Working Man's Lunch
Fullsteam Brewery

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #641
Ranked #43,320
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: It's back. And what should be in its final form.

This is a 12bbl R&D run of what we believe to be the new Working Man's Lunch. The biggest change: a shift from that tricky Weizen yeast to our house ale yeast, as well as some ingredient adjustments to bring out more chocolate notes. WML epitomizes LUNCH. It's a snack beer. It's not intended to be a decadent chocobomb. It's a brown ale with some chocolate in afternoon beer that you can have more than one of.

Notes from previous version:
A tribute to the Southern tradition of an RC Cola and a MoonPie. We brew this beer with biscuity malts, vanilla, and chocolate nibs from Raleigh's own Escazu Artisan Chocolates. But instead of using a traditional, dry English or Scottish ale yeast, we get zany and brew with a German (Weihenstephan) yeast strain. This lightens up the beer and adds vanilla and banana notes to give it that MoonPie connection. The result is a drinkable "dark ale" that, like most of our plow-to-pint beers, doesn't fit neatly into any one particular style. Have your three martinis, Boss Man. We'll take a Working Man's Lunch.
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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jun 06, 2014
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle, no date

dark brown in color. head quickly fades. fizzy bubbles. sort of a sweet cola aroma. Not any chocolate really in the smell or taste. Not really a good brown ale either. Too thin.

Overall a miss.

Nov 28, 2015
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ipa247 from California

2/5  rDev -44.4%

Nov 27, 2011
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mklinger from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Jul 17, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Aug 31, 2014
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EasyReader from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Dec 31, 2011
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mikeincharleston from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 19, 2015
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belgianfiend from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Jun 18, 2012
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carrollmel7 from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 28, 2012
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scottfrie from California

2.58/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared at the last BA BA tasting.

A: Pours a soda-like caramel with a very fizzy short lived head. The color isn't bad but the carbonation seems pretty active.
S: Diet soda mixed with a bit of chocolate. Not the best odor on this one. I was expecting something sweeter.
T: Tastes like flat Coke but not as sweet. I get some vanilla and Dr. Pepper like flavors as well. The finish has slight flavors of bubblegum and clove, and the aftertaste reminds me of chocolate syrup. For a brown ale that is supposed to taste like RC Cola and Moonpies, think is a noble effort, and the soda flavor is especially prominent, but as a beer overall it's just an average brown ale.
M: Fizzy soda carbonation, medium slick body, with a bubbly and spritzy mouthfeel.
O: This tastes more like soda that doesn’t have enough syrup than it does beer, and I thought it could use some polishing. This definitely was a unique and interesting experience, but overall its still an average to below average brown ale

Nov 23, 2011
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 19, 2015
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Yoda22 from North Carolina

3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Mar 24, 2015
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NCLorax from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 15, 2012
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Beerness from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jul 03, 2012
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nov 09, 2014
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Quite a lot of flavor in this one. Glad to have tried it.

Oct 05, 2014
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 24, 2015
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sonofliberty2 from South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 10, 2015
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 10, 2013
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery on 3/3/12.

Pours a deep, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. There's no head on this pour. The nose smells spicy and mildly chocolaty. The flavor has a rich malty character of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a little nuttiness. However, there's an odd creamy, yeasty note that in my opinion detracts from the flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied with little carbonation.

This would have been a pretty solid beer if not for the off notes. I will probably revisit.

Mar 06, 2012
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bsuedekum from Missouri

4/5  rDev +11.1%

Jan 08, 2012
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ghowehattrick from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Aug 21, 2013
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, vibrant, mahogany highlighted brown coloring with a foamy, dense, cream colored, one inch head. Aromas of roasted and tangy sweet nut, hints of milk chocolate, and candy sugar. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a tangy blend of nut and milk chocolate sweetness. Banana and cream sweetness blend into the palate, as well. Very light and sweet, but smooth bodied and highly drinkable. The roast character kicks up a bit in the aftertaste, cleaning up the overly sweet palate a bit. Nut sweetness dominates the aftertaste. The finish is smooth, light, and slightly frothy at the very end. Decent brew.

Oct 11, 2014
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FUwolfpacker from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Nov 24, 2014
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aleckpa from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.7%

Jul 30, 2014
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 120 ratings