Seventeen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.76/5
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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
pDev:
13.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of DIM
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Bright, clear, shining golden color. Small, short lived head.

s: Mild overall, but appealing. Bicuity malts, mild spice, and warm, floral phenols.

t: Sweet, spicy, and a little hot. Sweet ripe bananas and a little citrus up front. Light spices mid-palate getting heavy towards the end. The finish is sweet, flowery alcohol and peppery cloves run amok.

m: Heavy for a saison.

o: I've loved most of their anniversary beers, but this was a miss for me.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet.

A: Extremely cloudy gold with sediment on the bottom of the glass. Very minimal head that dissipates quickly.

N: Clove, peppercorn, grainy and doughy malts and some lemon zest.

T: Quite heavy on the spices. Tons of clove and peppercorn. Grapefruit, caramel and lemon juice are on the front of the palate. Doughy, bready malts and banana peel kick in mid-palate. A lot of zests come in during the finish. Most notably grapefruit and lemon zest. Some light-medium booziness shows through.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, spicy, dry and warming.

O: Overly spiced with no Belgian yeast qualities. Definitely takes the off beaten path of a traditional Saison. Hides the alcohol considerably well. Meh, it's okay.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a glowing honey hue. Head is tiny. Barely a full film atop the beer. The beer glows but is shockingly quite hazy. Light lacing.

S-A deep, concentrated yeastiness. Bananas soaked in liquor. Definitely boozy. Herbaceous and spicy. Smells very robust.

T-A big ass Saison.Expressive yeastiness.Long alcoholic bite. Bananas and pepper and cloves. Syrupy sweetness and a lingering herbal quality.

M-Syrupy with a low carbonation level. A bit cloying with a considerable bite.

O/D-I now see why most Farmhouse Ales aren't such a high alcohol level. The flavors (especially the yeast) are turned up too high. But all-in-all, this was well worth trying at a decent pice ($3.00 a 12oz. single). Just a cool brew that is far from perfect but worth experimenting with.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mocktm
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack of this for $17; a bit pricey but I suppose it is 10.5%.

Hazy orange color, modest white head and minimal lacing to match.

Nose is boozy, really boozy. The orange, lemon and grapefruit peel definitely contribute a sweet fragrance, but this is really overpowered by the heat. I don't really detect any pink peppercorns either, but really, I don't even know what that is...so yeah.

Tastes as I expected: sweet, citrusy, and boozy as hell. They really overdid the alcohol on this one and I don't really think it works. Also no barnyard funk what so ever, the very characteristic of a solid Saison.

Medium to semi heavy in body. Booze is not hidden at all. One and done for sure, I'm switching to something else.

Overall, a disappointment. I'll throw the remaining in the cellar and hope time does its magic to the booze and over compensating sweetness.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle courtesy of mwrecording pours a hazed orange color with a thin cap of white head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is tropical fruity and spiced up like a mutha. Overpower the spice and hops, little bit of alcohol, not much else.

Rustic, farmhouse saison this is not. Taste is really tropical, both from the alcohol and rampant yeast. Not overly pleasant as the spices just further separate this beer from its stylistic roots. Its not a bad beer, but more of a tripel than a saison to me and I am not a fan of spice additions in a saison. Bad saison, average beer and falls in the lower tier of Weyerbacher Anniversary beers.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of zapahoppa
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of KAP1356
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of mrebeka
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dfredricks
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of yourefragile
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of hosehead83
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a short head of white foam.
Aroma-Spicy yeast
Taste-Citrus, fruity, spicy yeast. High alchohol content well hidden, but mouthfeel is way off as there is very little carbonation, almost going flat after a few minutes, not the bubbly effervescence of a farmhouse ale. This definitely lowered the score here.

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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 axeman9182
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Amanti Vino's beer of the month program, poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Weyerbacher's seventeenth anniversary ale pours an opaue tangerine. About a finger and a half of white foam floats atop the beer, not displaying much in the way of head retention or lacing. I'm surprised how much the peppercorns stand out, given all the citrus peel they have to compete with. Nonetheless, a floral, peppery aroma is what jumps out first. Bright citrus shines through next, and there's a slight (and not necessarily unpleasant) booziness present as well. Peppercorns are what take center-stage in the flavor profile as well. A warming alcohol note steps up to mingle with the spice, coming across as a little harsh at time. Grapefruit highlighted citrus doesn't come in until the finish. I was hoping for a little bit more and a little bit better balance. The body is somewhat full, I guess even a saison can't be bone dry at 10%. The carbonation has a little bit of life to it though. Weyerbacher Seventeen wasn't a bad beer, but dependnig on how fast peppercorns fade vs citrus peel fades, I think a little bit of time could do it well.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dredmahawkus
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not bad.....cant believe I am drinking a beer that was made 5-25-12! lol its 5-2-15! they say on the bottle its good till 5-25-17!!!
its not bad...its a wheat beer that almost has an apple juice and spice to it. its kinda juicy like nineteen..but nineteen is way over the top juice tasting. this is like a cross between beer and cider? 10.5%!! wish I read that before popping open my 3rd beer! lol
I had to dump out nineteen but I think I can handle this one....its not bad not great. I will give it a touch over ok.
It is kinda like their farmhouse ale......less dank.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden looks, with a minimal ring of a head, Bush glass. Booze exuded in the aroma. Above average mouthfeel, at first I am getting a strong ale/barleywine, at finish I am getting a grapefruit kiss. Decent drinkability, stronger funkier Belgian yeast at the end of the bottle. Maybe there is some grains of pepper, but overrun by the above flavours.

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Photo of Timtac
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AD17
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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