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 Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BostonHops
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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Photo of olympicgatorade
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dlello2
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Njstoutlover23
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of PicoPapa
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 LexShaw89
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Jamstone714
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of nrs207
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Arborescence
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +8.8%
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 DSlim71
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of duceswild
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of DarrellK
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Paul68
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NJHopHeadBob
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 BeerzMcKenzie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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