Perfect degree of sweetness. Flavor start musty with malts, herbs, corriander and light lemon sweetness in the finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I very nice saison. The aftertaste lingers and becomes a little sour and funky but otherwise very good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2012 21:11:52 | More by kylehay2004
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-26-2012 23:28:45 | More by buckyp
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's beer of the month program, poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Weyerbacher's seventeenth anniversary ale pours an opaue tangerine. About a finger and a half of white foam floats atop the beer, not displaying much in the way of head retention or lacing. I'm surprised how much the peppercorns stand out, given all the citrus peel they have to compete with. Nonetheless, a floral, peppery aroma is what jumps out first. Bright citrus shines through next, and there's a slight (and not necessarily unpleasant) booziness present as well. Peppercorns are what take center-stage in the flavor profile as well. A warming alcohol note steps up to mingle with the spice, coming across as a little harsh at time. Grapefruit highlighted citrus doesn't come in until the finish. I was hoping for a little bit more and a little bit better balance. The body is somewhat full, I guess even a saison can't be bone dry at 10%. The carbonation has a little bit of life to it though. Weyerbacher Seventeen wasn't a bad beer, but dependnig on how fast peppercorns fade vs citrus peel fades, I think a little bit of time could do it well.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:18:05 | More by axeman9182
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – It was served a light orange color with a tiny white head. The head disappeared quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet citrus. Notes of orange, tangerine and a sweeter lemon are all there. Mixed with this is a lighter aroma of grapefruit as well as a good Belgian yeasty and spice aroma. As expected for a 10.5 % abv brew, there is also a light presence of an alcohol aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit sweetness. The fruit is of banana, orange, and some lemon. These flavors are mixed with a yeasty flavor right up front. As the taste moves on some of the spicy flavors come to the tongue, with a decent presence of pepper and clove. The alcohol that was detected in the nose then hits the scene. It starts out weaker, but as the taste goes on it a bit stronger, but never comes to a very potent taste. In the light alcohol mixed with the spiced fruit flavors leaves a sweet warming feel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is just below average. Both suit the fruity and spiced flavors of the beer quite well.

Overall – At 10.5 % this was a very easy to drink and pleasant brew. A very nice saison if I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 00:10:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of this for $17; a bit pricey but I suppose it is 10.5%.

Hazy orange color, modest white head and minimal lacing to match.

Nose is boozy, really boozy. The orange, lemon and grapefruit peel definitely contribute a sweet fragrance, but this is really overpowered by the heat. I don't really detect any pink peppercorns either, but really, I don't even know what that is...so yeah.

Tastes as I expected: sweet, citrusy, and boozy as hell. They really overdid the alcohol on this one and I don't really think it works. Also no barnyard funk what so ever, the very characteristic of a solid Saison.

Medium to semi heavy in body. Booze is not hidden at all. One and done for sure, I'm switching to something else.

Overall, a disappointment. I'll throw the remaining in the cellar and hope time does its magic to the booze and over compensating sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:50:05 | More by mocktm
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation with a one finger head.

S-Clove banana with lemon and orange. Wheat rounds it out.

T-Kind of all over the place. Alcohol is present. The nice nose turns into an odd mesh of clove and banana. The lemon and orange do not come through much.

M-Medium bodied but little to no carbonation.

O-Maybe this beer needs to sit for a while, calm down and balance itself out. So far though Weyerbacher Anny beers have not been good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:46:38 | More by rlee1390
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-23-2012 12:04:14 | More by TasteTester
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this to the tasting.

A - bright yellow with little head

S - banana, clove

T - lemon, banana, clove

M - over carbonated, crisp, light to medium bodied

This is an alright Saison. For 10.50% it doesn't have great body, but the alcohol isn't as prevalent as one would anticipate. The flavor and aroma are simple and one-dimensional. Overall, a decent beer but boring. I'll pass in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:15:25 | More by tdm168
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-22-2012 19:56:19 | More by halo913
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-22-2012 13:19:52 | More by MattDbach
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-22-2012 02:42:28 | More by Jules11788
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3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one almost passed over the radar. Grabbed a single from the House of 1,000 beers for 4 bucks (a tad expensive but it's the only place I found it.

A - As expected it's a hazy amber in hue and for the ABV it's low in carbonation with a mere lace ring. It looks sticky though.

S - Smells fairly good for a Saison. Belgium yeasts, wheat, coriander, white pepper, and quite a bit of alcohol.

T - Ow damn the ABV is cloying as hell. A strong yet semi-balanced alcohol taste carries over mild waves of coriander spice, lemon like zest, and a touch of banana. Halfway though the glass the wheat thankfully comes into play balanced the ridiculous ABV of this beer but it's too little too late.

M - Heavy a sipper for sure.

Overall I am not really planning on getting this again and really as unimpressed with this as the 16th (braggot) Hopefully next years release with be a high octane stout since these releases are ridiculously high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:30:29 | More by DrDemento456
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Light orange in color with a thin, spotty head scattered across the top of the beer and concentrating around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a strong presence of lemon zest and orange peel with a touch of bitter grapefruit citrus. The Belgian yeast spice is also playing a pretty big role in it. It's got a bit of a sweeter, almost honey like flavor to it as well.

The taste shows the yeast spice a little more prominently throughout. The citrus rind flavors are there as well giving it some lemon and orange zest. The finish is bitter with some grapefruit mixing in with yeast spices.

The mouthfeel is heavy for the style with carbonation being low. Overall, it was a pretty decent beer. It hid the abv very well and the flavors were pretty good. I'm not really sure the size and heavy feeling of the beer did it any favors though either. The refreshing, easy drinking qualities are usually the main reason I want to drink the style. It wasn't bad at all, but I think I'd choose something else in the style with half the alcohol content over it.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:48:21 | More by billab914
Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.