Fat Weasel Ale
Steinhaus Brewing Co.

Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale
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Strong Ale - American
3.05 | pDev: 17.05%
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.18/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: Single, picked up from Trader Joes for 75 cents. 12 fluid ounce bottle with a strange looking label that depicts a rather obese looking weasel that appears to wearing some kind of blue blanket and a sun hat, that also has a Beer Glass that looks remarkably like a BA Mug – is the Fat Weasel a secret Mug Club Member that we do not know about?

Appearance: Pure lucid gold body, very clear, very pale, thin white head cap that laces the glass well. Little carbonation – I check for a freshness date, there isn’t one.

Nose: Sugary hints mixed with an orange fruit aspect.

Taste: Raw and unbalanced, straight off the bat this is just not a very appealing beer at all. Sweet with a raw grain feeling that is bloody annoying. The sickly alcohol level reminds me of Chevy Chase as the archetypal American tourist in the film National Lampoons European Vacation – hopelessly high profile, utterly lost and attracting unwanted attention.

Mouthfeel: Jumbled, high alcohol, and sweetness are mixed in a fruity mixture that has some redeeming features – they do eventually fade away completely and are easily forgotten.

Drinkability: Sickly and unbalanced, took me a while to finish the 12 ounces. Not something I would want to try again.

Overall: Sadly a rather negative review, which is not usually my style, but its hot and humid tonight in Long Beach, and like this beer, I cannot be bothered to be coherent.

Boy, I am *really* glad I was not tempted to pick up a Six-Pack of this!!!!

Jul 21, 2003
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gnaussea from California

3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an unattractive pale orange with an unretentive head. Smells, though faint, are actually nicely balanced between hops and malt, with some fruity esters. I'm pleasantly surprised. Flavor is balanced in its own way, if you dont count the out of place alcohol, with a nice hop frontage, leading into a kinof mediocre malt. Not a great beer, but bold. It at least makes a statement, I just have no idea what that statement is.

Oct 27, 2003
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a tan colored head that rises to three-fingers in height. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color that shows a rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quit malt focused with notes of biscuit-like malts, toffee and some crushed cracker notes. A touch of fruitiness and a light herbal note round things out for this soft nose.

Lightly sweet tasting and fuller bodied than I was expecting; it coats the mouth a bit and is on the chewy side for a beer that I was expecting to be lower in alcohol. There is also quite a bit more hop flavor and character than I was expecting; this has a solid herbal note to it, a noticeable grapefruit like hoppiness and a solid, lingering bitterness in the finish. Toasty malt note contribute soft caramel flavors, biscuit-like grain notes and a very soft nuttiness. The hop character seems to fade a bit after a while, and it becomes a bit more malt accented. There is a touch of alcohol warming in the finish as well.

Another Trader Joes beer that is far better than I was expecting. The aroma is a bit bland, but this is packed with a surprising amount of flavor; the strength of this beer obviously helps as I was expecting this to be around 4% and not the 7.2% that it is at. Not quite something that I can see myself buying again, but if handed this at a BBQ I would be quite content.

Jun 26, 2008
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yelterdow from New Jersey

2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Napa, CA on 9/8/07. The date lasered on the neck reads 8/22/07. Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Not knowing *anything* about this beer or brewery (living in NJ), I discover this ale pours almost exactly like Bud in many ways... save for the slightly golder hue. Crystal clear, the white head settles tightly to two fingers and it gradually lays down and becomes a thin, unbroken mat. A few streams of thin bubbles float casually to the top.

Smell- Notes of coriander and hazelnuts leap from the glass, with a hint of vanilla/orange creamsicle. These aromas subside and diminish as the beer comes to temperature.

Taste- *Way* too sweet and out of balance with regard to malt and hop presence. The alcohol strength overtakes even the most subtle flavors... this is one of many unimpressive, hyper-aggressive examples of "bigger", not necessarily "better" beers.

Mouthfeel- By far the best attribute, this foamy, smooth texture really is a pleasure to enjoy in the mouth. What a shame it can't showcase the ingredients in a better light.

Drinkability- This was a bear to get through.

Sep 13, 2007
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masterbruewer from Ohio

2.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pale golden brown with think off-white head. Light carbonation, decent lacing.

The smell is fruity and malty sweet.

The taste is sweet a little metallic. Not much hop presence here.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and thick.

Not a very offensive beer, but not that great either.

Maybe a good gateway beer.

Dec 16, 2004
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andrewm190 from North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer almost brings to mind a very, very light stout. The brew holds a bit sweet with a very light coffee tone in the back, although its so light I admit this could be my imagination. In the end, its a passable, but not altogether glorious ale. You get your moneys worth, I suppose, but you can certainly find others to enjoy. The finest qualities this brew possess are a moderately hilarious title and picture, combined with a hearty 7.1 alcohol by volume content.

Aug 24, 2008
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tastybeer from North Carolina

2.11/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Color is lighter than I expected. Its a clear light gold color with a basically white thin, tiny bubbled head. Aroma is, well this doesn't really smell like anything. Maybe some light graininess mixed with corniness. Tastes about the same. A bit disappointing. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy. Overall, not so great.

Jun 23, 2011
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Zorro from California

3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold brew.

Smell is mildly malty and some piney hops. Mild honey smell here.

Taste is mostly malt with a sharp hop finish. There is a bit of caramel taste here. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. A 3 X 3 Brew. Not bad, not great.

Mar 10, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy, golden yellow color. Thin head, no lace.

Fermented honey aroma. Strong lactose smells as well. Strong vanilla with a touch of lemon.

Some citrus featuring a noteable sourness. Orange/lemon. Very dry for the style. Some surprising hop bitterness shows up in the swallow. Highly carbonated, with a moderate body.

Here's another unusual brew that defies description from the style. Interesting enough to try, but non-descript enough to pass on the second offering.

Jul 16, 2005
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marcellaproust from Washington

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like we've got a truckload of beer snobs here with previous reviews. I take the Wine Spectator approach to this beer -- rank in accordance with taste and *value.* If Wine Spectator can award a 93 + to a wine under $50 in competition with a $800 bottle, then ostensibly the same good sense would apply with Beer capital B, $5/sixer. This wine pours a thick, champagne bubbly head. It has no smell, other than a slight alcoholly one. The taste up front is sweet, mid-way malt and butter (?), and finish a combo of metallic hops (unpleasant) and vegetal flavor. Great carbonation and comfy in the mouth. Definitely a good drinking beer, better than average, and better than many an expensive boutique microbrew.

Apr 15, 2004
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden colcor with modest white head. Poor retention but nice sticky lacing.

Smell is light, almost to the point of non-existant.

Taste shows a nice fruity sweetness. The is enough hop presence to balance the malt weel. The alcohol is so well hidden that I could not believe it is 7.1%.

Imparts a lingering sweetness that leaves a pleasant taste in the mouth.

Well done beer, way too easy to drink.

May 05, 2008
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To my knowledge, this is only available at Trader Joes.

Fairly generic bottle, no information about style, the brewery, etc. It is 7.1, rather strong for its price and generic status.

Crystal clear pale amber color.

A sweet malty wort aroma, with some sugary fruit (like fruity bubblegum) notes.

Body is full. A bit heavy and sticky too. Alcohol and fruity maltness overwhelm. The hops are muted and not balanced. Dry finish, or so it seems, and then a sticky coating takes over and wont go away. A good beer, but I'm glad my little lady likes them more, she can finish off the sixpack...

Apr 19, 2008
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abcsofbeer from Virginia

2.62/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date, though it is stamped with something couldn't figure out easily. Pours a pale clear orange color with lots of bubbles clinging to the glass.

There is a thin white head that even with a generous pour only brought up a 1/2 a finger head and no lacing. The aroma is grainy with sweet undertones of honey, apricots, orange and banana? The taste is medium carbonated and seems much like a macro, grainy and flat tasting. It is slightly metallic in the aftertaste. Overall, not much there.

Feb 03, 2006
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walleye from Michigan

2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured more a dark golden than amber wiyh a small white head. aroma a little on the mild side nothing big here, got malt, caramel hint of hops.flavor the caramel came out a little stronger, malts had a hard time finding the hops. as it warmed lost most of the flavor. but as a cold beer not to bad.

Oct 24, 2005
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RedwoodGeorge from California

2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average pour - a mild white head over a very clear light golden brew. No lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty weak as well - a slightly corny grain note and a bit of piney hops but it's very light.

The taste is okay but nothing spectacular. Lots of malt in this brew but it's a reasonably light bodied grainy flavor with little in the way of caramelized sugars. There is, however a moderate residual sugar leading to a pretty sweet flavor. Hops are weak. The flavor is something out of the noble family and frankly this tastes like a bland lager with the flavor just a little less bland.

Mouthfeel is fine - it's a medium bodied brew that's a bit on the oily side. Not quite enough carbonation to dry out the sweet aftertaste. No alcohol burn at all (is this really a 7% ABV brew?)

All in all average to disappoionting. Not really bad in any particular way but there's nothing to recommend this beer if there are any other choices available...

Apr 28, 2006
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edmundfitzoil from Florida

3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle with a fat weasel with some sort of hawaian shirt on on the label.

Appearance: Gold to a rich or full yellow colored beer. The head reminded me of a macro lager in that it was fizzy and quickly gone white, pop looking bubbles.
Smell: Smells like a macro on first whiff. Honey came through after that.
Taste: Honey again. The malt comes through along with a slitghtly spicy/cinnamon alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: There is a lightness of flavor that really reminds something besides the American Strong Ale category. This beer does have a certain sweetness to it that really surprised me outside of the other renditions of this category that I've tried thus far. A surprise to say the least. My girlfriend actually liked this but has truly disliked the Arrogant Bastards and GLBC Noserferatus that I've given her, if that says anything about the beer's different flavor and mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I could down a couple of these on a hot summer evening as the sun sets. There are definitely better beers in this category, but the price of this one - although I didn't buy it, I was told it was quite economical - could make this beer something to purchase when price could be an issue.

Jul 20, 2005
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DFN from Arizona

1.42/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OK, maybe I got a bad bottle, but this is easily the worst beer I've had in a long time! The label on the bottle is a bit different from the one shown with this listing; it says Fat Weasel PALE Ale. Anyhow, the bottle I got was awful. Murky appearance, yellowish head that died in 30 seconds, and it went dead-flat in a minute or two. Taste and smell are pretty bad, too. Ugh!

PS: The label on this particular bottle says that the beer was brewed and bottled by River Trent Brewing Co., not Steinhaus as indicated above. Maybe it's a different beer from the one listed here, but there's no other Fat Weasel Ale listed.

Oct 20, 2004
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GClarkage from California

2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

March 2005- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Amber pour with small white head. Malty scents. Very sweet and malty taste with a bit of nutmeg or something. Goes down fairly easy, but not one that I would need to try again. There are better ones at Joe's.

Mar 15, 2005
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bashiba from Iowa

2.2/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a slightly hazy light amber color with a thin white ring of head.

The smell is light and bready. Very faint.

The flavor is very blah, a light bit of crackery flat malt flavor and not much else, a little bit of residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel is sort of syrupy.

Wow what a boring and tasteless beer, its hard to get a

Dec 04, 2011
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ypsifly from Michigan

3.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz poured into a pint. The numbers 05105 are ink jetted on the shoulder. There's more digits underneath that are unreadable. Date and lot#? I dunno....

Clear honey with a small, fizzy head of white that is short lived and leaves no lace, just a few small globs.

Fumy alcohol and restrained malt makes up the nose. Slightly doughy, not much else and weak overall.

Again, alcohol upfront. Not too much for the tastebuds, but the sweet caramel flavors don't help at all. Finishes with a suggestion of generic hop. Some better hops and more of them would really help this brew....but overall, its not bad. The mouthfeel is a little slick, but its drinkable and the price helps out.

Jul 14, 2005
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InsolublePancake from Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold, actually has a decent head thanks to a vigorous pour.

S- Nice sweet malt aroma with some fruity esters. Alcohol is quite evident.

T- Very sweet, almost honey-like. It also has some kind of vanilla-like flavor in there. Alcohol isn't as evident as it was in the nose, but you can still detect it. No real hop flavor, but there is a mild bitterness on the finish.

M- Actually pretty nice. Medium bodied and very smooth. Almost kind of creamy.

D- Well, I might have one more, but that's it. The alcohol presence is a little high.

I was expecting not to like this beer due to its lackluster reviews and dirt-cheap price, but it really wasn't all that bad. Hell, I might even get it again. Certainly nothing spectacular, but hey, for less than 5 bucks a six-pack, It's pretty good. Recommended.

May 07, 2007
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TheBungyo from Washington

3.6/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured far lighter than I would've expected with a decent head. No lacing. Body is the color of pale straw. Nose smells like hard candy mixed with hops and a kiss of caramel. I was surprised at the amount of hops I smelled. Taste doesn't do much for me .... either hops or the malt need to commit more ... and neither does. The taste is good, but it's begging for an aspect to dominate and neither does. It reminds me of a dumbed down (extremely dumb) Dreadnaught. I think some other reviewer said this was $4.99 a sixer. This is good enough to be a bargain for that price.If that is the case (I only bought a single so I'm not sure) I would certainly buy this again. Tastes good enough to drink again.

Oct 09, 2006
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Seanibus from California

3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad - better than some of the other Steinhaus offerings I have tried, but a little hard to categorize. It comes off almost like a strong American Wheat.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a fluffy head that falls quickly to decent lacing. Slightly sour aroma, like a mix of wheat and pilsener malt. The flavor is decent, a little sour, some slight hop bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is thin, slightly clingy, emphasizing the very slight bitterness down the throat on teh finish. Overall, however, this is a drinkable but entirely unmemorable beer.

Oct 07, 2008
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leechungsr from California

2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess you get what you pay for (Trader Joes)
S: grainy and of alcohol. Not impressed.
T: not good. I wasn't sure if I wanted to finish this one. I think the higher alcohol content may contribute to its spice, which I thought was pretty neat. Lots of bitter hops, somewhat sour.
D: really doesn't stand out. I wouldn't mind having it again, but I definitely wouldn't purchase it.

Nov 14, 2006
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ommegangpbr from New York

2.41/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Fat Weasel makes for a suspicious pour. No head, no lacing, and macro lager pale.
The nose does not set my nerves at ease. We're entering malt liquor territory. Sugary booze hits first with what I hope are not notes that give evidence to rise or corn. Boozey cake comes to mind. Brace yourself.
The taste doesn't terrify the way the odors might make you think but that's the best of it. Has a similar flavor profile to this brewery's Jumping Cow amber ale, but somehow even milder in flavor. Grainy flavors that make me think of vodka.
Mouthfeel is light enough to make this generally palatable.
Would I get this again? No. Will I even finish this bottle?

Jan 23, 2008
Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 274 ratings