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: 796 |  Reviews: 381
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1/5  rDev -70.9%

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1.36/5  rDev -60.5%

Photo of microbrewlover
1.84/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer last year, I seem to remember it being better however I will review the batch I just had.
This beer pours dark with a nice head which takes a few minuets to dissapate.

I could not smell any any flavor in this brew. The tast was bland, almost like flat soda but without the carbonation.

I could taste the alchohol in the brew but not much else. This was just a bland and unexciting beer. This is the first beer I ever had from Weyerbacher that I did not think was great.

I will try this again, just to see if I had a bad batch or if this beer really is this bad.

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Photo of rajendra82
1.86/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer came in a handsomely labeled bottle, and poured out dark red, with a decent sized foamy off white head. The aroma was that of roasted grains, and grassy hops. The taste was where things started to go downhill. The taste was down right weird, with off putting wet paper, leather, and rubber tastes mixed with some aweful spices. The mouthfeel was thin and watery as well. Bad on several levels. Not quite sinking to a drain pour level, but flirting pretty close.

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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 BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

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2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of marcpal
2.08/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had high hopes for this one - fan of the brewery and of the style but this one misses the mark.

A: Somewhat amber dark with a very minimal head.

S: Nuts and malts without the hopiness of spices that I was hoping for. Didnt really come off as a winter warmer?

T: Bready and malty. Lack of any hop flavorings or spice- really not much up front or in the depth of the taste here. A little sugary sweetness but not much else.

M: Moderately carbonated and fairly smooth texture.

D: Low because it just really wasnt that good and would not consider this one a 'warmer'.

There are far too many other winter beers out there that this one pales in comparison to. Hope for a better faring next year.

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Photo of brozaka
2.12/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The worst winter ale I've ever had. Cheap, bitter taste with disagreeable, bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of JoshW
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, very light carbonation. Smell doesn't really exist, I guess if I were to nit pick I could smell a hint of chocolate/malts. Tastes like a watery shitty guiness, not a big fan of this one. It is easy to drink however, if you like watery shitty guiness.

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Photo of bfr1992t
2.19/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

~45F bottle poured in to room temp glass.

A - Dark red/brown

S - Nearly nothing. Slightly sour malt

T - not impressed. Watery and mild. Weak malt with some bittering hops at the finish to barely cling on to the category of "beer". No real flavor at all.

M - Thin and watery

D - probably couldn't drink much of this as the taste was unpleasing.

Very atypical of Weyerbacher. Unfortunately weak for this style.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of ZAP
2.29/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Here's a beer that could stand to be reworked or revamped or re-whatevered.

The bud light of winter warmers....I'm pretty sure I could bong this stuff if I was still in college.

Nose....unremarkable..really not much of any aroma..

Taste...unremarkable...nothing bad...just very light flavored with mild cocoa notes...almost like a light nut brown ale.. of the lightest bodied winter warmers I've had...Like I mentioned light bodied even for a brown ale..

Drinkability...unremarkable...but perfect for those who want a winter warmer with little to no flavor or character..

While I enjoy the bigger winter beers, I also can appreciate a well made, tasty medium weight effort like this years Schell's Snowstorm....this one though is just simple unremarkable....I like a lot of Weyerbachers stuff and was looking forward to this but came away very disappointed.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz single, new holland 2009 pint

A winter ale, an english brown, a beer. A rather lifeless, mostly clear cola-brown body - odorless, mostly flavorless. Some chocolate malt, a bitter dryness in the finish, really just nothing to say about this one. Weyerbacher tends to be all over the map - this is a low point.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees.

A - From opening the bottle to the pour, sounded and looked the same as if I were pouring a Pepsi into my Duvel glass. A lot of carbonation at first, but it fizzed out pretty quickly. I will say that as it warmed up, it took more of an amber color, but stayed more on the brown side for awhile.

S - Smells stale and musty. Expected some kind of balance (i.e. sweet and spice), but nothing there.

T - Just nothing. I literally can't believe this taste...I keep thinking there has to be something there. I get a mildly malty flavor, but there's nothing backing it up.. My wife described it as club soda with alcohol, and that's not too far from the truth.

M - Not carbonation present in the glass, but a pretty bubbly finish gives it some life. A little alcohol in the aftertaste and a lighter-medium body.

D - Not enjoyable, to be blunt. The worst winter selection I've had this year...not any representation of Weyerbacher at all. I'm not going to hold it against them at all because of their other fine products.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep brown with mahogany highlights and a pearl white head that recedes quickly and leaves very little lace.

Very sweet and malty to the nose with some roastiness and a lot of molasses. A hint of chocolate and honey is also detectable. If this beer has an upside, itÂ’s the aroma.

Very mild and a bit bland. Malty with a some roastiness. Dry with just a hint of molasses. Not a lot of flavor, I must admit. I don't like to trash beers, but this selection is watery and doesn't have much flavor.

Clean and moderately dry. Smooth on the tongue but with a slightly metallic quality. Not a lot of body or texture. Rather watery and uneventful. This selection is certainly not representative of all Weyerbacher's beers. I've had some really great stuff from them, but this one is not something I would suggest.

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