Fourteen Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Fourteen AleFourteen Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wheatwine Ale celebrating brewing from 1995-2009, brewed with over 50% wheat malt.

Added by mikey711 on 07-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Verecund
1.42/5  rDev -62.5%
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.

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Photo of jt31914
1.93/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Red/lighter amber with what I assume would be a small amount of head (unfortunately the ass who poured my beer botched the pour a bit). Looks very malty.

S: Smells like white grapes and sweetness; are they sure this is a wheat wine... maybe the bottle got mixed up with some welch's...

T: Taste is not typical of the style; grape sweetness and malts without much else going on. I was really excited about this brew and it was a bigger letdown than my senior prom (which featured ugly girls and no alcohol...). The finish sucks and is too sweet.

M/D: Terrible finish and not too drinkable, Founders 09 Nemesis and Smutty's wheat wine make this beer look terrible by comparison.

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Photo of harrymel
2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

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Photo of strykn42
2.5/5  rDev -34%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of aaronh
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy amber body topped by absolutely no head. Aroma has plenty of sweet alcohol notes coupled with wheat malt and a hint of banana. Initial flavor while still a bit too cold is extremely mild and surprisingly free of alcohol burn. Just a light wheat spice with a kiss of bitterness. As the beer warms, more alcohol comes through and the earthy notes of the wheat malt and hops really start becoming pronounced. Further through the glass a slight medicinal note becomes apparent. Mouthfeel is very thin for such a high ABV. Drinkability is fair - the alcohol combined with just the overall funky earthy flavor profile makes this an experience but not real high on the Drinkability scale.

This is a great candidate for cellaring - perhaps when Sixteen comes out this will be more enjoyable. But I'm not impressed enough now to devote room for a case to find out. Who am I kidding? I never keep a case of anything for 2 years... :)

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

First review in quite a while...this beer was highly anticipated by the likes of me, as it's a wheatwine (a style of particular interest) brewed by my favorite American brewery. Unfortunately, I think it's going to need at least a year in the cellar before it lives up to its potential.

Appearance: Fairly standard wheatwine look, poured from a 12-ounce bottle into my Weyerbacher tulip. Very nearly opaque orangeish gold, with a thick, creamy head that vanishes after a few minutes. This beer essentially looks just the way it should.

Smell: Honestly, a 3.0 may be generous here. Wheaty funk combines with a dry, powdery yeastiness and a stiff alcoholic note to produce a somewhat off-putting effect. The nose does warn you with regard to what's in store when you sip the beer, though -- I find the smell-to-taste correlation to be close to 100%.

Taste: Matches the nose almost completely, as noted above. Poured fresh, the beer's flavor profile explodes in the mouth and does not unwind during and after the swallow -- it's as if every component of the beer's flavor hits you at once, giving you no time to tease things apart. Wheat is, as expected, at the forefront, but not in the mild, pleasant form found in hefeweizens. This stuff is a blast of wheaty funk, chalky yeast, overwhelming phenolic cloves, and moderate alcoholic burn. With some imagination, I might catch a fleeting hint of fermented apricots or peaches, but that could be all in my mind.

Mouthfeel: As wheatwines go, this one delivers as expected, with a well-carbonated, relatively viscous feel. The powdery yeastiness renders the palate quite dry, and the alcohol is prominent enough to warm the throat as it goes down. In my view, this is currently the beer's strong suit.

Drinkability: I feel guilty giving a Weyerbacher brew a drinkability rating this low, but I have to. It's hard to finish a bottle of this stuff right now. It's a sipper at best, and this is one style that really doesn't benefit as the beer's temperature increases. As such, the glass becomes more challenging to finish as I take the breaks needed to contemplate each successive sip.

Here's the thing: in my experience, most wheatwines benefit DRASTICALLY from a year or two of aging, and I expect great things from Weyerbacher Fourteen in 2011 and/or 2012. When the time comes, I'll re-review this beer, and the scores will most likely improve dramatically.

I'm thinking of Terrapin Gamma Ray in particular when forming my expectations -- that one was all right when first released, but I've now had the opportunity to try the fresh stuff side-by-side with a year-old bottle, and the differences were striking. Even New Holland Pilgrim's Dole (widely considered to be among the best examples of the style) is better with some time to cool down.

So, yeah, I'll revisit Weyerbacher Fourteen in a year or two. For now, though, I can't say I'd recommend it to any but the staunchest wheat beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.74/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a clouded amber hue with chunks of yeast and hop particles flowing loosely using 50% wheat malt which is nearly unheard of this beer brings on the wheatwine style like Weyerbacher is known for. White head is bright bold and beautiful, leaves big chunky layers of lacing clinging to my Allagash chalice.

Aroma offers up sharp spicy sweet malted wheat and alcohol nose, with edges that are throwing out the esters including some banana and vanilla with a touch of clove and bubblegum here.

Flavor blows threw with alcohol, honey malt, and reduced banana flavoring. Brings the wheat wine over the top I guess that's what it is supposed to provide, but I don't see why the need for huge beer is needed to celebrate their anniversaries. I will probably age a bottle anyway, Thirteen was pitch black how different these creatures are.

Mouthfeel is cloying with thick unrefined boozed infused alcohol burn and syrupy unfermented malted wheat notes, what a riot of a beer. I'd appreciate something the brew is proud of I hope they have a keg of Zotten at the Big Pour, I love that beer.

Drinkability overall is so week it's hard to describe I've been drinking this brewer's series since Decadence, what a clouded hard in your face to win over your loyalty I picked this one up from Fathead's Weyerbacher is great stuff during a visit to Fathead's where beers like Hops Infusion and The other hoppy brew from their repertoire.

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Photo of PBoegel
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Tasting March 23, 2010

Extremely clear golden to light amber, slightly tan white head, breaks quick. Orange highlights, decent effervescence. No lacing.

Candy apples, granny smith apple, jolly ranchers, green banana. There are some fusel alcohol (solvent characteristics) and a general alcohol waft leading the aroma. Some cherry,

Upfront the first sip is a wash of alcohol heat. Mix of banana, cherry, some coconut. Very ester heavy profile. Alcohol lends a spicy note, not unlike a belgian strong ale. Some bitterness, but much more prominent alcohol in the finish, the sweetness is washed out by the alcohol.

Moderate to light carbonation. Medium body but thinned out by the prominent alcohol presence. Some oily fusel coating on the tongue.

Rough around the edges. Needs time to mellow out the higher alcohols. Ideally the carbonation and other positive flavor characteristics will wait out much needed cellaring.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

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Photo of beerchick
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pretty harsh on the front end. Aged, this might be great, but the alcohol gives way to cloying syrup pretty quickly so today is not the best day for this beer. Sorry Weyerbacher. I like that you push the envelope, but sometimes you need to state your intentions. (Age versus drink young, like the perfect Dreamweaver Wheat.) (I usually don't babble, but there are minimum character requirements.)

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Photo of Shumista
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as a generous extra in a trade along with a couple other Weyerbacher beers. This is my first Weyerbacher offering.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a plain pint glass. Pours a fairly thick murky, burnt orange with white head. Smells strongly of wheat malt, some light citrus and banana, and lots of alcohol. Not a particularly inviting smell. The taste really doesn't get it done for me unfortunately. Overpowering wheat malt, banana, bitter hops and ethanol. The ethanol is overpowering as well and fights with the wheat malt as the dominant flavor. Each sip seems to result in a different winner. Some are all funky wheat with some alcohol in the background and others are all alcohol with some funky wheat in the background. Anyways, it's possible this would cool down and mellow out with some time, but this was the only bottle I am probably ever going to get my hands on so I'll never know. Drinkability is improving as I become more accustomed to flavor profile. The alcohol presence however remains unpleasant.

I respect experimenting with this difficult style but this one just doesn't work for me.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a deep hazy copper body with a bubbly tan ring edge and a strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding up the side of the glass.

S- The dry wheat aroma has a sharp brassy note and a light fusel alcohol that grows in the finish.

T- The dry brassy wheat malt flavor that finishes a bit empty with some alcohol heat that bites and lingers a bit. As the beer opens up there are notes of fruity esters and some pear hints.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish and an alcohol bite.

O- The beer is a bit thin with not much malt character or yeast character especially for such a bit beer. The esters start to come through and add depth but the alcohol grows faster. I don't think age will help but it is worth a try if you have the bottles.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. On draft. This beer pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light pale malts, sweet fruit and raisin. Flavor of sweet, heavy malt. Palate is sticky, heavy and a little burning too. Overall I just was not a fan. Meh

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb style glass. pours a dark hazy amber with orange hues showing and lots of sediment within, obviously bottle conditioned. has about a one finger head that fades pretty quickly to a patchy ring. leaves a nice lace on the glass.

spicy bannana hit the aroma first. but as i digged deeper alcohol was the main player here. grapes and sweetness also detectable.

some fusil, solvent like alcohol that you never seem to get used to. some spicy wheat flavors. a little clove. some grape like sweetness all around. starts with alcohol and finsihs with it. leaves some lingering flavors of wheat and alcohol.

big heavy body, a tad bit astringent at times. a nice carb. a burning alcoholic mouthfeel that really heats up your whole body, kinda like drinking whiskey. finishs pretty dry.

laughable drinkability. no way your really going to want another one of these unless you wanna get drunk quick, but if thats the case, theres much cheaper and/or tastier alternatives out there. i would prolly never pick this up again nor would i ever suggest it to anyone. this was my first wheatwine ever, but im pretty certain there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of mpyle
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

App - pale amber color, somewhat cloudy. Pours a nice, moderately sized white head with excellent retention for a strong beer.

Aroma - considerable alcohol aroma, along with fruitiness (apricot?) and clove. Maybe a little bit of grainy wheat. Balance toward alcohol makes the aroma a bit unpleasant.

Taste - A malty sweet flavor heavily tinged with alcohol, with a hint of wheat malt. Transition is to a tingly, alcohol bitter finish. Flavor profile a bit overly simple, and not the most pleasant. Again, too much alcohol.

MF - Full body and moderate carbonation and with some healthy alcohol warming. No astringency.

D'ability - Strong alcohol presence makes this one a definite sipper. Might be hard to make an 11.8% beer with high drinkability, but this one doesn't have it.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this from my trusty pint glass. I really need to get a better assortment of glassware. Three finger head on a clear amber body. Not much carbonation.

Aroma started with cloves and spices. Wheat malt came in upon consideration, along with light hop resins. Spices definitely were the most prominent however.

Taste was mainly of wheat malt, which was not surprising. There was a light spiciness, but unfortunately the alcohol was evident. This took away from the experience.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not heavy but not watery either. It held its own. Carbonation was restrained, which fitted the flavor.

Drinkability was just average, for me. The obvious alcohol flavor was just a little too much, and the buzz I got from this one indicated that one would be all I could handle unless I wanted to get blotto. Maybe I drank it too fast But the fact that it was a one-time thing won't keep me awake at night.

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Photo of saccro
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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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Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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