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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by yourefragile on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 366
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a big fan of the smokiness taste in beers so I bought this single for about 1.75.

Pours a mahogany color with a small head and some minor lacing. Smell is very sweet and candy like, a hint of smokiness. Nice full body to it, again the sweetness comes through, a very very light smoke taste. Has almost a brown ale feel to it with about a 1/16 oz of a smoke in there. I wish the smoke had more of a flavor in here as it is basically just an above average brown ale. Decent beer, but so far Z lager or Jinx are the best for smoked flavors.

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Photo of rembrant
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very NOT as expected. I recently...somewhat by accident...bout a Belgian style ale. I expected dark fruit flavors and some yeasty stuff...instead I got a bit of that and a finish kind of like licking my work gloves...old aluminum pots,old pennies,scrap wood,dirt....not stuff I enjoyed.

THIS...I expected a Brown ale with smokiness...and it was dark fruits and yeasty stuff (without the scrap metal and other junk),and the "smoke" I had to really stretch my taste buds to find. Odd. Were it called a semi-Belgian for guys who did not LIKE Belgian...good job. As is...rather strange stuff and not what I had in mind.

Looks----VERY pretty though an aggressive pour will fill the glass with foam. Being careful,I later got a 2 finger with density,a LOT of lacing.
Color is a beautiful deep red-brown with density. A Pretty pour.

Aroma...Yeasty and all sorts of dark fruit,raisin-prune-dry peaches and apricots...a fermented trail mix. No "pine/Spuce hops or typical roasty Caramel/coffee/Brown Sugar.

Taste....taste is same as arome, fruity and yeasty. There's a slight bit of smoke but the yeasty taste tends to hide it

Mouth....okay...nothing seems too thick or thin. Not too thrilled with the aftertaste but it is okay.

Drinkable? Well...if I was into Belgian as a style, this might be a session beer. It hints at the Belgian approach while not being in any way too odd...reminds me of Unnibroue Raftman....a semi Belgian that a guy like me can deal with but a guy who loves Belgian ales probably sees as " Beginner Belgian".

The odd thing...nowhere was there a hint this was a "Sort of" Belgian ale. The SUGGESTION was....some SMOKE and...there was hardly any,or the "yeasty" thing totally buried it.

I may revisit this...or not. If they called it "Almost Belgian" it's good at that. As a "smoky Fireside Ale"...pretty lame

Note...This totaled up a B...and some of that was off LOOKING great. I found it...confusing. It's not BAD...it is INTERESTING, and yet something just don't work for me.

SOME of you will like this one. I wish I spent my $ on an Edmund Fitzgerald

---looking at other reviews, maybe this varies batch to batch. A few reviews noticed the Belgian/fruity/yeasty thing...and not much smoke. Some seemed to find a more typical maltyness and a good deal of smoke.

I LOVE my Dark Horse Fore...and even was fascinated by Shiner Smokehaus, where they did Mesquite smoked HOPS...BEAUTIFULLY....and wasted that on a nondescript Lager.

This? Smoke? Minimal hints of smoke. I DO BBQ. I Know smokes...Laurel, Mesquite, Oak, Beech, Madrone, Peat....this is a tad bit of whatever.

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Photo of Stigs
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a finger of loose, fluffy very light tan colored foam. the beer is lightly cloudy, very dark amber in color. lightly sticky lacing left behind in the glass.

S - crisp, lightly toasted grains...some sweetened biscuit as well. more sweetness as candi sugar, some bubble gum. barely detecting any smokiness...maybe near the end as tobacco, smoked meat.

T - begins with a flash of slightly toasted and burnt malts and nuts...smoke really comes through here as meaty and ashy. some caramel and nuts add sweetness.

M - extremely light body...very watery and barely holds up the rather potent and growing smokey flavors.

D - interesting beer here...smoky to a certain degree though lacks the required body to really make it enjoyable. a nice changeup, though hard to get through even a 12oz bottle by yourself.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown/copper with some red tinges. Off white head, dots of lace. Caramel malt smell, light smokiness. Caramel malt taste, some nuts, little bitterness finishes with light smoke. Little thin in the mouth. Overall somewhat of a letdown. Just didn't spark my interest.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fbm115 for the chance to try this one...

Poured into a Perfect Pint...

Pours a surprisingly clear light brown with this thick fluffy creamy head that lasts forever and laces terrifically... Quite a nice looking brew...

Sweet maltiness, almost smells like a doppelbock... There's a slight smokiness here but it isn't as pronounced as in lots of others.. Its there but its not the main characteristic.. There's a toffee aspect here as well along with perhaps some vanilla...

Very sweet maltiness rolls onto the palate bringing with it a subtle smokiness that reminds me of a campfire as the name would suggest... The beer finishs rather dry with a lingering aspect of the smokiness... There's an aftertaste here that goes weird or something, perhaps the smokiness....

Overall, a pretty good representation of the style. I can get what I think is the best smoked porter out there on a regular basis in Sue so this has some stiff competition but its a good beer...

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Photo of jrallen34
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Darkness glass...Pours an ugly muddy medium brown, looks dirty. A light tan head with great lacing, ok retention...Smells like a smoked lager, light char, oak and smoke, smoke dominates without much else going on, like it though...Taste is average, smoke character abound but its slightly generic with a huge malt presence which is just out of place. Weird spice note is off as well...The feel is decent.

A good aroma but that's about it. Average.

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Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Medium brown that looks more mahogany in the light. Thin off-white head and almost no lacing.

Smell: English hops, cherry and other dark fruits. Fairly mild and only notice a hint of smoke.

Taste: Malt driven, with caramel, cherry, and dark fruits. There is a light layer of smokiness enveloping everything, but this is certainly more malty and sweet than smoky. Finishes with some light bitterness from the spicy English hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Mostly comes across as a mild dark English Ale. Needs more body, more smoke, more complexity, more something.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mmm... fireside.. well I'm sitting next to a radiator so close enough.

Pours a just short of opaque brown with a yellow head that fits perfectly right up to the top of my glass. NO visible carbonation.

Aroma is of fresh raisins and plums. Very very fruity.. like smelling a bag of gummy bears really. I'm not picking up any smoke at all.. maybe my nose is stuffed. Strange.

Taste. Ah, there's the smoke. Having had Aecht's Rauchbier, this is a pleasant change from liquid bacon. I think there's something about the alcohol and munich malt or something that's making this excessively fruity on top of just a touch of sweet smoke. Not really a smoked brown ale like I imagined.. more like a really dark smoked amber. That's fine, it's just weird. Fruityness sort of gets to you.. maybe something's up with the yeast strain. Finishes with a decent flavor of British hops. That actually just saved the beer for me.. sort of brings it together more as a sweet British amber/brown. In short, if you like smoked fruit this is a good beer for you. But I haven't thrown a banana on the fire in a while so I'm slightly perturbed by this.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with fine, peppery carbonation. This beer packs a punch too and I'm feeling it already. This is one of those "weird beers" for me that I don't totally get. Not bad, just weird.

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Photo of maximum12
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to sholland119 for this bottle that got lost in the back of the fridge.

Pours a dark brown with maroon highlights around the edges. The smell is subdued, mostly a sweet, light malt with a touch of smokiness.

Fireside is my kind of smoked beer - subtle. The sweetness of the malts balance out nicely against the slight smokiness, which is an afterthought rather than a scorched toaster. Nice, but not a lot to it.

This is a rare Weyerbacher beer that brings out little for me. It's fine, but nothing really stands out on this one.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Charlie (Fireside Ale)

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn (PA)

A- Deep dark brown with a thick frothy head. Whipped cream lacing.
S- Light on the nose, Molasses, Smokey charred oak chips, and brown sugar.
T- Sweet molasses/ caramel malt with a nutty touch. Bits of deep dried fruits like fig and raisin slightly appear.
M- Thick and syrupy. Sweet sugary malt with a touch of alc. in the end.

Overall- A decent sessionable beer that wasn't as smoked as expected.

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Photo of jmscott
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass. Retains a nice 1/4" head for a few minutes, then dissipates into a thin lacing. Tastes very sweet, lots of sugars, honey and spices... a little too much for my palatte. Just a hint of smokiness, not very recognizable. Overall it's an enjoyable beer, but not one of the better brews from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 10/17/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark, clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights and edging when held up to the light. Topped off with a two finger tan head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S- A little sweet, almost caramelish malt and a little smoke was about all I picked up. Good aroma just more muted than I expected.

T- Like the smell but bigger presence, with the addition of some dark fruit notes added in.

M- Lighter than I expected given the look, I'd say still medium bodied but just barely. A little thin. The carbination isnt too evident.

D- All in all this would be a good cold weather session beer, I'd say the name fits this one perfectly.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
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 bum732
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Some tart cherries up front, before some smoky roastiness, slight phenolics, some vanilla/oak.

L: Dark brown with reddish highlights, off white head that dissipates quickly. Ok lacing.

T: Sweet, beef jerky like smoky maltiness. Followed by a medium low earth bitterness. Some caramel follows with just a touch of roast dryness and wifts of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Quite dry, puckering finish. Smoke fairly pulled back, not much more than that. Aroma was quite pleasant.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark amber / mahogany body with 2 fingers of light tan head that hangs around for a while leaving lots of lacing.

Interesting nose - caramel malts and dark fruits, but not much (if any) smokiness. Certainly pick up some of the smoke on the tongue, as well as some roasted malts. Although this ale smelled fairly sweet, im really struggling to find it in the taste, which is puzzling. Medium bodied and light on the carbonation.

I really enjoy cooking with smoked beers, especially in marinades...although I dont see myself buying this one for consumption again, maybe it will make its way into a rib or steak recipe down the road.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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 donkeyrunner
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Let me stand next to your fire." - Jimi Hendrix

Appropriate fire themed auburn color. Beige bubble tower head that had to calm down before I got the whole bottle in my glass. Good retention and lace.

Aroma is campfire smoke, damp wood earthyness, and toffee sweet. There's that fresh paint smell in there too which I also found in Heresy - Weyerbacher yeast byproduct?

Taste is light smoked intertwined with toffee and lightly charred fruit. Carbonation is fairly reserved which I like.

Certainly not a smoke bomb but certainly not balanced either. Neat idea.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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 Homebrew35
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light brown head, fairly creamy with mostly small bubbles. Body is medium brown clear body. Smells mostly of sweet medium toasted crystal malts, like an extra malty brown ale or even a dark Belgian, a touch of alcohol. If I did't know it I wouldn't have said it had a touch of smoke in it, I would have confused it for dark crystal malts. Tastes very Carmely and malty, nutty, some earthy hops, the smoke is somewhat noticeable and goes quite well with the brown and Carmel malts. Medium thin bodied, medium high carbing if which I'd like a bit less. There is a fair amount of earthy ashy lingering bitterness. Overall not bad but not great. I bought a four pack and don't plan on buying this again in the near future but maybe later on. $8.69 a four pack. This is a good entry beer into the smoked beer world.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- deep red with an off white head thats fairly large with decent retention.

S- faint. nutty, slightly smokey.

T- kinda like a brown ale. Fairly sweet and malty. Not much hop bitterness. The smoke is subtle.

M- Dry, medium body and carbonation.

D- Easy to drink but this beer isnt really what I expected. Its pretty ordinary to me.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep crimson blood burgundy deep brown with ruby higlights forms a large light khaki off white head hat billows up with a vigorous pour fine even lacing disperses as it dwindles down. Aromatics offer up a Christmas tree like pine note or at the very least like a new box of cigars with cedar inserts. Sweet and smokey I like it much like a well made barbeque sauce, doesn't just hit you with liquid smoke. Flavor has a touch of the smokey peated malt character with a mild tobacco leaf herbal note as well, not quite smoked meat levels but a hit all around for the subtle interplay of smoked malts, standard malts, and hops. Herbal hops and ashtrays oh joy! I kid, I kid, really it's a wonderful mix of flavors. Alchohol is well hidden and felt like the a smokey twist of meat and malts. Touch of chocolate and bland powdered sugar combine to form that incredible brw. Moutfheel is fulller boded but ehat a compelx style offered u on cask at the Faheads', nice spicy herbal and cedar prodcutions. Welcome home big mamam let's rent a couch and crash.

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Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. Pours a dark amber-brown with a tall head and lacing. The aroma is a mix roast caramel and smoke. The same notes continue in the flavor without much change. While this beer has a nice balance of smoke, ash, and malt, like many Weyerbacher beers (in my humble opinion) it lacks depth. Worth a try if you want a smoother smoke beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light smoked notes with nice caramel malt backbone. Taste is not as smoky as expected thought still clearly noticeable with great notes of of caramel malt. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Good mix between solid malt backbone and smoky flavor though I still think more smoke flavor would have provided more enjoyment for me.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Brown amber color. Two fingers of frothy head with below average retention, but tons of lacing.

3.5 S: Lots of dark malts. Crystal and roasted malt give off caramel. Just the faintest hint of smokiness.

3.5 T: I'm really disappointed. The taste itself is just fine, but it's rather weak in the smokiness department. I was really looking forward to it. Nonetheless, has a bit of smoky flavor. Other than that, it's just a brown ale. Lots of caramel flavor, a slight nuttiness to it.

3.5 M: Good carbonation, smooth, a bit creamy. Nothing spectacular and nothing deficient.

3.5 D: Run of the mill sessionable beer.

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Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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