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 clvand0
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some dark fruits and sweet caramel with a touch of chocolate. The flavor is pretty bad. It's thin and has a strange nuttiness that I don't like at all. Unenjoyable.

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Photo of perfectkaos
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head.

got some chocolate malts on the nose, maybe some coffee smells too.

not much on the front end of the taste... some coffee and chocolate hints at the end. no spices are noticeable.

seems a little carbonated for my tastes too.

could it be that i've found a winter beer that i dont like?

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Photo of Stimack
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided that I should try this brew before it disappears as we are hedging towards spring, though it has been snowing for the past three days. This brew poured to a nice deep brown color with some red/ruby highlights. Smaller sized head, light tan, did have pretty good retention and lacing. The aroma here comes across nice as chocolate and roasted malt notes come across. Maybe some cinnamon but that is the extent of the spices that I picked up. The flavor is a disappointment for me as it just seems to be very empty. Sweetness, caramel with a light touch of chocolate but that seems to be about it. Overall I think this one misses the mark, just does not seem to be anything special for a winter brew and the emptiness in the flavor just really brings it down. Will pass up on this one in the future.

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Photo of Onibubba
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decent brown pour into a pint glass. Little head to speak of. Some chocolate in the smell, some malted milk. Taste is borderline metalic with the chocolate, maybe some anise. Not too tasty. mouthfeel is another downfall. Seems thin and watery to me. Drinkablity is ok if taste and mouthfeel are not considered. Sorry to say, I didn't even finish this one. Life is too short to drink mediocre beer. Next!

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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 oline73
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some sweet malt with fruity cherry notes, may be a hint of almond extract. Just a bit nutty with some Christmas spice.

Taste: The taste of this beer isn't very strong. Mild bready malt. Not really picking up the fruit notes from the smell. There is a very mild spice note and some bitterness in the finish. Tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This tastes like a watered down winter warmer. Would have liked more flavor, but what is there isn't bad

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Photo of TheHoppiest
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer is a nice mahogany color with a cream-colored bubbly head that quickly reduces.

Smells slightly spicy, slightly sour. Despite it's beautiful color, it has a weak barley and malt taste similar to what you'd expect from a lager, with some hints of spice. The malty aftertaste sticks to the tongue, leaving it slightly dry. This beer could benefit from more spice and a different style malt.

Probably would not to have another, especially given all the other great winter ales out there.

On the plus side, the label has festive snowmen carrying six-packs and cases of beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. It pours a deep mahogany with an inch of ecru head that doesn't lace too well. The smell and flavor are essentially the same, with toasted/caramel, smoky? malts with light hop flavor and bitterness on top of a medium body that leaves a short finish. Average at best, and not much of a winter warmer as it reminded me more of an oktoberfest, which is strange because their oktoberfest did not taste like what it claimed to be. I'd say skip it.

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Photo of jjayjaye
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dark brown color with interesting ruby hues. The light tan head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing. Through the darkness you can see that you're in for an active, carbonated experience.

The nose hits me wrong. There is something about it that reminds me of Brooklyn Winter, and it turns me off. Past that, you can smell standout roasted malt and chocolate.

The mouth is highly fizzy. Medium bodied. I get an underlying bitterness and an associated lingering burnt/smoke-like perception. I'm challenged to describe the flavor; there are some foods that you either like or you don't. This rest of this pint isn't happening...

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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 Jayli
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
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 ManekiNeko
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a Delirium Noel pint glass. Probably should have used a pint glass instead.

Appearance: Dark brown liquid with some reddish highlights. Topped by a healthy tan head of thick bubbles. Head goes away pretty abruptly and leaves a light film on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. An attempt is made to leave lace, but it fails.

Smell: Light roasted coffee and cocoa aromas. Little bit of bitter prune smell as well.

Taste: Roasted malt flavor is quite prominent. Mild coffee and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly and quite drying to the palate. Rather light bodied for a such a dark colored beer, and it's not to it's benefit either.

Drinkability: I'll eventually get around to drinking the rest of the 6-er, but I'll take my own sweet time doing it.

Other: With the scene depicting snowmen-committed mayhem on the label, I was expecting more of a holiday style beer with spices and whatnot. Ignore the frivolity on the label (but do enjoy it) and pay attention to the name. It's a winter beer.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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 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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Photo of AltBock
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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 indiapaleale
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour - dark, murky brown. Looks like a Scotch Ale as it settles into the glass. It has some red hues when held to the light with a rather thin tannish head.

Aroma - Tootsie Rolls, cocoa, cough syrup, black cherry and some corn syrup. Interesting combination of sweet smells.

Taste - hmmm...after a few sips all I can think of is Tootsie Rolls and cherry cough syrup. This just seems to embody both of those flavors quite a bit. I am trying to shake that but I really can't. Its sweet and almost cloying with some sour fruit flavors that stick on the back of my tongue. For a beer with only 5.6% alcohol, this is a particularly slow drinking beer. It might be the sweetness or it just may be that I am having a difficult time drinking it.

I really do think that some people will really enjoy this beer but I am not one of those people.

Overall - malty yes. Complex, flavorful and enjoyable...I am not entirely sure I can say yes to that. This is sort of cloying and medicinal and hard to finish. Sigh.

Would I buy more of it? - I'm going to say no on this one. Its just not a beer that I am very fond of which seems to be the case for a lot of Winter Warmers.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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 BirdFlu
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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 Atricapilla
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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 q33jeff
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Toasted Malt, Nuts, Perfumy. Mint?Dark Brown color, Small head. Slight bitter aftertaste is pleasant and has hints of nuts/vegetables/ woodinessweak carbonation, but crisp. Almost a tonic/quinine quality. Intersting beer. Not great, but fun. A lot going on.


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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 Wildman
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a light tan gamy head that left little lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and chocolate is present. A flavor of malt and some coffee elements, but fairly weak in flavor, even at warmer temperatures. The body was pretty light for the style. The finish was bitter and astigent. Really was not terribly impressed with this one.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I didn't know what to expect when I opened this one. Weyerbacher always has that effect though, you never exactly know what you are going to get, which is good sometimes. In this case, it was bad. It seemed to me that this one had an identity crisis. It was quite hoppy, but at the same time had elements of Imperial Stout. This was perplexing to me and I wasn't a huge fan. One thing though, is that the warmer it got, the less hoppy it was. That was kind of neat. This brew to me was just "blah". Nothing really stood out in my mind about it.

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Photo of brewdude1982
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wasa 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very dark brown with a small head with very tiny bubbles. Has very little smell mostly a little sweet with some spice. What spice? I have no idea. Taste is fairly bland. Medium body and decent to low carbonation. There are better Xmas ales out there.

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Photo of dfillius
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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