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:
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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
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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 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 Slatetank
3/5  rDev -13%

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 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 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 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 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 yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 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 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 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 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 JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -13%

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 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 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 Durandal_777
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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 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 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 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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House Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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