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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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Photo of brewcore
2.84/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Yields a one finger creamy white head with great retention. Copper in color. Excellemt lacing. A really attractive beer.

S: Candied fruits. Slightly spicy. Very faint hops.

T: Like the nose, candied, spiced fruits. Dates, apricots. Quite sweet all the way through. Lingering sweetness. Very, very slight hop bitterness in the front but I had to search for it.

M: Thin for a 7% beer. Light to moderate carbonation.

O: I had high expectations from the appearance, but I was let down in pretty much every other aspect. Way too candy-like in the sweetness. Possibly a good gateway beer for people who dislike hops.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Hopdaemon39
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear golden yellow color with minimal head, slight retention and pretty nice lacing.

Smells cheap- pale malt dominates but the simplicity and dullness are of a caliber not whiffed except in adjuncts. I also get a bit of hops (smells like Hallertau).

Taste is even more disturbing- pale malts, a little citrus, and a little hop dryness are all overshadowed by a tart/dirty yeast taste that again reminds me of an adjunct lager. Finishes semi-sweet/semi-dry.

Mouthfeel is tolerable- medium light body with moderate carbonation. Cannot cover up the taste. What is in this brew? Perhaps its namesake... Do not buy.

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Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer as part of a Trader Joe's grab bag. Served cool in a pint glass from the bottle. Nothing on the label tells me what to expect here. Pours gold body, with a white head. Smelly like fruit stone, some grain. Tastes like a sticke alt bier here. malty with that fruit stone taste to subdue the sweetness. Very unidimensional. Not alot here. Not a bad beer, but just nothing to write home about.

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

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer poured a cloudy beer with a very nice white poofy head. I had great expectations. However the beer had a yeasty smell that was okay with me but that sour taste that came with it was terrible. Not for me and I will not buy again.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would agree with "mactrail" the most on this one in calling it a Malt Liquor. The description seems spot on and keep in mind I've never had a Malt Liquor I've really enjoyed. I guess they should put the style on the bottle.

Pours slightly hazy gold/yellow.

The smell is of a little bit of piney hops, malt, and alcohol believe it or not.

The taste is bitter on the front, with another hit of bitterness on the back, and followed up by a lingering bready note. You can also pick up on some alcohol through out the whole drink.

I suggest avoiding this one. It is drinkable but no need to waste your money, Trader Joes has other much better options for the same price. It is also weird how much alcohol is detectible for only being 7%.

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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 1Adam12
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a huge head that leaves very nice sticky lacing. Smells like yeast and alcohol. Thats really about it. Taste is similar, but fortunately tastes better than the smell. Maybe a slight fruitiness and some hops. ABV is very noticeable. Light mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Overall, this tastes like a stronger version of something from AB. No depth, really no flavors except the 2 previously mentioned. But...It'll getcha drunk!

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Photo of AEArider
3.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber with a head that built, then lasted, leaving a pretty good amount of lacing. The smell is bready, with a bit of fruit, and even in the smell the abv becomes apparent. In the taste, the only thing seeming to stand out was the alcohol, which is undeniable going down. The sweetness is pretty upfront with the alcohol, with bitterness making its way near the end. Slick mouthfeel. Not entirely sure what to make of the abv. . . but with the price tag, a few of these would make an elite replacement for the ubiquitous 40 oz. . .

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
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 kneeland
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought the color would be a lot darker than it was, but it was intriguing enough. It almost tasted like it was trying to be a Guiness knock-off, but wasn't nearly as good. That's not to say it wasn't a good beer. I sensed a little toffee sweetness, with malt boldness.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
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 chinchill
2.72/5  rDev -9.3%
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 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 perrymarcus
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a slightly hazy dull golden yellow while yielding a foamy 3/4" head. so-so retention and a bit of patchy lacing evident.

nose is decidedly 'meh'. very subdued with some graininess and muted malt characters.

flavor isn't much of an improvement. more flavorful than the aroma with grain and sweet malt, a touch of hops in the background. slightly astringent. it's not terrible, just underwhelming. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, not too impressed. it's drinkable enough - nothing you'll run to the bathroom expelling - just average. not a bad value at Trader Joe's.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Trader Joe's exclusive. I remember when this stuff was made in Minnesota I think. Now its CA. Golden pour with plenty of haze. Mild aroma, almost yeastyesque.

Taste, yeah, slight belgian yeast feel to it, not like it has a bunch of clove or banana, but otherwise it seems to be more of a belgian ipa than a strong ale.

Just kind of a yeasty, low hop, average bitterness beer, malt profile is unremarkable, doesn't contribute anything, doesn't offer anything specifically to the taste. Really kind of a weird conglomeration of nothing that stands out. Not thick, not hoppy, not really all that bitter, no roast, just kind of a hodgepodge batch.

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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 Offa
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold, med. Off-white head slowly shrinks to foamy ring and a tiny bit of weak lace.

Aroma is strong bread dough, faintly yeasty, with apple, some grain, mineral, and green grass – rather like a strong pale lager. It’s pretty nice.

Taste is appley-toasty grain, bread, some vague spicy peppery-grassy hop bitterness which soon tends to dominate and be a bit sharp while becoming steadily more bland and simple. It’s pretty good but not very, and is not particularly drinkable. It seems rather like a low-grade maibock or hoppy/bitter malt liquor.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Sadly, I don't know where or when I got this bottle.

Pours a moderately cloudy yellow color, made little or no hiss or pop when I removed the cap (which makes me a bit leery). Small amount of carbonation creates a tiny head a bit after the pour, and it seems to live for a while. Smell is dank and sweet, lots of straw.

Taste is initially somewhat boring with a sour (not so pleasant) aftertaste. Still a lot of straw or hay in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is dry and a little gritty, not very lively. Overall, it's an OK beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

How is this an American strong ale?

Poured into a pint glass. Super clear and filtered. Looks like a pils. Lots of bubbles. Nice white head and lacing.

Aroma is pils lager-ish.

Taste is just like a strong pils. Nothing American strong ale at all. Tastes like a pils with more alcohol.

Mouthfeel is crisp but there is a weird feeling left behind in your mouth.

Overall an ok beer. Probably wouldnt buy it myself but my buddy said I had to try it.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Strong Ale out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy pale color. It produced a nice head but head retention was poor. Lacing was average. The Aroma dominated by dough and not much else. The body of this Strong Ale was light. The beer was sweet, a little bit of malt and not much hop bitterness to speak of. The beer finish's dry- product of the high % of Alcohol. Very average beer- I won't seek this out in the future.

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Photo of richkrull
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trader Joe's house brand.

Poured a pretty standard straw color with a little orange to it. Quite a bit of big fluffy white head on it. Strong doughiness on the nose with some malt coming through. A bit of hops as well. Taste is not real great. Tastes sweet up front with a funky bitter finish. Light mouthfeel. This beer is pretty drinkable. It's not a bad beer for the price.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.81/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks a lot like a pilsner. Crustal clear straw color with a thick white head. Lots of bubbles rising up and keeping the head alive. Quite a good looking beer.

S - Doughy malt. Reminds me of the smell of rising bread dough. However, it's very faint.

T/M - Very smooth. Heavier bodied than it looks, but about what you would expect from a beer this big. The flavor starts out sweet with a slightly spicy, peppery heat from the alcohol. The flavors are pear, light honey, and bread dough. The flavor then gets bitter with a slightly dry, and somewhat metallic finish. Overall, the flavor is decent but kinda jumps around without any smooth transitions.

D - Drinkable, but not really memorable. This beer is worth giving a try but you probably won't find anymore in my beer fridge any time soon.

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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3 out of 5 based on 262 ratings.
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