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)

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 Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark brown with a thin off-white head and good lacing on the glass.

S: Smells similar to a doppelbock. Very sweet, boozy, and a little spice.

T: Up front is a roasted malt flavor that is fruity with plum and raisin and very sweet and then the alcohol kicks in with flavor and burn. No real off flavors....tastes like a sweet quad.

M: A light-medium feel to it and kind of syrupy. Low carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. A nice sweet, dark, flavorful beer. Definitely a sipper and a one and done.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

950th Review on BA
Bottle to mini snifter
12 oz

Thanks to Mjtiernan for this one
Shared with BA GuruDel

App- When poured a bit darker than bottle brown but in the glass its a mix of crimsons, lighter browns and a one finger fast receding head that faded to a couple bubbles on the top of the beer.

Smell- A opening freshness of honey fresh from the hive. A little bit boozy, malty and tannin skin or citrus. Couldn't discern which one. Very sweet on the nose.

Taste- Again, I have never had a braggot similar to my previous review of a unblended lambic. I will be the first to admit I am not a big honey fan either. This one was tasty without being overbearing on the honey. At the same time, through in some manner its a bit of a peppery flavor floral flavor as well.

Mouth- A good bit of a medium creamy bodied with a matching semi bubbly carbonation. Leaves a bit of that malty, honey-esque residual flavor behind.

Drink- This to me seems a once every couple of months beer or when its cold. The honey for me just leaves too much residual flavors that I am not a fan of. A good beer to say the least but just not really for me.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into mini nonic.
Description states it was made with over 1,000pounds of honey from local Pennsylvania bees.
Dark color with a fair amount of carbonation.
Smell of high alcohol and honey, malts, and floral.
Taste is of honey, like serious honey. Floral notes, and malt. Apple/fruity undertones present. I bet if they brewed this again it would taste different, as honey takes on the flavor of whatever the bees pollinates. Very interesting and different.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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 Morey
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a smudged freshness date that is unreadable. I'm not sure that it matters as this beer is 10.5%.

Poured into a wide-mouthed wine glass. Dark brown color, but you can see some nice ruby red hues when held up to the light. Pretty good head retention and lacing for such a high gravity beer.

The aroma is much milder than I had anticipated. I guess that I was expecting it to smell similar to mead, but it really doesn't. Man, I guess I chose a poor glass as far as the aroma goes. I'm not getting much of anything in the nose. Ok...there's a bit of a caramel-malt sweetness & dark fruits, but it's pretty clean overall.

Taste is sweet upfront with some caramel and honey. Malt body shows itself midway, but it's thinner than I expected. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing in the taste. Finish is extremely smooth with just a whisper of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with a soft carbonation.

This is my first Braggot, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. It's definitely good. But I have to say, it's far less intense than I thought that it was going to be.

Morey's Bottom Line: When I say that I couldn't taste the alcohol at all,...that's an understatement! This beer is super easy to drink. If you are a fan of strong brown ales, or barleywines, I recommend this.

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3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to oversized snifter. $5.50 for the single. Sampled 7/7/11.

A: With reports of soft carbonation, this beer was poured with extra care to keep the mouthfeel as lively as possible. The result was a very small head, light brown in color, which was quick to diminish but left a lasting film and collar. Great depth of color. The body is very dark brown, murky with zero transparency.

S: Sweet caramel coated cookies countered a leathery earthiness. A mixed bag of fruits include McIntosh apples, dates, cantaloupe and honeydew. Raw sugar, dark and lightly rendered.

T: Again, very sweet - and increasing by the minute - so the bitterness on the finish can't quite stand up. The flavor of the fruits mentioned above seem to fall into the background the longer the glass sits. Maybe a slight hint of oxidation.

M: Well, the carbonation was adequate for me. In fact, the fizzy bubbles created a much lighter and cleaner mouthfeel than I expected. Body was medium.

O: I appreciated the creativity in brewing a dark braggot. But as enjoyable as this was, I can't help but wish it was as impressive as Fifteen was. Think I'll go grab one of them now...

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Photo of brystmar
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'd never heard of this style before this summer. My sister (of all people) linked me to a menu looking for a beer recommendation and asked about this one. Since then, I had to figure out what this oddly named style was all about.

A: a fine looking beer: dark brown with plenty of manila-colored head. Beady lace.

S: candied fruits, sweet malts, booze, and plenty of honey. Spicy.

T: malts and honey do their thing. Spices tickle the tongue. Tastes like a Belgian quad mixed with mead. Too much sweetness for my liking. Finishes sweet & boozy.

M/D: thin and sticky; would certainly benefit from more body. The sheer amount of spice in this brew brings down the drinkability for me. That plus its overly sweet complexion makes this 12oz the perfect size to share.

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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 gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap

A-pours a dark mahogany color with a tan head and nice chunky lacing

S- notes of malts and honey ,nuts and malts earth notes herbs and spice

T- was sweet ans malty with nuts and dark fruit slight chocolate a touch of wood

M- medium with a spicy herbal coate on the tongue a little earthy

O- tasty on tap with nice earthy notes

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of sweet honey notes offset by some caramel and light chocolate notes. Taste is a very nice mix between some sweet honey notes with some caramelized malt and light subtle chocolate. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and interesting experiment - a sipper for sure but still not overly sweet.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Gold medal GABF 2011gold winner in the honey ale category. Let's check this out!

A real nice appearance of light caramel brown for the head, foamy win sticky like retention. The body is a great dark chestnut brown, with real nice red hues along the edges. Looks real neat.

Nose is malt and light honeycomb sense. Hints of toffee quite nice.

Taste is a real nice mix of light bodied but just slightly syrupy honey. Dough and baked bread like dark malts with just a hint of light feel fill the palate. High abv is hardly noticeable, there is no boozy sense of character at all. Honey tasting finish with even some great roast character.

Overall I really like this mix of light and thick textures and tastes . This is really neat beer.

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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 JTSbeerislife
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Bully’s, at my request poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter, 12 oz. pours

Notes written at the bar.

Pours a great thick one finger head, which slowly reduces to a 1/8” cap, which lasts. Very lively ale.
Very dark brown almost black color, with a tan colored head. Great lace on glass. Picture perfect.

A wonderful smell of powerful yeast, brown malt, and after it warms a bit, honey. Each component comes and goes with each smell, very distinct and complex.

Incredible entry on the palate of distinct yeast, dark roasted malt, and distinct honey. Very rich. Everything increases in intensity as the ale warms. Full mouth feel and a wonderfully balanced carbonation.

Long finish of yeast, honey and malt.

Wow! Totally different from anything I have had previously, though it does have some Belgium Ale qualities to it. Yeast dominated, honey and an overall impression of richness. A pleasure and privilege to have this on draft.
Thanks to Dave proprietor of Bully’s Restaurant, Columbia PA for getting this one.

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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice robust auburn color with two fingers of tan head.

S-Light in the aroma with notes of caramel and light honey.

T-Very rich caramel and notes of honey with a nice dose of dark fruits and light bitterness on the finish.

M-Rich and on the full side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Very nice beer; glad to see more and more brewers are brewing braggots and this is up there with the best of the few I've had.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark brown. The head has minimal retention.
S- There is a barrage of aromas on the nose. Honey, alcohol, malty sweetness, nutty quality.
T- It really reminds me of a Quad. At first it's really malty up front with a nutty, slightly caramalized, toasted character. The sweetness that comes from the use of honey comes through more and more as it warms. Really, really deep malty complexity.
M- It's decetively light in body, at least lighter than the depth of malt flavor would suggest to me. Low carbonation. Alcohol shows up and is quite warming in the finish.
O- A really deep set of flavors and aromas. Definitely worth trying. The alcohol and malt complexity are a bit fatiguing on the palate, but it's still a really pleasant, interesting beer.

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Photo of MaxSpang
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of bbeane
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tapped at Canal Street Pub...
A- Tapped into a Weyerbacher tulip... starts with a small head with decent retention and some light lacing. Beer is copper in color

S- Very sweet aroma, caramel, malts, honey

T- Very sweet to taste, lots of caramel malts coming through with some definite notes of honey. The high abv is definitely evident

M- Medium body with light carbonation

O- I can't really compare to others of it's style as I don't recall ever having a Braggot before. It was enjoyable to try but won't be having a second... especially with the fifteen on tap


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Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, obviously brewed in 2011.

opaque dark chocolate brown. creamy 1/2" head that fades to a thin collar. aroma is boozy, sweet, the honey is definitely in there.

taste is sugary, but not overly sweet if that makes sense. malty. the honey isn't as distinguishable as in the smell. a little alcohol in the finish. medium body, higher carbonation.

my first braggot, overall pretty good.

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

Pours an off-white, three-finger head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Cloudy mahogany/brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Light honey nose, flavor is a mix of honey and wood, higher ABV is hidden. Good but there are better braggot ales like Atlantic Brewing's Brother Adam's Bragget Ale. $4.00 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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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 Beer4Baltimore
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear dark brown with little head or retention.
S - honey and malts dominate in a very good way.
T - sweet malts with just a trace of bitters. The honey blends quite well with the overall tastes not overpowering anything.
M - leaves a light honey like coating on the tongue but it's quite pleasing.
D - I wouldn't drink more than one but one is quite good.

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Photo of HosP
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 hoptualBrew
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The TWElve oz. poured into a snifta. Dark deep brown with some red hues w/ compliments of a nice sexy cream tan head. Long ass legs present, but expected from that skyscraping abv. Smells so sweet, honey, sweet caramel malts, milk chocolate scents as well. Uhghghghhh so goood!

Taste follows the nose, the 10.5% abv hides really well behind the curtain of sweet malts & honey. Really fucking smooth with toasted tones to it, could literally drink this big beer all day, or until my nervous system allows.

Thicker mouthfeel meshes well with the moderate carbonation & toasty malts. This is an awesome intro to braggot ales! Will be seeking more of this style out.

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Photo of dbossman
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a steady one-inch foamy head; this beer is dark and gorgeous; lacing is intricate and delicate looking

S: What a complex bouquet of aromas: nutty and dark fruits: cherry, orange, plums with definite honey and roasted chocolate; my god, this smells sweet and boozy and fruity and awesome

T: So much intense flavors up front; a barrage of nuts and honey and dark fruits and alcohol and roasted malts; it fades a tad but still packs such a flavorful punch; God, this is good--almost like a quad with honey

F: Medium body but perhaps on the thin side but enough beer sticks to the roof of the mouth

O: this is one awesome dark braggot; it is so complex and boozy and yet drinkable; really it is up there as one of Weyerbacher's bests

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

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with clear, ruby colored highlights showing through. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - A strong note of honey with some spicy cinnamon and clove notes as well as a hint of caramel.

T - Brown, malty notes of caramel and nutty toffee up front. Some thick honey comes out in the middle with notes of orange and licorice. Finishes out with a strong, mead-like honey character and lightly roasted malt flavors.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very interesting, I can honestly say that I have never had a beer quite like this one. The honey character is pronounced and seems to be augmented by the caramel and dark malt. Enjoyable and very drinkable despite its strength.

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