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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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 48
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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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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