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Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 124
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Sweden | website

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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 124
Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with okay label and green branded pressure cap acquired at Total Wine Redondo Beach for $2.00 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Self-identifies as a "Swedish Farmhouse." Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. This is my first beer from this brewery.

Upon opening, beer quickly surged out of the bottle and spilled on my desk. This definitely seems overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of light cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (6+ minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a dull murky dark copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. No lacing as the head recedes. A mediocre appearance.

Sm: Earthy. Light floral hops. Biscuit malt. Caramel malt. A very light aroma; my broken nose can hardly pick up on anything. No alcohol is detectable. Maybe yeast character is detectable; I just can't smell hardly anything.

T: Bland overly sweet caramel malt. Stale floral hops. Stale biscuit malt. Tastes pretty crappy; there's no balance here at all. Lacks complexity and subtlety. A bit earthy, which isn't working for it. Why brew this? I'm not liking this one hardly at all. Too bitter. Lacks cohesion and focus. Messy. Tastes like run of the mill homebrew. It just misses the mark entirely. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some light toffee/English style malt is a highlight, but feels completely out of place in the flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Horrid presence on the palate. Body is okay. Thickness is far from ideal. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crappy. Not sure what they were going for with this one, but they missed the mark. I definitely wouldn't get it again, decently priced though it may be. Hides its average ABV decently. Mediocre. I'm going to be hesitant about trying other beers from this brewery going forward.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

4 imprenatrable copper brown. big fluffy head with staying power, but a little distrubing in its fluffyness.
3.5 dark chocolate, roasted malt, orange rinds
2.5 wassailish, astringent, coffee beans on the second run through.
3.5 light body, creamy carbonation
2 couldn't find too much about this one

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Photo of 12Step
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One inch of tan head on a copper colored body. The smell is sweet and candy like, with wet grain. Moderate bittersweet and malty taste. The sweetness comes through stronger in the beginning with a slight bitter ending. Weak carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling. I've definitely had better beer!

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Photo of ohoh
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle from Wine Source, Baltimore for a mere $2.99. Maybe it's on the older side, but that's irrelevant since I don't know if it ages well and have nothing to compare it to.

3.5 A: Light brown, but barely so. Appears amber from certain angles. Super lacing.

4.0 S: Somewhat woody, sweet, and mild sourness. I'm not all that great at picking out individual scents, but there is a lot going on here.

2.5 T: More malty than anything, but the problem is that there is not much going on. Reminds me of Spanish Peaks Winter Cheer only milder. Nuts and caramel I guess.

3.5 M: Smooth, a bit bubbly at first, but that dies down toward the end. Refreshing nonetheless.

2.5 D: Again, very smooth so it's easy going down. But I'm not sure I would want another one because it's a little too boring.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic but contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with sweet flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Then there's a decently strong floral hops presence for the style that comes in. However, there isn't a lot of balance amongst all of the flavors. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this one seems to fall into the genre of the hoppy brown ale but overall is not very good.

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours an amber color with a 1/4" head that breaks down to some spotty surface bubbles.

Smell: citrus and floral hops are mild overall.

Taste: bready, caramel, loads of pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of funkiness. The bitterness is very biting here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the pine and bitterness last in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: so-so as this beer is a bit unbalanced, and the bitterness is a bit to sharp.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off white light khaki frothy head leaving soap-like foamy lacing on the sides. Hazy crimson color body. A very weird but beautiful looking beer.

I get bread, grain, grass and a little bit of spice. Really not that good of a smell. Hope the taste is better.

Starts off very bland and after swallowing the tastes come out. Toffee, caramel, burnt toast, spice, smoke, some bitterness but nothing in your face, a hint of alcohol.

Medium mouth, leaves the mouth feeling dry, carbonation is kind of on the light side.

A very attractive looking beer with a boring smell and average taste. If this beer flowed better with the flavors, this would be a A+ beer. The flavors are kind of weak and bland.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden amber with a pale golden tan head. Aroma is not strong, is malty with a hint of apple. Malty flavor is rather plain, with a woody hint and not much else. Texture is fizzy and just a teenzy thin. I’ve had better - but I’ve had worse.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 1 pint 9oz bottle - Pours a slightly brown root beer color. Smells sweet and malty. Below average carbonation. First sip is wonderfully bitter and malty with a nice strong malt backbone. Weak mouthfeel as it appears to be slightly under carbonated.. Not bad at all!

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Photo of ybnorml
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a lovely dark tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma has a serous piney hop character with a dried fruit note in the background. The flavor is all bitterness piney, tannic(Leather), slightly spicey and very dry (almost astringent) on the finish.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, a winter warmer this is not. It lacks the abv and spices. So, points are lost, but...

this beer looks really nice. Deep chestnut clear body. Head is foamy and while it doesn't last long the lacing is crystal-like.

Aroma is semi sweet caramel and bread. Perhaps a touch of yeasty spice, some golden apples.

Flavor is nice, but a bit thin. It just seems hollow at the end when the caramel and bread have gone. Not much of a hop profile here. The flavors are not bad, just a touch weak. Which makes this quite a quaffable beer. Almost like an English mild, but not.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, where'd the picture go!!?? Pours a clear, red-hued amber. AKin to mahogany, but not quite. Medium carbonation. Not much of a head, either. Some sparse lacing. Sort of "Mehh" at first appearance. Aromas are mild and contain some stuff. I get some allspice and a sweet, malty note. Sort of "mehh" at second appearance. Flavors are very Scandinavian, featuring a heavy malt component. Mouthfeel is very thick and slick. Front moves into a long and bitter middle, nice hoppy component unless they're flavoring with juniper and other adjuncts. I get a strong hop bitterness, however, so I'm going with that. Actually, this beer gets a little better as it warms, but it's still run of the mill. Only 5.3% ABV (what's with these Scandinavian Winter Warmers and their low ABV?), which is curious but not surprising. A little bit high of the road pricing at $5.99/500ml bottle. Not really great or unique, folks.

What I like most: The nice bitterness in the falvor profile.

What I like least: Low ABV and pedestrian nature overall.

Verdict: Not worth the price.

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Photo of silverking
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

A- Pours a deep amber with some particles in suspension. It has two fingers of rocky off white head. clumps of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Head retention is excellent

S- Caramel, citrus, light biscuity notes. Some aromas of earthy european hops as well.

T- light notes of whole grain bread with citrus. minimal Caramel sweetness throughout. The finish is long and shows some hop bitterness on the back of the palate.

M- light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. a bit sticky.

O- Not a winter warmer in my opinion. No warming sensation, light body, overall lack of rich aroma and flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this would be love at first sight. Deep amber color with a nice thick foamy beige head, reduced to a nice layer of foam constantly repopulated by the generous lacing. Then the aroma. Nice hoppy bite mellowed by toasted molasses and a hint of spice. Much to my surprise, the taste went to a fairly pedestrian or, run of the mill, bitterness that didn't carry anything truly distinctive. Especially when compared to what the aroma carried. Please understand that the taste is not at all bad, but it just doesn't set itself apart from what I believe would be a typical black ale. The only sign of defiance from a black ale was upon the finish where a hint of tartness is apparent. The carbonation tends to take away from the body, so it comes across as being lighter than it was probably intended. If given the choice between this and lesser labels, there wouldn't be a hesitation. But - i would pass this by for either a more balanced winter warmer or a more vibrant black ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet tarts, small yeast and earthiness. In the taste, earthy, spicy cinnamon, and notes of fruit and tartness. A small spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Quite different and a bit of everything, being a winter and a saison too.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger light head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight chocolate nose. Flavor is burnt chocolate. Seems similar to a porter. Slight bitter aftertaste. $5.92 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a decent head that fades to a ring. Smells like Wasa crackers. Very dry with lots of grain, and quite crackery with rye aromas. Slight sour aroma from all the grain notes. Taste has a light graininess, is lightly bitter, and has some more of that sourness from the grain. Mouthfeel is a little thin. This one is just okay. Pleasant enough if a little unusual, just not very special and not particularly reminiscent of a winter warmer. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seldom do I find a Swedish Farmhouse ale from a completely unknown brewery. Needless to say, I had to try it. Plus, I like the label (which is different from the one on display here at BA). Three Swedish men with guns, just in from the day's rabbit hunt, posing in the snow with their dog. Very rustic.

Poured into a Belgian snifter (do the Swedes have their own snifters?) the Winter Warmer from Oppigards appears a dark amber color, but displays vibrant hues of ruby and mahogany when held up to the light. A light tan foam settles down over time and clings to the sides of the glass in clumps, leaving behind some decent lace. The nose is very herbal, with faint coffee notes as well. Maybe some dark berry scents as well, but it's hard to place everything here. Oh, my, the taste is very unusual. Also very herbal in nature, it does not display any of the dark fruit characteristics I was expecting. Tart, but in a funky medicinal way. Very dull, but quite layered in strange herbal flavors. This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is crisp but smooth.

This is a very strange beer. I have difficulty describing it, in fact. If you're at all familiar with the obscure Scandanavian spirits Gammel Dansk, or Aalborg Aqvavit, then you'll at least be slightly prepared for what you're getting here, but even then you won't really have any idea of the flavor here. Those are very herbal drinks, and this is like them in that respect (and that respect only). I can't really recommend this fans of any one style, but if you're adventurous and like trying new styles of beer from time to time, give this a shot. Not really worth seeking out, but worth buying one of if you see one day at your beer store. A strange brew indeed.

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours s burnt caramel color with a frothy head that looked great at the outset but it frittered away rather quickly, though leaving some nice dots of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread with hints of mocha, caramel and soy sauce

Taste: Toasty, up front, with the caramel and mocha joining rather quickly to sweeten the backbone; by mid-palate and in the aftertaste, the soy sauce flavors start to dominate; a little soapy, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, but I ultimately didn't care for the flavor profile

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a cream colored head that does not last. No lace.

Toasted malt and some burnt caramel in the nose.

Dark toast, toasted malt, some burnt sugars, but no sweetness. No real fruit. No alcohol. Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Malt forward, with little else. Simple, but good.

Fuller bodied with limited carbonation.

I liked this because of its simplicity, but this is not something that you'd look for waves of flavor in. Very drinkable. Smooth brew, and worth a shot. Got this well out of season at $1.49/single, as opposed to the $6 they were asking around Christmas. If cheap, grab one.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep black color with a nice brownish head, smell is very coffee like, has a very strong robust aroma, it almost slaps you in the face. taste is unique, it has a dry mouthfeel and the taste is somewhat dry too, has a coffee, chocolaty maltiness to it. i think its a bit too hot for this beer right now, but it definitely has some distinct flavors to it. my first Swedish beer too!

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