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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 12.46%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 69
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 (204 characters)

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. (485 characters)

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. (1,021 characters)

Photo of psugrad98
2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (205 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.54/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (281 characters)

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. (428 characters)

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. (1,033 characters)

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. (749 characters)

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. (1,461 characters)

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. (270 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (453 characters)

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. (349 characters)

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. (333 characters)

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

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. (214 characters)

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. (532 characters)

Photo of shirfan
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oddly, this was my favorite of the winter sampler.

It pours copper, with an off-white head that dimishes quickly; aroma is simple malt.

For once from Pete's, this isn't sickly sweet...it has a decent malt profile, and an extremely faint hint of raspberry, so faint that I had trouble detecting it. I definitely picked up some nutmeg, but again, it was mild. It finishes acceptably bitter and dry (the lone beer of the sampler to do so) but not much hop flavor as is the norm for this brewery. It was OK for a winter brew.

I would buy these stand-alone if the price was right, more than I can say for anything else in the pack. (636 characters)

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. (331 characters)

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

CONTAINER VOLUME: 355ml

CONTAINER TYPE: bottle

FRESH: y

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.

CONDITIONS:
MOWING/WORKING ON CAR- n
WITH FRIENDS- y
SIPPING- y
GET MY BUZZ ON- y (375 characters)

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. (517 characters)

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. (427 characters)

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. (327 characters)

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. (1,296 characters)

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. (530 characters)

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. (394 characters)

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

A decent stab at a spiced amber ale by Pete's. This again comes fresh out of a 2002 Pete's Winter Sampler 12 Pack and it poured a nice dark amber colour and smelled like fresh raspberries and nutmeg. This was the best beer I have had from Pete's I believe. The flavour was kind of like a flavoured Yuengling or something of that nature, and it was definately pretty enjoyable. This beer also had less of a over-carbonated mouthfeel than the other Pete's varieties that I have tried. This is a pretty drinkable, albeit weak, winter brew from Pete's. Not the best, but certainly not the worst that they have to offer!
Cheers! (624 characters)

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