Fat Weasel Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale

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247 Ratings

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Ratings: 247 | Reviews: 149
Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Strong Ale out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy pale color. It produced a nice head but head retention was poor. Lacing was average. The Aroma dominated by dough and not much else. The body of this Strong Ale was light. The beer was sweet, a little bit of malt and not much hop bitterness to speak of. The beer finish's dry- product of the high % of Alcohol. Very average beer- I won't seek this out in the future.

More User Reviews:
Photo of humanfactor
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can only procure this ale from Trader Joe's. I initially bought it for it's high alcohol (7.1%) ABV and its very reasonable cost.

Appearance: Light foamy head, slightly carbonated, amber color.

Smell: Nice fragrance... slightly sweet/citrusy smell

Taste: The taste follows the smell... slightly sweet/citrusy flavor.

Mouthful: Satisfying, clean.

Drinkability: Very satisfying on a hot summer day, after doing a lot of chores around the house. I found it refreshing and thirst quenching.

This would be a great "bridge" ale for the many drinkers of the "Big 3" (AB, Coors, Miller) in getting them a better quality beverage.

Photo of Dmann
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me by my cousin's girlfriend who knows the owner of the brewery. I must say that I appreciate the free beer but I would not purchase any of this ever again. The pour was nothing special, a light gold color with no head to speak of at all. The smell was allmost non existant but for a slightly fruity scent and a touch of malt. The taste is just way too sweet, with no balance at all and a bit of a solvent like alchohol flavor that a couple of other reviewers notes as well. This beer would not be bad if they just added some good hoppy kick to it, but as it stands it is just way too sweet and cloying.

Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A good, sweet and malty beer. Light coloured, hardly a true amber brew. The 7.1% abv was a bit extreme and out of place -- lots of fussel alcohols on the palate, which also made it less enjoyable and drinkable as a result.

It was okay, but I wouldn't drink another.

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer or brewery.

Sufficient lace, fluffy and off white … the retention is good also. Hazed pale amber golden colour.

Fruity, alcoholic esters and sweet residual malt dextrin aroma.

Chewy and slick body, spicy alcohol with suggestions of cinnamon and black pepper. Sweetness is abundant underneath the alcohol, flavours of honey and dough biscuit come to mind. Fruitiness is of ripe golden raisins and pears. Faint solvent like character. Hops are there but lost in a way as they through down a bitterness and leave. Warmth from the alcohol increases and a residual sweetness in the finish.

The higher alcohols are a bit too much to handle and throw the brew off balance, add the sweetness to this and it drops a drinkability even lower. Not a horrible beer at all but just not something I’d go back to anytime soon.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a huge head that leaves very nice sticky lacing. Smells like yeast and alcohol. Thats really about it. Taste is similar, but fortunately tastes better than the smell. Maybe a slight fruitiness and some hops. ABV is very noticeable. Light mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Overall, this tastes like a stronger version of something from AB. No depth, really no flavors except the 2 previously mentioned. But...It'll getcha drunk!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Trader Joe's exclusive. I remember when this stuff was made in Minnesota I think. Now its CA. Golden pour with plenty of haze. Mild aroma, almost yeastyesque.

Taste, yeah, slight belgian yeast feel to it, not like it has a bunch of clove or banana, but otherwise it seems to be more of a belgian ipa than a strong ale.

Just kind of a yeasty, low hop, average bitterness beer, malt profile is unremarkable, doesn't contribute anything, doesn't offer anything specifically to the taste. Really kind of a weird conglomeration of nothing that stands out. Not thick, not hoppy, not really all that bitter, no roast, just kind of a hodgepodge batch.

Photo of chinchill
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz undated bottle served in a pint glass. Bottled states "Brewed by River Trent Brewing, Ukiah, CA"

Pours a hazy golden-amber with a modest off-white head. Head has good durability.

Aroma of light malt and hay, with little sign of higher ABV other than a pleasant floral component. The higher ABV, however, is evident in both the taste and the mouthfeel (with a slight burn); these effects seem to be the main trait of the finish and aftertaste. The flavor ends with a bitter. alcohol flavor all too similar to a cheap malt liquor.

O - OK as an economical strong ale

Photo of richkrull
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's house brand.

Poured a pretty standard straw color with a little orange to it. Quite a bit of big fluffy white head on it. Strong doughiness on the nose with some malt coming through. A bit of hops as well. Taste is not real great. Tastes sweet up front with a funky bitter finish. Light mouthfeel. This beer is pretty drinkable. It's not a bad beer for the price.

Photo of Brenden
3.02/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer of apparently line-blurring classification is moderately hazed and a dark gold color. The head is ivory-colored, big-bubbled and fluffy, easing down to less than one finger in height but retaining that well. Lacing is at about the median in its strength and resiliency.
Sugar and toast hit the nostrils, with fruits contributing an interesting part of that with tang as well. It's followed by herb, a touch of not-quite-cheesy funk (?) and some grains pulling in underneath. I wouldn't call it bad.
The flavor ends up confused; it overripe dark fruits seem steeped in sugar then fusel alcohol and weird almost rotten or wet wood notes come out, but some biscuit helps to tame it before it derails completely. Unlike the aroma, there's only a vague note of hops bitterness, but the herb is there.
Somehow on the thinner side while feeling almost thick, there's a stickiness that fortunately doesn't last the entire sip. The body manages to hang on to medium and builds up, while spicy dryness cuts the sweetness.
This beer straddles the border of pass/fail.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.12/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says, "brewed and bottled by River Trent Brewery Co., Ukiah, CA." I don't know if the brewery has changed or if only the name has changed. The bottle is identical to the picture on this page.

Pours a medium golden yellow with a small white head that melts to fine lacing and then nothing.
Aromas of sweet malt and bready yeast...warm dinner rolls.
Taste is sweet malt and a balanced sharp hop bite afterwards...not really bitter...just sharp, clean and drying.
Aftertaste is of the crisp hops.
This is a beer you can drink lots of in an afternoon and find yourself in big trouble. The 7.1% alcohol is totally hidden.
So be warned...this is an American Strong Ale that is very well disguised as a mild APA

Photo of tastybeer
2.11/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is lighter than I expected. Its a clear light gold color with a basically white thin, tiny bubbled head. Aroma is, well this doesn't really smell like anything. Maybe some light graininess mixed with corniness. Tastes about the same. A bit disappointing. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Overall, not so great.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.01/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this at Trader Joe's in downtown Chicago for a paltry $5.99.

A - Vibrant gold with only a hint of haze. This one has a small but persistent white cap and only leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass. Not really a looker, in she?

S - Oh, that's not what I expected at all. I picked this up in a hurry on a quick errand before checking in to our hotel, and I knew nothing about the beer other than that I've never tried it or even heard of it before... and it was $5.99. Upon smelling this one, I was pleasantly surprised to smell quite a large amount of booze and a hay-like farm note that had me thinking that maybe this is a Belgian strong pale ale (one of my favorite styles). This isn't as complex as a BSPA, but it does have the horsepower.

T - Graham crackers, freshly mowed hay, and booze. This has a candi sugar flavor to it that I suspect is from the high octane recipe, but its not overly sweet or goopey. This is, in fact, very taught and attenuated, and the flavors are simple but honest. It does have a bit of a Belgian pale ale hop profile though... I wonder if thats what they were going for?

M - Big, strong, and firm. Oh tsssstop it silly! Seriously though, this is a big bastard of a beer.

D - It tastes like a really high quality malt liquor, and I mean that as a compliment. This tastes like what strong brew should taste like, but I can't help thinking that maybe this should be in the BSPA category... thats just the flavor profile that I'm getting. Not bad stuff, honestly. I'd buy it again at this price, but put it on the same $$ shelf as Duvel and there is no contest.

Photo of secondtooth
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden-amber, with a rich, frothy head. Lace is thin and insubtantial.

Nose is caramel and toasted malts. Simple.

Taste is also very malty, with toasted grain and a touch of fruitiness. I also get some honey and caramel. Seems overall to be too sweet and a tad of balance-wise. Not one I'd return to.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.7/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Thin-bodied brown in color. A bit of fizzy carbonation and some foam and lacing.

Smell: Some strong fruit, and that's about it. A pleasant smell that I'm guessing hides the alcohol.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fruity malt initially, followed by a bitter IPA-like hoppiness.

Overall Drinkability: Not an amazing beer, but it hits some nice flavor notes that provides a good balance.

Photo of Danomeister
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Middle of the road mass-produced tasting ale. Meh

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How is this an American strong ale?

Poured into a pint glass. Super clear and filtered. Looks like a pils. Lots of bubbles. Nice white head and lacing.

Aroma is pils lager-ish.

Taste is just like a strong pils. Nothing American strong ale at all. Tastes like a pils with more alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp but there is a weird feeling left behind in your mouth.

Overall an ok beer. Probably wouldnt buy it myself but my buddy said I had to try it.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear golden yellow color with minimal head, slight retention and pretty nice lacing.

Smells cheap- pale malt dominates but the simplicity and dullness are of a caliber not whiffed except in adjuncts. I also get a bit of hops (smells like Hallertau).

Taste is even more disturbing- pale malts, a little citrus, and a little hop dryness are all overshadowed by a tart/dirty yeast taste that again reminds me of an adjunct lager. Finishes semi-sweet/semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is tolerable- medium light body with moderate carbonation. Cannot cover up the taste. What is in this brew? Perhaps its namesake... Do not buy.

Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fat Weasel Ale: 12 oz bottle from trader Joe’s, 83 cents a bottle. Slightly hazy beer, with a Golden hue, and a frothy thick white head, that is very long lasting. Really bad aroma, like rotten honey. The taste follows the nose, pretty bad. Its got a cloying, and unpleasant sweetness, and long lasting/bad malt taste. Not good.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with an off-white head.
Aroma of sweet pale malts, some hops, and also alcohol.

Taste is a bit off. There's a solvent like flavor that you don't have to search for. Not overwhelming, but obvious. Sweet malts with some hop bitterness to balance. Sweetness dominates. Some hop bitterness present, but there doesn't seem to be much hop flavor. Bitterness lingers a bit at the finish. The 7.1% ABV seems a bit out of place in this beer.

Good mouthfeel.
Drinkability knocked back a notch due to the off flavor.
Overall this might be a pretty good beer if they correct the solvent like taste. Could use a bigger hop presence IMO.

Photo of HalfFull
2.77/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with an almost nonexistent head into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

Smell is primarily of orangy malts with just a hint of hops, which are rather elusive and tend to hide, kind of like a fat weasel. By mid pint the hops do open up to some degree, but are generally overwhelmed by the malt nose.

Sweet citric flavor on the tongue, bit of honey but not viscous or heavy. Reminded me initially of flat orange soda in a sense. Decent carbonation(for beer, thus the flat soda comment) and feel. This beer improves after the initial shock to the point of acceptability, but never gets beyond that level. Fat Weasel is assumably another Firestone Walker concoction, and given the overwhelming nectar orange flavor found in many of their brews, I would assume so.

Not impressed, but then I didn't really expect to be. Bit lager like on the nose towards the end of the beer.

Photo of bashiba
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly hazy light amber color with a thin white ring of head.

The smell is light and bready. Very faint.

The flavor is very blah, a light bit of crackery flat malt flavor and not much else, a little bit of residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel is sort of syrupy.

Wow what a boring and tasteless beer, its hard to get a

Photo of BigIrishman
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours straw color with quickly disappearing white head, no lace left.

Smell: Like a pilsner gone slightly wrong, there are hints of some noble hops but what's left is mostly honey and a bit of biscuit.

Taste: Big biscuit and slightly fruity estery taste. There some residual sweet malt hanging around. There are definitely some fusel alcohols that are killing the flavor though.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp with a light body.

Drinkability: They definitely went a bit over the top with the alcohol content here. Maybe shooting for 5 percent would have kept this one more drinkable and not ruined the flavor.

Photo of andrewm190
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer almost brings to mind a very, very light stout. The brew holds a bit sweet with a very light coffee tone in the back, although its so light I admit this could be my imagination. In the end, its a passable, but not altogether glorious ale. You get your moneys worth, I suppose, but you can certainly find others to enjoy. The finest qualities this brew possess are a moderately hilarious title and picture, combined with a hearty 7.1 alcohol by volume content.

Photo of marcobrau
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours ridiculously clear with tons of carbonation that forms a rather impressive rocky head that settles slowly into a fairly dense layer of foam. This is a real good lookin' beer, unfortunately it gets worse from here...

First, the aroma is kind of bubblegum-like and grainy. Next, the taste is sweet and grainy with an unpleasant bitterness in the finish. This Fat Weasel tastes more like a strong European lager than an ale, with a grainy and bitter fusel alcohol-laden finish. Forgot whatever anybody else says about this beer: it is nothing more than a bad malt liquor masquerading as an ale. I'd sooner drink Haffenreffer Private Stock instead of this crap.

Overall, the Fat Weasel is good for a fairly cheap buzz, but only if you like your beer grainy and bitter.

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.