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 MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hopsbreath fro this. No bottle date, but I assume this is a 2009 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a HOTD tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy/unfiltered dark orange color with a dirty white head. Looks like there is some sediment floating around. 4/5

Smell- A little caramel and a heavy wheat backbone. Some vanilla in the background. Grassy hops as well. 4/5

Taste- Vanilla and caramel sweetness right up front. Alcohol after that. Also a little orange flavor. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Nice medium maouthfeel. This will get a little heavier as it warms as well as getting sweeter. 4/5

Overall- I haven't had enough wheat wines. They are like a tempered barley wine in my opinion. Good and not enough people make them, as far as I know. I will have to look this style up. Thanks again, Jason. 4/5

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dirty amber color w/ no head. Below average lacing/carbonation. Very murky looking, almost like river water.

S- Fruit, alcohol malt, very faint nose, wish it was quite a bit stronger than it is.

T- Rum soaked fruit, w/ malt, alcohol. Maybe some earthy/woody taste in there as well. Very nice, a step up from the nose.

M- Very port/rum like in feel. Also super dry, but a great aftertaste in this brew. Very complex in feel as well.

O- Enjoyed this beer a lot. Thank you Adam for the chance to try it.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange, no head, no lacing. Dull appearance.

S: aroma features tons of citrus starting with orange zest then transitioning into lemon. Some notes of pineapple are there as well. There is a solvent/boozy towards the end. Also some spicy malt character.

T: starts off sweet with lots of orange character, this taste transitions to spice and then burn. Things are lacking in te balance dept.

Mf: thick body, medium carbonation

O: interesting brew, the wheat in the malt bill makes for a unique beer. This one is a little too boozy.

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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 mcallister
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very crystal polished oarange color with a plenty of carbonation and a small white head.

Aromas of orange marmalade, apricot, cream of wheat, mollasses, spicy hops, pepper, caramel, rum soaked raisins, and some citrus and tropical fruits.

Smells much like the taste. Still a little rough around the edges. Very alcoholy tasting, with spicey hops and wheat. Orange marmalade dominates the mid palate, with some vanilla, caramel, light hints of milk chocolate, candied apricots, papaya, hints of mango, rum, raisins, and more wheat. Pretty complex but a little thin for the style in my opinion. A few more years maybe? This still has years of life left.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

Hazy with froth head. Nose is all about banana and plantains. Palate is hot hot hot with alcohol. Banana leaves come to mind on the flavor. Being allergic to bananas this beer is unpleasant for me even though I know its fine. Prickly and too hot. Would prefer a bit more sweetness.

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Photo of output01x
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful Wheat Wine style beer from Easton PA. It has a sweet smell that includes some mixed fruits like Banana and Lemon, Perhaps a little orange as well. With it's citrus sweet taste the beer has up front it fades into a boozey and malty aftertaste thats a little dry. XIV has a cloudy golden amber color with a decent head that is around for a few minutes but goes away after drinking a few sips. Very drinkable beer and very flavorful. Highly impressed with this brew.

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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear dark reddish amber, some orange highlights, thin off white head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing to speak of, neat colour.

Smell is interesting, a lot of bubblegum, sugary sweet, some caramel, lightly spicy, some floral and a bit of citrus hoppiness, lots of booze, pretty phenolic, banana, more bubblegum, medicinal, kind of weird.

Taste is similar, huge bubblegum, phenolic spice, banana, caramel, lots of booze, some floral and citrus, more sweetness, medicinal and spicy finish, just a bubblegum bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Pretty boozy, hard to drink the whole bottle. Better than any other Weyerbacher anniversary beer I've had though.

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Photo of flexabull
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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 lackenhauser
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

somewhat orange/bronze color. Low end of the carbonation scale-timy white ring of head around the edge. Average aroma-somewhat malty, slightly phenolic. Honey like and sweet flavors upfront. Rather sharp and boozey tasting. Mildly citrus. Definate hop prsence against a sweet graininess. Slick and somewhat soft mouthfeel. An ok beer overall. I like a good wheatwine, this is a tad below being good.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a darker orange color with a thin white dusting barely covering the top of the beer. The head concentrated at the edges of the glass, and left just a bit of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is not surprisingly strong with wheat. I get a bit of a fruity, apple or pear like flavor along with just a bit of a banana flavor as well. Some alcohol shows through as well, but not too bad for the style.

The taste shows a lot of wheat to it throughout the beer. It gives it a very pleasant, sweet, bready, malty, flavor. I get a hint of banana and clove out of it as well as a modest alcohol presence. A little hop bitterness is there helping it from being too sweet, but not adding a lot of hip flavor. Very nice wheat forward flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being moderate for the style. Drinkability was good, I really like wheatwines and found this one to be pretty nice overall. I thought it really showcased the wheat nicely, and it was very drinkable for a wheatwine lover like myself.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years."

--Mark Twain

Burnt orange with a snow globe-like swirl of yeast flecks and a slim cap of beige colored cream that allows beer to be seen from a bird's eye view within minutes of the pour. Minimal lace... since there wasn't much foam creation to begin with.

Smells like a high-octane wheatwine. The malts, which are more than 50% wheat, don't contribute much from an olfactory standpoint. Whatever hops were used don't either. Unfortunately, that doesn't leave much.

The good news is that Fourteen has aged gracefully. The bad news is that it doesn't have anywhere near a complex or deep flavor profile. Such is the problem with primarily wheat-based ales that don't have something else (e.g. an estery yeast strain with hefeweizens) to make them interesting on the palate.

Specifics include rock candy, honey, hints of banana, maybe a hint of bitter grasses, and a large splash of Grey Goose. A moderate sweetness is cut off at the knees by warming and smooth-edged alcohol. Pretty drinkable by big beer standards.

All things considered, the mouthfeel is where it needs to be. Slightly bigger would have been fine too. Slightly smaller would not have been. The carbonation is still somewhat sparkly, which helps rather than hurts.

Fourteen Ale is not the equal of some of the other Weyerbacher anniversary brews. Then again, given the style and my preferences, that isn't a big surprise. If you're cellaring a bottle or two, another year isn't likely to hurt in the least.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a pint glass. Nice creamy head and dark copper, almost murky appearance.

Smells of yeast and alcohol right up front with some spice notes from the wheat.

Tastes of alcohol. Of course this is a 11.8% ABV beer but holy cow. I guess because its a couple years old I thought it would have mellowed some but what can I expect from almost 12% ABV. This is unlike any beer I have tasted. It reminds me almost nothing of a wheat beer. So heavy on alcohol, it lingers in the finish and Im still feeling the heat in my throat a minute or so after my drink. Hints of spice and bourbon.

For me this is not a very drinkable beer. Im glad Im getting to enjoy it but its a bit over the top for me.

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Photo of brewskier
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slight amber colored head, fairly filmy. The beer is a very dense, cloudy orange amber, and one could almost imagine the thick sediment within as prehistoric yeast cake trapped in solidified sap. There is in fact a very large quanitity of sediment sitting at the bottom of the glass, and copious amounts also suspended within the luminous liquid. I like a little bit of particulate, but this is excessive. Absolutely no lacing left on the glass.

Bright aroma of floral and evergreen hops, sweet and tangy, but light. Perfumey, but not cloying. Needs a little swirl of the glass to really emerge, though.

Flavor has a strong sour note of lemon and cider vinegar, tempered by a pleasant sweetness of wheat malt and soft hints of herbal tea. Nicely layered and complex, a bit of a cross between sour and barleywine.

Considerable body is well-perforated by ample effervescence, giving a pleasingly balanced mouthfeel.

Especially for something over 10%, the alcohol is not very noticeable, and the lemon flavors keep it light and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 presence.

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; not terrible, but sort of blah.

slightly syrupy medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. not a big drinkability score.

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

Pours a very light tan, three-finger head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color, with a ton of floaties. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light dark fruit nose. Flavor is sweet, dark fruits, some alcohol, no wheat, sweet finish. $3.25 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature, approximately 48 degrees F.

Deep burnished gold in color and verging on amber, the pour producing a thick head cream-tinged foam that dissipates rather quickly and noisily, disappearing entirely and leaving behind no trace of its existence on the walls of the glass as it empties.

The nose is full of bright fruity esters, comingling with honey, grass, some unidentified spiciness and a hint of booze.

The medium-full body is lightened up a bit by the somewhat lively palatial carbonation -- appearances are deceiving here as far as carbonation, but the lively crackling of the bubbles as they disappeared evidences the fairly lively feel on the tongue as well, and this one is left feeling almost Belgian.

Palate is wonderfully reminiscent of the nose, rife with bright stone fruit, honey, and peppery, somewhat herbal spice and a hint of fresh grass. Alcohol really shows itself as well, though it is certainly not overly hot; rather, it adds to the fruitiness, providing just a bit of slickness and a touch of booze, sliding into a warming, spicy, very dry finish mildly reminiscent of a young whiskey. Surprisingly, there is a mild resemblence to a complex red wine, perhaps a blend of the spicier varietals, though the sensation of a young whiskey is difficult to erase.

Superbly interesting, though even after a year of age it still displays its green youth mightily. I'll certainly be taking the brewery's advice and setting aside a few bottles in the cellar, as the way it stands, this should mellow to something quite nice. Two years down the road, and this should be something divine, at least as far as Wheatwines are concerned. Still, it displays a vibrant youthful character that certainly shouldn't be missed.

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Photo of kkipple
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh Weyerbacher. One of a few breweries I rarely buy. But when this bottle of Fourteen showed up from my buddy Prototypic, I knew I'd be tryin' it.

A. Pours a dense, syrupy lookin' dull orange copper with a short white head. Not surprising, given the kick on this thing.

S. Sweet, typical Weyerbacher big boozy. Lots of residual sugar here too, this is candy-caramel with some estery spice - clove and pepper, maybe? A little 2 dimensional, but not offensive...

T. Yeah... I dunno, I don't "get" most Weyerbacher beers. With exceptions (Tiny, Hops Infusion, etc) most are overly sweet, overly boozy misses. This flirts with that same ole: however, a year has possibly softened this out, and it's rather drinkable for 11.8%... or would be if the flavor made me want to drink it. As it is, this reminds me of excitable homebrew. Big, clumsy, sweet and boozy, and while the wheat adds some interest, it's simply too over the top. If I'm going to get hammered on 12% beer, it's gotta be tasty and this just isn't doing it.

M / D. Softish, heavy, sweet / aged hops in the finish. Sort of a crystaline sugar thing... hmm. Not bad. But not great.

Another regrettable miss from Weyerbacher. I know these guys can make beer I like; clearly our palates are divergent. Worth a try if you like big wheatwines, I guess...

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Year old bottle from oak tree.

A - pours a deep copper color with some gold highlights and dark brown hues. Not much foam. Slight film rest on the top. Very clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.

S - the smell is mildly sweet. Estery. A little boozey. Some clove and a hint of hay.

T - complex flavor. Lots of fruit esters, mostly apple and cherry. Some clove. A little bit of honey and some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - very smooth and creamy. Medium bodied. Barely any carb.

D - this seems to mellow out nicely. It was certainly boozey to start with but its drinking well now.

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Photo of seeswo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher fourteen ale is a previous anniversary brew, and happens to be a wheat wine. Given my obsession with wheatwines, I had to give this a go. Pours a light hazy color. As with other wheat wines, it is immediately obvious that this is the fusion of a big Weiss beer and a barleywine. The taste of the fourteen is maybe a bit more of the Weiss beer, but with a big backbone behind it. A subdued flavor of lemon accompanies the wheat and really make this beer taste of a mega kicked up Weiss Brau. Can't say I am in love with it, but I really enjoyed it. Tasting this beer, you can rally see how styles overlap and merge. Worth a go.

One of the better interpretations of the style, but certainly not elite. Makes me happy as a burgeoning wheat wine afficiando, but I still seek out the top version of whatever I think of the style as being.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to normyk for this one!

Slightly hazy, this one is golden tinted amber in color. The slight head of foam recedes rather quickly, but leaves a nice, surface covering, film. Lacing is spotty, but slightly sticky.

The first thing that comes to mind when I smell this is "sweet and golden". I'm not sure if anyone will understand that, other than myself. Light hints of bananas foster. Nice presence of spiciness. A solid hint of booziness, but at this strength, it's not surprising.

Big presence of wheat and spiciness, which is certainly NOT unexpected. Definite hints of belgian yeast notes and honey sweetness. Notes of bananas, clove and candi sugars.

Full-bodied with an almost syrup-like touch to it. Low-to-medium level of carbonation. Extra smooth, with a light hint of creaminess.

While there is a certain booziness to this one, it doesn't taste like 11.80%abv. You certainly feel it rather quickly, though.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Weighing in at a whopping 11.8-percent ABV, it's brewed with over 50 percent wheat malt, unfiltered; so we know to expect some cloudiness, sediment in the bottle and that signature wheat twang to be present. Weyerbacher suggests that you age some bottles and try them down the road, but also enjoy one now so you can get a base to compare against, which is exactly what we're going to do right now ...

Tawny colored, touch of haze, topped with a creamy off-white lacing. Suggestions of oranges and hints of mint mingle with esters and alcohol, backed by a toasty and grainy malt nose. Viscous and chewy body, with a crisp, fizzy carbonation that struggles to be released. Very sweet, sugary and fruity up
front with notes of apricot, plum and peaches, followed by a toasty malt flavor, drop of toffee, and a mouthful of wheat and twang. Alcohol presence runs bit too hot, as it warms the cheeks and bathes the brain into a buzz. Plenty of intricate and spicy phenols that linger for some time; slightly overwhelming. Very peppery. Dry, wheaty and crackery in the finish with boozy alcohol on the breath.

It's certainly good now, and flavorful as all hell, but it's definitely a bit green and could use some maturation in order to tone down the alcohol and spiciness, and smooth things out a bit. This would go great with some soft, young goat cheese, toasted raisin bread and chunky peach preserves. Give it a try and enjoy!

Happy 14th, Weyerbacher!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter...thanks to Jason for the trade.

A: Pours a dark hazy orange with a tiny white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves no real lacing. Only complaint here is the lack of head...I poured it pretty vigorously too.

S: The nose is great. Lots of caramel, toffee, and a spicey component. Smells very sweet.

T: The taste confirms the sweetness from the nose. Caramel, toffee, spices and a slight hoppy flavor.

M: The feel is coats the mouth with flavors and allows the finish to last for a while.

D: This is tasty but the 11% and the sweetness makes this low on the drinkabilty scale. However I would drink it again.

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Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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