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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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter on 10-7-11.

My first Braggot!


The first thing I noticed as I poured this bad boy was a violent collection of bubbles. They rapidly grew to the top of the glass and collected into a 2-finger light khaki head, then stopped suddenly. Cool! It looks pitch black until held up to the light, which reveals a deep, deep red color with just the tiniest amount of light poking through.


The first few sniffs reminded me of wood and mulch - yet somehow, in a really pleasant way. It's very earthy, and is sort of reminiscent of a Scotch ale. There's a very mild tobacco smell, as well as a little bit of overly-ripened fruit. A smidge of black pepper comes through, and it has a decent amount of raisins. I swear there's a smell that is a mix between banana and watermelon - and yes I know that sounds weird! After it warms up a bit, the honey smell comes out in a BIG way. Tons of floral honey notes that reminds me of a good mead. After warming up for awhile, the alcohol comes through quite a bit, and in this case it shines.


Mmmm - It's like beermead (or is it meadbeer?). Tons of very dark honey flavor on the tongue. After the first few sips, I get a lot of dark fruits and that bizarre watermelon/banana flavor which is absolutely lovely. There's a lot of fruity esters in this, reminding me of the type of flavor you get from brewing an ale at too high of a temperature. There's a little bit of an oaky flavor - not quite as earthy as the smell, but definitely "woody". The alcohol is present, but works well with all of the other flavors. There's nothing harsh in this beer at all, and everything is almost perfectly blended together. This beer is an unusual one, but it totally works.


This guy is a sipper for sure, and would be great as a winter night cap. It's very thick and has almost no carbonation, and it warms with every sip. It drinks less like a beer and more like a liquor - you do not want to guzzle this, but rather sip and savor. So, the drinkability is low, but you don't want a highly drinkable beer with something like this.


This beer is awesome if served appropriately. It almost demands to be served either with or in lieu of dessert. If dessert isn't your thing, this is the beer you'd reach for while others would reach for a fine brandy or cognac - on your favorite chair, by a fire, and under covers whilst reading a leather bound book. The label may look sort of "meh", but when poured into a snifter this beer can hang with the most sophisticated and snobby crowd. It feels like a treat to drink this beer, which is weird because it was sort of a sleeper beer (at least around here). I dig this stuff.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rlee1390
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.

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Photo of Agold
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with a hazy brown color with a head consisting of big bubbles which dissipates to a ring rather quickly. The honey is readily evident in the aroma, under that is a mild roasty nutty balance as well as a mild sweetness. The aroma is very nice. It promises a beer that is a balance of sweetness and roast and floral notes, the beer however does not quite deliver like I had hoped. The first thing I notice is that this beer seems to have a hot instead of a calm alcohol flavor. (upon opening a second bottle almost 3 months later, it doesn't seem quite so hot and has mellowed considerably) It also has a bit of the honey that the aroma promised along with some scotch ale spicy/molasses/mild dark fruit character. There also seems to be a bit of cinnamon present as the beer warms. I was hoping for a bit more of a full body to this beer, but with so much honey I guess I should not be surprised at a light mouthfeel. There is a bit of astringency which is not so great. Definitely like this beer, not 100% sure what to make of it. Unique and enjoyable, may benefit from some extra time. I'll save the other one I picked up for a year, and see how it turns out.

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Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega, served into a tulip.

The beer is a purplish cola color. Served with a short, dark head on it. Otherwise not all that appetizing.

Smells of honey. Lots of sweet clover notes. The alcohol is apparent on the nose, as well as some carmelized sugar.

Bitter, much more so than I'd have expected. Strong booziness. There's also sweet toffee, honey, and a minimal sour cherry flavor going on. It wasn't delicious, but of the 2 or 3 braggots I have had in my life, this is the best tasting.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown/red with a one finger tan head on top with moderate retention. Small bubble carbonation release from the bottom. Very different looking than the other braggot I have had. Reminds me of a brown ale.

S: A little bit of honey, some dark malt and a decent amount of dark fruits - raisins, prunes, and a little bit of cherry even.

T: Quite malty, with some dough and bread with a good bit of honey sweetness. The dark fruit comes through, not as much as the aroma, but certainly still present with some fig and raisin.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, but extremely dry.

O: Extremely different than the other commercial braggot I had. Not sure which is more to style, but I preferred the other. Its also quite different than some homebrew braggots I have had. The flavor is just a bit out there. Not bad, but not really what I am looking for.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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

Never had this style of beer, much less heard of it, until I got this as an extra. Poured 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A- Pours dark brown, almost black in color in the glass. Thin, very light tan head. Sticks around the edges with some slight lace.

S- Saw it was brewed with honey, but wasn't expecting that great of honey aroma. Very sweet smelling throughout. Malty aroma in the nose towards the end.

T- Malts throughout the drink. Starts out stronger and fades toward the end. Subtle spices throughout, maybe some clove. The honey taste comes in at the middle and takes over as the malts fade. Very sweet throughout the drink as well. Interesting flavors, but good.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation to it.

O- Really wasn't sure what to expect. Surprised me completely as a nice drink. Isn't my favorite style, but it is still really good. Something different and solid.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown in color a slight head at the top the dissappears quickly, almost no lacing.

S - Honey, some dark roasted malts and bits of cinnamon.

T - Very sweet at first taste, just like the nose. A bit of spice and slight mix of bitterness. Very wild brew but good.

M - Heavy and syrupy, not to much carbonation

O -Not to bad for weyerbacher, to sweet for my liking.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Purchased at FingerLakes Beverage for ~$4 for the bottle.

A: Deep mahogany color, very clear. Aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger head that quickly disappears. Strong and consistent lacing.

S: Has the smell of a quad with a bit of honey. Yeasty, grainy but a nice full malt sweet smell. Definitely picking up the smell of alcohol here as well.

T: Follows the nose almost to the fullest with a bit more fruit on the palate than expected. Honey appears on the backend but is bitch-slapped by the alcohol. I would love to see what age would do with this one.

M: Medium body, low carbonation with sticky sweet mouthfeel and creamy coating on the mouth.

O: Glad I tried one now, this is a very interesting beer and one that Weyerbacher should be commended for brewing. This is a big monster of a beer and I would love to cellar a few for a year or so to back the booze down.

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Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Naugros
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malts right up front on the nose and then the honey hits you with an impression of clover. Sweet smell that includes coffee, molasses and chocolate.

Dark and opaque like a stout with some brown on the edges. A frothy cream-colored head sticks around awhile despite not being overly thick to begin with...that's due to the density.

First taste is not overly favorable due to the bitterness which is not balanced by the honey. I'll be back a few minutes after I let this warm up a bit. It is way too cold for this style.

Okay, we're back from break and the head is still standing with no loss of volume. Impressive. And the taste has indeed improved with the bitterness dropping and falling into balance with the sweetness. All that was in the smell is here as well with the addition of dark fruits that bring with them a rum-like flavor.

The perfect amount of carbonation for this style...enough to keep the honey from making the beer cloying. I'm really fond of this. It's only the second braggot I've ever had and the other one was light in color. I prefer dark beers so I there were good odds that I'd like this one better.

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Photo of thagr81us
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark brown/tan,not much head or lacing.

Smell - Honey, malts, hops, sweet dark fruits. Plum, rasin, spices, alcohol.

Taste - Overload of honey and dark fruits, with a strong warmth of alcohol. Malts are bold and sweet. Theres a dark chocolate and ginger flavor in there with some hops.

Mouthfeel - Really intense, mouth is really crushed with the flavors and booze. Palette gets the malts and hops, tounge gets the honey and booze. Kinda thin actually and aftertaste is a little bland and sour.

Overall - Well this is different for sure. Not something to drink much of, the alcohol is really overpowering for me, and the sweetness is a bit much. Its not bad for fans of barleywine and meads, but doesnt quite do the job for me. Decent though.

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Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of twenty5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bogus564
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

It's Labor Day weekend 2011, and I find myself with little to do, save for playing guitar, reviewing beers, and watching the Star Wars marathon. This is exactly how I planned it, so I'm as happy as a clam. On to the review.

A: Very dark, like a can of Coke. 2 cm dark wheat-colored head that lasts perhaps two minutes before dissolving into lace. Looks like something worth giving a whiff.

S: There are hints in this beer. Not everything jumps out and announces itself, but I get some caramel, some nuttiness, some very light hoppiness, and a dark fruit, kind of like prunes perhaps.

T: Ooh, this is sweet. Confirmation of all that I smelled, only in different proportions. The sweetness definitely takes the lead, but there's more hoppiness then I was led to believe from the aroma. Pretty good.

M: Very good, bordering on excellent. Medium in body, good carbonation, good on the palate, malty sweet finish. Well done.

O: There's something about the water in PA; if I won the lottery, I'd move there and start a brewery. This is a damn good beer, great with steak, pork, or anything slathered in BBQ sauce. Very nice, indeed.

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

A deep auburn color, clear, with a half finger head that lasted a bit and left very nice lacing.

Smells very fruity, dark fruits, cherries in particular, figs, plums, with tons of spices, almost a festive holiday type smell to it. Pleasant and inviting.

Taste is heavily fruity. Lots of cherries, almost like cherry syrup in a great cherry coke from a soda bar, along with plenty of other dark fruits, figs and plums, and maybe a touch of mango of all things. Spices are plentiful and almost pungent in their forwardness. Herbal and maybe just a touch earthy.

The body is heavy and slick, mild carbonation, sweet yet still a touch dry in the end, with a heavily fruity aftertaste.

Too lazy to check, but I'm not sure I've had this style before. If that's the case, I'd say this one is "good." But even if I have had one of these before, it's still good anyway. It's Weyerbacher. That should say enough right there.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generous two finger head that recedes into one, tan. Nice lacing.

Smell has a bit of tang, some malt. Hard to smell-- the room is full of air freshener.

Taste follows the nose-- surprisingly tart, makes sense for a braggot. Tangy and a bit metallic though. Decent maltiness though. Not my thing, and a bit underwhelming. ABV is unnoticeable. More complex, but also more metallic as it warms.

Carbonation is understated, but decent for the style.

Decent, but I don't know what I was expecting from a braggot. Not my style.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GabrielM
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extra from generous BA tsblack05, poured into a Bruery snifter. Thanks again!

A - deep, dark brown with a small amount of head on top that disappears pretty quickly.

S - a ton of malty sweetness, some honey, toasted walnuts and baked cinnamon rolls.

T - as the nose indicated, very sweet on the front. I get flavors of honey, vanilla, and maybe some cinnamon or allspice. The back end does present a bit of dryness and perhaps a tiny spec of hop bite, but it comes and goes quickly.

M - this beer is a bit cloying and syrupy. It's really coating my palate in a way that isn't too welcomed on this hot summer day for some reason.

O - a good brew, but a little sweet for my tastes (at least right now). The flavor profile does seem like one I'd enjoy in the winter, so maybe I'll look for another bottle to save until then.

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Photo of shand
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.

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Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

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