Fourteen Ale
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Fourteen AleFourteen Ale
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Style:
American Wheatwine Ale
ABV:
11.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.83%
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
273
From:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  22
Gots
  34
SCORE
86
Very Good
Fourteen AleFourteen Ale
Notes: Wheatwine Ale celebrating brewing from 1995-2009, brewed with over 50% wheat malt.
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Auslander for including this as an extra.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (Bottled in 2009) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger off-white head that quickly recedes in a couple minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thick foam ring. The body is an opaque orange amber with large light brown floaties and steady streams of slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Almost no lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Strong wheat aromas are most apparent (obviously) with notes of wine grapes, apple juice, and bananas.

Surprisingly smooth flavors of grainy wheat wash lightly over the tongue with notes of sour grapes and red apples. A low alcohol warmth lingers in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has great drinkability. It flows over your tongue easily without coating your mouth excessively or getting too sticky.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted blind courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy amber color, a few floaters, and a decent white head. Doesn't look great, or bad either.

Aromas are quite spicy, pepper, floral, with some honey and apples. Complex nose.

Taste is strong, very potent, warming boozy alcohol hits you right up front. Beer then settles into a blast a peppery spices, light apples, and hints of bananas. Finish has a mineral bitterness, and more alcohol warmth. While this has lots of flavors and complexities, it lacks balance.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, good body.

Overall it's a mixed bag. This beer has it's moments, but it's kind of all over the place. Pretty good offering.

I am confused here, has some barleywine elements, but I keep coming back to those Belgian Yeast like flavors. So I'll say some sort of Tripel.

Reveal is... Whoa, a want, Weyerbacher 14 Wheatwine, which just so happens to be one of my favorite styles. I was off on this one, I guess I was kind of in the ballpark, but I doubt I would have said wheatwine. Even sipping this after the reveal, it still doesn't taste like most other wheatwines I have tried. I'll say this, the beer is a beast in flavors, and a butt kicker at 11.8%.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dazy dark honey colored, with a thin off white head that dissipates into a ring quickly, small amounts of carbonation and plenty of sediment

S - wheat notes are first, but quickly fade into hefe like bubble gum and banana esthers, accompanying spice rounds out a balanced aroma, spices like clove, nutmeg or coriander

T - sour up front, with big banana and spice notes, like a funky saison with a sour ale, this taste evolves a little vanilla-esque sweetness and earthy-nutty aftertaste, layered and blended masterfully

M&D - full bodied, noticeable alcohol burn, but full flavored and complex that hides a double digit ABV well, quite nice, well done Weyerbacher

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by twig86 - thanks!

Pours a quite hazy, burnt orange color with a one-finger ivory head with retention around the edges. Aroma is of sweet and lightly tart oranges with a strong wheat component. Tastes of sweet wheat and honey with a lightly tart orange component. The finish is pretty sweet with a considerable boozy burn. The orange notes make me think of the Short's Anniversary Ale wheatwine, but this doesn't come close to that gem. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and on the lower end of carbonation. A bit viscous with a good amount of alcohol warming. Not very drinkable as the sweetness and alcohol heat catch up with you. Not bad and worth a try as long as you can share it with others.

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Photo of ToddT
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange tinted beer with a large beige head. Head falls slowly and leaves some spots of lace on the glass.

S- Wheat, banana, subtle spice and little notes of yeast. Subtle in aroma, I may have to let this warm some more to bring out the true notes.

T- Boozy and sweet, alcohol is prominent but not overpowering. Notes of banana and spice peak out from behind the power of the alcohol. Dark candied fruit at the finish, which is dry, and with sweet fruit as a lingering final note. As this warms subtle aromas and flavors become more evident and it becomes much more balanced.

M- More than medium in body and well carbonated. Slight syrup feeling and a little viscous. A little thick in the throat after each swallow.

D- A sipper to be sure, 11.8% ABV is powerful and while masked it does show through. Goes down easy but second or thirds are probably out of the question.

Brand new style for me and I'll look for more of it. Nice alternative to a barleywine, just as strong and complex but a little more drinkable right away. Cellaring this one is the way to go, can't wait to see how a year of age changes this. Warming brings out the true nature of this one.

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Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly opaque copper with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like bright orange and lemon and grassy hops, with very sweet caramel and wheat malts, and a bit of alcohol. It tasted like oranges and peaches and coriander, with wheat and bready yeast and sugary caramel. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste with some alcohol warming. Overall this had nice flavor and body, but noticeable alcohol and unrefined taste. It was easy to tell that with some age, the alcohol will subside and the flavors will combine more intricately for better refinement. But even fresh, this beer was quite enjoyable, especially for sipping while close to room temperature. I loved the balance of hops and malt, and look forward to seeing how they will change over the years.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fourteen pours an attractive copper/amber color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting reveals a scarlet tint. An off-white head crowns the top. It's big. Easily over three fingers. Retention is excellent. Lacing is heavy and very sticky. Impressive.

The nose is good. Banana hits first. Wasn't expecting that. It's followed by a very sweet mix of caramel and honey. It does have a strong grainy vibe which I suspect is attributable to the wheat. It smells a little spicy. Clove is the most prominent with pepper following. There may be some ancillary varieties this nose can't identify. Alcohol is in the mix. No surprise given the near 12% abv. But, I probably wouldn't have guessed it's that strong. Surprising, but in a good way.

Fourteen is very good beer. It's not what I expected. Spices kick it off. Clove and pepper are the strongest varieties. It is malty and a little sweet. Honey is definitely present. The heavy dose of wheat is noted in flavor. It gives it an earthy/grainy twist that's rather prominent throughout. There is a nice banana flavor here that works well with clove. It reminds me of a certain German style. I'm really surprised that the alcohol is blended as well as it is. It's a little noticeable, but for an 11.8% beer...Wow! It's very deceptive in that regard. Finishes a little sweet and spicy.

Fourteen has a very svelte full body. Extremely lush and creamy. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Weyerbacher nailed mouthfeel! Drinkability is good. Quite good for a beer of this stature. Given its strength, I probably wouldn't reach for another bottle, but I'm a little tempted. This is good stuff and it's going down far too easy. Having said all that...I'm feeling it.

Weyerbacher is a very underrated brewery in my opinion. They produce some high quality gems. They certainly do a bang-up job with their anniversary releases. I'm not the biggest fan Wheatwines, but this is a strong effort. I don't have a whole lot to complain about. It's probably the best take on the style I've had in quite some time. I don't know how much of this stuff is still floating around, but it's well worth picking up if you see it. Happy Fourteenth!

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Photo of saccro
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pour's viscous. Cloudy. Minimal head with ring of foam around glass. Golden orange in color. Yeast in bottle.

S - Malt extract glazed Banana bread aroma. A little clove phenolic. But not crazy out of control bubblegum banana. Spagetti-wheat aromas. Not much hops.

T - white raisins. really sweet but not much autolysis -- pretty fresh tasting -- or at least not very old. Bitterness is maybe enough to balance the sweetness. Alcohol burn after a few sips. And lasts. Whooo. Definitely a sipper. This kind of beer doesn't really interest me that much. This might be my first wheat wine. With the phenolics being pretty prominent, it's weird to have that emboldened. It's not mediciney, but it comes off as some kind of tonic or potion. Took another sip and got a flash of hop flavor.

M - real heavy. Not supercarbonated like regular wheat beer.

D - a winter sipper, but maybe too much for me -- too sweet, too phenolicy.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big hell yeah to my boy SkinnyElvis for sending this one over to me.

A: Pours a beautiful amber hue with a nice tall head. Okay retention with some nice large spots of lace.

S: Very wheat like, almost comes off as a hefe. Lots of yeast, spice, with subtle notes of banana and bubblegum. Light alcohol hides beneath.

T: Lots of banana esters with notes of belgian yeast. Subtle spice with notes of orange blossom honey. This one is very sweet with a dose of spice. I really like it. Gonna pick up a 4 pack to age.

M: Medium in body, thick, smooth, nice sweet treat.

D: Good I really like this one. It really reminds me of a mans version of a hefe. Yum!

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Photo of jdg204
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was out beer browsing the other day and saw a 4-pack of my local brewer's anniversary ale. Well I knew I had to give it a shot and I was pretty excited for the opportunity!

A: Lovely cloudy and dark amber colored body. The head was a medium build and cream colored.

S: Dark fruits and banana with caramel and molasses in the background.

T: Banana, dark fruits, and caramel with a load of summer spices (ginger, clove, pepper)! The alcohol is a bit over whelming. which takes away form the beer.

M: Pretty smooth with a nice spicy aftertaste. The alcohol is strong and warming.

D: Wow, this is a big, big beer despite being a wheat brew which usually have low alcohol (an interesting contrast). This is a pretty unique style and I enjoyed it a lot, Weyerbacher really did a heck of job and showed of their breadth of ability. It's definitely the time of year for wheat beers and I'm on the hunt for more. I'd reco this as a must try brew, but if you can't find it at least try a Wheat Wine, all beer lovers should have one.

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Photo of atsprings
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Smuttynose tulip glass pours a hazy orange with a thin diminishing off white head. Aroma is sweet fruits with slight wheat and alcohol. The taste is loads of sweet malts and fruits with a bit of cloying alcohol, honey and spice show through as well, but the alcohol is a bit much. The beer is certainly a heavy sipper, even with a years age on it. This one seems like it's almost a really good beer, I just wish the alcohol had calmed down a little bit.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured light brownish/orange in color (like a very dark wheat beer) into a snifter glass with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. There is a good amount of head retention. A light level of carbonation is visible, along with some yeast particles floating near the bottom.
S: The aroma isn't that strong but there are some notes of bananas, spices and alcohol. As the beer warms up, the smell becomes a little stronger.
T: Like the smell, there are subtle banana flavors in the taste, intermixed with notes of spices, grainy malts and yeast. The overall taste becomes somewhat sweet as it warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with very little in the way of carbonation. There is also a little bit of alcohol warming.
D: The alcohol doesn't stand out that much, but this is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped. It's a good choice if you are looking for a nightcap.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat wine pours a cloudy amber with an off white head that maintains a thick collar. Wow tons of sweet fruity esters in the nose. The wheat's spiciness balances things out. I'm also imagining a subtle hint of vanilla.

The taste is surprisingly smooth and the alcohol well hidden. Sometimes Weyerbacher has trouble finding somewhere to put all of the alcohol in their big beers, but crisis avoieded here. As in the nose the spices balance out the sweet notes of fruit to keep the beer from becoming cloying.

A medium bodied mouthfeel that remains smooth due to the finer bubbles of carbonation. This beer is dangerously drinkable given the abv, but the alcohol warmth is felt on the face providing a reminder to sip slowly. An enjoyable brew as the rain turns to an icy slush outside.

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear coppery color. It poured with a thick but short lived white, creamy froth.

s: This smelled primarily of slightly musty and fairly hot caramalized bananas. At least, this is what I imagine caramalized bananas smell like. Strong flowery yeasty notes as well. Plenty of heat here, especially as it warms.

t: Starts off strongly sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and chalky bananas. The finish is quite hot with lots of strong yeast flavors.

m: Very viscous with creamy, but relatively short lived, carbonation. Almost the mouthfeel of their XII, the rye wine.

d: Probably my least favorite anniversary offering. I seem to have a hard time enjoying wheatwines. I'm glad I got a 4-pack instead of my usual case or two. Overall though, I'm glad I tried this. Hopefully some time will mellow the heat somewhat.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The nicest looking wheatwine that I have ever seen. Very nice garnet colored beer. Looks brown until it is held up to the light.

S: For as big a beer as this is the nose is rather tight. You get the booze right away. After that some burnt caramel and tons of sweetness.

T: Sweet and boozy just like it should be. You can actually pick up quite a bit of wheat in the finish. A touch of dark fruit in there with the booze.

M: Fairly thick and coating.

D: It is around 90 degrees out and this is going down way to easy. It could probably use a little time but I like letting the monster loose full force.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Quick six on Mt rose ave in York -shared with Idesofmarch86, evets, stevea1210, poured chilled in my Allagash cervoise.

A - A caramel colored medium amber shade w/ murky appearance and quickly settling off white head. The wheatwine has legs, but only tiny speckles of lace and the retention is so-so. the bead is tiny.

S - The smell is like bubblegum up front with sweet fruit like dried banana and mild floral notes in the mix, the scent of alcohol is there in the background.

M - The feel is dry strong, warming and slightly spicy w/ medium sweet feel and fruity tinged finish

T - The flavor is very good, it kept me sipping for a while and getting more fruit complexity with both banana, clove and gentle hoppy notes of pepper and mild apricot w/ a light bitter edge. The alcohol is there with a golden raisin quality as subtle tropical notes into the finish like papaya

D - I really enjoyed slowly consuming this and it is a good candidate for sharing at 11.8%, but very drinkable for the strength. I would have liked to try this fresh, but I chose to hold off since I only had 1 bottle - I am glad I got the chance to try this and wish more breweries would attempt this style

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Photo of hellcatsjg
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i have had this about a dozen times now and just got around to reviewing it. served col an into a snifter/

Nice pour, a very odd amber color, almost like apple juice with a light cloudiness to it. Small, very quickly fading head that left really no lacing at all. Strange.

First aroma is light, lots of fruit here, figs, grapes, touches of pears as well. Sweet with an almost candy like aroma at times that comes across nice at first but gets to be a little much after a while, still though decent and well recieved. First sip is slick, with an almost syrup like feel, just not carbonated enough for me, but thats the style, what can you do. Bready notes mix with loads of fruit and touches of earthy hop notes. Lots of bread and figs, pears especially in the finish are also very prevelant. Light boozy notes is covered quite well and one thing I can say is this did not drink like 11 percent.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle for $4 from Beer Run in Charlottesville.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy dark orange-amber that clears up after 20 minutes or so. A vigorous pour gives a small off white head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing, but very leggy. This is about what I expected from an almost 12% wheatwine.

Smell: Sweet malt, ethanol, and spicy clove. I kind of expected some fruitiness, but its not really there-- maybe a little pear. The smell overall is almost overcome by ethanol, but its not undesirable.

Taste: Very alcoholic. There is quite a sweet malt load which is very rich and tasty. Lots of clove in there too. Too boozy though.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. The sweetness and clove remain stuck to your tongue long after you swallow.

Drinkability: I'm glad I only bought one. Well, no-- I wish I had bought one to age too. This is just too boozy tasting without enough other stuff going on. Not that its a chore to drink or anything, I just expected a little more.

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Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Hazed orange amber color with a thick beige head that leaves little lacing and fades fairly quickly to a ring a blob of thin film in the center of the glass. Boozy, but not alcoholic, aroma with hefe banana and clove notes, pleasantly spicy and sweet. Flavor is similar balance of yeast spiciness, and caramel and banana sweetness. Medium, fluffy creamy body with sharp carbonation. Like nose, very boozy, but no alcohol burn like some other Weyerbacher beers.

There is also a "Special Dark" version that was available at the brewery. Same bottle and text on the label, except for the words "Special Dark" printed under the letters FOU of fourteen. This isn't in the database, and I don't particularly feel like adding it at the moment, but I thought I'd comment on the differences. Color is much deeper (obviously) more of a mahogany, slightly clearer and a dark tan head that recedes to a ring with no lacing or film. Aroma is a little hotter and sweeter, more dark fruit than the banana and clove spiciness from the regular version. Mouthfeel is very similar but flavors are much sweeter, more dark fruit and malt presence than yeast and spiciness. Interesting drinking these side by side, I think I would still end up rating them near the same but I personally prefer the Dark Version

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dmad50
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised by the intense, wheaty smell upon pouring the bottle of Fourteen - several of the other wheatwines I've tasted certainly gave off less of that aroma. The taste is close to an American Wheat beer with an additional punch from the high ABV - it is well hidden IMO. This is a nice summer beer and I'll definitely finish off this 4-pack quite soon.

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Photo of papat444
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 273 ratings