Sixteen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
326 Ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by silentjay on 05-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cooch69
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Braggot pours into a tulip glass a deep brown with some amber outlines. It has a lovely foamy and slightly rocky white head.

Nose on this one is full of sweet caramell malts, orange blossom honey, brown sugar and molasses.

Tatse is very smooth and elegant. Slightly bitter up front. A fair bit of an alcohol kick but understandable given the ABV. on this big bad beer. Aftertaste is really reminiscent of honey. I've only ever had one Braggot before to compare this to and I think that the other one had even more honey in it than this one. This one is obviously more rounded and complex. Tasty to say the least. A sweet beer but not overboard. This one's got a nice creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Give it a try.

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Photo of Agold
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Pencible
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent black cherry with some tan head.
S: It smelled like wild clover honey and roasted barley, with some biscuit and toffee.
T: It tasted like bittersweet clover honey and toffee, with copper and wild yeast and biscuit. It had a crisp and clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a very interesting and enjoyable beer. Seemed like it should have a smoky element, but I liked the scent and taste and body regardless. The alcohol was decently hidden too, so it was easy to drink. I assume it will age well for at least a few years. Recommended to at least try once.

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

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer appears dark brown, with crimson highlights. The beer has approximately 1/4" of light, tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings an abundance of delicious honey, sweet malt, spice, and spice. The flavor offers sweet honey, malt, and spice, respectively. A really nice braggot. I could definitely drink a ton of this and walk around Renn Fest, pretending to be a knight. Alcohol is prevalent, but not overpowering. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit I was not familiar with the term Braggot. So I learned something when buying this beer/mead.

This is a dark redish brown with a finger or two of tan head. I got lots of dark fruit and malt. The honey also adds some sweetness. I got no bitterness. Mouthfeel was closer to medium rather than full.

Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't drink more than one of these in a setting.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a snifter

A - Dark brown with ruby highlights. It has an inch and a half of tan head.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. I get molasses, alcohol and fig.

T - There is plenty of alcohol in the taste. I get some roasted flavors and no bitterness.

M - Medium. Little carbonation.

O - This is only the second braggot that I have had. They tasted nothing alike so I'm not sure which one was stylistically better. This beer was hot and would probably be more enjoyable with some age on it.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown/reddish color with no head

S: Very complex. Dark fruits and some very sweet malts, almost like a quad. Some honey undertones in the sweetness, though they are muted by the heavy malty sweetness

T: A bit dry, but still pretty sweet. Can definitely pick out the fruits, plus the sweetness is toned down quite a bit from the smell. Almost like a sweet red wine in terms of the dryness and sweetness of it. Definitely get some alcohol in there, but it blends in nicely with the sweet/dry nature of the beer. Still fairly complex, although a little bit of a let down from the aroma

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Again, fairly dry but the carbonation helps with the actual drying factor

O: A good braggot that acts more like a SDBA or quad in terms of profile but does indeed rely on that sweetness from the honey and of course doesn't use that fruity Belgian yeast. A nice, true braggot in my eyes

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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 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 woosterbill
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into its proper Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Opaque, nearly black plum-colored body with a nice 3/4" head of creamy, light-brown foam. Pretty good retention and lovely lace for a 10%+ beer. Attractive.

S: Extremely strong, sweet, fruity aroma: raisins, plums, chocolate, red wine, and spicy booze. Enjoyable.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet, fruity, spicy, and boozy. Rather vinous and chocolatey. The alcohol is noticeable, but not too oppressive. The sweetness, though, does get a touch overbearing.

M: Highly carbonated, medium body. Solid.

O: Interesting beer - it tasted much more like a Quad than a Braggot to me, as the sweetness seemed to translate more into dark fruits than pure honey. I really enjoyed getting to try it, and it's probably my favorite Braggot to date, but I don't think I'll be ordering it again - just a bit too sweet for me.


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Photo of LtCracker20
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark mohagony body wit hted hues around the edges. A nice 2-finger off-white head that slowly drops to a thin cap. OK lacing.

S- Honey, sweetness, a little fruity.

T- Fruity, a little honey, and a little spice.

MF- Big creamy. body on this one.

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

A: Pours a viscous/syrupy deep brown color out of the tap. Cream color head, minimal retention

S: Definitely a massive dose of alcohol right off the bat, but I was kind of expecting that. Lots of honey, caramel, fruit? Very interesting, I don't have much experience with the style

T: This is a big beer. Lots of alcohol blends with honey, caramel, and a big sweetness. Pretty complex and many flavors are unique to my palate.

MF/O: Big syrupy and velvety body, smooth and low carbonation, big honey sweetness finish.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had never heard of a Braggot before trying this beer. I checked out the BA description before this evaluation to best review the beer. It is great to have this opportunity for such a hard to find style.

It pours heavy... almost like a thicker stout coming out of a bottle. It looks unusual with the yellowish brown color. The beer coloring seems like a porter gone bad.

The minimal carbonation is not a surprise with the honey in the beer. However, I get a good release of ale and honey in the aroma. I like the sweetness in the beer smell.

In my first taste, I check out the texture tentatively. Drinking heavy beer in the summer is not at the top of my list of "to-do's." The texture is much lighter than a mead would be. There is the feeling of a heavier ale... almost like a double IPA.

The flavor is complex and demanding. I taste the mead notes and the light hopping in the ale. There is sweetness in the flavor, but it is not too much honey as it is offset by the ale.

This is a complicated, enjoyable experience in a beer. I look forward to the next bottle I open.

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Photo of asabreed
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic.

Appearance: Mostly like a really dark amber with good, mildly mocha-colored lacing.

Smell: Honey all over the place, but it never becomes overly bouquet-like (and if it does, it becomes a good sense of sentimentality) or cloying to the nose. Some dark fruits makes their way in also, along with a bit of char and burn, which seems to lessen the sweetness.

Taste: A mouthful of bees? Eating a honeycomb? Not so much, but it seems to me, as not an expect, that the honey used here is top notch. Of course I may be wrong, but what makes me think this mostly is the extremely long finish, which is also what I remember when I brewed my first beer with honey. There are, also, some good spices here. I can't pick all of them out, but they're present, welcoming, and not so complex that they're taking away from what I think is the point of the brew. There's a long bouquet, and again, the flowers are extremely present, which makes sense, considering what bees do, minus the sting.

Mouthfeel: Keeps it non-cloying with the honey and alcohol content, which is what you should probably believe is a good thing considering all of the factors. Carbonation's pretty smooth and at-the-last-second swallow prickly, slightly, in a good way.

Drinkability: Another top notch brew from Weyerbacher. I know I'm not the only one who looks forward to the anniversary releases, and this was no different. A long sipper on the porch in summer is the way to go with this. Enough balance from the hops and char to not make it too sweet, but the honey almost reaches otherwordly qualities on the taste buds -- not quite transcendent, but it's close.

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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 bs870621345
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First Braggot that wasn't homebrewed.

Pours a dark brown color with no light passing through. Minimal head and no lacing.

Smell is very very sweet. Honey is definitely there, as it should be, but a pretty large alcohol presence too, with hints of dark fruits.

Starts off with a fruity/honey sweetness and moves into an alcohol sweetness. Finishes pretty clean with an alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is full, but nice carbonation to clean everything up.

Overall, its alright- needs something besides sweetness IMO.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Nearly black in color. One finger of short-lived, frothy beige head with small irregular patches of lacing.

4.5 S: As expected, lots of honey. I haven't had enough experience with the style to figure out what aromas come from different honey (rather than the other ingredients) so I'm just going to say honey. Lightly toasty, almost nutty. Dark fruitiness - prune, fig, tobacco with some lighter peachiness. I really like the noses on braggots and this one is particularly pleasant.

3.5 T: Tasty, but lacking the strong honey flavor that I love about the style. Still, honey is the focus. Toasty malts with dark fruits again. Some sweet dark caramel. Sweet overall, but not any sweeter than average.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation that has a nice spritz to it. Smooth with a slightly roasty aftertaste.

4.0 D: I'm always glad to try a new braggot. More breweries should consider brewing them, but I understand why they don't. Anyway, great nose on this with a good enough taste to make me happy.

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Photo of steelerguy
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with ruby accent. Smallish head on the pour that fades quickly to a covering. Moderate carbonation.

S - Lots of dark malt, ripe fruit, dark cherry with a hint of spice.

T - Intense malt, lots of dark crystal malts, that honey does not come across too sweet and fermented out very well. This is like a Dark Belgian Strong Ale on steroids. Unfortunately, what could have damn near perfect turned slightly boozy at the end...but that is a small knock on the overall flavor.

M - Smooth body, still some sugars in there that could not be broken down, carbonation and alcohol help to help to clean the heaviness up at the end to make it surprisingly drinkable.

O - Damn good braggot, a style I don't drink much of, but absolutely a winner of a braggot. Thought it may be cloyingly sweet, but not at all, and the complex malts make it a winner.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a moderately cloudy dark brown/red with a moderate tan head.

S - dark fruits, solvent, roasted malts, floral notes.

T - dark roasted notes, dark fruity notes, a bit of alcohol. Except for the booze, it's actually really good.

M - smooth, lively, heavy and viscous.

O (D) - my first braggot, i think it's pretty good. Not sure if its right for the style, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher 16

Pours a dark mahogony into a snifter. Small off white head forms and fades. Aroma of honey, roasted malts and dried figs. In the flavor, a nice balanced brew featuring honey suckle, faint roasted malts and oaky tannins. Not overly sweet which was welcomed. Nice well rounded flavor, simple yet enjoyable, the alcohol was present but not detracting and led to a warming semi-dry finish. Medium bodied and a bit chewey feel. Overall, a whale of a beer and worth the effort of obtaining. Would like to see what some time in the cellar would do to this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one up at the Gateway grill. No price in the system so they let me have a bottle for $2.50!

A - Poured darker than expected, almost stout like with only a slight amber tone. Head is minimal but still pretty sticky.

S - Honey is plentiful in this one along side of toasted almond and some grain.

T - Taste is pretty sweet with only a slight twang of alcohol in the middle. Honey is there but not as sweet as expected and the toasted almond is there with a slight bit of bitterness which I expect from the hops.

M - Thinner than I expected for such a big brew.

Overall I am glad to try this just to put a "Braggot" under my list of styles tried. Sweetness works pretty well and alcohol is well masked. Good beer.

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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 Thanby
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet with a finger of sticky tan head that reduces but hangs around. Beautiful color when held to the light.

The nose is pungent with dark fruit, namely apricot and raisin, sticky sweet, a little cherry acidity. No noticeable hops. They could be there, just blended completely with the malt.

First taste is very grainy, sweet from the malt but with a dry character from the the honey. Braggots have a certain flavor that escapes my descriptive powers, but I'm trying my best. The combination of lots of malt and lots of honey is very unique. The grain has a sort-of cereal characteristic but is also very complex and rich. The honey doesn't impart a ton of flavor, but adds body and slight dryness.

Very thick body, sticky sweet aftertaste, but overall is a very enjoyable experience. If you've never had a braggot before, this is a good one to try. It's a unique type of brew and I'm excited to see a good commercial rendition of one.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Right away when I popped this one open I could smell lots of fresh fruit. This one pours a dark brown with a finger of bubbly light tan head. Leaves some sticky lace.

Juicy pears are the first thing I notce in the aroma. A little bit of allspice and cloves. Mostly malts on this, not really noticing any form of hops here. Kind of sweet in the aroma, I'll attriubute that to the honey. Rich on the flavors. A little sweet with molasses and sweet spices.

Very full somewhat chewy feel to this with soft carbonation.

I've never had a braggot before (at least not that I can remember). This one seems pretty well done and it's certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd forgotten Sixteen was even coming out until seeing it on the shelves of Zipp's in Minneapolis & feeling the rush of adrenaline to my nether regions. Weyerbacher anniversary beers have been some of my favorites over the years, & I could hardly wait to get my hands on this one. Split over a late-night Twins game with my lovely, grinning wife (the grin caused by the 9% bomber we split earlier).

Only our third braggot & so far it's a split decision; one good, one not so much. Pour is a deep cleft red that seems to generate its own internal light. Smells like my kid's Halloween bucket well into the night: sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, with an edge of sweet candied sugar. Pears & apples on top.

Sixteen is a wild mix of sugar high, honey, & attendant fruits, like a melted dish of suckers mixed in with yeast. The honey shines & lays the foundation of sweetness. There's an edge of candied Belgian sweets, overripe pears, dash of spices of indeterminate ancestry, & ends up almost in wheat territory. Reminds me a lot of a young, raw Fourteen, which eventually turned into a mature, lovely creature. This would be an easy beer to pound & a good way to wake up with your head in a drawer.

Like most of Weyerbacher's anniversary beers, I feel like this would be better...later. A very good beer, but Twelve, Thirteen, & Fourteen all improved dramatically after a good timeout in the cellar. Plan on grabbing a four-pack & letting it think about its future for a good number of months.

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Sixteen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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