House Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

House AleHouse Ale
58 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Phatz on 06-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of MorgothBauglir
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear copper color with moderate white puffy head. Very noce sticky lacing.
Smell is firmly malty with a pleasant caramel essence present.
Taste is initially sweet and malty but a strong dry hop bitterness begins to take over and slowly pushes the malt to the background.
Nice drinkabilty with good taste retention.
A well done session beer.

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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 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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Photo of LeftyBWS
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from Weyerbacher. I have a variety pack case with 6 each of their House Ale, Black Hole Ale, Scotch Ale, and Hops Infusion IPA. I’m looking forward to all of them.
This beer was poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. brown bottle with no indication of freshness/date. The “house” on the label looks like a cross between an old English pub and the entryway of a haunted mansion.
A: Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a lot of foamy head, but the head might be because it’s sweltering in here and I left the bottle out of the fridge for a couple of minutes before opening. The head is a pleasant darkish tan, and there is some good sticky lacing at the top , but less later on. Almost no carbonation visible.
S: As I poured, I got a strong whiff of a whiskey/alcohol scent and it is definitely present when smelling directly from the glass, too. There are also some buried notes of fruitiness, possibly cherries/raspberries, and a good overall tone of rich, smoky malts.
T: A generally round taste of subtly sweet maltiness, with some more oaky and earthy tastes mixed in. The whiskey is far less tasteable than it is smellable, which makes for a pleasant mixture between the nose and palate. I also taste some honey which I didn’t notice during the initial smell and sip, but it seems more prevalent now that I’ve noticed it. There’s a tiny amount of bitterness in the middle taste, but the malts pretty much cover that up by the finish. Overall, an interesting mixture of tastes that I haven’t experienced in an ale before.
M: With almost no carbonation, this beer is very smooth, even with the complexity of the taste. The mix of bitterness and maltiness makes this beer very drinkable, given its character.
D: I’m looking forward to the rest of these in the case. A highly drinkable brew without compromising taste.
Overall, I’m impressed with this offering from Weyerbacher; it would make a damn good session beer. Considering its innocent and unassuming title of “House Ale,” I’m looking forward to some of their more intriguingly-named beers.

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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 Durandal_777
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass right out of the fridge.

A - Pours a deep amber with a creamy off-white head. Strong head retention and lacing, with equally strong carbonation.

S - Spicy malt and juicy hops dominate the aroma.

T - Caramel malt with earthy, bready tones are the first flavors that struck, but they are quickly met by cinnamon and peppery spices, finally ending with an only-slightly bitter hop presence. At first, tasted more like their Octoberfest than their year-round Amber; that was the first note I had written about it. Still, well-rounded selection that would make for an excellent session beer.

M - Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and crisp, juicy finish, despite the hop presence.

D - Again, a very sessionable beer and a strong offering from Weyerbacher. A nice change from their big-beer selections.

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Photo of Budinetz
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, bready, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of hops, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one, pretty tasty.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback specialty glass on 1/7/08.

A - Poured a beautiful amber/orange color with maplewood tones and some reddish highlights. One-finger bubbly, off-white head sits atop tons of percolating bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Excellent head retention and decent lacing.

S - Fragrant floral hop bouquet with plenty of bready malt goodness and some subtle caramel sweetness. Some faint perfumy hops in there, as well as some mild spices.

T - Begins with a slight floral hop bitterness that leads into some caramel sweetness. Finishes with a tasty grainy breadiness and some hops that lay on the back of the tongue.

M - Light to medium body with a slightly thin, watery texture that's trying to be creamy. Lots of prickle from the carbonation, especially after it sits in the mouth for a while. Short, mild bitter finish on the tongue.

D - Well-balanced and easy to drink, this ale would make a good session beer. Pretty common brew, but well done and highly drinkable.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Tasty beer. Thanks to Eyedrinkale and Sinister 2007 for this bottle.

Poured a solid copper color with heavy carbonation soaring towards the top fo the glass. heavy head that never gave way with a coating lace. Nose is malty and sweet.

Flavor is solid American amber with light malts and doughy breadiness. Kind of a moss flavor to it as well. A tad sweet but a clover like sweety tartness helps bring it all into balance. Rather light mouthfeel without any lingering residuals.

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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 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 RonfromJersey
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cute old stone house label.

Orange gold body, slightly hazy, lively carbonation, topped by a giant thick level slab of off-white dense foam. Small bits of lace.

Nose is biscuits with some grass/hay in the background.

Slipperly light sweet malt beginning splashes all around. Fruity build up follows. Enough nip of earthy hops at the finish to balance the sweet.

Mouthfeel is light but also a bit sloppy. Very good drinkability, pleasant, not off putting, and not overly boring.

Weyerbacher here turns it down a notch, apparently believing it needs a session beer in the line up, and the ESB had run its course. As that, it does an alright job.

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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 mhewes
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a nice amber color with a small head that doesn't stick around

S : Mainly malts with some sweetness. Very small hop aroma

T : Good bread flavors up front from the malt. The malt hangs around throughout. Not much from the hops, just a tease.

M : Smooth, light-bodied

D : I enjoyed it. It's one I would get again but not one that goes on my list of beers that I want to keep in the fridge.

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

It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber, mildly carbonated and mainstream. A finger of ivory head sinks away to eddies of surface froth. Flicks of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

The aroma is standard issue grainy malt, with slight caramel sweetness and a baked crispness. A small measure of dark cherry is present as well, along with a vague nuttiness. Overall, though, the aroma is sparse.

Upon tasting, the malt is a walkabout of caramel and raw sugar. A mix of ripe apple and cherry slide with a mild sourness along the sides of the tongue. A general spiciness peppers the middle a bit. A dry biscuit character is prevalent toward the closing stanza, and the finish is crisp and reminiscent of the previous fruits. It has some things going on, but really it's nothing special.

Light bodied, it does have a bit of slickness to it, moving along the palate and dropping some spicy glow along the way.

It's a stride more than the standard issue red, perhaps, but it's also distracting at times, with more fruit effects than I want from the style. Not that it's a bad beer, but rather, it never manages to graduate from average-plus status. The lighter nature is a strength, as it has enough flavor, if a unique one, to make it enjoyable drinkable. So it's a bit more than ho-hum, a step above just okay, and not exactly a target of any great affection. But I'd drink another if you put it in front of me.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber color with an inch thick of head. Smells like a Weyerbacher beer and features a short crisp whiff of hops followed by a nice biscuit smell. Taste similar to its nose with a light helping of hops that balance out the caramel biscuit like sweetness. Very smooth and easy drinking. At 4.5% abv this could be enjoyed at length and with great quantity. Nothing too amazing, but subtle and enjoyable.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly transparent rusty amber body with a nice head. Lots of visible carbonation rushes to the top.

The agitation of the pour immediately produces a sharp acidic fruit aroma, however this fades to a much more mellow profile of sweet malts and caramel.

Flavor starts with a kick of bitterness, then moves to a smooth and creamy malty base. The aftertaste is of moderately powerful dry hops. There is also some nice subtle spices present, as well as a dark toasted element reminiscent of a porter.

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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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House Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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