Working Man's Lunch | Fullsteam Brewery

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 120

#361 ranked American Brown Ale | 5.70% ABV

Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: Year-round availibility.  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 it...an 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.
BA SCORE
82
Very Good
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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 120
Reviews by VaterRoss:
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3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at Fullsteam

Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to a long lasting ring. Smell is of roasted malt and weizen yeast. Taste is sweet with the lightly roasted malt and lots of yeast. There is a hint of chocolate in here but i suspect it is coming from the malt. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and a surprisingly light body.

Interesting beer: very dark coloration with lots of Belgiany yeatiness and dryness. I wanted more chocolate or something. A little out of whack. Didn't really get any of the soda or moonpie taste.

note: the brewery listed this one at 5.6%, BA lists it at 4.2% and the brewery website puts it at 6%

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jmdrpi
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.

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2/5  rDev -44.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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

Photo of belgianfiend
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scottfrie
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

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

Photo of Yoda22
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NCLorax
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MacQ32
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

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

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 120 ratings