Fireside Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fireside AleFireside Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by yourefragile on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

Photo of darknova306
1.96/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The beer is pretty dark with a decent, fizzy white head. The rest of the experience was very disappointing, unfortunately. The aroma reminded me, sigh... of Bud. Basically, it has that cheap, malt smell with some spicy hops. The best word to describe the aroma is thin.

The flavor here can only really be described as gross. The body is thin and lightly malty, with a touch of smokiness. The smoke and a touch of hops are all on the front of the tongue, then the back of the mouth is filled with kind of a cheap corn type flavor.

I tried this beer two different times, and coulndn't get more than two sips into either bottle.

The beer would be vastly improved by a much more robust malt backbone, or at the very least by more body to reduce how thin it tastes.

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark stained wood brown that gives some red highlights when held to light. Eggshell white head with some lacing. Aroma is smokey, somewhat like a rauchbier, but there's some phenol and minty notes in there too. Tobacco in the nose as well.

Flavor is strange, and sadly it reminds me of chewing tobacco. Some meatiness to the smoke, but the smoke is more coal-y and ashy than delicious. The minty and spicy notes combine with the leafy tobacco flavors to make this near undrinkable, in my opinion.

Light mouthfeel, it might be a bit overcarbonated for some of these flavors. Ok drink, I just can't get past the ashy smoke paired with minty spiciness. I typically like Weyerbacher, but this one is a miss for me.

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Photo of GuruDel
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split after an evening of great beers.

A: Pours a dark cola color with a small head.

S: not too much smoke here, but a touch and some sweetness.

T: total smoke bomb, didnt expect it based on the nose so was a bit shocked.

M: was fine, medium body with good carbonation

O: not really my style, not a fan of overly smokey beers. This one didnt do it for me.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.67/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours an amber laced brown with a nice sized, toasted marshmallow colored head. Decent retention with a slippery lace.

S - Aroma is lightly malty with a hint of smoke...not a whole lot going on in the nose here

T&M - Initially feels a bit on the thin side until a bit of malt with a dose of smokiness hits. The nature of the smoke is hard to pick out, but I'm thinking peat smoked malt? There is some spicy hop bitterness here as well, along with a peppery taste that matches well with the smoke. This is a good amount of smoke for me, but true lovers of the style would probably be begging for more. Overall still feels a bit thin and a little one dimensional to me.

D - Easy enough to drink, and I wouldn't have any problem recommending this to someone who wants to dip their toe into the style (my first was Shiner Smokehaus...I'm still a little scarred).

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Photo of maddogruss
2.82/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle fo thsi from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a small head with pretty poor retention and very minimal lacing.

S: A kind of sweet malt smell with not much else.

T: A smoky, slightly bacon-like taste with some sweet, sugary malt aftertaste that did not goo too well together.

M: A fairly light-bodied mouthfeel with some slight overcarbonation. Nothing overly impressive.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made for a decent Smoked Beer, but nothing impressive. A little less carbonation and a little less on the "sugary" malts could have made for a better tasting and nicer drinking beer overall.

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Photo of Centennial
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours- 50/50 - coca cola mix with ginger ale color

Smell- slight smokeyness, but not real apparent. sour raspberry like with mild citrusy notes pulling through and picking up a slight carmel like aroma.

Taste- initial flavor is overcome by carbonation with a red ale like flavor profile pulling through in the end. Still looking to be smacked by some smokyness, but still not there. I guess this is why the label says "a touch" of smokiness.

Mouthfeel- Again, carbonation a little too high and alcohol like burn lingering after initial taste.

Overall- this is not one of my top 10 styles and I can say that this beer did not help to change my mind at all. Perhaps I will try this again on a cold winter night and have a different perspective, but being on the verge of spring this came through as below the mark.

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2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
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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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of ImusBeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11oz draft from my Taco Mac store.

Came to the table in a wine glass, a murky amber brown with a light tan head, very sparse. Carbonation was good since through the entire glass bubbles continued to rise from the bottom and sides of the glass.

The aroma was mostly of malt and lightly smoked oak. It had somewhat of a whiskey barrel taste with malty overtones along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel was lightly bitter and was light on the tongue not syrupy at all. A good drinkable high gravity ale, but not really special or remarkable to me.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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 irishking1977
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark ruby, brown/black with moderate lacing. Reminds me of a stout or porter. I'm sure this one will be unique, at the least.

S: The first thing that invaded my olfactory senses was a burst of firewood mixed with bbq. Not overwhelming by any means, but definitely different.

T: Tastes like I'm drinking liquid bbq firewood mixed with a porter or stout. Smoky malt mixed with some wood qualities. I enjoy anything different, but this is more of an acquired taste. A few more of these and I might be able to find something I really enjoy about it.

M: Moderate carbonation and a smoked feel that could exhaust the palate. Not quite the same in terms of excessively hoppy brews, but still a bit in your face.

D: For the first attempt, this doesn't seem to me to be a brew that could initially be in consideration for a session. Repeat tries could change that since this is quite a unique brew.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a 12oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. I poured into a small snifter to review. Not sure of the significance but the bottom of the bottle has what appears to be G 37 08 enscribed.

3/4 inch light beige head that is consistent of medium sized bubbles and is neither fizzy or frothy; somewhere right inbetween. Head slowly fades to nothing. Some lacing. Dark opaque raisin brown in color.

Smoky and malty yet still well balanced. Malts are sweet and lightly roasted. Hops present in balance yet are not very distinguishable. Slight hints of vanilla and molasses.

Even more smoky in the mouth. A bit much for my liking. Kind of reminds be of a combination of beef jerky and liquid smoke that I use when grilling steaks. Alcohol very well contained.

Medium body, medium finish. OK carbonation. Somewhat uneventful mouthfeel.

Not bad if you are looking for a beer that is quite smoky. I probably would not get this again but it has probably more to do with the style than the beer itself.

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Photo of jsanford
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 shanblur
3.12/5  rDev -17%
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: 3.76 out of 5 with 367 ratings