Weyerbacher recently had a make-over. The Easton, PA brewery scrapped all of its diverse (and often decried) labeling in favor of a more artistically drawn look that I would say is more rustic (I guess, any artists out there?). The change gives all the labels a common look which better unifies the brand visually on the shelf. Probably no label captures the new style better than the one for their Winter Ale. Not only does it have the visual similarities of all the others, but other characters from the Weyerbacher line make a festive appearance on it..
As much of a fan as I am about good, creative packaging, as always it’s the beer inside that matters. Is this the case with Winter Ale? Let’s Taste.
THEM: Winter Ale is brewed in the style of a brown ale using caramel and deep-roasted chocolate malt. The beer is released at a non-threating 5.6% ABV.
Winter Ale was winner of a Silver Medal in the 1998 World Beer Championships
ME: Winter Ale pours a deep brown color with a very quickly fading head. The nose is full of roasted malts and something that to me comes across as a light piney/spruce type aroma, I’m suspecting something on the order of Chinook hops here. The flavor is full of chocolate, with notes of roast and a sweetness like molasses or brown sugar. The finish is clean with a slight hint of spiciness (more Chinook influence, maybe ). At 5.6% it is definitely a beer you can enjoy several of while you’re wrapping presents and not be worried about them turning out like some holiday origami class gone horribly wrong. Random note: if you miss spell origami, the spell check wants to know if you meant orgasmic. Both useful words, but hardly interchangeable.
This isn’t a huge beer like some of my other Weyerbacher favorites like Blithering Idiot or Old Heathen, but it was still nice in its own way. A welcome addition any to holiday beer fridge.
Time for another beer.