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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pwoods on 11-13-2007)
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Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

bmoney, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Groomsy
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Groomsy, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

CoryJHarber, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

profholt82, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

BFC84, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

jaay, May 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

OtsegoHive, May 08, 2012
Photo of greybeardloon
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

greybeardloon, May 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

durwood64, Apr 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

EddieJoe, Mar 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

tdmccarthy, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

cynical1027, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

schnell, Jan 25, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

KMcG, Jan 15, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.)

AgentMunky, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

south33, Jan 07, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

BeerBuckeye, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Bubbalito, Jan 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.