Fat Weasel Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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72
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271 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steinhaus Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
152
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
17.28%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Beginner2
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I've been Having Trader Joe's offerings because I like to pinch a penny. (And that is increasingly hard to do as many crafters seem to have a strategy of charging a lot to be off-beat, if not weird.)
So back to TJ... a marketing genius that finds good recipes and cuts out the middle man (which in the beer business would be better for all... but also impossible given America's states rights laws.) So, TJ offers a potent beer with lots of hops and, then, the BA reviewers (who tend to like lots of hops and potent beers) trash the beer with horrible ratings. Go figure. I can't. But the rules say: review.

Looks like a good clear gold-to-amber ale. Smells like I'm going to get some alcohol. Taste has a refreshing cut given by the hops; and there, there is the alcohol as promised. Feels moderate, enough bubbles-in-the-mouth. But then, something goes off... and what is off is not my guess.

OA: C'mon guys. Learn from Trader Joe's success in offering this since 2001. Can't be a 3 average.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.56/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shmallory0
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not too bad! Looks like a lager. Pretty simple beer but very drinkable. A little more bitter than a typical ale, but delicious none the less. Would drink again.

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rivarol
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tucsonbassplayer
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Our local Trader Joe's has these for $1.00 per bottle and it's one of the best "bang for the buck" beers you'll find. When I don't feel like taking on a ton of beer but looking for effect, it's my go to. Not a big IPA fan, but when I am kinda in a mood for an IPA, this is kinda like an IPA to me.

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Photo of Beerlover
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smakawhat
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Out of the bottle it comes out quite gold and brassy, but then fills the glass with a very pale amber orange, very American Barleywine like color appearance. Head creation is minimal, but a bubbly collar is persistent. Very nice clarity, and even a tiny if ever so fine middle column of carbonation in the center.

Aroma is pretty good, but heads towards an almost Belgian candy like sucrose quality. Almost sensing fruit quality and hop angled citrus, which is not bad, but there's a touch of bile/vomit angle on this unfortunately too.

Well. On first sip this is not what I expected. A very obvious wet and watery body for a strong ale even clocking at 7%, but what gets me is the other features. There's just absolutely nothing going on here in the palate. A bit of dry malt, not even sweet. Fruity esters and hop qualities.. Nope I got next to nothing. Fleeting finish, hits with a bit of caramel but almost dissolves instantly in some flash of wetness.

I am shocked at how such a big brew as this is just so devoid of any flavor. The flipside is that this isn't choke it down or awful brew, but it really plays it safe almost in some weird way. Easily the weakest "strong" brewed beer I've ever had.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HazelEyedHippie
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice beer. It's definitely got a good amount of bitterness, but a nice amount of taste as well. Just picked up a bottle at TJ's to try (single bottle), but probably won't pick up any more. I generally like either a bit of a lighter, frutier beer, or a very dark beer, so this one is not going on my list of favorites. The bitterness is a bit offputting for me, but I do enjoy the flavor.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really very drinkable, but also fairly forgettable. Not much aroma, but a typical example of an American brew. There is no characteristic taste of malt or yeast. I might persuade myself that there is detectable hops, but no not really. So if there's only an average taste, then just don't pay more than an average price.

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Photo of Skillz
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerbart
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lucnifter
2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Gold pour, haze greater than it should be for a professional brew. A little bit yeasty aroma, not much.

Taste still drops yeasty phenols and there's a weird bitterness. Toffee malt. I dunno, this one just kinda hit with the toffee, bitterness and alcohol more than anything, no hop flavors.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This batch was contract brewed at River Trent Brewing co., Ukiah, CA via Trader Joes. Bland and uninteresting amber ale. Malt is primary feature here, metallic finish.

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Photo of tommy5
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmilyko
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Icemann383
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Danomeister
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Middle of the road mass-produced tasting ale. Meh

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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