Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer - Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-09-2011 02:00:10 | More by mfigueroa713
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
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-27-2011 00:40:24 | More by keeganfrank
2.83/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
11-21-2011 01:38:01 | More by JustinAniello
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
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%
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
3.2/5 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
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
3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
12-08-2010 02:02:39 | More by bamadog
4.43/5 rDev +18.4%
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.
06-07-2010 12:59:11 | More by cincibrew
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%
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
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
Thanks to FtownThrowDown for stuffing this one into a recent trade.
Poured into a Rose-Hulman pint glass. A rich caramel colored beer with a one inch bubbly head. This quickly retreated to a 3-D scattered frothy cap over the top of the brew. The surface looks remarkably similar to the moon bars my mom used to make. A clear beer that shines a bright amber when held up to the light. Very little lacing left throughout the drink.
Has a spicy and malty smell to it. Caramel is present as well as a tiny bit of citrusy sweetness. Perhaps a touch of apple in there too.
The taste on this guy caught me a little off guard. A very medium body with low carbonation and not a lot of bite (alcohol or bitterness) on the end. A very malty brew that covers the sweet caramel taste that is buried deep down. A bit of nuttiness, but I'm not tracking down the spiciness I detected in the smell. Finishes with that touch of apple that was present in the nose.
A fairly drinkable beer, although the finish left a bit to be desired. A very nice looking beer the sure went down smoothly!
03-08-2010 04:41:39 | More by hayesez
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
Christian Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer from Christian Moerlein Brewing Company
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