Fat Weasel Ale

Fat Weasel Ale

Rated 2.894 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Paso Robles, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

7.1% Alcohol by Volume

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In the style of a Belgian Ale, this is a sweet, full bodied beer distributed at Trader Joes where the slogan is, "If you like Bass, you'll like the Weasel!"

ID: 12784 Last updated 16 years ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank42366
Overall Percentile10.7
Style Rank709 of 722
Style Percentile1.8
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score3.5
Average Score2.867
Weighted Score2.894
Standard Deviation0.412

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  • CHOPZ 5619 reviews
    rated 3.0 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 5

    Purchased at Trader Joe in Vegas. Pours a very slight hazy golden-amber colour with a warm cap, decent retention and lacing. Fruity, sweet, nutty aromas. The taste is pretty sweet, with some hops in the middle blending things, but with some metallic notes. Some oranges and light alcohol. Ugly label and the beer is not that well balanced. Glad I only have one of these.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a bright amber. Nice white head of short duration. Aroma is nothing to to get excited about. flavor is a nice combination between lager and a delicate pail ale. == yet another fine dinner companion from the people at fat weasel!

  • CYBERCAT 10153 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Aroma is fairly strong and malty, not complex but still inviting. It pours a nice clear golden amber with a fairly thick though not persistent white head. Flavor is malty, a little crisp, slightly fruity and slightly bitter. Texture is smooth, somewhat thick and just a little tingly. Not too shabby.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 2.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    tastes more like a pale, and a fairly boring one at that. the good thing is, it's less than a dollar to try a single, so if you don't like it...there's no risk.

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours from the bottle with a tan colored head that rises to three-fingers in height. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color that shows a rich gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma is quit malt focused with notes of biscuit-like malts, toffee and some crushed cracker notes. A touch of fruitiness and a light herbal note round things out for this soft nose.

    Lightly sweet tasting and fuller bodied than I was expecting; it coats the mouth a bit and is on the chewy side for a beer that I was expecting to be lower in alcohol. There is also quite a bit more hop flavor and character than I was expecting; this has a solid herbal note to it, a noticeable grapefruit like hoppiness and a solid, lingering bitterness in the finish. Toasty malt note contribute soft caramel flavors, biscuit-like grain notes and a very soft nuttiness. The hop character seems to fade a bit after a while, and it becomes a bit more malt accented. There is a touch of alcohol warming in the finish as well.

    Another Trader Joes beer that is far better than I was expecting. The aroma is a bit bland, but this is packed with a surprising amount of flavor; the strength of this beer obviously helps as I was expecting this to be around 4% and not the 7.2% that it is at. Not quite something that I can see myself buying again, but if handed this at a BBQ I would be quite content.

  • JREID27 1 reviews
    rated 2.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 5

    I had recently made my first trip to the grocery shopping meca that is Trader Joes and utilizied their "build your 6 pack" feature and added a two bottles of Fat Weasel Ale. My original perceptions of the appearance and aroma were mostly possitive, the flavor on the other hand was too bitter for my liking and it seemd to leave a bad taste in my mouth. I am not planning on drinking the second one. I personally would avoid Fat Weasel Ale.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 2.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    This beer pours a golden body with little head and lacing. Aromas of nectarines and bread.. the mouthfeel is very malty and has a slight hop bitterness. I thought it was a little sour actually.

  • BITTEEINBIT 155 reviews
    rated 2.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Poured a deep gold, nice head, fair lace and carbonation. Mild malt on the nose, hints of hops but nothing overbearing. Taste is smooth, a mild hint of malt giving it a sweet feel and a bitter hop finish. 7.0 eh? Well if that don’t beat all, well hidden. Well this brew didn’t do much for me, kind of one dimensional at best. Looks good but looks can be deceiving…..

  • EYECHARTBREW 1451 reviews
    rated 2.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    One of several mysterious beers that I only ever see at the local Trader Joe supermarket chain. And while I was fairly happy with the Jumping Cow Amber, both of the Fat Weasel singles I bought were just plain bad. Not neccesarily old, but definately bad.

    I almost laughed out loud when I saw this was classified here as a "Strong Ale". For there is nothing big and strong about this at all. Very flacid body, little aroma, unimpresivly limp taste, and unappealing mouthfeel..., all giving this a drinkability way below par.

    The old story goes that you usually get what you pay for. And while I was reasonably happy paying $0.75 for the Jumping Cow, even $0.55 for Fat Weasel Ale is too much to may, IMO.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.5 16 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Medium gold color, large head. Medium bodied ale. A malty and hoppy ale, malts slightly sweet. Fairly aggressively hopped. Nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is a little bitter. Taste is a trifle thin, but still a nice beer.

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