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
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent bodied dark brown color with thin head that sticks well inside the glass.
Smells of some sweet chocolate malt and winter spice.
Flavor is sweet malt companioned with a little toffee and grain.
Our finish is malty with a small alcohol bite.
The bite is just enough to not make it very drinkable.

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Photo of maximum12
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rec'd from the prolific & generous sholland119. It seems like every time I pull a beer out of the fridge lately it has Scott's name on it somewhere, thanks man!

Well. Here meets one of my least favorite categories of brew colliding with one of my favorite breweries. Can Weyerbacher make a good winter ale? If anyone could...

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is amber/brownish, with a small, quickly faded head. Smells pretty righteous, brother.

Tastes OK. The nice smells translate to a decent enough brew. The spices are nicely complementary rather than simply offensive, which is a great start, but they still play oddly with the beer. Not a big fan of spices in my liquids unless it's 100% apple juice warmed on the stove. Mmmm.

Couldn't drink more than one of these, & pretty happy I split this with the wife.

Decent enough beer in a category I'm not a fan of, which makes it alright.

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Photo of dfillius
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: 1/2 finger light tan head with not good retention. Clear dark brown liquid with ruby highlights.
S: Caramel, maple, hazelnut
T: Not as rich and sweet as it smells - cooked veggie?/sour? This beer is very dry in fact.
M: Dry and fizzy.
D: Low. Hard to finish one! It started out so strong, "Wha' happened?"

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Photo of gunnerman
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a amber brown with a fluffy head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is of roasted toffee, biscuits, grain and a bit of alcohol in the nose. Taste is very good with little to no carbonation, roasted oates with a sweet toffee finish. This goes down oh so smooth and the lack of carbonation is a plus to me, overall the drinkability is very high. I truly enjoyed this offering as a nice sweet winter warmer.

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Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Rich deep brown color... Little or no head and only a slightest amount of tan lacing... A minimal amount of carbonation throughout...

S - Malt... Toffee... Milk chocolate... Raisins... Hints of grain...

T - Crust... Malt... Caramel... Toffee... Maple syrup... A minimal amount of spices...

M - Light to medium bodied... Thin... Prickly carbonation... Crisp...

D - Strikes me as more of a Brown Ale than a Winter Warmer... A lot of interesting things going on, but I'm not sure the mesh together in an enjoyable way...

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Photo of beer2day
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours redish brown with minimal head. Nose has faintest hints of chocolate, fruit (raspberries I think), and a slight cidery twinge.

Hits the tongue tart and finishes fruity but dry. Tartness in the finish masks the hop contribution.

If you altered a brown ale to make a winter warmer, I'm guessing this is what you would come up with.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Hefe glass, cellar temp
Aroma: toffee, carmel sweetness. Slight hop aroma.
Appearance: Thin half-inch head, dissipates to persistent film. Dark, clear amber-red.
Mouthfeel: light-medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
Taste: Some raisin and malty sweetness. Dry finish with light, pleasant coffee-like bitterness lingering on the back of the tongue.
Drinkability: Light but subtly complex flavors pass quickly making a second and third beer very easy. I could definitely use this as a session winter ale.

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Photo of Atricapilla
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from the tap. A rich, dark brown color with very little head.

Aroma: Strongly of bread, with some slight amounts of clove and nutmeg.

Taste: A bit sweet; leaves a bit of stickiness in my mouth. A bit syrupy. Heavy on malt; some molasses and spice.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown coffee color with a small cream colored head. Good lacing, head quickly fades though. Gentle smell of winter spices but not overpowering. Taste is unexceptional with a slight aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit on the grainy side. Not the most drinkable beer due to its volume but does have that "winter" feeling to it. Just not my particular taste.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into standard pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown with cream colored 1 finger head, no lace.

Smell: Not a whole lot here, some traditional winter spices like ginger and cinnamon but pretty subtle.

Taste: Same as the smell, subtle traditional spices but not overly powerful.

mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, while not overly flavorful, I'd have another.

Notes: Not as flavorful as I had hoped (given Weyerbacher's other beers), but I'll give em another try, especially if it's on tap.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In this time of winter i sometimes require winter ales to maintain my body temp. This winter ale is rich and hearty. There is a deep dark brown mohangany color on the pour. The smell is a rich coffe bready aroma. The inital taste is quite good, tones of coffe and spices. I am not a fan of the aftertaste there is a slight metalic irony tatse, feels like i am drinking from a can. I think the mouthfeel is nice and smooth on the way down. Overall i think this is a pretty good beer minus the aftertaste.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby red / mahagony brown with a thin head with some lacing left on glass.

Smell: Sweet malt with a hint of caramel.

Taste: Sweet malt with slight roasted malt flavor. Mild bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: A nice winter beer. Reminds me of a scotch ale though.

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Photo of BirdFlu
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this was definitely the pour. A dark brown/ruby color with nice light tan head. The aroma was a little spicy, like Xmas spices (similar to Sam Adams winter).. A little sweet too like an abbey or so..
The taste is where it got weird. The most disappointing part is that there isn't much taste there to begin with.. The main thing I noticed- and this is the first time I've ever noticed this in a beer- was ground black pepper. Both on flavor and in the aftertaste a feeling like you just had a lot if black pepper. It was weird.
The mouth feel is fairly light and nicely carbonated, that black pepper feeling in the back of the throat is there, though.
It's easy to drink due to it's light feel. No much flavor though, but it certainly isn't bad. Not great either and I wouldn't go out of my way to try another

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Photo of kshankar
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, brown..decent head with alright retention

Aroma: Caramel, malts, some spices that match up with winter warmers.

Taste: Caramel, some toasted malts...and the spices are a bit understated. I think there could have been more spice notes in this one, the toasted malts and caramel were fine, albeit a bit on the milder side.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is decent with good creaminess.

Drinkability: It tastes fine, and can be "warming", but I think the flavors are too subtle for me to go out of my way to have more than 1. Worth a try, but Weyerbacher has done better than this

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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 LeftyBWS
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.
A: Brownish amber colored beer with a large amount of fizzy, fast-settling off-white head on top. Temporary lacing, but it bubbles away.
S: Mostly a standard winter warmer spicy scent, but there's something off-key about it. There's a faint grainy/alcohol smell, but there's also a weird medicinal quality to it.
T: Subtle hop nip, and some sweet malts. Not much else.
M: Okay, just kinda watery and bland.
D: Fine. One is enough.

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Photo of wchesak
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Unibroue La Fin du Monde Chalice

Appearance - Pours a nice ruby brown color. About an inch of latte colored head forms with good carbonation. After settling, there is a thin ring around the glass of the same latte colored head. However does not leave much lacing at all.

Smell - toffee and roasted caramel. Pick up some slight root beer smell which is fitting of its color

Taste - the carbonation really brings up the bitterness, get some slight chocolate tastes towards the end of swallowing

Mouthfeel - creamy with a nice backing of carbonation

Drinkability - maybe could have a few of these, but don't know if i could take the bitterness that stays in my mouth

Have enjoyed some of the other beers from Weyerbacher more so than this one and certainly better winter warmers out there

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces of winter goodness...Good root beer consistency - slight brown sugar/dunkel hue. Solid yeasty top but lacing is quite thin.

Sarsparilla, caramel/molasses in malt txture and slight grass & pine - good but not spectacular - rather subdued.

Decent molasses/gingerbread sweetness. A little root beer quality as previously mentioned but still clean. Hops are understated. Slight toasted caramel/chocolate malt. Actually not too bad - just a little light in flavor.

Finish is a little tangy with slight metal tinge. Body is light - a little clammy but otherwise OK with husky dark malt, sweet root beer and hop pine.

Drinks OK - solid offering for small session - nothing overpowering or mindblowing.

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Photo of Jayli
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights. There is about a twi finger tan bubbly head. Head dissapates pretty quickly leaving a trace of lacing on the glass throughout. Nose has some hints of light roasted coffee and cocoa aromas, but most overwhelming is the bitter scent to it. Taste is of roasted malt flavorwith mild coffee. The beer itseld is slightly dry, and is rather light bodied for a winter ale. I was rather disappointed with this beer. Not a bad beer, but not one that I would pick up agian.

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Photo of spike882
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color with about an inch or so of head that leaves a reasonable amount of lace that hangs around for a short while.

Aroma had notes of caramel and malt with a slight touch of spice, a significant amount less than other I've tried.

Taste was fairly subdued with only small amounts of spice. The malt and caramel balance was good but didn't impress much with some additional notes of vanilla mixed in.

Decent medium body in the mouth with complementary amount of carbonation that works nicely overall. Creamy texture combination.

This isn't quite what I would expect from a winter warmer but had some nice character but overall would probably opt for something else. If nothing else it would be a nice easy drinker that I would reccomend to others getting in to the style that don't want an overwhelming around of spice. I would also like to try this again a little warmer to see it the flavors would pop a little more.

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Photo of thain709
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a mahogany body...a small tan head...leaves a faint amount of lacing

S - Nothing overpowering here...a few notes of roasted caramel malts

T - The malts really come through in the mouth...the malts are hinted with caramel flavors...slight coffee aftertaste

M - Creamy and perfectly carbonated

D - This is a nice winter tastes great and goes down pretty smoothly

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Photo of Foxman
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a fairly clear chestnut brown with a darker center spike. Barely a nail's worth of light tan head swells and sinks almost instantly. Thin lines of lacing trace the inside of the glass.

The aroma was certainly malty enough, with touches of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, but there was little else save a surprisingly potent, spirit-like lash of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the malt opens up more here, again with caramel and toffee, but also with milk chocolate and a brush of dark fruit. A distant oaken note joins a bit of cocoa and a very muted crispness. The alcohol is more manageable here, but still warmer than anticipated. A residual sweetness goes mellowly vanilla before a reasonably dry finish wraps things up. It's pretty basic, but enjoyable enough.

Medium bodied, it has a slight creaminess that allows the palate to partake of a little caress.

Well, the aroma almost put me off, because I thought, who, where's this ABV taking me? But the flavor mitigated that concern, though it still carries a bit more oomph than one might expect. That said, the overall profile lends to a nice drinking, warming brew that fits well on a cold night. Maybe not a first choice, but I wouldn't say no to another six either.

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Photo of John_M
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the holiday ale festival at Max's.

The beer pours a dark brown color with persistent head retention and lacing. On the nose I get quite a bit of chocolate and coffee, which is quite attractive. On the palate this beer has chocolate flavors reminescent of nestle's quick. The beer is very soft and creamy on the palate, and is surprisingly light. While not especially complex, this beer is very light and easy drinking... it's flat out delicious. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable in this one.

A very nice beer from Weyerbacher. I suspect having it on cask greatly improves it.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown color with a small head and bubbly lace.
The aroma was of malts and some caramel with hints of spices.

The taste of malts,caramel and some dark fruits. Slight metallic tones with vanilla tones.

The feel was medium body body,fizzy carbonation and a creamy yet dry finish.

Notes: Not complex. Decent winter warmer. I will have this one again. It can be for sessions,but the medium body and 6.10 ABV
could hinder some. A good beer that may not excite,but hits the spot.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into wide tulip.

Deep mahogany hue, close to very dark brown, with a thick two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Light toasty malt aromas with a touch of spice. Not much hoppiness. The flavor is very clean with some more of the slighty roasted hops, a little bit of brown sugar, and a light spice like cinnamon. Medium bodied. The finish is quick with a bit of the malts lingering.

A pretty drinkable Winter Warmer. Dark, roasty, with just the right amount of spice. Recommended (especially on-tap).

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 796 ratings