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Winter Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,984
Reviews:
381
Ratings:
796
pDev:
13.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
Gots:
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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An initial creaminess in mouth. Chestnut colour. Highly carbonated. Some astringency at finish. A play of caramel, mollasses, nutmeg, clove, cinammon and chestnut, pinch of chocolate malt. Some flavour altogether that makes it quaffable. Not overally cloying, but on sweet side.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a ruby red color with a tan colored head that has a pretty good lacing. The aroma is a bit spicy with seasonal herbs in the mix with sweet malts. The taste is a pretty good, there is a sweet malt start to it that finishes off with the spices kicking in. The mouthfeel was on the thicker side, not oily but kind of heavy, which makes this a pretty nice winter brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts and malty sweetness along with some notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink but nothing stands out to make me want to try it again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

$1.85 a bottle in Manhattan.

Toasty, with a dunkel malt backbone and some brown bread & caramel flavour bouncing around.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of oline73
2.76/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some sweet malt with fruity cherry notes, may be a hint of almond extract. Just a bit nutty with some Christmas spice.

Taste: The taste of this beer isn't very strong. Mild bready malt. Not really picking up the fruit notes from the smell. There is a very mild spice note and some bitterness in the finish. Tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This tastes like a watered down winter warmer. Would have liked more flavor, but what is there isn't bad

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of caramelized malt with very light toffee notes. Taste is also a nice mix of caramelized malt with light warming notes of toffee. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor. I don,t know if I enjoyed this one more because I spend a couple hours at the ring before but it is quite tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It left minimal trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of seasonal spices and bready malt.

T - It tasted of nutmeg and cinnamon with a bready caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with clean finish.

O - This is an okay winter warmer. Certainly worth a try from a great brewery.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice english brown ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of DrBier
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby highlights and a short creamy tan head that drops but keeps a thin creamy surface covering and leaves some spotty lace. The nose offers some dark cocoa and a touch of roastiness, as well as a light metallic note. It's quite English in character. Its medium body combines with a very fine carbonation to produce a mouthfeel that's lightly creamy and smooth. The flavor expresses a gently fruity and toffee-ish malt with a soft touch of chocolate and a mild roasty edge that's infused with earthy hop flavors. A firm bitterness balances the malt and dries the finish that lingers with a faint note of black licorice. The slightly higher level of alcohol is exceptionally well cloaked. Very nicely done with a good drinkability although it only truly reveals its full malty character when enjoyed at cellar temperature.

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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served in pint glass.

This beer beer pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick tan head that slowly fades to a nice ring.

The aroma is good. This smells like a winter ale, with roasted chocolate malt overlaid with some spices and a bit of a fruity yeast aroma.

The taste is interesting and has some complexity. Although rather on the sweet side, it is dry on the finish with slight bitterness and some nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is good, with a medium/full body, a creamy feel, and a nice level of carbonation.

This is an interesting beer, with good flavor and creaminess, making for high drinkability. Lacks the body or high ABV found in more traditional winter ales.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In my new quest to review all winter ales I can this year, next up on the list is the Weyerbacher Winter Ale. I'm a fan of most Weyerbachers, except their seasonals seem to be not of my style. And since this is a seasonal, I'm a little worried.

A: Pours a huge 2.5 finger head that pops down semi quickly. It's a very dark raisin brown colored hazy beer with little light coming through, showing the many bubbles rising up.

N: Hmm, pretty much as I expected for a winter warmer. Lots of winter style spices, some nutmeg, nutty aromas, sweet syrupy malt aromas, I almost expect a touch of alcohol, but it never comes as its only 5.6%. Not sure if it's jsut me, but usually a winter warmer is a little higher in abv since its trying to warm you, esp with the heavy malt sweetness. This must have started with OG of 1070 but ended with 1025 or so.

T: Starts with more almost adjunct type flavors for sweetness. Its syrupy but not super sweet. Some spices but not super spicey. A little nutty flavors, semi light and watery at the same time. A little bit of rich fruit as well.

M: Semi thin, a little watery, good carbonation.

F: Finishes really week too. The flavor just disappears and its almost like drinking water. However, with everything gone almost instantly, I'm ready for another sip right away. Perhaps its good that its not a heavy abv beer as I could get in trouble drinking this fast. A decent session beer though. The spices aren't as overwhelming as I thought they would be.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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