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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
bottled, muddy brown pour, roasted nut aroma, flavor of cocoa some nutshells, soft brown ale

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip. Hazy reddish brown color with several fingers of pinkish-tan frothy head that disappears entirely after a few minutes. Faint malty aroma. Slightly tart malty brown ale flavor. Palate is quite thin, especially considering the appearance. Like others have mentioned, I wouldn’t guess this was a Winter beer at all. I’m usually a big fan of Weyerbacher, but this one’s a dud.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Dark ruddy brown body, medium to thin light tan head, minimal lacing. Caramel, light roast, some coffee, a touch of dark fruits. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, moderate sweetness, muted finish.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeyplush (630) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at Brandywine Prime on NYE 2013. Dark brown with off white head. Taste is malty with some spiciness in the finish. Decent beer overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcos (1527) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle on 12/26/2013.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown.
Aroma: Aroma of light roast.
Taste: Light faint hopiness, lots of light roast, caramel.
Palate:Light medium body.

Summary: Nice balanced ale, nothing memorable but enjoyable and lower in abv compared to other craft.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangerred (924) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark brown with a one finger white head that fades fairly quickly into a thin cap. No lacing at all. Aroma is toasty and a bit nutty There is a sharp and fairly prominent metallic note that distracts quite a bit from the aromas that are supposed to be there. Maybe a tiny bit of grass underneath. More metal immediately in the flavor. Once again this is a big drawback. Dark caramel and toast along with some light milk chocolate. A hint of grass from the hops underneath but it is quite faint. Bitterness is on the light to moderate side and the mouthfeel is quite watery. Overall, a very lackluster beer. Way too much metal and watery. Underwhelming all around.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jflopsu (542) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a dark brown. Has a sweet malt and spice aroma. Taste is a sweet malt, dark fruit, spices, and light coffee taste with a carbonated texture.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2140) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear medium brown with a creamy beige head. Tastes like burnt coffee, malt, earth, leather. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like malt and mulch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2013
ginger and spice predominate in the aroma,which is not strong anyway..an opague dark brown color with a sliught off white head..taste like a gingerbread cookie,spicy and malty..thin-med bodied,lingerind spicy finish,overall,its alright,could use more stremgth and substance but not bad

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1178) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.99 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark brown/maroon hue. Translucent, but no visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: A light aroma of malty sweetness, but no individual ingredient stands out.

Taste: I’m surprised by how many brewers use a brown ale as a winter seasonal. There’s nothing particularly wintry about a standard brown ale since there’s no spices added and the alcohol is fairly low. In my opinion, Weyerbacher Winter Ale doesn’t seem to have the characteristics of a true winter ale, but would make a fine perennial brown ale.

The palette, upon first tasting, is reminiscent of a Scottish all with is use of malts. Mild, but discenrible, notes of caramel, toffee and a hint of smoky astringency. There’s a distinct chocolaty sweetness on the finish, but it seems to fade away quickly. As I continue to drink, the malt flavors seem to homogenize and create for a tasty, pleasant sweetness with a hint of dark fruit. There’s no spiciness and the initial smoke character is lacking. Still, everything here is more than just satisfying, but far short of amazing.

Drinkability: Usually, winter ales tend to be big, heavy, and robust. Weyerbacher Winter Ale doesn’t quite fit that definition, though it’s certainly no weak brew. There’s flavor for sure, but it’s delivered via a smooth, comfortable mouthfeel and leaves only a subtle aftertaste of roasted malt. At 5.6% ABV it probably could be a bit more complex, though the relatively light body (for the style) is a nice change of pace.


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