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Fat Weasel Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale

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224 Ratings

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3
pDev: 17.67%
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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2.8/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a straw/golden color with just a tad of haze. A thick frothy 2 finger white head tops the beer. Smells of corn, malt, and cereal grains. First sip is more reminiscent of an American Light lager than an ale. Mouthfeel is quite good - creamy and well carbonated. The 7% ABV is well hidden. Not too bad...just not very good.

03-27-2009 18:59:32 | More by ATLbeerDog
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3.8/5  rDev +26.7%

A. Pretty standard clear pale yellow with less than a finger head that did not stick around. No lacing, but nice trickle of bubbles.

S. Not much to speak of. Faint and slightly sweet.

T. Way better than the aroma. Very balanced. A little sweet and tart with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Nice alcohol warming.

M. Moderate carbonation. Not chewy or thick. It is quite refreshing considering its 7.1 ABV.

I will definatly buy this again. A great beer when I don't want a rich hefe or Belgian ale which are my preference.

01-20-2009 07:50:46 | More by sklinger990
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2.95/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date readily apparent. Single purchased at Trader Joe's for $1.

A: Clear straw-golden color with frothy nearly-white 1-finger head with so-so retention but respectable lacing.

S: A bit of fruity aroma and some alcohol

T: This beer was one that got worse the further into it I got. Initially my response was "Hey, this is pretty good." It tasted very sweet from lightly toasted pale and caramel malts with not a lot else except a sharp, dry finish. With very little warming, however, more harsh graininess and fusel alcohol flavors came through, where at the closing few ounces, there were more style characteristics similar to a malt liquor. High octane alcohol flavor at the end.

M: Very creamy and smooth at the outset but again very boozy at the end with a high-alcohol finish.

D: Drinkability is down due to the high-alcohol attributes. Maybe you should just drink the first half and drink it very cold.

01-05-2009 04:12:00 | More by argock
Photo of HalfFull


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
Photo of Tone


2.63/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

12-19-2008 00:50:56 | More by Tone
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2.53/5  rDev -15.7%

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...

11-30-2008 22:29:13 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.35/5  rDev +11.7%

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!

11-30-2008 22:11:29 | More by Pencible
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

10-09-2008 02:36:55 | More by allergictomacros
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3.18/5  rDev +6%

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.

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

3.15/5  rDev +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.

08-24-2008 02:47:52 | More by andrewm190
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3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

06-26-2008 02:14:58 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.33/5  rDev +11%

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.

06-15-2008 22:43:04 | More by WillieMoe
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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
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3.78/5  rDev +26%

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.

05-05-2008 21:05:51 | More by tgbljb
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3.58/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

04-28-2008 22:48:48 | More by scottoale
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3.13/5  rDev +4.3%

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...

04-19-2008 01:48:01 | More by SurlyDuff
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3.38/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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

1.2/5  rDev -60%

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.

03-17-2008 03:15:43 | More by joezak5
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2.98/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

02-20-2008 02:10:16 | More by montageman
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District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -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.

02-12-2008 17:39:49 | More by soupyman10
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2.25/5  rDev -25%

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.

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

2.42/5  rDev -19.3%

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?

01-23-2008 07:13:38 | More by ommegangpbr
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4.38/5  rDev +46%

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)

01-10-2008 20:40:10 | More by WhiteDog2006
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2/5  rDev -33.3%

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?

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

2.55/5  rDev -15%

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.

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