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Fat Weasel Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
70
okay

220 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3
pDev: 18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001)
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Tone

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and no lacing. Smells of a lager with some sweet malt and possibly some adjunct. Fits the style. Has a sweet malty flavor with a lager background. There is a nasty kick to this beer (similar to vodka), a strong puckering. Overall, this beer started out with some potential and then quickly went down hill until it ended up with that nasty sour kick.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:50:56 | More by Tone
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up from Trader Joes and it was a mistake..
Poured a deep gold, nice head, fair lace and carbonation. Mild malt on the nose, hints of hops but nothing overbearing. Taste is smooth, a mild hint of malt giving it a sweet feel and a bitter hop finish. Well this brew didn't do much for me, kind of one dimensional at best. Looks good but looks can be deceiving...

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:29:13 | More by barleywinefiend
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Pencible

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a bright, clear gold with white head. It smelled like sweet and creamy yeast with a bit of honey malt and lemon hops. It tasted like creamy yeast and sweet lemon hops, with a bit of copper hops and fresh wheat malt. It was oily with a bit of carbonation, and had a mildly bitter aftertaste. Overall this was very clean and easy to drink. It had nice body, and had a simple and enjoyable flavor. This just seemed like it was missing something, which makes it very forgettable. The weasel needs more kick!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 22:11:29 | More by Pencible
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear gold with a good thick head that drops quickly but leaves some decent lace.

S - Fairly malty with pronounced alcohol and some citrus and breadiness. Apricots and apples.

T - Definite alcoholic taste and very malty. Some fruitiness and metallic characteristics as well. Hops are herbal and finish has some bitterness.

M - Medium body with a fine carbonation.

D - Somewhat drinkable for the abv. Malty and alcohol isn't well hidden. Solid beer, but not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 02:36:55 | More by allergictomacros
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Seanibus

California

3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad - better than some of the other Steinhaus offerings I have tried, but a little hard to categorize. It comes off almost like a strong American Wheat.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a fluffy head that falls quickly to decent lacing. Slightly sour aroma, like a mix of wheat and pilsener malt. The flavor is decent, a little sour, some slight hop bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is thin, slightly clingy, emphasizing the very slight bitterness down the throat on teh finish. Overall, however, this is a drinkable but entirely unmemorable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 20:58:53 | More by Seanibus
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andrewm190

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:47:52 | More by andrewm190
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a tan colored head that rises to three-fingers in height. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color that shows a rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quit malt focused with notes of biscuit-like malts, toffee and some crushed cracker notes. A touch of fruitiness and a light herbal note round things out for this soft nose.

Lightly sweet tasting and fuller bodied than I was expecting; it coats the mouth a bit and is on the chewy side for a beer that I was expecting to be lower in alcohol. There is also quite a bit more hop flavor and character than I was expecting; this has a solid herbal note to it, a noticeable grapefruit like hoppiness and a solid, lingering bitterness in the finish. Toasty malt note contribute soft caramel flavors, biscuit-like grain notes and a very soft nuttiness. The hop character seems to fade a bit after a while, and it becomes a bit more malt accented. There is a touch of alcohol warming in the finish as well.

Another Trader Joes beer that is far better than I was expecting. The aroma is a bit bland, but this is packed with a surprising amount of flavor; the strength of this beer obviously helps as I was expecting this to be around 4% and not the 7.2% that it is at. Not quite something that I can see myself buying again, but if handed this at a BBQ I would be quite content.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:14:58 | More by Gueuzedude
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WillieMoe

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up over at Trader Joe's. It was a $1 for the bottle so I figured I'd give it a whirl.

A- Pours a very light golden color, with very little head retention.

S- The first whiff, had that hint of skunkiness I usually find in a pilsner, but it was faint. Overall the smell was pretty bland.

T- Seemed kind of boring with the first sip, but got better as I got deeper down. Picked up a slight hint of cider in there. It had a bit of a sugary sweetness on the tongue.

D- This is very drinkable, and you definitely can't tell it's got a 7.10% ABV.

Overall a decent brew, that is quite drinkable. And a frickin' steal for only a $1 in Boston. I guess pretty much anywhere for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 22:43:04 | More by WillieMoe
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cthulu81

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 01:38:59 | More by cthulu81
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden colcor with modest white head. Poor retention but nice sticky lacing.

Smell is light, almost to the point of non-existant.

Taste shows a nice fruity sweetness. The is enough hop presence to balance the malt weel. The alcohol is so well hidden that I could not believe it is 7.1%.

Imparts a lingering sweetness that leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth.

Well done beer, way too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 21:05:51 | More by tgbljb
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scottoale

California

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a six pack of this sitting in the garage collecting dust, there is a code/date printed on the brown glass:11/27/07 11:39.

It pours a nice liquid gold into a nonic tumbler with a small white 1/8" head that leaves traces of lace and a ring on the surface.

An earthy malt nose with a strong tea and a trace of alcohol are all that my sense of smell can detect. Smells good and malty.

The flavor is very much the same as the smell with a big earthy malt bill up front. The malt dwindles down to a very tea like flavor and finishes rather dry. The alcohol is well masked for a brew of 7.1% ABV.

Decent body and good carbonation, together with a good flavor pan out to a brew thats easy to drink, but nothing special. That's all folk's.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 22:48:48 | More by scottoale
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

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

To my knowledge, this is only available at Trader Joes.

Fairly generic bottle, no information about style, the brewery, etc. It is 7.1, rather strong for its price and generic status.

Crystal clear pale amber color.

A sweet malty wort aroma, with some sugary fruit (like fruity bubblegum) notes.

Body is full. A bit heavy and sticky too. Alcohol and fruity maltness overwhelm. The hops are muted and not balanced. Dry finish, or so it seems, and then a sticky coating takes over and wont go away. A good beer, but I'm glad my little lady likes them more, she can finish off the sixpack...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 01:48:01 | More by SurlyDuff
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biggred1

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this stuff at Trader Joe's for $4.99 a six.
A. Pale gold,white rocky head which didn't last long.
S.Nice biscuit/bready aromas some fruit.

T.Not too bad, kind of boring mild fruity flavor.

M.Slick mouthfeel,real warm alcohol finish.

D.Not bad,had better.

Really,pretty good for the money, I would probably drink it again,but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 22:32:56 | More by biggred1
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joezak5

New Jersey

1.2/5  rDev -60%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got this one at Trader Joe's in Westfield for $4.99 for a 6 pack.

Appearance: Light golden color with a large white head with huge bubbles.

Smell: Grainy and bready. Like smelling a juiced loaf of Wonder bread.

Mouthfeel: Way too alcoholic and way too carbonated.

Taste: This one is just too overpowered by the alcohol. It's tough to call out any others flavors here. A little malt ont the first sip, but pure alcohol after that.

Drinkability: Not only was this my first down-the-drain beer, this was my first practice the just-won-the championship-spray with about three bottles beer. This one makes me stick to the excellent cheap wines that Trader Joe's has and leave the beer for another time.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:15:43 | More by joezak5
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montageman

Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with some carbonation bubbles. A decent white head leaves some sturdy lacing behind.

S: Fruit and alcohol. There is some banana there, but it masked by the alcohol.

T: Alcohol dominates here as well. There is some malty backbone and hops are evident, but the burn is always there.

M: Average. Carbonation lends body, which is nice for strong ales.

D: Not bad, but not something I could drink all night. The ABV would definitely catch up to me quickly.

Not a bad beer, especially for $5.99/6 pack. Mildly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:10:16 | More by montageman
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one poured okay, a copper color with a touch of white head on top. Nose is weird, but I could tell right off the bat it wasn't for me. A lot of alcohol presence, as well as diacetyl. Malt liquory, as another reviewer observed. Taste is likewise. It's just not pleasant to drink. Kind of biting hoppiness, then that acidic punch. Really not good. Body is alright, although a little thin. Overall, I won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 17:39:49 | More by soupyman10
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JDV

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gold, slightly cloudy pour. Bright white medium lasting head. Smell is a very slight touch of lager yeastiness, but mostly of fruity hops. Taste is very bland, watery, and a lightly flavored hop finish. Nothing tasted bad, but it was easily one of the blandest beers I've ever had. If you're at Trader Joes and want to pick up a beer their, I'd recommend the Fat Weasel Pale ale over this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 21:35:12 | More by JDV
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ommegangpbr

New York

2.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fat Weasel makes for a suspicious pour. No head, no lacing, and macro lager pale.
The nose does not set my nerves at ease. We're entering malt liquor territory. Sugary booze hits first with what I hope are not notes that give evidence to rise or corn. Boozey cake comes to mind. Brace yourself.
The taste doesn't terrify the way the odors might make you think but that's the best of it. Has a similar flavor profile to this brewery's Jumping Cow amber ale, but somehow even milder in flavor. Grainy flavors that make me think of vodka.
Mouthfeel is light enough to make this generally palatable.
Would I get this again? No. Will I even finish this bottle?

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 07:13:38 | More by ommegangpbr
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WhiteDog2006

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe I was just thirsty (who am I kidding...I was parched), but I drank this straight from the bottle, and I loved it!

The taste, the smell, the mouth-feel, the drinkability...all "good" to "exceptional".

Of all the 'Micro-Brews' I have come across in different regions of this country...I would put this one in my top 10.

Since I drank it out of the bottle, I didn't get to see the beer----but taste is far more important to me. (but I rated the appearance at "average", because my review would not load without something in that field)

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 20:40:10 | More by WhiteDog2006
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Reidrover

Oregon

2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is wierd. NO way it resembles an amber, its golden,clear with a tiny white bubbly head ,looks more like a malt liquor! Nasty over sweet aroma, again malt liquor like. All I get as far as flavour is very sweet malts, bordering on sickening and cheap corniness. Bad mouthfeel, to cloying. Over all nasty stuff. this is weird this is a totally different beer than many have described. To me this is a cheap ole malt liquor. Has the recipe changed?

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 05:53:23 | More by Reidrover
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yelterdow

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Napa, CA on 9/8/07. The date lasered on the neck reads 8/22/07. Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Not knowing *anything* about this beer or brewery (living in NJ), I discover this ale pours almost exactly like Bud in many ways... save for the slightly golder hue. Crystal clear, the white head settles tightly to two fingers and it gradually lays down and becomes a thin, unbroken mat. A few streams of thin bubbles float casually to the top.

Smell- Notes of coriander and hazelnuts leap from the glass, with a hint of vanilla/orange creamsicle. These aromas subside and diminish as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- *Way* too sweet and out of balance with regard to malt and hop presence. The alcohol strength overtakes even the most subtle flavors... this is one of many unimpressive, hyper-aggressive examples of "bigger", not necessarily "better" beers.

Mouthfeel- By far the best attribute, this foamy, smooth texture really is a pleasure to enjoy in the mouth. What a shame it can't showcase the ingredients in a better light.

Drinkability- This was a bear to get through.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 16:16:50 | More by yelterdow
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jdoncbus

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(bottled says brewed in Ulm, MN - page here says Cali)

Bottle poured into Shaker pint. Gold color, two finger head, some lacing, with active carbonation.

Smell is pretty faint - make out some bready malt and a little citrusy hops. Can smell the hooch (7%+).

Initial taste is crisp, moderate buscuity malt with a tinge of bitter, citrus hops. You can certainly feel the alcohol run down the back of your throat. Left with a metallic, grainy aftertaste. The mouth is left with a very distant puckerness but overall pretty wet.

It's a pretty easy beer to drink but its not complex; the key phrase in this offering is "straight forward." If you want a decent beer at a good price and want to kick start a buzz - this is your pick. I may pick it up again but certainly not for a while...would be a good winter beer with it's warmth factor.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 21:37:59 | More by jdoncbus
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber with a thin head. The aroma is of some sweet malts and earthy hops. The beer has a somewhat decent balance, but it is overpowered by alcohol. The alcohol is overly present in the mouthfeel and does not balance with the malts or the hops. This is a decent beer that might be enjoyed if your scrapped for cash and want something cheap, as long as you live near a Trader Joe's

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 03:44:34 | More by atsprings
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold, actually has a decent head thanks to a vigorous pour.

S- Nice sweet malt aroma with some fruity esters. Alcohol is quite evident.

T- Very sweet, almost honey-like. It also has some kind of vanilla-like flavor in there. Alcohol isn't as evident as it was in the nose, but you can still detect it. No real hop flavor, but there is a mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Actually pretty nice. Medium bodied and very smooth. Almost kind of creamy.

D- Well, I might have one more, but that's it. The alcohol presence is a little high.

I was expecting not to like this beer due to its lackluster reviews and dirt-cheap price, but it really wasn't all that bad. Hell, I might even get it again. Certainly nothing spectacular, but hey, for less than 5 bucks a six-pack, It's pretty good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 00:10:43 | More by vtfan77
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stephendr

California

3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of golden honey , with stark white head - nose of hops , malty , hints of chocolate , sweet citrus , and chalky – taste of light tropical fruit , egg white , light maltyness , and - body is light , dry and with medium carbonation – aftertaste of salty , floral , slight hops , and semi dry

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 05:00:09 | More by stephendr
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