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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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BA SCORE
75
okay

69 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-08-2001)
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Photo of AaronRed
1.35/5  rDev -57.9%

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

AaronRed, Dec 19, 2001
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of h4ger
2/5  rDev -37.7%

h4ger, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of marc77
2.3/5  rDev -28.3%

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.

marc77, May 06, 2002
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of psugrad98
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%

Red in color and clear. Slight head. Very malt sweetish with traces of fruit and spice. A decent winter brew, but the flavors seem artificial. I prefer the Anchor Special Ale as a holiday/winter drink.

psugrad98, May 30, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%

Like the other Pete's seasonals, this beer is really nothing special. Pours a dark amber color with a thin beige head. Raspberry, malt and cinnamon in the aroma but in small quantity. Flavor is light raspberry and spice, but again nothing asserts itself. I can take it or leave it.

Dogbrick, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Morris729
2.6/5  rDev -19%

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.

Morris729, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

aaronh, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

Thrasher, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of tscanlon51
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

tscanlon51, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Beastdog75
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Beastdog75, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

Rifrafboy, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of pbrian
2.9/5  rDev -9.7%

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

pbrian, Nov 07, 2001
Photo of budgood1
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%

clear dark amber color. a thin fizzy head shrinks to nothing at an alarming rate. no lace. raspberry aroma overpowers all other perceivable aromas, but isn't sickening for some reason. definite spiced flavor of nutmeg, followed by the artificial raspberry flavor. the problem lies in that there isn't enough of a REAL malt sweetness to boost and balance the raspberry flavoring. it does have a "festive" profile but too many off tastes to be truly good.

budgood1, Dec 31, 2002
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Brent, Dec 01, 2001
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Gusler, Oct 20, 2003
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

yuenglingade, Sep 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of John
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Didn't thiink this was bad. Thin bodied for a winter brew though.

John, Oct 26, 2001
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

rorjets, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Viking
3/5  rDev -6.5%

This was once one of my favorite winter treats, but no longer. Like the rest of the Pete's line, this beer has been ruined by the new owners. What was once an exceptional amber ale is now a rather common alcopop.

Viking, Jan 07, 2002
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

RoryOMoore, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

SimonPuggle, Jul 06, 2014
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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.