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.

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Reviews: 319 | Ratings: 741
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About 7 0r 8 years ago I bought the Weyerbacher sampler case and sad to say I found it hard to finish. I swore I would not spend any more money on their products. Lately the beers I have tried, given to me by friends, have seemed much higher quality. I am happy to report that this may be the best beer they have made to date. It is hard to tell that this is not made in Belgium. I guess hard work and changes have paid off for this Brewery. As far as this beer they have nailed every aspect of the style. Congrats to Dan. And I am buying their beer again.

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Photo of JoePetto
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at TND in Wayne in 13oz wide beer flute. This is not an attempt to create a rendition of a true belgian pale ale, rather it is a "tweener" beer bridging the belgian and american pale ale styles. That said, this is a really enjoyable beer regardless of style. Funkiness of the Merry Monks yeast strain hits first then followed by a nice amount of hops flavor on the finish. The beer is zippy with flavor and carbonation and extremely refreshing. At 6% ABV, this beer is made to session.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Weyerbacher- Zotten

A- Hazy cloudy orange/brown with a huge thick frothy head.
S- Spicy. Orange peel, grape, and cherry.
T- Spicy dry cloves with a tart fruity bite. Cherry, orange, lemon, and grape really come out. Wheaty and yeasty.
M- Very dry and spicy. A harsh bitter aftertaste.

Overall- Good spiciness. Slight metallic bitterness is a bit bothersome.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orange in color with some yellow highlights. A one finger head lingers around a while.

Smell: bread and a spicy yeast aroma is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: bready caramel base with a very spicy yeast flavor that comes through quite strongly. Bitterness is a bit mild, and there is a soft fruit sweetness in the background.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long as the yeast spiciness lingers in the mouth.

Drinkability: this beer went down quite easily and after the second glass, I could have had another. Nice new addition to the regular lineup.

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

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with a medium sized white head. Lots of banana in the aroma right from the get go, bready yeast, clovey wheat beer like spice and a mild dosage of hops. Good flavor, definitely Belgian inspired, i like the serious malt structure here, bready again with just enough sweetness to match. IMO this beer needs more hops, i know they are going for a balanced Belgian/American Pale Ale here but a little added bitterness and crispness from another peppering of hops wouldnt hurt this beer any. None the less another solid offering from Weyerbacher and one im glad to have year round. The artwork and package design is great as well, i think this is the visual direction Weyerbacher needs to take in order to put their beer in more peoples hands.

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Photo of yen157
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honey orange with yellow flashes. Not much head, though a creamy collar remains. Bright, lively nose with big banana, clove phenol, and breadiness reminiscent of raw pizza dough. Flavors follow in lockstep with the nose except that it is punctuated by a pleasant tart yeast character and balanced by mineral water and New World hoppiness, all in bittering and flavor as well as some bubblegum late into the finish. I made the mistake drinking this out of the fridge too cold. Breadiness came out as it warmed. Overall, very good. It does a great job filling the niche of something interesting and sessionable that's not a lager or basic pale.

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy deep piss yellow hue. The head was huge at least 4 fingers in height. The retention was just as ridiculous. Tons of extra thick foam clings to the glass to form 3D lacing.

S: Nice light belgian aromas. Light banana with subtle hints of spice. Yeast dominates, but there are nice bready notes as well.

T: Very similar to aroma but a bit more bold. Nice Banana like Belgian yeast. Bread, with notes of pepper and clove.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth with great carbonation....almost too much.

D: Not bad, the folks in Belgium won't be doing back flips over this one, but it is pretty tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a murky orange color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - not a whole of aroma, some bananas, floral hops

T - again, bananas, bready flavor, with a little bit of floral hop

M/D - really dry finish, but nice carbonation. A bit tart to me, not my favorite.

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

A 12 oz bottle from the Riserva release last summer.

A: The ale is a brilliant, bright golden color, crystal clear save for the stream of bubbles in the center of the glass. A half a finger of head almost spilled out over the glass.

S: The aroma is strong, even from an arm's length the Belgian scents are strong. Candi sugars, pepper and dry fruity yeast are all strong.

T: Wow! This ale is intensely dry. The yeast strain has done its job and stripped all of the sugars out of this beer. Pepper is strong, tempering the ale with a pleasant heat. The remnants of candi sugar swirl around near the end of each sip. Pale grains add a caramel flavor and a nice dose of citrusy hops is not too strong. The ale is very similar to Orval, save for the lack of brett.

M: The mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and sharp with a constant stream of carbonation to keep things jumping.

D: A nice one-off offering that, at least for me, got lost behind Thirteen and Riserva.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Risser09 for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. SLightly cloudy golden orange color with a stiff and tall white head. Rocky, dense, and massive. Tons of lacing and the head lasts for the duration of consumption.

Aroma is slightly subdued. Certainly some belgian sugars, a touch of yeast. Slight earthy hop aroma. Perhaps some spicy corriander or black pepper.

Sweet upfront with a sweet hop bite in the back. Belgian sugars. Ends with a different, sweet fruitiness typical in a Tripel. Distinct hop bite in the finish.

Finishes really dry and crisp. Somewhat oily as well. I actually enjoyed this one. Seems like it may be an American interpretation as the hops seem to be non tradtional and more citrusy (read: west coast USA). I really liked this, alot. Thanks again to Risser09 for this one.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Excited to give this a try. Pours into my glass a hazy yellow orange with a billowing bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start out with sweet pale grain malts along with some banana and spice with a bold clove accent. Belgian yeast as well. Rather mellow.

First sip brings a crisp light grain malt upfront that carries with it some sweetness. Some banana and fruit accents follow along with a spiciness of clove and light pepper. Finishes with a touch of Belgian yeast and lingering sweetness. Overall it is just not cohesive and ends up being rather bland.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with an onslaught of fast moving carbonation. The excess carbonation gets in the way and knocks down my enjoyment of the brew. Overall, I'm really not digging this brew. It falls somewhat flat flavor wise and ends up being rather boring.
Thanks to afterexile for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This is a beautiful Belgian Pale. Body is a cloudy pale yellow that is served with a 1-2 finger white foamy head. The head eventually settles down to <1/2 finger and retains this well. Cloudiness is thick and uniform.

S- Lots of banana and floral hops come to the nose. Thats about all I was able to gather.

T- This is pretty heavy on banana (for the style) upfront. A very perfume-like funky flavor is also present that I can't put my finger on. This all has a moderate yeast backbone and spices added. A little bit of floral hop bitterness comes through for the finish and not much lingers on.

M- Weyerbacher did a great job with the mouthfeel. Low-Medium carbonation with a smooth yeasty body.

D- This is a decent Pale Ale that is pretty easy to drink. Its strength is definitely the mouthfeel. Definitely not my favorite of the style but a decent example.

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

Quite aromatic smelling as I pour this beer; I get layers of fruit and vibrant spice. A soft pour yields a four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a bright, amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, copper color when held up to the light. Aromas of ripe pears, sweet plums and aromatic apples mix with spice notes of big clove and light pepper. Towards the finish some notes of thin, fermented grape juice aromas start to come through; a touch tart, almost cider like and with a mineral, almost metallic edge. A touch of dusty malt towards the finish helps to round things out a bit. An interesting aroma that accentuates fruit and lots of clove.

Lightly sweet with a mix of apple and some huge, phenolic driven clove flavors up front. The beer is quite well carbonated, which contributes to a definite fizzy texture as it flows across the tongue. The finish has quite a bit of sharp phenolic notes to it, leaning towards clove but with a touch of a harsher edge and something a bit like cola. Underneath the omnipresent phenolics is a touch of fresh grain character, some soft fruity esters (that the clove notes seem to make cidery at times) and some spicy higher alcohols. Pretty light bodied, though not thin, the carbonation definitely helps with the perceived lightness as well.

Definitely characterful for a Belgian Pale Ale. It can be a bit too phenolic at times as the Clove character is a bit dominating. Not bad though.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish/ copper color, with a off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar, and green apple. In the taste, sugary, green apples, and green grapes. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Good, but a bit sweeter than expected, and a nice small tart fruit note.

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Photo of marcpal
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an ugly, oldschool label that shows this is a one-off brew. Loved this beer at the event a few weeks back and was unhappy only to grab the last few bottles left for sale and would've loved more.

Just hope this one starts getting mass produced. The first low abv WB brew that has really blown me away.

A: Clear gold, looks like a Belgian- almost the appearance of Duvel hue without the monster head. Still ample foam and spidery lacing that doesnt go anywhere fast.

N: Spices, coriander, orange rind, lemon rind. Grassy, hoppy notes a bit biting. Clearly has doughy flavors coming my way and banana yeasts.

T: Complexity for the low alcohol- sweetness, fruitiness, hops and spices all take their turns. Stronger flavor profile warmed down a bit. Little bit of dishwasher detergent, but oddly not in a bad way.

M: Spices dominate like a good Belgian. Full, doughy and chewy.

D: At 6.2%, could drink this all day in any season. Refreshing and tasty- would love to see this one replace House, Muse, Scotch or one of their other more "session" oriented beers.

Many dont rave about this one, but I do. Completely delicious.

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

On gravity fed firkin cask at The Drafting Room, Exton.

A-An odd, cloudy/milky golden yellow with a thin white head that left minimal lace.

S-Wheat malts, an odd yeast funk and citrus hints.

T-Sweet bread up front followed by spice, citrus hops and a bit of funk. A very interesting combo.

M-Medium-light body with a fair amount of creaminess. Little carbination, to be expected from a firkin poured brew. Felt somewhat thin.

D-Interesting for sure...but something is simply not quite right. A good attempt that may need to be revised.

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Photo of rodcom
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had a growler of the Alpha beer the second night after they cracked open the firkin at the Drafting room in Exton PA. Overall very glad I tried the beer. It is a very unusual taste, color and feel for a beer. First the color/look - pale yellow color, but the yeast leaves it cloudy and there looked to be chunks as you poured it in the glass. Taste wise it was kind of a blend between a Belgian Pale and a wheat beer. Feel - it was a beer you felt like you were chewing it. Usually, I like the warm of a cask style beer, but in this case think it tasted better after I put the growler in the fridge for the second night.

My recommendation - definitely try a glass of this beer when you get a chance since it is so different though not positive you will like it enough to try a second, but you will be able to say you had a "firkin".

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy/milky straw-golden with a thin had and some lace.

S: Citrus hints and spice dominate witha tiny bit of grain.

T: Slight sweetness up front followed by coriander and other spices typical of Belgian yeasts and a very tiny hint of funk.

M: Medium and creany with subtle carbination and a slightly dry finish.

D: This was a good experience from the firkin and though, at 6.2% ABV, not quite a session something that I would have a few of.

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Photo of Med
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Firkin at The Drafting Room in Spring House.

A - Opaque but not too light. A tan color with very little head or lacing.

S - Here is where the Belgian yeast starts to show itself. Bubble gum and some citrus with a definite hop presence.

T - To me this beer doesn't quite know it's place in the world. It's got some of the "wheatiness" of a wit as well as some of the "bubble gum" noted in the smell, but an American hop profile. Pleasant, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. The fact that this comes from a firkin has a lot to do with this.

D - Pleasant. Not bad at all, not great, but pleasant.

Certainly an interesting interpretation of a style underrepresented in this area.

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