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 GCBrewingCo
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an amber hue. The head was moderate and tan, rising slightly and lasting enough to trace the glass.

The aroma was malty with a strong impression of caramel and a nutty character. The aroma almost had a candy sweetness presence.

The flavor was vegetal and not well done at all. The flavor contained some caramel and a bit of roast flavor. The beer was never sweet and seemed a bit old in flavor. As it warmed the beer exhibited a lightly tart character.

The finish was dry with lasting light roast and vegetal characteristics lasting far too long and far too strong into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation level. Skip it.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a nice ruby/amber colour with a chucky and soapy looking tan head that is decent sized but only minimally sticky. the smell is a nice combo of malt, wood and sweet caramel for the most part. there is a slight hint of spice and chocolate as well. the flavour balance is waaay off here. malt dominates but in a weird, wet cardboard kind of way. the chocolate and sweet caramel notes from the smell would be welcome but are pretty much nonexistent. hop flavour is pretty much invisible as well. very weird as this one started with much promise. the body is too thin as well, i felt. some tweaking needs to be done here and some flavour other than malt needs to be pumped into this one.

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Photo of mountdew1
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark brown with a reddish touch. Head was 1 finger of a browny white foam that left a ring around the head and small "islands" of foam on top. Smell had hints of orange zest, sugar sweetness, along with some nutmeg and wheat. Taste was very bland with only slight wheat flavors that were noticeable after the sip and also some bitterness. Felt like it would coat the mouth well until actually swallowed, then it felt very watery. Easy to drink, the wateriness made it go down very quickly.

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Photo of beergeek279
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz bottle, into a pint glass. The color is a dark amber, with a nice layering of white head. The smell is a light sweet malt. The taste is a VERY light sweet maltiness with a bit of hops to it. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Drinkability-wise, wouldn't really want another.

I feel really bad bashing a Pennsylvania brewery, but unfortunately not a lot of Weyerbacher's beers have really impressed me, and this seasonal is no exception. Doesn't seem at all to be an old ale at all, and this isn't going to be one I'm going to look forward to next year.

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Photo of tpd975
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very clear deep reddish brown color with a khaki head that rises and then falls.

S: Mainly roasted chocolate malts with hints of spice.

T: Mainly malt with hints of spice. Tinges of malt and cherry with bits of wet cardboard.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Not my favorite class, not my favorite beer.

Overall: So So at best.

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Photo of genog
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Mad Mex the other night.
Brought to the table in a pint glass with a reddish body, and a nice thick head that sat on top of the glass for a good period of time. Smell was of caramel malt and some spices, but it really did not resemble a winter warmer. Taste was muted as well with some spice coming through. I found it to be overly carbonated as well.

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Photo of stirgy
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I don’t think I have been blown away by a beer from this brewery yet. Their brews seem to be middle of the road attempts, that could be much better. Not saying this beer is bad. This one poured out a cherry amber color with a small, but creamy tan head. The aroma has cherry tarts and almost a waxy chocolate smell to it. Overall, pretty subtle and bland.

The taste is pleasantly dry with some bitter fruits coming out, but it’s more bitter than sweet. Dry and light body that seems to need something. This isn’t a bad holiday or winter ale by any means, but just nothing extraordinary, or highly flavorful.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured into a Brooklyn pint glass.

Lucious brown/red body with a off white head.Bubbles racing to the top of the glass.Some nice lacing on the top of the glass.

Smells like coca cola and carmel malts.I cant smell any hops in here.

I taste roasted malts and basically all malt with no other hops etc...

It sorda has a thin taste to it but its tasty and easy going down.I dont know how many I could drink of them in a session.The carbonation is easy on your mouth.

I had this in the begining of the season and I didnt like it.Im guessing my palate was pretty new to all the beers I had been trying at the time.But now its pretty good,Ide have again but I wouldnt go out of my way to have it again.If it was offered to me I would drink it.Its solid though and it taste like coca cola so thats plus.

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Photo of bbeane
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Starts with a finger thick head that quickly disappears leaving minimal spots of lacing. Beer is very dark in color but appears ruby when held up to the light and has mild activity

S- Smells sweet and toasty... malt, belgian sugar, maybe some cinnamon with a bit of toasty nuttiness

T- Seems to have more toasted flavor coming through in the taste than recognized in the smell... in fact, tastes very burnt with very subtle hints of malty sweetness

M- Medium body with little carbonation... bit watery

D- One of Weyerbacher's worst offerings IMO, and probably my least favorite Winter Warmer I've had. Should have had more sweetness and spices, as well as some alcohol heat


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Photo of dacrza1
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Date Rated: Feb. 2, 2013...
Glassware: Corsendonk tulip...
Occasion: Hunger games watching....thirsty work...
Appearance: dark ruby-purple body with a decent off-white head; laces sporadically...
Aroma: fruity, peaty with doughy malts and some smoky hints...
Palate: fizzy and warm--a Weyerbacher hallmark--and a bit dry; full-bodied and lasting in its finish...
Taste: grapey, wine-tinged porter with a cola flavor, black and caloric; neither here nor there in terms of memorable...
Overall: the W brand has settled slightly with its alcohol overload mission and seems to have attempted a more restrained approach here; the winter may need more distinguishable notes, but its serviceable at house parties and before the fireplace...

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
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 NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ black with a thick creamy tan head.
Smell- roasted nuts, chocolate, hops.
Taste- like a brown ale. Some roasted nuttyness, some ashy smokiness.
Mouthfeel- pretty smooth up front with a slight carbonation in the back. Warm on the tongue.

Overall, a decent Ale. To me its a brown ale slightly better than Smuttynose- Old Brown Dog Ale but not as good as NewCastle.
It's drinkable but I like the label art better!

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Photo of ONUMello
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Nutty, malty, some sweet caramel but I can also smell the metallic note that is somewhat of a detractor. Average overall
T: Matches the nose. Toasted walnuts, caramel, sweet malt up front but the finish turns bitter and metallic with an unpleasant finish
M: Medium-bodied initially, pleasant carbonation but thins out a bid towards the end with a bitter finish
O: It's rare that I dump a beer but I wrote the review drinking half of the glass & the rest went down the drain. I usually like Weyerbacher's beers quite a bit but this was a disappointment

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Photo of horshack7
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: This one pours a deep dark mohogany with amber red hues around the edges. The head is about two fingers thick which is white and frothy.

Aroma: Not much of a hop nose to it. A very light hint of floral aroma but that's about it. The subtliest bit's of maltiness but ceratainly not alot.

Taste: A little bit of maltiness along with a slight dryness. Not alot of spice nor alot of hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a somewhat smooth and creamy but with a little bit of a dry finish.

Notes: I was expecting more spice with a little bit of hops but it was not quite there. It's not too bad of a beer in general. Cheers.

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Photo of linnymtu
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very unoffensive beer. The best attribute is its color, a nice rich brown. However, the taste is very average, no discernable flavors jump out. I would almost call it an Amber beer. The smell is non-existant. A easy drinking beer, but not for a beer enthusiast.

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Photo of BigMike
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep cherry wood color. Verynice fluffy tan head. About two fingers.

S: Lots of caramel roasted malts. Spicey nuts and light chocolate notes.

T: Nutty caramel roastedness. A touch of spice with an almost sour cherry finish. Not much if any hop character.

M: Light bodied and thin. Almost on the watery side.

Overall: An average beer at best. Not much to keep the drinker interested. The weird cherry medicinal after taste is not that enjoyable. This isn't one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of bsp77
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Clear but dark cherry wood with nice off-white cap and slight lacing.

Smell: Fairly dry caramel, butterscotch, light roasted malts (chocolate mostly), cherry, spicy English hops and a light nuttiness. Smells like an English Brown Ale.

Taste: Tastes somewhat like an English Brown Ale as well, with caramel, nuts, and a touch of chocolate. Unfortunately, there is more of a cherry aftertaste than an English hop aftertaste, which is not ideal.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, but is fairly thin and watery. Somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Not sure what Weyerbacher was going for here; did they really intend a watered-down Brown Ale with a borderline medicinal cherry finish? Still tastes pleasant enough, but there are SO many Christmas choices that there is no reason to buy this.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish-red color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very muted smell of malt, caramel a slight nuttiness.

T: Tasted of caramel and malt, with some of that nuttiness, but mainly was a thin, watery brew.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A decidedly average beer.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a small tan head. Little bits of lacing. Thin chocolate smell. The taste is chocolatey and nutty, with a slightly burnt flavor. Not very hoppy at all. The taste is not offensive, but not especially good. Medium mouthfeel and slightly creamy. No sign of the 6.1% abv. Boring.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours dark like Coca-Cola with a decent amount of carbonation in the beginning which eventually dissipates, slight head on top when poured but eventually goes away with a light lacing around the glass. Smells of deep roasted, chocolate malts. The taste is practically all malt and chocolate which fades quickly to a somewhat watery finish. The body of this is much lighter than I anticipated. This one reminds me more of a porter, it's drinkable, but wished it were more deep and complex like many of their other beers. I hate scoring this beer so low because I love Weyerbacher's beers, I'm not much of a fan of this style and I'm trying to be as fair as I possibly can.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Very dark brown with a light sand colored single finger froth head, medium retention and lacing. Smells lightly of blended spices (cinnamon and nutmeg mostly) and a roasted malt. The flavor is just about exactly as predicted from the nose but also has an aspirin-like bitterness on the finish... Lighter side of medium body and carbonation levels. Overall, it could have used some amplification and slightly more sweetness for my palate.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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 bassboneman
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an unspiced winter brew this is decent one.
I dont care for "spiced" beers generally. So this is a nice break from the porters and stouts.
Would be nice with fish and chips or nachos...

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Photo of sjohansen
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I stopped in at Weyerbacher prior to Christmas and picked up a couple Winter Ales in a case that I mixed at the brewery. (If you have an opportunity to swing by on a Saturday, I highly suggest it.)

Weyerbacher always has some pretty cool labels. This one has snowmen running a muck in a winter wonderland. The ale pours a dark amber with light carbonation. There is a reddish hue in the color.

I picked up a slight chocolate note in the nose. It smells similar to other olde ale styles.

The carbonation takes away a little bit from the malt base. As it warms, the spices come out of the profile. There is a spice that makes this warmer slightly sweeter then some of the other I have been fortunate enough to try this holiday season.

It is what it is. Another solid interpretation of a winter warmer/olde style ale. There isn’t really anything that makes this stand out, and the carbonation takes a little away from what this beer could be. I still recommend almost anything Weyerbacher, but some of their other offerings are definitely standouts, while this one kind of fades into the holiday background.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.09/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I honestly thought that I received the wrong pint when it arrived at my table... this one is a deep dark brew with a thin tan head that appears much more like a stout than a winter-warmer ale. The aroma is faint, a bit too faint, though some roasted, toasted malt come through. The taste is initially like that of a mild stout or thin porter... some toasty, chocolately, nutty flavors but a bit watery with not enough of a "middle" and no hops to speak of.

I must say that it got somewhat better the more I drank... with it's mild flavor, it may have been overpowered by the lingering strong brew I had before it, and the burger I recently consumed. This one needs a little breathing room to stand on it's own. Still, It needs something more, a little "oomph" to make it more palatable. Not every beer needs to be big and robust, but a little more flavor would go a long way with this one.

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Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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