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 ABOWMan
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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 atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours an oh so slightly hazy and quite bubbly orange with a nice frothy two finger eggshell head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet fruits with lemon peel and mild spice. The taste is a nice spice filled amount of sweet malts and sweet fruits with a nice slightly bitter citrus hop finish. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing with smooth carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer to wrap up a hot Summer day.

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Photo of Morey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours copper-orange in color and boast a nice fluffy white head with plenty of stick. There is definitely a slight haze to this brew as well.

Smells clove, banana, and rock candy come to mind.

The taste is tangy with a nice hop bite and some fruitiness in there as well.

The most feel is medium with the carbonation running just a bit too high IMO.

I could easily drink a few of these no problem.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my favorite style, but pretty tasty. That being said, I was expecting this to be a little better. Not disappointed, but not wowed either.

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Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, yet golden orange body with some visiable sediment...a foamy, two finger, white head that falls into a wispy cap...decent lacing

S - Belgian yeast, earthy hops, corriander and clove, slight apple and banana

T - The flavor follows your typical Belgian ale...there is a touch of sweetness in the forefront coming from some pale malts and the fruits...the middle is all yeast...a buttery bread flavor...the finish is all earthy hops...not bitter but grainy

M - Medium bodied...this beer coats the palate nicely...a strong finish with a touch creaminess to it

D - I enjoyed this after a nice went down rather easily but maybe Belgian pale ales aren't my thing...I don't know if they changed the recipe from Zotten or not but I remember I really enjoyed Zotten

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of floral and light citrus hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by bright and light citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hops turn earthy and mild amounts of indistinct spices join in, carrying through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer. Note entirely to style but very crisp and well worth a shot.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed lemon yellow body. Thin off white head. Nice lace left behind. Dusty aroma. Some of that nice earthy farmhouse stuff going on without the funk. Bready and lemony aroma as well. Nose is quite complex. Sourdough malt base flavor with earthiness and tart, lemony accents as well. Complex, much like the nose. Spritzy feel and palate cleansing ability are both duly noted. Quite drinkable and good and unique. Chalk up another winner from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had this at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ. It came in a mini flared pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is an off white color, good retention, a little lacing, medium bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are yeasty, earthy hops, and estery.
Taste: The flavors are estery, yeast, and spices.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp with a clean finish.
Drinability: This beer is very good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Here goes: It pours a hazy light amber topped by a nice finger of off-white fizzy foam. The nose is fruity: lime, grapefruit, orange, banana; yeasty; spicy: pepper, clove, coriander (maybe). Let's add a bit o' wet hay for the hell of it. The taste is heavy on the Belgian spiciness: pepper, cardamom, rye, clove; some sharp piney hops, some banana, and some orange peel finish things off. The body is pretty light, with an active-ish carbonation and a crisp finish. A very nice BPA, though the hops and spices don't seem to get along all too well, deciding instead to clash. Beyond, that, though, a solid offering.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ach, meir gutes zum triknen. As a Weyerbacher fan, they get some slack no matter what they produce, but this is the real deal, and deserves your consideration. I hope to buy it again.

Das ist a strong bier, with a lot of character and unique stuff going on. It actually tastes a bit stronger than the alcohol content indicates.

As a critique of the style, this is better than weaker wheat styles. It is a better Belgian style for me than others.

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

pours a a nice golden peach color with a staying 1+ finger head..clinging lacing on side of glass..smell is musty with yeast and fruit along with some hops citrus lemon and pepper.taste was better then smell first up was some musty grassy hops followed by yeast and fruit like apples and pears..throw in some clove a little citrus peel and som spices..its very smooth..mouth feel is smooth and velvety with sweetness on the front and some bitterness in the back..its well balanced flavorful and easy to drink..ill buy it again and recommend it

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.03/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this one tonight as I wasn't in the mood for a Sea Monster Stout. Poured into a Shaker pint glass, I got a four finger head. Color was a nice deep yellow. Initially clear, when the head subsided and I poured the rest of the bottle into the glass, it became slightly hazy.

Aroma was of sweet malt, doughy, definitely prominent yeast, and a hint of spiciness.

Taste was off a bit. It started somewhat more bitter than the nose indicated. This was followed by sweet malt, then a little bit of spiciness. Finish was medicinal and somewhat solvent-like. But not ethyl alcohol.

Mouthfeel put me off. A little thin, but it left a coating on the inside of my mouth that was somewhat slimy. Not the worst feeling I've ever gotten from a beer, but I can only think of two beers that were worse.

Drinkability was really bad. This was damn near a drain pour. I was seriously tempted, I really was. But I hate to waste beer, even bad beer. Fortunately, I can down a pint in less than two seconds if I need to. With this one, I needed to.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, orange with a white head that remained pretty thin. Small amount of lacing.

S: Piney hops and an almost christmas tree aroma. Classic Belgian aromas of banana and clove laced with sweetness of vanilla. Some lemon type citrus going on as well. Something just doesn't seem right here. A bit unbalanced on the nose.

T: Tastes great, nice hop presence. Has a good dry, citrusy flavor. Good amount of the Belgian yeast comes through, with some breadiness. Citrus upfront and towards the end. Well balanced here.

M: Thin in body and mouthfeel. Almost fizzes away on the tongue. Good carbonation though.

D: Very refreshing beer, great citrus notes for a BPA. Two of these would certainly be in order for a hot day.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of yeast, pepper, lemon rind, orange, leather, and earth. This aroma has some nice complexity. The taste has more barnyard qualities to it than the aroma does. There is some hay, horse blanket, lemon, pepper, and a hint of orange. Very nice. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very good Belgian Pale Ale that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler purchased at Whole Foods for a whopping $10. It beats getting a four pack for the same price or more. Drank this throughout the day.

Verboten pours a deep golden, sunset orange with some bronze hints. A bit darker than most BPA's. A very lively bright ivory white foam stood on top about 2 1/2 fingas worth with a bubbly look. Sudsy lace on the sides.

I could smell this all day, it really has a musk on it. Getting a whole lot of tropical fruit up front with pear and light pineapple. Some trace amounts of apple. Getting a nice malty base as well with a Belgian yeast strain that's unmistakable.

Taste is just as explosive with fruit up front with all the aforementioned types coming out. There really is nothing pale about this beer, it's really rich in flavor. Verboten is all about the fruit and the yeast which gives off a bready taste in between and at the end. Pears, apples, pineapple juice, baked bread and a malty finish. Hops don't really come into play although they are there in spirit.

This feels a bit fuller than your normal BPA. Id say about a bit less than medium bodied with a full flavor spectrum that comes than goes only leaving a bit of the yeasty bread on the tounge. It's amazing how Dan put so much flavor and body into a beer that's only 5.9%, it comes off like it should be at least 8% but it aint. A nice carb going for it that does not bite the tounge.

I normally tire of 64oz of the same beer after a while but I had no trouble finishing this growler off. The low alcohol kept me in check and the flavor kept me coming back for more. This is very drinkable and than some. Great beer here!!!!

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Photo of bogus564
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass, this brew offers a golden orange color, with a cream-colored head that holds for abour about sixty seconds before turning into lace.

Lovely smell - I'm getting some very nice spicy tones from the yeast. The rest is a good balance between the hoppy citrus and the malty sweet aromas.

First drink - I'm in my heaven. Buttery delight, with a fantastic yeasty spiciness. Right behind it, I catch the grapefruity and grassy notes from the hops, and then comes the malty sweetness, which kind of reminds me of pears and perhaps raisins or prunes. It is outstanding.

From a standpoint of mouthfeel, this one hits me nicely. There is so much going on that you're not bored. Weyerbacher really seems to know what they're doing when it comes to brewing.

I could really enjoy this with some barbequed chicken, ribs, or steak.

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

16oz pour from the tap, served in an English-style pint glass

A - dark amber colored beer, somewhat hazy. small layer of loose bubbly just off-white foam floating on top, thin spotty lacing down the glass.

S - freshly cut grass from hops, some belgian yeast, light caramel backbone. lightly fruity and yeasty.

T - following the nose with a nice lead taken by grassy belgian hops, balanced by some light fruits (apples, pears, very subtle banana).

M - thin body with tight and lively carbonation which cuts through the somewhat strong bitter hops nicely. finishes clean with some lingering soapy bitterness.

D - solid "good" all around. there are better BPA's but this one runs straight down the middle of the style. ABV keeps it pretty drinkable though the hops could wear after a couple. not bad at all.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge amount of white, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A low key aroma of fruit, malt, yeast, and a slight acidity.

T: Tasted of fruit (citrus, apples), Belgian yeast, malt, and mild spices. Nicely balanced and not overly acidic.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: One of the better examples of an American-made version of a Belgian beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of boss302
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Verboten, 12 oz bottle, 5.9%abv, bottle conditioned, seasonal. This beer was sold last year under the name Zotten, but due to a name dispute with a Bruges, Belgian brewery, they are now Verboten from using that name.

A Copper in color, not clear. Not much head, but then I took it easy on the pour, trying not to upset the dregs in the bottle. The next one will be poured more aggressively, however I do not think this took anything away from this special beer. It did have a small head, some lacing, but it failed to cover the beer by half glass.

S Big hoppy aroma, citrusy, some fruitiness.

T This is a big hopped beer with a good dose of maltiness to check the hops just a bit. There is some sweetness from the malt but there is no doubt that hops are the main show with this beer. Quite a tasty beer and a bit of a surprise for a self proclaimed Belgian-style Pale ale. Not at all what I think of when I think Belgian Pale Ale. There is a lingering astringency long after the swallow, but its not unexpected from the high IBUs.

M This is a medium bodied beer. There is a thickness that comes from the malt, and the carbonation seems just right. No alcohol taste.

O This is just a wonderful beer. The hop dominant balance hits perfectly in that high hop beer area without being ridiculously hoppy. I love the high hop beers, but when I want more than one, I'll be reaching for the Weyerbacher. Definitely do not miss this beer.

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

Weyerbacher Verboten is an incredibly lively, hazy golden ale with a huge, dense, soft, pillowy white head that seems permanent. It has a fruity and spicy aroma with notes of clove, nutmeg, banana, pear and apple. It's pretty light bodied, very lively and quite smooth. It has a pretty clean finish. It tastes fruity, estery and a bit phenolic. A leafy, wooden bitterness zips up the finish. There's kind of an apple pie flavor in here. It's pretty complex, but it's not challenging. This is drinkable enough to be a session ale.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week since I've never had it before and I was looking forward to trying out something new from these guys. This wasn't the best or worst beer that I've had lately but it went down pretty easily and had some more substance than the summer beers that I've enjoyed lately.

The pour was this brew's best attribute - slightly cloudy, golden, and with a nice frothy head. The taste was pretty malty and sour, which would proabably turn a novice beer drinker off a bit but I didn't mind. There's a bit of wheat and clove to this but by no means is this a Wit. Instead, it's a beer that begs to warm up in your hand and be enjoyed relatively slowly, which I did as the baseball game went on and on last night...

This is a bit strong in mouthfeel and ABV% but it's not terribly present. While I'd prefer to have one of these beers that's been imported, Weyerbacher's done a decent job with this and for a warm summer night, this isn't a bad choice. I would like to see a bit more flavor in this, but at the same time, this didn't call for any food or drink to accompany it. Worth a shot once if you're into this style of beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.24/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A-pours a dark golden orange color, quite clear and attractive with tons of off white dense and creamy head leaving a nice lace on the side of the glass.

S-very soapy yeast aromas, fruity esters, grassy herbal notes, bubblegum, citursy hops in the back.

T-this is actually quite aweful. lots of soap up front, notes of bubblegum and fruity esters, metallic phenols behind and quite strong, notes of citrusy orange hops with a fair amount of bitterness in the finish.

M-grainy on the palate, medium body, lots of carbonation with a prickly crisp finish.

D-this beer is just off, plain and simple, extremely phenolic and soapy which i am not a fan of at all.

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Photo of IronLover
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish orange with a dense head that thinned fairly quickly. Very sweet Belgian malt aroma, with citrusy orange character and a hint of hop character as well. Nice smooth feel, very pleasant carbonation. Starts with a citrusy orange flavors followed by a the smooth pale malty character. Finishes with a nice hoppy/malty balance. Nice balance to this one. Very easy to drink, will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of adkirkish
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Citrus, fruity, belgian yeast esthers, pale and sweet malts, slight bitter hop aroma.

Appearance: Poured amber orange, w/ a thin creamy white head that quickly dissipated.

Flavor: Sweet citrus upfront, malt character is more pale and makes up the majority of the body, but is quickly followed by bittering hops that leave a long bitter finish. Good balance between the belgian aroma and the pale malt / bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, feels bubbly on the tongue. No alcohol warmth here at 6% abv. I didn't get any astringency which is admirable considering the bitter aftertaste. No perceived creaminess.

Overall: I found that this beer is for once a belgian mixed style that is actually what it is described to be, such as: Belgian IPA / Belgian IIPA, Belgian (insert some style here). This beer lives up to be a belgian pale ale. You've got a great belgian nose but the hops and malt to back up the pale moniker. No recommendations other than to try and have the head on this beer last a bit longer (Minor appearance defect). Great Job on this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy gold with an orange hue. A fluffy white cap slowly fades out into a small, pillowy cap. Lots of tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of freshly baked bread, yeast, caramel, sugar, and vanilla.
Taste is of the aromas with a crisp, lightly sharp flavor. Notes of perfumey flowers, and herbs pull through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, smooth, and sugary.

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Photo of cavedave
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice butterscotch color, cloudy pour topped by a nice white two finger head. A good look, but nothing to do cartwheels about.

Nice spicy smell, with some toffee sweet and some ligh peach/nectarine in there as it warms, and some earthy bitter at the edge.

Taste is a medium/full flavor which starts with peppery peach and candy sweet, is joined by some nice grassy, earthy bitter, and finishes with a nice bitter and spice that becomes drier as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very good for style, rolls off the tongue despite good viscosity and plenty of spice resin, nice finish.

Drinkability is very good. Its a tasty, easy sipper that doesn't thrill wildly, and doesn't disappoint.

Impression: Another fine brew in a style that's tough to do well by Weyerbacher, the brewery that flinches not.

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Verboten from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 740 ratings
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