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Fat Weasel Ale - Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale

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227 Ratings

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of WhiteDog2006
4.38/5  rDev +45.5%
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)

WhiteDog2006, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -33.6%
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?

Reidrover, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

yelterdow, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of jdoncbus
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

jdoncbus, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
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

atsprings, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

vtfan77, May 07, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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

stephendr, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
2.35/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The last 12 oz. bottle from a mix pack at Trader Joe's in Raleigh...

Pours a golden wheaty color into my pilsner glass. Great carbonation rising throughout, but the white head dissappears quickly and leaves nothing in the way of lacing. Aroma has some fruity citrus notes, as well as apple juice, pear, and a strong alcoholic presence.

The best description I can give for the taste is that it's like a Miller Lite with more alcohol. There are some sour metal notes and a hint of citrus and apple to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is dry and pungent with a metallic aftertaste. Overall it's not a great beer, but if you can stomach it, the 7.1% ABV will surely get you a nice buzz.

wagenvolks, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was kind of shocked to see that this weighs it at over seven on the booze-o-meter, I had expected something more mellow and easy drinking but we shall see I suppose. Clear bodied with a light amber hue and wet, temporary head. Nose is decent, with a bit of citrus and spice and only a tiny hint of alcohol.

Taste is fairly balanced with malt in the driver's seat but hops nagging continuously by his side. Notes of spice are present but mostly ineffectual at really improving the flavor. Alcohol note is pronounced in the aftertaste which isn't aided by a watery, weak texture and mouthfeel. Fairly harsh sip after sip and not real drinkable. I guess this is Trader Joe's malt liquor substitute. This could be worse, but even for ninety two cents isn't very good.

daliandragon, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BA note, Trader Joe's markets this as a beligan style tripel, not a American strong ale. I believe it is their house brand, $4.99/6 pack, although you can buy them as singles.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, the fat weasel is bright gold and crystal clear, with a tall white head that quickly faded to a fairly thick surface skim. leaving moderate lace.
The aroma is strong and sugary, and also a grassy/grainy aroma that reminds me a lot of any marco Pils, a la bud. Actually, the appearance is much like them as well.
Unlike the aroma, the taste is more grainy then sugary, and continues the macroish parallels, although there is a definite mark of belgian yeast esters, but it is overwhelmed by the straw flavor. The finish is clean with only a mild, macro aftertaste, a bears the only indication of the ABV, neither mild nor overbearing.
The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a high level of effervescence
The drinkability is moderate. This taste is not great, nor terrible. It went down easy enough, and has some heft that would catch up to you more quickly then you realized. It's price is probably it's greatest attribute, and it consequently tastes like a cheap belgian style tripel, which is the style comparison I'm basing my rating on.

ccrida, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Not much in the way of smell, it just smells like grain and some sweet malt. It tastes like sweet malt, alcohol and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick. Drinkability isn't too good, the alcohol is too noticable for me since there isn't much other taste to this beer. I don't think I'll try this one again anytime soon, I'm just glad I bought a single bottle of it instead of a six pack.

bluejacket74, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of jvonkluck
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Smell: No noticeable hop aroma, mostly just malt and alcohol on the nose. It even smells a little sweet (which is a hint of the rather unfortunate flavor to follow.)

Appearance: Light copper in color, very transparent. Pours with a thin head that dissipated quickly without any noticeable lacing

Taste: The flavor on this one is basically just indistinguishable malt and more than a bit too sweet for its own good. It finishes a little hot from the relatively high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's just about right. It's very middle of the road, neither very heavy nor very light.

Drinkability: This isn't a beer that I could really make my way through either of the times that I've tried it. The balance just isn't there - it finishes on the same note that the aroma suggests.
That said, I'd take it over a macro-brewed light beer. (Not really saying a lot.)

jvonkluck, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of leechungsr
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess you get what you pay for (Trader Joes)
S: grainy and of alcohol. Not impressed.
T: not good. I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish this one. I think the higher alcohol content may contribute to its spice, which I thought was pretty neat. Lots of bitter hops, somewhat sour.
D: really doesn't stand out. I wouldn't mind having it again, but I definitely wouldn't purchase it.

leechungsr, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of marcobrau
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

marcobrau, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fairly good head with a decent degree of retention. The body is not nearly as dark (looks more like a lager) as I'd expect from a strong ale.

Good malt/floral duality in the nose. Subsequent sniffs reveal what is perhaps a bit too much sweetness, almost candy-like.

Initially, I was very surprised/pleased with the sweet maltiness & full flavors that hit my tongue. However, the aftertaste was all wrong. Astringent, careless bitterness, over-ripe fruit. Don't want to dismiss it outright because it gets half of the equation correct. Just a poor finish.

Good consistency, right thickness. A solid mouthfeel for the style.

An already heavy style is rendered one & out as the aftertaste is just too troublesome for me to want more than one.

malcontent, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured far lighter than I would've expected with a decent head. No lacing. Body is the color of pale straw. Nose smells like hard candy mixed with hops and a kiss of caramel. I was surprised at the amount of hops I smelled. Taste doesn't do much for me .... either hops or the malt need to commit more ... and neither does. The taste is good, but it's begging for an aspect to dominate and neither does. It reminds me of a dumbed down (extremely dumb) Dreadnaught. I think some other reviewer said this was $4.99 a sixer. This is good enough to be a bargain for that price.If that is the case (I only bought a single so I'm not sure) I would certainly buy this again. Tastes good enough to drink again.

TheBungyo, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden in color, with a small white fluffy head. Smell is malty with small traces of adjuncts thrown into the mix. I am picking up a distinct orange peel flavor as well. Along with a touch of honey, the smell is overall sweet. Taste is quite different. Upfront has a nice grassy malt flavor about it. Cut hay, straw, and and alcoholic bite. Sour and tangy finish, with some medium bitter hops thrown into the mix. Mouthfeel could have a bit more carbonation. Drinkability is alright.

Not a bad offering, just nothing exceptional. Thanks IntriqKen for the sample.

HoustonTX, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
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

IntriqKen, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of djcrean
2.42/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found at Trader Joes for 4.99 a sixpack.

A: Pours clear redish gold with 1 inch head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells: A little fruity, but mostly just alcoholic.

T: Not especially complex. Initial taste is malt, which is pretty average. The high alcohol content makes its presence felt quickly and lingers into the aftertaste, making it rather unpleasant. Hop bitterness is low. In fact, the weak hop profile may be the most disappointing thing about this beer. Mainly what one notices though, is the alcohol.

M: Not overly pleasant, but not abrasive.

D: There are beers with much higher ABV% that are far more drinkable. The acohol is needlessly prevalent, and seriously detracts from the drinkability.

Comments: For 83 cents a bottle, how much can you expect? It's not an awful beer, but it's probably not something I'd buy again unless I wanted to get hammered in a hurry. Neither would I drink more than one or two at a time since the prevalent alcohol makes it somewhat tedious.

djcrean, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average pour - a mild white head over a very clear light golden brew. No lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty weak as well - a slightly corny grain note and a bit of piney hops but it's very light.

The taste is okay but nothing spectacular. Lots of malt in this brew but it's a reasonably light bodied grainy flavor with little in the way of caramelized sugars. There is, however a moderate residual sugar leading to a pretty sweet flavor. Hops are weak. The flavor is something out of the noble family and frankly this tastes like a bland lager with the flavor just a little less bland.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew that's a bit on the oily side. Not quite enough carbonation to dry out the sweet aftertaste. No alcohol burn at all (is this really a 7% ABV brew?)

All in all average to disappoionting. Not really bad in any particular way but there's nothing to recommend this beer if there are any other choices available...

RedwoodGeorge, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found at Trader Joe's for $.84
Appearance: Clear gold body, much visible carbonation rising from the bottom. Head is creay looking, slow fading.

Smell: Musty cooked vegetables, grain with light alcohol.

Taste: Wow, bad. If this is in the same style as Arrogant Bastard, this is pretty bad at first. Skunky and pretty foul, sour. There is a sizable and surprising hops finish that I somewhat enjoyed towards the end of the eber, but couldn't get over the initial off-flavors. Skip it.

Mouthfeel: Metallic and only slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not very good, but $.84 means that not a lot was put into it.

TastyTaste, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a modest hed with decent retention. The color reminds me of a pretty pils but with less lacing. Petty golden in color. More akin to a belgian blonde ale but more pale.

Smell- Very dry snuff of dandelions and subdued hops. Not a lot of character.

Taste- starts out with some macintosh apples,braedy malt and hops with some old barn hay. The finish is a crisp whip crack of citrusy hops and ethanol alcohol. Don't ask how I know what that tastes like.

Mouthfeel- Pretty crisp, but not as refreshing as the color might suggest. A mix of medium hop bitterness and alcohol. Not that the alcohol is overpowering, but its presence is undeniable.

scruffwhor, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date, though it is stamped with something couldn't figure out easily. Pours a pale clear orange color with lots of bubbles clinging to the glass.

There is a thin white head that even with a generous pour only brought up a 1/2 a finger head and no lacing. The aroma is grainy with sweet undertones of honey, apricots, orange and banana? The taste is medium carbonated and seems much like a macro, grainy and flat tasting. It is slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Overall, not much there.

abcsofbeer, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of Stubbie1
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. 7.0 eh? Well if that don’t beat all, well hidden. Well this brew didn’t do much for me, kind of one dimensional at best. Looks good but looks can be deceiving…..

Stubbie1, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Ellbert
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A pale orange/yellow. White head that lasts for a while and discipates to a nice lace. The color gives this a bad score.

Smell: Malt all around. Very sweet but with some alcohol spiciness.

Taste: There is a little metalic twinge in the flavor. However this is the only bad thing about it. I like the spice the alcohol adds to this brew. Malt is definitely in the forefront. Hops play a little role but it is mostly burnt malt and alcohol. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is pretty thin for what this style normaly comes in.

Drinkability: I think this is fairly drinkable at the ABV it is. However not six, maybe two.

Ellbert, Nov 08, 2005
Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.