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

Pete's Wicked Winter BrewPete's Wicked Winter Brew

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75
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68 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.82%


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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 13:38:16 | More by Thrasher
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass an amber/red color. Clear. There was a head present, color: off white. It seemed to stay for awhile, and surprisingly left some lace. The aroma was fruit. To be exact, raspberry, there was hints of malt and spice, but very slight. The taste was again raspberry dominate. There were hints of malt and spices, and it finished with a hop bitter taste. For a winter brew, it was average, not like other winter ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 09:33:31 | More by Jarod
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bditty187

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 11:49:24 | More by bditty187
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 08:44:35 | More by Dogbrick
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 10:40:38 | More by francisweizen
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Kwak

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has a nice rocky tan head, not to bad for petes.

The body was thin but has a nice brownish color, good malty aroma.

I like the taste it had nutmeg spice and toasted malt flavoring with some kind of citrus flavor.

A nice winter beer,smothe and creamy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2002 00:49:39 | More by Kwak
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 06:10:56 | More by ADR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 17:28:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2002 07:14:51 | More by psugrad98
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marc77

California

2.3/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 20:39:46 | More by marc77
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2002 18:28:31 | More by Pegasus
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 16:32:46 | More by Bighuge
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Viking

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2002 07:38:59 | More by Viking
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AaronRed

New York

1.35/5  rDev -57.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2001 21:54:35 | More by AaronRed
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2001 22:32:06 | More by ZAP
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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2001 10:15:23 | More by Brent
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pbrian

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2001 08:47:58 | More by pbrian
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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John

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2001 10:04:17 | More by John
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Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
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