cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with Ty5592 - Pours a clear amber color with a nice size off white head. Nice lacing. Has a very light caramel malt aroma and flavor. Light to medium body. Nothing fancy. Would make a decent session beer. Thanks Ty.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
medium hops and malt with hops dominating the nose. slightyly bitter finish but crisp and easy to drink.
3fourths (7536) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a twelve-ounce bottle. There’s nothing on the bottle that indicates style, so I drank it blind, basically... and my guess was ’amber ale’. It made me yawn. Some usual maple and molasses flavors from the malt, really like malt extract syrup, and some mild biscuit malt flavors as well. Nose was pretty much the same. Nothing exciting, but at least it was drinkable. Don’t really have much else to say, just that this is a normal, average, ho-hum ’amber ale’.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours orange gold, white head. Aroma is caramel and malt. Flavor is malt, caramel, and slight bitterness, hops.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 draft at the brewery. as phatz says this is still being tweaked but it is available in bottles now. Very hoppy and decently balanced but not as balanced as they want it to be. Pretty good beer. One with potential.
Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewery today they had this initial test run of this new beer called "House Ale." The recipe is still being tweaked to get the amount of hop finish that they want it to have but in the future it will be replacing the ESB as one of Weyerbacher’s standard year-round beers that will be part of the variety packs etcetera. This beer is the same recipe from the Lager they did previously http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/392/25775 but Dan was not satisfied with it. After some other tweaking and deciding to run the recipe with an Ale yeast; this is pretty close to the final product. I look forward in anticipation. Weyerbacher never fails to deliver. Review of the current status is as follows:
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with nice 2 finger beige head and medium lacing.
Smell: Yeast and breadiness lead with malt and hints of fruits to follow.
Taste: Very simple. The complexity may improve as they finalize the recipe (at which time I’ll edit as needed) but for now it is a light body with light flavors, clearly made for built to be an easy drinking beer. Bready with yeast flavors throughout and toasted malts. The finish is very dry and a bit astringent with a lingering yeast aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: a bit on the thin side but still a nice feel in the mouth.
Drinkability: I should have picked up a few more of these. This is certainly a sessionable brew. Well done Weyerbacher!
Hope this is helpful.