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Fat Weasel Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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Fat Weasel AleFat Weasel Ale

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

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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 262
Photo of joezak5
1.23/5  rDev -59%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Got this one at Trader Joe's in Westfield for $4.99 for a 6 pack.

Appearance: Light golden color with a large white head with huge bubbles.

Smell: Grainy and bready. Like smelling a juiced loaf of Wonder bread.

Mouthfeel: Way too alcoholic and way too carbonated.

Taste: This one is just too overpowered by the alcohol. It's tough to call out any others flavors here. A little malt ont the first sip, but pure alcohol after that.

Drinkability: Not only was this my first down-the-drain beer, this was my first practice the just-won-the championship-spray with about three bottles beer. This one makes me stick to the excellent cheap wines that Trader Joe's has and leave the beer for another time.

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Photo of DFN
1.42/5  rDev -52.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
1.93/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I do enjoy the random finds at the local TJ's. This one pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly-off white foam. The nose comprises flowers, mild orange rind, lemon peel, and a very faint hint of caramel. Once things hit the tongue, pain begins. Something akin to a mixture of balsa, vinyl, mandarin orange syrup, and cotton candy is the only way I can describe the taste. What's worse, though, is that this melange instantly made me grimace in mild pain. Seriously. Boo this immediately. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta smooth feel. Point are deducted for the pain, though. Overall, I could not stand this beer. I'm not sure what it is, exactly, but it hurt me deeply. I feel traumatized by this bottle...

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Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is wierd. NO way it resembles an amber, its golden,clear with a tiny white bubbly head ,looks more like a malt liquor! Nasty over sweet aroma, again malt liquor like. All I get as far as flavour is very sweet malts, bordering on sickening and cheap corniness. Bad mouthfeel, to cloying. Over all nasty stuff. this is weird this is a totally different beer than many have described. To me this is a cheap ole malt liquor. Has the recipe changed?

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Photo of Cconsalvo
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Tastes like a cheap domestic brew....the malt liquor comparisons are right on, yuk. Really no redeeming quality other than the high alcohol content. I drank half of one and dumped the rest down the sink.

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Photo of jvonkluck
2.06/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Smell: No noticeable hop aroma, mostly just malt and alcohol on the nose. It even smells a little sweet (which is a hint of the rather unfortunate flavor to follow.)

Appearance: Light copper in color, very transparent. Pours with a thin head that dissipated quickly without any noticeable lacing

Taste: The flavor on this one is basically just indistinguishable malt and more than a bit too sweet for its own good. It finishes a little hot from the relatively high alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's just about right. It's very middle of the road, neither very heavy nor very light.

Drinkability: This isn't a beer that I could really make my way through either of the times that I've tried it. The balance just isn't there - it finishes on the same note that the aroma suggests.
That said, I'd take it over a macro-brewed light beer. (Not really saying a lot.)

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Photo of tastybeer
2.11/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presented in 12oz bottle I picked up as a single from Trader Joe's. Poured into a pint glass, this brew had a hazed honey color topped by a fizzy white head that quickly petered out, leaving no trace of itself. Oh yeah, fine sediment was noted floating in suspension.
The nose was a rather bland, non-descript pairing of pale malt aroma with some floral hops. The taste was initially sweet with fruity notes overlaying a sweet malt backbone. Then a citrusy, slightly spicy bitterness came through in a dry finish. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp and clean.
Overall, this was a lackluster beer that didn't seem to have all that much going for it. Nothing in Fat Weasel Ale made me want to go get another one any time soon.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: flat, no carb; golden yellow, very clear
S: stinks at first, then the aroma disappears
T: cloying ale; hints of horehound; this is really a poor specimen of an ale
M: buzzes on the tongue; this is one of the best things about this beer

Not a great beer. The bottle came from a friend who said it had been unintentionally aged in her fridge; but other reviews suggest that's not the issue here.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.18/5  rDev -27.3%
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!!!!

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Photo of bashiba
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
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

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Photo of marcobrau
2.28/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours ridiculously clear with tons of carbonation that forms a rather impressive rocky head that settles slowly into a fairly dense layer of foam. This is a real good lookin' beer, unfortunately it gets worse from here...

First, the aroma is kind of bubblegum-like and grainy. Next, the taste is sweet and grainy with an unpleasant bitterness in the finish. This Fat Weasel tastes more like a strong European lager than an ale, with a grainy and bitter fusel alcohol-laden finish. Forgot whatever anybody else says about this beer: it is nothing more than a bad malt liquor masquerading as an ale. I'd sooner drink Haffenreffer Private Stock instead of this crap.

Overall, the Fat Weasel is good for a fairly cheap buzz, but only if you like your beer grainy and bitter.

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Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gold, slightly cloudy pour. Bright white medium lasting head. Smell is a very slight touch of lager yeastiness, but mostly of fruity hops. Taste is very bland, watery, and a lightly flavored hop finish. Nothing tasted bad, but it was easily one of the blandest beers I've ever had. If you're at Trader Joes and want to pick up a beer their, I'd recommend the Fat Weasel Pale ale over this one.

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Photo of DIM
2.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a: This was a pale, mostly clear pale golden color. It poured with a small, fizzy cap.

s: A corny kind of sweetness with possibly a hint of fruit. As it warmed I found some band-aid aromas and a mild herbal note.

t: Sweet malts that tasted vaguely corny and not much else. The finish was kind of medicinal.

m: Wet and fizzy.

o: Six bucks for a sixer sounds great, but a couple of more dollars would make a world of difference. Not worth it imo.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden and clear body with a thin tan head that doesn't last too long.

S: Lots of grainy sweetness. I get a hint of cleaning supplies as well.

T: This tastes way more like a malt liquor to me. Sweet and not clean at all. As it warms, it develops a very coppery taste and the yeast begins to come out a little too much. I would definitely avoid this.

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Photo of Beejay
2.39/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber in color, fairly clear with a nice white head.

S: Slightly skunked perhaps, and smells a bit like a 40oz high gravity beer. Almost sugary perhaps, and plenty of adjuncts..

T: This is not very good. It tastes like a hyped up macro, but badly done. Fairly sweet. This almost tastes like how bad breath smells.

M: Carbonation works, medium in body, with a slickness in the finish that I don't really like.

D: I am debating whether or not I want to finish it....

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Photo of MTNboy
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It has a very metallic aroma which pretty much overrides all other odors. There is a mild hint of malt. I cannot say there were anything really as far as head just a few bubbles. There was no lace to speak of either just a ring. The body is a golden orange color with some bubbles. The taste is metallic at first but it is candy and cereal like as well. It has a warming feeling to it. It has a dog food like aftertaste. Overall it is a thin beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The last 12 oz. bottle from a mix pack at Trader Joe's in Raleigh...

Pours a golden wheaty color into my pilsner glass. Great carbonation rising throughout, but the white head dissappears quickly and leaves nothing in the way of lacing. Aroma has some fruity citrus notes, as well as apple juice, pear, and a strong alcoholic presence.

The best description I can give for the taste is that it's like a Miller Lite with more alcohol. There are some sour metal notes and a hint of citrus and apple to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is dry and pungent with a metallic aftertaste. Overall it's not a great beer, but if you can stomach it, the 7.1% ABV will surely get you a nice buzz.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
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?

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Photo of djcrean
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found at Trader Joes for 4.99 a sixpack.

A: Pours clear redish gold with 1 inch head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smells: A little fruity, but mostly just alcoholic.

T: Not especially complex. Initial taste is malt, which is pretty average. The high alcohol content makes its presence felt quickly and lingers into the aftertaste, making it rather unpleasant. Hop bitterness is low. In fact, the weak hop profile may be the most disappointing thing about this beer. Mainly what one notices though, is the alcohol.

M: Not overly pleasant, but not abrasive.

D: There are beers with much higher ABV% that are far more drinkable. The acohol is needlessly prevalent, and seriously detracts from the drinkability.

Comments: For 83 cents a bottle, how much can you expect? It's not an awful beer, but it's probably not something I'd buy again unless I wanted to get hammered in a hurry. Neither would I drink more than one or two at a time since the prevalent alcohol makes it somewhat tedious.

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Photo of stevoj
2.43/5  rDev -19%
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 TastyTaste
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found at Trader Joe's for $.84
Appearance: Clear gold body, much visible carbonation rising from the bottom. Head is creay looking, slow fading.

Smell: Musty cooked vegetables, grain with light alcohol.

Taste: Wow, bad. If this is in the same style as Arrogant Bastard, this is pretty bad at first. Skunky and pretty foul, sour. There is a sizable and surprising hops finish that I somewhat enjoyed towards the end of the eber, but couldn't get over the initial off-flavors. Skip it.

Mouthfeel: Metallic and only slightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not very good, but $.84 means that not a lot was put into it.

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Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fat Weasel Ale: 12 oz bottle from trader Joe’s, 83 cents a bottle. Slightly hazy beer, with a Golden hue, and a frothy thick white head, that is very long lasting. Really bad aroma, like rotten honey. The taste follows the nose, pretty bad. Its got a cloying, and unpleasant sweetness, and long lasting/bad malt taste. Not good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up from Trader Joes and it was a mistake..
Poured a deep gold, nice head, fair lace and carbonation. Mild malt on the nose, hints of hops but nothing overbearing. Taste is smooth, a mild hint of malt giving it a sweet feel and a bitter hop finish. Well this brew didn't do much for me, kind of one dimensional at best. Looks good but looks can be deceiving...

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Not much in the way of smell, it just smells like grain and some sweet malt. It tastes like sweet malt, alcohol and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick. Drinkability isn't too good, the alcohol is too noticable for me since there isn't much other taste to this beer. I don't think I'll try this one again anytime soon, I'm just glad I bought a single bottle of it instead of a six pack.

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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