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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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Reviews: 49
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.95% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: pwoods on 11-13-2007

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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...

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of becktone
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: I can't get over the way that this brew looks. This is one of the greatest looking beers I've ever taken a look at. Color is mahogany and is clear. Head is a dirty white and has excellent appearance at two fingers. It is a very creamy and sexy looking head. This is pure eye candy. I don't think that this could be improved any more.

Nose: Sweet rich malty aromas. I also get some toasty and warm malt aromas.Hops come through with a citrus character. This beer looks as if it is going to hold its own.

Tongue: Really nice well balanced flavor from Moerlien. Alcohol isn't as warming as I would like, kinda takes the fun out of a winter warmer, but hey, can't win em all. Malt flavor is warm, toasty and sweet. Some alcohol notes come through to help balance the brew, but not enough to warm as mentioned before. Also pick up some fruity flavors, subdued but in enough abundance to be noticed. Citrus hop flavors also add quite a bit to the dimension of this brew as well as help to balance the flavors out.

Mouthfeel and Drinkabiliy: This brew has a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation. Finish is semi-dry and has no warming sensation usually associated with the style. This is a very drinkable beer, I think that I just might pickup another sixer of this during this season. It is something that is easy to drink, and something that I wouldn't be opposed to drinking all night long. Another great offering from Christian Moerlein.

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Photo of KMcG
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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