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Echo | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by jackorain:
Photo of jackorain
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid itself is medium brown in color but when held to the light becomes a light mahogany. There is also a slight haze. The tan head was tall, and rocky, and fell slowly and consistently leaving a beautiful lace.

The nose consists of spicy rye, piney hops and green hops.

The taste is very spicy rye goodness. Hops are present too, green and pine. The malts come through in the middle with a bit of caramel and sweetness that I can't yet place. The finish is a medium level of bitterness that lingers for a little while. Very well balanced.

This beer has a medium body, quite a bit more firm than I expected. Carbonation is creamy and tingly at the same time, complimenting the bitterness well.

Drinkability is quite high on this one. I could have several of these. This is definitely a quality brew and one of the best rye beers I've had.

Thanks for Reading

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at barcade, Bklyn, NY. Poured clear, dark honey amber, under a dark tan head. Quickly turning to a tiny bubble film and then leaves plenty of sheeting and scattered lace. I got muted rye and malt grains on the nose and then more faint rye, plenty of smooth and sweet malts and maple notes. As it warms I'm also getting faint leather, some light smoke and increased rye. NOt my favorite style, but this one was quite enjoyable. worth a try

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher- Echo

A- Deep amber red with a good thick messy lacing head.
S- Molasses, big fresh green hops, light touch of rye, and dried fruits.
T- Sweet molasses, plum/ grape, and a light amount of rye. Big piney green hops really dominate this 1.
M- Thick sweet malt with a big oily bitter hop majority.

Overall- Not as much rye as I was hoping but easy to down and enjoyable. I think this is the best of the Phonetic Alphabet beers so far.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of cjgator3
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Redlight Redlight in Orlando, FL. Pours a dark reddish brown with a very nice creamy off-white head. The aroma is a lot of grain and a lot of citrusy hops with maybe a hint of spiciness from the rye. The taste like the aroma starts out with a nice smooth malt backbone that is quickly enhanced by a burst of citrusy hops that linger well into the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very nice texture and a good amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a really enjoyable beer that is highly recommended. It's a very solid Rye IPA.

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Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine beer from guinnessdoc. You've sent me way too much great beer, Josh. Thanks a ton.

Echo pours a darker shade of caramel brown. It's mostly clear and backlighting gives it some light ruby highlights. It's topped with a creamy, tan head that stands over two fingers tall. It's extremely slow to recede and leaves an impressive, thick lacing in its wake. Very good looking stuff.

The nose is very good. It's full of piney and floral hop notes. I was expecting a nice hop presence, but this is more than I expected. There's even a touch of grapefruit there for good measure. Caramel malt smells sweet. No question, there's plenty of malt here. I like the fact that it still smells nice and hoppy. Nicely done. I was expecting more of a spicy rye scent, but it's somewhat subtle and looms in the background. Bringing that to the forefront would improve it a little. No alcohol is noted. All in all, very good.

The flavor is likewise very good. It has a nice sweet caramel malt base. But, the malts do not impede the bitter hop or spicy rye flavors. Both emerge quickly and really challenge the palate to appreciate all of its subtle nuances. The hops are mostly bitter and floral, but there's some citric flavors here, as well. I like the hop profile quite a bit. Spicy rye is much more prominent in flavor. This is good stuff. I like it. To be honest, the spicy rye and bitter hop flavors become just a little jumbled and make it really tough to break down. Small complaint. It's tasty stuff, but I think a little less hops and more rye would be better. Just my $.02. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It finishes spicy, bitter, and dry.

It has a medium body that benefits greatly from a nice malt base. It's very smooth and easy drinking. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level and gives it a very creamy feel. Drinkability is good. It goes down easy and is very approachable at 6.8%. I'd happily drink another bottle if I had it.

Weyerbacher did a nice job with Echo. It's a very solid Rye beer. The only small gripe I have is about the rye/hop combo. I'd like it more with less hops and more rye. As it is, the spicy flavor gets a little lost in the bitter flavor. It's very impressive all-around otherwise. Echo is a very nice Rye beer that's well worth seeking out. Thanks, Josh.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle fresh from the brewery. If it weren't for the strength, this would be a great session beer. The aroma is an odd/interesting herbal caramel, while the flavor dives into a great spicy-hoppy mix of tastes. More toffee dives into the malt profile while grapefruit and orange rind feel into the earth hop finish. Overall this is a great example of how rye contributes to a beer. Most of the time I feel like I can barely taste it, but not here.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light to medium brown color... Slowly developing khaki head that builds to one fingers worth... Respectable head retention... Full rich lacing... Good stickiness... No noticeable carbonation...

S - Rye... Grains... Citrus... Hops... Toffee... Bread...

T - Slightly astringent... Piney hops... Rye... Hint of citrus... Caramel... Burn chocolate chip cookie bottoms... Crust... Faint spicy notes... Even the slight hint of dark baker's chocolate...

M - Slightly thin... Medium bodied... Lots of slick hop resins... Minimal carbonation on the tongue... Taste fills the mouth... Aftertaste is consistent, strong, and lingers for quite a while...

D - This beer improves greatly as it warms... I wish there were more solid rye offerings available... This brew definitely qualifies as a solid offering, but at the same time falls short of top of the class...

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Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. A gorgeous amber red color with thick lacing on the side. A good sized head but eventually did not have much retention. Aromas were rich but a little too heavy in malts and grains. The drink had a wonderful, sweet taste with a nice malt flavoring. Rye aftertaste was sensed in a generally buttery sweet texture. Overall, Weyerbacher does it again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got most of a growler from the last growlin at the moon. I had been wanting to try this one for a while, so needless to say I was very happy when it landed my way. Growler served cold and enjoyed on 02/15/2009.

The pour was very nice, a rich dark amber in color with a decent amount of haze to it. Rich and creamy looking with a nice touch of white foam on the top that was replenished with a nice amount of carbonation. Rich, deep malt aroma here, not the usual spicy touch you see with a big rye beer, much more nicely balanced with a good hop profile that came in at just the right time. Smooth, mellow flavor here with a rich resin filled flavor of pine, nice biscuit and butter like notes that bounced well with the profile and a really tight, smooth, medium bodied feel that made it super sessionable. Overall I thought this was a nexcellent rye beer, more of a pale ale that itself leaned over to the hoppy side of things. Still very solid and a winner in my book.

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Photo of Amalak
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent beer. Very bitter/hoppy brew, but it's balanced out with a smooth toffee taste.

This has a nice reddish color with a big thick head. Very cool type beer (minty?). I'm told that this is a rye beer trait. Very happy with this brew.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of plaid75
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a toasted malts, caemelized sugar and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a spicy rye, dark caramel, burnt grain and a spicy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a pronounced rye spice.

Overall a very tasty and representative rye beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a cloudy caramel color with a sticky off white head. Lace stuck everywhere!

S: Aromas of caramel, spicy rye, and mild citrus.

T: See above. Nice notes of spicy white pepper/rye, citrus hops, caramel, and finishes with a rye malt tang.

M: Biting, spicy beginning, chewey middle, and a dry/prickly finish.

D: Not bad. I wouldn't mind trying more of this

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Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle copped for $2.75 from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan, NYC...
One of the best Rye Beers I've come across...
Great appearance: Deep, dark, brown... Substanial head with a hefty amount of lacing...
Smell: Rich malts, grains...
Taste: Super amount of rye, well-balanced with a substanial amont of both malts and hops... Caramel, bread and butter nuances...
Thick, rich mouthfeel...
Easily drinkable as well...
Great stuff...

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours deep amber with a thick foamy head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a touch of miny with some pine/herbal spicing.

The taste is of caramel, slightly nutty with mint. Herbal dryness comes through in the finish.

The feel is a bit thin, but silky.

Minty from the rye. Not bad, but something of a mouthwash-type aftertaste

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. This one combines 2 of my top favorites (Rye and IPAs!).

Poured a medium amberish/copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of rye, floral, citrus, and bready. Tastes of rye, toasty, citrus, caramel, grains, and bready. Lighter bitter finish.

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Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours dark ice tea color with very good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, the rye aroma is very pronounced, and tends to dominate the noticeable hoppy citrus and light malt flavor. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, though the beer has something of a slight dry, licorise flavor as well. Once again, the rye flavor really deems to dominate the flavor profile in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is decent enough. A bit more hoppy bitterness would be appreciated, but I had no trouble drinking down my 12 ounce glass.

Not exactly my cup of tea, but this is still a very decent beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Brownish tinted copper with a thin off white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves decent lace.

S-Roasted malt and spicy rye with a bit of caramel sweetness and a nice hop pop of light citrus and pepper.

T-Dry, spicy rye on top of light, sweet biscuit malt and strong earthy hop bitterness. Undertones of caramelized sugar and pepper.

M-Medium bodied, sharp and fairly crisp with plenty of lingering bitterness and spicy rye flavours.

D-Good stuff for sure. A nice, spicy rye beer that offers up plenty of flavour. Easy to drink with a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've gotta give a thanks to knifestyles for the generous extra here...it seems like there have been a lot of new styles in my glass lately-that is true beer advocacy if you ask me! No freshness date on this 12 oz. bottle that is being poured into my SN pint glass...

Big lively burnt caramel colored head with superb lacing. A nice tan pillow of head that has good staying power. Deep, clear, dark ruby body.

The aroma is of bready malts and slightly citrus hops. There is some bitterness and alcohol detected as well.

It's got a biscuity and malty pallet savoring flavor up front. Seems very delicate. Some hop bitterness near the back with a minute amount of spice coming through in the finish.

Oily yet smooth mouthfeel...and to top it off, it's very refreshing and quaffable.

This is definitely a style that I need to get more familiar with. I can't wait to explore some more rye beers in the future.

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Photo of Aenema
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber caramel with a slight, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.
Smell - Aroma of bready malt and citrus hops.
Taste - Great rye flavor, bready malt, and a nice transition to a citrusy hop blast.
Mouthfeel - Nice medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Nice scrubbing effect.
Drinkability - Relatively easy drinking for a beer with the intense flavors present.

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Photo of Buebie
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtasy of philbe311

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into my surly tulip. Forming a foamy 2 inches of off white head. Leaving behind thick sticky lace all around and a solid cap of retention. The color is a deep amber, transparent with red hues.

The aroma off this is basically a malt bomb, with spicieness off the rye and a bit of mild piney hops. A touch of cloves and plenty of yummy sweetness.

Starting out crisp, some milder sweets and plenty of malt. Its thick and creamy on first sip, this has a great full bodied mouthfeel. I'm rateing the mouthfeel well, just off this creamier feel and laid back carbonation, very enjoyable feel to this.
Piney hops pick up momentum into the swallow and rye spice takes over.
Finishing clean with a bit of piney hop bitters, spicie rye. Hops lingering a while.

This is an exceptional example for the style and an overall wonderfully enjoyable beer.

Thank you Phil!

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served a deep, dark, clear copper. About a half finger of off white head with decent head retention. Lacing was thick and coated the sides of the glass. Nose is of grains, some caramel malts, and some piney hops. Taste is definitely of bread and grains, the rye comes through more so on the taste than the nose. The breadiness upfront gives way to piney hops, balanced with caramel and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium bodied, and decently carbonated. It's a nice beer to sit back with.

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Photo of rabsten
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at D's Six Pax, oh god how I miss this place. Three Weyer's on tap, including this gem.

Pours cloudy vrown with thin head and only minor lacing. Kinda dirty dishwatery. This is the only complaint I have. Lovely pine and grain nose, with hint of spice. % didn't know this was a rye but woulda guessed based on the aroma. Like a good cascade-y pale with half a shot of rye whisky added. Nice. Tremendous balanced flavor, with solid, unassailable hops vying with the spice of rye and sweetness of good, roasty malt. Crisp mouthfeel with great drinkability.

Damn, I'm so glad I stopped here and lucked upon this. Now I'm on a quest for some bottles to take home and share. Bottom line: go get this.

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Echo from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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