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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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12/18/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very nice. Lighter than I expected for a winter seasonal but really sessionable. Light spices, light sweet & barely perceptible hops/bitter.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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 JD_Lombardi
3.81/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was a refreshing change of pace for a Winter Ale. To the nose, I found it to smell slightly of bitter chocolate, with the same in the taste.

It reminded me of a lesser Young's Double-Chocolate Stout to some effect. But for me, in terms of winter seasonals that is a compliment.

Not overly carbonated and not something I could see chugging. More of a sit back and relax-er.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Nutty, malty, some sweet caramel but I can also smell the metallic note that is somewhat of a detractor. Average overall
T: Matches the nose. Toasted walnuts, caramel, sweet malt up front but the finish turns bitter and metallic with an unpleasant finish
M: Medium-bodied initially, pleasant carbonation but thins out a bid towards the end with a bitter finish
O: It's rare that I dump a beer but I wrote the review drinking half of the glass & the rest went down the drain. I usually like Weyerbacher's beers quite a bit but this was a disappointment

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Photo of rangerred
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. No lacing at all.

Aroma is toasty and a bit nutty There is a sharp and fairly prominent metallic note that distracts quite a bit from the aromas that are supposed to be there. Maybe a tiny bit of grass underneath.

More metal immediately in the flavor. Once again this is a big drawback. Dark caramel and toast along with some light milk chocolate. A hint of grass from the hops underneath but it is quite faint. Bitterness is on the light to moderate side and the mouthfeel is quite watery.

Overall, a very lackluster beer. Way too much metal and watery. Underwhelming all around.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: a dark brown/black beer. Mild head on the pour, it sticks around for a little while. This meets the description of the beer style. There is no description on the bottle!

Smell: Very nutty, and malty. I don't smell much in the notion of fruit, but this is definitely dry.

Taste: malty taste, then it goes to alcohol. Very dry. Not very hoppy, and its just a plain taste. You can taste the hints of alcohol in the beer itself. I am not a fan of this, but i guess it is accomplishing its taste via its style.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but its more thick than normal. This beer is harder to drink in quantities regardless of its attributes.

Overall: This accomplishes what it set out to accomplish, but this is nothing to brag about.

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Photo of dvmin98
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle, served in a Founders Pint Glass

Nice amberish color with very little head and a small amount of lacing that lasted for about a couple minutes.

Smell of raisins and figs

Taste is raisiny and dark fruit with a with some maltiness

Mouthfeel is very thin bodied; almost watery. Get a fairly decent alcohol presence. A little burn in the back of my throat.

Overall, I am drinking this in July as I got the 6er for a $1.99. What the heck, right? I got about 3/4 through it and drain poured the rest. Will give the rest away. May try it fresh to see if its any different.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date Rated: Feb. 2, 2013...
Glassware: Corsendonk tulip...
Occasion: Hunger games watching....thirsty work...
Appearance: dark ruby-purple body with a decent off-white head; laces sporadically...
Aroma: fruity, peaty with doughy malts and some smoky hints...
Palate: fizzy and warm--a Weyerbacher hallmark--and a bit dry; full-bodied and lasting in its finish...
Taste: grapey, wine-tinged porter with a cola flavor, black and caloric; neither here nor there in terms of memorable...
Overall: the W brand has settled slightly with its alcohol overload mission and seems to have attempted a more restrained approach here; the winter may need more distinguishable notes, but its serviceable at house parties and before the fireplace...

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Photo of dheacck11
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is a pale mahogany, very cola like. Thin tan 1/4 finger of head that vanishes instantly.

nose is raisiny sweet. Not really in a good way.

Taste is again just too sugary sweet. Some notes of raisin, bread, malt, but overwhelmingly like brown sugar. Almost tastes like coke with booze.

Feel is medium thick. Has a little chew to it.

Meh. A beer to drink in a pinch. Not really worth a re-visit in the future either. Just very average and too much sweetness for a winter ale.

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Photo of linnymtu
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very unoffensive beer. The best attribute is its color, a nice rich brown. However, the taste is very average, no discernable flavors jump out. I would almost call it an Amber beer. The smell is non-existant. A easy drinking beer, but not for a beer enthusiast.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, mahogany colored beer. An aggressive pour gives about 1 finger's width of tan head. Short retention, very little lacing.

S: Molasses and nuts are the primary smells in the aroma, and there isn't much else going on. Smells deep and sweet, but not particularly strong or interesting.

T: Taste of brown sugar, roasty malts, there's a bit of a cherry taste. in the background. Some slight hoppiness at the end, but the overall effect is that the beer is unfinished. Makes me want to keep drinking so I don't lose the initial burst of flavor into nothingness.

M: Moderate in both body and carbonation.

O: Meh. Pretty unremarkable in every way. It's not bad, it's easy to drink, but it comes off as out of balance. It's not a bad beer, but it's not really worth drinking. A big letdown from Weyerbacher, who's beers are generally stellar.

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Photo of dirtylou
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
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 riversider76
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a redish brown with a thin tan head. Abit of retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of toasty, grainy caramel malts, and brown sugar. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste ia toasty with hints of fruity sugars, and bready malts. smooth finish. Not bad,but far from outstanding.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cherry-colored ale with a sudsy, beige head about one finger thick. Aromas of brown sugar, tart fruit and bread. Mild fruit and caramel flavor. The taste is somewhat bland and disappointing, given the decent aroma it has. Weyerbacher is one of my favorite brewers and offers some exceptional styles of beer...unfortunately, this isn't one of them.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep brown with a tan film for a head.

Brown sugar, buttered toast, and hazelnut in the nose.

Flavor is a light mix of caramel, toffee, buttered toast and honey.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the tip of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

A fairly decent ale, a bit bland in the flavor but otherwise nothing to complain about. Easily drinkable but potentially unmemorable. Would have it again in the future depending on the alternatives.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of Weyerbacher beers are fantastic, So, I always get axcited when I get a chance to try something new from them.

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is dull , boring and lacks flavor.

I always like the art work on Weyerbacher labels. To me, the bottles, labels, and names of the beers are part of the fun of drinking craft beer, so this winter ale will get a half point from me just for the packaging.

The beer irself is a bit of a disapointment. I can hardly pick up any aroma. It has a bready malty flavor, and some spiciness from the hops but it is just not that good.
The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery that leaves behind a chalky after taste.

To my surprise, the beer actually improved as it warmed up, but not enough to chang my rating.

It is not terrible, just a disapointing effort from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of wac9
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my god what a great beer if you love english brown ale with some chcolate in it this beer for you smooth tasty wow the taste jumps out in the beer and its so good looks great in glass and love it what can i say its english a brown ale and has chcolate dont walk to the store run to it great beer

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Photo of Silverchels
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice winter brown ale, with a chocolatey taste. I poured it into a frosted mug, and saw it was a rich dark coppery color though it quickly disappeared. Smooth finish left me wanting more. Lower abv allows that, unlike its cousin the Merry Monk by Weyerbacher.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
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 MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Appears near black in my signature DFH glass, I can see the deep amber color at the bottom of the glass when I hold it tot he light, but quite dark in this girthier glass for sure. Nice finger of perfectly dense tan head, dissipates after 15 minutes leaving a thin (but not too thin) layer across the surface. Decent lacing hangs off around about half of the glass.

S - A decent amount of toasty/grainy caramel malts, brown sugar and some sweet chocolate. Maybe a little apple. Pleasant but faint.

T - Wow! Delicious smooth coffee/roasted caramel flavor. Some grainy bitterness up front transcends to coffee/sweet flavors and finishes with a mild dark fruit flavor.

M - Minimal carbonation, which is perfect for this brew. Very very smooth, medium bodied+, not chewy thick but its definitely got some body to it.

O - Not a flavor explosion but very surprising/nice flavor mixed with a wonderful mouthfeel. Really nice to drink, really smooth. Gone in 5 minutes (after letting it sit for 15-20). Definitely getting more of this, much better than I remember in years past. (New label = new deliciousness??)

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Photo of thecheapies
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
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 JWU
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A- a nice deep, translucent brown with ruby highlights. One finger of light mocha head, nice lacing.

S- Pretty generic, but pleasant. Brown ale malts, a little caramel, and some english/earthy hops are in the background.

T- Some grany malts, a little caramel and brown sugar sweetness, and a pinch of bitterness. Ends with Weyerbacher's typical metallic/sour twang.

M- light to medium carbonation, lighter bodied than you would think by the look.

O- Another underwhelming offering from Weyerbacher. Nothing specifically bad (other than their typical yeast profile which I don't really care for), but I wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at T J Smiths on tap the other night and was a perfect choice for my steakhouse burger.
The beer was deep brown in color with an average size head and carbs unk.
Aroma was of toffee and malts hints of dought bread.
Taste is a fairly rich malts toffee and hints of chocolates
Feels almost full bodied on the palette and is quite drinkable. Drinks like it should have a higher ABV.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown with a thin, off white head

S - grainy, sweet, faint caramel

T - caramel, apples, bitter, nutty, faint plush fruit

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty simple, typical English Brown Ale. The nose wasn't impressing but the flavor hits most of the right notes. Anyone who likes an English Brown Ale will probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of thlayli87
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger of cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Very little, lacing.

S - Sweet and toasty malts with notes of chocolate and caramel. This smells absolutely delicious.

T - The taste doesn't disappoint at all. Toasted caramel and chocolate malt flavors mingle with brown sugar sweetness. Very mild hop presence toward the end that is almost obscured by the malt flavors. Some hints of spice as well, notably nutmeg.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - This is the best winter/Christmas brew I've had so far this year. Very tasty and highly drinkable. I only got one bottle but now I'm wishing I'd gotten more.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 795 ratings.
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