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RATINGS: 496   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (473) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small dark tan head mostly dissipating. Nose is of malt and grains. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is of malt, chocolate, a touch of caramel and a hint of hops on the finish. Nice and flavorful. Good on a winterís eve in front of a fireplace with nuts or pretzels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2014
Brown thin head. Minimal head thin head. Somewhat smoky and sweet. Thin palate OK

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cousin_Larry (240) - - MAR 16, 2014
Not terrible. Tired of making all these comments after a long day of fantasy baseball.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (783) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. 12oz pour into a snifter. Deep brown, nearly porter looking pour. Almost no head or lacing. Aroma of dark malts, spices, bread, sweet dark fruits. The aroma was very nice but the flavor was missing. You get the bread and dark malt, but the spice profile seemed to be missing as well as the candied sweetness. It was fairly underwhelming for a Weyerbacher. Medium body, light carbonation. Finish is rather bland and minty. Not sure what is going on with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (609) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown pour with a finger of off white head that leaves a nice lacing. Raisin, apricot, coffee, caramel, barley wine, spice. Spice carbonation initially. Medium body with a slightly sour finish. Refreshing beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, prune, fig, caramel, toast, molasses, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with great robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice english brown ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3340) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Mahogany color with a ring of beige foam around the edge of the glass. Nose of toasted grains with some chocolate as it warms. Pretty typical brown ale with malty sweetness, some dark toast, some oddly tart fruit and a bit of bitterness in the finish. Okay beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
bottled, muddy brown pour, roasted nut aroma, flavor of cocoa some nutshells, soft brown ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brewdork (205) - 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 wouldnít guess this was a Winter beer at all. Iím usually a big fan of Weyerbacher, but this oneís a dud.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (2265) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeyplush (627) - 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.

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