Friday, December 31, 2010

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Weyerbacher Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Easton, Pennsylvania, USA

Winter Warmer

5.60% ABV

Commercial Description:
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. (

General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~$11.00 6pack, ~$40.00 case

I was at State Line Liquors to pick up the Christmas Keg, Anchor Christmas Ale and get some stocking stuffers. While wandering around looking for some more Christmas beers and I heard another customer recommend this winter warmer so I bought a 6 pack.

The beer pours a clear dark amber almost brown with deep ruby hues and an off white head.

The nose is delightful with toasted caramel malt aromas with nutty notes and savory floral hop aromas

Wow, that was a little unexpected. This is good. That didn’t sound right. This is much richer and fuller bodied than I expected.

The experience starts out with rich malt sweetness up front then little effervescence over the tongue during the middle of the sip. There is also a building malt robustness through the middle of the sip into the back-end. The back-end is fairly easy drinking but there is a slight hesitation during the swallow due to the robustness of the toasted malt flavors. The finish is full of malt and hop flavors. This may be a little too robust for an English Warmer. The malt and hop flavors are a little unusual. These remind me more of a German Alt or Old Ale than an English Warmer. There is also a nice earthy hop flavors on the finish with notes of pine and nutty notes from the malt.

There is a robust earthiness to these malts but it seems to be picking up some off flavors as it warms. That is still hard to but it is really hard to tell at this point, we are only at 55 degrees.

All and all this is a nice Winter Warmer.

There is definitely something odd on the finish now but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Right now it’s not bad just more robust. But at any rate it makes this beer less enjoyable as it warms.

I can’t go for a B on this one so I’m settling for a C+. This is a very robust Winter Warmer with rich earthy malt and hop flavors, however this one does not seem to warm well. 

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