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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Reviews: 47
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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!

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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