House Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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House AleHouse Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Phatz on 06-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by thethrone:
Photo of thethrone
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber, with 1" bubbly off white head which dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Carbonation visible in the glass. Wet, spotty lacing.

S - The nose is full of sweet biscuity malts, with a mild hoppy aroma underneath.

T - The taste is of caramel malts, with a peppery bite. There is also a hint of apple cider.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Finishes with a bit of sourness from the fruit flavors.

D - A good quality brew, but I'm not sure I would want more than 1 or two at a time. Seems like a beer well suited for the fall.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appears a pale copper crystal clear hue with a large nice formed beige head, which dwindles down at a moderate pace leaving behind even bands of lacing. Aromatics come off pretty tame with mild biscuit and caramel malt presence with a slight metallic twang to it. Also I note a touch of herbal earthiness from a hop profile that slips through in the end. Flavor is pleasant by all means session beer with a mild sweet biscuit with herbal earthy bittering hop flavors blending well, really a middle of the road beer but the simplicity of it makes it appealing. Mouthfeel is light to medium range with assertive fine bubbled carbonation rolling through. Nothing to write home about but again a nice brew to not have to over think just tune out relax and hang out with some friends while drinking this straight forward house ale that won't knock you off your bar stool like most of the Weyerbacher offerings readily available.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- House Ale

A- Light amber with a small head. Minimal lacing and good carbonation.
S- Crisp buttery toffee malt.
T- Creamy buttery malt. Slight touch of licorice in the end.
M- Very smooth and mild. Creamy body with a dry finish.

Overall- An excellent session beer. I thought this was a Mild Ale at first. Regardless nice light touch of flavors make this easy to drink all day.

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Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Starter's in Bethlehem.

This is pretty obviously an ESB or similarly style beer, but maybe it's just me. The malt has a cream-like aroma and the flavor is marked by a mild but tasty caramel and toffee note that comes afer smooth and subtle bready malts. A pretty nice session ale. Nothing special, but one of the best options on tap at this sports bar.

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

A - A sparkling cloudy medium orange body with a fast diminishing head

S - Light hop aroma with hints of yeast and citrus

T - The hop bitterness is present on the first draft with pine and flowers.

M - Medium light body with a watery astringent feel

D - Not bad.

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Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a the Court Jester variety case.

A: The ale has a reliably solid amber color, a shade or two lighter than the brown bottle that it was stored in. A translucent body reveals no sediment or other flaws. A finger or so of head rested atop the body initially. As it recedes, it laces lightly around the glass.

S: The aroma is one of dry grainy biscuits, touched lightly with some caramel sweetness.

T: The taste is strong on the malty grains, creating a biscuity body that is enlivened by the sweetness of the caramel malts. The body lacks depth, content to remain an easy beer to drink and that this not a negative. The finish kicks up some hops but not a great deal.

M: The malts are the big focus here, creating a lighter beer that still has an enjoyable flavor. Good sessioner.

D: This beer is almost too easy to drink, light and refreshing without overdoing it. The beer, while it is a nice drink, won't win any excitement contests.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

Never heard of this weyebacher brew but it looks very interesting. Love the label.

A- pours a very aromatic burnt orange and light amber color. it reminds of the amber in Jurassic Park where the find the mosquitos. A nice little head but nothing major.

S- grainy and biscuit-like. Kind of like toasted sourdough bread. Very unique. brown sugar smells as well.

T- malty and grainy at first. A sweetness comes out more as i drink it. a roasted or toasted nut as well hints to my palate.

M- bready and grainy. kind of like drinking alcoholic bread if you can imagine. It isnt as bad as it sounds though.

D- hard to gauge without having another actually. it is a lil too grainy for my liking though. It is decent though! props to weyerbacher.

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Photo of MmmIPA
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice red body, very clear with a 1 in. head that want down to a thick ring.The smell is very malty and not much else comes to my nose.Lacing is left on the glass.Taste is malty like the type of beer it is.Its tasty and the hops take bite on ya in the aftertaste after the malt has let go.Carbonation is good.Its a good beer, for this style I like more malt and unfortunitly this beer dont have it.It is tasty though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

garnet amber in color with a nice light haze to it. A smallish head of white then rose up to the surface and settled down gently into a thin film that totally covered the top of the glass. Rich color then ensued throughout the rest of the session. Nice rich malts up front. Candied sugars, hints of light hops dancing through the nose and a tone of rich tones through out the session. Easily a malt monster if I have ever had one. As I take the first sip that deep, caramel and candy flavor takes over. Nice touches of earthen hops trying to balance it out but going nowhere against the huge bill that was laid out in front of them. Warming makes it sweeter

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -13%

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

I bought this as part of a Weyerbacher sampler 24-pack.

This poured a medium amber with a thick, foamy-white head which quickly disapated to about 1/2 of an inch with thin lacing down the whole glass.

I can smell a bit of ctirusey hops as well as mild malt tones. No sulphur or adjunts immediately come out.

It tastes of a fair amount of malt and hops. Dry afteratste.

A fairly light mouthfeel, little to no hint of alcohol and a slight bit of carbonation.

Very drinkable. Only the dry aftertaste seems to get in the way.

Pretty solid beer. I've come to expect more from this brewer, but it was enjoyable and complex.

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Photo of Lupe
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber color with small off-white head. Not much retention and some lace is left behind.

Mild aroma of caramel, biscuit, and herbal hops. Slight metallic tang is also present.

Nice simple flavors similar to the aroma. Biscuit, caramel, toast, and an herbal hopiness. Notes of cinnamon and spice. Well balanced. Finishes slightly dry with some lingering spice.

Light-medium in body and smooth. Very easy drinking - could definitely throw a few of these back. Nothing special, but a good session beer. A nice switch from Weyerbacher's bigger beers.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery today they had this initial test run of this new beer called "House Ale." The recipe is still being tweaked to get the amount of hop finish that they want it to have but in the future it will be replacing the ESB as one of Weyerbacher’s standard year-round beers that will be part of the variety packs etcetera. This beer is the same recipe from the Lager they did previously but Dan was not satisfied with it. After some other tweaking and deciding to run the recipe with an Ale yeast; this is pretty close to the final product. I look forward in anticipation. Weyerbacher never fails to deliver. Review of the current status is as follows:

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with nice 2 finger beige head and medium lacing.

Smell: Yeast and breadiness lead with malt and hints of fruits to follow.

Taste: Very simple. The complexity may improve as they finalize the recipe (at which time I'll edit as needed) but for now it is a light body with light flavors, clearly made for built to be an easy drinking beer. Bready with yeast flavors throughout and toasted malts. The finish is very dry and a bit astringent with a lingering yeast aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: a bit on the thin side but still a nice feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: I should have picked up a few more of these. This is certainly a sessionable brew. Well done Weyerbacher!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of drtth
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The clear copper colored beer pours out into a nonic pint glass with a nice thick light tan head that leaves behind some rings and patches of lacing.

The aromas include some rich biscuity malt with a bit of caramel. The hops are barely noticeable but have a lightly earthy and herbal character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the slightly sweet caramel and biscuity malt supplemented by some lightly bitter earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly prickly with the persistent moderate carbonation.

On the whole a drinkable beer that would be fine for an evening of sharing with friends. Not a challenging beer but one that can repeated several times during an eveing.

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Photo of BWH3
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

House Ale Weyebacher Brewery
Draft Pint as part of week 2 Beer Season at Grey Lodge Pub

This season’s theme is session beers.

Appearance: Classic copper of an English house ale, not sure why it is categorized as an American amber. The head is white, weak, and whimsical. The carbonation is on the light side which think is well suited to a session brew. (3.5)

Smell: Very mild vapors of honey or butterscotch. The hops add an airy floral hint. This doesn’t smell like the typically mildly bitter, well balanced house ale. Instead it smells a bit more like a light bodied amber. Either way, it is pretty good but nothing amazing. (3.5)

Taste: Surprisingly firm metallic/earthy bitterness given the aroma. A nice nutty quality to the malt on the palate. Now this fits nicely with a house ale. I would have rated it higher but I found the hop bitterness although robust for style to be just average in terms of flavor. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Good thirst quenching fairly still ale. Needs a bit more head retention and creaminess. (3.5)

Drinkability: A decent session beer, better than some, but far from the beer I will reach for next time I want a drink. (3.5)

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a thick white head. Has a bit of an orange glow. Head settles nicely. Decent lacing.

S: Lightly roasted grains with a sourdough bread aroma present. This accompanied by a low but noticeable citrus hop aroma round out the smell.

T: Grains and yeast somewhat similar to a pretzel. Grains have a slight husky flavor and are not overly sweet. Hops add enough bitterness and flavor to balance.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Somewhat chalky finish.

D: Session beer written all over this with lower alcohol and balance of flavors. Excellent drinkability because there is enough flavor to keep one interested.

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Photo of jdg204
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bad boy at the Weyerbacher brewery itself were you can make your own variety case (highly recco'd). My wife actually liked this one more, but I wanted to give it a 2nd chance and was glad I did. You gotta go in knowing that this brew is based on their ESB and tastes as such. This was my first experience with an ESB type beer (which is def an acquired taste), so I went in with an open mind.

Appearance - Rich Amber Color still clear enough to see thorugh though.

Smell - Sweet, citrus and spicey, hop notes were detectable but hard to find.

Taste - Bitter and spicey flavor are the most present. You have to look for the sweet/fruit flavors, but their present and provide a nice subtle, undertone once you've taken a few swigs.

Mouthfeel - Probably the best thing the beer had going for it, very smooth and easy to drink, plus a decent after-taste.

Drinkability - I gotta say I enjoyed this overall, glad I gave it a shot. I'll most likely have another and more importantly will definetly give some ESB's a shot to get a better taste for them.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into and imperial pint with a redish copper glow. Theres an aroma of carmel malt and a slight hint of fruity esters. You get a intital taste of big roasted carmel malts blending into fruits with apple and somekinda berry subitles. All rounding out with a storng hop finnish. It was easy drinking with not to much to think about. Basic.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, pils like hop presence, with a dry yeastiness. In the taste, dry light fruitiness, with a pils like hop presence. A medium bitter mouthfeel with a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. OK, blend of pils like hop and a quite malty ale.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one did not gush, but foam slowly rose up and out of the bottle after I opened it. A nice copper to red color, off-white head rises fast but falls almost as fast. Big bubbles.

Kind of a deep maltiness to the aroma. It's subtle but there in an almost grainy way. A bit of spicy hops in there as well. The hops are more present in the taste. Noticeable flower/citrus notes backed by some sweet caramel malt.

A little bit of body to this amber ale, it coats the tongue and then slips across it and down the throat with ease.

What can I say? This is good but relatively standard across the board. A good choice when having more than one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy brownish red with a khaki colored head. Leaves behind some webs of lace.

S. Buttery with a sweeter malt background.

T. Once again a bitter hop, buttered bread like taste followed by some sour funk. The malt is there. Slightly metallic aftertaste with some hops. Interesting flavor profile.

M. Medium bodied. A bit watery around the edges.

D. A very sessionable brew. Worth trying.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only available in a 12 oz. undated bottle --> Brown Bottle- Brown Brew

The House Ale was a moderate amber color with an inch of foam. The foam was relatively white and dissipated slowly.

This beer tasted slightly of toasted grains and slightly like a brown ale. This was kinda unique but nothing that really wants me to get another few for my "personal case."

The mouthfeel had a mild body and was highly carbonated. There was an lingering aftertaste with light grain taste.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a fluffy light tan head. Good stickage and decent lacing. Aromas are of biscuity malt and mild hops with some honeysuckle-like floral attributes. Lighter bodied with a good, easy-drinking flavor. Some biscuity, toasty malt sweetness with a moderate dryness in the finish. Carbonation is rather low, but spot-on for the lighter body. Whereas, one would speak of comfort food, this might be a comfort beer; easy drinking and satisfying. I'm not the biggest fan of the American red ale style; they always seem to be rather boring, but this one tastes a little cleaner and hit the spot. I think it'd be quite interesting to try cask-conditioned.

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Photo of number1bum
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with moderate head, which dissipates quickly. Smell is mostly malt, but also some fresh, grassy, citrusy hops. Taste is malt up front followed by some hoppy bitterness. Well balanced, light and smooth, finishes dry with just a tad bit of bitterness. This is basically a slightly hoppy amber ale, and a very enjoyable one at that.

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House Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 58 ratings