Fourteen Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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85
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

BEER STATS
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272
Reviews:
193
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
23
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34
For Trade:
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Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 FtownThrowDown
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, hazy gold in color. There's just the slightest, minimal head on the pour.
Smell is sweet, honey and a good amount of light malts. There's also just a hint of the alcohol in the nose as well. Smells inviting.
Taste is even better than the smell. This is one of the better, more enjoying wheatwines I've had. The alcohol is a little more prominent in the flavor, but doesn't dominate. A little more of the sweetness comes through as well. I'm calling it a honey flavor, but could be msitaken. Very enjoyable and easy drinking for as big a beer it is. Will have to pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazy "glowing" orange in color. Some particulates floating about. White head never really gets built up and falls insanely quickly. Reasonable amount of lacing nonetheless. I'll forgive the retention due to the high ABV.

4.0 S: I haven't had many wheatwines, but I've never had one that smelled so much like a barleywine. The wheat is a lot more subdued than I'd expected. However, there is a pleasant bubblegum aroma to it. Otherwise, it is sweet and malty in the nose.

4.0 T: First thought it that there's lots of apricot in the taste, lots of apricot. Other than that, there is little else going on. Some neutral wheat in the taste that wasn't in the smell. Not really any bubblegum. The alcohol isn't as biting as I expected and other than a pleasant warming, isn't present at all.

4.5 M: Medium-heavy body, which is lighter than I expected yet works nicely. Silky smoothness due to the medium unassuming carbonation. Creamy and well done.

4.0 D: Not the most exciting beer. However, while it doesn't stand out, it also has no flaws. Glad that another brewery has the stones to make the style.

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Photo of younger35
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew as one of many extras from gibby. This will by second Anniversary beer from Weyerbacher and the first was possibly the worst beer I've ever tasted (Eleven). Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a very hazy rusty reddish orange with a small dirty white head that recedes very very quickly. Not really even a speck of anything resembling a cap sits about my beer but a small unimpressive collar does remain.
Smell- Starts very potent (even when cold) with a sweet sort of bubblegum and candy smell. Wheaty and spicy with a slight Belgiumy scent from the yeast. Some banana and clove peak their heads in at times making the nose very interesting. I could probably easily mistake this brew as some sort of Tripel in a blind 'smell test'.
Taste- Not quite as sweet as I was expecting but it still has that ever so slight cloying aspect. Some light black cherries and bubblegum start the taste as that a sort of crusty bread like maltiness. Slightly dirty at times and yeasty with a light Belgium influence in the taste as well. Like the nose I'd guess this was a Tripel before I'd guess Wheatwine. Kind of spicy with a clove like nuttiness and maybe even a hint cinnamon. The alcohol is very noticeable as well and really lingers.
Mouthfeel- Fairly hearty with a thick creamy feel and almost zero carbonation. The beer gets ever so slightly cloying and finishes pretty warm from the alcohol.
Drinkability- Overall not too bad of a brew. It gets much smoother and easier drinking as it warms and turns into a nice sipper. My experience with Wheatwines aren't exactly numerous but the ones I've had so far have been pretty good. This one isn't an exception. Much much better than the previous Weyerbacher Anniversary beer I had. MUCH! Thanks a lot Jeff!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy/cloudy orange/gold color, very mild lacing on the glass, virtually no head after the pour. Mild, steady carbonation.

S - Picking up hints of banana, cloves, spices, reminds me somewhat of a German wheat beer aroma. I'm not sure if perhaps its my allergies or what, but I'm not getting an overly strong aroma, it's on the upper end of mild, not strong or pungent in any way.

T - Picking up on my tongue what I smelled from the class - banana, cloves, spices, a little bit of a fruit character. At the start, is mild on the middle tongue but warms to a boozy finish at the end. I get the usual "chewiness" that I experience with most wheat beers. (Go figure since it's a wheat, huh?)

D - I really enjoyed this beer and it's all the more interesting since it's an up and coming style. The alcohol is definitely not hidden with the warm finish. This is one I couldn't have more than one or two on an empty stomach. Deserves to be sipped from a snifter by itself, or possibly with the right cheese pairing. I'm not a food snob by any means so I'll enjoy this beer by itself sitting on the deck at the end of the day. Hats off to Weyerbacher on this one. A nice follow up to last year's XIII.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first wheatwine.

Color is an off yellow golden blend with a short lived white frothy head. What aroma it gives off is spicy, but its a mild spicyness. No yeast or esters in nose. Some banana comes through, but its flavors come out much stronger on the tongue. There's the typical wheaty elements of clove, banana, but theres a strong presence of pepper in there too. Flavors aren't blend, rather strong and easy to pick out on the palate. Alcohol has a clear presence-

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown with a silky beige head.

Nose has a really big wheat aroma with tropical fruits, cloves, caramel, spicy yeast and booze.

Taste also has a big wheat and bready malt presence followed by herbal hops, banana, citrus, clove, peppery yeast and subtle alcohol tones.

Medium to full body has a soft carbonation. A bit hot, but still drinks well. Should age nicely.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz provided by SAS... Poured into my small La Trappe goblet... 1/2" head... the brew is lightly hazed deep golden... descent cap and no real lace.

The nose is very surprisingly muted.. a tad bit too much EtOH... Some background bubblegum... a bit of apricot... Seriously.. not alot going on here... The alcohol burn just blows out all other components..

Flavor is boozy and little else.. some honey essence and descent overripe banana esters .. a very minor bit of clove.. ehhh.. like a huge American hefe with a small shot of vodka... I am so far not digging this one.. solvent alcohol finish..

I have one more of these from a great MA BA .. but .. wow .. I don't think my palate is off... this is really no good right now.. The alcohol fumes are close to flammable.. Sweet sugary... This was a chore split between two BA's.

I can see what Weyerbacher was doing.. and maybe this "should" have been aged for a damn long time... but right now, I am having a hard time figuring out what the base beer is.... just too much burn and not enough of what should be in a Wheatwine, American BW, English BW, Eisbock, Etc...

Not digging this one at all... too damn hot.. final sip is bad apricot brandy.

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Photo of Risser09
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby brown color with lots of head that builds quickly and rises to 3". It is light tan in color and shows great retention. The bubbles are minute and there is plenty of lace that remains. I love the red glow that makes up the outer edges of the beer.

Smell: Sweet and wheat-driven, this beer is spicy with almond and nutmeg. A toasted cereal aroma is faint. Interesting.

Taste: This beer comes off very strong, like an eisbock. The grain components are powerful with wheat and munich malts. The main flavor is actually alcohol, with subsidiary flavors of caramel, nougat and almond. Intense.

Mouthfeel: Very boozy from start to finish, I'm having a tough time getting through the 12 ounces. Lots of coating turbidity and plenty of residual sugar. Belly & throat warmth.

Drinkability: One hsould be enough for the evening. This beer could use some time in the cellar where it could mellow out. I'm sure the wheat component would make it great after 5 or 10 years.

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Photo of nickd717
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in DC.

A - Hazy golden-orange color with a small vanishing white head.

S - Aroma is banana, wheat, spices, and alcohol.

T - Really boozy, sweet, and a bit overdone with banana, wheat, spices, honey, and lots of alcohol. This does not hide the fact that it is almost 12% ABV whatsoever.

M - Palate is medium-full with medium-high carbonation and a dry, boozy finish.

D - Not great. I really didn't care to finish this after about half of it, but what the hell, I did.

Maybe it needed more time to age, but I just didn't find this one to be that impressive. Goes to show you can't always make a great beer by brute force.

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Photo of everetends
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle that I picked up at Bruisin' Ales last week in Asheville, NC. Was really to see this in 12 ozers considering these anny beers from Weyerbacher are traditionally in bombers. From my experience with Wheatwines, they are better in smaller doses and to be savored instead of slammed in mass quantity. Alright, to the beer. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a very nice dark honey color. You have some orange, yellow and brown going on in here. Held to the light, this beer doesn't change color much. The best I can put is that it just lightens up a touch, still the same colors just a touch lighter. The pour bubbled up a slow finger of bright white head. It slowly fades to a thick ring going on here that stays and is accompanied by a thin oil slick of foam. Good and thick sheets of lace are on the glass after each sip, but these ease slowly back in due to the slick film that sits on the glass. Very nice in presentation.

S: I really do think this is the best part of this beer. Big time aromas coming out of this snifter. Starts with some heavy wheat of course. Tons of spicy and earthy presence which is what I expect from the style. Quite awesome. Behind that is what can be best described as if you were freshly cutting bananas and apples for a fruit tray. The banana is so BIG. Just so fresh and present. To mellow it out a touch you get some honey, clove and caramel presence. Floral hops are present for sure but not really shining, this is really a malt and wheat forward beer . . . and I love that.

T: This starts up again like a big ass imperial hefe. Big time and amped up wheat flavors. Nice and spicy with some good peppery flavors mingling with some good earthy and an almost leather type flavor. Then you get that huge banana flavor. Yet again so clean and very prominent. Slight apple flavor. Cloves and honey are sweetening it up a bit. Would have gotten better marks but the alcohol is very present. Tons of alcohol flavor (not just burn), you can taste the alcohol and it is a bit much at times. Still good stuff.

M: Big full bodied brew, very slick and sticky. Carbonation is light and just a touch of crispness in here. The alcohol is hot, yes sir. Tons of alcohol burn in the throat and the stomach. The wierd part is the residual and very lasting burn this beer has. It sticks with you. I think I am sweating. Aftertaste is booze and bananas.

D: Well, this is a very nice beer. The aromas and flavors are great. I dig it for sure. It only got average marks in drinkability because of the alcohol presence. Just a ton of a booze really does take away from the drinking experience. This is a slow sipper for sure but thats the style. It should be a big beer and this is absolutely that. Damned good beer and I look forward to trying one many months from now when this has cooled off a bit.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - honey color with a creamy tan head that leaves a layer of foam down the side of the glass.

S - Huge banana aroma. Spice, wheat, some alcohol and yeast.

T - Apricot, banana and over ripe melon. Alcohol flavor helps contribute to the over ripe melon making it very ripe at times. Nice dunkleweiss flavor to it.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel but soft and creamy with a touch of warm alcohol.

D - A nice sipper. Bold flavors with some warming alcohol but I am surprised by how subdued it seems for such a big beer.

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Photo of chaz410
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

All Hail Weyerbacher!!!
I have had the anniversary beers from 12 and 13 but this thing blows everything out of the water!
It pours a light amber body with a thin white froathy head.
The smell is unbelievable. It is full of wheat malt, strong, thick caramel malt lacing and a little hint of mild hops along with some alcohol notes.
The taste is even better! This is like the strongest hefeweissen you've ever had, mixed with a nice English barleywine and then finishes with a strong Dukleweissen finish. There's a great wheat forefront with nice caramel and 2 row mouthfeel and then a thick alcohol and barley back mouth followed by bannana and clove hints.
The mouthfeel is velvety and fantastic!
This is very easy drinking for a strong beer and Im sure it will age well.
This beer is one of the best I've had in months, love it, buy it, store it, it's the best!!!!

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Gamboge colored...whisp of a white head on top.

S-Spicy and boozy.... fruity but the peaches, nectarines smell like they are coming out of some everclear soaked jungle juice concoction...also some bubble gum esters...

T-Spiciness is up front...I like it....a little more wheat malt sweetness balances..also a little bit of caramel...the fruitiness is there as well with similar flavors as the aroma.

M-Big beer..alcohol laden but not bitingly so. Has a somewhat sticky texture....finishes with a little acidic fruitiness...

D-A great sipper to enjoy while sitting by the campfire....

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Photo of scottyshades
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Had this on tap at the brewery during the release of Riserva a few weeks ago.

I didn't really know what to expect from a wheatwine, as I have never had this style before, but I did expect some wheat!
A: Pours a dark cloudy shade of mahogany and produces some decent lacing and a good head that retains well.

S: Tons and tons of wheat. Smells like a bowl full of wheaties! Slight fruit aroma comes off of this as well as a touch of alcohol, especially as it warms, but other than that it remains pretty well hidden for its ABV

T: Same as the nose, exceptionally wheaty in flavor. A twangy citrus note is present as well as a lingering metallic note. Fine brew here.

MF/D: Don't really know if it is light/med/heavy for the style, but compared to others I would say medium/full.

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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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large head that leaves good lace. Cloudy with an orange-gold color.

Sinewy aroma of high alcohol, almost as if it is a fortified beer. Floral hop and wheat round out the smell.

Slightly sweet, definitely very high in alcohol. A sipping beer. There's a touch of hop in the background, but the finish is very sweet and quite warming from the alcohol.

This is a story of an extreme beer, well-made, and takes some getting used to. But it is worth seeking out to try for an unusual treat. It's not that wheaty and is closer to a barley wine than a wheat beer. The wheat is not hidden but it is also not the main feature.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick,hazy golden orange. Thin tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit,spices and clove. Alcohol is big in the aroma.Body is thick and carbonated. Taste is of sweet dark fruits. Lots of alcohol and a nice spicy finish. Was a bit too sugary for my taste, but still really good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy reddish orange in color with a short 1/" head that falls quickly to a few big bubbles. No lace develops.

Smell: fruit sweetness, alcohol, and some soft spiciness is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel sweetness, ripe plums, green grapes, some soft yeast spiciness, nice balancing bitterness and soft alcohol tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: coming across as a bit sweet and softly spicy, this is an interesting beer that tends to be a slow sipper.

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Photo of TonyGutz
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this poured like free flowing honey

S - after the pour the initial waft was quite strong and smelled d of spices and wheat

T - inital taste has a nice hard bite to it but it immediately mellows out to a nice fruity tase

M -the initial hit is quite strong and just like the bottle says it should mellow rather nicely with age

D - overall i would definitely have another the initial bite is not too strong, but enough to get your attention ad the flavor kicks in as soon as the bite dies down i am quite interested to see how this would taste after some time in the cellar. overall i am definitely going to get some more if they are still around

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Photo of Casey10
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow this beer is very drinkable and has some nice things about it that should make it grow.

A - yellow haze with a thick 2 fingered head that slowly went away.

S - strong smell of Bananas, wheat, and spice.

T - Apricot like very stong taste.

M - Burning very nice will taste nice cellard.

D - Well very stong will taste after cellering. Man this is a great brew just needs some time.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruised peach appearance. Thin dirty white head. Lace is minimal. Nice aroma of banana esters and ripe melons and apricot. Some yeastiness too. Nice fruitiness to this beer. Tastes of apricot and passion fruit and green melon. Has that spiked punch feel to it because the alcohol makes its presence known too, in a good way I might add without any octane overload. A little peppery accent with some doughy malt tones as well. Lingerining alcohol and some bitterness. Lightly carbonated and medium-full body. Nice effort.

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Photo of danmouer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere in the back of my muddled mind I had tucked away a mental note to try Weyerbacher's "14" when I stumbled across one, so as I was packing up a mixed six at my local, I saw and snatched a bottle.

However, I had forgotten originally why I wanted to taste it or what sort of brew it was supposed to be. But I got home, chilled it down, and just before dinner I popped the cap and poured. THEN I looked at the label to see what I was about to drink: a "wheat wine" weighing in at the ABV one expects from his 4-oz. glass of Cabernet Sauvignon! Yikes! And I had just poured 12 ounces...

After a quick readjustment of my expectations, here is what I found. The beer pours a hazy, opalescent orange-amber color and shoots up a huge just off-white rocky head that slides back on itself slowly, leaving a small but substantial corona of foam.

The aroma announces that there is alcohol present, along with fruity esters--banana and maybe a lemony citrus--and a soft fistful of malt. Hop aroma is far in the background.

The flavor is also alcohol-prominent, nicely winey, but leaner than expected. This is a medium-full-bodied big-boy beer, but not at all cloying or syrupy. Carbonation is good and attenuation seems to be higher than I expected. The finish is clean, but appropriately lingering.

Drinkability is an odd concept with this beer. Unfortunately, I sat down on my back porch at the close of a 95-degree Virginia summer day to drink a refreshing wheat ale, and I found myself riding a horse of a completely different color. I didn't finish the 12 ounces. Nonetheless, I intend to buy a couple and lay them down, share them with my sweetie or friends over a special meal or as a winter-warmer through the holiday season. Think I'll pour 4-oz servings in a nice tulip glass. I s'pect this brew will show much better in those circumstances.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reliable wheat twine. A good beer for the style.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple and somewhat forgettable design. Brief narrative the anniversary that gives name and occasion for the brew, with a small descriptive note. Lacks an actual date of bottling or freshness but since it celebrates 14 years from 1995 to 2009 I guess one assumes it is generally speaking from 2009. It neither shows IBUs or °Plato (19°), with Alc. by Vol (11.8.5%) Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark orange haze with a surprising head for such a heavy beer, but something that makes sense with the wheat base, and it foams down quickly to a stubborn ring.

S - Hmmm, banana breadiness with clove like and orange peel hints common in wheat beers lingering over an emerging alcohol that it is quite present.

T - Sweet, a bit spicy, and boozy.

M - It approaches almost a full body, with some carbonation, and a heavy alcohol warming finish.

D - It´s drinkable. But the heaviness around the alcohol does not feel very compensated by too enticing a flavor or accessible complexity. The 12 ounces can feel a bit long if one is not in the right mood.

Notes: It´s a good brew, and I do think that is a reliable sample of wheat wine. I´m going to age one or two of them and see how they go in a few years and hopefully it´ll grow with age.

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Photo of ToddT
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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