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Working Man's Lunch | Fullsteam Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.59/5
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118 Ratings
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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:
#36,630
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
118
pDev:
12.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jmdrpi
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Photo of greencovesteve
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vwbus7
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MrBeige
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Amedlin18
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like everything except the weizen yeast flavors but that is just an ingredient that I don't like in most beers that use it

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

Photo of SLewis
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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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 imbibehour
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Two finger light and slight creamy head, very light tan colored almost getting into a dark vanilla brown color. Body color is a nice dark walnut brown, quite dark with some nice red chestnut brown edges slightly. Solid looking brown ale.

Interesting aroma. Large amounts of canned peanut butter and hints of banana. Peanut butter and Elvis sandwich? Maybe not too far off. Nutty and just a little sense of toasty bread crust, but also thick and slightly sweet malts come out to be in the front. Interesting brew, quite fun, but could be a mess here hinting or something interesting. Some light clove and nutmeg dry spices just a bit. Solid but not sure the direction this beer is going.

Palate takes a very unexpected turn. Nutty flavors come but with a really weak watery palate. Quickly fleeting nuts and roast mid palate, even giving some of that fun peanut butter and banana, but rinses away to a large amount of cola flat sweetness. Large amounts of cola sweetness and watery soda sweet body and flat chocolate soda aftertaste. Hinted peanut butter and banana flavors continue but come out like a dead soda, and hardly any chocolate character to match as advertised.

Overall missing a lot of malt depth and backbone here, and the sweetness is just a little too much and off putting as well.

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

Photo of robebo44
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Achilles811
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yoda22
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of marley2112
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Irish57
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WS_Transplant
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RobertConway
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had trouble getting over the taste of the beer. Perhaps it works for some, but definitely not for me.

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Photo of theleechster
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Working Man's Lunch from Fullsteam Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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