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Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Sweden

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005

OG: 1056, FG: 1015

Malt: Pale ale malt, pale caramel malt, dark caramel malt, Melanoidin malt and chocolate malt.
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Ratings: 121 | Reviews: 81
Reviews by Ljunkan:
Photo of Ljunkan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkbrown color with a nice beige head. Some lacing.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, citrus, pine needle and apricot.

Taste is first of all hoppy. There is notes of grapefruit, pine needle, a bit of grass. Some caramel too. It ends with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is maybe not that filling, the body is medium and with medium carbonation.

A highly drinkable beer from Oppigårds. They truly make good beers, though they seem too stay at the same level all time. You will not get dissapointed, neither surprised. At least I havent...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a russett brown with a thin wispy slight off white head.A good mix of chocolate malt and leafy hops,well rounded and appetizing.A tad thin the feel,I would have liked a fuller feel to compliment the flavors.Chocolate malts and leafy hops match together well on the palate,with a fuller mouthfeel this would be really top notch.I liked this beer it seemed to be a hopped up American brown ale,again with fuller mouthfeel it would be great,as is its solid.

Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date.

Appearance: Its head builds up tall and foamy. It is firm and rocky, light tan color and slow fading. A small thin cap hangs on till the very last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves some nice rings of lace. The body has a deep, very dark reddish amber/old copper color with some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma has a modest presence of spicy/herbal hops with a hint of holiday spices and something citrusy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid hop presence with citrus and spicy/leafy notes. The hops are supported by a mildly sweet and dark bready maltiness. Within it are also notes of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. In the finish hop flavor picks up and adds dryness and bit of bitterness. The body has a medium to full feel with a slick smooth texture and active tingly carbonation.

Notes: Overall this was a pleasant Winter Warmer.

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: This great looking beer is a deep red-orange-brown color, with a large off-white head that is exceptionally durable and leaves the glass well coated.

Aroma: medium malts and a nice splash of hops, with hints of vanilla and light spices.

T: The taste starts out malty and lightly sweet, with some caramel and brown sugar. The hops presence then kicks in creating a fairly well balanced mix. The after-taste is slightly bitter, bready, spicy and hoppy.

M: Quite smooth; medium body; medium carbonation sufficient to render the beer a bit lively.

O: A fine hoppy brown ale that will function as a Christmas Ale.

Photo of linnet
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby colour, beige head, some lacing. aroma is hoppy, pine. lemon, grapefruit. Flavour is full of hops, pine, some sweetness too. mouthfeel is rather lively, the bubbles are small. I really like this beer, together with Jämtlands the best swedish beer for the winter season I've tried so far.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an off-white, rust tinged head that sits just under 2 fingers thick. Fair retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Solid lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Mild sourness at first. Fades as the beer warms, giving way to moderate cocoa notes and a healthy amount of ester fruitiness.

Taste - Moderate cocoa and hints of caramel character from start to finish, complimented by both sweet and mildly sour fruity esters; red apple and slight grain mid-taste while touches of Eureka lemon can be found near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with a fair amount of soft carbonation. Near creamy. Goes down well.

Overall - A solid winter ale. That said, I dont feel I'd be missing much if I never had it again. If it were even just a bit more roasty, maybe I'd be thinking otherwise.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass. Distinctively shaped bottle with farmers on the label.

The entire bottle pours into the glass with no sediment in the bottom. The beer has a nice ruby-brown color with good clarity. There is barely any head and what was there settled quickly.

Aroma is sweet with soft winter spices.

Flavor is not bad but not what I was expecting either. This is really more of a dunkelweizen or doppelbock than a winter warmer. It definately has the characteristics of a dark wheat beer. Nice caramel malt backbone with mild hoppiness, a slight bit of roast, and some light spiciness. It works well as a winter style but I wouldn't consider this one a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Fairly well-balanced but leaning towards the sweet end of the spectrum.

Overall a good beer, probably over-priced, definately miscategorized.

Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like much, laggerish light after initial foam.Somewhat cheesy aroma. The taste is somehwhat hoppy and refreshing. A natural casklike carbonation. Bit of light lemonlime aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is one of those 3.7 impossibilities.

Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is supposed to be 81ºF on Saturday - guess I'll have to close my eyes and imagine snow drifts while listening to some Swedish black metal (in this case, Abruptum) while polishing another Winter seasonal from the frozen North...

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter.

Burnt orange body with red-ish flame highlights, dark but clear capped by a voluminous crown of heavy beige merengue. Sticky, pasty, three-dimensional lacing.

Brandy, clove-studden oranges, hints of sherry (suggesting mild oxidation), and stewed dark fruit in the nose. A hint of grassy noble hops contributes some additional evergreen and juniper fragrance.

Tart up-front but this is quickly balanced by hay, grain, and an unusual malt bill. Hints of oak throughought. Mild yet complex bitterness mid-palate leading into an earthy, almost dusty, dry herbal finish...some sweetness returns in the aftertaste hinting at muscavado sugar.

Quite effervescent, the carbonation gives the beer a "whipped" feel almost. Not especially warming with the session-able ABV.

This is an unusual beer, spicier/earthier and more restrained (in terms of fruit, sweetness, oxidation, strength, etc) than many Old Ales, though it isn't far off in style. Would pair very well with Falukorv and some fried potatoes or a similar hearty simple Swedish meal...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oppigards Winter Ale pours a hazy (it's bottle-conditioned), deep chestnut brown body beneath a thick head of tan foam that holds quite well and leaves jagged patches of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, expressing a delicate toastiness, scorched sugar, a hint of chocolate, and leafy, grassy, and delicately citrusy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and pillowy soft as the carbonation is released.

The flavor delivers a solid maltiness that's a bit roasty with a darkly caramelish edge, and suggestions of chocolate. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it's balanced by some lightly citrusy, spicy (perhaps piney?), and leafy hops.

Nicely done!

Photo of RickS95
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thinnish, fairly clear ruby brown pour. The head is pretty stellar, but can't make up for the watery look from the pour. Lots of carbonation leaves a huge head, several fingers thick...offwhite color, the sides fall in before the center. Lots of sticky lace.

Not much scent, it's Earthy and biscuity. A slight spice profile, but you really have to have your nose in it to pick it up. Caramel malts?

There's nothing to indicate this is a winter beer. There's a faint spice character, but little else. Very malty with caramel and pilsner malts providing both some sweet soda flavor and a balancing bitterness. Tiniest bit of cinnamon taste in the finish.

It's got layers of complexity with some sweet, some spicy and some bitter, all at different points. Medium bodied despite the water look upon pour. Lots of carbonation in the pour, but nothing in the way of feel. The savory bitterness and faint spicy feel lasts in to the swallow.

Fairly good beer. Not much in the way of a winter warmer as it lacks any warming alcohol or thick spiciness, but a good beer overall. Goes down easy with good taste and better complex feel.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of tan head on a copper colored body.
The smell is candy, wet grain and lemon.
The taste is a moderate bitter and malt mix. A little unbalanced. The sweetness comes through stronger beginning to middle with dry bitter ending.
Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling.
An enjoyable drink.

Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/caramel with 3fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness & fruittyness

T: A bit of cakeyness & some gingerbread. As this warms more breadyness & brown sugar. Finishes with leafy hops, dryness & toffee

MF: Thin/medium bodied with some carbonation

Drinks good, not sure I'd call this a winter warmer. More of a brown, not worth $5 a .5L for sure

Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce rounded brown bottle lacking brewed or bottled-on date.

Pours clear red-edged dark brown with an inch of creamy tan head and nice lace. The aroma is quite nutty and spicy. Biscuit and carmel malts provide the base, while herbal hops tickle the senses. The beer is quite dry and hoppy for a British-style winter warmer. Initial caramel malts round into a chewy and rather smoky nut center. Finishes with brisk medium-dry pine-needle hop tones. The beer is rich and creamy in the mouth, with sufficient (but limited) carbonation.

A great take on winter bitter from Sweden.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Random sale pickup at my local - it's a particularly cool evening, so this'll do.

Into a pint glass a maple syrup brown with minimal head that quickly dissipates.

Nose is dark sweet malts, a bit bready.

Thin and very malty with a slightly toasty caramel presence. Prickly carbonation, some hop earthy bitterness that's almost gingery at the end. Malt really dominates, would have liked more spice from the hops to recognized it as a winter warmer. Also, almost too crisp for a warmer. Still quite drinkable.

Malty and clean but ultimately a little too light for the style I think.

Photo of ohoh
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at SMÖF 2012.

Pours a very nice dark amber. Some haziness.

Smells a little of alcohol, otherwise quite dull.

The liquid is light, and doesn't leave me with the impression I was looking for. There is, however a satisfying, long lasting bitterness.

Looks nice and is nice to drink, but the taste and aroma leaves me disappointed.

Photo of Samp01
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing through out. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, dark fruit, espresso and cacao esters fill the senses. Taste is roasted dark caramel malt, espresso beans and cacao, a bit of dark fruit with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, creamy texture with mild carbonation. Finish is of roasted dark caramel malt, yeast, espresso beans and cacao, some dark fruity notes ending has some mils bitterness with some lingering roasted espresso flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew, nice.

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 14, 2011. The pour is amber-brown with a pretty decent fluffy head. Overall it tends to be cloudy. Sweet malts, yeast, and even a tiny whiff of fruit come out in the aroma. Medium body. I kind of liked that hop bite that accompanied the beer throughout as I drank it.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright cherry red when held against the light. A monstrous light khaki colored foamy head initially occupies half the glass volume. After several smaller pours the head protrudes upwards in the middle like a towering structure while falling around the edges leaving large spongey patches for a lacing. Visible effervesce was medium, composed of micro bubbles that rose at a moderate pace in a sparse showering display. A thin whipped coating persists for a covering for the remainder of the drink.

S: An offering of citrus and fresh cola is first detected on the nose along with a fresh evergreen scent. There are notes of sugar cookies providing sweetness as well maple syrup and semi-dry caramel. Overall I found this to be a nice experience with the fresh cola notes being the most outstanding and promising. Very well rounded and smooth in delivery.

T: The initial flavor was slightly boozy with spicy cola and notes of wintery evergreen of cypress and pine needles. A beautiful warming of caramel syrup is highlighted by a citrusy hopping. Again it is the warm fresh cola aspect and slightly boozy nature that defines the flavor. The finish finds a nice spiciness of pine scotch and perhaps a touch of fennel sweet providing a spicy and woodsy appeal with light licorice notes. Overall I really enjoyed. An incredibly woodsy and evergreen experience that was warming and slightly boozy and spicy making for a solid example per style.

M: The mouthful was medium full, very smooth in texture with a soft bubbly feel carbonation wise. The swallow finds a warming dry booziness of pine scotch.

D: Drinkability was enjoyable until the last sip, warming and spicy perfectly fit per style. Woodsy and earthy making for the perfect companion on a calm wintery night beside a campfire. Sure to entice and warm the soul and one of the better winter beers I experienced with some old ale character thrown in for good measurement.

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into a british imperial pint glass

deep amber caramel with a fluffy white collar head. big bubbles trapped in the foam. cakey legs.

wow, a lot more hops on the nose than I anticipated. Can't ID the specific hop, but it's pretty green. some caramelly malt and just the slightest tinge of funk round it out.

and after the nose, I expected some more bitterness and resin, but nope! A curveball again with a much maltier body with some hops for edge. about 6 or 7 seconds into the swallow, melts in to a very pronounced and delicious burnt caramel/honey taste. Toffee.

light body for sure, this beer would be dangerous at a lower price point, it goes down easily.

Pleasantly surprised by the dynamics of this beer. described as swedish farmhouse winter ale, I expected more funk. Expected more body and color. Expected fewer hops. But in the end, I'm really digging how it came together.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Erickson's Fine Wines in Eagle, Idaho. The owner told me he really liked it, so I thought I would give it a try. 16.9 oz bottle for I think $6.49 (fiancee is going to kill me). Enjoyed while listening to Homero's "Pure Groove #2".

Dark chesnut with quite a bit of head ... leaving behind a nice lacing. Ruby red highlites.

Aroma is nutty grains and little caramel and raisin ... low citrus hops

Taste is toffee and dark whole grain bread .... pita bread and brown sugar. Grassy hops and not quite enough bitterness in my mind. Combined long lingering earthy and sweet caramel finish.

Overall, this is a very good beer .. just not something I would buy again probably without doing some sort of winter beer lineup. I do appreciate the chance to try this, just IMO not worth the price.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine three finger ivory head that continues building due to very active carbonation. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy hops, spicy and slightly earthy. Flavor is biscuit and caramel malt, lightly toasty, earthy spices, mild dark dried fruit, very light cinnamon and clove. Slightly oxidized. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An interesting winter ale that leans in profile to a brown ale, but a mild one, with spicing that leans to a muddled earthiness rather than baked goods. Odd and interesting; appropriate for the season.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the label identifies this as a Swedish Farmhouse ale

a: nice little khaki head on a pecan brown ale, good retention

s: pulpy noble hop aroma carried on pilsner malt body with a subtle dose of toast and nuts

m: medium-full carbonation, medium body

t: clean lager-esque and toasted brown malts quickly dried by the generous noble hopping, woody nutshell, very pilsner like - dry, balanced, and crisp with a lingering bitter finish

d: easy, very atypical for whatever style this is - identifies very little with either a traditional warmer or a farmhouse, but a decent beer in and of itself

blind purchase from the Wine Shoppe in Waldorf, MD

Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was nice dark reddish brown with a very thin light brown head. Aroma was slightly malty, a touch peppery, hints of cloves. Nicely spiced. Taste was slighty bitter, similar to hops, but not identical. Couldn't taste much spiciness, or any of the things I normally looked for in a winter warmer. Felt good in the mouth, coated extremely well, and nicely carbonated. However, not quite as thick as I would expect for a winter warmer. Very drinkable, but once again, not quite a winter warmer. If this was tagged as a different style it would have rated much better.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.5L bottle into tulip. I actually had this on tap in Brooklyn somewhere back in February and enjoyed it then, but had after a de dolle stile nacht, so my taste buds were a bit warped. This review is from bottle purchased at Total Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, FL - $1.99 on winter seasonal rack...nice.
Pours a deep amber brown with a finger of head and choppy spotty lacing...
Nice sweetish malts, with a bit of chocolate and spice - maybe rye?
Taste is sweet malts, a bit of chocolate, some pine or spruce??? a maybe a bit of rye sharpness...really complex. Its actually really easy to drink - but it is 5.3% abv so no surprises. Overall, an excellent brew...really complex and lots of flavor. Nice brew...wish I saw it more.

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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
83 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.