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Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company

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Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter WarmerChristian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Christian Moerlein Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.95% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pwoods on 11-13-2007

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Ratings: 116 | Reviews: 49
Photo of nortgoseshane
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Deep amber color with a creamy off white, one-finger head. Aroma is of Chocolate sweetness and a slight spice. Taste is complex but not overbearing. It hides the ABV quite well and is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up a bottle of this from last years batch, it held up very well. Carbonation was perfect. I was surprised at how dark the beer presented when poured into a wide globe glass. The nose on this beer gives is caramel sweetness upfront with a slight spice note on the finish. Also picked up a chocolate note as it warmed. The taste blew me away. Toasted malt forward with caramel sweetness upfront, rounding through chocolate notes and finishing with a dry spice leaving me thirsty for more. Great beer from a great brewery, give this one a try.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was my first beer from these guys, and I was a pretty big fan. It's a good mix for a winter warmer, some spicy but a nicer light refreshing feeling to it. Could also definitely taste some brown sugar sweetness in here. The color was definitely appealing, a coaxing dark reddish-brown that looked great for cold weather. Good stuff!

Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep amber with a frothy khaki head that dissipates into a lingering layer of foam with sheets of lacing.

Toasted, nutty malt, hints of malt fruitiness, soft chocolate, and caramel form the aroma. Floral hops are subtle.

Toasted, nutty, lightly roasted malt dominates the flavor, with a slightly bitter, piney finish rounding out the profile. The fruitiness is muted. Sweet caramel resonates throughout.

Body is smooth and a touch full, with moderate carbonation, fairly spritzy, and light alcohol warmth.

A touch more bitter than I prefer, but good malt character, and a nice warmer. Not overly seasonal in character.

Photo of Groomsy
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh batch for 2012, woop! 12. oz bottle poured into a nonic.

This winter warmer pours a beautiful clear scarlet with hints of amber and orange. Topped by a two-finger head of tightly knit khaki bubbles, strings and webs of lacing are left on the glass. A great-looking beer.

While many expect winter warmers to be heavy on the spices (in America, anway), this one is surprisingly malt-forward. The most obvious smells are toffee and caramel, with some bread backing. Some slightly citrusy hops hang in the balance with just a pinch of holiday spices such as ginger and cinnamon. While not exploding in aroma, this fits the style well and is fitting for the season. However, based on the appearance of the beer, I was really expecting more aroma, especially for this kind of beer.

Per the style, the malt presence is heavy on this one. Sweetness pervades with flavors of fresh bread, caramel, grain, and just a *slight* hint of chocolate and nuts. The spice flavors are more implied by the hops than any actual spices used (if there are any). There's just enough balance from some citrusy/herbal hops to keep the sweetness in check. A warming sensation definitely comes from the alcohol, but I would say that it's well-masked in this beer. It finishes with some lingering earthy flavors and bitterness. Well-balanced, and a good traditional take on the winter warmer style.

The body on this is thick and heavy, as expected. Crisp and drying finish, mostly from the alcohol. Flavors don't linger too long, and low carbonation makes it go down smooth.

I find it interesting that Moerlein can fall below the mark with certain styles but excel at others. In this case, they've played it safe and have succeeded. It's good to have a straight malt-bomb in the winter against all of the other heavily spiced and boozy beers. Well-done. A sessionable winter warmer.

Photo of greybeardloon
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11236 at the end of a code stamped on the bottle, presumably the Julian bottling date

A: Very attractive clear, dark red with good retention.

S: Brown sugar and yeast spiciness. Quite appealing.

T: Much like the nose, but with an almost crisp finish from hop bitterness. Tastes spicy but not really spiced.

M: Medium with a dry finish.

O: Not a bad beer, and worth drinking again, but not really remarkable.

Photo of schnell
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend bought over a six of Winter Warmer for New Years. I had not heard of the brewery let alone the beer. I sat on the six for a few weeks and tried it over the weekend.

There are few winter beers that grab me. Great Lakes Xmas and Sierra Nevada Celebration are my standbys. Over the past month or so I have been really into Flying Dog Ragging Bitch. As a result, my I quickly picked up some of the belgium qualities in this beer, which was unexpected. Also unexpected was the APV. I drank a bottle and had to look up the value on the Advisor since it ws stronger then I expected.

Overall,It is pretty decent though I probably won't go out of my way to buy it.

Photo of KMcG
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours with a nice frothy off-white head of about 1-2 fingers high. The head dissipates to some lace remnants topping the beer, which has a copper-brown color.

S: Fruity. I can smell cherry and plum, but there is a distinctive Belgian character to the aroma, which I find strange considering the brewery is known for german styles. The malts dominate the nose that give it the sweet fruity tone, but there are some spices that make it quite warm.

T: I get a very Belgian quality to the taste as well. It is heavy on the malts, which almost gives this a tripel quality, but with some spice, hints of chocolate, and peppery pop. Not what I expected, but I prefer this over more typical winter ales that are overly spicy with cinnamon, cloves, etc. Hops come on the finish. It has very dry finish.

M: This ale has a big body with carbonation on the fine end, but an ample amount.

Overall, I'd recommend this for a winter warming experience.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Stamped 29411.

A: Typical look -- a finger and a half of creamy head fades quickly, leaving slight lacing. The beer is brownish red and clear, although in this case, not completely so.

S: It smells faintly medicinal/phenolic. It's not entirely pleasant. faintly Belgian? Maybe some hops.

T: It tastes better than it smells. Still slightly phenolic, but with a balanced maintaste full of spiced malt and slightly citrusy hops. The endtaste has some distant chocolate.

M: Substantial and pleasing.

O: A good winter warmer. Recommended. Might have again. (I lost the will to review somewhere around Taste...my apologies.)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bit of a dark amber, light around the sides, dark in the middle, 1 finger off-white head.

S - Caramel and toasted malts, a bit of vanilla, a hint of dark fruit.

T - A bit spicier, not so much cinnamon, but allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Pretty sweet in the middle that fades into a bit of nut and bitter.

M - Fairly smooth, decently carbonated, leaves the mouth a little dry.

Overall - A decent winter warmer, I've had much better, but I've had worse. Decent representation of the style here. Nothing really pronounced in this beer or anything.

Photo of rangerred
2.38/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap.

Arrived a dark copper with a thin off-white head. The aroma was overwhelmingly belgian. A lot of banana and clove with maybe a touch of maltiness. Thought I was drinking a witbier.

The flavor was much like the smell. A lot of banana and not a whole lot of malt character. There was a moderate bitterness that came in towards the finish. I didn't really detect any spices or anything that would make this a winter warmer. I seriously thought this beer was a dunkelweizen.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper to reddish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, spicy, cinnamon and a mellow chocolate like presence. In the taste, mellow chocolate with a menacing cinnamon like spice, but not abrasive. A small bite in the end, but mainly smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry mellow cinnamon and chocolate in the aftertaste. Was not expecting flavors like that, tasty and different.

Photo of mfigueroa713
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of head. Spice smell is not really present. Taste is smooth and sweat with a great hops after taste. Alcohol taste can not be detected but this is a fairly strong beer.

Overall I would definitively recommend this beer. An excellent addition two our winter selections.

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Murky dark orange with thin off-white head.

Smell: Strange fruitiness that is almost Belgian (but I like it). Also, notes of citrus, spices and caramel.

Taste: Fairly sweet and fruity, with caramel, plum and figs. Tastes somewhat like overripe fruits. Finish is slightly bitter, with citrus, pine and some spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Finish is somewhat dry but also a little strange.

Overall: This is a little bit of an odd one, as it doesn't seem to be a typical English Strong Ale. A little overripe and Belgian-like, but I like it quite a bit overall.

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

Dark copper liquid that pours with a fluffy head with nice retention. Plenty of lacing as the fluid level goes down. Aromas of pine, spices and apricot. Tastes of spice and citrus with some smoky caramel notes. This is a perfect quiet-night-by-the-fire beer.

Photo of JustinAniello
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured nut brown with a one finger head. Dissipates to a nice lacing that sticks to the sides.

S - Light malt and spice aromas, a little bit of an odd smell in there, almost like silly putty.

T - Tastes much like it smells, mostly sweet malts and spice. Still, there is something off in it, like a plastic, though not as bad as the smell. Light hop bitterness in the background as well.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, decent for the style. Sticks to your mouth as well.

O - Not a bad beer, but something is just off with the flavor and aroma. If that oddity was gone, this would probably be pretty good. Would certainly not buy again.

Photo of Tilley4
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep reddish appearance with a good head atop... Very rich looking....

Load of caramel malts... Almost like a Red Ale or something... This is very malt heavy with very little in the way of winter spices... Hmmm...

Lots of caramel maltiness here with a slight fruitiness on the finish... Perhaps cherry? Whatever it's just ok... Not nearly as deep and malty and spicy as I was hoping...

An average Winter Warmer really... Its loaded with malts and its pretty sweet but sort of weird on the finish...

Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Christian Moerlein has been putting out some quite good products of late, and I had high expectations for this winter warmer to let fly some creativity, as in the Northern Liberties. I was let down to find very little beyond a basic malt-centric ale, with some caramel and toffee, but not much else of interest.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from this brewery.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grass and some toffee, not really what I was expecting in this beer but not too bad. The flavor is similar, with a few differences. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt, along with some grassy hops. The flavor is pretty sweet overall. For a beer dubbed "winter warmer," I was expecting some sort of spicing in the beer which I don't get. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. OK, but not very complex and not too exciting.

Photo of hosehead83
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass.
Amber/copper in color, with a rather short, off-white head of foam.
Aroma-Sweet, toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, spices, cinnamon, honey, some citrus zest. A bit unbalanced and rather flat. Overall, an average winter warmer considering all the competition.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 12/8/10

Thanks to CruisaC

Fairly clear with copper, rust & thin plum hues. Poured a thin head of foam which dissipated in a brief amount of time, retreating to a collar & a skim across the top. Swirling helps temporarily but never holds. Small specks of lace.

Malts are at the heart of the aroma with a showing of baked cinnamon bread. Hints of dark fruit on the peripheries. Earthy, nay even grassy, hop overtones. The spice notes are well-centered. Very faint suggestion of yeast.

Hop & spice flavors turn the tables on those of malt. A hoppy kick leads off & is to be had throughout, albeit to a lesser degree. Spices are worked in; just the right amount. Bready malts are solid but well-seated, offering a nip of toastiness.

Wow, carbonation is high; it's almost like I was being attacked with the first sip. Surprising since the head was so thin. An aggressive swirl brought forth audible effervescence. Medium-full body save for a watery feel around the edges. Finishes with hints of hops & spice.

Christkindl starts to come together after it warms a good deal, opens up & the carbonation is reduced. Easy drinking; a nice winter warmer that isn't heavy on the booze.

Photo of bamadog
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 12/5/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bold and brilliant orange/coppery color; starts with no head, just a thin skim and ring around the surface; body has great clarity and shows pretty strong carbonation; only a spot or 2 of lacing is left holding on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: An interesting blend of dry, toasty grains, sweet caramel malts and just a very faint hint of chocolate and winter warmer spiciness. Really nothing special here, and it comes across as very average.

Taste: Really matches to the nose to a "T" -- lots of the toasty graininess and sweet maltiness that have just a touch of caramel and chocolate; a bit of a spicy ho[p presence lingers in the back, but it's really the sweeter malts that own the aftertaste; really, not much of a winter warmer, but it tastes alright -- more reminiscent of some dortmunders that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a little lighter than medium and the carbonation is quite present and prickly, just shy of sharp; body is a little slick and there's a thin, semi-dry sticky coating left on the roof of the mouth; belly is actually left a little warm, which I find slightly odd as the ABV isn't too high.

Drinkability: Overall it's not bad, but not really a winter warmer IMHO.

Photo of cincibrew
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance is a clear amber color, what starts as a fluffy head dissipates to a thin lacing, (unfortunately pretty standard of Moerlein). Smells somewhat malty and spicy, very inviting. Taste is right on for what I want in a winter beer, spicy and sweet. Finishes with almost a pretzel like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, perfect amount of carbonation to leave your tongue wanting more. Drinkability, all day long son.

Photo of alleykatking
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to Lukafer for sharing this one...review from notes.

A- Pours a clear amber brown color. Two finger off white head rises and takes a short while to die down. Nice streaky lacing all over the glass.

S- Not much going on per say. Sweet caramel malts in the front end blend with some light spicing. Nutmeg, and light clove is what I pick up on the most. Pretty much cut and dry in the aroma department.

T- Nice bready malts in the front of this. Lightly toasted to boot as it warms up I can taste more of. Light nutmeg and the like (spices) in the middle. Light hopping in the background make this one a little more complex than in the nose. Nothing over the top but still a little muted to be on par with most winter warmers.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bready malts left on the palate with some light sweet alcohol flavor in the aftertaste. Flavors blended well but still a little on the weak side.

D- This has good drinkability for fact that this beer has muted flavor. I did enjoy what I had and I think if this was a little fresher I would have enjoyed it a little bit more. Will look for next season and rereview and change if score changes.

Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Traded for this at DLD. Pleased to see that it's a warmer in the warming sense, meaning that it's all boozy and shit. And, well, it's kinda a little chilly out tonight, and it's not like this beer is getting any fresher, so let's try and warm ourselves up.

Pours pretty. Maybe a little light and ambery for the style, but it's a pretty shade of dark orange and it's capped with a really nice, large rocky head.

Smells like nuts and caramel. If I didn't know better I'd say this was a middle of the road brown ale. Not at all what I expect from a warmer, though not bad. And as it warms it gets a little more toasty and alcoholic.

Tastes dangerously smooth. Very sweet caramel starts like off, getting gradually sweet until it tastes like a honey soaked biscuit and then it ends on a medium-stength node of spice and alcoholic yeast.

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Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.