House Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

House AleHouse Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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: 48
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 AltBock
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. undated bottle that has a crude computer generated label of a droopy looking pub during a full moon. I think Weyerbacher can do a bettter job on their labels than what is on their House Ale bottle. It looks cheap.

When poured into a Stoudt's pint glass, this House Ale is a clear amber orange with a initial tall 1 1/2 inch head of white/beige foam. This head head of foam had only decent retention that left behind a handful of rings along the side and only one spot of lace around the glass.

This beer smelled like buttered popcorn with a pinch of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, and a splash of toasted grains. I guess that means I can say that aroma was grainy. I'm still trying to figure out why this beer smells like popcorn.

The taste of this beer wasn't all that much. The taste was very light with subtle toasted grains, toasted nuts, and a tiny hint of bitter hops at the end. I'm glad there wasn't any popcorn in the taste, but there wasn't much there to begin with anyway.

The mouthfeel was light, dry, and overly carbonated. It was so overly carbonated that it covered up what little flavors there were in this beer. There was an aftertaste to it, but that too was on the light side and featured only buttered popcorn and roasted nuts.

If it wasn't so carbonated, it would have been so bad to me. It wouldn't have helped that much in the taste department, but it would have helped it in the mouthfeel. For me, one is more than enough for me. It's worth a shot if you can grab a single of this.

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Photo of Drewcifer
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampler case pick, drank 4 of them in the previous week until I reviewed this, hoping that it might have been a bad bottle, but no luck. Highly doubt an old batch - the other beers in the sampler all seem prime.

Pours out a nice copper with a good finger of fluffy off-white head. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a decent cap and lacing.

The malts prevail in the aroma, very slight hop snap to it, but mostly malt.

The taste is bland, a little malt, slightly metallic, a very flat taste, nothing perky or interesting. Hops are hard to find, but they're buried in there. Unfortunately, overwhelmingly watered-down malt is the taste.

Nice carbonation, light-to-medium body, pleasant mouthfeel, but nothing special.

Overall, I'm not liking this. I've had many a better American Amber/Red Ale. It's fairly drinkable, so long as you are looking to drink a beer that is not going to give you anything interesting or unique. Probably my least favorite Weyerbacher offering out of the close to a dozen that I've tried.

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

"I'm an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house."

--Zsa Zsa Gabor

Autumn leaves orange with honey trim. If the lid was white rather than beige, the beer would look like candy corn in a glass. Unfortunately, the small slice of foam doesn't have an abundance of character and isn't leaving much lace. A thin, soapy collar is the extent of things.

The nose is reminiscent of a weakly aromatic marzen. Munich malt and Tettnang hops will do that. It's barely toasted, somewhat grainy... and that's about it. In the end, it's too weak and too uninteresting to be considered good.

That a pretty accurate description of the flavor profile as well. The house wine is usually the simplest, least expensive offering on the wine list. Did Weyerbacher have to follow that same blueprint when designing House Ale? Low ABV ambers need a twist, a hook, something to get them noticed. So far, there's nothing like that here.

As in the nose, there's a toasted, nutty, earthy, fruity character to the beer that gives it some sort of identity, if not actual personality. It tries to start off malty sweet and tries to close the deal with a bitter finish, but doesn't manage to do either. Sorry, this is a yawner.

Despite the brewery's hope that they created a beer that 'didn't lack for body and flavor', it lacks both; especially the former. It's too thin and the bubbles are too sharp-edged to be pleasurable.

If Weyerbacher's House (Ale) has a drawing room with a drawing board, the brewers need to go back to it and start again. If they're bound and determined to brew a session beer, it should be possible to add some pizzazz while keeping the ABV down. I have faith that they can pull it off.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -13%

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

12oz bottle into a oddly shaped glass. Got a single bottle from oglmcdgl, thanks. I was looking for something simple while I did some work.

A- This house ale comes out of the bottle with a light tan dirty color. Once in the glass it had a slight amber to orange color with a slight haze, but i was able to see through the glass. A 1/2 inch beige head graced the top for a few. Nothing in terms of lace.

S- A pretty standard scent of caramel malts and barely any hops. Some buttery components as well. A bit nutty with some grains as well. Not very pungent at all.

T- See above. The buttery aspect comes out even more as well as caramels from the malts. Almost reminisant of an oktoberfest/marzen taste. You really have to focus to taste an hops. Very light and somewhat enjoyable.

M- This house all was thin bodied with good carbonation perhaps too much. Finishes a bit dry with a mild aftertaste. Went down very easy and smooth.

D- A very low abv would make this a good session beer but the taste is lacking to the point where one bottle would do. Glad to have tried this anyway. Perhaps this is due for a revamping by the brewery or maybe this was a old bottle.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev -13%

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

A- copper body with light rusty head. good head retention.

S- lots of hops, and chocolate.

T- lots of hops the whole away around and some chocolate. not much else.

M- medium carbonation with a clean finish. Nothing special.

D- not as good as other amber/red ales. Had more of an IPA feel.

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

Presented in the standard shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear, light copper color with a finger of fluffy white foam. Smells of mild caramel malt and a touch of flowery hops. Nothing special in the nose. Tastes of sweet malt at first, followed by bitter, grassy hops. The finish is crisp and dry. A notch or two below medium in body, with medium carbonation. This is the replacement for the ESB, that's too bad.

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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 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 AlexJ
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the brewery. Pale amber with a thin beige head and decent retention.

Aroma is light and malty, bread and light toffee with earth and light minerals.

Flavor malt forward with toasted caramel, bread, and roast grain. Hops are light and earthy.

Body light to medium with creamy carbonation and a smooth feel. Not very interesting but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with a full finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves behind some nice lacing. The smell is somewhat reserved. A lightly roasted malt aroma that comes across more grainy than sweet. Medium bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated and balanced. The flavor is quite similar to the nose. A base malt that is lightly roasted with a dry finish that lingers some. At 4.5% ABV it would qualify as a session beer, but IMO the flavor isn't compelling me to consider that. Darn glad that i gave it a go though!

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up this one as part of a mix a six pack a while ago, just got around to drinking it now

pours a copper color with almost no head, just a ring around the top.

mostly just malts on the smell. tiny hint of hops

bready malts up front, a little bit of hops are present too, but taste of malts linger on. a little acidic.

a decent beer, but nothing overly spectacular. I'll stick to weyerbacher's other beers.

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Photo of drtth
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rated based on inotes about a bottle from about the time the beer was being retired.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Risser09
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from 2007 - poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/copper colored beer with an ivory head that reaches almost two inches high. Bubbles are of assorted sizes, leaving a pretty beer to be admired. Carbonation clings to the sides of the glass and make their way to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Hay aroma and some wheat is in there too. Subdued cherry and perhaps some pecan. Not too aromatic of a beer.

Taste: Wheat flavor and malt profile is up front. A distinct nuttiness is there, probably a mix between almonds and pecans. Slight hop taste. Nicely balanced but not complex.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy with a medium body. Slight alcohol presence in the finish. This is built for the average joe. I'm sure 2 years ago I would have been astounded, but not anymore.

Drinkability: A good beer. Easily drinkable but not complex or striking enough to buy. Worth trying but don't go to lengths to obtain this beer.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a golden amber hue topped with a sturdy off white inch head cap leaving plenty of lace rings going down in the glass.

Spicy nose of rye bread grain, doughy, and a touch of carrot cake.

First swigs: Light vanilla ice cream, spicy cake and soft red apple. Residual table sugar and ised tea sweetness. Flavor is a tad thin overall, yet seems to be standard for a red. Complexity is not it's forte.

Feel is a buttery cream with a soft rolling carbonation.

Last swigs: Weyerbacher's House Ale seems like a straight up red amber. No nonesense!. Don't think that a case of it would be in my fridge but a 6 pack? Sure.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper pour that brings a nice head.No lacing to speak of. Very clear and clean looking.

Smells of caramel malts and some earthy hops.
Taste is nice with a caramel malts present. Has a somewhat metalic finish along with the bitterness from the hops.
Nice medium mothfeel.

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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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House Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 27.6% out of 100 with 58 ratings
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