Fourteen Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
3.82 | pDev: 12.83%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Wheatwine Ale celebrating brewing from 1995-2009, brewed with over 50% wheat malt.
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jeffdillon from Virginia

4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Wow, when I realized this was 6 years old I was apprehensive of its aging, but very smooth. Sweet Honey, not too spicy, high alcohol. Nice surprise, I grabbed it off the shelf at the beer store without looking at the label to see the year.

Mar 05, 2015
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jerefreakinmiah from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eyes - depending on the lighting, this brew pours a semi-opaque tan with no head (careful pour that still yielded some yeast sediment).

Nose - very much a barleywine smell. Super sweet, a bit of wheat.

Taste/body - Getting some sweetness of honey on the tip of my tongue. This beer is becoming so much better as it warms. I'm picking up brown sugar notes now. The ABV is hidden well, which is not a surprise this far out from bottling. Coats the tongue heavily and has light carbonation.

Overall, this beer has held up well for five years of God knows what conditions it saw before I bought it. I hate to be this way, but I can't rate it too high since the last 5 year old bottle of barleywine I had was 2009 Old Stock Cellar Reserve: a revelation of a beer that sets the tone for high ABV, aged beers for me. Still, great job by Weyerbacher.

Jul 27, 2014
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Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Complex, tasty, unique. Fair amount of sweetness, but not overpowering in that regard. You won't believe it's 11.8%, until you finish it. Then you'll know. This makes you want to try the other anniversary ales, perhaps especially the earlier ones. This is a solid effort. Nice.

Jun 19, 2013
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kagent777 from Utah

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this bottle at knightly Spirits in Orlando (OBT) and I liked 16 so i decided to pick it up. This one is poured into my CCB snifter 30 minutes outside of the refrigerator.

Appearance: A murky hazy orangish beer. About a one finger head rose up and then settled to a film rather quickly, bubbles around the edge.

Smell: The smell is quite strong due to the strength of the underlying beer. From a distance I get citrus hops and alcohol. Up close, I sense a tangy malt backbone. I do not know that this is wheat except from the label, but I do know that it is not all malted barley. Similar to a big barleyewine.

Taste: A rather sweet beer, but this is not surprising considering how big the wort was. If there were sufficient hops to balance the malt, it has faded somewhat. Raisins and other dried fruit dominate but they are not dark fruit (dried black cherries one may find in an RIS). The taste is fruity and very enjoyable. The alcohol is noticeable in the nose but well hidden in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite a thick body, but not as thick as the biggest RISs. Again the carbonation is moderately low and appropriate.

Overall: I like this beer, but I like Sixteen better (only other Weyerbacher Anniversary that I have had). I will keep looking to find beers from the anniversary series. And, another brewery I wish Utah could have access to.

Mar 11, 2013
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lnashsig from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#BOTG 108. Something that's been in my cellar for awhile I've been curious about. So, here we go:

Poured from bottle into my CBS snifter. Pours a dark amber/brown color- very little head, slick appearance. Pretty cloudy. Smell- fusel alcohol, ripe banana, raisins, prunes, dark run soaked trifle caked, rum soaked fruits. candied booze and raisins is predominant flavor. Taste- boozy banana, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol heat burn. whoa. this one is still super hot after 3 yrs. its not a terrible thing, this one just warms your chest as you drink it. Big, boozy beer. I get some sweet caramel and plain candied sugar on the end, guessing an effect of the aging and mellowing booze. Mouthfeel is decent- slick with good carbonation. Overall, this will make a nice accompaniment to the Olympics tonight because I cant bear to watch the Astros play.

Aug 04, 2012
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beer2day from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged in the back of the beer fridge.

Dark orange pour with little to no head. Moderate amounts of thin lace all around the glass.

Big bret nose. Yeast and wheat malt define things. Get a decent amount of light dried fruit (apricot, figs, plums). Fairly bright and aggressive.

Flavor is fairly strong and aggressive, too, even after three years. Grainy up front, moves to a strong sweet flavor. Grapes, apricot, plum, raisin. Very fruity. Sweet finish, with just a twinge of sour. Alcohol is still very present as well.

Body is pretty thick. A little cloying, but I can live with that after 3 years.

Overall, a nice after dinner sipper to share.

Aug 02, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear amber some carbonation, two finger head that doesn't last long at all.

S-Wheat, alcohol, soy sauce and spice.

T-Some wheat and spice, alcohol is still present and no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Wayy past its prime. Alcohol dominates, not that sweet.

Jun 11, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottler served in a snifter.

pours a hazy amber/coppery tone yielding a short lived finger of beige head; patchy lacing.

nose is potent if maybe a little uninspired. big, sweet malty presence first and foremost, along with notes of candied fruit and maybe clove. definite alcohol heat. flavor profile follows the aroma, pulling through with a decided sweetness - though it's not quite as sweet as i was expecting going off the nose. very boozy. doesn't seem as complex or balanced as i was hoping.

slightly syrupy medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. all in all it's a decent enough beer, worth a shot i suppose, even though i'd have to say it didn't live up to expectations.

originally reviewed: 01-09-2011

May 24, 2012
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear, dark gold color with a miniscule tan head. The last pour or two threw out some pretty crazy floaties.

Nose is honey and alcohol. Id like to say I get some other aromas in here somewhere, but I got nothin'...

Taste has really smoothed out quite a bit over the past year or so. A good blend of alcohol and sweetness with a zesty wheat tang drive the beer while just a bit of leafy bitterness remains on the finish. Body is full, but not cloyingly sweet. This was a good beer from Weyerbacher, both when fresh and aged a bit. I wish I had more.

Apr 23, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass. Much thanks to ToasterChef. Vintage 2009?

Off the pour, some minor cola like carbonation sticking in the body, but a nice orange amber body color, slightly opaque, orb glowing. Faint head creamy off white head, leaves a thin collar with barely a faint whispy top.

Nose is high on heat, mostly alcohol. Some hop seems to cycle through, but not even any sense of chewy wheat makes it past. Earthy smelling but way too much nostril burning.

Palate hits and, I taste next to nothing. Mouthfeel is fine, texture seems about right, but there is nothing going on here. Finish is fleeting and sort of gritty? borderline chalky? THere isn't even any sense of malt density or chew. It's even a bit wet.

Overall the thing that I notice is how hot this is the most, and not even giving any sense of depth. This has to be aged some good amount, this doesn't feel like it got better as time went on.

Feb 29, 2012
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

picked up a 12oz bottle at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. i guess these have been sitting on the shelf for a while considering these were released in 2009...lucky for me, this a big brew that shouldnt hate hanging out for a while.

A: a ruby/orange hue. pretty hazy. head is a thick white. retention is good and leaves a tons of thick lacing.

S: sugar in the raw. a big bowl of sugary candies. butterscotch, toffee, caramel. a little bit of heat follows all of that up. maybe some sweet fruit in there too. apples and kiwi.

T: slightly alcoholic. chewy bit of wheat. but mostly just tons of sweetness. finish is strong with butterscotch and vanilla. a real lingering sweetness. cloying.

M: full bodied chewy brew. carbonation is low, but works well.

D: quite the sipper. drinks more like a big english barleywine than a wheatwine. not getting a ton of wheat-like characteristics. certainly enough of everything to make a pleasantly big-bodied brew.

Feb 21, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with no real retention or lacing on a hazy crimson body.

S: lots of fruit, molasses and a little chardonnay note. sweet

T: A fairly boozy taste as was expected. Breads and malts up front transitioning to a chardonnay sharpness with fruit, molasses and honey notes.

M: sharp with light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall these tend to be too boozy for my liking. Sort of the way I feel about barelywines. This one is fairly complex and one of the better members of the genre.

Feb 03, 2012
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henskejk from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank on 01/25/2012

A - brown with a tint of red. barely any head forms, but what does is very light colored

S - smells very sweet, with a bit of dark fruit aroma and some caramel sugary notes.

T - caramel-like sugars and roasted maltiness. a lot of sweetness. but also some alcohol detectable in the flavor

M - somewhat thick mouth feel

O - interesting brew, kind of like a barley wine, but definitely with a different flair

Jan 26, 2012
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished, quite red amber, with mild haze. Head is dissipated to a ring of white bubbles. Lace is clingy though, and saves it from oblivion.

Smells intriguing. Quite sweet with a nutty edge, kind of savoury with a biscuity note. Hint of wet grain and maybe a touch of melon as well. Not amazing, but certainly pleasant.

Vanilla on the front, quite massively. Develops fairly sweet mid-palate with caramel and lactose notes, then descends into the finish which has characteristic fruit ester notes - more melon with some tangerine, strong vanilla and other fruit notes I can't quite pick. Not bad, but again it doesn't quite connect with me; I'd like more grounding maybe.

Fairly smooth, really. Quite a big body, bit boozey and dry towards the back. Bit sharp but otherwise good.

Yeah, look, at some point I want to give this a 4, because even though it's not quite wowing me on any specific part, I think it's quite a nice drop. Let's call this a 4 for effort overall.

Jan 05, 2012
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in New York early in the year and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a hazed orange golden colour, with a fine and reasonably persistent head of film. Some bubbly lace that only forms where it's tilted. Body is pleasantly thick, and holds carbonation nicely. Not a bad look all up.

Nose is sweet and sharp, but a little one-dimensional. Sugary booze notes give wafts of rum, along with a hint of spice that's perhaps more like astringents than real spice. It comes off a bit thin, a little muddled and not particularly exciting, to be honest.

Taste is similar or worse, with a sharp boozy astringency taking up the prominence of the flavour. Very much like bad Australian rum. Slight tannins on the back, with only a hint of the sweetness suggested by the palate. Feel ends up harsh and slightly brutal.

This suffered severely by being put directly after J.W.Lees' Harvest Ale. It's like a pale imitation of that, without the sophistication, the craft or the depth. It comes across as purely boozy, with little complexity to keep it from being offensive.

Dec 10, 2011
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harrymel from Washington

2.27/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thanks Clint

A: pours burnt caramel, central opacity bordered with golden hues. No indications of carbonation. Looks like Tomme mighta helped with this one...
S: Cool. Smells like Bananas Foster and some nougat. Intriguing.
T: Cola, flat cola flavor. Some slight weed ash, mixed with more hints of banana. After taste is unconventionally infantile: as in, reminds me of diapers out of the package.
M: Nearly flat and relatively thick feeling. Sticky and I try not to get much on my lips as the residual sugars are certainly daunting.
O: I don't really care for this. The nose is awesome, but the flavor is a letdown. Mouthfeel is also very poor.

Dec 07, 2011
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nandemo1 from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange tinted amber. A half finger of white head developed but didnt stick around. No lacing but it is well carbed and bubbly.

Smell is of sweet alcoholic honey and pineapple with some banana in the background. Tastes of sweet wheat/bread with a sweet apple and banana aftertaste. This one is still hot after two years of aging. I'd recommend you eat something with it.

Feel is full bodied and sticky but still smooth thanks to the carbonation.

I really like the flavors but I'm going to continue sitting on the other bottles with the hope it will cool off

Nov 05, 2011
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, fruity, dry banana, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, dry banana, a small presence of sweeter fruit, and a small alcohol presence in the end. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry banana and alcohol like aftertaste. Yep, it is a wheat beer, for sure, but a bit boozy.

Nov 03, 2011
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, caramelized malts, honey, citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and some fruit come in along with a decent alcohol sting. It takes some time but there is some spiciness that sneaks in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good stronger beer worth drinking for a while but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Oct 15, 2011
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brokensail from California

2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Smells pretty boozy. There's plenty of citrus aroma to it as well as some other fruit notes such as tropical fruits (pineapple comes to mind). Quite a bit of wheat and some brown sugar.

T: Heavy on the booze as well as banana, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some wheat and bready malt, as well as brown sugar. A little bit of candied pears, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Some decent flavors but just totally over the top boozy.

Oct 09, 2011
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zaphodchak from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One finger goldenish head from a pretty high pour; cloudy red-brown body.

Some faint alcohol on the nose, some malt, and some sweet cherry. Perhaps a trace of honey.

Rich, wheaty, with a lot of malt, a nice light fruit presence (cherry, grape?, caramelized banana). Not sure what 'wheatwine' entails, but I'd easily confuse it for a wheat doppelbock. Dry and clean finish for something so packed and sweet.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich, but not too carby.

Overall, this was more interesting than I might've hoped for. Cellaring will probably make this even better, but it's delightful for wheat fans already.

Aug 07, 2011
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Armsby Abbey.

A - Hazy dark orange with a nice white head. Lots of sediment in this guy. Kinda weak lace.

S - A little hippy, but mostly sweet and bready. It's got a good spice behind it too.

T - Like the nose, only less exciting. Slight citrus hop up front. Not much complexity beyond that. I don't get much from the malt. I get a lot of breadiness from the wheat and some spice in the finish.

M - A little thick, but not bad. A light bitterness before a hint of a dry spicy finish.

O - Not a lot of flavor, but what's there is good.

Aug 05, 2011
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jzeillinger for this one. Shared this last Friday night with my wife.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: A very light, off-white head with and orange-copper body. Retention isn't bad.

Smell: A bit of wheat but lots of strong alcohol mixed with malt, mild spices and caramel.

Taste: Not much wheat and sweet like a honey wine. Lots of spices in the aftertaste, especially after pouring the sediment in.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation, a strong body and very malty.

Overall: A bit too hot for me though the flavor was pleasing. One too share.

Jul 25, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is hazy and orange hued with an off white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings citrus fruits, malt, and alcohol. The beer is full bodied, with a heavy citrus and alcohol presence. The finish lingers for a considerable time, with alcohol presence growing in strength as I progress through the beer. This is a good beer to split. Six ounces is plenty. A solid example of the style, I would have this again.

Jul 22, 2011
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Verecund from Texas

1.42/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a single some three weeks ago. Consumed in late June 2011.

Executive summary: This beer was terrible. Just terrible.

Pours a cloudy sugar-just-beginning-to-burn orange caramel with a tiny off-white head and . . . what's this . . . two dozen large flakes of floaties(?). It's so bad that if you gave me a glass of this beside a glass of marina, bacteria-laden water I wouldn't know which to choose. (Note: A rare few reviewers note the sediment, but most don't. Hmm - bad bottle?)

Boozy white-flesh fruit (apple, pear), candied sugar, honey, some bready malts. The wheat backbone serves as a great conduit for the alcohol. Nothing interesting here, and all of the flavors mentioned are very light on the nose.

Boozy, some light banana, and candied sugar. XIV features little more than an anonymous sweetness on the front-palate, mid-palate (with some banana esters and white grape), and end-palate, complemented by a cheap vodka booziness. A light medicinal note shows itself on the third sip. Hello drain.

Really boozy. Somewhat syrupy. I can feel the flakes of (?) on my tongue.

I can only hope this is an off bottle. I may have to pick up a second just to check, but this beer, as tasted, was born for my drain. Maybe the fourteenth year was really bad for Weyerbacher for some reason and they made this beer to commemorate it.

Jul 13, 2011
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