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 albern
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer of "what could have beens" because it has definite potential to be a very fine winter warmer. To begin, the beer is just too thin and too subtle to really be taken for more than an interesting brown ale. The beer does have some very subtle complexity and had it more ABV, more punch, more substance and body, this could have been much more, but alas no. What we have is a clear mahogany brown ale with an off white head that retains for a bit and does lace. The nose on the beer is primarily roasted dark malts, maybe a touch of nuttiness, maybe a touch of chicory, a touch of florals.

The taste is nicely balanced but just doesn't have the character and the palate to make this beer come into its own. There are nutty flavors, some sweet dark roasted malts, there is a touch of brown sugar maltiness, there is a touch of hop, maybe a touch of spicy yeast. This beer is a bit disappointing. It is moderately carbonated, a slight drying note or two in the finish and aftertaste. I'm ready to move on.

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Photo of thain709
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 jackorain
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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 cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours two fingers of dirty white head, almosst a cream color, the head disolves pretty quickly and it does leave a light lacing on the glass. the color is blackish that allows light to shine through, it has some hues of red when i shine a light on it and some bubbles from the carbonation.

S-some light spice and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla and pale malt finishing with some yeasty tones that aren't too pleasant

T-lighter in taste with hints of spice, cinnamon, and some pale malts. all flavors are not big

M-nice mouthfeel being very smooth, it is medium bodied with some carbonation burning the back of the throat

D-nothing really stands out, the best part of the beer is the fact that it is smooth going down but even that is compromised by the carbonation at the end of the sip.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kraut6363
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A small but long-lasting head--off white color, but leaves no lace. The liquid is reddish brown and clear.

Lots of powdered cocoa in the aroma; some alcohol warmth.

The taste mimics the smell. This is a relatively thin beer with a high carbonation. Some hop bitterness although most of the rougher flavors come from the darker malts. I wonder if there is a touch of black patent in this brew.

This is a tasty brew that reminds me more of a English brown ale than a winter warmer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a deep brown with a tan film for a head.

Brown sugar, buttered toast, and hazelnut in the nose.

Flavor is a light mix of caramel, toffee, buttered toast and honey.

Medium body with stinging carbonation on the tip of the tongue and the roof of the mouth.

A fairly decent ale, a bit bland in the flavor but otherwise nothing to complain about. Easily drinkable but potentially unmemorable. Would have it again in the future depending on the alternatives.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The black body is very cola like and this impression is enhanced by the initial large beige head. Unfortunately the head passes quickly and leaves no lace to mark it passing.

The nose is spicy and earthy giving a large sense of pulpy fruits. The flavor is very filled with lacquery malt notes and nutty elements as well, as if from almond extract. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery. Decent drinkability, but not a session brew.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear chestnut with a thin head. Some lacing. Caramel/toffee malt aroma with fruit and a hint of chocolate. Spicy and malty sweet with caramel and fruit.
Sweetness lingers in the finish with spices. Low carbonation, palate coating, feels kind of dead. A little better than average, not bad for a winter ale. Thanks northyorksammy!

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Photo of beerinator
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Tannish head with pretty good retention.

Aroma: Raw nutty aroma. Roasty toasty nutty.

Taste: Very little hop bitterness, but also not too sweet. Roasted toasted, with a quick trip down the tongue. Fast finish, with little aftertaste. Nut Brown.

Notes: Pretty good beer. Not a whole lot of body. Doesn't seem to have the heft that most winter seasonals have.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper color with two-fingers-worth of khaki head. The retention was good as a thin cap and the lacing thin. The aroma was of roasted malt, light caramel malt, nuts and earth. The flavors were of caramel malt, toasted malt, some slightly sour notes from the citrus hops and the finish was acidic and a little coffee-like. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium/full and the carbonation medium/high. Not a bad beer but not a good winter ale or a good example of what these brewers can do.

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Photo of Timfromthemainland
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimberSwanson
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnniemarg
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, clear brown-red with very thin head that disappears immediately. No lacing.

Smells of maple and hazelnut.

Taste is in line with the smell in general. Sweet maple and nutty flavor, but not too sweet. I don't get any hint of spices like those found in many winter seasonals. Can't make out the hops underneath the other flavors. This is a somewhat typical nut brown ale.

Very thin-bodied despite being highly carbonated.

This is a pretty smooth nut brown ale. I could drink a bunch of these, but it's not really my kind of beer. That's not to say I'm not going to finsh the 6-pack, but if I were at a bar I would try one, say it was pretty good, and then move on to something else.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice chestnut brown with a frothy tan head that quickly subsides leaving traces of lacing about the glass.

The aroma consists of sweet malt and faint spices that become more apparent as the beer warms and include nutmeg and allspice.

The flavor is similar but the spices are more obvious and may include some clove. The sweet malt immediately hits the palate followed by the winter spices, which may not be as wide-ranging as other winter warmers, but still tasty.

This winter warmer is medium in body and carbonation with just a hint of thickness.

While easy to drink, I would rank this somewhere in the middle of the quality beverages that this category consists of.

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Photo of blitz134
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of three winter warmers I picked up in a mixed 6er.

Nice clear red body, somewhat dark when not held to the light. Kinda fizzy off-white head on the pour. Small, a half inch or so that reduced to a ring around the glass.

Seems to have some estery, spicy characters that hint at clove and fruitiness. Defiantely some strong yeast character showing through. Toasted biscuit base malting. As it warmed more of the malts showed through along with some butteriness, toffee-like possibly.

Flavor is very malty though, biscuit and some cracker. Some slight esters are noticable from the yeast after the swallow, but then some dry malty characters show again. Not quite roasty, but some good dark malt characters, not overly caramely either, although some is there.

Low carbonation, nearing medium body but a touch thin. Actually refreshing when cold.

This is a solid malty beer. Nothing that turns me off about it. Easy enough to drink. A decent beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An initial creaminess in mouth. Chestnut colour. Highly carbonated. Some astringency at finish. A play of caramel, mollasses, nutmeg, clove, cinammon and chestnut, pinch of chocolate malt. Some flavour altogether that makes it quaffable. Not overally cloying, but on sweet side.

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Photo of riversider76
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a redish brown with a thin tan head. Abit of retention, and a nice lace. Aroma is of toasty, grainy caramel malts, and brown sugar. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste ia toasty with hints of fruity sugars, and bready malts. smooth finish. Not bad,but far from outstanding.

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Photo of erk0607
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aepb1
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown body with some amber at the edges with a wispy white head and decent lacing

S- Light chocolate malts, not a lot else

T- Malty roasted chocolate up front, some toffee and hop finish this

M- Light to medium body and a good level of carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and a decent example of the style

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a finger high off white head that quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts and malty sweetness along with some notes of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink but nothing stands out to make me want to try it again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark red with a creamy light tan head that escalates to several fingers in size. Pretty good head retention and a big coat of thick lace down the glass.

S- A mixture of spice and dark fruit that has sort of a medicinal feel off the top. Also bready notes and hints of nutty malts. Some toasty malt as well as caramel.

T- On the malty and yeast heavy side of things. Malt gives me notes of toast nuts, caramel and some slight roast hints. The yeast gives off a heavy dark fruit/raisin and some spicier notes.

MF- The body here is pretty watery to me with lower carbonation that I would expect. Doesn't totally satisfy the heavier flavors present in this brew.

DB- Pretty much the sort of flavor you would expect in the style but with a weak mouthfeel that doesn't compliment the beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

04/15/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating on it. Poured into my Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Full inch white head. A small rim of head maintains throughout the entire beer. Average lacing and a nice chestnut re-brown coloring.

Smell- Dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste- This guy tastes like a type of porter to me. Lots of roasted malt flavor, a tad of chocolate and a nice amount of dark roast coffee bean flavor.

Mouthfeel- A tad thin and a tad too carbonated.

Drinkability- Overall, not a bad brew. Wish it had a bit more of a mouth-coating taste to it though.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogony color. Head that dissipates to very thin film that leaves almost no lacing. Little bit of a nutty smell and a slight chocolate and carmel note. Very little hops character. Taste matches the smell. Very malty beer with little hops character as expected from a winter warmer. Mouthfeel is very thin and a little overcarbonated. An above average beer but not spectacular.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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