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 dsa7783
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle.
appearance: ruby-red, minimal head, minor lacing, slight carbonation.
Smell: Mild malty aroma... hints of coca cola and bourbon...
Taste: Vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon...
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied... goes down smoothly
easily drinkable...
a good, classic example of a winter warmer.

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

Fellow BA member thryn gave me a bottle. Thanks!

Dark brown in color with a short head. It has a nice aroma of toasted malts and bread. Reminds me of waffles.

The taste is also big on malt characters. Cream caramel flavors mix with a hint of maple syrup, chocolate and coffee, though I'm sure that's from the malt and not added flavoring.

The body is wonderfully thick and creamy.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. There's nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a dark, clear Coca-cola brown with a light tan, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is not strong, but is appetizing and has a strong overtone of cloves and cinnamon. Flavor is pleasant, malty with hints of sweetness and spice and just a hint of molasses. Texture is smooth so it goes down the hatch easily.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark winter brown with a medium thick off-white head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Mild coffee-caramel nose with a tingly mouth and a flavor that resembles the nose. This is capped off by a finish that is of reasonable duration, slightly dry and somewhat bittersweet. Not a great winter warmer, but not bad either.

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

this is the second beer i have had from weyerbacher so i was excited to try it. but this one kinda let me down. i didnt dislike the beer but expected more.

a-a nice looking beer with dark color and dark tan head.

s-has an earthy smell with some sweet notes to it

t-lacking. but after reading some reviews and focusing more i could pick up some molasses and maybe figs. very hard to pull any distinct flavor notes out on this beer.

m-very nice. this was one quality that i felt met my expectations.

d-very. but you have to not be in the mood for any distinct flavors.

i would most likely not get this beer again.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is.. purple? Sort of a rosy brown. Not all that attractive. Taste is sort of like a confused homebrew. Basically tastes like a watered down version of Magic Hat's Odd Notion. You definitely notice the separation of the beer's flavor with the underlying mouthfeel. I always think that when you can notice the flavor as being distinct from the mouthfeel something is definitely wrong. This is sort of a confused beer. It was the first I had from Weyerbacher so I was a tad disappointed.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a creamy dark nut brown that is almost black but more brown. A nice luscious head over fills my pint. Nice hilltops lace my glass.

S- roasted coffee and chocolate. Some subtle notes of figs, dates and brown sugar.

T- a malty coffee flavor. caramel and chocolate notes as well. Some figs and raisins come out towards the end.

M- creamy and chewy. Full bodied and flavorful

D- A nice creamy beer but i couldnt put down a sixer of this in a weekend. I would feel full after two.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Winter Ale (bottle)
A: deep rich brown mahogany color. Nice big light tan head on top, great retention rate and very good lacing.

S: some rich roasted malts, hints of brown sugar, huge plum notes, some figs and hints of cloves.

T: good caramel, coffee, and clove notes. Some berries come through. Figs and plums.

M: lighter body than expected. Mild carbonation level. Smooth.

D: very drinkable, the lighter body makes this really easy to put down....and not on the counter.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a tall, foamy, light beige head.

Smell: Earthy, malty nose with restrained notes of both roast and Tootsie Roll-style chocolate, as well as spiced fruitcake topped with chopped roasted nuts.

Taste: Predominately malty with flavors of dark toffee, hot chocolate mix, nuts, and a couple bread crusts. Light fruitiness. Hint of earthy molasses. Spicy hop component and a mild bitterness. Flavors dries out on the way to the finish. Final hints of nuts and molasses at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I could stand to have a bit more "mmph" here, but I still dug it. Ultimately easy to drink and easy to enjoy with an overall pleasing sweet maltiness.

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Photo of JoeMayo
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear dark brown. Appears reddish-amber when held to the light. A thin ring of head forms that leaves splotchy lacing down the glass.

S- Malty and nutty. Warming notes of caramel and toasted malt.

T- Warming flavors with lots of malt. Hints of caramel, toasted and roasty barley, coffee, and caramel.

M- Really clean, nutty texture.

D- Easy to drink and clean-tasting.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date evident into a cervoise, this one's a dark chestnut color beneath a thick cap of dark tan foam which fades away slowly to leave a heavy cap and ring with no sticky lacing. Nose of slightly burnt barley, faint coffee, and brown sugar. On the tongue brown bread, mocha, hints of sorghum finishing up dry with a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouth is middle of the road with relatively low viscosity and carbonation, but goes down easily and is quenching. Drinkability is good; it's definitely an easy drinker though not a standout in any department.

Overall: A solid winter warmer but not anything spectacular. Vaguely representative of style in my experience though perhaps more in common with a brown ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with only a bit of tan head. The smell is mostly malts with a hint of the spices I expect in a winter warmer. The scent is understated, nothing jumps out at you.

The taste is a bit on the sweet side, balanced fairly well with the malts and spices. Nice crisp finish.

Light to medium carbonation, medium body. Perhaps a little on the thin side for the style.

Easy to drink winter warmer. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerorbooze
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with very little lacing. Smell is a vague coco, other flavors are not pronounced at all. I usually appreciate the beers that Weyerbacher makes even with the very high alcohol associated with most of there products. This one just seems like a failed attempt at what could have been a good beer. Tastes watered down, dont know what they were thinking with this one.

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Photo of JoshW
2.16/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, very light carbonation. Smell doesn't really exist, I guess if I were to nit pick I could smell a hint of chocolate/malts. Tastes like a watery shitty guiness, not a big fan of this one. It is easy to drink however, if you like watery shitty guiness.

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

Pours into my pint glass a clear deep ruby tinted brown, with a nice brownish frothy head which falls quickly leaving a rim of oily lacing that slides down the glass.

The first waft of this beer carried a nice cocoa malt scent along with some nice grassy, earth y hops.

Flavor follows the scent, toasted cocoa flavored malts, bittersweet with a smooth earthy hop bittering on the finish. Leaves a tingle in the mouth and a slight alcohol warmth follows. Spices if present are mild and understated, I seem to pick up a tad of cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg. This drinks like a nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, smooth and a touch oily. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is good, perhaps due to the light body and the understated spicing. I believe this beer would go well with a number of dishes, from traditional Thanksgivig fare to barbecue.

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

Pours a clear fairly dark brown. Light tan head. Maltt nutty nose. Flavor is a bit bitter with a sweet tang that I'm not too fond of really. It isn't all that bad really. Decent enough earthy, leafy tones. Feel has a slight bite on the carbonation and the liquid is fairly thick. Overall not bad. Middle of the road, really.

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

Pours a dark garnet color with a fairly nice head that settles to a thick ring and swirly cap. Smells slightly spicy, a bit malty, and with a whiff of grain sourness. The taste loses the grainy sourness, picks up some sweetness and a touch of licorice and some bitterness up front to balance the light sweetness. Fairly decent body and I find this pretty drinkable, if nothing remarkable. Still, a solid beer for the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear golden brown color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, not much sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty, slightly spiced. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, not too much going on with this brew, but still is tasty.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep amber/brown/reddish color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that settles fast to a thin film over the beer.
S: Smells real malty and then some yeast aromas.
T: Really nice mix of malts, both sweet and more roasty. The finish is less yeasty than the nose let on.
M: Very sweet and warming with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable winter warmer. I let this one sit for a while as I'm trying it in September and I think it did it good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber almost purple in the light. A bit of off white head forms and dissipates to a thin coating. Some lacing is noted.

S. Toasted malt.

T. Follows the nose with some nice roasted flavor. A bit of floral hops are there to balance it. There's are moderate hint of chocolate in there as well. Very good.

M. Medium bodied.

D. Having a winter ale on the 4th of July at a BBQ. Some things are meant to go together. This is a nice winter warmer and would have again. Session away!

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

12 oz. undated bottle that has a very interesting and distrubing label. It's somebody's nightmare on paper. This ladel shows a gang of snowmen terrorizing a family's winter picnic for beer and food. Luckily, one of the family members was able to build a fire to scare the snowmen away. It was a very creative label picture.

When poured into a Heavy Seas Euro style pint glass, the Weyerbacher beer is a dark chestnut brown with ruby red highlights. The head of foam started off nice by being 1 inch in height and a light tan color. But of all of it quickly dissiapted into just a few tan rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any tan lace behind.

The aroma to this beer was odd. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it smelled like powered chocolate with sweet black cherries and smoked malts. It just smelled odd to me for some reason.

The taste wasn't as odd as the aroma. The taste was mostly chocolately with watered down cheap chocolate, black cherries, roasted malts, and a quick splash of yeast at the finish. It felt like some bitter hops wanted to come out, but the chocolate dropped a chocolately blanket on top of them.

The mouthfeel was over the medium bodied line with an aftertaste of lightly sour malts, milk chocolate, and yeast. Somehow between the taste and mouthfeel, the roasted malts went sour.

Overall, the label was more interesting than the beer itself. It would have been average if the aroma wasn't so odd. Once the winter season rolls around back again next year, I fully doubt I'll be looking for this Winter Warmer.

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Photo of Durge
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is a root beer color with a thin white head and modest lacing. I can pick up a malt-licorice aroma with a little coffee. The flavor brings out malt and coffee and some nutty highlights. It's somewhat aqueous for the style, sprite carbonation. I think it's very drinkable. I note a little peppery flavor with some grassy wheat and a charcoal finish. It's interesting but not so bold as I expected, good enough but not great.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery during their open house last week.

A: The ale is predictably dark, a caramel brown color that shows off red highlights. A sizeable head on the first pour attempt measured two fingers and quickly settled down to a white foam sealing the beer in the glass.

S: The ale has a fruity body, spiced up a touch. Lots of caramel malts form a chewy foundation.

T: A very filling sip, this beer is malty to the extreme. Banana flavors emerge, giving the ale a darker (not dunkel though) weizen-like taste. The banana flavors meld with the caramel malts to create an interesting sweetness. A touch of hops adds bitterness to settle the ale down a bit. Alcohol is practically non-existent, making this a good sipper.

M: The mouthfeel is hearty malts, interesting fruit flavors and a bit of hops. A nice mixture that relaxingly sits on the palate.

D: Very drinkable, this ale won't knock your socks off but you won't be disappointed.

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

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. almost no head and no lace.

Extremely fruity, yeasty, bready aroma. Stone fruit, raisans. A little winey, no hop in the aroma

Caramel malt, stoen fruit, raisans bready malt. Mild hopy/bitter finish

Lightly carbonated with a medium body.

This beer is okay, I probably will look elswhere for my warmers next year.

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

Pours a beautiful deep ruby with a nice sized off-white head. Moderate retention and some lacing. The color is just something else when held to the light.

Toasted malt aroma with some caramel/sugary sweetness. Some berries, and banana along with a touch of spice round things out.

Starts with some caramel before quite a bit of over ripened banana. Light spice comes next, adding some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Spices are mild and blend well without overpowering. A touch of pepper appears before finishing with toasted grain, and a slight metallic taste. Spice grows as it warms, but still not overpowering - unfortunately the metallic character seems to as well.

Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly refreshing. Nice dry finishes leaves you looking for more. Great drinkability - especially considering the style. Not quite what you would expect in a winter warmer - definitely on the lighter side.

I could easily polish off a few of these, but it wouldn't be the first beer I would grab if I was in the mood for a typical winter seasonal.

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