Pete's Wicked Winter Brew - Pete's Brewing Company
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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.
12-19-2002 13:38:16 | More by Thrasher
3.33/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-12-2002 09:33:31 | More by Jarod
3.13/5 rDev -2.5%
With so many wonderful winter seasonals it is damn near impossible to stand out from the crowd. Petes Winter Brew doesnt make much of an effort to distinguish itself. This amber ale has raspberry flavors (extract) and, supposedly, nutmeg I couldnt detect it. The nose is vaguely similar to SAs 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, its not worthy of investing in a 6-pack.
12-11-2002 11:49:24 | More by bditty187
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.
12-10-2002 08:44:35 | More by Dogbrick
3.23/5 rDev +0.6%
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!
12-06-2002 10:40:38 | More by francisweizen
3.85/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
12-06-2002 00:49:39 | More by Kwak
3.08/5 rDev -4%
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.
11-26-2002 06:10:56 | More by ADR
3.85/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
09-24-2002 17:28:55 | More by NeroFiddled
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.
05-06-2002 20:39:46 | More by marc77
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
04-20-2002 18:28:31 | More by Pegasus
3.25/5 rDev +1.2%
-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.
12-11-2001 22:32:06 | More by ZAP
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.
12-01-2001 10:15:23 | More by Brent
3.25/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
11-04-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Pete's Wicked Winter Brew from Pete's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.