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Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
OG: 1056, FG: 1015

Malt: Pale ale malt, pale caramel malt, dark caramel malt, Melanoidin malt and chocolate malt.

(Beer added by: bark on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up recently for just $3.99. 16.9 oz. brown bottle, poured to a pint glass. What better time to crack open a 'winter warmer' than on Portland's second consecutive day of record-breaking heat: 17 May 2008. It's 93F outside (but a comfortable 70F in this room of the house).

For bringing some coolness today, in the form of this winter ale, I say "Tack så mycket" to Oppigårds...

A: Clear, garnet-orange pour that glows beautifully with plenty of miniscule rising bubbles. Head is creamy and sandy-tan in color, cresting at about 1-finger before falling to a thin veil. Good lace, sticking haphazardly in sheets.

S: Dark roasted malt, with a light smokiness thats somewhere between 'campfire' [good] and 'stale ashtray' [bad]. Earthy peat and herbal hops with an odd whiff of skunkiness (surprising from a brown glass, refrigerated, presumably well-kept bottle). Or perhaps that's just an evergreen-laden hopping melding with toasted malts.

T: Malty caramel, like a heavy amber. Big nutty character, with a slightly sugary spice. Fair balance of hops (grassy, spicy) to deflect some sweetness.

M: Creamy with a medium mouthfeel. Quite smooth, with a luscious warm finish. Lingering toasted malt/bitterness.

D: I was surprised to see this is 'only' 5.3% ABV, as it drinks like a bigger beer. Flavor is pretty good and it has a nice 'wintry' warmth. Smell seems a little off, so I wonder if this would be better fresher. But seeing as it was on the shelf just a week ago and seeing that it lacks a 'freshness' date, it still seemed reasonable to drink (and judge). All in all, a decent Winter Ale, one I might look for again next fall/winter.

msubulldog25, May 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BuckeyeNation, May 14, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another seasonal who has been sitting around in my fridge for way, way, too long. Time to give it a go!

A: Pours a nice red-brownish color with a decent beige, creamy, head.

S: Caramel, Berries, Nuts, Cocoa, Bread.

T: Coffee, Citric notes, Dark bread, Bitter Chocolate.

M: Refreshing but yet powerful at the same time. Nice kick of hops at the end. Medium+ carbonation.

I like this. A little more body would not have hurt but it's still higly drinkable and quite refreshing for being a winter seasonal. Give it a go!

baggio, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Atlas1, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of dgallina
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

dgallina, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

jdhilt, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  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

russpowell, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.88/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was new on the shelf so I decided to try it.

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a one-finger head. Smells very rich and malty, somewhat smoky as well. Somewhat hoppy as well. Taste is rich and complex, with a very nice bitterness that lingers and a smooth caramel touch in the aftertaste. Very nice. I love the bitterness here. The caramel is a very nice touch.

This beer is quite complex for a winter warmer. Almost too good for that title. Wow.

Brad007, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

JohnGalt1, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of bark
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown; the minimal pale beige head dissolves into a thin ring without any lacing.

The smell is roasted and fruity with notes of coffee and cocoa, some malt and aroma hops. The finish is a little bitter. It smells like the way I want ac non-pale ale to smell.

The taste is balanced. There is a foundation of dry, bitter hops with notes of lime and dandelion. The malt, somewhat roasted, develops from a soft nutty flavour into a burned coffee-like note which fails of, leaving room for aroma hops with a citric touch and a balanced fruity finish. The aftertaste is bitter with a gentle note of grapefruit and some cocoa.

Nothing wrong, then? Well, there could have been a little more body. Perhaps it is because of the alcoholic content; 5.3% abv might be a little too low for a winter warmer. Otherwise, this is one of the best non-British winter ales that I have reviewed.

The mouth feel is great; very gentle but at the same time very refreshing with lots of tiny bubbles.

bark, Nov 21, 2005
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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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