Fat Weasel Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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Reviews by cthulu81:
2.95/5 rDev -1.7%
So I had a guy tell me the other day that this was his favorite IPA. He mentioned Smutty IPA, Two Hearted and Loose Cannon in the same conversation, so I kind of figured he knew a bit more than your average beer imbiber.Hmmm. Not so much. I wouldn't even think of classifying this beer as an IPA, and have doubts that is even an ale to begin with, other than the packaging claim, that is. Honestly to me it comes across as a hoppy bock, which isn't a bad thing, just completely unexpected. Certainly there are no hops in the nose; it is dominated by a sweet, almost sticky aroma. It is all malt in the mouth as well, with an delayed bit of generic bittering mid-palate that is then subsumed by a maple-caramel finish down the back of the tongue. To be honest, I don't terribly dislike this beer, and for 5.99 a 6er will probably pick up another when I am next in Trader Joes (it is one of their many, many store brands), but I have not idea why this guy thought it could ever, ever begin to stand in the same race as Two Hearted or Smutty. In the end it is a decent brew, not obnoxiously made, with a kick bracing enough to quell those 'friends' of yours who insist on only MBC. But dude, it ain't an IPA. Seriously...
06-13-2008 01:38:59 | More by cthulu81
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
04-28-2010 02:54:15 | More by humanfactor
2.98/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
01-07-2005 10:30:20 | More by Dmann
3.35/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
12-19-2001 11:38:19 | More by Todd
3.08/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
09-29-2002 17:34:49 | More by Jason
2.85/5 rDev -5%
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!
08-19-2011 20:17:44 | More by 1Adam12
2.95/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
06-08-2011 22:11:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5 rDev -10.7%
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
07-27-2011 00:45:12 | More by chinchill
3.05/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
03-01-2011 23:54:53 | More by richkrull
2.99/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
07-07-2014 20:17:51 | More by Brenden
4.18/5 rDev +39.3%
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
06-22-2006 22:57:23 | More by IntriqKen
2.1/5 rDev -30%
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.
06-23-2011 22:51:05 | More by tastybeer
4.03/5 rDev +34.3%
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.
04-28-2009 04:41:29 | More by pmcadamis
3.06/5 rDev +2%
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.
05-08-2013 13:57:42 | More by secondtooth
3.73/5 rDev +24.3%
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.
09-11-2012 18:24:06 | More by tjsdomer2
3.05/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
04-15-2011 03:29:04 | More by PeprSprYoFace
2.6/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
03-31-2012 21:22:03 | More by Hopdaemon39
2.5/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
02-07-2003 20:21:11 | More by jackndan
3.53/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
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.
02-20-2003 15:32:18 | More by PhantomVodoo
2.75/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
01-02-2009 03:55:40 | More by HalfFull
Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.