Fireside Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Fireside AleFireside Ale
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Smoke Beer
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Fireside AleFireside Ale
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown muddy color.

Tiny off-white head; slight lacing.

Caramel malt nose; where's the smoke?

Medium mouthfeel, bordering on thick.

Mild flavor of sweet malts, like an English Barleywine. No smoke present.

Pleasant but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From tasting notes. L: Pours brilliant dark amber to chestnut with a 1” cream colored head that dissipates to film. S: Light to moderate smoke on the nose with caramel and malt. T: The smoke approaches Schlenkerla levels and seasons sweet dark sugars, fruit, a little cola, a suggestion of anise and some bitterness in the aftertaste. F: Creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation. O: While a little sweet, fairly well balanced between the smoke and other flavors.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beside a fire on Christmas night.

A - Poured out a murky, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of bacon and other smoked meats. Some caramel, too.

T - It tasted fairly smokey, but not overdone. Good roastiness with just a touch of sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice smoked beer. Another good brew from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a rich brownish color body and no head or lace to it. The smell has a aroma of dark fruits and a little smokeyness to it. The taste is of like tart dark fruits with some sweetness to it. The smokeyness comes on the back of tongue, it isn't very strong but just there to let you know its there. The mouth feel is good and overall this is a ok beer. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this nice beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was kinda coke (brown) colored. It poured a beautiful tan head unfortunately though it went away really fast. There was a hint of smoke in the smell and the taste but it was not too powerful. The beer has a tiny bit of a sweet finish but not too bad. I would buy this beer again for sure.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ouncer into a pint glass.

Pours dark brown with some reddish tints - not much foam to speak of. Subtle smokiness in a malty nose. Some burnt embers. Taste is sweet - caramel, maltiness, plus liquid smoke that evolves into a medium firm hop. Nice bite at the close that brings it all together. Smoky. (I know, right?)

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a soft, short layer of off white head that has decent retention

S - sweet, baked apples; some caramel

T - baked apple, smoke, earthy woody

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

I'm not a big fan of this one. It comes across as a Dubbel with a huge smoky presence. The malt and smoke are at odds. There is little balance. I won't pick this up again.

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Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark mahogany with a dense ivory head that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind streaky lacing. Sweet and malty aromas of baked bread, caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of meaty smoke. Taste is similarly malt-forward, with notes of chocolate, caramel, toffee, and more mild smokiness. I'd definitely like to see the smoke amped up a bit, but not too bad overall. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Pretty decent beer overall, but gimme more smoke!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep mahogony color. Brown around the edges, deep ruby in the center. Thin grey head. Great looking beer for winter time.

Subtle smoke, underlying notes of roasted malt and dark fruit. Thinner body then expected. Subtle round flavors throughout.

Sweet dark fruit upfront followed by roasted Malts and finishes dry with subtle smoke flavor. Really nice for winter, nice layers of flavor. Long finish that lingers. Pretty good

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Photo of BostonHops
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a basic shaker pint.

pours a deep amber tone with some ruby highlights; yields a smallish head, less than a finger that demonstrates middling retention and leaves lacing in spots.

in the nose i get malt, smoke (though not as much as i was expecting), and a sweetness i can't quite place - nothing too spectacular. taste is ok, as it warms i pick out caramel and a nip of peat. smokey, though not as much as you'd expect from a smoked beer, and somewhat astringent. decent, creamy mouthfeel. overall it's not terrible by a long shot but it is disappointing. will not seek out a revisit.

disclaimer: 6 pack was on sale at the (albeit historically solid) liquor store, possibly calling freshness into question.

original review on: 07-25-2010 04:21:06

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Photo of dlello2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark brown color with a hint of red. Small head.

S - Smoke up front. Some malts, chocolate.

T - Lots of sweetness to start. A bit of sourness and then chocolate. Ends with a hint of smokiness. Really nice, but a bit too sweet for my taste.

M - A bit thin and oily. Something in this isn't quite balanced for me. Very small bubbles in this one don't help this one much.

O - This beer was pretty good. Fireside is an apt name... the smokiness in the taste is just suggested, but I can see this one being a good fireside sipper.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent dark brown wih almost no head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of smoke, wood, earth, and roasted malts. Flavor is a nice smoky flavor with some woodiness to it. Earthy. Not as smoky as some other Smoked Beer or Rauchbiers, but there is a nice amount. Some malt flavor towards the end with a woody finish. A bit thin with a light mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for the style. Overall, a well done Smoked Beer worth drinking.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A finger of offwhite head and a hazy medium brown body. No lace.

Nose smoke and wood, bits of charred ash-- beech if I had to guess, but I can't say for sure. It doesn't hold back on the smoke, so points for that. Really quite nice.

Dang. This is way better than I would've guessed. Big smooth body, a slightly nutty brown with a bunch of smoke thrown in. And by thrown in, I mean decently well integrated, don't get me wrong. Aftertaste has some slightly acrid woody tang, doesn't linger too long and finishes dry enough. Not the best I've had, but hard to ask for more. This is a first impression at least, it kinda wears as you keep drinking it.

Body is smooth and pretty full, not very bright. Works well for the style.

I had low expectations for this beer, and it smashed them. Don't recall what I paid for it, but I'd definitely buy it again if I saw it on a shelf. I say this as a big rauch geek. Bamberg imports (and smoked malts in general) come at a premium price-- why not try a domestic?

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Photo of Arborescence
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, not much of a head.

Aroma: Smoky, but not overly so.

Taste: The smoke isn't so strong in the taste, but it doesn't need to, as coming from the cask, there is a nice and delicate combination of 'old ale' style characteristics here.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation, medium body.

Overall: It certainly tastes like something that would be nice whilst sitting by a fire!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that slips away to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Below average lacing.

S- Clean maltiness with a hint of smoke in the back. Mildly astringent alcohol tone.

T- Smoked malts and an elusive hop bitterness. The label says there's a touch of smokiness but, if you're ultra-sensitive to it, you'll think otherwise. Goes down easy for a 7.5% ABV.

M- Not as thick as expected but still has substantial body. Medium carbonation.

O- I was worried I might not like this one since I'm so sensitive to smoke in beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. I would recommend it to someone who's having trouble getting into smoked beer because it really is quite subdued compared to others I've had.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, color is amber to light brown wiht a nice light tan head, about 1/2" thick that then dissipates but leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell is muted malt sweetness with some light smoke quickly followed by some fusel/alcohol. The smoke is subdued but there, I like a bit more in the nose.

Taste is pretty clean, balanced malt sweetness, some light roast, caramel with some intermingled smoke. Some astrigency present but in a bad way (more effects mouthfeel). Surprisingly easy tasting for 7.5% and even a good amount of mild sweetness. bitterness is present to clean up flavors but nothing jumping out.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy on the tongue from sweetness and astrigency. Not a bad finish or feeling and somewhat expected for the smoke type beer.

Overall, this is a very clean smokey beer, hard to pin point the type of wood used, the malt sweetness is nice and balanced by some bitterness while the booziness is hidden well.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Tanish/brown with slight red tint. Creamy 1/2 head with some decent lacing.

Smell - Smoke, malts, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Mild sweet hop aroma with some added sugars.

Taste - Smoked malts, bacon and hickery and some added sugars are main flavor. Caramel and some bourbon flavor comes out also. Plum and fig come out after the first few sips and add a bold sweetness. The finish is a little boozy and bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, but alot of flavor. Tounge gets smoke and malts, with all the added flavors. Palette gets smoke and malts and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is malty, Dark fruity and a little dry.

Overall - Well, i was really impressed at how flavorful this beer is. Alot of flavors and certainly smokey. Only issue with the beer is it can be a little much flavorwise cause theres alot going on but the balance is decent enough and i really found this enjoyable. Second only to unfiltered fresh double simcoe, this is my second favorite weyerbacher brew.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Andy's Corner

Off white light khaki color head fades into a film and a ring around the glass. Dark copper body.

Smoke, caramel, a little bourbon, dark fruits.

Dark fruits, cocoa, hazelnut, nutty, slight smoke - more in the nose though.

Light to medium body, carbonation seems a little high for this type of beer. Not dry, some noticeable alcohol warmth but not crazy.

This is definitely, something you want to sip. The carbonation kind of ruins the beer from being really nice.

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Photo of dbossman
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany brown with a solid cream-colored head; good retention and wonderful lacing

S: Nutty and malty with a brown sugar and caramel sweetness--some smokiness on back end

T: Smokey roasted malts--but not over smoked; also quite nutty with a pleasant caramel and toffee sweetness

F: Good carbonation with a bit of creaminess but also a tad thin on back end

O: This is a solid beer with just a touch of smoke

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, rocky, manila head slowly turns creamy over a dark, copper-amber beer with some carbonation. Ruby highlights below a head that drops sea-foam lace.

Sam Adams Perfect Pint enhances the spicy pepper and caramel malt while a light smoke lays across the top as advertised. A refreshing change from the overly smoky beers. Light fruitiness reveals some plum.

The flavor follows the nose allowing pepper to take a more dominant role. Hops are barely noticeable in a lingering, mild finish. There is also a hint of sweetness.

Fireside has a medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. I was surprised to find this to be a 7.5% ABV.

A great party beer with lots of flavor, Fireside is a welcome change from the normal. This one will also stand up to food, perhaps a hearty lunch more so than a big dinner.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dark winter warmer, like the name says, it is good to drink by the fire's side.

The brew pours dark with a quickly dissapating head and a little lacing.

The smell is nutty and a little 'smoky'

The taste is nutty, I can't say whaty type, and 'smoky'. There might be some coffee, chocolate and carmel in the brew as well.

The mouthfeel is filling, tasty, almost as if you could 'chew' this beer. (if that makes any sense to you).

This beer has a strong alchohol finish, not at all unpleasant but you do taste the alchohol after the brew goes down leaving the drinker with a warm buzz.

Recommend for a cold winter night.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a creamy cap of tan head. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing.

Nose is sweet and nutty with a nice chocolaty malt background. Smokiness probably wouldnt be noticed without seeing it mentioned on the label.

Tastes kinda like an English Brown ale, has a nice nutty presence and the malts are lightly toasty but mostly sweet, light chocolate. Nice little hop grab on the tail end. There is a bit of fruitness in here, muscat grapes and plums. Smoke is very light, if noticeable at all which is a bit disappointing. Otherwise, I thought this was a pretty enjoyable little brew. Id probably pick up a sixer each year if I lived up North.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Huge thanks to Alewatcher for throwing this in as one of (MANY) extras! No date that I can see on the bottle, but I'm asuming this was from last winter.

Appearance: Poured into a snifter this brew pours a sienna hue with lots of small sediment in suspension (whoops). A light-tan head shows nice retention.

Smell: Nice toasty bread and rich caramel up front, with hints of meaty smoke in the background as well. Touch of chocolate malt. Really pretty pleasant.

Taste: Dark fruitiness up front, hints of dark bread, very mild (and I do mean very) smoke of the Rauchmalt variety. Dry, roasty bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Conclusion: Overall, a pretty nice beer. It's nice to see a light hand used here with the smoked malts. It's also kinda cool that this is an unusual smoked beer: not a true Rauchbier, not a smoked sout, etc. I have no idea how much this costs, but if it was 8-9 a sixer, I might pick it up once a season or so.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy cream colored head with excellent retention. Looks well carbonated. Not much lace. Fairly clear brown/dark amber color.

Aroma is malty with a touch of smokiness. Nothing too pronounced.

The smoke comes out much more forcefully in the taste but doesn't totally overwhelm the nicely bready malt base. Just enough for my tastes, but then I'm a fan of the smoked/rauch beers in general. Tastes like your fireplace, in a good way. Woody. Low bitterness.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation and a modest finish that doesn't linger too long. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste with a touch of wood smoke as well.

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Photo of shanblur
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Murky amber and brown color with a 2 finger head which leaves spotty lacing.

S - Smells of sweet malt, caramel and some spice.

T - Toffee and caramel malts and not much else.

M - Medium body with little carbonation.

I did not get any smokiness from the beer. Seems more of an average scotch ale.

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Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 368 ratings