Weyerbacher

WEYERBACHER BREWING COMPANY

 Weyerbacher was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback Easton Pennsylvania. The concept was to brew mainstream beers but they quickly decided to brew beers that they loved and were big and full flavored. Today, they are a growing brewing company and quickly making their way across America.

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Year-Rounds/Seasonals:

Specialty/Limited Release:

AUTUMNFEST: 85 Points

Fair Autumn Beer

Fair Autumn Beer

This Oktoberfest style beer is released seasonally between August and November in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “AutumnFest is Weyerbacher’s own unique twist on the German Oktoberfest style. Copper-amber in color, AutumnFest is made with Vienna and Munich malts for that authentic, Bavarian easy drinking taste. Each sip imparts a wonderful roastiness of malt on the tongue followed by a smooth, consistent finish. Wonderfully balanced with a clean, velvety, slightly fruity taste, AutumnFest is the perfect beer for the Fall- a nice transition between the lighter beers of summer and the darker, heavier winter brews. It’s a favorite of many Weyerbacher aficionados, who anticipate the end of summer with this wonderful beer.”

My Description: This is one of those beers that, if around I would drink, but other than that it is forgettable and nothing special. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a very nice retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is mainly malt forward with notes of bread and caramel with hints of fruit. Autumnfest is light/medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The taste mimics the aroma nicely. Malt is definitely the dominate flavor in this beer accompanied by notes of caramel, floral hops, apples and other fruits, and a touch of hop spice. The aftertaste is minimally bitter but overall this beer is on the sweeter side. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled sausage, or rich pasta dishes.

ABV: 5.4%  Color: Copper/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

BLANCHE: 85 Points

Standard Wit

This Belgian Style Wit Bier is released seasonally between April and July in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Light, cloudy and smooth, Blanche brings you authentic Belgian-style flavor along with handcrafted quality and freshness. In the nose you’ll notice a light spiciness from the coriander and dried Curacao orange peels.”

My Description: This Witbier is refreshing and enjoyable. While other wits may be more balanced between spice and citrus, this beer leans more on the citrus side of things. This is not a negative trait but more of a personal preference of the brewer. It has a decent sized, white colored head with an average retention level and it leaves some lacing. The aroma is mild with an apparent note of coriander accompanied by faint notes of bitter orange, lemon, and some wheat grain. It is fairly light in body with a higher carbonation level and a crisp finish. The taste of bitter orange is front and center in the flavor profile. There are also note of coriander and other spices but nothing makes this beer amazing or sets it apart from the rest. It is a smooth and tasty brew and best served around 45°F. It pairs nicely with grilled shrimp, roasted duck, or a Hawaiian pizza.

ABV: 4.6% Color: Hazy Straw Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10

BLITHERING IDIOT: 89 Points

Engiissh Barliiwine

This English Style Barleywine is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our barleywine is made in the British tradition of balanced hearty ales. Blithering Idiot is a deep-copper ale with intense malty notes of dates and figs on the palate that follows a pleasurably malty aroma to your taste buds. The finish is warm and fruity, and begs for the next sip.”

My Description: Barleywines should be saved for occasions when you can sit back and sip slowly. However, if you are going to sip on a beer it better be really good. Blithering Idiot’s smooth and creamy body accompanied by enjoyable flavors and a warming finish makes this beer a great one for sipping. It has a decent sized, light tan colored head that fades rather quickly but holds a thin film for most of the way producing some good lacing. The aroma is mild and sweet with faint notes of caramel, alcohol, and some dark fruits. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is definitely lead by a malty sweetness that is almost bisquity with hints of dark fruits like raisins and figs. The alcohol is nicely hidden but it will be felt and it pops up in the taste occasionally. The aftertaste is warming with a touch of bitterness that brings balance to the beer. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with strong cheeses, lamb chops, or a grilled steak.

ABV: 11.1%  Color: Murky Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

HERESY: 92 Points

Beer for the heretic

This Imperial Stout is released seasonally in February in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The aroma is filled with vanilla, cocoa, and roasted coffee beans.This silky-smooth brew has notes of oak, whiskey, roasted barley and vanilla that meld together on the tongue to create an incredible sensation.”

My Description: This Imperial Stout drinks more like a regular stout; it is medium bodied, the alcohol is nicely hidden, and it has a smooth texture. The head is big and dense with a dark beige color and a good retention level. The aroma is robust with notes of roasted coffee and bourbon oak casks. It has a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The beer tastes great and the flavors work harmoniously together. There are notes of coffee and roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and a hint of alcohol. The aftertaste balances it nicely with a slight bitterness. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with fish & chips, bacon burgers, or a chocolate dessert.

ABV: 8% Color: Black Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

IMPERIAL PUMPKIN ALE: 95 Points

Better as is warms

This Imperial Pumpkin Ale is released seasonally in the Autumn months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales. It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.”

My Description: I am loving the idea of sitting on the front porch on a cool Autumn night with this pumpkin beer in my hand. It is delicious, warming, and the spice blend does a great job of representing the season. It has a good sized, light beige colored head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves some decent lacing. The aroma is nothing short of a spice bomb with notes of cardamon, nutmeg, and cloves among others. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very smooth finish. The pumpkin pie spices, like cloves and nutmeg, definitely dominate the flavor profile. There are also flavor notes of sweet malt and a touch of pumpkin. I wish the pumpkin was just a little more apparent. The alcohol is beautifully hidden the aftertaste is slightly bitter. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, stuffing, or sweet potato fries.

ABV: 8% Color: Light Mahogany Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

INSANITY: 96 Points

May cause temporary insanity

May cause temporary insanity

This Oak-aged Barleywine is available seasonally in late winter 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Insanity is made by aging our perfectly balanced Blithering Idiot Barleywine in oak bourbon casks. This incredible combination creates a mélange of flavors from rich malts, raisins, and dates to oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Insanity will be yours this February!!!”

My Description: This is a delicious sipper with a plethora of flavors and a smooth body. It begins with a decent sized, beige colored head that lasts for some time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is strong with notes of oak, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruits, and malt. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. Flavors will develop very nicely as this beer breaths and gets warmer in your hand. Flavors include sweet caramel, vanilla, dates, oak, tobacco, and a hint of bourbon that comes through. These flavors work harmoniously together and transition nicely into an aftertaste that is slightly bitter with a touch of lingering pepper. The alcohol is nicely hidden and contributes an additional taste note that is welcomed. This Barleywine is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with dark chocolate, lamb chops, or steaks.

ABV: 11.1%  Color: Murky Brown/Garnet  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

MERRY MONKS: 89 Points

High alcohol makes you merry

This Belgian Style Triple is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The special effervescence and creaminess are immediately apparent when pouring. The pilsner malts combined with the Belgian yeast strains yield a remarkable and complex flavor- perhaps you’ll note subtle hints of banana. The flavor is nicely balanced and the finish moderate to dry, begging for the next sip.”

My Description: These merry monks have created one tasty and refreshing beer. It is definitely on the dry side with a higher carbonation level that gives this beer an effervescent body and a crisp finish. It has an average, white colored head that lasts for some time and produces a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant and slightly complex with notes of spices, apples, apricots, some yeast, and a hint of malt. The aroma is very enticing and a great representation of the style. There are flavors of pepper and some other spices as well as bananas and other light fruits. The alcohol is beautifully hidden and it is a smooth beer. The aftertaste is slightly bitter but overall it is definitely balanced. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with sea bass, roasted chicken, or a light salad.

ABV: 9.3%  Color: Golden  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

SIMCOE IPA: 96 Points

The Simcoe Hop

This Double IPA uses only the Simcoe hop and is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Double Simcoe IPA, 9.0% abv, is our incredible reward for Hopheads seeking the intense hop flavor in a Double IPA, without the harshness. It is brewed utilizing only the Simcoe hop variety.”

My Description: A welcoming attribute of this brew is that there really is no harshness. The bitterness is clean, smooth, and delicious. It has has a big and dense, off-white colored head with a great retention level and a good amount of lacing. The aroma smells fresh with Simcoe characteristics: piney, resiny, and some citrus. There is also a sweet caramel malt fragrance that adds to the complexity. It is roughly medium/full bodied with a lower carbonation and a semi-dry finish. It has a somewhat chewy texture that is resiny. The hops taste great with pine dominating mixed with a hint of citrus. The alcohol taste is beautifully hidden but it will be felt. There is also a some sweetness up front that adds to enjoyment of this beer. The bitterness in the aftertaste is moderately high with a flavor hint of grapefruit. I cannot stress how great the hops taste in this beer. Nicely done. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with blue cheese burgers, buffalo wings, or grilled chicken.

ABV: 9%  Color: Murky Brown/Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 7/10

SLAM DUNKEL: 93 Points

Strong and Delicious

This Dunkelweizen is stronger than the general Dunkel and is released seasonally in early summer.

Brewer’s Description: “This 7% Double Dunkelweizen is unfiltered and made with over 50% wheat malt along with pale, munich, and a touch of chocolate to give it the traditional color and flavor. Bitterness is subdued to allow the Weihenstephen yeast to shine through with those traditional notes of banana and clove.”

My Description: This Double Dunkel delivers on all fronts; the flavors are pronounced and tasty, the alcohol is apparent but not intrusive, and the body makes for one easy drinking ale. However, it does have a weak, light beige colored head that fades quickly and leaves behind hardly any lacing. The aroma is welcoming and warming with notes of caramel, dark fruits, a touch of spice, and a hint of alcohol. It is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This beer is definitely smooth and the texture is somewhat chewy. Instantly, this beer delivers a beautiful bread flavor that is accompanied by a touch of roasted malt and a drop or two of alcohol flavor. Dark fruits, such as figs and raisins, also make their appearance along with a faint banana note. There is a backdrop of spice in the beer as well. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and helps bring overall balance to this Dunkel. All these flavors work harmoniously together to produce an easy drinking and enjoyable beer. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, chocolate desserts, or roasted chicken.

ABV: 7%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WINTER ALE: 79 Points

Winter does suck

Winter does suck

This Brown Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “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).”

My Description: This beer was a big disappointment, mainly because I expect more out of Weyerbacher. It just felt like they didn’t put any care or quality in producing this ale. It starts out with a good sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is on the malty side with notes of roasted malt and some breadiness. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. It has a slightly creamy texture and it is fairly smooth but that’s about the end of what is good in this beer. It has flavor notes of roasted malt and a hint of raisins but overall the beer tastes dull and bland. It just feels watered down. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste but there is absolutely nothing special about this beer. Look elsewhere for a Winter seasonal. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with anything that has some flavor.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

EIGHTEEN: 91 Points

18th Anniversary

18th Anniversary

This Weizenbock is released in limited supply in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Eighteen will be released in the beginning of June (2013) and is the 8th installment in the Anniversary series. Eighteen is a 11.1% ABV Weizenbock with complex bready wheat, dark fruit and chocolate flavors balanced perfectly spicy phenols and banana esters.”

My Description: This beer is definitely worth aging and will only get better with time. In fact, this beer got better as it warmed up in my hands and had a chance to breath. It started with an average sized, beige colored head that lasted for some time and left behind a nice amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting and slightly complex with notes of toasted malt, bread, yeast phenols, and some spice. Interesting enough, the aroma smells similar to soy sauce. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. It has a thick and sticky texture. Upfront, there are flavor notes of bread, pepper spice, bananas, raisins, and alcohol. This transitions cleanly into an aftertaste that is minimally bitter. This beer is more on the sweet side but it has a good balance. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with steak, grilled lamb, or roasted duck.

ABV: 11.1%  Color: Deep Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10