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Weyerbacher Winter Ale



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RATINGS: 533   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled. A deep red beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of metal, roasted malt, berries, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with primary notes of berries, leading to a dry and slightly bitter finish. The body is thin. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2007
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of pineypower. Clear, orangey brown with a dense, beige head leaving some lacework. Very fruity aroma. Has a very soft mouthfeel - a little low in carbonation perhaps. Medium body with lightly burned malt accents and basically no bitterness. A very mellow beer. 171107

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (23731) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2002
Deep burgundy in colour. Sweetish, malty, and moderately bitter. Roasty and clean.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fiulijn (19387) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
Dark amber color; big head. A very simple and quite sweet brew, with some sweetish caramel and candi sugar, and that’s all. Boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2010
Tap at Sunswick. Pretty good. Strikes a nice balance between roasty malt sweetness and bittering hops. Malt characteristics definitely predominate. Average appearance. Decent mouthfeel and tasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
Dark amber, almost black. No head. Has a nice malty aroma with milk chocolate. That chocolate dominates the flacor as well, even if there is some bitterness as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2012
Draught@Blind Tiger, NY
Sold as "Winter Warmer". Dark ruby color, small beige head. Caramel and perhaps hints of licorice too. Medium-bodied. Very caramelly with some alcohol. Somewhat English feeling. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Amber-brown colour. Rich chocolate, earth aroma. Earthy, chocolatey body with a light nuttiness. Good balance throughout and an earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours deeply dark and ruddy with a fizzy/creamy beige/tan head. The aroma is chocolate. Med to full body. The flavor is chocolate with a little nutty roasted malt. It’s not dry, it’s slightly bitter. It’s a very nice drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle. Poured clear brown with a large frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sweet spicy aroma. Medium body with a smooth thin texture. Medium sweet malty flavor with a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

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