Verboten | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Zotten, but taken off the market in Feb 2010 in a copyright infringement agreement between Weyerbacher and Bierbrouwerij De Halve Maan.

Added by dborginis on 05-20-2010

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Photo of tjd112
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into mug

Appearance - Golden brown, somewhat fizzy off white head, little lacing

Smell - Biscuity, malty

Taste - Honey, hops, bread, some fruitiness/tartness

Mouthfeel - Medium to light, very crisp

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - My first good impression of Weyerbacher

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

Review is from notes taken 11/2/2009. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Body pours a nice coppery, peachy color and comes with a huge 3 finger head that is slightly off-white and thick like a merengue, has nice retention and leaves a foamy web of thick lacing; body is mostly clear and shows moderate carbonation.

Smell: Slightly tart and sweet, light fruity esthers. Nose is quite strong.

Taste: As mentioned above, the fruity taste is a bit sweet and tart (like the candy of the same name); interestingly enough, there is a mild grassy (and slightly metallic) hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste; well-balanced, flavors are not especially overly pronounced or big like some Belgian styles.

Mouthfeel: Moist and refreshing; leaves a sticky coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Nice subdued flavors, refreshing mouthfeel with a very moderate ABV, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy dirty copper color with a lingering off-white head. The scent is sort of yeasty mix with bananas. The taste starts off kind of sweet with lots of malt and banana flavors. As the flavors progress it turns into this yeasty, bread taste that finishes a little chalky with hints of caramel left behind. Quite smooth and refreshing making this a pretty decent brew.

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

I have had this brew since before Weyerbacher was ordered to remove it from based on a legal outcome. With this being said I really hope that they do re-release this brew again and from what I have read it sound like they will. This brew was poured into a chalice, had a nice dull golden color, somewhat cloudy with a nice sized white head that had great retention. The bubbles in the head where reminiscent of champagne and I think this is what lead to the minimal lacing. The aroma is nice, pale malt with a nice clove and slight banana scent ... some additional fruit aromas, green apple? Hops are there and mix very well. The malt flavor comes across first and then the hop presence sets in and seems to mix well with the carbonation as it hits the side and back of the tongue. Hopes have a nice bitterness and are much more pronounced here than in the nose. Flavors of clove and banana from the yeast are there and go very well with everything. Love to find out what hop(s) they have used in this one. Again this was a very good beer and I really hope and look forward to seeing it out in the market renamed in the future.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful looking beer, I got that desired "two-finger cap" and it's an incredibly foamy beige thing. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of lace stick going on.

Aroma is rather subtle and even unremarkable. Not bad in any way, but the hints of peach/pear fruit, sweet spice and nutty yeast are just that--hints. Seems somewhat closed off, or muted...or maybe my sniffer ain't working well tonight...

The flavor totally and utterly hits its mark. A mellow but firm malt center offers a doughy foundation for fruits (apple, pear, peach) to leap off from, and the yeast is nutty and just slightly funky. There's a mineral vibe shrouding the flavor, in just the right measure where it feels earthy rather than metallic. Nuttiness, a light hop kiss and dessert-y spice linger in the enjoyably dry finish.

Light-to-medium body, and it fills the mouth with tiny bubbles, making for a springy, airy sensation, although there's also a nice bready roundness as well.

This actually outclasses Bruges Zot, which I found overrated, but which is of the same style and shares a conceptual link. It may not outclass all authentic Belgians in the style, but it can sure hold its own. Another Weyerbacher winner.

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Photo of engagechad
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods on tap - pint

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a pillow of rocky foamy head. Smells of sweet wheaty toasty notes, taste follows. It's sweet but it has a little bit from the hops in there as well. Smooth on the palate and wonderful to drink. Very complex.

I would absolutely buy it agian

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this ale.

A: It poured a strong golden color which was slightly hazy and was topped by two fingers of fine bubbled, cream colored, head. Retention was good and lacing was evident.

S: Apricot and coriander? Nice malt aroma to follow.

T: Well balanced malt with lemon, spice and a light hop bite to finish. Perfectly balanced and richly flavored, this is one APA that is sure to satisfy someone who is eager for a rich full bodied brew. The only thing that seems out of place is the name. There is nothing forbidden about this brew.

M: Smooth on the tongue like velvet. Not too thick or overpowering with just the right amount of crispness that brings you back for more.

D: Extremely drinkable. I'll be sure to pick up another 6 pack of these next time I'm in town.

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Photo of Ziro
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw a beer from Weyerbacher and had to grab it. Poured this from a 12oz into a snifter.

Pours nicely into a murky amber color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Slight amount of carbonation can be seen.

Fruity mostly citrus with some malty aromas. Sweet smelling as well with a bit of yeast. Also has an earthy hop to it. Mostly sweet with everything else coming in after.

Tastes of honey and fruits. Again mostly citrus followed by some hop bitterness at the end. The hop finish is a great surprise from what you expect from the smell. The alcohol isn't easily detected which is a plus or minus depending on the drinker. As it warms the other ingredients come out of hiding.

Smooth and malty with a nice dry hop finish. Not a strong finish just enough to change it up. About medium bodied and carbonation isn't too much just the right amount.

I can't really complain after trying this brew. The aroma had some complexity to it and then you take a sip and have a nice surprise from the unexpected finish. My only real nitpick if I must(and I must) is the appearance. The head just disappeared on me(which may be my own fault). Regardless, I can easily see myself getting another 6-pack or recommending this to friends.

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Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: An amber pour with a slight orange tint and a light haze supports a quickly receding 2” off-white foam collar. S: Estery aromas rise form the glass. T: This yeast driven beer features fruit, plum, apricot, orange, and some caramel and toffee with a moderate bitterness. F: Medium body and medium high carbonation. O: A well balanced and drinkable beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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