Verboten | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.76 w/ 740 ratings

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 vitrael
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich hazy amber with a nice white head.

S: Light sweet malt up front. Little bit of fresh hop and spice in the back. Pretty mild smelling.

T: Nice sweet and toasty malt characters with orange fruity qualities. Light hop bitterness that cuts through and makes the palate a little complex. Very pleasant.

M: Medium-light body with low carbonation, a little thin.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden (AOH)

A- a cloudy dull orange color. thick suspenseful yeastiness in the beer. Carbonated head that looks more like a soda but leaves a decent lacing.

S- banana and apricot. Some clove spice that goes very nice with the yeasty smell. NIce floral aroma.

T- The avid bitterness caught me off guard, i was thinking it would be more banana with clove flavor. Its good but not great.

M- Dry and moist. Kind of like biting into a hop that was soaking in water. Light bodied and carbonated.

O- Its not bad and it is a nice brew to have while out a restaurant. I bought a sixer and i have them spaced out because it isnt something i was drawn back to drinking.

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a chalice a dark gold color with a tint of orange. The head is tan, has plenty of sticky lace and really retains well.

The nose is lovely. Very floral with complex belgian yeast, banana and light fruit.

Mild sweetness, belgian yeast that adds some spice notes, moderate hop bitterness at the end and aftertaste.

Soft feel from the frothy carbonation and quite smooth with a lighter body and a mildly dry finish.

Highly drinkable that absolutely looks and feels great. The flavor is a little tame for the style, but will appeal to the masses in that regard. A very nice and well rounded beer.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this beer from my Eastern US favorite. I had their trippel a year ago, and it was really good. Their master brewer really knows how to manage a belgian yeast.

The beer pours a pretty hazy orange, and I immediately smell the yeastiness.

The head starts with about 2 fingers, and settles into a hazy top. It makes for a nice lacing on the belgian glass.

The flavors are nice and clean, with some bitter after-taste. This is a good example of a belgian pale. It isn't examplary, but I reccommend picking up a six pack.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pour unleashes a hazy glowing burnt orange. A tight white head grows and sits sturdily above the liquid. Bubbles rise violently from the bottom of the glass. Splotchy lacing clings to the glass.

S-Light yet attractive Belgian aroma. Belgian yeast, cloves, aromatic spices headline the nose. Light American hops are evident too I believe.

T-I was actually taken back by the taste here. Much more flavor than the nose. Yeasty, spicy, nice cloves, and a twinge of hops (just like the nose, but more pronounced). Light bubblegum flavor too. This beer has a great aftertaste too.

M-Light with some bright carbonation. Easy drinking mouthfeel.

O/D-High drinkability. Light enough to be a great warm weather beer. However, the flavor isn't too dulled down. I have kept my distance from most Belgians since I have not acquired the palate for it yet. I also hear American interpretations of the style are not always great. However, this beer may help to usher in the style for me.

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Photo of grover37
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip. This is the last of a sixer I picked up a couple months ago from D'Vines for about 10 or 11 I believe.

Appearance (4.5): It pours an effervescent clear, dark yellow or light copper. There are about two fingers of fizzy head which quickly dissipates to a thick quarter inch layer on top. Very good looking with lots of streamers. Not much lacing however, just a tiny spot or two here and there.

Aroma (4.5): Very phenolic and spicy mixed with some moderate hopping. A bit of orange and maybe lemon but dominated by the spicy esters of the yeast. A light, toasty malt is also present but not prominent either. The yeasty spice steals the show.

Taste (3.5): The taste isn't as aggressive as the nose and is much lighter. The yeast is still prominent but different. The spiciness isn't there as much, more of a chalky flavor at first. It starts out with the delicate citrus flavors of the nose, such as orange, a bit of mango, and maybe something tart or sharp like lemon. The middle is a little more like the nose with some spice, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of bitterness. The finish is a bit dry but lingering with the spicy esters finally coming through here. I feel like this one might have lost a step in terms of taste while it sat in my fridge waiting for a review.

Mouthfeel (5): The mouthfeel is light and effervescent. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is high. It is feathery and doesn't even feel like it touches the tongue, just floats across it. The flavors stick with you for a bit too, although it's not coating or heavy at all. Very delightful.

Overall (4.5): Although B+ is a good score, I thought it would score higher. It is almost has some characteristics of a saison it is so light and effervescent, but I won't hold that against it as I enjoyed it greatly. The aroma is excellent, and the flavors held up when it was a bit fresher. This is one I will revisit.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange body with a moderate size head that last throughout the drink.

S: Aroma of grains, Belgian yeast, spices, banana, clove, a hint of citrus & earthy hops.

T: Taste follows the nose. Flavors include, spices (especially clove & pepper), bready malts, banana, lemon zest, and finishes slightly bitter from the hops.

M: Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel; medium body; tingling carbonation.

O: Nice American take on the style. Easy to drink, but I never really see it around. Could drink 6-7 of these with the low ABV.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a beautiful copper color with a thin white head that lasted through.

S - esters and subtle Belgian malts, slightly of clove

T - very light with a distinct Belgian yeast up front followed by a very subtle hop aftertaste. Very pleasant from start to finish

M - nice body initially and no stickiness or off aftertaste

O - a very enjoyable offering; refreshing and easy to enjoy. If you enjoy Weyerbacher's Blanche you'll enjoy this offering, too!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has changed names at least twice and I'm hoping it is going to stay with what they have it named now. This beer pours out as a hazy yellowish gold color with a strong head on top. The smell is like a mix between and belgian triple and a german wheat beer with some hops mixed in. The beer tastes pretty refreshing. The flavors are of clove, wheat bread, spicy hops, and some soft fruits. The mouthfeel is quite carbonated and keep this beer alive.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy beer with a nice orange copper color. Pours with a good size white foamy head thats dense and tall. This beer is well carbonated no doubt helping to keep the foamy sweetness propped up.

Aroma is that of most Beligums: spicy yeast with a pronounced banana and clove aroma.
Hops are low keyed and earthy.

A dry mostly malty brew with plenty of your typical Beligum yeast character. Taste is balanced well between the spicy banana cloves, malts and hops.
This beer is a good example of a BPA. It's sweet, dryand a little hoppy.
A very good beer.

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Photo of silentjay
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a careful pour produces a slightly hazed golden copper with a small white head that settles to barely a film, but leaves some decent lacing.

very peppery, with some toasted grains and plenty of herbal tea, some citrus behind that.

lemon pepper, cracked black pepper, esters, herbs, decent amount of citrus hops. spicy and earthy finish and a subtle sweetness after the spices fade.

medium bodied with soft, yet prickly carbonation and it finishes a bit dry.

glad they brought this one back after the trademark dispute, a very good beer that is well balanced between spicy, hoppy, and sweet.

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Photo of mothman
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old school Zotten Labeled

Poured into chalice.

Pours over a finger of khaki head. Color is a dark orange hued gold. Good head retention leaving a solid lace ring after every drink I take. This was definitely the best part of the beer.

Aroma: Earthy and herbal. Fairly hoppy for what I was expecting. Some spices. Lemons and pepper. A bit grassy.

Taste: More lemons and pepper. Straight up. Lemonade with a dash of pepper is the best way to describe this beer. Odd. Earthy with herbal notes. Grassy. Spiced.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and spiced. Medium bodied with good amount of carbonation. Ends kind of dry.

Overall, an odd beer. Nothing too special. The pepper and spice really throw this beer off from making it something I may actually like. Not really for me.

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Photo of dtivp
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow tinted with orange with one finger long lasting white head dissipating into a moderate collar with heavy lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and some spice.

Taste was slightly metallic, orange zest along with other citrus, some bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel was medium body with heavy carbonation from the bottle conditioning.

This is a very crisp, slight bitter, refreshing beer. It is a little prickly from the high carbonation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to ChrisPro as part of Blind BIF 4. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pour yields a light copper-colored brew. Very, very short white head without much retention. Nothing else comes of the foam other than a very thin collar. The nose brings some light clove character along with a bit of bread-crust malt. The taste falls through with many of the same characteristics and then hit a bit of bitterness toward the end and in the finish. Fairly plain, other than the clove character. Bit of light floral hops. The feel is light and undercarbonated. Slight bitterness again in the finish along with a bit of alcohol. Drinkability is decent, though nothing too special here.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, with no freshness date. Pours golden amber, fairly clear, with lots of carbonation that builds up a two finger froth. The head settles to a quarter inch, leaves nice lacing, and the body loses carbonation rather quickly. In the nose, light malt and spicy hops yield to fruity/phenolic yeast. Tastes of toasted malts, spicy/medicinal yeast, and a firm bitterness from the green/spicy hops. It has a medium body, with lots of carbonation that quickly ebbs, and a lingering bitterness. They call this a Belgian pale, but it almost tastes more like a saison. Either way, this is an easy to drink brew that is well-balanced and definitely worth a revisit. An impressive offering from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of harrymel
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Unknown bottle date.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Pours a hazy amber ale with a persistent, peanut colored, three finger head. The residue sticks to the glass - tacky. Good looker.

S: Yeasty nose. Grain, simple earthy hops. Hints of tea. Maybe a hint of banana. Very simple and straitforward.

T: Very metallic. Bitter with charred grain flavors.

M: Medium body with very high carbonation. Leaves little reminiscence of its presence.

D: Forgettable. Worth a try. Nice as an extra.

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Photo of bbarrows
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle to tulip glass.

A: Clear amber, 1 inch white frothy head. Head dissipates quickly. Some lacing.

S: Sharp bitter, alcoholic nose. Not much else to notice besides this. Unexpected since it's only 5.9% abv.

T: Bitter and spicy from noble hops and yeast. Enough maltiness to balance out the hops without being sweet.

M: Moderate. Not dry, not cloyingly sweet...what's the word for something right in the middle?

D: Unusual blend of hop bitterness and spicy yeast characteristics make this a difficult beer for me to drink. I can't appreciate the combination.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazy dark golden color into a snifter. two fingers of white head that fade pretty quickly and leave slight lacing.

Smell is cotton candy sweet malt and a surprising boozy fusel alcohol presence. A lot of heat in the nose especially for 6% abv.

Nice complex taste that doesnt exhibit nearly as much boozy heat as the smell. Spicy lemongrass hops, slight funk and sweetness from the malt nice flavors, but still more alcohol heat than desired in the finish.

Mouth feel is dry with super high carbonation. moderate thickness from malt.

Overall, reasonably nice flavors, but booze heat and really high carbonation detract here.

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Photo of haazer
2.11/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured bottle into the appropriate weyerbacher tulip glass.

A- Forms a large frothy head vanilla bean in color. Leaves spotty amount of lacing on the glass. Decent head retention also. Beer started out well filtered, but the settled yeast pours into the beer and adds cloudiness to an apricot, brownish-orange brew. Decent carbonation is evident.

S- Has a spicy yeast smell up front. Strongest aroma is definitely bubble gum.

T- For some reason I can distinctly taste copper pennies. Sort of a stale yeast flavor. The bubble gum is there but it's the bubble gum you've chewed in your mouth for a really long time.

M- Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Pretty smooth, but hard to get by the taste.

D- I am fairly dissapointed with this beer. It may be my own fault, last time I was at the brewery I tried some an didn't think it was that bad. Flavors harshness dies down after awhile but it's still bad. Since it's a summer release maybe it's gone bad already? Shouldn't have, but Weyerbacher has much better than this.


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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hulmeville. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick off white colored heading. Lacing left throughout the tasting. Mostly toasted malts with heavy bread and an awesome spice of clove and a touch of honey. A solid medium bodied with a somewhat thick chewy mouthfeel. Great tingly bubbly action on the tongue. I am not a big fan of Belgian pale ales but this one saat very well with me.

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Photo of bradleyp
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SCIFAN for the hookup.

Drank in my Highland Hollows pint glass.

A: Dark hazy copper color, with a nice foamy head, about a finger worth. Very nice lacing around the glass.

S: Decent hop aroma, with some extra spices mixed in.

T: The hops and malts mix nicely with this beer. I think I tasted some cinnamon in there which usually goes nicely with a Belgian PA in my opinion.

M: Goes down nice and smooth. Can really taste the carbonation go down.

D: Although I enjoyed this beer, I did get it through a trade, so I don't see the likelyhood of having this beer again, or not for a very long time. If offered the opportunity, I would love to try this one again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a reasonable head that does a fine job providing a lace curtain

Smell: Bready with a spicy herbal character; apple and pear fruit elements and some phenols

Taste: While there is a hint of breadiness, up front, it doesn't take long for the Belgian character to arrive, bringing apples, pears and spicy phenols; by mid-palate, a surprising level of Germanic hop character joins the profile, too; after the swallow, the herbal elements dominate, brining phenols into the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: A little too much phenol character for my palate, but this is a decent stab at the style for a domestic brewer, and one that verges on Belgian IPA territory

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Baby growler from New Beer. Rounded pint glass pour.

Whitewash lace lathers the sides of the glass, leaving grimy lace in its' wake. Iced tea in color, but hazed in appearance.

Note: This beer for some reason, made me sneeze a lot.

At first sniff, earthy & woody. There's caramel, but no real sticky resin. Dry malt. Light orange rind. A whole lot of Lysol as well unfortunately.

Taste is a bit of a challenge to pin down. Pepper & watered down pineapple juice. Cider sweetness. Saltines & lingering pine. Ethanol & dirty grain on the finish. Please don't mind the heavy-handed description, it all comes together pretty decent like.

What was adequate carbonation starts falling flat early, but it's still plenty frothy. Bitterness seems higher then indicated. Of course it's dry. Alcohol seems to have been mistaken(feels high 7ish).

Good enough to continue with(at least until the growler runs out). Good beer that is just a bit too hot.

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Photo of Mdog
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold, nice carbonation bubbles through the beer, good head.

Smell: Bread, seltzer, hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild bread, some tangy citrus, hint of black pepper.

Drinkability: Pretty good, I could have a few in a sitting.

I did not check my 4 pack of Heresy closely and a single of this beer was a stowaway, someone switched out a bottle at the store. Ok, another beer to try. It's pretty good, not really "Belgian" tasting. I suppose the black pepper finish gives a hint o' Belgian, but it was hoppier than I'd expect a Belgian Pale to be. Pretty good.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Malheur goblet.

Pours a light orange hue with a stark white head, that drops fairly quickly. Lots of lacing.

Aromas of orange citrus, clean malt, and a faint belgian musty scent.

First sip is floral, slightly bitter, with some hard candy. A carbonic bite from the carbonation. A slight dry bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not watery. Some prickly carbonation.

Very drinkable. Nothing too extreme in any direction. Not very memorable, but would make a very nice session beer.

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.6% out of 100 with 740 ratings
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