Fat Weasel Ale | Steinhaus Brewing Co.

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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
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30
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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: half finger head with tons of circumferential lacing on a cloudy deep gold and amber body.

S: full nose with a subtle bitter and wet sock hop like aroma. breads and grains as well.

T: lots of bread and grains with some malt in the background. a mildly sour lemon note in the finish.

M: fuller body than I expected. moderate carbonation. Unfortunately there is a slightly sour lingering aftertaste.

Overall: Lots of "almosts" for this one. The flavor up front is good but forgoten by the sour finish. The fuller body is erased by the off-putting aftertaste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and sugar. Taste is of toasted malt, burnt sugar, and some medicinal and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a weird and somewhat harsh bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a weird finish but I am glad I finally tried this one.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a typical amber color with a light tan colored head on top. the head doesn't leave much in way of lacing. The smell of the beer is a malty and a bit hoppy. The taste of the beer is a little all over the place. I have a hard time figureing this one out. I think it's hoppy and it's got malts in there too but there is other stuff that I can't grasp. The mouthfeel wasn't as thick as I was hoping for and overall I feel it's just an average brew to say the least. Wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired at Trader Joe's. 7.10% ABV confirmed. "Brewed by River Trent Brewing Company, Ukiah Ca". Curious. 355 ml/12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard uncustomized pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of decent cream and thickness, and bad (maybe 30 second) retention. Body colour is a murky dark peach-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Muted orange and tangerine. Banana from the yeast. Bland pale malts. Underwhelming. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Malty, with some orange fruit-esque notes. Tangerine. Mild floral hopping. A simple, straightforward beer. There's nothing unique or special here. Little balance.

Mf: Smooth, artificial, wet, and overcarbonated. Sharp. Thickness is decent. Suits the flavours okay. Pretty hands-off. Not at all tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. It's well priced but I wouldn't get it again. Might be alright on draught. Not worth seeking out. There are some good elements here and the alcohol is well hidden, but it's far from great.

C

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, pale gold color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and alcohol. There wasn't much else.

T - It tasted of caramel malt and some boozy alcohol. It was very sweet and rich.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

D - This is an interesting beer. Classified as an American Strong Ale, it seems to fit. It's fairly strong and boozy but not very hoppy so it fits as a strong ale.

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Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of chinchill
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz undated bottle served in a pint glass. Bottled states "Brewed by River Trent Brewing, Ukiah, CA"

Pours a hazy golden-amber with a modest off-white head. Head has good durability.

Aroma of light malt and hay, with little sign of higher ABV other than a pleasant floral component. The higher ABV, however, is evident in both the taste and the mouthfeel (with a slight burn); these effects seem to be the main trait of the finish and aftertaste. The flavor ends with a bitter. alcohol flavor all too similar to a cheap malt liquor.

O - OK as an economical strong ale

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

Rich and strong like a light bock but a little deeper on the hops. Looks nice in the chalice, amber color with a decent head. Pleasant in the mouth with a robust body. Tastes stronger than it is. Sharp edge with a big hint of candied fruit. Long aftertaste with bitter hops, almost a Belgian raspiness. Some dark flavors like burnt raisins and toast.

I don't know why so many souls hate this stuff-- it would be the greatest malt liquor on the planet if you bought it in a flashy tall can. I'd blind taste this with the Dogfish or the Rogue malts and see who comes out best.

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Photo of smcolw
3.44/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer or brewery.

Sufficient lace, fluffy and off white … the retention is good also. Hazed pale amber golden colour.

Fruity, alcoholic esters and sweet residual malt dextrin aroma.

Chewy and slick body, spicy alcohol with suggestions of cinnamon and black pepper. Sweetness is abundant underneath the alcohol, flavours of honey and dough biscuit come to mind. Fruitiness is of ripe golden raisins and pears. Faint solvent like character. Hops are there but lost in a way as they through down a bitterness and leave. Warmth from the alcohol increases and a residual sweetness in the finish.

The higher alcohols are a bit too much to handle and throw the brew off balance, add the sweetness to this and it drops a drinkability even lower. Not a horrible beer at all but just not something I’d go back to anytime soon.

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

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -0.3%

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

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

Photo of Tone
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden yellow. 1/4 inch head with slight retention and no lacing. Smells of a lager with some sweet malt and possibly some adjunct. Fits the style. Has a sweet malty flavor with a lager background. There is a nasty kick to this beer (similar to vodka), a strong puckering. Overall, this beer started out with some potential and then quickly went down hill until it ended up with that nasty sour kick.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.8/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, thin, off-white head with good retention and light lacing. Mild aroma of sweet malt and a hint of hops, kind of pleasant, but very attenuated. Flavor is sweet malt that seems artificially over sweetened. Develops a hop bitterness with no herbal hop flavors, finishing with a slightly harsh hop bitterness. The flavor wasn't bad, but seemed unbalanced. Medium bodied with a hint of creaminess, approaches a quite nice mouth feel. An unusual ale that I had no problem finishing, but will probably not visit again. This bottle brewed by "River Trent Brewery" for Trader Joe's, so it is likely made by a diffferent brewery than the "Steinhaus" beers. Not remarkable enough to open a new listing for this.

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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 Whiskeydeez
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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 Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
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