Oppigårds Winter Ale - Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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 oggg
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local BevMo in Dec2010. 1pt9oz oddly shaped brown bottle, with essentially no neck, just shoulders tapering to the bottle cap.

The beer is a gorgeous medium brown color. It is slightly hazy. A gentle head foams up and is gone in a few minutes to just a trace around the glass. The nose is blunted for the first few minutes due to the cold temp, but even after warming in the glass, there's only a hint of caramel. Ho hum so far.

The taste is where it gets interesting though. Modest carbonation gives way to a strong caramel surge. Slightly metallic hop bitterness intervenes briefly to let us see the tail of the caramel go through, finishing after several seconds with a smoky&burnt (suggests a touch of black patent?) note. Med to full body, very clean, and very drinkable.

Overall: a nice, clean, well made malty winter ale with good flavor without having to resort to crazy spices

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle from Systembolaget, into chimay goblet

A - thick fluffy head with a mahogany body. pretty thick lacing
S - hints of caramel, citrus. not much going on, though
T - starts sweetish, malty caramel middle with a bit of toasty burnt flavor, fair amount of hops astringency at the end (more than I was expecting) pleasantly surprised at taste. some other fruit i cannot describe really
MF - nice carbonation, coats the mouth thoroughly
D - Could drink a couple of these but wouldn't drink more

A nice beer. Feels more like a pale ale than a winter warmer...didn't warm me up much (at all).

Photo of OttoBomb
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle (500 ml) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (September 5, 2010). There is no freshness dating.

Eyes: Pours a very dark, burnt, brown sugar color which only allows light to pass through the edges. A lighter brown sugar color is the thick foam that erupts above the rim of the glass. A beautiful, hearty looking beer.

Nose: No spice on the nose, which might be a problem, but at least it won't be over spices like many winter warmers can be. Thick malt aromas dominate. Some mild grassy hops suggest their presence.

Tongue: Very nicely done here, good hop flavors atop a nice roasted malt. The ingredients seem simple, but their complexity is high.

Mouth: I'm surprised it's so light for the style and appearance. Not watery at all, but I'd prefer a bit more retention.

Libation: I'm a big fan of the winter warmer style. And while this has no spice and lower ABV, two things that push them away from the standards of the style, the pleasant malt and effective hop additions create a hearty, complex brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9%
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 bob3701
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip style glass. This was a shot in the dark and picked up mainly because I don't think I've ever had a beer from Sweden. Poured a very hazy copper color with a very volital off white head that retains very well with some lacing. Very hoppy and herbal aroma also citrusy. Extremly hoppy flavor that does not seem to be as bitter as it tastes. Very citrusy after taste. Goes down nice. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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 blackie
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, with an ample head that dissipates moderately fast, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Smells a little astringent, with juniper or similar berry smells, grapefruit peel, a little brown sugar.

A strongly hopped bitter malty taste is what I get at first, then juniper berries, grapefruit, some espresso, and chalky powdered chocolate. Ends with a dry bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is tight, which gives the hop flavors prominence.

Though it has the tastes of winter in it, the overall impression is a good but rather dry, bitter beer, which is a diversion for a holiday ale. I think it would pair well with a decadent chocolate confection or other wintery sweets.

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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber liquid, much foam with remaining laces.

Distinct smell of grape fruit, combined with grass, bread and a bit of ... almond? In all very floral.

The taste is dominated by the hops in citric aromas combined with sweet caramel malt, a well balanced brew.

Good carbonation which makes it pleasant to drink.

Perfect on a snowy evening like this!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is light hazy brown with a ruby tone. The head is large, off-white and a bit uneven. Lots of lacings.

S: American floral hops (citric and piny notes), nice caramell malts. Neet and clean. A bit chocolate.

T: Very american in the floral hops, pine and citrus (mostly grapefruit). Some bitter hops, but not as strong as the floral ones. Some caramell malt.

M: A bit lighter body than expected from a Winter Warmer. Moderate carbonation. The after-taste is a bit shorter than expected and mostly bitter.

D: I'm not sure about this beer: If you want a Winter Warmer this is probably not your best choice. To thin and a bit to floral in the hoppy-department.
But if you want to drink a nice beer, that's something like a little "less american" than a regular American Pale Ale, then this will probably be right up your alley.

Photo of popery
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer with a woody and moderately bitter profile. The beer pours a dusky red with a big, puffy light tan head. The aroma is sweet and moderately malty. There are a bunch of interesting hop smells in it, floral, herbal, citrus. The flavor is bitter and rather dryer than expected. The malt is a slightly sour nutty, caramel presence. It's an interesting winter beer that I would definitely try again given the chance.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 brewmudgeon
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
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

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of ybnorml
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown Euro-style bottle...this one was a shot in the dark, as the price was good and I'd never tried a Swedish beer before...

Appearance: Attractive dark walnut beer with hints of garnet and steady streaming carbonation; a firm pour produces a big, fluffy, whipped-cream like light tan head with great retention and awesome lacing

Smell: Beautiful mix of malt and hops...the hops are kind of earthy and citrusy in nature, while the malts are reminiscent of burnt caramel or buttery English toffee...quite nice overall

Taste: Again, a very nice balance between malt and hops...this is almost reminiscent of some of my favorite ales from the north of England (Yorkshire). There are balanced flavors of bread and sweet caramel, a touch of minerality, and a nice kick of hops at the end. If there was one quibble here, it's that I'd like just a TOUCH more hop flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, almost a bit tart on the finish

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: I had no idea what to expect (this was my first Swedish beer, and like I said, a shot in the dark)...what shocks me is how much I liked it...this, to me, is reminiscent, though not at quite the same level, as some of my favorite beers from the North of England

Photo of Ljunkan
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

Photo of Gehrig
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three dense fingers of lightly tan froth top a blood red-brown body; nice lacing and decent duration. Decent aromas, with some vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon emerging. It could be bolder smelling, for certain.

The taste is a definite improvement over the smell, with some dark chocolate, fig, and cinnamon accompanying the aforementioned ingredients. Tasty stuff, and quite smooth, nicely malted and spiced, though I'd like more spices in this.

This might be my first beer from Sweden, but given the quality of Oppigards, this won't be my last. A fine Warmer, Oppigards is quality stuff, restrained but solid. Well worth a go.

Photo of linnet
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Scriba
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep reddish brown; and pale beige head that dissolves after a couple of minutes into a thin ring with some lacing.

Smell: pine and some malt; not very much today but my sense of smell might not at its best.

Taste: balanced; dry and bitter; no taste of alcohol; grapefruit; fresh; quite English.

Mouthfeel: the kind that I like; a lot of tiny bubbles, but they do not sting; refreshing.

Drinkability: very drinkable, I might buy this one again.

Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
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