Total Score: 61.0
My ninth beer of Christmas is Winter Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Company in Easton, PA. The brewery was founded in 1995 and named for the original German spelling of founders Dan and Sue Weirback’s last name. Despite starting out with the business plan of creating mainstream microbrews like pale ales, the brewery has instead earned widespread acclaim for its big barrel-aged and Belgian-style beers. Rapid expansion forced them to close the original facility and brewpub operating alongside, and they have since increased their capacity and upgraded their equipment on multiple occasions.
Weyerbacher Winter Ale, which won a Silver Medal at the 1998 World Beer Championships, is a winter warmer brewed with roasted chocolate malt and sporting a sturdy 5.6% ABV. You can find it on the shelves from November to February alongside all of their other beers that are distributed throughout the Atlantic Coast as well as Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
From a 12 oz bottle Weyerbacher Winter Ale pours the darkest shade of mahogany, with a brilliant carmine red glow where the light fights through. Dense, creamy khaki head that leaves no lace. Smell is a sour maltiness with some weak fruitiness and no detectable spices. Nothing good greets the nose from this one. Taste is remarkably unremarkable. Vapid is a fair word to use. Just a very light roasted maltiness and equally muted fruity hop taste. It’s frankly amazing how tasteless this is. Sadly, the body is just as empty: sickly thin and almost uncarbonated. The aftertaste is ever-so-slightly dry but completely lacking in flavor.
This beer is really a mystery to me, especially coming from Weyerbacher. There’s just nothing to it. I’m pretty pissed that I wasted such a good descriptor (carmine red) on such a lame beer. Disappointing, and not recommended.
Look: 9/10 Smell: 6/10 Taste: 6/10 All-Around: 5/10