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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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 58
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 Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this back in 2008. This beer was a nice amber red color on the pour, it had a generous amount of head on it too. The aroma was pretty hoppy and had a nice sweetness of malts coming out of the glass. The taste was pretty much like any other Amber Ale out there, it was semi sweet with a dry bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was medium and fairly carbonated. This beer doesn't surprise me that it's been retired. With the amount of other good brews that they keep putting out this one was bound to fall behind in the ranks. It was a good drinking beer for the common folk and I'm sure it helped get Weyerbacher off the ground.

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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 paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericwo for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a short white head.

Scent of grain, sweet malts, and a hint of fruit. Good, but not great, a bit different than the typical Amber Ale.

Taste of grain, malts, and a hint of copper. Pretty bland, but at least it isn't flavorless.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice pinch of carbonation.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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