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
Ratings:
796
Reviews:
380
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.91%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
70
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 796 |  Reviews: 380
Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a cloudy brownish amber color. Thin tannish head with reasonable lacing.

S: Biscuits and malts. Roasted chestnuts. No significant spicing... refreshing for a 'winter ale'.

T/F: Nutty and malty... brown sugar lends some sweetness and there is faint caramel. A little hop crispness at the finish. No flavor is particularly overwhelming. Smooth and effervescent carbonation.

O: A very inoffensive holiday brown ale from Weyerbacher and easily drinking. Not exceptional but nicely crafted. An easily sessionable Winter Ale and I like that they didn't go crazy trying to make it taste like a Christmas tree.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid winter special pours a lightly hazy medium brown color with a decent head of off white foam that dissipates quickly to form a thin ring and sparse lacing. Nose of sweet roasted brown sugar malts, roasted nuts, and subtle fruit notes. Flavors exceed the nose with nutty roasted malts glazed with brown sugars on the front and sides, nutty malts fade to a light raisin note on the middle of the palate and finishes with a light malt note on the rear with a touch of dark breaded malts. Good mouth feel with solid carbonation finishing very lightly dry. Solid easy session brew from a great brewer.

Cheers

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of epyon396
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtw21
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cyclonece09
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Pours cloudy brown orange with a tiny off white head. Smells of winter spice with very slight chocolate. Tastes of winter spice with some malty grain and slight chocolate. Beer is slightly overcarbonated, light bodied, and smooth. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ledouge
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erk0607
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osickeym
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jancona
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a root beer brown with quickly receding foam and very little lacing. Smell is molasses and cola. The flavor starts with molasses and has a smooth cola finish. Surprisingly high carb feel for the look. Taste is nice but not complex or layered.

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Photo of Leiermann
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaktcc
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wonothesane42
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EFitzsimmons
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice fuzzy light head.

Nice light smell, a little roasted nutty with a bit of sugar.

Taste light it smells, smooth and balanced with a bit of roasted nut and slightly sweet. Very enjoyable.

Lighter feeling with good carbonation that fills your mouth nicely.

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Photo of djchrismac
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date codes on the bottle: 10/12/15 02/12/16 So it is less than a month old.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown body that appears completely black unless viewed with good lighting. The head is a mere white ring around the glass and there is a hazy film of "head" over the surface of the beer. Despite the lack of any real head the ring leaves lacing on the glass.

Aroma: It smells of roasted nuts and lightly burnt candy sugar.

Taste: There is a sweet candy-like flavor with a touch of date (literally just a touch on the palate), a bit of char, and some nuttiness. It really is good but it doesn't have that "fresh English Brown" flavor. What is notable is the slightly Belgian quality of what tastes like dates and the nuttiness of an English Brown.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit light here. The carbonation is good.

Overall: It is an interesting winter ale. I thought the flavor profile was pretty interesting but it does come across as a bit thin. It's worth a try if you can get a single of it. It is a good alternative if you are looking for a winter ale that is either low ABV or one that doesn't have any additional spices.

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Photo of JC333
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 796 ratings.
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