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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-19-2001

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Reviews: 151 | Ratings: 270
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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Photo of ELN
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another good ol' single from trader joes. the label looks pretty stupid. watchin' hardcore pawn on tv but it's a repeat so i'm doing a review. :)

serving type: in bottle as always
appearance: dunno
smell: hops, citrus. like an ipa
taste: citrus and malt. finishes very clean without too much bitterness.
mouthfeel: regular. maybe a slight bit better.
drinkability: pretty drinkable actually. i'm not much of an ale fan but i'd drink this again.

i like the small bottle. reminds me of the henry weinhard's bottles.

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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 mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased 6-pack from Trader Joe's to try, not expecting much. Poured bright golden with a foamy head. Aroma is light, dominated by malt and yeast. Very smooth. Sweet malty flavor upfront with some light but pleasant hops at the finish. Quite drinkable for the price.

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Photo of sjverla
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Middle gold with a short-lived head.

Nose: Somewhat astringent with a little bit of hops.

Taste/Feel: Minerally and metallic at first, but giving way to a solid hoppiness. It hits crisply on the palate and tongue.

Overall: Decent. It was fairly mild and refreshing, despite the the higher ABV. For the price though, it's a respectable choice if a really good brew is outside the budget.

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Photo of dball
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The fat weasel beer is nothing special but for the price it's totally solid. Trader Joes carries it for $6. It has a good golden color. It pours with very little head. The drinkability of this inexpensive strong ale wins it for me. The taste is a little sweet but solid.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Clear light yellow in color with a decent amount of white head leaving only a little lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet with a little bit of a sweet corn smell. Not extremely strong in any smell but pleasant.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the beginning that is followed by a slight bitterness that is not a normal bitterness. There is almost a tart bite to it. As the beer warms up there is more of a nutty flavor to it.

Note: Not bad and better then I expected but nothing really exceptional.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light golden, slight brass hue, with a orange undertone, not much color, no head to speak of at all...pours with a tiny little cap, and disappears quickly. No lacing.

S- Some pils malt, granny smith apple, some toasty biscuit, sweet cream.

T- Sweet malt up front, presents with some sweetness of fruity esters, and light honey. Definitely a slight tinge of alcohol, but not bad. Finishes with a slight sweet note, no noticeable hop character.

M- Clean, crisp, slight sweetness, pretty high carbonation, tingles, but not overpowering.

D- Nice drinkable beer. Kind of surprised by the high ABV, creeps up on me, would be better and more well balanced at about 5.5- 6, just my opinion.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours straw color with quickly disappearing white head, no lace left.

Smell: Like a pilsner gone slightly wrong, there are hints of some noble hops but what's left is mostly honey and a bit of biscuit.

Taste: Big biscuit and slightly fruity estery taste. There some residual sweet malt hanging around. There are definitely some fusel alcohols that are killing the flavor though.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp with a light body.

Drinkability: They definitely went a bit over the top with the alcohol content here. Maybe shooting for 5 percent would have kept this one more drinkable and not ruined the flavor.

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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 bgildea
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copperish amber color. Thin white head with rather large bubbles that left some lacing.

S: Slight almost citrus aroma. Then some barley or hops later.

T: Slight citrus and hops hit you, very light for a "Strong Ale." Nothing too great.

M: Relatively thick beer for an ale. Pretty good mouthfeel to it.

D: For $1 at Trader Joes, and a 7.1 ABV, it's very drinkable. Not impressive, but definitely delivers for a $1 beer.

Overall: Overall the beer was decent. Slight citrus and hops reminds me more of an IPA than an American Strong Ale. For $1 at Trader Joes, it's a good deal for drinking in quantity. But there are definitely better Strong Ales out there.

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Photo of humanfactor
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can only procure this ale from Trader Joe's. I initially bought it for it's high alcohol (7.1%) ABV and its very reasonable cost.

Appearance: Light foamy head, slightly carbonated, amber color.

Smell: Nice fragrance... slightly sweet/citrusy smell

Taste: The taste follows the smell... slightly sweet/citrusy flavor.

Mouthful: Satisfying, clean.

Drinkability: Very satisfying on a hot summer day, after doing a lot of chores around the house. I found it refreshing and thirst quenching.

This would be a great "bridge" ale for the many drinkers of the "Big 3" (AB, Coors, Miller) in getting them a better quality beverage.

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

Tan head, good height but not much stick. Clear, copper color with lighter highlights. Nose is malty, with some toffee sweetness mixing with biscuit dough. Herbal note from the hops, and a hint towards some fruity esters.

The flavor is prominently herbal with a lot of sweetness upfront. Grapefruit pith ends up coating the mouth and lingering into the finish, and a tobacco-like earthiness pervades. Malts are toasted and quite sweet, with notes of toffee-like sugars appearing and disappearing, defeated by the herbs. Viscous, if not quite thick.

Finishes slightly bitter, and fairly dry. While the flavors don't all come together quite perfectly, there's a fair amount of heft here and perhaps a bit more than I was expected. With the huge herbal component, think of this as the Rolling Rock of sizable pale ales.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.81/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/3/2010 - I'm adding a review. This review is of a one year cellared bottle that was kept at less than 45 degrees.

A - One and a half inches of foamy eggshell colored head. Decent stamina on top of a moderately carbonated body of pale yellow. (3.5)

S - Light grain aroma but nothing much here. (2.5)

T - Malty with a very subtle hop presence in the beginning. As the brew finishes there's a deeper hop flavor that offers a bitter taste. The middle and end have a more sweet malty flavor almost that of apricot and bread. It has the cereal flavor of Grape Nuts, and I love Grape Nuts, especially sprinkled with some sugar. This is a tasty brew. (4.5)

M - Thick and filling. This is a chewy and heavy brew that should not be taken for granted. (4.0)

~ I think this beer has increased in overall quality since having been cellared for a year. While the aroma and looks are generally the same. The flavors and feel are real standouts and should be recognized for being so. (4.0)

11/6/2009 - Original Review.

A - Golden brown body with two plus inches of fasted paced eggshell colored head. There's allot of action in the body too. (3.5)

S - Malt and grains reminding me of Western Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota. (3.0)

T - It has an almost fruity wheat taste to it. There's certainly an alcohol flavor here but it doesn't overwhelm the brew. It has a slight bitter hops taste that comes in midway through each pull and lasts through the end. (4.0)

M - The feel is relatively light considering the different flavors going on here. It goes down well but I'm not sure yet how it will sit. (3.5)

~ I like this beer. I think its a real easy to drink, light colored brew that I would probably drink more often if I could locate some closer to Central Wisconsin. My lovely wife was kind enough to bring back a six pack for me on a recent trip she took to Northern Illinois. Thanks Hun. (4.0)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is fairly strong and malty, not complex but still inviting. It pours a nice clear golden amber with a fairly thick though not persistent white head. Flavor is malty, a little crisp, slightly fruity and slightly bitter. Texture is smooth, somewhat thick and just a little tingly. Not too shabby.

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Photo of RJUGA03
2.62/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-extremely pale yellow transparent color with live effervescent carbonation flowing to the top with an outer thin chalky & spotted head.
S-Cheap and simply
T-Sweet unremarkable draw with a somewhat bitter lingering ale aftertaste.
M-Thick and strong leaving one with a dry aftertaste.
D-The one positive to this beer is it's ABV being at 7.1% and paying a dollar each beer it's not terrible.

This was contract brewed by Augusta Schell in New Ulm,MN.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.83/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear lemon yellow topped with a bright white head.

Aroma of sweet grains and light malts along with a touch of white grapes and lemon.

The taste is much like the aroma with sweet grains and malts upfront along with light lemon and an herbal fruitiness.

Lighter bodied, slightly sticky, and moderately carbonated.

I found this to be a nice drinkable brew for the summer patio.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle picked up at Trader Joes with a wonderful one dollar price tag. cant beat that. drank out of a standard pint glass, and i really have no idea what to expect from this one.

A- this one pours a golden colored body with a moderate off white head on it. the head lasts only a minute before becoming downgraded to crown and leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- caramel malts, no hops, and alcohol. yikes.

T- the taste was very similar to the smell unfortunately. sweet caramel malts and burning alcohol. that is all.

M- medium bodied and overly carbonated.

D- this strikes me as the craft beer drinkers alternative to malt liquor. cheap, doesnt taste very good, and packs an alcoholic punch. if thats what youre into, check it out. not really for me.

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Photo of CWiggins
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My better-half picked up two bottles of this ale at Trader Joe's in Chapel Hill, NC. I've not seen it in any other local (or otherwise) store.

It pours a dark gold, with a short-lived head of soda-like bubbles. Not much of an aroma to speak of, but a mild combination of grain and caramel is noticeable with a big sniff. The flavor is not as bold as many in this style, but the medium-large ABV makes it feel boozy. What one might taste is caramel, mild malts, grain, and just a touch of hops at the finish.

Not much here, but it's certainly not objectionable. The ABV might knock you over if not taken seriously.

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Photo of DangerVoltage
3.87/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, Ok, this beer is nothing to write home about... untill you look at the pricetag! 5 bucks for a 6 of this bad boy... and 7% ABV. Sign me up.

Want to hear something totally out of line? I think my favorite way to drink this one is on a hot muggy DC summer evening in a glass with plenty of ice cubes. Crazy, I know.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
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 porterwoobie
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light, pale yellow/orange color, slight white head

S: alcohol, grainy, and yeast smell

T: clean taste that really doesn't linger long on the tastebuds. first thing noticed is some maltiness, but that is quickly overshadowed by the higher ABV in the beer.

MF: moderate body

Drinkability: it was ok. i'll drink it again, but mostly because of the price i paid, not because of the quality.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.01/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a sixer of this at Trader Joe's in downtown Chicago for a paltry $5.99.

A - Vibrant gold with only a hint of haze. This one has a small but persistent white cap and only leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass. Not really a looker, in she?

S - Oh, that's not what I expected at all. I picked this up in a hurry on a quick errand before checking in to our hotel, and I knew nothing about the beer other than that I've never tried it or even heard of it before... and it was $5.99. Upon smelling this one, I was pleasantly surprised to smell quite a large amount of booze and a hay-like farm note that had me thinking that maybe this is a Belgian strong pale ale (one of my favorite styles). This isn't as complex as a BSPA, but it does have the horsepower.

T - Graham crackers, freshly mowed hay, and booze. This has a candi sugar flavor to it that I suspect is from the high octane recipe, but its not overly sweet or goopey. This is, in fact, very taught and attenuated, and the flavors are simple but honest. It does have a bit of a Belgian pale ale hop profile though... I wonder if thats what they were going for?

M - Big, strong, and firm. Oh tsssstop it silly! Seriously though, this is a big bastard of a beer.

D - It tastes like a really high quality malt liquor, and I mean that as a compliment. This tastes like what strong brew should taste like, but I can't help thinking that maybe this should be in the BSPA category... thats just the flavor profile that I'm getting. Not bad stuff, honestly. I'd buy it again at this price, but put it on the same $$ shelf as Duvel and there is no contest.

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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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Fat Weasel Ale from Steinhaus Brewing Co.
3 out of 5 based on 270 ratings.
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