Weyerbacher Jester’s Choice #3

One weekend, the other half and I headed to Stockton Market. Val had found out they had a really good doughnut place there, so we grabbed some of those after we had a lunch at a barbecue place. We drove up to Frenchtown, New Jersey, which I had heard was a really cute town. It was, although we saw all of it within 20 minutes. Since we were that far north, we went to Weyerbacher, which was on my list of breweries to visit since I started the blog. This was the first beer I had there.

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ABV: 6.2%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Jester’s Choice #3, 6.2% ABV, is a traditional Oktoberfest lager featuring Munich, Vienna and Pilsner malts along with traditional German hops. This medium-bodied beer has a malty and bready flavor with a herbal and floral aroma from the noble hop varieties used.”

Random: I hadn’t heard of the Jester’s Choice line prior to going to the brewery. It’s their experimental beers that are only available at or around the brewery, draft only.

This beer poured with less than one finger of head that was off white in color. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with light carbonation. The nose was a straight forward Oktoberfest beer. It had the expected nuttiness along with generous caramel malt sweetness. The taste was also sweet with caramel and toffee. There was some honey as well. It had a toasted bread note along with light nuttiness. There was no perceptible alcohol to this. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with honey and caramel malt. This was a nice beer that was traditional and straight-forward. It went down with no problem. If you find yourself up at the brewery, give this one a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Weyerbacher 20th Anniversary Ale

At this point in my vacation, I’m hoping that I’ve had some lobster. I love lobster and it’s one of the things that Maine is known for. I think the last time I had it was when we made lobster rolls on rainy day. Anyways, let’s check out this year’s anniversary beer from Weyerbacher.

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ABV: 11%

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Weyerbacher is turning 20 this year! How do we celebrate 20 years of bold and innovative beers? With the release of our 20th Anniversary ale! Our 20th Anniversary brew is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale weighing in at 11% ABV. It’s malty with notes of caramel, raisins and berries, as well as subtle hints of coriander and star anise.”

Random: I’m hoping that it’s a bit cooler in Maine. I’m sick of this humidity.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left limited lacing on the glass with a crown. The body was a dark mahogany color with high carbonation. The nose had raisin, fig, candi sugar and booze. A touch of anise was there as well. The taste was quite sweet with a lot of candi sugar. Raisins and figs came through with some bread. There was anise at the back end. The booze provided some warming as well. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with candi sugar and booze warming. This was $3.69 for the bottle, which broke down to $.30 per ounce. I always enjoy trying the anniversary beers from Weyerbacher and this wasn’t the best one that I’ve had, but this was solid.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout

The other half is on her way home from Target and we’re planning on getting a quick bite to eat. I’m trying to bang this review out before we have to leave for dinner. We stopped at Uno’s on a Sunday and they had this on draft. This has been compared to some of the best bourbon-barrel aged stouts on the market, so let’s see if it was as good as the hype.

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ABV: 11.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According the brewery website, “Sunday Morning Stout, 11.3% ABV, is an American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels. The result? A beautiful ebony pour with a large, creamy, off-white head that lasts and lasts. The aromas of roasted coffee and bourbon awaken your senses while their flavors blend with hints of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and caramel. The perfect cap to a Saturday night or start to Sunday morning.”

Random: If I started off with this beer on a Sunday morning, I wouldn’t make it to Sunday afternoon.

This beer poured with less than half a finger of tan head. The head dissipated instantly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of roasted malts with espresso and baker’s chocolate. There was some warm oak as well. The taste was awesome. It had notes of espresso, vanilla, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Some bourbon came through with oak at the end of the sip. It had a thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with some alcohol warmth, espresso and chocolate. This beer was just outstanding, and in my opinion, the best offering from Weyerbacher. Get this now.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau

This is a new beer that I was very interested in trying. A local sour beer? Sounds good to me. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 3.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tarte Nouveau, 3.9% ABV, is kettle-soured with lactobacillus. This tart beer pours pale yellow with a large, dense, white head. Tarte is a refreshing brew with a dry finish that’s perfect for picnics, enjoying next to the pool, post leaf raking celebrations or snowball fight victory dances. Honestly, it’s pretty much perfect for every situation. Originally, Tarte Nouveau debuted in March of 2013 as our Brewers’ Select offering, Zulu. Zulu was an experiment in making a new Weyerbacher sour that we could run through draft systems and our packing equipment without risking any sort of contamination by the funky souring bacteria.”

Random: I’m listening to Pearl Jam at work and mildly enjoying it. The other half would find this amusing because when we started dating, I hated Pearl Jam.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing was left on the glass. The body was a clear yellow color with high carbonation. The nose was very mild for the style with light tartness, flowers and lemon. The taste was equally mild, especially for a sour. It had light, citrus tartness (specifically lemon) and a touch of funk. A perfume-like floral note was present as well. The body was watery with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon and funk. For $2 a bottle, this broke down to $.17 an ounce. If you’re just starting to get into sour beers, this would be a good one to try. Otherwise, it’s not going to knock your socks off, but would make for a good Summer session brew.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Weyerbacher Nineteen

So, the other half is still at work and I’m home by myself. Other than updating the blog, I’m watching some old UFC fights, which the other half is not a big fan of. Anyways, she picked this brew up for me and I was really excited to try it, especially since I’m a big mango fan. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 10%

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Brewed to the classic ‘Weyerbacher anniversary requirement; of a strength of 10% ABV or more, Nineteen fits the mold and brings a new dimension to the anniversary pedigree: tartness! Two brews were made: a high-ABV mango-infused wheat beer and a tart blending beer, both using pale and wheat malts and a blend of Belgian yeasts. The final blended beer features both tropical sweetness, as well as the tart citrusy character of a spontaneously fermented beer. Nineteen should cellar quite well. Cheers!”

Random: I think the meow has slept for at least eight hours today. I wish I had his life.

This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated quicker than I expected. It didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy light orange color with visible detritus and high amounts of carbonation. The nose was really strong with booze and mango along with some wheat and yeast. The taste was incredibly tart with mangoes and wheat. But, this really, really was tart. The booze wasn’t all that apparent, but I don’t know what could be over how tart this stuff was. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was long with mango and wheat. Although this went down a bit too easily, the tartness was overpowering and overshadowed the mango. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one. Still, if you like really tart beers, this is worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Weyerbacher Riserva (2014)

So, we’ve hit yet another milestone on the blog: review #1300. For this review, we have a relatively local beer from Pennsylvania and a style that I really, really enjoy. Let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 11.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Riserva is an American Wild Ale fermented on red raspberries. Riserva is fermented with a blend of Saccharomyces yeast, Brettanomyces yeast, and lactic acid bacteria that produce funky, sour, and fruity flavors and aromas. The beer is aged for more than a year in oak barrels with Raspberries, giving the beer a pungent raspberry aroma, a lovely red color and a balancing wood character. This brew is a beautiful beer both to your eyes and to your taste buds. The microflora responsible for giving Riserva its character reside in the wood barrels and change somewhat over time depending upon factors such as the age of the barrel and the ambient temperature at which the barrels are stored. New barrels are rotated into the mix as old barrels are rotated out and as such, Riserva varies somewhat in color and tartness from year to year. Riserva is much higher in alcohol than its Belgian lambic framboise cousins and is a true treat to experience.”

Random: I still haven’t managed to get out to visit Weyerbacher yet. That needs to be rectified soon.

This beer poured with a finger of ever-so-slightly pink tinged head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, rose hued copper color with high carbonation visible despite the cloudiness. The nose was very fragrant with raspberries and lactic acid. There was a touch of oak as well. The taste was mouth puckering and tart with lots of raspberries and lactic acid. There was some green apples and lemon as well at the front of the sip. It quickly went into oak, but the tartness was intense and hung around through the finish. There was absolutely no booze noticeable on this one, which was very surprising given the lofty ABV. This was a medium bodied beer with high amounts of carbonation. It had a very long finish with oak and raspberry. This was a really intensely sour, but really interesting and benefitted from the oak aging. I would be curious to see how this would handle a year or two in the cellar. Otherwise, this was a very, very enjoyable beer and a great way to cap review #1300.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Weyerbacher Tango

It’s one of my last Mondays off before End of Quarter starts. I am definitely not looking forward to that at all. So far, I’ve mounted a knife rack today, done a bunch of laundry and taken some of the garbage out. All in a days work for me. Anyways, the lawyer picked this one up for me a few weeks back. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 10.6%

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Tango is a big, bold, Belgian-style dark ale brewed with 1,200 pounds of cherries! Tango pours a beautiful ruby color with a nice fluffy head offering a very complex aroma of cherries and other dark fruits. The strong 750ml glass bottle finished with a cork and cage allows the very robust bottle-conditioning responsible for Tango’s effervescence. Dark fruit flavors join the cherries to match up with the strong malt bill with the Belgian yeast adding its 2 cents along the way. Tango weighs in at 10.6% ABV and was brewed using a base of Pilsener Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU. Tango is available throughout our distribution area for a limited time only!”

Random: I’ve finished season 4 of Dexter and it was really, really good.

This brew poured with a barely there white head that dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color that was slightly cloudy with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was really sweet with lots of cherries and some plum notes. Figs were also there with a touch of wood and some booze. The taste was even better than the nose. I got lots of cherries with prunes and candi sugar. Molasses and peppercorns came through as the brew warmed. The beer was on the thicker side with low carbonation. The finish was long with lots of sweetness from the cherries and some residual candi sugar. This was probably one of the best Weyerbacher beers that I’ve had. It was a great sipper with lots of depth to it. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0