Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.88 | pDev: 13.66%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes; poured from the bottle.

Murky dark brown; light passes around the edges.

Nice khaki head which dissipates but doesn't disappear.

Honey grains in the nose; shades of Crispix cereal?!

Thick mouthfeel.

Honey flavor with some rich complexities underneath.

Hard to describe, but very drinkable. Late summer night-ender? This is an intriguing, delicious beer.

Sep 25, 2019
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descobar from Florida

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle from 2011 anniversary

Look: pours ruby brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. not quite opaque this beer has around 20% clarity. no lacing was seen.
Smell: mostly vinousy and sweet aromas with dark fruits (figs, raisins being prominent). there's a hint of oxidation from aging but not to any bothersome level.
Taste: Honey, dark fruits, molasses and a good balance between the honey sweetness and assertive bitterness.
Feel: Medium body and oily texture. Pronounced astringency and good (moderate) carbonation. Finish is long, sweet and smooth with some alcohol warming (boozy) appearing at the end.
Overall: since about a year and a half when I last had this vintage, this ale has mellowed and become smoother and easier to drink. that said, it is still potent and complex

Mar 28, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color capped by a modest tan head; a handful of dots lace the glass

Smell: Even after three years, the alcohol is still very present in the aroma, wafting upwards with dark fruit, banana and some spice cake tones

Taste: Rum-soaked dark fruit, up front, with banana and fig flavors dominant; treacle flavors build in the middle, but the finish is tannic and dry, despite the sweetness that lingers

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: I have been curious about this beer for a while, not only due to the style but I wanted to see how it aged; the flavors turned out to be layered and complex and the aging does this beer a good turn

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

Mar 24, 2014
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C20Percent from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had an Anniversary beer from Weyerbacher that I didn't think was of the highest quality. Big fan of this brewery, even though I think there year-round options could use some work. Nice dark color ale with aromas of sweet malts, mild hops and honey. And, it comes together in the taste. Flavors are right now. The only criticism I could possible offer is it may be too sweet. It's works, though. Again, there's the honey - and I'm a sucker for dark ales anyway. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Super smooth and creamy. Velvety. Great brew - highly recommended.

Jul 23, 2013
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date but it was definitely bottled in 2011.

A- Pours a nearly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains a bit before gradually relenting to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer sheet of surface foam. Lacing is slick and non-resilient leaving splotches on the side of the glass.

S- Sweet sherry-like aroma with a nice dose of booze, raisin and honey.

T- Very smooth flavor for the ABV. Dark fruit, spice and moderately roasty malt make up the profile with some wine-like tannins. So drinkable it's nearly unbelievable. I'm thinking the age on it is making it this nice. There's the slightest bit of oxidation but it's actually a complimentary taste. Mild caramel aftertaste.

M- Semi-creamy but dry with medium carbonation and a robust body.

O- I had this when it first came out and liked it but, now that I examine it closely and it's been simmering in the bottle, I realize how terrific it is.

Apr 10, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but very dark amber in color with some brown and ruby red highlights as well as some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has three quarters of a finger of sudsy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium amount of very thin film spread over the surface of the beer and a thin ring of large bubbles at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of honey with some lighter notes of toasted grains/malts, dark fruits, and just a touch of alcohol. Moderate amounts of sweetness in the aroma.

T: Moderate flavors of toasted and dark roasted malts with some sweeter grains and dark fruits (raisin and plum stand out). There is a fairly strong presence of honey contributing to the overall sweetness of the beer - very light notes of Belgian yeast spicy bitterness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly smooth.

O: This has a flavor profile similar to a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with a touch of honey added to it...definitely an interesting brew and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden (though starts to become a little more present as it warms). Pretty drinkable for the strength of the brew,

Jan 20, 2013
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear very dark amber in color. It poured with a three quarter finger high off white head consisting of large bubbles that gradually died down into a very large collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of dark fruits in the nose. Hints of alcohol become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits and hints of hone along with some associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to resemble a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with some additional notes of honey flavors. This beer hides its alcohol exceptionally well considering its strength.

Jan 20, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle signed by the brewer! Served from bottle into Dogfish Head snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, wood,caramel, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, wood, dark fruit, earth, and sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. There was definitely quite a bit of things going on in this one. The chocolate aspect was definitely dominate in the nose of this one. The flavor had more of an earthy dominated aspect going on. Glad I got the chance to try this one at least once but doubt I would go out of my to try it again.

Jan 15, 2013
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kagent777 from Utah

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle traded with SonofaLime back in November of 2011. I poured this one into my CCB snifter a little at a time after it warmed up a bit.

Appearance: A very nice mahogany with a film of bubbles around the edge and a bowling ball swirl of effervescence on the liquid.

Smell: Honey is the primary scent. A strong malty presence backs this up with some booze. I do not get "spices" as might be expected with the style.

Taste: A nice honey mixes with alcohol soaked raisins and rich malts. Even after a year and a half age on this bottle the alcohol is strong but does not burn, at all. Even with the pervading honey flavor the resulting sweetness is not at all cloying. I get a sense of chocolate and some toast from the malts. All in all, really nice.

Mouthfeel: A thick sticky brew, this one lingers so long on the palette. The body is thickish while the carbonation is lower.

Overall: I can see why this brew won gold at GABF 2011. A very complex and slow sipper of a beer. I would love to get hold of this one again.

Dec 28, 2012
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JayQue from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second beer from this style. The honey, sweetness and drinkability of the style are all here. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a brandy snifter.. Looks a dark and dense brown color holding it at eye level. When looking down into the side of the glass, it looks lighter and more clear. The light tan head is minimal and fast fading. There is some thin wispy lacing on the glas.

Smell is fairly mild. Honey and malts. Taste is more pronounced, still honey and sweet malt with a hint of bitterness to keep the beer from being cloyingly sweet.

Mouthfeel is rich, with a hint of alcohol. I would imagine the alcohol would have been stronger if the beer hadn't been aged for a year or so.

A nice accompanyment for a chilly evening...Would have gone well with fruit and chese.

Dec 01, 2012
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark mud colour. Tan head. I was not a fan of the smell. It was musky, but had an underlying sweet honey note. Taste was dark and fruity, sweet, some musk, and a hint of alcohol. Upper medium feel, creamy.

Quite the oddity, IMO. Almost too weird to be truly enjoyable.

Oct 11, 2012
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Misanthropy_Sipping from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with this a little over one year ago now and loved it so much I thought it would be cool to put a few aside for an aging attempt.

The one major difference I have noticed is that even though this beer was not highly bitter. It did have a bit of bitterness which was nice with this beer's dry note. To be expected though.

Anyway, now after a little over one year of sitting in the cellar this beer has mellowed a bit. It has matured in a pleasant way and certain aspects have become more clear.

Smells mildly roasty, sweet, a little heathery, dried grass which intermingles with a slightly floral honey. Very nice.

The carbonation seems to have dropped a bit more, which is concerning but it still retains a nice gritty texture. Medium to heavy body, somewhat sticky. The taste whirls through very dark, dry chocolate, small caramel, but then heavily into honey with a touch of roasted malt. This year old bottle finishes off with a more assertive anise taste. Which is great, I love anise.

Definitely satisfying when it was fresh and also at one year. But I am a bit worried by the lowered carbonation and a certain background taste which is hard to describe (but is somewhat reminiscent of a very old Mikkeller barleywine that went bad), that this may be the extent at which this beer should be held for. So, if you have them drink them, this is a beer that shouldn't be risked and wasted. I'll be enjoying the other two that I have very soon!

Oct 03, 2012
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shand from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was rooting around in the fridge, looking for something to drink, and this guy caught my eye. He's been back there for probably over a year at this point, might as well drink him. Weyerbacher Sixteen pours a brown color capped by a finger of head that quickly drops. The aroma is primarily of honey and dark malts, with dark fruits and a bit of booziness. The taste is, again, strong on honey. The dark fruits come through here, along with a more toasted malt character and some spices on the finish. The late finish brings the honey through again, along with a Belgian sugar-esque aspect. The mouthfeel seems a bit light, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a fun beer to try, Weyerbacher went and did something unique for their sixteenth anniversary.

Sep 29, 2012
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a De Struise chalice. Bottled 4/14/11.

Appearance - Dark brown with some reddish notes. Medium off-white head that settles to some wispy foam nicely. Looks pretty good.

Smell - Honey and malt. Like an unfermented fresh malt syrup aroma. Some phenolic notes. Cloves and light banana.

Taste - Honey is strong. The malt is better incorporated, but it still tastes like a shot of malt syrup has been poured into this after fermentation. Sweet from the honey and malt. Caramel to the extreme. Earthy, though, which balances it nicely. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and chewy, then immediately dry. The flavors drop off leaving a bitter off flavor that is rather unpleasant. The honey persists, though.

Overall - I don't drink a lot of braggots, but if they all finish like this, then I won't be drinking many more. Tough to review to style when I've only had a couple, but the off flavors in the dry finish aren't fun.

Aug 29, 2012
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ha! Braggot. Had no idea what I was buying when I picked this one up. I salute Weyerbacher's gumption.

How the heck do you even review a braggot? Guess you just kind of have to go on taste. This is smooth with honey tones clear and evident (as it should be). Malts are slightly thick with a mild spiced tone to it. This is pretty easy drinking. The alcohol would probably be getting to me if I hadn't already had a few. Unfortunately, it is a bit present on the flavor profile, which does detract.

Aug 23, 2012
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Etan from Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks bvdubn.

A: Pours a brownish-black with a small cream-colored head.

S: Pleasant aroma of honey and soft bread, melted caramel and raw sugarcane.

S: Whole wheat bread, more bald honey, a bit of drying alcohol, cocoa, vinous notes.

M: Medium to thick-bodied. Light carbonation lends a thicker feel to it.

O: I definitely liked this. I was expecting something sweeter and richer from the reviews, but it still worked.

Aug 14, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in mid 2011. Pours hazy very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with very good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some light foamy spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, honey, molasses, toast, herbal, cherry, caramel, earth, roast, clove, and peppery spiciness. Very nice and complex aroma with great balance. Taste of raisin, cherry, prune, honey, molasses, toast, caramel, herbal, biscuit, earth, clove, roast, and peppery spices. Earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, honey, toast, herbal, molasses, earth, clove, and peppery spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; and quite a bit on the intense side as well. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly thick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming after the finish noticed. It was a bit hot and intense at first sip, but slowly sipping brings out a nice array of complex flavors. Overall this is an excellent braggot. Very complex and balanced flavor profile; and a nice one to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Aug 10, 2012
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deep ruby color with a small thin tan head. The head fades very rapidly leaving a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is sweet and boozy. Aromas of dark fruits are mixed with brown sugar and honey as well as a spicy aroma. The sweet aromas are accompanied by a big boozy smell that creates a warming tingle in the nose.

Taste – The taste begins strong and sweeter. Honey mixed with a nice bready malt flavor meet the tongue. Spice flavors and herbs start to then work their way into the flavor profile along with a good hint of alcohol booziness. As the taste goes on the booziness intensifies and begins drowning out the honey and herb. Toward the end, when the alcohol taste is strong, it is met with some darker fruit flavors of raisin and prune and a roasted malt flavor, which when mixed with the spice leave arum soaked raisin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick with a carbonation level is slightly below average. For the sweet and boozy flavors the thick body accentuates the sweet and warming feel with the carbonation level being just right to complement the body.

Overall – A good brew overall. While it may be a little too strong on the alcohol flavors it is well worth a try if you get a chance.

Jul 24, 2012
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pmarlowe from Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5


A: Pours black with two fingers of beige head. Pretty good retention and nice sheets of lace.

S: Dark fruit (raisin, blackcurrant) melds well with honey and spice (cinnamon), as if it were barrel aged. Pretty good.

T: Tastes like some sort of unholy Belgian quad: kind of a dull, fruity malt with some honey added but no sweetness. There's some off flavor there, like earth or dirt.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation. A little sticky on the lips.

O: Pretty mediocre. Not one of the better braggots I've had; I would pass on this again.

Jul 17, 2012
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yamar68 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper brown with a few fingers of light brown dense head.

Rich, boozy caramel... honeysuckle notes, caramelized table sugar and simple syrup, dark malts.

Very dense and complex yet light on the tongue. No real discernible booze but plenty of toffee/sugary rich bits. A dessert beer for sure.

Tasty... one and done.

Jun 24, 2012
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BostonHops from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a 1" beige head that fades somewhat quickly into a thin cap, collar around the glass. some patchy lacing. malt-forward nose offers notes of fruit, roasted malt, and honey.

flavor comes through with caramel malt, some roastiness, and honey. big honey presence strong throughout, easily the most honey i've ever picked up in a beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, it's a good braggot, as far as braggots go... in my limited experience with braggots i'm seeing that i'm not especially fond of them. still, it's a decent brew... won't seek it out again but wouldn't refuse one, either.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

Jun 23, 2012
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TenHornsProud from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby with a bit tan head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet honey with some Belgian yeast spice and a hint of bready malt. The honey aroma is fantastic, just like a mead.

Tastes of sweet honey mixed with caramel malt that goes into a more bitter, astringent middle before finishing on a figgy, dark fruit note mixed with a spiced, honey strong Belgian dark. Has a lingering honey flavor that mixes with the Belgian characteristics.

Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Alcohol is quite present.

I'm pretty impressed with this Braggot given that I'm usually not too into the style. This is like a honey forward Belgian brew, which actually works.

Jun 18, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brown/ruby when pouring, black in the glass with a one finger head.

S-Lots of honey and boat loads of herbs, some roasted malt.

T-Honey, herbs, slight bitterness, balance is quite there as sweetness dominates. Improves as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-A very interesting beer, first I've had of the style. Not sure if I'd seek out others.

Jun 14, 2012
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Translucent dark red color. Collared. Good head retention and some lacing.

Sweet. Honey and cola. Cherry?

Dear damn, can say the same about the taste and the smell. Different. Some spice perhaps. Drinks easier than 10.5%abv

Very full mouthfeel.ow but adequate carbonation.

First foray into braggots, not bad! Would like to try other within the style to compare. Try to get your hands on this to change it up a little.

Jun 06, 2012
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RyanGoodman from Bolivia

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted alongside the oak aged version. Stood up quite well, although I preferred the oak.

Deep chestnut brown, nearly opaque.

Smells of brown sugar/molasses, malty, and alcohol is detectable in the nose. Not in an off-putting way though.

Taste instantly made me think of honey, appropriately. Candi sugar, plums are there too. Slightly tart at the end. AND bread! Finally, I have detected breadiness! Maybe now I'll know for future beers.

Appropriate carbonation, but mouthfeel is a little thin for my tastes. This is made up for in the oak version.

My first braggot. Thank you Weyerbacher for introducing me to this style. I wish I could say it is a beautiful representation of a braggot, but since I haven't had others...
Either way, kudos!

Jun 06, 2012
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