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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew - Pete's Brewing Company

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75
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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-08-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of Todd
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark amber, slightly hazy with a thin dissipating off-white head that leaves a slightly creamy head.

Smell: Mostly artificial fruit essence (like Kool-aid or similar powered drink) in the aroma. There's also some nutmeg spice, but it's faint, hardly noticeable.

Taste: Creamy, smooth with a solid medium-body. Malty up-front with a sweet chewy, juicy mouthfeel. Flavours of caramel, slight toffee, raisin and raspberry extract follow. The raspberry actually works well with the malts, and doesn't overpower ... although the flavours lean towards the artificial kind (Kool-aid). Hop flavours (Cascade, Tettnag and Saaz) also complements with a spicy, faintly citrus character and mild bitterness. They also mingle quite nicely with the soft nutmeg flavours that this brew finishes off with. The end is also a bit slick on the tongue, with residual malts and raspberry.

Notes: I first reviewed this back at the end of 1998. I must admit that I was highly skeptical of trying this again. To my surprise this brew has apparently gotten much better. This is not a bad brew at all, in fact it kind of grows on you. Don't compare it to any big winter-type beers, but rather drink it for what it is. A tasty flavoured amber ale.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok now I know most people have a problem with this beer but it is a annual right for me (at least for the last 6 years) to buy this brew the first time I spot it each year.Pours a deep amber/ruby color with a light head,aroma is of definent raspberry puree and some other spices wich I can never really put a thumb on.I like the maltiness to this beer with that raspberry taste in the background with a other spices,I like this beer Iam not afraid to admit and I will keep getting it every year.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

*$10 a case at Cook's Flea Market in Winston-Salem, NC*

I realized that it was very likely that something was up when a little "beer/wine booth" in an indoor flea market was selling micro-
brewed beer.

Turns out my suspicions were correct - it appears this beer has not been brewed since late 2004, and I bought it in Jan 2006. Yipes.

Well, unlike the Pyramid beers I bought from the same booth (see reviews) this has not aged all that poorly.

This beer is red (obviously) from the use of raspberries in the brewing process. Small head with lacing.

The scent is the best part. Almost a lambic-like fruity sweetness with nuttiness underneath.

Taste is pretty much the same as the scent. Nutty qualities of a nut-brown ale show up in the body and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thin & watery. The taste disappears quickly and leaves a strange empty feeling in your mouth.

I'd like to try this beer fresh, because its not all that bad being a year + few months old.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not well aquainted with winter brews and this is my first. This struck me as similar to an octoberfest beer. A little darker in nature than a normal lager. Taste is malty. There is a chemical like taste, unfortunately. Decent hoppiness. Not bad, but not that great.

Photo of Thrasher
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish amber with good sized head. Aroma of caramel malts tinged with berries. Pete's was starting to bore me even before they were sold and changed the labels & recipes a year or two back. I was dreading the sweet raspberry flavor and spices, but actually the main offense of this beer is that it is bland. Not unpleasant at all, just blah. Some very mild malt sweetness which is obscured by the berry quality. Hardly any hops at all; zero bitterness or dryness. Reminiscent of soda - raspberry ginger ale - but just barely. There's hardly any taste at all. Perhaps my palate is asleep. Frequent sips to detect what minimal flavor there is insured that my glass emptied quickly, but I don't think I'll be reaching for another one right away.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown colored ale with copper and red edges to it. Minimal head, white, decent lace. Aroma was slightly red fruity-ish.

Taste, berries and brown ale, a light winter type of session beer. Still have my old school tshirt of this beer, got it for buying a 6er, really became a stalwart in my fridge during college, the appreciation of a moderately hopped beer with color and slight fruitiness was kind of novel back then. Nutmeg all over this. Cinnamon detectable as well.

Photo of ADR
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber, fine-bubbled 1/4 inch head that's very homogenous. A little berry to the small amount of total aroma. Hmm...not a lot of sense of added nutmeg or raspberry, mostly a slightly berry-enhanced sweet malt that lasts for a long time. Not much of a sense of hops to balance, but this beer was not nearly as sweet as I was anticipating. After a few pulls, there is more of a sense of raspberry in the aftertaste. This beer is drinkable enough, but is about as average to sub-par as a Winter seasonal that I've rated this year.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, deep reddish-amber with crimson highlights and an off-white head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. The aroma is mainly of a berry-like fruitiness (extract), backed by a gentle maltiness. The flavor offers well integrated flavors of lightly tart raspberry and a mild caramel malt. Hop bitterness and light spice balance it nicely. The quick flash of nutmeg appears in the finish, followed by a short lingering maltiness. The body is medium-light with a moderate cabonation giving a little tingle on the tongue. Very nice, with enough character & complexity to make it interesting, but restrained enough in the fruit & spice to keep it very drinkable. Well done and enjoyable.

Photo of beerluvr
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off-white head over clear amber liquid with just a bit of red in it. Nose is raspberry soda pop...not too much else present. Taste a decent mixture of maltiness, raspberry flavoring, and yes, some hoppiness too. Finishes with a bit of hoppy dryness intertwined with raspberry. Not a groundbreaking brew...perhaps at one time it was. I used to really like this one. Now I don't care if I miss it when it's availiable. It is kinda soda pop-y. Interesting to see how this has changed, with Pete's being bought out awhile back. I've heard the entire portfolio has headed toward the ol' crapper.

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With so many wonderful winter seasonals it is damn near impossible to stand out from the crowd. Pete’s Winter Brew doesn’t make much of an effort to distinguish itself. This amber ale has raspberry “flavors” (extract) and, supposedly, nutmeg… I couldn’t detect it. The nose is vaguely similar to SA’s Cranberry Lambic… odd, fake. This beer could use more malt; it lacks a solid backbone. It does look nice in a glass, darkish-amber with a light tan head. All in all, it’s not worthy of investing in a 6-pack.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.02/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For some reason, I seem to find this discounted, severely, in the dead of winter. This year, $3.99 a sixer at Blue Max, just begging to be had. Pours a dark amber, bordering on dark, with almost no head and a bubbly carbonation. Has a fruity smell to it. Somewhat of a creamy, raspberry taste, the raspberry feel stays throughout, with just a hint of caramel/nutmeg. Somewhat of an unbalanced beer, a bit light for some of the other winter beers on the market, but pleasant and easy to drink.

Photo of pbrian
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pretty weak winter seasonal. Could barely detect any spices, very thin body. Pete's beers are now made for the masses.

Photo of AaronRed
1.42/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I wanted Raspberry syrup in beer, I would have gladly poured some in to a nice German wheat. I think this beer is nasty; fizzy and thin, it was not enjoyable. Hence, I poured half of it into my sink

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Todd is right - don't ask this beer to stack up against a big winter beer. The raspberry was very subdued, I primarily detected it in aftertaste aromatics. Overall, this beer was very timid. If you are goig to spice a beer - spice it! Not a bad beer, but I won't spend my money on it again when I'm looking for a winter brew with some character.

Photo of StevieW
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Crazy skier guy on the label.
Clear amber color. Fizzy tan head. Ample aromas of spices and sweetness. Label says it's raspberry. Very tart and sweet. Medium malty sweetness prevails and dominates. Not much hop balance. Sweet and tart finish seems to linger. Watery, slightly thin feel. A better than average beer, but ranked against the other winter brews, it doesn't stand out. I would compare it to other fruit beers, and it's pretty good.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep cloudless brown as it sets in the glass, the head portly in size, frothy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, lace is a fine sheet. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and appealing; start is malt laden and sweet with the top skimpy in feel. Finish is purposeful in its acidity, the hops mild but spicy, another drinkable beer.

Photo of Lupe
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a small off-white head that leaves little lace. Raspbery aroma dominates with hints of spice. Light to medium in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. An artificial raspberry flavor dominates with some nutmeg and other spices in the backround. Some malt and hop flavors are present but the soda-like artifical flavor takes away from what could be a pretty good brew. Use actually berries next time.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance, clear amber color. Decent off-white head that fades quickly after being poured. Fruity aroma with some mild spiciness as well. Smooth taste with moderate fruit flavor, followed by smooth malts, with slight hop bitterness and spices towards the finish. Not as robust as most of the winter brews I have tried, but not bad.

Photo of marc77
2.33/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light red color and very clear. Ths head is quite thin, and doesn't leave a lace. Super sweet raspberry extract aroma-- it smells processed. There's nothing else there in the nose. The cloying sweet raspberry extract flavor overpowers any malt flavors. Hop character is lost amongst the overbearing processed raspberry flavor. I feel like I'm drinking an alcopop or wine cooler. I remember this brew being a lot better, but in its current incarnation, it honestly is sorely lacking.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite its billing as a winter ale, I found this to be quite refreshing. It poured a thin dark copper with a white haed which receded into some fine looking lace. The smell was also thin and cloying with sweet rasberries and malts. The taste was sweet with some bitterness in the back. Certainly a portish type beer and not at all against my liking. Especially for the price this is a fine ale when the wallet is a little tight.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.32/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a clear amber with an average head.

The aroma was of sweet raspberries, no hop character and malts somewhat masked.

The taste was of raspberry and spices... something like cinnamon, but not quite. May have been the nutmeg they said is in it, but it didn't seem like a regular nutmeg taste.

It was OK, but I prefer a winter spiced beer without raspberries.

Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok had seen this one in years gone by..but never had it..until tonight.
A nice enough warm dark amber/chesnut coloured beer..next to no head..some lace.
The aroma is mostly of slightly overripe raspberry..though I can detect the nutmeg in the background.
Rather average taste though..too reliant on the raspberry..very litlle malt or hops..its all rasp.
Again average on the mouth..maybe a touch too carbonated for my tastes.
Its drinkable..but with so many great winter brews on the market I wont bother with this one again.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served up with half a finger of white foam; beer itself is copper-colored with amber highlights and hints or ruby translucence when held up to light. Head quickly fades away completely and leaves no lace. In terms of aroma, there's an instant, powerful rush of fruity sweetness. No real scents of malt or hops; just a single-minded peach (?) syrupy aroma. Flavor is basically just an overwhelming apricot and peach (or perhaps just generic "berry") syrup, cloyingly sweet. No malt flavor to speak of. Something of a hop bitterness emerges in midpalate but doesn't last after the swallow. In fact, nothing really remains but the clinging fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is decent, but again, on the syrupy side. Bit of that hop tingle on the tongue... otherwise thin and washy. Drinkability wouldn't be bad if that sweetness didn't get in the way. Other drinkers have told me that they can taste nutmeg and raspberries... all I taste is fruit syrup, and not in a subtle way. Too close to a cherry coke. Won't order this again.

Photo of Redrover
3.77/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Beer pours a nice head that stays for the duration of the beer. The color is a nice redish amber. The smell is clean and you can clearly pick-up the raspberry and spice notes.

The Raspberry taste is nice and fresh, the spice compliments the underlying malt. I think this may be my favorite of the Petes Brews. The mouth feel is a little thin and I would like a little more hops to balance the taste.

The taste holds up as the beer warms. I can't drink a bunch of these because it becomes a little to cloying. This is a good holiday beer & worth the modest investment of $4.99 per sixer!

Photo of Beastdog75
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pete's Wicked Winter Brew is not surprisingly another sub-par offering from those guys at Pete's. The only beer of theirs I can enjoy on a regular basis is their original Wicked Ale. The others are either too watery, or in the case of the fruitier beers the fruit flavors are overdone, as is the case here.

This beer pours a brownish/amber color with a 1 1/2 finger tan foam that lasts for about 40 seconds. The smell is neutral: some light grains and a dry alcohol-like whiff. The mouthfeel has a bit more body than the average macro, but it still is a bit overcarbonated. My first sip of the beer I detected some darker malts with a hint of raspberry. Further sips revealed that this was indeed mostly raspberry, and not enough beer. There was a darker malt presence detectable, and there was a hop dryness in the finish to give it some beer like characteristics. The raspberry flavor in itself was not too bad, but it didn't lend itself well in the case of this beer. I didn't detect any nutmeg which was supposed to be in this beer. The aftertaste has some continuing dryness, graininess, and raspberry. This finishes out with only a little alcoholic warmth.

Strange as it may seem, I think this would make a better summer beverage as it kind of reminded me of drinking a raspberry iced-tea. A little too one-dimensional for a winter brew, but it is easy to drink. If this were only a bit more "beery", Pete's might have something good on their hands.

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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.