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

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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 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 TechMyst
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3




PURCHASED @: Cub Foods

COMMENTS: My cousin recommended this when he first started trying brews outside of a Bud_mill_oor. I don’t remember it being as fruity as stated, but still much more character/flavor than a BMC.


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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 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 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 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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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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Photo of pezoids
3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice looking beer with a clear amber-orange body and small head. Interesting aroma that could be mistaken for wet musty cardboard, but there’s a definite nuttiness in there along with sweet fermented fruit. The body is light with some malt, smoky caramel and a lemon-citrus tang in the finish. An interesting and flavorful beer.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, large head, raspberry aroma. "An amber ale with nutmeg and raspberry flavor" Malty, spicy and full flavored. Nice smooth taste, slightly malty, slightly hoppy. Full round malty mouthfeel. Just a hint of berry in taste, more berry flavor in aroma. Finish is smooth and malty. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and malty.

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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 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 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 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.

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Photo of aaronh
2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is an amber highlighted, medium copper brew that pours with a decent light tan head. The head fades to a ring on foam around the edge of the glass and leaves virtually no lacing. The aroma is a bit of malt, and a touch of nutmeg, but otherwise very faint and uninteresting. The taste is light and grainy, with a touch of spices. A hint of astringency comes in the middle of the taste, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Days later in an aftertaste far-far away, a hint of rasperry syrup shows up. Just when you thought it was safe to take another drink, there it is, acidic, clinging, artificial raspberry. The mouthfeel is very thin for a winter beer. The drinkability isn't bad from a physical standpoint, but it begs the question "When would I want another one of these?" Answer: no time soon. With so many other delicious winter beers out there, the best thing this one can offer is a bit lower price and an attractive package. But then, we don't drink the labeling, do we? Another average beer from Pete's.

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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 Morris729
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium to dark amber color with a creamy white head that quickly fades into a thin lace. Nose is similar to raspberry fruit punch and seems very artificial. The same artificial raspberry notes also dominate the taste with some additional notes of nutmeg and cinnamon. This beer seems out of balance as any malt or hop flavors are completely overpowered by the processed raspberry flavor. I didn’t particularly enjoy it.

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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 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 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 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.

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