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House Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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House AleHouse Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 58
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 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 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 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 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 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 beermanbrian
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight amber color with a brown tinge to it. Head drops to a cola like fizzyness almost immediately. Smell of fresh crisp grainy malts. Very inviting. Nothing overpowering by the smell just has a clean scent to me. Taste follows with the grainy malt taste that gives a overall bread impression. Again nothing that blows you away, but a nice solid taste. A little on the fizzy side with the high carbonation level. Overall a drinkable session beer which I have to think is what they were shooting for. Wouldn't be a bad beer to use as a crossover for some of your macro drinking friends. Too bad it is only available in the variety cases here in PA.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/392/25775 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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House Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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