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 bpw28
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two finger soapest soap bubble head I've ever seen, off white, died fast. Dark orange (About a 13 SRM), poor lacing, steady carb can be seen.

Smell: Light malt, biscuity, yeasty, citrus, peanut butter? (I thought I was nuts, but I kept my hand over the glass for a moment, then gave a sniff and its there for sure. It's not offensive, just unexpected. I hear that peanut smell means that the yeast eats itself because of the age. I can't find a date on the bottle so thats up in the air.)

Taste: Big banana, light malt, floral, grassy, present alcohol (5.9% ABV, taste more in the range of an 8% IMO, I think this is an older bottle. Yeast ate hearty i'm sure.), peppery, spicy, sweet, medium body, slight syrup, good carb.

Final Thoughts: Although this is MAY be an older bottle, it still has plenty going on. I'm pretty new to the belgian pales, but this one tastes like a lighter tripel. Strong banana on the taste, boozy, etc. It was good, but this is me basing it off of only having two belgian pales before. If your looking for a lighter tripel, buy this, age it a bit, and boom.

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Photo of ebby82
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive frothy head after pouring into a tulip glass. A smooth, honey like appearance.

Immediately the Belgian yeast is evident in the aroma. Slightly sweet, some kind of light fruit is there as well.

The taste is at first lightly sweet, with evidence of the Belgian yeast. The next taste to hit are the hops. They are delicate, balanced, and delicious.

A fairly light, medium carbonation.

A really good example of the style, and reasonably priced as well.

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

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a hazy golden color with a white foamy head that hangs around a while. The smell is a mild sweet smell with some orange coming through. The taste is spicy, i get some clove and coriander. I taste the yeast and some hops on the back of the tongue. This has a decent mouth feel with a little bit of a after taste. Overall this is a good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Pours a mostly clear gold color with a frothy white head. Nice lacing, very nice actually.

Nose is very perfumey and the cosmetics area at Dillard's. Lots of light melon and other light fruit yeast esters and grainy malt.

Nice blend of light malt, phenolic yeast and bright hops on the flavor with each playing a prominent role. Hops lend some lemongrass-esque flavors on the end that is delicious! Mouthfeel is light, but wonderfully creamy. Almost get some bananas and coconut as it warms up, kind of has an overall zesty, tropical vibe to it. Very good, I will seek this out again for sure.

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Photo of powellmg
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served @ 50F in a pint glass.

Poured with a thick, off-white, rocky head. Cloudy, amber color. Aroma of spice, toasted malt. Rich taste of ripe banana, clove, ginger, black pepper, similar to a weissbier. Lingering toasted flavor and a bitter finish. Okay balance. Low-medium carbonation.

Overall, not a very smooth beer but good flavor.

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Photo of cmq103
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshly tapped 1/6th keg at home from my dual-tap kegerator into a Newcastle Nut Brown Ale Schooner glass. Long Trail Belgian White Ale occupies the other side, which is another fine summer selection.

Appearance: A nice caramel color similar to a lager, but with a slight cloudiness to it. Very good 1/2" frothy head with great lacing all around the entire inside of the glass.

Smell: I catch sweet Belgian hops, followed by the mild pale ale hops. The Belgian is clearly the prominent of the two. I also get some citrus malty wheat in the finish.

Taste: Smooth, very smooth...but swaps with the aroma, as it starts off with a mild, slightly bitter, but sweet, hop bite folded into a sweet Belgian, citrus fruit finish. A fine blend of Belgian Ale & Pale ale. I actually like that the hop bitterness doesn't overwhelm the Belgian fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Lively level of carbonation leaving a crisp, but creamy impression on the tongue. Very nice!!

Overall: I absolutely love the Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian IPA so this is a step down from that. More mild in flavor than a Belgian IPA, but very drinkable at 5.9%. A perfect summer beer when your looking for something other than a Witbier, with a decent amount of flavor without the high ABV. A well done year-round beer from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of airy and slightly creamy pillow-like white head with a couple of very large chunky bubbles mixed in... Modest retention gives way to a thick creamy collar with a thin veil of most full but slightly splotchy lacing... Some small bubbled moderate paced carbonation bubbles can be seen rising along the sides of the snifter... The color is a deep resiny amber with some distinct golden highlights... There is definite a medium haze..

S - Orange zest... Belgian yeasts... A wheat like spiciness... Perhaps even a faint touch of pepper... Bananas... Bubble gum... Some citrusy hop notes as well... Fairly complex...

T - Belgian yeast... Wheat... Cloves... Coriander... Pepper... Lemon... A subtle hop blast with notes of citrus... A tad bit of booziness...

M - Medium bodied... A bit chalky... A light but slightly harsh carbonation... The finish is a bit on the dry side...

D - A very nice American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale style... Would gladly welcome a chance to drink this in the future and will likely invest in another six pack at some point in the future...

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

had this at a weyerbacher pairing dinner. they paired it up with mussels in a thai coconut broth. the broth had overpowering amounts of acid in it but the beer helped that alot by counterbalancing it.

a-dark bronze slightly cloudy. had little to no head but it was poured as part of a mass pouring so everyone at the dinner got theirs at once. so i have no idea if the beer sat or not and for how long after it was poured.
s-smells almost like you expect an ipa to but with a much less pungent hops smell. has a more mellow floralness to it.
t-it starts off with a quick burst of hops that very quickly gives way to semi sweet yeast flavors. the beer completely washes off your palate after every sip so it was great to drink with that overpowering broth the mussels were in.
m-smoooth. very small amount of carbonation. velvety and easy to drink.
o-very drinkable. and at 5.6% it is something to keep in stock. it is bottle and keg conditioned so aging this would be a fun experiment.

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

golden amber in color with a nig head of white on top that only slowly faded as the session wore on, dropping tons of lace up and down the sides of the glass. Richness to it that looked just fantastic as it warms up. Aroma of light fruit touches, hints of a light grassy touches, maybe pine. Apples and grape skin start to come to the front as it warms up and it gets a very complex touch to it. Smooth, even flavor here, really quite wonderful. Light and airy on the palate, the carbonation is spot on. Light touches of apples and bananas, hints of light peach and a delicate touch of grape are all coming out at me. Nice bready and grainy touch to it now as well, really again very well done.

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

On cask at Al's of Hampden. Served in a nonic, this brew appears a hazed orange color with a creamy yellowish stained cap of fluff. Thick patches of lace cling all over the glassware. As it slowly recedes, it maintains more than a film of fluff across the top for the entire duration. Some thick chunks of yeast settle and make their way to the bottom of the glass.

The smell of this brew is orange rind, pulp, flesh and coriander with a light amount of yeast spices thrown in which is quite enjoyable. More yeast inclusion of minor banana and clove are also noted through the middle. As the brew warms up, there is a faint hint of sulfur.

The taste is initially sweet with caramel malt that fades into a flavor of orange pulp with a mild bitterness of rinds and zesty bright fruit flavors. Quite yeasty throughout with some spices and hops imparting a modest grassy to herbal bitterness. This brew is balanced quite well across the board and it is easily approachable.

This is medium bodied with a creamy smooth texture. Light level of carbonation but easy drinking. There is not much alcohol impact by any regards which I think really boosts this one's enjoyment level for me. Unexciting and not bold by any means but I think that is what I like the most about this offering, worth a try.

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Photo of jpoder
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: golden, slight haze, but not off-putting. white head that fades to thin remains.

s: bubblegum and banana

t: more bubblegum and banana. wheat.

m: substantial mouthfeel, drying in the finish, but not dry.

o: not a bad belgian pale ale. I liked it a lot when it was cold, but as the glass warmed, the alcohol and some harsh flavors came through. not bad, but not great.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. Decent sized, foamy, white head on top of a clear, golden-wheat, body. Leaves some light lacing. Quite clear for a belgian pale.

Bubblegum nose with fruity banana esters and just a hint of other spices. Not really a fan of the bubblegum aroma.

Light wheat/pilsen flavor with a touch of banana and clove. Slightly metallic on the finish. Fairly average.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a bit of booze on the finish. Dry metallic feel.

Overall, this is a pretty average Belgian pale. I'm not really digging the metallic notes and it seems a bit filtered for the style. Plus the ABV really shouldn't be as noticeable as it is. I wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of KrautAficionado
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light copper pour producing a big, bubbly white head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Good aroma of stinging hops that lead to a very faint citrus scent along with musty yeast. The aroma is nice, but you gotta dig for it. Solid bitterness, medium bodied, very dry and it leaves a sticky sweetness behind. Dry wheat, biscuits, honey, mild citrus and some evergreen. Candy sugar and earthy yeast. Interesting bottle, I enjoyed it more and more.

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Photo of davey101
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tall pilsner glass.

A - Dark copper orange with a nice fluffy white head

S - Not a great aroma. Light citrus, yeast, bread, and some spice. There's a slight hint of offensive soapiness on the end.

T - Yeasty bread, light malts, orange peel, and spices in the finish. Some hop bitterness is present as well.

O - I picked this up off the shelf for a mixed six pack. Not an amazing brew, buts is pretty decent. It did hit the spot on this hot night as its fairly refreshing.

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Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white fluffy head. Nice carbonation and good initial head retention. The head leaves a nice lace that sticks very nicely to the glass - really leaves a great coat along the glass. Head stays a wispy lace head as you drink. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of cloves and spice, ester yeasts. Some bready malts and wheat. Some floral hop notes as well. Pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is creamy and spiced; some good bite in the end. Some hop bitters and an oily resin can be detected. Floral and maybe a citrus hop maybe. A little bit of sour fruits as well. A good slightly dry finish. A nice tasting brew that has a good full complex mouthfeel.

This is a unique take on the style, was surprised to taste the hops in here. Really is a good sessionable brew that I will look for again. Really good stuff here.

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Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very clear, pale golden colored beer. The head is small, and appropriately whispy. Moderate lace. The aroma has some fruit scents, orange and pear, and a little spice. There is some floral scents...dried orange blossoms? Estery, phenolic...not much malt and hop aroma though. The taste is a bit hot, despite the moderate abv. It's peppery and dry. The carbonation could be a bit higher, but the overall body is firm and resilient. All in all, this beer is just average.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is slightly darken golden brew. The appearance was great. You can't clearly see through it so its not a typical Belgian wheat. It is slightly fruity with some bitterness to it. I poured this brew from a bottle to a glass and there was not much foam associated to it. Even though it was fruity there was not much sweetness and there was a dry after taste.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with code, poured into a DFH Snifter

A - Cloudy amber color with over an inch of creamy white head; good retention with nice lacing.

S - Sweet, malty nose with a soft hop accent; lighter in the nose, but nice.

T&M - Lighter bodied with a nice malt and hop balance. Malt carries a nice toastiness with it, and a spicy hop with light citric undertones brings everything together. Finish has a mild astringency with a light, pithy feel.

O - Probably the lightest bodied Belgian Pale Ale I've had. It's rather refreshing, and well crafted. The flavors are simple, but very well done.

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Photo of plfahey
4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Orange-golden in color and moderate clarity. Moderately large frothy pale beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Lovely palate of Belgian yeast character-bursting with fruity esters (lemon, orange, pear, and a hint of cherry), lemongrass, herbal, and spicy hops, spicy white-pepper phenols, and some soft, bready malt in the background. Smell is complex and delicious.

Flavor-Sweet, pear-like fruity esters, followed by golden bready malt. The mid-palate is rich with orange and lemon citrus, before being overtaken in the finish by peppery phenols and grassy, spicy hop flavors. Hop bitterness is medium and the finish is dry. The aftertaste lingers on, and combines sweet pear and lemon with grassy herbs and a bit of spice. Yum.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderate to moderately high carbonation. Dry finish, but no astringency.

I love this beer. It smells sublime, and has an awesome taste to go with it. The wide variety of esters, phenols, and hop characters play wonderfully together, and come across as elegantly complex rather than as a garbled mess. Tasty, easy drinking, and easy to pair with food. Two thumbs up.

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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 claspada
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper in color, hazy. Fair amount of white foamy head.

This beer has a nice big hoppy aroma, citrusy, earthy, and some fruitiness presumabley all from the hops and yeast.

The taste starts off with a big jolt of hops but then you get a good dose of maltiness which balances nicely. There is some sweetness from the malt but there is no doubt that hops are the main show with this beer. Finishes not as dry as an "authentic" Belgian ale, but I really could care less. There is a lingering astringency long after the swallow, but its not unexpected from the high IBUs.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a thickness that comes from the malt, and the carbonation seems just right. Yeast presence adds to the finish but it needs more of a dryish presence for my liking.

Overall, this is just a good beer. The hops balance perfectly with the malt background and the Belgiany yeast notes. This could also be a great beer to blend with a Belgian lambic beer to create a heavenly fruity Belgian ale.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick head with a bubbly texture on the outside and foamy on top with a slightly dirty white color. The body is a glowing very dark orange / reddish tint of brown. Overall the body reminds me of swimming in a murky lake. Carbonation looks excellent.
S: Very distinct clean Belgian aroma, with citrus notes, heavy spice, slight undertones of ginger.
T: Very complex taste, yet well balanced. Not over the top spicy which can be a huge turn off for my taste buds. Not extremely light for a pale ale either, has a good body to it. Lingering taste is almost soapy.
M: Bubbly on the lips then switches to a clean finish of yeasty spice. Lingers of herbal spiciness of something you would find in the woods. Slightly bitter on center of pallet, more bubbly on the outskirts then bitter.
D: Verboten is spot on for the style with an above average flavor. Would recommend to an avid Belgian beer drinker. Easy to drink, but want to savor to let pallet take it all in.

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

Pours a murky gold with white head that hangs around for awhile.

The smell is the best part of this beer. A citrus sourness with light caramel tones.

The taste is very yeast forward as to be expected. A lemony kinda of quality on the front but the malt quickly comes in and calms the notes from the yeast. I must say though I wish there was a little more flavor from the malt to balance a bit more.

Not a bad not a great beer. my 3rd beer from this brewery and my least favorite.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from Axic10 amongst a bevy of trades. Thanks Alex! Shared wife the wife while making dinner.

Spritzy medium yellow with an swarming tempest of bubbles. Memories of outraged citizenry, yours truly included, storming the capitol to protest perceived gubernatorial short sightedness come flooding to the cerebral cortex. A thin white line, certainly not to be confused with Terrence Malick's A Thin Rec Line, tops er' off.

Smells of yeast, clove, and banana. Not overly aggressive and perhaps a bit soapy.

Unexpectedly, hops present themselves among the opening credits. Flowery esters, bananas, and bubblegum ride past the introduction. Finish is soapy bitterness that detracts just slightly.

Loads of bubbles and snappy light flavors work well together. An unexpectedly nice beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an Orval goblet.

Pours a reddish/orange gold. A very moderate head fades quickly.

The nose is very bready with lots of bubblegum and light cloves.

In the mouth, this beer is dry and bitter. It opens with a bready yeast flavor that gives way to a floral-banana mixed with black pepper and bubblegum. This gives way to a strong hop finish.

Overall very pleasant though not exceptional example of the style. The slightly strong hop presence gives away the beer's American origins.

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 740 ratings.
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