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 rlee1390
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Clear amber some carbonation, two finger head that doesn't last long at all.

S-Wheat, alcohol, soy sauce and spice.

T-Some wheat and spice, alcohol is still present and no bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-Wayy past its prime. Alcohol dominates, not that sweet.

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BostonHops
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 heat. 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.

slightly syrupy medium-full bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. all in all it's a decent enough beer, worth a shot i suppose, even though i'd have to say it didn't live up to expectations.

originally reviewed: 01-09-2011

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jakers90
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a clear, dark gold color with a miniscule tan head. The last pour or two threw out some pretty crazy floaties.

Nose is honey and alcohol. Id like to say I get some other aromas in here somewhere, but I got nothin'...

Taste has really smoothed out quite a bit over the past year or so. A good blend of alcohol and sweetness with a zesty wheat tang drive the beer while just a bit of leafy bitterness remains on the finish. Body is full, but not cloyingly sweet. This was a good beer from Weyerbacher, both when fresh and aged a bit. I wish I had more.

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Photo of ASUBeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Paul68
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of smakawhat
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 cynical1027
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jimmys
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

picked up a 12oz bottle at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA. i guess these have been sitting on the shelf for a while considering these were released in 2009...lucky for me, this a big brew that shouldnt hate hanging out for a while.

A: a ruby/orange hue. pretty hazy. head is a thick white. retention is good and leaves a tons of thick lacing.

S: sugar in the raw. a big bowl of sugary candies. butterscotch, toffee, caramel. a little bit of heat follows all of that up. maybe some sweet fruit in there too. apples and kiwi.

T: slightly alcoholic. chewy bit of wheat. but mostly just tons of sweetness. finish is strong with butterscotch and vanilla. a real lingering sweetness. cloying.

M: full bodied chewy brew. carbonation is low, but works well.

D: quite the sipper. drinks more like a big english barleywine than a wheatwine. not getting a ton of wheat-like characteristics. certainly enough of everything to make a pleasantly big-bodied brew.

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Photo of adrian21
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with no real retention or lacing on a hazy crimson body.

S: lots of fruit, molasses and a little chardonnay note. sweet

T: A fairly boozy taste as was expected. Breads and malts up front transitioning to a chardonnay sharpness with fruit, molasses and honey notes.

M: sharp with light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall these tend to be too boozy for my liking. Sort of the way I feel about barelywines. This one is fairly complex and one of the better members of the genre.

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Photo of halo913
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Drank on 01/25/2012

A - brown with a tint of red. barely any head forms, but what does is very light colored

S - smells very sweet, with a bit of dark fruit aroma and some caramel sugary notes.

T - caramel-like sugars and roasted maltiness. a lot of sweetness. but also some alcohol detectable in the flavor

M - somewhat thick mouth feel

O - interesting brew, kind of like a barley wine, but definitely with a different flair

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Photo of strykn42
2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of btesta
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of themotherculture
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tugg407
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Pours a burnished, quite red amber, with mild haze. Head is dissipated to a ring of white bubbles. Lace is clingy though, and saves it from oblivion.

Smells intriguing. Quite sweet with a nutty edge, kind of savoury with a biscuity note. Hint of wet grain and maybe a touch of melon as well. Not amazing, but certainly pleasant.

Vanilla on the front, quite massively. Develops fairly sweet mid-palate with caramel and lactose notes, then descends into the finish which has characteristic fruit ester notes - more melon with some tangerine, strong vanilla and other fruit notes I can't quite pick. Not bad, but again it doesn't quite connect with me; I'd like more grounding maybe.

Fairly smooth, really. Quite a big body, bit boozey and dry towards the back. Bit sharp but otherwise good.

Yeah, look, at some point I want to give this a 4, because even though it's not quite wowing me on any specific part, I think it's quite a nice drop. Let's call this a 4 for effort overall.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of cmiley123
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jlenik
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Fourteen Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 272 ratings.
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