Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
A fairly standard, yet solid winter warmer. Pours a medium brown color with ruby highlights. Allows a large froathy head to rise above the glass, and hangs on for nice lacing. The maltiness dominates the brew, landing somewhere between Bock complex toasted malts and an Amber caramel sweetness. Throw in some Brown Ale nuttiness and hint of cocoa and this beer begins to show some good, complex flavors. Spicy, pine-ey hops give the beer a fresh, minty quality and well as a crisp, resin taste that keeps the malts from becoming over-bearing. Medium weighted, but bigger on flavor. The beer is not likely to have any additional spices --just letting the hops do it all. Finishes with a balanced note of toasted malts and refreshing hops. Truely what is expected from the style.
12-26-2007 14:02:56 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright but deep amber body with a modest, off-white head. Tis' the season!
Smell: Malts display moderate scents of toasted bread and nuts while the hops give off some earthy, spicy notes.
Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity, and even nutty hints and a relatively light sweetness. Faint hint of fruitiness. Earthy, spicy hops impart no more than a light bitterness. It effectively finishes crisp and dry with a bit of those spicy hops riding out into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It's all kinds of okay! This one makes for simple, easy drinking for wintertime or really any time of the year.
09-11-2009 05:15:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
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
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-19-2011 19:13:08 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-28-2010 03:41:16 | More by mynie
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
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.)
01-11-2012 05:28:45 | More by AgentMunky
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
Appearance - pours a honeyed reddish amber into a Belgian glass, a one finger blanket of smooth foam on top. Nice stick and some decent strands of lace as the head settles. Beautiful start.
Aroma - initially shows off some sweet aromas like brown sugar, toasty sweet breads, and an undercurrent of alcohol. A minor element of metal as it sets up in the glass. Still, a fine nose on this one, some nuttiness emerging with warmth.
Taste - the malt base is toasty and reminds me vaguely of graham crackers at first. The sweetness is held in check, allowing the hops to dominate quickly about mid-palate and beyond. It's somewhat of an empty alpha style bitterness though, not much body, citrus, or other flavor there. I don't think I've said this for a beer in this style before, but it's leaning a little too much to the hop side, a side which also happens to be a little shallow on flavor. If there was a citrusy element there or some more chocolate presence, then okay. Needs more malt body for the style. Some light butteriness and malt nuttiness pick up about halfway through and the suggestion of anise perhaps. I think it's a stand-up effort but seems lacking in a few areas I really enjoy, namely a heavier maltiness and the appropriate warming abv of a winter warmer. The beer improves as it warms, so I might enjoy a second more than the first.
Mouthfeel - good body for the most part, I can tell they used a generous amount of ingredients. Pretty high in the carbonation department, but that does make for instant head regen on a swirl. Good levels for the most part aside from the feisty carbonation.
Drinkability - if they could malt this up a tad, I'd give it another go but as is I'd prefer the 5th Vine or the OTR Ale.
12-19-2007 03:01:46 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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
3.74/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-01-2013 00:48:08 | More by barczar
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
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
12-10-2010 03:04:51 | More by Ryan011235
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
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
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
12-13-2010 14:53:54 | More by hosehead83
2.35/5 rDev -37.2%
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.
12-27-2011 02:10:11 | More by rangerred
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
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...
01-18-2011 00:07:34 | More by Tilley4
Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.