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Weyerbacher Fireside Ale



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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
This fantastic brew began its life as "Charlie", the third installment of the Brewer’s Select Series. It is now part of our seasonal lineup and will be released in the month of January. It is an intricate dark ale with a touch of smokiness. The rich malt flavor, crisp bitterness and smoke reach perfect equilibrium in this brew. At 7.5% abv, Fireside Ale will warm you up as the temperature drops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2009
picked a single 12ozer up today from the store. pretty nice.. slightly smoky... def nothing as intense as a rauchbier. smooth, a little nutty, nice bit of alcohol. i’d pick up a 4 pack next time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
From growler, shared by egajdzis. Pours a clear amber with a small fizzy beige head. Nice lightly smoky nose with some crackery and toasted malt, a little nuttiness, and a bit of chocolate malt. The flavor has a nice, not overly aggressive smokiness to it. That the whole package was really soft and smooth for a Weyerbacher beer was my first thought. A little bit of a grainy toasted malt finish with lighter nuttiness. The mouthfeel is very soft with maybe a little bit of a husky graininess to it on the back end, nice soft carbonation. This was pretty darn good, and above average for a Weyerbacher beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2008
When I was told that this was a smoked weizenbock, I knew I had to try it - sadly, there is almost nothing weizenbockish about this beer, and barely anything smoked, either - bummer - however, it is still fairly enjoyable once you get past that - the smoke is way in the back in the aroma, washed out quite a bit by nondescript fruity esters, brown sugar, and vague hints of phenolic presence - actually fairly bitter, with some toasted wheat malt character, a little bit of a wheatish tang - sweet through the middle, with brown sugar and that vague fruitiness from the aroma - finishes with some leafy tobacco bitterness, and very, very faint smoke - a little yeasty on the back end - with a lot more smoke, this would be pretty damn good - still not bad, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tap at Barcade: Pours a deep amber/brown with a dense light tan head.Fairly sweet aroma- a bit ester which masks the already weak smoke presence. Toasted brown sugar, touch of anise? and evident peat character. The carbonation is slightly sticky. The malts are present with some brown sugar. Sweet, but not sticky with a nondescript fruity/estery presence. More toasted than smoked with only a mild touch of peat. Finish is earthy with residual peat. It seems the yeast they used should have been cleaner. Not a bad beer, just not enough smoke, also needs to be a bit cleaner for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GigaHz (7) - Clinton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008 does not count
When I first tasted this, i tought I was drinking bacon. This has a very smokey taste to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing a growler. Poured brown in color with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, light smoke, and nutty. Tastes of caramel, smoked malts, chocolate and nuts. I’m really starting to love smoked ales, and this one is subdued, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Growler thanks to egadzis. Pours a mostly translucent deep copper with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of light smoke, caramel, nuts, tobacco, and cereal grains. Flavor of lightly smoked meats, caramel, nuts, dry, honey notes and cereal grains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Sampled from Growler courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a medium brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roast, and lighter smoke. Tastes of caramel, roasty, chocolate, lighter smoke, and some fruitiness. Smoke is definitely on the subtle side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Thanks to Doug for sharing the bottle! Nice ruby brown body with a thin beige head. Good lacing. Smoky sweet aroma with herbs, bread, chocolate and molasses. Smoky brown taste with chocolate, coffee, grains, and maple syrup. An interesting but not overly drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2008
[Draft at TDR Spring House] Poured a clear copper color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, roast, light smoke, nuts, and toast. Taste of caramel, roasted malts, vanilla, some cocoa, nuts, and a bit of smoke, with none of the 7.4 ever becoming intrusive.

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