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

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Pete's Wicked Winter BrewPete's Wicked Winter Brew

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47 Reviews

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 69
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definite raspberry notes in the aroma. Pretty light in body. Raspberry very evident on the palate too. Good brew, not great. I seem to remember it being better in years past.

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Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark amber color with a small head that quickly dies away. The aroma is fruity and fairly promising. The flavor was fruity and malty, but somewhat thin. Very tasty beer - tasted of raspberries. Easy to drink and very enjoyable - although a little thin.

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Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a nice rocky tan head, not to bad for petes.

The body was thin but has a nice brownish color, good malty aroma.

I like the taste it had nutmeg spice and toasted malt flavoring with some kind of citrus flavor.

A nice winter beer,smothe and creamy!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Photo of Winter
3.72/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber in color with a light tan head that never disappeared. Fully carbonated with a lot of bubbles in the body. Wonderful raspberry aroma with a touch of nutmeg. Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy. Sweet front, but then the over-carbonation of this beer kills any flavors that might have been present in the middle. Finish and overall taste is an artificial raspberry flavor. No bitterness. This beer used to be a lot better in previous years.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.72/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an average head with small amounts of foamy white lace.Color was a light red.The smell is beter than the actual taste.I love raspberries an was excited about this beer,but it somewhat dissapointed me.I didnt taste any nutmeg like the bottle states.A light body with not much carbonation.A good raspberry flavor but not too overpowering.Seadog's Raspberry was much better.Drinkability is good.A good light beer to take a break from all the heavier winter brews.A slight bitter finish that doesnt last too long.

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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.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear reddish amber, slight ring of suds around the glass. A slight frutieness in the bouquet.

tasty on the tounge. drinks easy, with most of the frutieness in the aftertaste. nutmeg not detectible to me.

Round characteristics, pretty well balanced and drinkable

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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.

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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.

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

enjoyed this beer before it got messed around with after the
company was bought out. When done right fruit beer can
really taste great and its a good seasonal change of pace. I've been finding some decent Rasberry wheats around during the
summer months my favorite time of the year when you drink
more than you wish you had and a nice strong Rasberry Ale
anytime is also worth seeking out. This company doesn't really
seem to be interested in making great session/seasonal brews
anymore, I don't know why they even bother with what little they

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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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear and very light brown/amber color with a 2 finger off-white head that shrinks down to a very smooth rather thick layer. The smell a familiar different burnt malt aroma that is in their Wicked Ale as well. The taste is a unique combination of roasted malt, mild hops, light spices of nutmeg (as stated on the label), but I do not find much of the raspberry. It finishes with a transition of a wet thin water mouthfeel to an abrupt dryness. Not bad, and drinkability is up there for the mere fact that it leaves your mouth with a dry feeling and you need some more ;-). Thanks to Pegasus for the opportunity to taste this brew! Cheers!

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Photo of Jarod
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass an amber/red color. Clear. There was a head present, color: off white. It seemed to stay for awhile, and surprisingly left some lace. The aroma was fruit. To be exact, raspberry, there was hints of malt and spice, but very slight. The taste was again raspberry dominate. There were hints of malt and spices, and it finished with a hop bitter taste. For a winter brew, it was average, not like other winter ones out there.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red amber, clear, with a good two finger head of tan. The head dissipates to a thin layer and then sticks around to create some very nice lace deposits. The nose is mostly of caramel malt but does indicate that it won't be all that sweet to the palate. To be sure the taste is nicely balanced with only hints of being a bit sweet; this is fairly nicely balanced ale. Crisp finishing with hints of some fruit flavor that is not well defind. A good amber beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-Good head (which is always a positive)...not of same quality as some of the other winter brews I've had...nice smooth amber with a hint of raspberry on aftertaste..lighter variety and easy drinking..some mild odd bitterness on aftertaste, maybe the raspberry..decent but I wouldn't seek this one out.

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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 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.

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

Pours a well carbonated red amber with a short one finger tan head.
Nutmeg appears in the aroma (no raspberry although it is promised on the bottle), toasted malt.
Good raspberry taste, butter, nut, toffee and maybe apricot. The raspberry grows as the beer warms.
Light feel, quite smooth, more sour than bitter.
It's different and a good change of pace, but I couldn't drink it very often.

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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.