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.

Added by Todd on 09-24-2001

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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 381
Reviews by wchesak:
Photo of wchesak
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue La Fin du Monde Chalice

Appearance - Pours a nice ruby brown color. About an inch of latte colored head forms with good carbonation. After settling, there is a thin ring around the glass of the same latte colored head. However does not leave much lacing at all.

Smell - toffee and roasted caramel. Pick up some slight root beer smell which is fitting of its color

Taste - the carbonation really brings up the bitterness, get some slight chocolate tastes towards the end of swallowing

Mouthfeel - creamy with a nice backing of carbonation

Drinkability - maybe could have a few of these, but don't know if i could take the bitterness that stays in my mouth

Have enjoyed some of the other beers from Weyerbacher more so than this one and certainly better winter warmers out there

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Photo of oberon
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not overly impressed with to many of the beers I have had,this one was one of the better offerings I think.Pours a deep brown with some definent red tint in there with a nice creamy looking head.The aroma is very chocolaty and sweet smelling with some faint hop aromas as well.Taste is real nutty with some bitter chocolate tones in there along with a fruity finish.Not a bad beer I would get again.

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Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of three winter warmers I picked up in a mixed 6er.

Nice clear red body, somewhat dark when not held to the light. Kinda fizzy off-white head on the pour. Small, a half inch or so that reduced to a ring around the glass.

Seems to have some estery, spicy characters that hint at clove and fruitiness. Defiantely some strong yeast character showing through. Toasted biscuit base malting. As it warmed more of the malts showed through along with some butteriness, toffee-like possibly.

Flavor is very malty though, biscuit and some cracker. Some slight esters are noticable from the yeast after the swallow, but then some dry malty characters show again. Not quite roasty, but some good dark malt characters, not overly caramely either, although some is there.

Low carbonation, nearing medium body but a touch thin. Actually refreshing when cold.

This is a solid malty beer. Nothing that turns me off about it. Easy enough to drink. A decent beer.

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Photo of JasonA
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a root beer brown with small reddish hue off the edge of the glass. Solid finger of head with ample lacing. Large bubbles begin to form.

Medium malt, some spiced fruit, some ABV and some carmel.

Little dry, some deep malt, not a lot pf malt depth. Some stoutish bittering hops. ABV with some cloying.

Bites a little. Dryness more prevelant than I would like.

Its a little closer to Sam Winter than I would like for a micro winter. The little cloying is a bit of a turnoff. Ill move on from this winter, but Ive had a lot worse.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a dark amber color with a smallish head. It had a sweet aroma, reminiscent of chocolate, and a small amount of spiciness. The spice, which I took as mainly clove, came through more in the taste. I also thought it was more on the sweet side. Kind of an average beer.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigdipip
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Two-finger thick foamy ecru head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a thin ring on the glass and fine lace on the surface. Color is a solid deep dark chocolate brown. Held to a light, it's a cherry wood reddish brown and quite opaque and cloudy.

S - Nicely toasted malts and caramel predominate. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger with a hint of fruitcake sit in the background. Before it warms in the glass, a touch of alcohol also pushes through.

T - Malts are more roasted than in the nose - almost charred. Sugars are darker. Spicing suggestive of a mint/menthol effect and/or straight vanilla extract really push onto the roof of the mouth and give it almost a medicinal quality. Pine cone bittering hops for balance sneak into what little there is of a finish, along with smoky dark chocolate.

M - A bit fizzy. Reasonable carbonation. Structure is thin and lacks body - almost watery; this becomes even more pronounced as it warms. Not much of a finish and what's there isn't so much on the tongue as it is in the nasal cavity. It's also on the dry side.

D - Hard to identify a distinguishing characteristic that inspires repeated drinking. Quality ingredients seem present, but lacking cohesion. Would drink this if it was all that was available, but wouldn't look for it. This recipe is off and atypical of its named style.

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Photo of jmshulk
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of merlin48
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chestnut brown(looks like a Pepsi) with a short lived ivory head. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is the highlight of this seasonal ale and features malt, almonds, nutmeg, and a number of other Christmas spices.
Mouthfeel is lively, with coating roasted malt and herbal hops. Very strong in the mouth.
Roasted malts dominate the taste, with a prominent coffee note up front. Toasted hazelnuts and cinnamon are also prominent. Finish is dry, roasted coffee, additional hazelnut or chicory, and a white pepper aftertaste.
I think this was my last winter seasonal ale, and it was a good one. My palate is tired of Christmas spices, and ready for some spring seasonals. I might have given slightly higher marks to this one a couple months ago.

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

App: dark almond, clear, minimal head and lacing

Nose: sweet, malty,, faint spices

Taste: eh, this one doesnt do much for me, too much like coke cola, thin ,malty, sweet, very faint spicing in background.

MF: thin, slight prickly sensation

Drink again? I can think of a bunch of other WWs that I'd look for ahead of this one.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnnjckt for adding this one in our trade...
Chestnut in color...with half a finger of white head, which fades rapidly with very little, thin lacing.
Nice in the nose as it warms to room temperature...some carmelized sugar, cinnamon, brown sugar and a sweet malt backbone.
Taste is again, not very special until it warms, but once it does, the flavor is quite good.
Brown sugar mainly with some roasted malt flavors and even some floral hops to bitter up the back-end just slightly.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied...carbonation could be a bit less.
Overall, very easy to consume and a nice beer to quaff this time of year.
As usual, a solid offering from the folks at Weyerbacher.

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Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

Photo of Hoops4life511
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ledouge
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JC333
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear but dark cherry wood with nice off-white cap and slight lacing.

Smell: Fairly dry caramel, butterscotch, light roasted malts (chocolate mostly), cherry, spicy English hops and a light nuttiness. Smells like an English Brown Ale.

Taste: Tastes somewhat like an English Brown Ale as well, with caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Unfortunately, there is more of a cherry aftertaste than an English hop aftertaste, which is not ideal.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, but is fairly thin and watery. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Not sure what Weyerbacher was going for here; did they really intend a watered-down Brown Ale with a borderline medicinal cherry finish? Still tastes pleasant enough, but there are SO many Christmas choices that there is no reason to buy this.

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Photo of ChaseBacon
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into a snifter. pours a dark deep looking maghony. frothy light tan head. some good retention, a little lacing.

malty aroma. buttery, caramel, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate comes through as it warms. maybe a touch of earthy hops as well.

nice balanced flavors going on here. first you get a buttery, chocolate, toffee, toasted malt flavor that continues to the finish, but with some bitterness from the hops at the end. slight dark fruity taste in the finish as well. almost slightly smokey.

medium to almost light body, slick creamy light mouthfeel. very easy drinking, very sessionable, even in the summer time. i saw this lone 6pack at my local beer store so i decided to pick this up seeing as weyerbacher has yet to disappoint me.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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