Wey•er•bach•er (wī′ • әr • bӓk′ • әr), n. the original spelling of the Weirback family name used by the first immigrants from Germany about 200 years ago. The spelling has morphed slightly over time, but we thought the original was best for the brewery.
Phonetically that’s “wy-er-bock-er” or “why-er-bock-er”
Althea is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums, bottle conditioned in a 750 ml/25.4 oz. cork and cage bottle, which weighs in at a substantial 7.7% ABV. It’s a beautiful, dark and fruity ale.
Every year, hundreds of women in Weyerbacher’s home, Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many of these women, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatments and more. All too often this means lost wages and insurmountable bills during what is possibly the most trying time in that woman’s life.
For every bottle of Althea sold, Weyerbacher will donate $1 to The Pink Ribbon Fund to help these women – our mothers, daughters, wives, sisters and their families – cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.
Althea hit the shelves in October 2013 to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A limited run with an extremely important purpose, Althea is a unique and delicious way for beer lovers to support women in their fight against breast cancer.
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!
Aries is an 8% ABV blend of 2 Weyerbacher favorites – Old Heathen and Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The result? A really balanced, yet spicy, dark beer which will work very well as a dessert beer and still pair nicely with your favorite fall foods.
ABV: 5.40% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar) Meat (Beef, Poultry, Fish) Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: August thru November Beverage Type: American Amber / Red Ale
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.
ABV: 4.80% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Cheese (peppery; Monterey / Pepper Jack, tangy; Brick, Edam, Feta) General (Salad) Meat (Poultry, Fi Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: April Thru July Beverage Type: Witbier
Light, cloudy and smooth, Weyerbacher Blanche brings you authentic Belgian-style flavor along with handcrafted quality and freshness. Just try a bottle of this thirst-quenching brew. In the nose you’ll notice a light spiciness from the coriander and dried Curacao orange peels. Overall, you’ll find a mild and refreshing ale with a clean finish that follows with just a hint of tart spiciness
ABV: 11.8% Category: Craft / Specialty Seasonal Availability: June
Blasphemy is Quad aged in Bourbon Barrels. Blasphemy should have gentle vanilla oaky notes which complement rather than supersede the complex qualities that already make QUAD such an incredible beer.
We used to make this available in a 12 oz bottle back in the day—well, ok not THAT long ago. The 12 oz version of Blasphemy was filtered and subtle enough not to overpower the Quad. We retired it a few years back. Click here to see details about the 1st generation of Blasphemy.
2011 bore witness that beer miracles actually can happen: Blasphemy has returned!
This ’refreshed’ version is actually fully bottle conditioned and available only in a 750 ml cork and cage package. Blasphemy is available seasonally only and is extremely limited… we expect to brew it roughly in time for May of each year.
Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
ABV: 11.00% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) General (Digestive) Seasonal Availability: Year Round Beverage Type: English Barleywine
Our barleywine is made in the British tradition of malty, yet not overly sweet, strong ales. Blithering Idiot is a deep-copper strong 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. Enjoy Blithering Idiot in a brandy snifter or wine glass with full-flavored meats.
Weyerbcher Single IPA #1
The first IPA release of this series, IPA #1, features a blend of classic hops, Centennial and Cascade, along with new varieties, Calypso and Equinox. This 5.5% ABV IPA has citrus and floral notes that meld into citrus and tropical flavors with an herbal undertone that ties it all together.
Double Simcoe IPA, 9.0% abv, is our incredible reward for Hopheads seeking over the top flavor in a Double IPA, without the harshness. Brewed with Simcoe hops, developed and trademarked by Select Botanicals Group, LLC, in the year 2000. This hybrid hops was created to allow maximum aromatic oils, along with low cohumulone(harshness) levels, so that brewers can really load up a lot of ’em in a beer and not have any harshness. The piney, citrusy notes are all here, and in a very clean (non-harsh) way, as well as having an aroma with impact. Introduced by Weyerbacher in 2005 originally as a seasonal, this brew has garnered numbers so high on Beer Advocate, and been in such high demand by consumers, we decided to add it to our year-round line-up in March 2007. Check it out, and you’ll soon see why everyone’s talking about it. Name 2006 PA Beer of the year by Beer Author Lew Bryson, at www.LewBryson.com. Also one of the highest rated Double IPA’s on Beer Advocate.
Weyerbacher Fireside Ale
ABV: 7.5% Category: Craft / Specialty Seasonal Availability: Winter Beverage Type: Dark Ale
This fantastic brew began its life as “Charlie”, the third installment of the Brewer’s Select Series. It is now part of our seasonal lineup and will be released in the month of January. It is an intricate dark ale with a touch of smokiness. The rich malt flavor, crisp bitterness and smoke reach perfect equilibrium in this brew. At 7.5% abv, Fireside Ale will warm you up as the temperature drops.
Harvest Ale is a 6.2% “wet-hop” IPA made from pale, munich, crystal, and wheat malts. It is hopped with a bounty of cascade hops straight from the brewery’s own farm! The bitterness is restrained to allow the fresh-hop aroma and flavor to shine through. You will find grassy notes with hints of citrus zest in this refreshing ale.
Since this beer can only be made with newly matured hops just hours off the vine, its release date is somewhat in the hands of Mother Nature. We know that it will fall sometime around the beginning of September. Keep your eye out for this one. You will want to drink this one as fresh as possible!
Weyerbacher Heresey Oak
ABV: 8.00% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Try a dip of iced cream on this for a refreshing stout float! Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: February Limited Beverage Type: Russian Imperial Stout
This incredibly intriguing Imperial Stout is made by aging our Old Heathen in some very famous Oak barrels that were used for aging bourbon! What do we have when we are done? A stout whose very essence has been enhanced. A stout whose complexity has been increased. A stout with notes of Oak, whiskey and vanilla melding together to create a new sensation. Have we gone too far this time? We don’t think so. Heresy is a step above and a leap beyond the extraordinary. Taste it and see what everyone is talking about. 8.0% ABV.
Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 8.00% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Pumpkin pie, whipped cream Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: August thru November Beverage Type: Pumpkin Ale
The mother of all Pumpkin Ales is currently in transit to our wholesalers and should be out on shelves around mid-September. This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don’t agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don’t like mothers!
ABV: 11.00% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Cheese (sharp; Blue, Cheddar, pungent; Gorgonzola, Limburger) General (Digestive) Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: February Limited Beverage Type: English Barleywine
Insanity is made by aging our perfectly balanced Blithering Idiot Barleywine in oak bourbon casks. This incredible combination creates a melange of flavors such as malt, dates, oak, vanilla, and bourbon just to name a few.
Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA
ABV: 5.9% Category: Craft / Specialty Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Weyerbacher’s new Last Chance IPA is a west coast-style full-flavored hop assault delightfully lacking in balance. We’ve added a combination of Centennial, Cascade, Simcoe and Columbus hops are used to produce pungent aromas of grapefruit, pine and citrus. Last Chance IPA weighs-in at 5.9% ABV and 62 IBUs.
Now… for the name. Why “Last Chance?” The name “Last Chance” is a nod to something held very close to the hearts of many of the employees at Weyerbacher Brewing Company: Animal Rescue. Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every drop of Last Chance IPA to small, regional animal rescue operations. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home.
Merry Monks’ Ale is a Belgian style Abby Trippel without limitation. This style was created by Trappist Monks in Belgium over 500 years ago. To be true to the style, Merry Monks’ Ale is bottle conditioned. This means we add a bit of sugar and yeast just prior to bottling. This imparts a special effervescence to the beer, a creamier carbonation, and also extends the shelf life. The on-going fermentation inside the bottle will change the character of the beer as it ages, and you’ll find it becomes dryer with age. You may want to lay down a few bottles for future evaluation. We suggest storing at cellar temperatures -around 55 degrees F- and away from light. When you try this beer you’re in for a unique treat. 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 fruit or spice. The flavor is nicely balanced and the finish moderate to dry , begging for the next sip.
Rich, velvety and deliciously complex, Old Heathen is a truly distinctive winter warmer. We use seven types of malt and two varieties of hops to bring forth this big brew. Quite robust and roasty on the palate, Old Heathen imperial stout has a wonderfully fruity nose and a moderately dry finish. The taste is highly complex- perhaps you’ll even discern notes of espresso or chocolate.
ABV: 11.80% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: Desserts, appetizers Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: November and December Beverage Type: Quadrupel (Quad)
Massively big and delicious, QUAD is an elegant and dark ale. Rich with complexity and flavor, try savoring it after a long day or during a fine dinner. You also might enjoy it as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to a dessert, but QUAD stands alone quite well. We recommend enjoying QUAD in a brandy snifter or wineglass so you can drink in the aroma of this fine elixir. QUAD, with an alcohol content of 11.8% (by volume) is the strongest beer we make, so please pay proper accord as you enjoy it.
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.
Each year, the microflora produce a slightly different beer so we vintage date them.
Slam Dunkel was a small batch release in 2007. We had such an overwhelming response that we had to put it in the seasonal rotation. We also decided, as brewers, we couldn’t live without drinking this beer every year! 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.
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.
ABV: 10.6% Category: Craft / Specialty Brewery: Weyerbacher Seasonal Availability: Special Release Beverage Type: Belgian-style dark ale
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 750 ml 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 Pilsner Malt with Honey Malt, Special B, Aromatic Malt and a touch of Chocolate Malt. Apollo hops balance all that sweetness to 35 IBU.
Tango debuted as the 20th installment of Weyerbacher’s Brewers’ Select series in November of 2011, however, it wasn’t bottle conditioned and was a tad lower in alcohol.
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 packaging equipment without risking any sort of contamination by the funky souring bacteria. Zulu not only helped pave the way to Tarte Nouveau, it also paved the way to our nineteenth anniversary beer!
Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau with Blood Orange
Weyerbacher has taken thier session sour, Tarte Nouveau, and added blood orange. The result? The pour has a nice, effervescent head with a big citrus aroma. First sip has a tart bite with a lingering orange/citrus flavor. The finish? Clean and crisp
Category: Craft / Specialty Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Tiny is a Belgian inspired Imperial Stout weighing in at 11.8%. You’ll find big chocolate and roasted notes, balanced with the Belgian flavors from the Abbey yeast strain.
This beer is very smooth and lacks the astringency you sometimes find in these Imperial Stouts.
ABV: 5.9% Category: Craft / Specialty Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Verboten is a Belgian-style Pale Ale with an American twist. Verboten is the newest addition to our year-round 12 oz lineup.
Verboten is brewed with pale, carahell, and wheat malts, and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops to give it a distinctly American character. The medium bodied beer has a crisp palate and moderate bitterness coupled with the fruity esters from the abbey yeast strain. It is bottle and keg conditioned so expect a tall fluffy head and a small amount of sediment.
ABV: 5.60% Category: Craft / Specialty Food Pairing: General (Dessert) Meat (Poultry, Game) Seasonal Availability: November thru February Beverage Type: Winter Warmer
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.
Coriander, orange peel, grains of paradise and star anise give a light spiciness to the aroma. This refreshingly crisp wheat ale finishes with just a hint of tartness. Wit is ready to be enjoyed throughout spring and early summer!
Weyerbacher Mellow Monks
This 4.5% ABV Belgian-style ale is a refreshing golden ale with notes of apple, pear and banana. Reminiscent of Merry Monks with a more sessionable ABV.
Weyebacher Sunday Mole Stout
As the name suggests, this 11.3% ABV American Imperial Stout is the foundation of everyone’s favorite, Sunday Morning Stout, with a twist (and without the barrel aging)… This brew captures everything you’d expect from a traditional molé – coffee, chocolate, heat and smokiness. Foremost is coffee, which is followed by layers of chocolate courtesy of the chocolate malt, cocoa powder and cacao nibs. Finally, a subtle lingering heat and smokiness from our blend of ancho, pasilla, mulato and chipotle peppers, as well as cinnamon, which is gone by the time you’re ready for your next sip
Weyerbacher Line Street Pilsner
Sure, we love our big beers, but sometimes we just want something lighter without sacrificing flavor. That’s Line Street Pils. A hoppy pilsner with great flavor and a not-so-menacing ABV. This brew pours a bright and deep yellow with a pleasant, light citrus aroma. Our twist on a Czech pils using Centennial and Mandarina Bavaria hops, this beer has a crisp, refreshing bitterness up front that fades into a dry, palate quenching finish. Bright, crisp and hop forward – that’s Line Street Pils.
ABV: 5.3%Hops: Centennial, Mandarina Bavaria
Weyerbacher Big Beer Variety Pack
The Weyerbacher Variety Pack includes Double Simcoe IPA, Merry Monks Belgian-style Tripel, TINY Belgian-style Imperial Stout and Blithering Idiot Barleywine.