Fireside Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Fireside AleFireside Ale
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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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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 273
Photo of ruckzuck
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a darker cloudy brown with a beige head which subsided pretty quickly to a thin layer

S - some of caramel malt, earthy hops, and some smoke

T - I get more out of the taste than I do out of the nose. Caremel malt comes in very nicely, but there's also a bit of roastiness going on. Swallowing reveals hints of chocolate and nuttiness. The smoke is defintely here, but it's not nearly as overpowering as some other smoked beers I've had

M - medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Bit of carbonation, but it's all about the smoothness

D - pretty good for a smoked beer. I enjoy rauch beer every once in a while, but usually the drinkability is limited by the intense smokiness. The smoke here seems more subdued, and you get some more interesting flavors with the smoke as a result. So yeah, good drinkability for a smoked beer, and good work as always, Weyerbacher

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest light beige head but it lasts. Leaves decent lace. Dark brown, but bright light shines through. Appears to be clear.

The smell is mostly dark crystal malts. No sugar smells--very dry. I don't detect a lot of smoke here.

As a general rule, I'm not a big fan of smoked beers, but I do like this one. The smoke element is present and subtle, lending to a interesting balance of the darker crystal and light hop. The beer is on the dry side but not in an astringent sort of way. Nice body that tips a little to the richer side. This is accented by the carbonation tipping to the low side. The aftertaste is a long lasting version of the flavor profile.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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 jmscott
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Proteus93
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: An intriguing reddish-gold colour with a nice forming creamy head, slightly off-white and rich. Good lacing... off to a pleasant start!

S: Seeing the touch of smoke on the bottle and the description of 'smoked beer' on here, I was expecting something a little more like a rauch... meaty or peat scents. This was not what I was expecting, and pleasantly so! Though I am a fan of smokiness, this uses it very modestly, with nice aromas of caramelized sugar and dark fruits paired with it.

T: Rather sweet and almost even tangy in some ways. Some honey-like qualities and a subtle smokiness to round it all out.

M + D: Just slightly chewy... it's a pretty smooth, medium body. Carbonation is a little light and does alright with the overall presentation, but I wouldn't mind if it were a little crisper, personally. Drinks remarkably easily considering the heavier alcohol content. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew and would happily go for it again.

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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 scottoale
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown long-neck bottle courtesy of organicbrewer...nice extra Josh. It pours a ruby-copper with a full finger of tan foam. The head settles leaving dabs of lace, a ring and some surface patch.

The smell is very sweet and fruity with a distinct bubblegum and the faintest bit of smoke in the end. An interesting nose.

Sweet fruity intro with honeysuckle, caramel, bubblegum leading the way. A bit of grassy hops step up, together with a bittery charcoal smoke, to wind this brew down to a nicely balanced finish. Well done.

Medium plus body with a subdued alcohol presence, render a nice fluff to the mouthfeel and give it sessionable drinkability. A quality brew that deserves some recognition...cheers.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper brown with red hues.Thin tan head with some retention and a good amount of laceing.Aroma is of sugary malts and dark fruits. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is very mildly smoked,with brown sugar and fruit notes throughout. Spicey finish. Nice but tasted more like a good Octobefest to me.

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Photo of marcpal
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4 pack picked up today at Wegman's. I believe it was a batch of Charlie that this has turned into a full run of. I believe I had a sample of it at the Easton site last year.

12oz bottled poured into Nugget Nectar pint glass.
Bottle Graphics: 7/10.

A: Fast developing and even faster fading tan head on top of a burnt wood colored body. Some lacing but it looks great in the glass.

S: Considerably sweeter than most smoked beers, almost like a sugary bbq sauce rather than the meaty bbq flavors. I would ask it to have a more roasted hickory, liquid smoke flavor but its unique by having this take on the smell. A fair amount of nutty caramel malts.

T: The flavor is far better, in my opinion, thn the aroma. It tasted like the picture on the bottle, it takes you to a pit of fire with toasted marshmallows. Awesome where the sweetness is just right, not what I first feared from the aroma.

This is one of those beers that you have to know a lot of love and effort went into. Their were not materials or adjuncts anywhere in the malt bill. One of the nicest parts is the flavor the hops bring to the party.

I have to say it is not on the level of Aecht smoked beers, but what is.

M: Nice and thick with a fair amount of carbonation. Tight aftertaste and soft landing in the finish.

D: I really love a good smoked beer and while this won't fool you into thinking your drinking the fine stuff from the other end of the pond, this is among the best I have had from the states. Very tasty, good effort and one that I am glad made it to the rotation.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this at Green's in Atlanta to check out. Quite interesting- the smoke is moderate, not too subtle but not too prominent either. Pours a nice copper color with a quite healthy head to start that settles to a thin ring. Nicely balanced aromas of woodsmoke, firm malt, and some earthy hops. The taste is similar, but the smoke definitely dominates the hops, although the firm malt still shines through. You do get some hops on the backend followed by some late sweetness and straw flavors. Fairly soft and smooth in the mouth, but the carbonation level is fine. Not bad at all, and the residual hops and sweetness interwine interestingly with the smoke. I'd like to try this on tap.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a somewhat clear texture. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and solid lacing.

S: There was a smokey, malt aroma about this beer.

T: Tasted of sweet malt and a slight graininess. Not as smokey as you would expect.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a pretty decent beer, though it's not something I would readily return to. Still, a well made beer.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on cask and was excited to see it in bottles so I could give it another shot.

Pours a nice deep clean mahogany color. It really is a beautiful colored beer. Head is about half an inch of white fluffy that settles quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell sweet at first with a slight bit of smoked malt in the nose. Its a faint smell but its there. There is also a distinct smell of pipe tobacco that reminds me of my late grandfather's house.

Taste is sweet and smoky. Thats my initial reaction anyways. It has a very sweet syrupy finish that also has a sharp bitter aftertaste. I like this but could only drink it in small doses. Its sold in 4-packs which I think is a good idea.

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

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown with very little foam to speak of

S - very sweet malt with hints of the smoke but not too overpowering

T - again, the sweet malt is very present with just a hint of the smoke flavor, as it should be in my opinion

M/D - Good mouthfeel, a little zingy to me, but very good tasting and nicely balanced. The 7%+ was hidden well and went down very quickly

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Brown/amber pour, with a small amount of white head. Some of it sticking to the sides, but pretty minimal. Some malt, peat, smoke aromas. Fairly lively mouthfeel. Earthy peat, malt and hop flavors. Some raisin and smoke. Pretty mellow. Alcohol is well hidden, not that it's that high to begin with, but still. Finishes with some hop bitterness and lingering smoke. Not undrinkable, but kind of meh all around. Doesn't make me want to have another, but worth trying.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Becker Pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber to brown, 1 finger off-white head with little head retention, not to much lace on the way down.

Smell: Smells like a camp fire sitting on a bed of peat, very strong but there is some malt in there as well.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. There is a ton of smoke in there but it's not overpowering at all. Almost has the finish of an Islay Scotch, very smokey and robust. Has the characteristics of a strongly flavored porter.

Mouthfeel: Tough to pin down, it's not too heavy but there is a low viscosity thing going on, like the beer sticks in your mouth.

Drinkability: Not going to be able to taste much after maybe 2-3 of these but it goes down smooth without a hint of alcohol.

Notes: This was my first ever try at a smoked beer, overall I'm a bit intrigued. Must try a few more to really try and pin down the style. Either way Weyerbacher delivers on this one, very nicely as well.

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

a: pours dark red, slight translucence, with a good tan head that quickly fades.

s: smoky with some roasted malts, ends on a caramel/candy sweet note.

t: dark malts and sweet up front, but then the slight smokiness takes over.

m: medium-heavy body, kinda syrupy, medium carbonation, with a weird filmy feeling afterward (the smoke?).

d: good balance of sweet and smoke, the weird mouthfeel might be hard to get over. still solid a solid smoked overall.

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Photo of adamette
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio yesterday for $9.99 for a four pack.

A Short lived light brown head over a nice dark brown/amber body very appropriate to the style. Fine look.

S Malty smoke in the nose but I do not detect any of the great smoky BBQ that I smelled with the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers (o.k. it may not be fair to compare to those great beers but it is the benchmark that I compare to smoke or rauchbiers). This smoke is more of a fireside smoke.

T The malty smoke hits you in the front and there is a barley thickness to it that is really appropriate to the style as well. Hops are in there providing the backdrop that I believe they should be providing. There is a nice, welcome honey sweetness to the aftertaste that lingers. It is not cheap store bought honey but sort of a real, from the honey comb taste. Good tasting beer with plenty to offer.

M Full like it should be with a great smokey sweetness to it. Thickness is moderate, also true to style.

D Great,especially if you are in the mood for a smoked beer.

Notes: Weyeberbacher has been simply great, demonstrating a mastery of several styles of beers now. Fireside Ale is my fourth favorite smoked or rauchbier after the three nearly perfect Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbiers that I have had.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intriguing dark ale with a touch of smokiness.

One of the most appropriate label descriptions for a unique style.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Brown with a red hue if held against the light. Thin foamy head that I wished hung around longer. Not lacing except for the very top of the glass.

Aroma appeared to be Belgian with a touch of smoke. Perhaps a slight chocolate presence. Halfway through I noticed a bit of sweetnes. All very subtle which makes this difficult. In any event, I found it to be very...well, intriguing.

Flavor was a clean finish with a touch of smokiness. I've now used "touch" three times. A very well-crafted beer. It went down very easy and I was constantly...intrigued.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid darkish brown body with reddish highlights. Frothy beige micro bubble head. Very good lacing.

Smoke aroma dominates, but bread/yeast comes through.

Sweet malt dances across the tongue at first sip. Smokiness gently builds up tp the swallow, like hop bitterness in an ipa. Smoke is a good accent, not overpowering or off-putting.

Light to light medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability for a smoke beer.

Interesting, tasty and a good change of pace.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Canal Street, Reading, PA on 1/31/09.

A - Poured a clear dark amber/caramel brown body with deep mahogany highlights and one-finger creamy beige cap that settled into a patchy veil but left a veritable labyrinth of exquisite lace all around the glass.

S - Dark and malty with smokey notes and a touch of earthy hops. Hints of chocolate also emerge as the liquid warmed up.

T - Dark roasted malt up front with some mild sour notes and a nice suggestion of smokiness. Caramel and toffee malt appears in the middle, offering a sweet contrast to the subtle sour and smokey notes. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness and some more mild sour tang.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy mouthfeel overall. Dry, smokey finish with mild bitterness on the palate.

D - This is an excellent gateway to smoked beers, a style which I haven't been able to really get into thus far into my beer journey. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this great new offering from Weyerbacher, and I will definitely have more of these in the future.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: I like the appearance of this beer alot. The beer pours a clear mahogany coloration. The head is a thick creamed cola coloration. Very nice head retention noted. Rings of lacing remain on the glass.

Smell: This one hits my nose unexpectedly. The aroma of the beer is caramel and a cocoa ontop of a layer of smoked nuttyness, and hickory smoked bacon. Who put the bacon in my beer? I dont know and dont care. Bacon is good!...

Taste: I like the smokeyness of the beer as it strikes my palate. The sweet maltyness of caramel is backed by smoked nuttyness, tobacco, and cocoa. Very nice!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The carbonation works well with the beer. Very smooth over all. I have a weakness for smoked beers. This was a nice beer to pair with a cheese plate.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A mahogany body with russet tones sits under a cola inspired head. Head is a solid two fingers with good staying power and lacing.

Nose is of peat, cured bacon, caramel and a clean, biscuity malt that is the characteristic of all weyerbacher beers.

Smokey malt, cured bacon, roasted nuts with a mild bitterness. The 7.5% abv is pretty well buried. For a smoked beer, this is pretty good.

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A little too carbonated for my taste.

Not too bad for a smoked beer. They can usually taste and smell too much like bacon, but this one did it fairly well. A higher abv that is well hidden and a flavor profile that isn't overdone.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber with a very thin white head.

S - Sweet and very full of roasted malt aroma, with a very subtle smoke

T - Sweet brown sugary roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and hops in the finish.

M - Thin bodied yet creamy, all in all pretty good.

Notes - This beer has a faint smokiness that enhances but does not overpower the brew.

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Photo of meatyard
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Is a chestnut color with a cream colored head that falls to a cover and leaves light lacing.

S-Is sweet maltiness and very faint smoke.

T-Is a kind of smoked caramel and malt in the beginning and ends with a light smoke & hops.

M-Starts off medium & creamy but lightens up with the carbonation in the mouth.

D-I find this to have very good drinkability even with the moderate 7.5 ABV that you can't detect.

This is a different and pleasant beer that I would like to try on tap.

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Fireside Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 367 ratings
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