Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-18-2008 03:22:38 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and malty flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice barleywine-like aromas but the flavor is a bit unrefined in my opinion.
03-15-2013 03:33:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
The very definition of burnt orange with bright Sunkist borders. Tiny bubbles can be seen wandering up to a pale brown sugar colored lid that is constructed of thousands of sticky bubbles piled atop one another. It's no surprise, then, that a fair amount of sticky lace ends up on the glass. Winter warmers should look hearty, like this one does.
One whiff tells me that Winter Ale is not spiced and doesn't use an especially estery yeast. That doesn't mean that it doesn't smell good. It's reminiscent of an amber ale that favors the darker end of the malt spectrum. Lo and behold, the malt bill is comprised of Maris Otter, wheat, roasted barley and flaked barley. Good choices all.
This is one of those winter warmers that chooses to impress by using quality ingredients in abundant quantities. Having said that, a fraction more malt would put it over the top. Bells and whistles are fine in some cases, but the range of flavors is vast for the talented brewer who uses nothing more than the four basic ingredients.
The pale and roasted malts combine to give a mid-range flavor (like a brown ale), without the earthiness that can come from the mid-range malts. The hop flavor is surprisingly bold and is equally surprisingly complex. I could have guessed one of the C-hops without even knowing the hop bill, thanks to an underlying grapefruit zestiness. For the record: East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Crystal and Cascade. Also very well chosen.
For a winter ale, the mouthfeel is slightly thin. Given the ABV, however, it does enough to earn the above score. One positive is that it's never in danger of becoming frankly thin or watery. Another is that it has just enough bubbles.
I'm a fan of Oppigards Bryggeri. Winter Ale is at least as good as Well-Hopped Lager and Golden Ale. It's a shame their beer isn't available in this state (then again, not much is). Although I won't be buying it again, it sure was an enjoyable taste of the Swedish winter on this bright spring day in Iowa.
05-14-2008 12:16:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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
07-16-2009 22:40:16 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Pours a cear, deep ruby-hued body with a generously tall off-white head. Plenty of gooey lacing.
Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling caramel aroma with lemon juice, a dash of bittering herbs, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Taste: Delightful, sweet caramel flavor at the start. The sweetness diminishes as it warms. Just a hint of lemon zest along with a soft herbal bitterness. Hint of roast emerges in the drying, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad! A solid, sweetness-minded winter warmer.
12-09-2007 03:19:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
01-13-2012 22:59:21 | More by oberon
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
09-15-2009 21:50:58 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with a small crème head off a careful pour. Nose is pretty boring. But the flavor is very nice indeed. Starts off nice and hoppy. Then I get some nice funk on the edge. Then I get a kind of smoked aftertaste. I like this. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth. This is very drinkable and has an interesting flavor profile to boot. Definitely worth trying. I wish I had more. I wonder if this would ever become available on tap.
01-01-2008 07:17:56 | More by RblWthACoz
3.03/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
10-30-2009 23:39:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.43/5 rDev -6.8%
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
01-02-2008 05:06:19 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
500 mL bottle,
A: Pours a dark amber red with a finger of white head. Good retention, not a lot of lace.
S: Hop hit immediately surprised me on something described as a winter ale. Some dark malt notes, but American hop oriented.
T: Classic English style crystal malt type flavours - treacle, caramel. Strong hop presence, lots of citrus, white grapefruit especially. Balanced finish.
M: Smooth, medium-bodied, light carbonation.
D: Although the flavours are good I really found myself sipping on this one and not drinking it very fast. Certainly American inspired, the hops in the forefront and clear that this is not an Old World style beer. American Style ESB is what this most closely resembles.
01-17-2010 04:05:22 | More by Halcyondays
3.1/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
12-20-2009 17:42:49 | More by Gavage
2.51/5 rDev -31.8%
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.
03-14-2013 05:01:25 | More by kojevergas
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-08-2008 01:34:32 | More by Georgiabeer
3.68/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a murky deep copper in color with a light to moderate amount of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy light tan head that slowly reduces to a medium thick half finger thick cap surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with moderate amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. That is followed by some lighter notes of brown sugar, spices/herbs, and earthy hops.
T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of caramel and toffee sweetness. Very light touches of cocoa powder flavors and light flavors of brown sugar + herbs. Light amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades slowly.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.
O: I found this beer to be enjoyable though I can see the flavor profile not appealing to the larger American audience... there is something that reminds me of food from the Nordics in this brew (kind of like pickled or creamed herring does not appeal to Americans).
08-02-2014 02:25:18 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
01-02-2008 23:32:49 | More by jdhilt
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
Oppigårds Winter Ale
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Thanks to OWSELY069 for this one.
Appearance: Murky yet fairly light amber color. A sturdy pour into a tulip snifter yields a solid bubbly foam. Spotted lace.
Smell: Spicy nose full of holiday spice and spicy alcohol. Toffee, butterscotch, and euro malts with their distinctive lageresque smell. There are traces of herbal noble hops.
Taste: Unassuming in the looks and smell, the taste reveals a great deal of complexity. Toffee like malt sweetness and dark fruits from the yeast upfront giving way to some earthy and spicy notes. Orange peel and lemon zest, some bitterness, mild tartness, and dirty cinnamon (dig). A pinch of alcohol, discernable oak and semi dry clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but fairly light on the palatte. Elegant finish with some tartness and bitterness, with pepper, ginger and cinnamon sticking with you long after the partaken sip.
Overall: A world class beer. This tasty concoction manages somehow to be a Winter Warmer, Euro Strong Lager and Saison all with moderate to very good success.
01-14-2012 07:51:57 | More by Stinkypuss
3.36/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
01-21-2013 09:53:41 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a reddish brown copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly sweet and exotic, showcasing considerable vanilla, cherry candy and sweet ice tea. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer. However, the beer is not at all heavy or cloying, and drinkabilty is in fact pretty good. There's some nice underlying hoppy bitterness that buoys the sweetness rather well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at the most, and I appreciate how light on its feet this beer is.
This beer really delivers a lot of flavor for the abv.
12-08-2010 23:17:06 | More by John_M
4/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-08-2010 23:56:29 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
Clear with beautiful red highlights and a short cap of light beige foam that left solid sheets of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, reminiscent of a bock, but with light eatery character and a bit of citrus. Medium-low bitterness with mild hop presence. Malt sweetness was the major player, a bit toasty, caramel, faintest hint of burnt malts. Full bodied and not heavy, lowish carbonation and slight slickness. A bit dry too. I enjoyed the balance and thought it was pretty good overall.
04-30-2011 21:57:21 | More by DrJay
3.35/5 rDev -9%
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.
11-25-2007 04:57:33 | More by JohnGalt1
Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.