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Winter Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Winter AleWinter Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is not spiced.

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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 381
Reviews by charlesw:
Photo of charlesw
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird, that's about what I have to say... Weird and weird. OK, I see. There aren't any widely-available excellent examples of a winter ale. In just a few different samples it sure seems to be a scattered category! This one... This one... Tastes like a lot of things. Carmel and chocolate and coffee with a touch of sweet. But... There's a hint of sour in there, too. Maybe some kind of hop...

It's kind of like a sweet porter with some other weird stuff going on. The smell... Is pretty off-putting. Bummer. This is better than the spanish peaks one in that at least it has some body to it. The flavor is a bit weird, but you could always just call that seasonal... Yeah, well, OK for now...

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More User Reviews:
Photo of andyo
1.94/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was pretty disappointed by this beer. This really did not strike me as a winter warmer. This beer really lacked anything "special" for the holidays.

This beer has a very off-putting smell. The taste is somewhat salty; it doesn't sit well on the tongue. It is very much like a nut brown in flavor, though very thin in mouthfeel. To me it tasted like a "nut brown MGD" if you can imagine that. There was a striking resemblence.

Don't waste your time with this one. There are plenty of better brews out there

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Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tree777
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brentk56
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep, ruby red clear body with a very modest head; little to no lacing

Smell: Dried dark fruit and a slightly resinous odor

Taste: Starts out promising with dark fruit and toffee flavors that quickly fade and are overtaken by a smoked wood tone that is a little surprising; not necessarily unpleasant, but I was expecting more of a holiday spice characteristic

Mouthfeel: A bit thin; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: At first I thought this was going to be so much more than it turned out to be. Not enough flavor and a bit too thin to reach the heights of one of the better winter warmers.

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Photo of pavpav12
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of malprep
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kmpitz2
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very deep, solid amber color with a half finger of head that falls to a full coat over top. Clarity appears to be good, but its dark enough to where just a bit of light moves through it and a light cascade of very fine bubbles moves up the side, keeping the head rolling. Nose is interesting. I get notes of caramel, chocolate and a light cardboardyness. Its a little light and not really reaching out and grabbing me. Flavor is chocolatey and nutty with a caramel and slightly fruity aftertaste. The aftertaste comes across chocolate and fruity. I've never been a fan of fruit and chocolate, and that keeps me from enjoying this more. Feel is on the light end of moderate, with a lighter carbonation that breaks things up just enough to keep this from being still. This one is okay. I don't think I would bust into another one soon, but its not worth avoiding. The chocolate flavor is nice, but not in harmony with the fruityness.

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Photo of farrago
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Close to no head, just a think layer of light brownish tan across the surface, swiftly gone, virtually zero lacing as well. The liquid is murky enough to achieve opacity, otherwise some brightness to the reddish brown color, some lighter orange tones further out, only the merest trace of bubbles. The nose emphasizes soft sweetness in the form of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, roasted nuts and soda bread, some carob and cinnamon like spices too, no real fruit or citrus presence, you get more oats and general grains as it warms. In the mouth it’s full-bodied, somewhat bottom heavy, paucity of carbonation does not help this situation, just sort of lays there until it suddenly loses weight through the finish, ends short. More bitter dark chocolate and cocoa here, hints at a sort of burnt quality. There are softening vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, toffee, nutmeg, creamed coffee and some cola bean notes as well as that soft baked dessert goods quality. Given the general sweetness of the flavors curious how texturally dry it is. Nothing which meaningfully bespeaks the presence of hops. Flavorful, can’t say there’s anything wrong with it per se but you forget you’re even holding a half full glass, not a good sign.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut with a thin head. Some lacing. Caramel/toffee malt aroma with fruit and a hint of chocolate. Spicy and malty sweet with caramel and fruit.
Sweetness lingers in the finish with spices. Low carbonation, palate coating, feels kind of dead. A little better than average, not bad for a winter ale. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In this time of winter i sometimes require winter ales to maintain my body temp. This winter ale is rich and hearty. There is a deep dark brown mohangany color on the pour. The smell is a rich coffe bready aroma. The inital taste is quite good, tones of coffe and spices. I am not a fan of the aftertaste there is a slight metalic irony tatse, feels like i am drinking from a can. I think the mouthfeel is nice and smooth on the way down. Overall i think this is a pretty good beer minus the aftertaste.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I honestly thought that I received the wrong pint when it arrived at my table... this one is a deep dark brew with a thin tan head that appears much more like a stout than a winter-warmer ale. The aroma is faint, a bit too faint, though some roasted, toasted malt come through. The taste is initially like that of a mild stout or thin porter... some toasty, chocolately, nutty flavors but a bit watery with not enough of a "middle" and no hops to speak of.

I must say that it got somewhat better the more I drank... with it's mild flavor, it may have been overpowered by the lingering strong brew I had before it, and the burger I recently consumed. This one needs a little breathing room to stand on it's own. Still, It needs something more, a little "oomph" to make it more palatable. Not every beer needs to be big and robust, but a little more flavor would go a long way with this one.

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Photo of bkbergen
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of TequilaTom
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin wispy head that swirls around on top of the beer.

S- This beer has notes of chocolate and biscuit with a soft cocoa nibs hint and a very faint maple syrup smell when it warms.

T- This beer has a light toasted malt with chocolate malt flavor up front that has some nice complexity. There is a soft pot caramel note as it warms but it is not strong at all. The finish is a light carbonic acid tang to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light creaminess in the finish.

D- This beer has a smooth but layered flavor that is a bit mysterious to the complexity. There are notes of chocolate malt but lots of other secondary flavors are in the background.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper color with lots of sticky bubbles. The head is a static formation of tight carbonation that looks nitrogenated. Slowly decompressing head.

Smells like toasted grains with a hint of brown sugar. That is all, folks.

Rigid flavors that are pretty simple and pretty straightforward. Lightly roasted grain, raisin, earthy hops, and some dry caramelly malt. A little mealy. A little spicy, especially in the finish. Some metallic notes. Quite dumbed-down.

Drinks easy except for a carbonation level that is a little choking. No impediments in the body, but then again, nothing to write home about.

Very average, which is not characteristic of this brewery. Avoidable.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of oxmasterscream
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very clear, deep cherry brown with a tan, frothy head that gradually falls to just a ring. Looks like a cherry coke.

Smell: Mainly roasted malts with earthy and spicy notes and a hint of cherry. All smells are very faint.

Taste: Mainly malty and slightly spicy with a sour ring just before a barely bitter finish. There's something woody and earthy in the profile that just doesn't work. Another BA described it as "wet cardboard" and it's right on the money. It's even metallic at times.

Mouth: Full-bodied with lots of carbonation. Thick and chewy. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability: Low due to the negative flavors. Mostly a bore, sometimes a challenge, to drink.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown, some reddish tones, white ring of foam. More on edges than in middle. Light smell. Faint cherry tones. Taste is a lighter watery than malt, raspberry fruit beneath. Smooth and subtle. Clean finish. Different and interesting.

Read now that this is an English Brown, which explains a lot.

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Photo of Eastside151
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of sweethome
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with two finger head. Very fluffy head. Nose of roast malts, smoke, and yeast. An english style winter warmer. Significant malts, roast coffee, yeast, figs and...brown bread - yes- that is the english charachter - perhpas provided by the yeast. A bit of spice late.

The flavor profile does not meet my preference, but a well made beer that hits the english style quite well.

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Photo of jlenik
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: dark amber. fingers worth of head.
s: malt and some spices. the spices aren't too pronounced.
t: robust malt taste. can't seem to find the spices here.
m: carbonated and a bit dry.
d: goes down easy. I could easily drink a six pack of this. This is a good beer to have around the house in winter for people who aren't die hard craft beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of kingslotty
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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