1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Pete's Wicked Winter BrewPete's Wicked Winter Brew

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
75
okay

69 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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)
View: Beers (0) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pete's Wicked Winter Brew Alström Bros
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mschofield
mschofield

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2004 22:31:52 | More by mschofield
Photo of Beastdog75
Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 19:20:29 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of pezoids
pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 13:39:42 | More by pezoids
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
NearerMyBeerToMe

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2003 01:39:39 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of Reidrover
Reidrover

Oregon

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2003 06:37:06 | More by Reidrover
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2003 12:33:36 | More by oberon
Photo of Gusler
Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 17:42:23 | More by Gusler
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 02:53:41 | More by beerguy101
Photo of clvand0
clvand0

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 12:49:12 | More by clvand0
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
GreatPondBrewer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 14:33:41 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of AtLagerHeads
AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 15:26:04 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Rifrafboy
Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 15:54:14 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of aaronh
aaronh

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 15:12:13 | More by aaronh
Photo of GeoffRizzo
GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +27.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 19:04:11 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Morris729
Morris729

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 21:23:36 | More by Morris729
Photo of Redrover
Redrover

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2003 16:40:21 | More by Redrover
Photo of BeerAngel
BeerAngel

Texas

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 19:05:16 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Winter
Winter

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 21:33:45 | More by Winter
Photo of kelticblood
kelticblood

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 13:15:34 | More by kelticblood
Photo of Lupe
Lupe

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 09:17:30 | More by Lupe
Photo of beerluvr
beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 18:28:34 | More by beerluvr
Photo of budgood1
budgood1

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 15:00:53 | More by budgood1
Photo of shirfan
shirfan

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 19:21:25 | More by shirfan
Photo of StevieW
StevieW

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 19:01:24 | More by StevieW
Photo of elmocoso
elmocoso

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2002 19:24:51 | More by elmocoso
Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.