Verboten | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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 Chas58
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Weyerbacher Tulip glass from a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin

Appearance: pours a hazy orange yellow with a fairly active head that leaves a beautiful lacing as the head slowly dissipates. 

Smell: a slightly yeasty  floral aroma, very pleasant and very reminiscent of the good single Belgians. Some citrusy hints. 

Taste: a biscuity, fruity, mostly mild citrus flavors. A very nice flavor that pays nice tribute to the really good Belgian ales. 

Mouthfeel: a very normal amount of carbonation with a nice yeasty film and a very floral citrusy taste. Very balanced, and with no alcohol burn. 

Overall: this is a very good, almost great Belgian ale, very balanced and really tasty. I enjoyed the fresh growler fill more than I remember from the bottle. Belgian singles can get too yeasty at times ( in my opinion), this does a great job of being incredibly drinkable , and tasty. Give it a try if you find it. The Weyerbacher Tap Room is always a good place to taste it. 

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Cloudy amber with two-finger, white, foamy and creamy head that lasted several minutes. Good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops. Apples and spice.

T: Light sweetness and moderate bitterness. Subtle apple and spice. Finished with toasted notes.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Solid Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of Guden
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Fairly cloudy copper color with a thin layer of head that sticks around but leaves no lacing.

S- Coriander and bubblegum with a little bit of sulfur and fresh grain.

T- The grain comes through with earthy hops and a bit of the belgian character. There's a lot going on but it's not very good instead tasting pretty grainy and muddy. The finish is a spicy bitterness.

M- Pretty thin and dry with medium low carbonation. There's also a bit of a grainy texture to it that doesn't seem to fit. It could definitely use more carb for my tastes.

O- A very average beer. I've had it a couple times when it was around but probably won't go back again. Nothing terrible but nothing particularly good or interesting.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured orange in color, but was not cloudy or hazy at all pretty clear. Nose is light coriander and clove notes, but not much else going on. Taste is syrupy and bitter, not hoppy or very spicy. Spices are trying to come out but they don't really make it. Syrupy bitterness lingers on in the mouth, not very refreshing. This may have been an old bottle.

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Photo of Roose13
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Orange, cloudy. Huge head that lasted a long time.

S: Yeast, bread, citrus.

T: Very bready, a bit citrusy, grassy

M: Very carbonated. Taste lingers.

Overall: A damn good BPA. Very imaginative. Love the citrus and yeast. Really left a lasting impression on me. I will have this again for sure.

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

Beautiful orange color; served in a glass. Not much of a flothy head. Wonderful aroma, nice feel and taste, a little bit strong aftertaste. Very similar to my favorite beer, Stella Artois however, packed with more flavor. Will buy this again. It was highly recommended.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Part of my haul from volunteering at BBF. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Verboten pours a hazy burnt orange, with some gentle lighter orange highlights. There's only about a finger of bone colored foam sitting atop the beer. The nose is highlighted by some pleasant esters. Aromas of granny smith apples and white wine grapes waft out of the glass, offset by a dash of clove. The flavor profile starts off with a similar nice fruity notes. Phenols assert themselves a bit more here on the back end than in the smell, and unfortunately they move past clove and have a bit of a medicinal unpleasantness to them. The body is maybe just a little full for the style, but that's a minor issue. A little bit more of a concern is the noticeably dull carbonation, it's not nearly lively enough for a good Belgian ale. Verboten isn't anywhere near being an unpleasant beer, it just misses the mark a bit for the style.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy orangish amber with a thick, bubbly, loose off white head

S - yeasty, apples, white grapes, faint spice

T - apples, peppery, white grapes, clove

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit over carbonated, smooth

Not a bad beer, but a bit simple. It has decent flavor and drinkability. I probably won't pick this up again, but I'm glad I tried it once.

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

Pours a hazy not cloudy amber. The smell is sweet like a tripel.
The taste begins the same as the smell but doesn't have any staying power. There is a small bitterness towards the end. Light and easy drinking. Not great but good and I will be picking up more on one of my future visits to the brewery.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color with a large amount of foamy off-white head that lasts.

The scent is of citrus and fruit with notes of herbal hops.

The taste is also of citrus, lemon, and some other sweet fruit. There is a moderate bitter herbal hop presence.

Medium body, creamy and soft feel, low to moderate carbonation.

This was a nice, well balanced, flavorful beer.

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Photo of AMiz602
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark gold with some amber tones. Does not look too much like a Belgian Tripel, but much more like the pale ale that it is. It is a little cloudy.

Has a very thick, frothy head that stays for quite a while. It is a decently carbonated beer and really lets the head stay on for some time.

Smells sweet with hints of bread. Almost smells Hefeweizen-like.

It is a very fruity tasting beer, orange peel, maybe even a little lemon. Tastes very much like a Belgian Witbier. Has a subtle sweetness that blends well with the fruity taste, and finishes a little bitter, yet with a slight hint of a light malty undertone. Is not a dry finish by any means.

Overall, a well-balanced beer that is quite drinkable. It has it all, bitterness, sweetness, and beautiful color, and just the right amount of spices to get you back for more.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1.5 finger head with nice retention on a cloudy golden amber body

S: musty and slightly pungent yet cirtusy hops and yeast. A very mild fig and apricot note as well. some mild pale malts.

T: more like a saison in terms of the yeast and fruitness (banana) profile with clove and spice. the hops are less available in the flavor and mostly provide herbal and candied citrus notes however the hop content is of the right degree for the style.

M: lighter side of medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: A nice representative of the style which seems to be sweeter than others I have had. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange/amber, well carbonated, two finger head

S-Lots of spices, darker fruits, wheat, clove banana

T-Some spice, grassy notes, peppery, not much else going on in the taste, a let down from the nose. Some darker fruits come out as it warms.

M-Light in bodied, good deal of carbonation.

O-The nose is great but everything after that is a let down. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of horshack7
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a dark amber with a twinge of haze. On top is an off white foamy head around one finger thick.

Aroma: Clove, cinnamon, caramlized banana, light fig notes. Wisps of plum and light bready malts.

Taste: Figs, cloves, cinnamon, apple, plum, banana, raisins, faint citrus. Mostly it's malt forward with a smooth mouthfeel with a touch of toffee texture.

Notes: Not too bad it's very drinkable. Cheers.

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

Poured from a growler to a snifter glass.

Pours a deep blood orange, with a thin lace head around the top of the glass. Hazy with a fair amount of visible carbonation. Smells of orange peels, banana bread, original flavored bubble gum. Light grain, banana, clove on the tongue piny hops, slight metalic taste on the finish. Crisp, and light ont the mouthfeel. Overall not too bad, nothing really too exciting either, highly drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Specific Gravity. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head with no retention, leaving a very small ring on top. No lacing at all.

S: Lots of orange and banana with plenty of wheat. There is a little bit of grassy/floral hops along with plenty of spice. Faint bubble gum as well.

T: Much more banana on the flavor profile mixed with a bunch of cloves. Some grain and wheat come forward as does some light caramel and some more more bubblegum.

M: Light to medium bodied, active carbonation.

O: Liked this one a good bit actually. Easy drinking with a fruit forward flavor profile.

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Photo of Samp01
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a reddish rust amber with a medium lasting tan head. Aroma and Taste of banana, biscuit malt, sweet spicy fruit, some yeast and citrus piney hops. Palate is medium body, crisp mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finish is biscuit malt, spicy fruits, yeast with a citrus piney hops ending. Overall a good, crisp and quality BPA.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a huge, long lasting white head. Aroma is of caramel, candy sugar, ripe fruit, yeast and hints of hops. Body is medium and smooth. Caramel malt, yeast, candy sugar, ripe fruit, and good amount of herbal hops fill the mouth. Finish is long, earthy. Not bad, but for some reason expected more from this brew.

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Photo of yamar68
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing hazy gold with a loosely packed two fingers of head. Minimal lacing, constant beading.

An inviting nose - sweet bread, clove, light grain, honey, subdued hop notes, faint ester bits.

The taste is a bit off-kilter. The light, fruity Belgian bits are disturbed by a dirty bitterness. No off-putting flavors per se, just a loss of balance.

Quite drinkable. Enjoying this very much on a sunny afternoon.

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

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip snifter from Ommegang. Ive been sitting on this a bit as my bottle is the original Zotten label.
Pours a clear amber color with minimal beige head of .5 cm foaming up albeit with a gentle pour. Some lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface and the head recedes slowly to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is sweet fruity malt with some bready yeast mixed in with the caramel and white grape fruit. A little bit of spicy hops come through here as well.
Flavor is a bit of caramel and some light fruit that finishes with a fairly strong hop bite. General bitterness and some grapefruit rind leave a very dry palate after each sip.
Texture is crisp and clean with very fine tingly carbonation. very easy to drink beer.
A nice tasty and fairly complex beer. No real alcohol presence and pretty enjoyable. I would buy again for certain, good without being over the top. A nice beer!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is fruity and yeasty with a hint of butterscotch. It pours a hazy, barely translucent solar yellow with a very thick and rather persistent cumulus-fluffy white head. Flavor has a fruity core, a mix of per and apple, with a firm yeasty tone and hints of butterscotch and grass plus a not exactly subtle bitter nip. Firm, smooth texture has well-rounded body and quite a bit of fizz. Don’t forbid this from your beer selection!

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at House of 1,000 beers for 3 bucks.

A - Deeper than expected even deeper than an IPA color, clear, with only a 1/4 inch of head that turns to a light lace ring.

S - Smells of mild hops, not the hoppiest of beers but has a nice touch of pine and yeasts are fruity with fresh apple and pear smells.

T - Well it's actually pretty good. Hoppy flavor is mild but on par for a Pale ale (hopefully others don't expect IPA hoppy) and an equal balance of yeast which is mildly fruity. Good overall.

M - Light to medium and yeast isn't chalky or cloying.

Overall it was as expected for an American Belgium Pale ale and even more tasty if you can find a case which is under 30 bucks.

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

Poured into my tumbler, "Verboten" has a cloudy appearance and golden honey color, not much head, some good lacing. The bottle is interesting, rather unadorned and simple, but it says "Bottle Conditioned". The smell is fruity, specifically like yeasty apple juice, with some complexity suggesting bitterness, but mostly a lot of sweetness - esters?

The first sip confirms: there's only enough bitterness here to counteract the sweetness and not much left over. I find it very bland, a slight peppery flavor. The fruitiness (still apples) is distinct but mild, the hops balance nicely but lack punch. This ale reminds me of hard cider. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, slightly sticky, pleasant carbonation, gentle on the palate.

Overall, this brew is easy to drink but a bit too well rounded to make a point. Not a hop-head's dream Belgian PA. I won't call it boring because it's well crafted and gets more interesting as it warms up. There's a lot to be said for its easy-going drinkability, but it *will* be "forbidden" from future purchases, so I can concentrate on styles that are more my favorites.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a honey amber with a nice fat white head that fades rather quickly. Not much lacing at all left behind. Subtle drags and drips, but mostly just fades away and leaves a small pool of white foam ontop of the beer.

S- White grape juice, honey, lemon, basil, mango, black pepper and melon. Nice yeasty esters... banana, cloves and mint.

T- WOW! Just like the nose predicted... white wine notes, basil, black pepper, honey, cantalope, lemony citrus, and notes of banana and clove from the yeast.

M- Thin but full of flavor. Not much to really speak of here. Nice fruity flavors, not a whole lot of body as expected. Decent carbonation at first, but fades quickly.

O- Very happy I grabbed a 6-pack. Not exactally my thing, but I'm sure alot will love it. Too much white grape juice for my liking. Nice and spicy and fruity tho. I'll try it again next year!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 012412; Best by 052412

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a tiny head that quickly fizzles to nothing

S: Belgian yeast, fruitiness, and some malts. Definitely some wheat in there

T: Follows the nose, with the fruity Belgian yeast and distinct wheat malts. Some other malts also present, as well as a slight hoppiness that works great with the malts and yeast

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Perfect for the spring time, as well as in the summer, I'm sure. A solid American-styled BPA. Glad they made this year-round

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 741 ratings.
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