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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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a goblet chilled.

A - A dark tobacco brown w/ a rocky pale tan head of approximately 1 inch. The bead is fine and the ale has a shade of dark cherry with good clarity.

S - A fragrant fruit and wood w/ a high smokey odor of malt. Hints of raisin and bread with a meaty smoky edge

M - A med full bodied smooth and medium carbonated feel. The smoke in the texture is very well done w/out any attempt to overpower the malt. The finish is lightly bitter, roasty and leaves a subtle dry smoke touch on the tongue

T - The flavor of a smooth brown ale w/ a nice creamy and mild vanilla quality w/ a milk chocolate sweet tinge mixed w/ smoked wood crispness and mild yeasty fruit flavor. The currant flavor reoccurs but only a glimpse and a bit of pine hoppiness in the finish w/ mild smoke lingering and malt balance

D - Not your average smoked beer, it has a nice smoke aroma, but the taste is less smoky and the feel isn't overly dry. This is definitely one of the better smoke beers I have had and certainly deserves the rating of above average in my opinion

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Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fireside Ale pours a dark, copper/amber color with a very thin layer of off-white foam.

S: This thing smells like a campfire. A lot of smoke, some mild caramel sweetness, and maybe a bit of roasted malt.

T: An interesting combination of sweet caramel and smoke. The sweetness is the initial flavor sensation, but the smoke quickly takes over and dominates the rest of the sip. A slight bit of roasted malt flavor comes through on the finish.

M: The carbonation is medium and so is the body.

D: This is quite a smokey beer, but I suppose that's the point. I'm a bit unsure as to whether I really like it, but it's certainly an interesting style and beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown in color, with a few orange tinges when held to the light. The beer has a half inch of head that generates a fair amount of lacing. the aroma is of smoke and malt. This is not nearly as smoky as the Aecht Schlenkerla brews from Bamberg, but has a decent amount of smoke nonetheless. The flavor is straightforward, with a present but not overpowering smokiness, as well as a slightly sweet, toasted malt characteristic. The feel is medium bodied, with a good carbonation level. A very drinkable and enjoyable smoked beer. Though not my favorite of this ilk, I enjoy drinking this every so often.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Pours a dark and semi-murky ruby brown with about a finer of ecru head that leaves nearly no real lacing behind. The smell holds notes of dark malts, plums, a kiss of smoke, and a strange sense of algae or kelp. The taste returns these dark malts and plums and increases that kiss of smoke to a decent but light amount. The body is nicely medium, slides smoothly across the tongue, and has only a light bit of carbonation, making for a quite drinkable brew indeed.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of SadMachine
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounces w/o freshness info to be had. On the darker side, under a rich khaki head that stays and leaves plenty of stranduli of lace. Mild smoke and toast on the nose. Plenty of dark malts, again moderate smoke, and drying hops. Thick feeling on the tongue, I suppose thats whats called "full bodied". I'm drinking this on a July nite and this one says loud and clear "winter time beer" anyway, enjoyable and quality offering, night capper of a beer or would pair well with rich foods. Not crazy about the style, so doubt I'd go for this one again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pretty clear amber hued brown with a creme head. Nose is smoked, yes. Surprise. A bit one dimensional really. But it works. Flavor is kind of the same way. Smoked tones. Meat is in on the mix as well. Feel is decent on liquid. Carbonation is nice enough. It's a smoked beer. Yep.

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Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a nice, rich tan head. Nice lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, earthy hops, toffee, a touch of dark fruit and a background of Rauch-like smokiness. Pretty complex. Very inviting. "Different" in a nice way!

The taste is of roasted chestnuts, chocolate/ toffee, brown sugar - nice maltiness with herbal (towards tinny, though it doesn't quite reach that) and earthy. A soft smokiness rounds it out in the finish.

It has a full-side of medium body. Pretty silky/creamy. Mildly carbonated (another bubble or too wouldn't hurt, I suppose - though this works well, too).

A nice "fireside" drink. Aptly named. Alcohol is well-hidden. Smoky, but not too. Malty but balanced. This is a well-done, "unique" brew. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some smoke notes. The taste is slighlty sweet, malty, nice touch of smoke. Medium body. Drinkable, I like this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, caramel. Taste is good, malts, caramel, a bit of smoke, and a touch of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark copper color with a nice 1" head that lingers a bit. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Smell: light smokiness, caramel, and a hint of nuts are detectable.

Taste: nice mild smokey malt base with some caramel, roasted nuts, red apples, and a moderate bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long but light on the tastebuds as the smokiness lingers softly.

Drinkability: this was a very drinkable smoked beer since the smokiness was not overbearing and actually complimented the other flavors. Would be a great beer for a BBQ meal.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split by the generous other Matt, Huhzubendah.

Beer poured into a Duvel tulip. Beer is reddish brown with some haze and a decent head, although thin, of medium and small off white bubbles. Carbonation moderate to low, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet, almost a black patent aroma with a mild smoke to it.

The beer is medium to light in body and mildly smoky. I was expecting more smoke but being less is definitely not a bad thing, some smoke beers can go over board. Minimal maltiness at the front, almost no carbonation in the mouth and the midpalate is where the smoke comes in. The beer finishes at the end with a nice wetness and a cleanness. No aftertaste, I'd have it again.

At the time of this review, this beer is the #7 Top Smoke Ale.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn.

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft malts with a flowery hop.

The taste was very well balanced with a crisp malt and lively hop. No smoke detected however.

The mouhfeel was of moderate fullness.

Overall a tasty standard type ale.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malt nose that boasts of crystal, roasted, and smoked malts. It's mildly smokey with a touch of sweetness in there. The taste is decent. It has a smooth crystal and roasted malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with light smokiness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I thought this finished a bit thin for the amount of malt complexity. This isn't the greatest beer on the market, but it's a fine intoduction for someone looking to try a smoked beer.

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Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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