Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-28-2010 02:33:51 | More by Mora2000
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-04-2011 22:23:54 | More by bsp77
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
12oz. brown bottle purchased at Biggs on Colerain pouted into a pint. No dating but this is as fresh as it gets.. not even listed on their website yet.
A: Deep rusty reddish brown with a short finger head. Good retention, lasting most of the glass. Some patches of lacing.
S: Very spicy with some yeasty notes. Pepper and some orange rind make themselves seen, as well as a nice bready malted background.
T/M: Big notes of all spice and a hint of coriander. A sligthly sweet, mostly bready malt body is what this brew is all about. Hops add just a touch of crispness but very little bitterness. Body medium with a nice smoothness that lasts through the finish.
D: Not an extremely complex beer but tasty and perfect for this time of the year.
11-13-2007 22:52:13 | More by pwoods
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Christian Moerlein- Christkindl
Thanks to Pimpp for this 1.
A- Copper brown with a decent 2 finger thick foamy head. 2 ring lacing.
S- Spicy malt. Hint of molasses.
T- Spicy, hints of ginger and nutmeg, with a buttery malt backbone. Licorice detected!?
M- Buttery sweet and chewy, borderline cloying. Finishes off dry and warming.
Overall- Tasty and very easy to drink, more than 2 or 3 would become cloying but can't go wrong with this 1.
12-08-2007 01:07:43 | More by NJpadreFan
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
Reviewed from notes, 12 oz bottle poured into tulip, sixer holiday gift from old friend Mike in Cincy! Thanks, dude!
Had collected quite a number of Christmas / winter warmer style beers over the holidays, and took lots of review notes....
Overall I really liked this one, very easy drinking, make me reminince a bit as I used to get Christian Moerlein beer in my area a lot years ago, but not now for some reason!
Appearance is good, nice clear ruby brown, small head and some lacing, not bad....
Smell is very sweetly malty up front, small bit of spices lingering, not overwhelming at all, nice rep. of this style....
Taste is great, goes down easy, not too heavy like many winter warmers....bready toasted malt and just a background of hops and spices....taste is more complex upon letting this beer warm a little...nicely balanced.
Mouthfeel is good also, carbonation is spot on, clean and crisp, could consume more than one of these at a setting easily...wish I had more!
Overall, a nice holiday beer from yet another Ohio beer, with storied history from the brewery!
02-18-2010 16:08:40 | More by BeerVikingSailor
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
01-15-2012 22:01:51 | More by KMcG
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
A: Pours an amber color into my snifter. About a one finger head.
S: Very malty, some spice and a hint of chocolate. The hops and alcohol are hidden well.
T: Everything blends perfectly. The sweet malts and hops play off each other perfectly and allow the spice and chocolate to come through. Little to no boozy flavor or alcohol burn that is associated with this style of beer.
M: Medium carbonation, not too heavy.
D: Outstanding. Generally this style of beer is a one and done and something to savor. This beer is certainly something to savor, but you could have a few easily.
10-27-2009 22:25:02 | More by Infamous7100
4.55/5 rDev +21.7%
My dad picked my up a 6-pack on his way through Cincy and now I am feeling in need of more. I met the brewmaster for Moerlein earlier this year at their Marzen fest and he gave some background on this beer. He specifically said there would be no spices added and this beer was going to derive it's flavor from the malt. With that in mind, I think this beer is one of the exceptional winter beers out this season. It tastes like there is some additions to it, almost a bit of a caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is a little oily, definitely hearty. ABV is a bit lower then one expects of winter beers. All in all I like this beer a lot and would definitely recommend it to anyone in the Cincinnati area.
12-07-2007 17:16:49 | More by Generik420
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
05-22-2010 01:36:40 | More by alleykatking
4/5 rDev +7%
12 ounce bottle purchased at either Party Source or Jungle Jim's, I forget which place I bought this at. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention is average, lacing is good. It smells like toasted malt, brown sugar, and a bit of ginger. The taste is spicy, it tastes like ginger, nutmeg, toasted malt, brown sugar and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's oily and slick, and also has decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a pretty decent winter warmer, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. It's another good all-around Christian Moerlein brew!
03-01-2009 00:41:00 | More by bluejacket74
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Picked up this bottle on my last trip to Ohio. I really did not care for it the first couple times I tried it, but I had better results this time. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/18/2008.
The pour was decent. A rich dark amber color was evident right away. Rich looking color but with only a small, token head of lace on top that really did not do much to excite me in any way. Little in the way of side glass lacing as well.
The aroma was rich though. Very nice caramel malt profile wit hints of bready touches and a nice overall profile to it. Intresting flavor as the smooth malt character took the center stage here and really showed off quite well. Decent sweetness to it with really no alcohol in it what so ever.
Overall a decent winter beer with a rich malty flavor and a smooth, easy drinkability. I would have no trouble trying this one again.
12-19-2008 01:33:24 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
12 oz. bottle. Pours a darker amber color. Thin off-white head trickles down to a thin ring almost immediately.
Pretty clean aroma, a bit of toasty malt with some caramel. A faint hint of chocolate in the background. A bit of floral and earthy hops finish things off.
A bit of caramel malt up front, with a hint of chocolate. Nice balance of earthy hop bitterness. Very simple. Perhaps a bit of citrusy bitterness in the end.
Just a slight hint of warming. Medium body, ample carbonation. Pretty simple all over. One of the better ones from Moerlein.
01-11-2009 14:36:20 | More by Bierguy5
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
12-29-2010 15:14:36 | More by Brent
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Pours a dark amber in color with a nice inch of frothy head. Head quickly recedes to a ring around the top of the glass. Smell is spice and malty. There is a definite "winter" scent in this beer. Almost a mint and pine smell. Smells refreshing. Taste is more hops than I was expecting. This is a good beer. Nice crisp mouthfeel. Just may be my favorite offering from Moerlein.
10-02-2008 00:28:48 | More by FtownThrowDown
Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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