Weyerbacher Winter Ale

I haven’t had a Weyerbacher beer in a little while. They’re relatively local, so I really have no excuse. I was excited to see that they completely redesigned their labels. I found the old labels pretty boring and this ones are actually very cool. So, when Katie walked in with a sixer of this, I was pretty excited to try it.
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ABV: 5.6%

Style: English Brown Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “At Weyerbacher we’ve 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’s 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 through February, 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.”

Random: I didn’t realize how blurry this picture was before now. I guess I had a few before taking this.

This one poured with a two finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep, dark brown color with little carbonation visible. The nose was all brown ale with a touch more caramel malt. It had the typical aspect of hazelnuts with some biscuit thrown in as well. The body was thin and undercarbonated. The finish was long and nutty. This wasn’t a great winter ale. It had decent flavor, but the body was just too thin. I wouldn’t rush to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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