Winter Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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English Brown Ale
Ranked #320
Ranked #46,110
3.47 | pDev: 13.83%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Winter AleWinter Ale
Notes: This beer is not spiced.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Dark brown; ruby in the light.

Nice egg-white head; strong lace.

Dark bread & slight spice in the nose. Christmas vibe.

Thin mouthfeel.

Must, metal & slight spice taste; bread & yeast. Not as unappealing as that sounds, but far from inviting. A miss for me.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Dec 25, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a mostly dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds leaving some light stringy lacing sliding here and there. The smell had some light sweet prune, light roasty nuts and sweet brown sugar with a light breadiness. The taste was mainly sweet malty taking the roasty nutty part to lighten a bit. A light sweet prune aftertaste is there that lead to a semi - sweet / dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was pretty mild and light. I get it, it’s okay even if past it’s due date a bit. Overall, though I had it past it’s prime, I’d say it’s still worthy of having again.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.92/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toasted Malt, Nuts, Perfumy. Mint?Dark Brown color, Small head. Slight bitter aftertaste is pleasant and has hints of nuts/vegetables/ woodinessweak carbonation, but crisp. Almost a tonic/quinine quality. Intersting beer. Not great, but fun. A lot going on.


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q33jeff from New Jersey, Mar 08, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Might be that the wind chill is about zero, but this one was just right. Bitter and warming. At 5.6% it had me wishing I had a fire place to sit in front of and knock a few of these back. Definitely worth a try.

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BFCarr from New Jersey, Feb 13, 2016
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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with very little light seepage through the body of this beer. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. I smell caramel, nutmeg, and perhaps cinnamon. I taste plenty of caramel and dark malt. The mouth is slightly chewy and warm.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Feb 06, 2016
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3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

L - medium dark brown color with brown highlights. Light comes through but not too much. Two finger head with nice lacing down the glass. Layer of foam on top with a nice ring around the edge.

S - Aroma is easy to pick up in the pint glass. Dark malts with hints of dried fruit and dark chocolate. Slight yeast character.

T - dark and nutty taste. dry but not bitter. Dark chocolate taste but kind of watered down. Not too "dark" and no robustness.

F - Smooth and easy drinking. No strong finish but dry. Very light and clean.

O - good not but great. Not familiar with English brown ales too much but I was expecting a bit more chocolate character. It does have some stugots to it, which I can't argue. I think 3/5 is a pretty good score. Much love and respect for Weyerbacher, cheers!

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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania, Jan 23, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a cloudy brownish amber color. Thin tannish head with reasonable lacing.

S: Biscuits and malts. Roasted chestnuts. No significant spicing... refreshing for a 'winter ale'.

T/F: Nutty and malty... brown sugar lends some sweetness and there is faint caramel. A little hop crispness at the finish. No flavor is particularly overwhelming. Smooth and effervescent carbonation.

O: A very inoffensive holiday brown ale from Weyerbacher and easily drinking. Not exceptional but nicely crafted. An easily sessionable Winter Ale and I like that they didn't go crazy trying to make it taste like a Christmas tree.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, Jan 03, 2016
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3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid winter special pours a lightly hazy medium brown color with a decent head of off white foam that dissipates quickly to form a thin ring and sparse lacing. Nose of sweet roasted brown sugar malts, roasted nuts, and subtle fruit notes. Flavors exceed the nose with nutty roasted malts glazed with brown sugars on the front and sides, nutty malts fade to a light raisin note on the middle of the palate and finishes with a light malt note on the rear with a touch of dark breaded malts. Good mouth feel with solid carbonation finishing very lightly dry. Solid easy session brew from a great brewer.


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Photo of cyclonece09
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Pours cloudy brown orange with a tiny off white head. Smells of winter spice with very slight chocolate. Tastes of winter spice with some malty grain and slight chocolate. Beer is slightly overcarbonated, light bodied, and smooth. Overall, an above average beer.

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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin, Dec 23, 2015
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3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a root beer brown with quickly receding foam and very little lacing. Smell is molasses and cola. The flavor starts with molasses and has a smooth cola finish. Surprisingly high carb feel for the look. Taste is nice but not complex or layered.

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jancona from Pennsylvania, Dec 10, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice fuzzy light head.

Nice light smell, a little roasted nutty with a bit of sugar.

Taste light it smells, smooth and balanced with a bit of roasted nut and slightly sweet. Very enjoyable.

Lighter feeling with good carbonation that fills your mouth nicely.

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Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date codes on the bottle: 10/12/15 02/12/16 So it is less than a month old.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body that appears completely black unless viewed with good lighting. The head is a mere white ring around the glass and there is a hazy film of "head" over the surface of the beer. Despite the lack of any real head the ring leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It smells of roasted nuts and lightly burnt candy sugar.

Taste: There is a sweet candy-like flavor with a touch of date (literally just a touch on the palate), a bit of char, and some nuttiness. It really is good but it doesn't have that "fresh English Brown" flavor. What is notable is the slightly Belgian quality of what tastes like dates and the nuttiness of an English Brown.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit light here. The carbonation is good.

Overall: It is an interesting winter ale. I thought the flavor profile was pretty interesting but it does come across as a bit thin. It's worth a try if you can get a single of it. It is a good alternative if you are looking for a winter ale that is either low ABV or one that doesn't have any additional spices.

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teromous from Virginia, Nov 15, 2015
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant deep amber under a ½” light tan foam collar that quickly recedes. S: Spicy malt. T: Sweet malt, spice, anise, traces of fruit cake and a light drying astringent spiciness on the finish that provides some balance. F: A little above medium body and medium carbonation. O: An okay winter ale that could benefit from a little more alcohol warming and a little less sweet.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Aug 18, 2015
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3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

What a nice Winter ale !! I was glad I got to try this living in Texas ! We don't get Weyerbacher here at all !! :(
I was lucky a friend sent me a few to try out so this one from Weyerbacher was my first . ! Nice Beer , A nice change from a winter Ale , nice pour dark with tan head, nice crisp bead smell with Roasted Malt Balls ! But not to sweet !! Taste : Was like a burnt Marsh-mellow off a camp fire ! I like ! wow nice & tasty beer ! Good malt & nice fell in mouth , very smooth beer , Cant wait to try the Whitt, & barley ones ! Most of All cant wait to try Sunday Morning Stout as soon as I can get my hands on some here in Texas .?

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Photo of TequilaTom
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this one. Not as much as GL, but close. Could easily have a couple of these, and might even be better on tap. Worth trying at any point. Would buy again, if only in a mixed 6 pack because I like to try a variety.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 3/19/2015 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and some dark fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Mar 19, 2015
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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 5.6% ABV, this is one of the lightest Weyerbacher beers. It's good beer to enjoy because of that. Easy to drink. Nothing super-special about it but it isn't bad.

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brianwsnyder from Pennsylvania, Feb 27, 2015
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2.51/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

BBD 1/22/15. Pours a dark amber with a rich dark ruby hue. Excellent head, normal retention and lacing.

Weak, but nice, nose of caramel, a touch of molasses and a hint of dark fruit (fig).

Almost light medium body with a touch of creaminess. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is disappointing. There is some light caramel and a roasted malt nuttiness underneath a somewhat metallic off flavor. The finish is a lingering continuation of the off flavor. I'm glad this 6 pack was a gift, because the rest is going in the garbage.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, Feb 09, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, dark black color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very roasty and toasty. Lots of roasted malt up front, accompanied by some spices of licorice, clove, nutmeg and brown sugar. There’s some subtle floral hops aroma as well.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of roasted malt up front, with notes of freshly baked dark bread, followed by some subtle spices of black pepper, licorice, clove and brown-sugar like sweetness, finished with some well-balanced hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and smooth, with absolutely no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another solid, delicious beer from Weyerbacher, which is fastly becoming one of my favorite East Coast breweries. Great, strong notes of roasted malt and brown sugar-like sweetness, accented with spice and beautifully balanced hops. Malt fans will love this beer!

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Jeffreysan from Maryland, Jan 14, 2015
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3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Dark brown. Hard to tell, but appears slightly hazy. Short, light-brown, persistent head.
S - Sweet medium-roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and raisin.
T - Not as rich as the aroma implies. Fairly dark tasting - dark coffee and dark fruit are most prominent. Light citrus fruitiness.

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scaliasux from Wisconsin, Jan 02, 2015
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3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear brown with a thicker tan head. The head quickly settles down, leaving nice soapy lacing. The aroma is pretty weak, with some generic dark and caramel malt notes with a little bit of alcohol. The taste is a little better, with some nice nutty notes and a little sweetness, but not much else. The body is a little thin and there is too much carbonation for me.

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delta490 from Virginia, Dec 30, 2014
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3.09/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an unspiced winter brew this is decent one.
I dont care for "spiced" beers generally. So this is a nice break from the porters and stouts.
Would be nice with fish and chips or nachos...

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bassboneman from New York, Dec 22, 2014
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3.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, herbal hops, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of chocolate, bready malt, honey, cherries, cacao, brown sugar and herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.

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mikeg67 from New Jersey, Dec 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Pours brown , settles in the glass deep brown with touches of ruby. Left a one inch off-white head that receded almost immediately. Left a minimal amount of lacing.

Smells caramel and spice. I see the disclaimer here, I just don't really believe it.

Taste of barley, and well roasted caramel malts. Simple and to the point that's about all it is. And I am actually pleased, reminds me of summer days at a campfire roasting marshmallows, eating the marshmallow I would char to black at least once every time I roasted them.

I could drink this all day, medium light bodied, light carbonation.

I am extremely pleased, glad I chose this over another of Weyerbacher's barleywines for the evening.

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predikit from Massachusetts, Dec 12, 2014
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Deep, mahogony red clear body with a wimp head; little to no lacing.

S: Too little, tired, w dark fruit, cherry cola, not much else.

T: Starts with dark fruit, toffee, caramel flavors that evolve into a burnt, wood char, and a little pepper finish.

F: For style, too thin; moderate carbonation.

O: not the best winter warmer. also ran.

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Act25 from New Jersey, Nov 27, 2014
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