Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
168 Reviews

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 326
Photo of haazer
2.22/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My first Braggot, served in a pint glass.

A- Pour yields a thick bubbly head about 3 fingers worth and then slowly starts to dissipate. There's lots of patchy lacing left all over the glass. The brew is very dark maroon and almost opaque. Brown accents, and a cola soda look.

S- This beer looks badass, but smells like a miller lite. My nose detects pale malts, straw, metal, and maybe the faintest bit of honey, and bread. Not a fan of the aroma.

T- This style may not be for me. Straw and wheat malts. BLAND honey. Tastes like an adjunct lager accept for this odd refreshing minty aftertaste flavor. So strange. I guess the beat aspect is there's no hint of 10.5% abv.

M- Light mouthfeel, barely any carbonation felt. This does drink fairly easy, and I really can't believe it's 10.5%. The minty aftertaste is all that is pleasant with this.

O- I don't know if this is a bad beer for the style or if braggot is just not right for me. If I were Dan at Weyerbacher though, I certainly wouldn't "brag" about this beer. Fifteen was on a different planet compared to this.

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Photo of harrymel
2.32/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Clint.

Dark brown with a solid sheet of peanut foam. Smells like honey (as the label says), and profoundly so; there are some nougat and raisin notes in the nose as well. There are some nice things going on with the malt here, some graham (again, in the nose).

Tastes sweet and...makes my face twitch. Whew, way too sweet with nasty acetone and alcohol flavors. The raisins in the nose come thru here with a fury, and with brown sugar and granola. I really don't dig this profile.

Thin with heavy carb. Semi dry finish.

This beer is substantially more disappointing than I had expected. I really am hit and miss with Weyerbacher, but this is not appropriate for my mouth.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark garnet-hued body with a scant, wispy, off-white head. Fine, sparse lace on the descent.

Smell: Earthy, fruity aroma of plum skins, cherry-flavored non-menthol cough drops, lightly burnt sugars, and a shot of Bärenjäger.

Taste: Sweet and gullet-warming on the very first sip with plum liqueur meeting black cherry cola and a gulp of simple syrup. Underlying spiciness, a dash of fresh herb. Smidgen of nuttiness and roast. The alcohol in this one is very present, stinging the tongue and throat. Drying on the finish with a hint of alcohol-soaked fruit skins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Guh. Subtlety and gracefulness are, unfortunately, left behind in favor of hard-hitting, palate-numbing booziness. More bees, less booze, please.

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Photo of ToddT
2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark brown with a thick tan head. Head falls slowly and leaves some nice lace on the glass.

S- Sweet, honey and candied fruit dominate, caramel, and molasses are in there too.

T- Sweet almost like candy syrup, lots of fig and raisin to start things off. There is a little hint of hop bitterness in the middle and a dry finish to close things out. The finish is unusual and not all that pleasant, cloyingly sweet and with a residue of sugar on the palate.

M- Medium in body and low in carbonation, somewhat of a syrupy character to this one.

O- Honestly this in my first braggot and I’m not sure what to make of it. The 10.5% ABV is not noticeable and the appearance and smell were nice, but I’m having a hard time with the overload of super sweet syrup that makes up most of the taste. It’s improving as it warms but it’s still tough to get down.

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Photo of tkepx182
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: very dark Red color, rich off white head

S: Smells like wine, the fruitiness comes through.

M: the carbonation rolls off of the tongue. Not an over all bad mouth feel

T: sweet tones, with honey and roasted malts

O: not my favorite beer, planning on avoiding this beer in the future

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Photo of bum732
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

S: Caramel and honey mostly, alcoholic esters, liquorice, some dried fig.

L: Very dark brown bordering on black, off-white head, solid lacing.

T: Dark fruit like malt with an earthy medium bitterness. Dark concentrated honey component persists throughout. Finishes with some intense grape skins.

M: Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation, fairly alcoholic.

Very sweet, kind of boozy, doesn't bring much to the table. Nice effort i suppose, but wouldn't try again.

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Photo of Franz4
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured with a very nice color, very inviting. had a nice mahogany/auburn tint to it.

S- honey hits you first but it's followed by a not-so-great scent that reminded me of mineral spirits,

T- Honey was present here, along with those mineral spirits. In my opinion this tasted like something your grandmother would give you as she says "drink this, it'll make you feel better"

M- I thought it was rather thin, at this point I'm a little disappointed with this beer I was really looking forward to.

O- Again, just a bit disappointed with this one as Weyerbacher was one of the first breweries that got me into craft. I still want to commend their effort at branching out and continuing to brew new things, props to the brewery for that, but this didn't suit my tastes.

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Photo of seeswo
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into Lost Abbey stem. This beer is so easy to summarize for most people who have had beer before: Double Newcastle.

Pours black with a light tannish head. The nose is slightly boozy and very sweet raisin, sweet malts. Kind of intense. The taste is big raisin, intensely sweet malts and honey and this odd, kind of dry bitterness in the finish. Touch of banana. Not a big fan because the balance is really out of whack. The mouthfeel is heavy, syrupy with lower carbonation. Overall: Double Newcastle. If this sounds good to you, run, don't walk to get it. If you are everyone else, maybe pass.

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Photo of gopens44
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark and nearly opaque brownish red with a thick creamy creme colored head that sort of goes away kinda quick, leaving a blanket of nicely lacing fizzyness with nice little bubble islands.

S - Dark fruit, a touch hot and some sort of European hop, like Saaz for instance, coming through in the back end of a good sniff.

T - First tongue touch provided a metallic taste followed by a fairly astringent solventlike taste that yielded banana at first, followed by raisins. There is a somewhat pleasant honey taste on the back of the tongue that hangs out for a while.

M - Fairly well carbonated and dry as all hell. Not particularly thin, with a dry sweetness left on the tongue

O - The taste is all over the place with nothing to balance out anything that's going on. Maybe that's the nature of a braggot, maybe not. To me it seems like an angry and petulant Tripel

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Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown amber with a 1 finger off white head

smell: honey, wheat, malts

taste: sweet, honey,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: it's an average braggot didn't really offer much in flavor. glad i got to try it though.


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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher's anniversary beers have always been a must find for me, going back to ten. I have rarely been let down. This year was an exception (I hope). Poured a clear dark brown with a little brown head on top. Aromas of honey, more honey and roasted malt. On the palate, this one was fairly light bodied, both sweet and quite dry, with lots more honey.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a St Bernardus oversized wine glass.

This beer pours out with vibrant, dark reds, much like the ones seen on the label. It gathers in my wide-mouthed glass very close to black. The head is very nice and lush. Retention is decent, but the full sheets of lacing are left up to a wide collar.

Honey in the raw builds a strong, earthy, natural base. The beer smells very spicy. Malts swirl up, imparting a nice dark fruitiness. Lots of pureed fig, sweetened by cherries. A little bit of dark, red wine aromas. Sour dough brings things back down to a yeasty, bready base.

Predominate flavors are sour dough and raw honey. Plenty of fig and fruitcake come around as well. There is a lot of spice to this beer. Tiny, buried flashes of what could be chocolate malts fizzle and pop. The end is grassy with hints of clover and honeysuckle.

Full bodied with an average, soft carbonation. It finishes pretty dry with lingering notions of wildflower honey drizzled over sourdough bread.

This is strange. Its totally worth a try, but I'm going to have to summon some patience to finish this glass.

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Photo of Deuane
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-Deep, dark ruby and mahogany highlights brownish copper with a thick tan head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left nice sheeting lace.

S-Earthy spiciness with a healthy dose of oak. Dark malts combine nicely with dark fruits consisting of prune, dark cherries and raisin. Light hint of Cabernet Sauvignon in the background. Touch of honey sweetness in the finsih. Quite interesting and complex.

T-Overwhelming dry oak, spicy notes and a tongue shriveling astringency. Alcohol burn in the finish. That's about it....some moderating sweetness but not much else. Quite disappointing after the interesting aroma profile.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied and then dry, dry, dry, oh...and a bit of spicy bitterness.

O-After so many solid anniversary beers this one from Weyerbacher is a big let down! Nice complexity in the nose is lost on the palate. A braggot? Where is the balacing honey sweetness this one is just dry and spicy. Plus, at 10+% you aren't going to be pounding this one. Not too happy to know I have three more bottles left...I see extras in future packages!

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Photo of kbutler1
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Courtesy of fbm115. Poured into a tulip glass a dark reddish brown color with a light tan head that collars around the glass. Sweet banana and light clove. A serious banana bomb in the nose. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Sweet, very sweet caramal, dark fruit, and banana taste. As it warms the alcohol aroma and taste become more prevalent. Some nuttiness in the back end as well. Not bad, but I think you have to be in the right mood for this beer. Several ounces was enough.

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Photo of mothman
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing.

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki head. Fades down, but leaves some lacing. Color is a dark amber hued brown.

Aroma: Very sweet. Bananas and honey. A lot of dark fruit flavors. Some nutty flavors and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet and cloying. Honey, chocolate, spices, coriander, and dark fruits. Plums and molasses. Bananas. Fairly malty.

Mouthfeel: Cloying with some heat. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and sticky.

Overall, this was an okay braggot, but nothing special. Decent drinkability. Half bottle was fine enough for me.

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Photo of DIM
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was black and it poured with a thick, dark tan colored head.

s: Sweet and cola like with plenty of relatively gentle heat.

t: Sweet, floral honey with a weird kind of cola sweetness. The finish was warm and kind of mentholated.

m: Thick and kind of airy at the same time.

o: I usually love the anniversary series, but I'm glad I only got a single of this one. Looking forward to next year.

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Photo of thain709
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deuane shared this bottle with me. He poured it and gave me a warning...

A - A ruby body was present with not much clarity...a light brown head formed and stood about one slowly receded into to chunky cap...decent lacing was left behind

S - Sweet honey stands out...almost mead like...there is some roasted malt trying to come through along with dark fruits but the honey stands strong

T - Again the honey dominates all around...the flavors remind me of a very dark mead...there's some dark fruits coming though...dark cherries, dates, prunes, and figs...some brown sugar lends to the sweetness...the dates provide some caramel flavoring...there is just a lot of honey lingering all around

M - Medium bodied...syrupy and cloying...the honey is sticky sweet

O - This was my first Braggot and to me it tasted like a dark this a new offering from the Weyerbacher Meadery? I even allowed this one to warm up a little but the honey is just too much

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Photo of oberon
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To my best recollection this is only the second braggot style ale I have had.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep ruby color with a thinner head atop,great rich color here.Like most Weyerbacher "big" beer it smells hot and alcoholic,big caramel sweetness in there as well.Whoo it was hot on the palate,a true sipper with some stone fruit and honey malt sweetness,again hot and sweet.Well for a nightcap it wasnt bad but its to sweet for me to drink much of it.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with an impressive off white head. The head is rather big and lingers around for a while for such a high alcohol brew. Nose is lots of honey and dark berries. Some dates and raisin scents are also noticeable.

Big dark fruit and dark malt sweetness up front. A little bit spicy with a big grainy body and a smooth and sweet finish. Slight warming sensation in the throat but for the most part alcohol is very well hidden. The honey flavor really balances out a lot of the other flavors and everything blended together pretty well.

Unfortunately im no familiar with this style at all so ill just have to judge as it a unique beer for now. Its different to me and the flavors blend very well like I said but there a slightly cloying sweetness to it. Not a bad brew though.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass

A - A cloudy wooden ambr brown color with an off white creamy thick head.

S - Lots of earthen tones and oak mixed with carmalized sugars and toasted malts. Throught the nose is the essence of honey and some dark fruits.

T & M & D - The taste is deep and fruity and dark up front and the sweetness is somewhat carmalized but mostly honey sweet as the honey plays on the palate. Then the oak comes in on the middle to end of the palate and balances out the lingering honey. The body is medium to heavy with little carbination.

O - It was interesting in smell and taste but nothing that wowed. The Oak and the honey didn't mix like I would have liked on the back end (not when compared to the dark fruit and honey combination)


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Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty sure this is my first Braggot, sounds like an interesting kind of style.

A- Poured into a tulip with a dark brown body. A light tan head forms and has a nice size and creamy texture to it, good retention as well. Spotty lace forms random patterns around the glass with a smooth texture.

S- Right upon pouring, strong fumes come from the glass. A lot going on with sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, honey and spice. Somehow reminds me of a buttery pumpkin beer overall.

T- A very strong flavor to say the least. Dark fruit, fig, spice and alcohol beat down the palate. Roast malt, brown sugar, nutty brown, spice and medicinal notes are also present. Tannins? A lot of residual sweetness. Reminds of me a very strong, Dark Belgian Christmas beer.

MF- High carbonation stinging the palate in a silky, moderately thick body. Sharp bitterness in the finish, hops or something else going on?

A unique beer to say the least. It seems to adhere to some of the style guidelines I have read. The sweetness and strength of this beer are high. Not a beer I would personally seek out but an interesting one to try.

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Photo of billab914
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Otter Creek glass. Dark brown in color with a frothy tan head rising an inch above the beer. The head faded some but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a lot of sweetness and spice to it. I get the honey right off the bat, it's definitely one of the most honey forward aroma's I've encountered. I get a bready, cinnamon, slight clove like flavor to it as well.

The taste has the honey showing more up front along with some of the bready, cinnamon flavor. Towards the finish it gets pretty boozy with alcohol being the dominating flavor. It has a decent warming or hotness in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel leans more towards the heavy side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was an interesting beer, but not one I enjoyed that much, The spice and alcohol were a little overpowering in it. The honey flavor was sweet as expected, but pretty decent overall. interesting beer but not one I'd buy again probably.

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