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Wee Mac | Sun King Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States
sunkingbrewing.com

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cnally on 08-22-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
515
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
38.73%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
125
For Trade:
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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 515
Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light bread. Taste is malts, some caramel a bit of sweetness, fairly mild. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer, a bit lacking in flavor and punch.

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Photo of smcolw
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Smallish head and little lace. Cloudy light brown color.

Smells weak but with all the right aromas. Some chocolate, some vanilla.

Thin bodied with an elevated carbonation level. Brown sugar base flavor. Light hop bitterness but not enough to balance which is typical for the style. Overall, not very impressive.

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Photo of amsoller
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite standby beer in the Indy area. When in a pub where all the proprietor has are pale ales, I reach for this one. I believe that, as the other reviewers here have stated, its even and average taste and lack of extreme attributes just adds to its appeal. Sun King has done a great job of being consistent with this recipe.

I have sampled this beer many times: from good and bad bar taps, from growlers filled at the brewery, and from the can. When drinking from the can, it's best to first pour into a glass to let the beer breathe a little and to get a good feel for the nice, lightly malty aroma and body of the beer. It has a good brown color with a modest head when poured well. The head does not linger, however. It is a bit light. But if I want a heavier beer, I'll order a stout or a porter. It goes well with a large variety of foods -- also adding to its lack of overpowering attributes.

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Photo of AleMan66
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured this from a can into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a nice brown with a light brown one finger white head. I really like it. It is, in fact, "smooth and malty." I had a friend pick this up for me at the brewery since they don't sell it in my market, or else I would seek it out.

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Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma is malty beer, but nothing that reminds me of Scotch Ale. Flavor does deliver a little in that way. Body, despite being malty, is still a touch thin. An ok beer. I'll enjoy this one, but not get another.

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Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth, but only a mild maltiness to it's flavor profile; it definitely left me wanting more in that sense. Very easy to see, however, how this is the base for the amped-up malt-bomb that is Wee Muckle.

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Photo of 98green
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taster from a can share at a bar. Not much to say. Mediocre in every way. Just didn't hit any notes I like in my scotch ales. Comparing to dirty bastard or kilt lifter, this is just a muddy nothing. Appreciate the taste but I will pass on this one

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Photo of jettjon
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. Coppery brown ice tea color. Thin to nonexistent head in keeping with style. Malt and bread on nose. No peat notes. In the mouth malt and diacytal. Thin. Overall barely recognizable as a Scotch ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and copper with a modest head that fritters away quickly; minimal lacing action

Smell: Caramel, fruit, grain and a whiff of nut

Taste: Caramel forward, with some nut and grain flavors building; modestly fruity and earthy, through the middle, with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer sure has got its haters but I found it rather enjoyable, even though it is more of a hybrid rather than a true Scottish Ale; not worthy of such poor reviews, to my palate

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Photo of Ferg
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have had this beer on tap, and it was very enjoyable.
One of my favorite dinner beers with pub food.
Rate a 4 +/- if you can find on tap.

From the can, it is horrible!
Little taste, what notes you get are very tinny and not enjoyable.
Rate a 2 +/- from the tin can.

Sun King needs to go to bottles, as the can does not cut the mustard.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, little bit of Amber shade threw the light. Smells good. Roasted malt, caramel bit of coffee. Tastes good nice and sessionable, not gonna feel this. Toffee, roasted favors. Overall, I love sun King. Love their year round session beers. This one is another I really enjoy. Buy more of this NYD.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter via a friend at work who oddly enough shares my same last name---

Thanks Justin!

This Scottish ale pours a beautiful dark reddish mahogany with a quickly dissipating head of foam that leaves a thin ring and little lacing. Nose of brown sugars, bread crust, subtle hops, and light caramel. Flavors surpass the nose with lightly toasted bread and sweet caramel, mingling with subtle grain and brown sugars that fade to a light herbal hop note mixed with cream. Solid for the style with a clean lightly creamy finish and moderate carbonation that ends slightly dry. Quenching and delicious.

A first for me from this brewery, and so far a winner.

Cheers

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Photo of keldridge23
1.64/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

With all the hype surrounding this beer, I have to say that I was disappointed. It looks great in a glass but when compared with other beers of this style it completely falls flat with zero finish. I almost feel like this beer is searching for an excuse. Not enough carbonation during the process or something.

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Photo of jc111
1.92/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

I was told to try this beer while on business trip. It was sold to me as the next great beer, It was suppose to be promising, with the potential to make it big. But once it came time to compare it with other beers of outstanding quality, it fell flat on it's face. The first half of the beer left no positive impression on me, it performed mediocre at best. I forced my way through it and when I got down the the second half that's when I decided to the throw in the towel as this beer was clearly out classed by better beers in the same league.

Shockingly, the expiration date on this beer was not in January.

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Photo of Marlowe_85
1.84/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It looks good, so if you like to stare at your beer rather than drink it... I guess it has that going for it. But taste and feel were both way too watery for my liking. Disappointing.

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Photo of LakeEffectSteam
1.95/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Was expecting a lot more from this. Solid brown color, promising. But it was weak and not very Scottish. May go well with haggis, but that's about it. As someone with Scots background, clan MacBrady, Wee Mac did not leave me feeling very patriotic. Won't say much more except the aftertaste left something to be desired. More like something bracken from a muir.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. I'm BATMAN!!! Apr 30th 2015.

Deep red and very clear body, with a deep red ruby shine and caramel brown color. Head manages a solid two fingers, light tan in color, dissolving like a flat elevator to a simple half finger, swiss cheese top and bubbled somewhat thick collar.

Aroma is quite buried and mucked by a bit of steely and what seem like deaden hop character but more importantly dominating what should be a noticeable malt presence. Muted caramel, light toast, faint milk chocolate but burdened by this weird flattened hop aroma which shouldn't be there at all as far as I am concerned.

Palate just is stretching to make a dent in flavor. Incredibly flattened malt backbone, watery, and weak. Wet caramel and toasty crackling barely hinted is completely absent. Comes off like flattened caramel cola. Lifeless to some extent body. Finish lacks, almost cola sweet.

This is drinkable but comes off dead and lifeless for a scottish ale.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber light brown color. One and a half fingers of nitro-esque beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.75 S: Nutty and toasty from the start like a good brown ale. Caramel and brown sugar. Crisp, clean maltiness. On the drier side, but still enough sweetness to hit the spot.

3.75 T: Like the nose this is crisp, clean, and tasty. Plenty of toastiness and caramel. Nuttiness underneath, dry grainy maltiness. Not as rich or as sweet as most of the style out there, but I don't think it's supposed to be. It works quite well for what it is.

3.75 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: Super drinkable with a good taste.

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Photo of SpenCycle
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really disappointed with this one. The color is good, a clear brown. The smell doesn't have much to offer, and the taste is much of the same. It's not a terrible beer, but should be labeled a light brown ale or something. This does not remind me of the Scottish style ale in the slightest. It tastes like a watered down brown ale. Won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Rddymk
4.29/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely a generous Scottish ale with enormous nutty malts and a very, very low inclusion of hops.A hint of vanilla and nutmeg. Goes down very easy and wanders on the tongue with a hint of deep a roast. A roast almost coffee-like and I don't like coffee. But this Scottish ale is a winner and will be consumed in my household for a long time. It is not an all day beer by any means. A good one to have after a meal of chicken over rice, pot roast or just a can of Pringles!

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Photo of Bosoxbennie
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Though Company for this beer to keep here in the Midwest. Scotty Karate is by far better, and then you have Robert the Bruce, Old Chub, and Dirty Bastard in hefty supply. I hope Sun King isn't Banking on this one

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Photo of biboergosum
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, from a mixed-sixer at the Glendale, Colorado Liquor Mart.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with four ebullient fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves some sparse spatterings of sudsy lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of bready caramel malt, dark, slightly soused orchard fruit, a bit of mocha, leafy, earthy hops, and a touch of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is more doughy caramel malt, a hint of smoked toffee, bruised apples and pears, thin brown sugar, a tame acrid milkiness, and earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite active in its toothless frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and generally smooth, but with a growing clammy caveat. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt dragging along that cheap lager metallic essence, to no one's benefit.

A plain as the rain in Spain (I know) Scottish ale, something to drink with a healthy dose of cognitive dissonance. Not particularly engaging, or full, or, well, interesting. And then there's that stoney, metallic thing. Aach, forget it.

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Photo of Chumcycle
3/5  rDev -13.3%

This beer just does not hit my palate right. This one of the few beers I've had that seems to have no flavor. I gave it a 3 because I figured it was just me...

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Photo of bwood06
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%

A - very dark amber/brown in color. Clear. Moderate carbonation. White 1 finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a thin layer on top that is retained. 4/5

S - Toasted bread. Smells a bit heavy and bitter. Chocolate. Bit of espresso. Grassy. Grainy. Hint of dates. Nutty. 3.75/5

T - Toasted bread. Nutty. Yeasty. Grassy/earthy hops that lend a hefty bitterness to this beer. Leathery. 3.5/5

M - Medium body. Finishes somewhat dry. Moderate carbonation. Smooth but dry. Slight lingering bitterness. 3.5/5

O - Complex aroma but simple and straightforward flavor. Nice for dinner or a cool day. 3.75/5

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Photo of rudzud
2.27/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear mahogany hue with a nice two finger off white head that fades rather quickly, not quite soda fast but fast, to leave no lacing and very thin wisps. Quite average in the long run. Numerical score: 3 (x .05 = .15)

S - Aromas of caramel, toffee, light malts, faint biscuits and a little raisin. Rather underwhelming. Numerical score: 2.75 (x .2 = .55)

T - Taste is lightly creamy, faint caramel/toffee, faint sweet malts, fair amount of biscuit/grain. Very watery. As others have stated the finish has an almost dirty, metallic taste reminiscent of a cheap Euro lager or incredibly bland/thin brown ale. Numerical score: 2 (x .45 = .9)

M - Mouthfeel is incredibly thin and watery with that off finish. Numerical score: 1.75 (x .1 = .18)

O - Overall this beer was a big let down. I expect much more from Sun King and this scottish ale was incredibly subpar. Very thin and watery, mediocre flavours and a lack luster nose. Quite a shame. Numerical score: 2.25 (x .2 = .45)

Total Rating score: 2.23
Serving Type: Can

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