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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of shaolin
1/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of MortarPestle
1/5  rDev -66.8%

Photo of joezak5
1.23/5  rDev -59.1%
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 mwar
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of DFN
1.42/5  rDev -52.8%
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 matjack85
1.75/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
1.93/5  rDev -35.9%
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 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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Photo of wrecknut
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Reidrover
2/5  rDev -33.6%
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 -33.6%

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 Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of jvonkluck
2.06/5  rDev -31.6%
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 -29.9%
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 -29.2%
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 -29.2%
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 -27.6%
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 -26.9%
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

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Photo of maxwelldeux
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of marcobrau
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
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 -23.6%
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 -23.3%
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 -22.6%
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 GMcNE
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

$6.99 for a six pack at Trader Joe's. 7.1% ABV is the only redeeming trait.

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3.01 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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