Seventeen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
61.2%
Liked This Beer
3.76 w/ 286 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
286
Liked:
175
Avg:
3.76/5
pDev:
13.3%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seventeen pours a lighter gold color. It’s definitely hazy. There are a lot of yeasty particles swimming about. I was even careful with the pour. Backlighting gives it a brighter, yellow-ish look. A soft white head sits on top. It’s rather modest, only rising to about a finger in height. It’s quick to recede, leaving a very light, spotty coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is weak and surprisingly average. It really needs more strength. It kicks off with a malty, sweet smell. It has a strong sugary scent. Belgian yeast is noted and adds a blend of spicy notes. Clove and pepper are the most notable. It does have some light, citric fruit notes and an interesting honey note. It is earthy, grainy, and slightly herbal. Alcohol is definitely in there. Smells a bit strong for a Saison. Eh. For the style, it’s average.

The flavor is a little better. It does have a strong malt base and is very sugary. It’s a bit sweet for me. Belgian yeast is noted. It adds spicy flavors of clove and pepper. Spice esters are abundant. Coriander and orange peel are also noted. It is earthy, grainy, and herbal throughout. There is a light, citric grapefruit note and a bit of a honey flavor. Those aspects are interesting, but don’t improve the flavor much. Alcohol is there and is a bit strong for the style. It’s not quite warm or hot, but it is too prevalent. Finishes malty, sweet, and spicy.

Seventeen has a medium body. Carbonation is rather light and restrained. It has a pretty good feel, but won’t be confused with any authentic Belgians. Drinkability is okay, but suffers a bit from its size and sweetness.

Weyerbacher did an okay job with Seventeen, but it’s not among the best of its anniversary series. Its biggest problems are that it’s just too big for the style and it’s too sweet. That probably makes it sound worse than it is. It’s alright. Definitely worth grabbing a bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, pale gold body with a small, thinning, essentially white head.

Smell: Sweetish, ethanol-laced wheat malt sitting atop squelched notes of varied citrus rinds and peppery spices.

Taste: Malted wheat with a light pinch of powdered sugar. Some initial floral tones (until the numbing alcohol kicks in), but that's right around when the citrus peelings roll in. Spicy, peppery qualities from the yeast, presumably from the alcohol as well, and the peppercorns, with a lingering spiciness beyond the full finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: "Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv." It also destroyed my patience right off the bat. Harsh, flabby, boozy. Happy Anniversary.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, and fruit hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spice, earth, fruit, fruit hop, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I went into this brew not really expecting too much at all if I’m honest. However what I found was actually quite nice and well balanced. This was a nicely complex brew where everything seemed to work in unison with each other and kept your palate intrigued throughout each sip. Doing all of this while still be refreshing was the kicker. Definitely a must try for any fan of the style or the curious alike.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Lare453
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a dfh glass

A yellow with a tiny hint or orange, small, fast dissipating white head. Very hazy.

S overpowering pepper. Light citrus, light hops... Mostly pepper.

T light beginning, with a bold citrus middle and an overpowering pepper ending. The aftertaste is also peppery with a light boozyness. The high alcohol is not detected at all, which is always impressive.

M a little more than thin, light carbonation. Almost smooth.

O a good and different beer. I would drink it again but I am going to wait a while to open another.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The look is a hazy orange-yellow coloring. Looks just like a saison should look.

In the nose I definitely get that sour smell you would expect from a saison. I also smell some bubblegum, and I can pick up the peppercorns at the edges. I was surprised that I couldn't pick up any citrus.

The flavor really brings out the horse-blanket taste. I finally get the lemon in each sip, but there wasn't much there from the grapefruit or orange.

The peppercorns don't come out in the flavor. However, you really feel their presence in the back of my throat.

Seventeen was an interesting experience. I'm glad I was able to pick up a bottle.

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Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of csmit128
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seventeen
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 10.50 %

APPEARANCE: Pours light gold with a chill haze, a little bit of sediment. A ring of wispy head forms and stays in a ring. Looks like a Belgian brew.

SMELL: Belgian yeast chimes in with white pepper, bubble gum, clove and banana. Wheat malt is apparent right away. Grassy hops are there but subdued.

TASTE: Fruity yeast with some banana, bubble gum and cotton candy notes. Mostly sweet with a very faint suggestion of hops. There is a small but noticeable spice from the green peppercorns used in brewing. Lemony citrus with some notes of orange and grapefruit. Still, very wheaty with a always present banana-bubblegum-clove note. Very little funk for a saison, but overall still tasty, and the alcohol is well hidden.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, lingering citrus/bubblegum finish.

OVERALL: An interesting take on a saison. I like the bigness of this beer, and the flavors really do pop. Definitely has a big wheat presence. It is a little sweet, and a bit more funk or some acidity would go a long way here. Not sure what cellaring would do, this is drinking pretty nice right now.

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Photo of beerbully
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tall glass

A-Hazy yellow big white fluffy head that lingers for a while leaving thick lacing

S-banana, clove, candi sugar,

T-follows the nose, banana, clove, sweet, a bit boozy, faint pepper

M-crisp,decent carbonation, a bit fizzy

O-solid brew, not a knockout but a good sunday brunch brew

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy hay color ale with a large foamy head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of coriander and orange/lemon peel with quite a bit of residual sugar. Taste is also dominated by a mix of spices including coriander with some orange and lemon peel which are balanced against a huge malt backbone with quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is quite full with limited filtration and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. This beer is so big that it almost falls into the BSA category. I would probably have liked it better if it had traded some alcohol and sugar for additional attenuation which in turn would have provided more rooms for the spices to come out.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of facundoCNB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a murky yellow-orange pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated.

smells of apples, bread yeast, pepper, orange peel. the taste is much sweeter than the scents, very fruit heavy - orange, pepper spice, herbal earth flavors hit the palate strongly. alcohol flavor is well masked.

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy feel on lips, boozy warmth.

overall this is a nice beer - nothing honestly too special considering some of the brewery's year round beers are better than this.

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Photo of pvo
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great. I feel like most anniversary beers are ways for brewers to put out an exoeriment that they've really put a lot of effort into, and that effort shows here. A well-balanced beer, especially considering that it's over 10% abv, with lasting flavor.

Some people would take issue with this being a summery beer that has such a high alcohol content, but that view somewhat misses the point- this is an american version of a classic style, so you have to expect that, for better or worse, it's going to be stronger in abv and flavor.

The only thing lacking here is the smell, of which there is not much. Especially for a saison, this has a lasting flavor and full mouthfeel, which again might not be true for the style, but works well for an American brewery's anniversary beer.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.2% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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