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 Hautacam
2.43/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cola colored ..clear ...not much of a head.
Smell is very faint vanilla.
Taste is caramel,vanilla, faint cherry..maybe some coffee ....but its all way too watery. It made me think of a diluted Corsendonk Christmas Ale.
Mouthfeel also thin.
Not too good , especially from a brewery that makes such amazingly good brews.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Some of Weyerbacher beers are fantastic, So, I always get axcited when I get a chance to try something new from them.

Weyerbacher Winter Ale is dull , boring and lacks flavor.

I always like the art work on Weyerbacher labels. To me, the bottles, labels, and names of the beers are part of the fun of drinking craft beer, so this winter ale will get a half point from me just for the packaging.

The beer irself is a bit of a disapointment. I can hardly pick up any aroma. It has a bready malty flavor, and some spiciness from the hops but it is just not that good.
The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery that leaves behind a chalky after taste.

To my surprise, the beer actually improved as it warmed up, but not enough to chang my rating.

It is not terrible, just a disapointing effort from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Thads324
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brownish red with a tan head that goes by the wayside very fast. Smells like super sweet booze. Some cherry smoked wood and a bit of caramel.
Taste is slightly medicinal. Almost like cherry NyQuil. The malts underneath are sweet and dark. Can't tell what types. The cherry like flavor disappears almost entirely, but the beer continues to be a slightly boozey and overly sweet brew. The hop bitterness at the end is nice and earthy. Mouthfeel is very effervescent and medium bodied.
Ugh! Too sweet, odd characteristics. a bit of spice in the flavor but it just gets lost by everything else. I can't figure out what this is. Just weird and not very good for a brewery I tend to really like.

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Photo of tugg407
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of ConradKenney
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of jubie921
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of ONN8
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Aggiedad
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Dbot
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of scm2787
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of rorjets
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of soupieman
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of CraftBeerGuild
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of hozersr
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of swingdjted
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of tillmac62
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

BBD 1/22/15. Pours a dark amber with a rich dark ruby hue. Excellent head, normal retention and lacing.

Weak, but nice, nose of caramel, a touch of molasses and a hint of dark fruit (fig).

Almost light medium body with a touch of creaminess. Normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is disappointing. There is some light caramel and a roasted malt nuttiness underneath a somewhat metallic off flavor. The finish is a lingering continuation of the off flavor. I'm glad this 6 pack was a gift, because the rest is going in the garbage.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Two-finger thick foamy ecru head that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving a thin ring on the glass and fine lace on the surface. Color is a solid deep dark chocolate brown. Held to a light, it's a cherry wood reddish brown and quite opaque and cloudy.

S - Nicely toasted malts and caramel predominate. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger with a hint of fruitcake sit in the background. Before it warms in the glass, a touch of alcohol also pushes through.

T - Malts are more roasted than in the nose - almost charred. Sugars are darker. Spicing suggestive of a mint/menthol effect and/or straight vanilla extract really push onto the roof of the mouth and give it almost a medicinal quality. Pine cone bittering hops for balance sneak into what little there is of a finish, along with smoky dark chocolate.

M - A bit fizzy. Reasonable carbonation. Structure is thin and lacks body - almost watery; this becomes even more pronounced as it warms. Not much of a finish and what's there isn't so much on the tongue as it is in the nasal cavity. It's also on the dry side.

D - Hard to identify a distinguishing characteristic that inspires repeated drinking. Quality ingredients seem present, but lacking cohesion. Would drink this if it was all that was available, but wouldn't look for it. This recipe is off and atypical of its named style.

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Photo of mgbickel
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes from a tasting on 01/09/2010

Formed a 1/2 finger eggshell colored head that quickly dissipated leaving pretty much no lace behind. The body a clear amber/reddish color with mahogany edges.

Lots of fruits and spices on the nose...specifically apples, cinnamon and honey.

Wow...nothing from the nose transfers into the mouth. Not bad...but not complex enough for a winter brew. Honey, fruits and a little all spice, but very weak.

Mouth feel is light and thin, with moderate carbonation.

There are a number of winter brews I would choose over this one...

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Photo of Risser09
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle fresh from the brewery soon after bottling - Poured into a lowball glass

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent, deep brown color with ruby red highlights. It has a short lived head that is tan in color and rises to about half an inch. There is very little lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Toasted and chocolate malt fill the nose. Cacao bean and roasted coffee beans as well. Not very complex but suitable.

Taste: Coffee, toasted malt and toast are the main flavors of this beer. I can say that it is not coplex in the least and doesn't have many endearing qualities to it.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smoothe but without much flavor this beer is not a standout. Alcohol is mildly noticable and there is an annoying dryness that shouldn't be in a winter warmer.

Drinkability: This is probably Weyerbacher's worst beer, IMHO. Nothing about it stands out and it is not very complex in flavor.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.56/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep mohagany brown, and crystal clear. Light off-white fluffy head.

S - What aroma there is of this beer, seems to be very malty, almost caramelish scotch ale like. Watered down actually.

T - Malty back bone of filtered water. There is very little taste of this. Some fruity malty flavor. SERIOUSLY LACKLUSTER IN FLAVOR!!!!

M - Light bodied, and thin. not too much going on here.

D - I think this is a drinkable, in the sense of a light session beer. If you want a flavorful beer, look elsewhere.

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Photo of kirok1999
2.57/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Looks promising, nice dark reddish brown with sticky white head. The smell is almost nonexistent. Drank this with a buddy and we agreed immediately that there was almost no nose to this one at all. Taste was slight caramel malt, some bittering hops but not too much. Very bland and thin. Mouthfeel was thin, watery. Easy to drink because it is so thin. I expected much more from Weyerbacher as I love most of their other brews. What happened?

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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 oxmasterscream
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very clear, deep cherry brown with a tan, frothy head that gradually falls to just a ring. Looks like a cherry coke.

Smell: Mainly roasted malts with earthy and spicy notes and a hint of cherry. All smells are very faint.

Taste: Mainly malty and slightly spicy with a sour ring just before a barely bitter finish. There's something woody and earthy in the profile that just doesn't work. Another BA described it as "wet cardboard" and it's right on the money. It's even metallic at times.

Mouth: Full-bodied with lots of carbonation. Thick and chewy. Nothing exceptional.

Drinkability: Low due to the negative flavors. Mostly a bore, sometimes a challenge, to drink.

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Photo of shippos
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

courtesy of Clvand0 via BIFXmas,
poured a very dark brown with a thin tan head that laced around the glass. burnt aroma, strange....smells wet and a little musty or sweaty. thin mouthfeel and a bit on the weak watery side. get some burnt grain in the taste, kinda like black malt. very similar to a less than average stout/porter. still fairly easy to drink though.

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