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: 380
Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is also somewhat malty, some spice and just a touch of chocolate. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Naugros
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of troysoy2
4.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Happy wintertime, BA. This will be my first winter warmer ever (at least to my knowledge), so forgive me for not knowing much about what to expect from the style.

It's certainly a nice, deep mahogany color. A half finger of light tan head gives way to an interesting surface-covering with lots of tiny bubbles clumped together.

The smell is subtle, but fills the air around my pint glass. Definitely present are chocolatey malts and a very enticing woody, roasting nut aroma. Reminiscent of a porter, I'd say.

The taste is very interesting! Surprisingly complex. At first, there is a sweetness about the taste which is just a little lighter than the malts you might find in a heavier porter or stout. Malty, but fresh and not cloyingly sweet. The finish is a little bit drying, and this works very well with the lightly carbonated feel to keep the beer very refreshing. Weyerbacher really found a way to wed refreshing crispness with smooth sweetness. But wait, that's not all! Maybe it's just me, but at the very finish, a hint of nuttiness comes out.

A very interesting beer. Well done! I think I'll have to revisit this one many times before the winter goes away.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. No visible best by date.

A: Thin but creamy head. The colour is the darkest brown and opaque on the desk, but when held up to the light, it is translucent and brilliantly ruby-coloured. Gorgeous!

S: Roasted chestnuts, something that smells like old ale yeast, and a semi-robust maltiness. Not very strong.

T: Hm, not bad. The roasted malt is predominant, reminding me of a porter more than a winter warmer. A bit of sweetness, almost fruitiness, emerges after the initial roasted bitterness. The aftertaste is light and nutty.

M: The mouthfeel is thin, but not anaemically so; rather, it contributes to the overall effect. Whether the overall effort is something I appreciate. however, is a different matter.

O: It's not bad, but it seems underpowered and, not plain, but average. Drinkable, but not compelling. I tend to forget about the beer while I'm doing things (even typing this review). Not recommended.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Pluemer2
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of matty
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is light carmel malts.Taste is the same carmel malts,bread and toffee.Overall a pretty decent beer that doesn't wow but gets the job done.I would recommend to try at least once and I'd probably purchase again.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- disappointment, nothing to it, brown ale marketed as winter,boring... but any way it was a solid made brown ale.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown color with lighter red-tinged brown highlights. A creamy light brown head is almost two fingers high and keeps its form pretty well. Lacing is left in patches well down the glass.
This smells like a pretty standard brown or possibly porter. Not a whole lot of spicing is evident in the nose, though a touch of a peppery nip and a sweet mulling spice like nutmeg or the like is in there. Otherwise, it's mostly roasty in the malts presence with a bit of earthiness and a note of cocoa. It also goes a tad metallic in the end.
While it's pretty good, there's something that doesn't quite come together in the flavor, as the roast and light chocolate are there along with spiciness but so is the metallic note, and something goes oddly tangy part of the way through.
The body is medium and there's a good creaminess to it building off a nice crispness. Carbonation is a bit too sharp.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Dundee Festive Ale.

A: Clear, dark red-amber, with three-finger, tan, rocky head that lasted a while. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some spice. Mild.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Chocolate and sweet malt. Tastes more like a brown ale to me. Not bad, but sort of mild.

M: Light to medium bodied and kind of flat. Smooth and warm.

O: I liked this better than the Dundee. Descent winter warmer.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of nlincoln
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of darkhorseT
2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of bigdipip
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of billzee
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of touchmeimsac
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Hoops4life511
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of jwelsh
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of 57md
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured dark brown with less than a finger of head and no retention. There is an unpleasant astringent smell to this offering. Dark roasted malt is present in this beer, but it is a bit thin for a winter warmer. There is slight bitterness in the finish which may be the highlight of the experience for this one.

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