Working Man's Lunch | Fullsteam Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States
fullsteam.ag

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by atsprings on 10-02-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,436
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
119
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by sleepyteacher:
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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep roasted chesnut brown with a tinge of ruby,a thinner beige colored head atop.Aromas of chocolate and roasted nuts really stood out,light vanilla and clove-like spice were subtle.A little sharp in the mouth but after awhile it did mellow a bit.Bitter chocolate,molasses,and vanilla flavors with light roasted nut on thepalate,a decent earthy/woody drying note in the finish.A pretty good after dinner beer,I have never had a moon pie or RC cola for that matter but I'll take their word for it.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of HopintheSouth
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Had this one out of the can. Smells of very light chocolate, wet cardboard and malty bread. Taste erodes with flatness and a fizzy bubbly not rich, no body mix of slight bitterness and a malt taste. Not bad, it's downright average at best. Again another short showing from this brewery. All the noise around them and I thought they would make a good "standard beer" without exotic fruits, additives and oddness, but no this one ranks up there as a failed attempt.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of nick_perry
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery...delayed but then strong roasted malt and toffee note. Smooth. Dry, lingering finish. Had again a few months later at a restaurant in Raleigh...seemed too hoppy for the style. Perhaps a slightly changed recipe or my changing tastes.

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3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours like a typical brown ale.
Smells like a hefeweizen with slight hints of chocolate and coffee.
Taste is overwhelmingly like a hefe, the maltyness coming in on the back end ever so slightly.
Mouthfeel is medium to light. Could use more carbonation.
Overall, the hefe-brown ale combo doesn't sit too well with me as the flavors don't go together very well.

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3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 119 ratings