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 WeisGuy
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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 gford217
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a frothy white head that recedes very slowly and leaves sticky lacing and some boozy legs. Lots of floaties in the body.

The aroma is sweet and spicy all in one. A little bit of wheat sweetness with a bit of banana and bubblegum. But then there is spicy/sweet honey and a boozy burn in the nostrils.

The taste starts with a spicy honey sweetness before giving way to the wheat backbone. The finish is spicy with a serious alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is super creamy, thick and almost chewy. Low, soft carbonation and lots of booze.

An enjoyable wheat wine with lots of different flavors and lots of alcohol which really limits the drinkability. Thick and creamy.

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

A wheatwine that while not astringent was bold on the wheat side and not as balanced as I expected. Somewhat boozy and alcohol warming, though not in the aroma which is honeyish.Tad above average mouthfeel, some toffee, darkish colour with some off-white head.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Weyerbacher 14 pours a cloudy burnt orange, and a nearly three finger bone head rises up. Lacing is almost nonexistent, and I was ready to score this beer lower, but head retention is great, holding at two fingers for a while before slowly fading. The nose is decent, but nothing special, lots of tartness from the wheat along with some bubble gum and banana. The flavor largely follows, although the wheat is less prominent and lets everything else shine through a little bit more. There's also a little bit of spice from the remaining alcohol burn. Fourteen's body is pretty good, it's got the appropriate heft for a nearly 12% beer. The carbonation however is a little too modest, which leaves the beer feeling a little too syrupy. While the alcohol is definitely present, even almost a year later, it's not overbearing in any way. The poor carbonation though hurts Fourteen's drinkability a little bit. Fresh Fourteen on tap was my introduction to wheatwines, and the bottled version is a pretty solid one, but not without its flaws.

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Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber/gold, and quite cloudy; head is non-existent.
Aromas of white grapes, banana, clove, sweet bready yeast, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol in the nose.
The taste is quite sweet, yet balanced. There's also pepper, bubblegum, and peach along with some pineapple and citrus, most likely from the hops. Yeats adds a banana character which is quite dominant, maybe a little too much so. ABV is noticeable with a slight alcohol bite but the wheat helps to balance it out. I would classify this as a fairly good wheat wine as the style isnt that commonplace, so it's hard to judge it against many competitors.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A light orange body with just short of a finger of head that soon becomes just a thin layer on top. Very thick lacing around the glass.

Sugary aromas of bubblegum and light fruit.

Tastes like candied fruit, sweet and tart wheat. Somewhat spicy and warm.

Syrupy texture. A heavier and thicker body.

Certainly a sipper, but not a bad sipper at that.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Snifter Glass

A- Pours a reddish orange with a thin white head.

S- Sweet caramel malts with a strong wheat, yeast, banana, and rye nose. Slight alcohol with alot of citrus in there.

T- Smooth malts with a strong wheat alcohol fullness and slightly sour. Nothing really to great here. Alot of citrus perhaps to much, and strong yeast flavor.

M- Full bodied with lower carb and a strong bitter finish.

Not sure what to say about this one. I'm a big weyerbacher fan but I'm not really a fan of wheat beers so this one did nothing for me.


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

Shame, SHAME on me for not getting to this brew sooner. Fifteen is already clogging up the shelves here in Georgia and still I haven't popped open a single one of my Fourteen bottles. Well, today, that's all gonna change!

Appearance: Pours out a caramel-colored, opaque body with a minute, bone white head leaving no more than a trace of lacing here or there on the descent.

Smell: Aroma smelling of modestly toasted bread crumbs, and apples, bananas, and white grapes given a pinch of spice and a generous coating of sweet-scented caramel sauce and honey. Plenty of the anticipated wheat, of course, and more than a generous dosing of alcohol.

Taste: Typically tangy-tasting malted wheat with an additional hint of toasted bread. Big tastes of caramel and honey with a substantial sweetness. Already there's plenty of alcoholic heat warming the tongue, throat, and belly. Vivid fruitiness of mashed bananas and oven-baked Liberty apples. The white grape in the nose is coming across more as a lychee flavor in the taste. Gentle spiciness. There's a bitterness present, if a bit downplayed. A stack of fruits dusted with peppery spices on the warming, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability: The drinkability remains, well, as decent as it really can be for a wheatwine, what with its weighty body and generous helping of booze. Overall, it's fairly good for a wheatwine. I'll be sure not to wait so terribly long on the newest Fifteen Ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I was surprised and thrilled to see this return to the stores around here. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, booze, orange flesh, banana, bubblegum, nutmeg, and some light floral hops. The taste is kinda surprisingly heavy on the citrus, particularly oranges, along with some rye spice, rye bread, honey, booze, a touch of hot cinnamon, and bubblegum. The body is a heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly chewy feel. I do so enjoy this beer. I hope I can get my hands on the Special Dark version, maybe have a side-by-side o' wheatwine-y goodness.

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Photo of atsprings
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
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 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 ef88
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Gorgeous amber color with about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. A few bubbles slowly move their way up.

S: Some sweetness, but mainly alcohol and apples.

T: Oh yeah--that's the taste. Nice spiciness that hangs around longer than the alcohol and sweet fruit that I'm tasting. Delicious.

M: Very warming, little carbonation, and a nice long finish.

D: I love how this tastes, but would make an ass of myself if I enjoyed a few too many of these. Oh well, not like I haven't done it before...

Very tasty (and sexy looking) wheatwine from Weyerbacher. Get your hands on this if you can.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle of Wednesday night's celebratory elixir (wife transitioning to a new career path ~ final day at the old job). Poured to a snifter.

A: Rosey-honey color, what a comforting glow... Virtually clear, just the finest fuzziness. The tiniest bubbles wriggle and writhe slowly upward. Head is brief, aptly cream and lingering as a slim ivory ring. Jagged lace glides in long drapes after each sip.

S: Boozy sweetness, sugar candy (think liqueur-filled chocolates) and spices galore.

T: Lots of honey, toffee and spice - plenty malty (wheat bread, duh...). An herbalness that is something like menthol/mint, followed by an earthy grain alcohol...not too hot, mellowed with months of age. A nice balance.

M: Creamy, creamy, creamy - such a smooth mouthfeel... surprisingly, tho' just a little thin. Not nearly as brash with the phenolic warmth as the nose led on - good!

D: A surprise in that it is easy to drink...oh, so *easy*. For an ale nearing 12%, that could be an issue...but not for me, not tonight. Will keep one around to see what another year or two of (further) aging can do...

Somehow or another 3 of these came my way, so thanks to AdamB84 and ??? and ??? Thanks, guys... Adam, you get credit, but thanks to others...

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear ruby red with a quickly disappearing head.

Smell: Spicy wheat with a nice earthy hop presence and a bready back.

Taste: The difference between this and their blithering idiot barleywine is night and day. The huge malt presence is swapped with a spicy wheat flavor that really moderates this one. In addition there are some nice florals and earthy hops poking through the palate and a healthy dose of that signature weyerbacher yeast I've grown so fond of. The alcohol is fairly present but the wheat somehow makes the flavor seem light.

Mouthfeel: Viscous and slippery with a spiciness the really lights up the tastebuds.

Drinkability: How drinkable can a wheatwine be? This is a pretty good representation of what I expect from this style. Overall I like this brew, with a few years on it it just might turn into something really sublime....

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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 levifunk
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Lost Abbey taster.

a - murky orange. low head.

s - cinnamon spice. apricot. sweetness.

t - oaky hotness to it, but otherwise pretty sweet.

m - syrupy, low carbonation. would be better with more carb.

o - decent flavor, but a bit of a let down.

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

Pours a cloudy amber with hints of orange and a nice white head that recedes into a ring of lacing.
Aroma was a spicy banana with some sweet white grapes and a hint of the alcohol.
Taste as sweet with the banana, some clove and the warmth of the alcohol.
Heavy body beer with little or no carbonation.
Definitely a sipping beer, the alcohol gives it some heat and as it warms the sweet fruits come out more.
I wish I had picked up two bottles, this would be a nice beer to cellar for a couple of years.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 bceagles39
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Pours a nice burnt orange, somewhat cloudy with quite a bit of floaters in there. Small off-white head. Not too much lacing. A light fizz.

Smells of light caramel and apple cider. Some tartness.

Very flavorful but not extremely bold. Tastes light a light barleywine with some banana notes.

Full bodied but not too heavy. Actually softer than I was expecting.

Highly drinkable for the style and the ABV. The alcohol is pretty well masked on this one (not completely hidden, obviously, it's pushing 12%), which could get dangerous.

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

Nice! I've had this beer for several months..."aged" a little less than the Weyerbacher 12 and 13 that I still have stored away. Pours a very hazy light amber color. You can see sediment at the bottom of the glass. A nice medium sized very bubbly off white head...average retention for this octane level - faces to a covering of the top of the glass with some lacing.

You can tell from the aroma that there will be a slight alcohol encounter. There is also wheat bitterness....some Belgian banana/cloves yeast thing going on too.

Tastes good. The alcohol is there but not enough to ruin anything. In addition to the banana/cloves and wheat bitterness, it seems like there is a slight "woody" barrel-aged taste as well.

Mouthfeel is rich...thinned out only by the alcohol. Drinkability is pretty good. A slow sipper to be sure, but a big flavor can usually lure me a bit beyond the prudent amount.

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

Notes from a Weyerbacher haul.

This is my first Wheatwine. Im going into this not really knowing what to expect other than big, in your face attitude and plenty of alcohol.

A- Cloudy and bright yellow. This beer cant sustain a head, but who can blame it with an ABV approaching 12%?

S- Huuuge smell. Loads of banana. Banana, clove and esters like Ive never experienced before. There is also a lot of alcohol on the nose. This stuff almost makes my eyes water.

T- Lots more banana and clove and WAY more alcohol. This beer is sweet, fruity and boozy. There is a slightly off putting high level of astringency that becomes medicinal at times.

M- Thick, syrupy and hot.

D- A sipper for sure. I wouldnt even have a problem splitting this bottle in two.

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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 cavedave
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy dark amber, topped by a billowy light beige head that recedes to a nice cap. Slathers of lace recede to lasting spots and oily sheen.

A sparkly, spicy smell, full of tart yeast, orange, bready grain, and hints of alcohol/sweet wrapping it together.

The floral hoppy flavors in this young wheat wine hit first, sounding the trumpet for grainy and spicy notes to lead the charge. Some sweet, delcious fruity notes of nectarine, orange, neutral sweet and citrus bitter join the sip, which ends in a juicy flourish of spicy fruitiness/florality and light bitter. MIA is any trace of alcohol.(Can't believe other reviewers found this hot?)

Mouthfeel is very light for a beer of this size, it drinks way too easily. Low/med. carb. is perfect, it clears out a touch quickly for what it is, but pleasantly, and cleanly, viscous.

Drinkability is off the charts. With a bit of age this may need to carry a warning label.

Nice job Weyerbacher, I'll be getting another four for the cellar, these four are for now.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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