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RATINGS: 508   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (500) - 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.


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (616) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike67 (830) - , 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlovell2 (895) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5105) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin87 (21) - - 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, itís 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7921) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
njnut (277) - 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 IPAís followed by fall pumpkin pie beers this is a refreshing change of pace. A good simple beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndfreak77 (116) - USA - NOV 6, 2014
Beer pours a dark brown with a thick head. Aroma is roasted malts. Malty flavor with chocolate notes. Slight hoppy finish. Really good beer!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (5900) - Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle consumed at home from notes. Pours dark brown in color with reddishhighlights and a small creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, toffee, toasted bread, mild spices, not the biggest beer, gets dry to the finish.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hman43 (410) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 25, 2014
It pours with a large head. There are roasted aromas which are not overly strong. It is dark amber in color with a medium brown head. The carbonation is a bit strong and the malts arenít overly favorable.


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