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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
At Weyerbacher we have created a Winter Ale that is a must for any malty beer lover. Winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish. It is smooth but not cloying, with a warming belt of alcohol (5.6% ABV). Although winter ales predate history, they are believed to have their origin in the pagan celebrations of winter solstice. Later, when monasteries produced the local brew, winter ales were made each year to commemorate the birth of Christ. Back then, winter ales were brewed full-bodied as a source of nutrition for the upcoming winter months. Today, winter ales are typified by their seasonality, their rich, malty flavors and by their deep, dark coloration. Generally available November-March, Weyerbacher Winter Ale is the perfect libation for a winter meal, with good friends, or beside a warm fire fending off a cold winter night.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhatton (186) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Pours auburn brown body with thin tan head and decent lacing. Earthy malt aroma, hint of of coffee. Nutty molasses flavor. Smooth dry finish. Well balanced seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jlax10 (17) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a red hue. Roasty taste with a light body more carbonation than I expected. Nice change of pace for a winter ale, not a "big boy" beer by any means, but it's a good beer on a cold night.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (1026) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some caramel notes and some fruit. Taste is also malty, some roast, some caramel. Very decent and drinkable beer, a bit watery but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (671) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Appearance is large white head with orange-amber. Aroma is some spices. Taste is a bit of toasted malt with spices. Overall a pretty good winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (925) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, herbal hops, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of chocolate, bready malt, honey, cherries, cacao, brown sugar and herbal hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Well made brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (1217) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours brown with a thick off white head. Caramel and toasted malt aroma. Flavor starts out toasted malt with sweet caramel malt and chocolate malt flavors. Slight hoppy finish. Nice malty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany brown body under a one finger fizzy light brown head. The nose is rather nice, some caramel and toasted malt with light chocolate and nutty notes. Just a light hint of hops. The flavor is a little too husky and grainy for my tastes in the style, it lacks a certain smoothness. Minimal nutty notes, much more toasted malt and a little too much caramel sweetness as well. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering husky finish. Pretty so-so stuff, even for a style that tends not to thrill.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin87 (127) - - NOV 26, 2014
An attractive deep brown with reddish undertone, pours with a small tan head that lasts several minutes before leaving slight lacing. Bouquet is mainly roasted malts, with slight chocolate, bread and caramel undertones. Like many dark or spicy beers, this really needs to sit 10 minutes or so to allow those flavors to come forth. Until then, it’s not very intriguing, just toasty, and I was having a hard time figuring out how it differs from a straight brown ale. It gets better as it opens up, and a caramel and spice finish saves the day. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (9182) - Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a reddish brown, quickly dissipating off-white head. Smell is straight up burnt caramel and toffee. Flavor is butterscotch, buttery and sweet with a savory english style savor hop/yeast combo in the finish. Definitely an English-tinged concoction.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
njnut (352) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Poured form bottle a reddy brown with small tan head. Head receded to sides of glass quickly and there was little to no lacing, really just a ring were it was clinging to sides of glass. Aroma was sweet, roasted malts, caramel, a hint of raisin and dark fruit. Taste was malty with a bit of toffee, caramel that slightly bitters in finish. I heard some saying it was boring but after summers hop punch IPA’s followed by fall pumpkin pie beers this is a refreshing change of pace. A good simple beer.

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