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Mac Frost Winter Ale - Portland Brewing Company

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Mac Frost Winter AleMac Frost Winter Ale

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56 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-02-2002)
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Reviews by genaro:
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3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

McFrost (2003). Once in the glass this beer was a dark amber color with a little copper. The head was small and there was just a little lace. The aroma was citrusy (orange peels), with some caramel. The taste was a nice blend of flavoring hops with caramel and hints of coffee that became a little less hoppy as it warmed up. Mouthfeel - a good hop bite and slightly doughy. The finish was dry and astringent.
I found this beer to be warm and relaxing, but it was a little too hoppy for my taste in a winter ale. I've found this hoppiness to be a trait of the Pacific Northwest winter ales I've had this season.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 19:21:55 | More by genaro
More User Reviews:
Photo of Presto82


3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-04-2013 07:46:41 | More by Presto82
Photo of shelby415


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2012 08:29:32 | More by shelby415
Photo of macpapi


3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found a 2006 version lingerer marked down for quick sale. No freshness date, but it did not seem tainted at all judging from the review aspects.

Pours a deep brown color, with tints of amber. Somewhat murky. It has a small and quickly dissipating white head with no lacing.

Smells of full caramel and malt. Also there is a dark fruit presence, either figs, raisins or both. A good and well-balanced aroma.

Taste is sweet and somewhat bitter. There is a decent amount of maltiness with caramel hints as well. Not terribly robust, but decent flavor.

A little thin in the mouth.It seems to be too watery for the style, despite the bit of hoppiness.

Overall this is not a bad beer. A little thinner and not as sweet as others in the style, or similar beers. Doesn't pack any kind of wallop. But it is a pleasant and palatable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 14:43:03 | More by macpapi
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 bottle. Pours a wierd ruby maroon or chestnut with decent clarity. Dense two-finger soap bubble head shows good retention but scarce lacing. Plum ester and licorice in the nose; toasted malt and wheat in the background- and cocoa as it warms. Sweet toasted malt flavor with kilned wheat undertones. The wheat flavor dominates in the aftertaste which becomes surprisingly dry and bitter with a hint of coffee. I found this one a bit hoppy for the style, but consequencially-perfectly balanced. The fine, light carbonation melds into the medium body for a very smooth mouthfeel. The bone-dry aftertaste softens the rich malt and the finish lacks the expected residual sweetness . The resulting drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 03:41:58 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep brown crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. The head is a light tan that quickly turns to a thin film of big bubbles.

S- This beer has an aroma of caramel malt and fresh grains with some notes of soft green hops in the finish.

T-This beer has a lightly toasted caramel malt flavor with a spicy hop bite in the finish. There is a faint hint of chocolate malt and the malt bill is pretty dry. The hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a very light fizz in the finish. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This is a nice smooth beer that has some complexity. I wouldn't pick it as a weizenbock but it is a nice winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 22:17:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet colored beer, very clear with only an average head that receded very quickly. The nose has just a little caramel, a bit of fresh bread, and a touch of orange. The flavor has a deeper toffee character, more of the orange, and some spice on the finish. I assume this is coriander, but it’s a bit muddled and hard to detect. There is a sharp bitterness on the finish. Slick, mildly thin mouth feel. Decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 22:13:43 | More by carln26
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A do-able weizenbock. Pours out to a dark auburn color with a small white foam head. No lace. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of fermented grains and sweet chocolate malts. Could've been more present, but still nice. Taste is fair, roasted malts and some chocolate. Minor notes of pepper and spice were present as well. Mouthfeel was decent, nothing amazing. Some consistancy and thickness was evident, but overall kind of boring. Drinkability is good. I could go for a sixer of this every once in a while. Worth a try.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Peaches decided to skip this one, as she tends not to care for the darker brews. Benji was into it, but not overly excited after sniffing it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 01:37:58 | More by Frozensoul327
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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jack Frost brought me one of his favorites.

Mac Frost pours a beautiful reddish brown, almost completely clear with a small, quickly disappearing head.

The smells hit you with a fruity smell, almost a berry candy stick odor. It seems like it will be sweet.

And that it is. There is little carbonation with the strawberry essence that powers this guy. The caramel in the malt doesn't show up until the aftertaste and if there are some winter spices in this one, the sweetness covers them up. It would be tough to have another one of these right after without something to chase it.

That Jack Frost, he's got a sweet tooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 03:51:42 | More by misterscooter
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby hue with a small beige head. Great lacing saves the rather normal looking brew.

Smell is spicy with a definate pine and chocolate base. Interesting, but close to overpowering with the chocolate.

Taste is different. Spicy and hoppy at first with a distinct christmas tree dipped in cocoa flavor on the finish, thats about the only way to describe it. Not a bad flavor and definately balanced, although a strange pairing it may be.

Goes down easy leaving a bit of a cocoa finish and not dry. Not too bad, and moderately drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2005 21:32:45 | More by KoG
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3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. "An elegant, aromatic ale layered with caramel malt and East Kent Golding hops.

Appearance: Ruby/brown color with a nice tan colored head that fades slowly, and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma is carmel malts and a hint of spiciness.

Taste: Nice malty body that has a slightly bitter finish (definitely reminiscent of English finishing hops). Nice roasted flavor as well.

Overall impression: Nice winter beer that is quite drinkable. Definitely could drink a few of these after a day of skiing.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 01:38:24 | More by rowew
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear ruby brown body with a medium beige head. Decent head retention and plenty of patchy lace. Aroma is interesting, with lots of malty molasses and toffee up front, and spices and green apple that quickly follow. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with more carbonation than expected for style. Taste is complex. Malty notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses are assertive in the beginning, but the hops, yeast, and spices take over midway through. Ginger seems to be the predominant spice, and the hops add quite a bit of grassy and earthy bitterness. I sampled two bottles of this one on two different occasions, and found it to be on the sweet malty side once, and the bitter hoppy, spicy side on the second bottle. Oddly enough, on both occasions I found it to be overdone on one aspect or another. Maybe, a third bottle will reveal a winter ale with an ideal balance, but so far I'm just not satisfied with this one. Plenty of flavors going on, but just unbalanced in a strange manner. I'll pass on a third bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 00:44:03 | More by merlin48
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3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep red and slightly carmel color with a good amount of head that collapsed quickly leaving nice lacing. The aroma is pretty weak for what I was expecting from a 6% beer. The hops are the predominant flavor in this beer and are pretty spicy and bitter with no real citrus. The aftertaste goes from hoppy to a caramel maltiness The beer may be a slight bit over carbonated but I'm not quite sure. Overall a good beer for the price. Probably not worth more than $7-$8 a six pack though.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2005 02:05:12 | More by ScottS
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unusual reddish hue with very little head. Appearance suggests it will taste of blackcurrant. No lacing to speak of.

Smells fruity and sweet, reminding me of raspberries, but not that sharp.

Initially dominated by surprising amount of carbonation. Taste is not sweet. Caramel malt (the type that for some reason reminds me of ripe cheese when the hops kick in - no I don't understand either, but I find this common with weizenbocks) takes charge, with the hops playing a background role.

Lighter on the stomach than I would expect for a fairly dark beer with decent alcohol content, but holds insufficient appeal for me to consider it as a session beer.

(The second from the six pack followed a New Belgium Abbey Dubbel, and following that yeasty brew this tasted a little better than previously and smelled more of plums than raspberries.)

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 09:05:54 | More by charlatan
Photo of donnebaby

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color and small head. Light nose as well, containing some roundish malts. Malts are stronger in the mouth, giving a somehow "heated" feel, slightly wide and mellow. Notes of carbon and earth. Slight touches of wheat. Normal feel and drinkability.

I was somehow down on this brew when sampling and came away unimpressed. However, I didn't realize that is was a weizenbock when I had and was under the impression it was a lame winter warmer...will have to try it again...next year?

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 18:45:40 | More by donnebaby
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2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Head fades quickly, but a thin foam ring lasts a long while. Smell is heavy on the carmel malt with a little earthy hop aroma. Taste is not as sweet as the carmel malt aroma would lead you to expect. Some toasted and nutty notes to the taste. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly astringent. Worth trying, but not something I'll be eagerly anticipating each winter!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 01:35:14 | More by jimdkc
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/09/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with either a born on date or expiration date imprinted on glass. Can't read it though. Too smugged. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Poured with a small head, a dark amber color and average at best lacing.

Smell- Again, another winter warmer that didn't put out much scent. Sweetness, maybe some raisin or grape scent. Spices. You really have to sniff for a while to get a good idea.

Taste- One of the better ones I have tasted. A weisenbock?!? Hmmm, again, another different taste from a so called winter warmer. This one had a nice mix of sweetness, hops and roasted flavors. I did have a weird taste of like cardboard or something for a few sips. Odd, but fortunately went away.

Mouthfeel- A bit high in carbonation, but a relatively easy beer to drink. Not really as thick as expected with the sweetness.

Drinkability- Glad I tried this one. Could do a few more if I had some.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 04:16:23 | More by GClarkage
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-2004 Edition

Pours a brilliant deep red. Small tanish colored head that quickly dissapated.
Smell was sweet. Lots of fruity smell. The one that stands out the most to me was the cherry smell. It seemed very dominant. Also a slight scent of alcohol in there as well.
Taste was sweet. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel to it. The beer finished dry with a slight hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2004 03:50:33 | More by HochFliegen
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4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

-2004 edition

First things first: this isn't a weisenbock. From their site: "Mac Frost is a big, rich beer in the tradition of English strong ales. We begin with pale and Munich malt along with three varieties of caramel malt for gusto and big, creamy flavor. For balance we add Northern Brewer hops for bitterness and East Kent Goldings for aroma. We take it even further in the finish by dry-hopping Mac Frost with Oregon's own Willamette hops and English Colthup Goldings."

This is an odd situation; it sounds like others have reviewed something else entirely. Did they change styles mid-run?

Appearance: Really good, actually. Rich, clear, cola red with a thick tan head. Very good retention. Moderate to mild carbonation. No lace, but a collar throughout.

Smell. Again, really good. Dense nose of caramel malt, red apple yeast, fruit juice, and a slight hint of smoke. Oddly, no real hop notes.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, slightly thin, but a bit coating and crisp--yeah. Taste starts with a good mouthful of chewy malt, tart and juicy mid-palette, a bit yeasty, with a nice shot of ever-so-English-tasting bittering hops to dry out the finish. Once again...

Drinkability: Fairly light, great smell, great flavor--a seasonal session beer if ever there was one. There's just not much not to like about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 10:18:09 | More by WetCoaster
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3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 2004 edition of Mac Frost. I don't know why the style listed for this beer is Weizenbock. This is definitly a Winter Warmer.
Pours bright red/amber with a small creamy tan head. Fell rather quick but left good lacing.
Smells sweet, fruity and spicy. Toasted malt, juicy red fruit and a mild, spicy hop aroma.
Taste was not as sweet as the smell indicated.Rich and roasty sweet malt flavor. Caramel, red fruit(plums, cherries) and a tangy, spicy hop bitterness that lingered on the palate.
Lighter bodied for the style with a thin tingly mouthfeel.
Rich and spicy. Light bodied but full flavored. Good drinkibility.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 23:59:43 | More by rkhaze
Photo of Ellbert


3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2003 Batch.

Appearance: Pours blood red with a light tan head. There is a nice lace that sticks and looks beautiful. Maybe it is supposed to look like snowflakes for the winter.

Smell: Very malty. There is a lot of caramel and nut, some mollasses in the nose. Very much the smell of a doppelbock.

Taste: Very sweet up front with a hop/alcohol kick at the end. A very heavy tasting brew. Raisins and mollasses really show through in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Unfotunately there is a little too much carbonation for a brew of this style.

Overall a decent beer. A little rough on the edges but decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 21:40:06 | More by Ellbert
Photo of ZAP


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a volcanic two inch head...orangish brown colored...nose is sweat and yeasty too....some soft banana and cloves are evident too....taste is decent....the banana becomes a little more pronounced...almost a hint of vanilla in there too....the yeasty notes are now secondary....pretty tasty brew//body is smoother than I expected..almost creamy...finishes with a little sourness from the yeast..

All in all a decent enough Weizenbock but a far cry from Aventinius or the other big hitters..still quite enjoyable...similar to Sam Adams Winter in some ways but a bit bigger..

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 21:27:52 | More by ZAP
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear Crimson color. A 1/2 finger head. Creamy and beige. Lacing is pretty full. Smells very sweet. Some phenolics on the nose as well. Flavors are a bit weak. A little roasted character. A little phenolic, estery character. Some light fruitiness. A lingering astringency/bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated. All in all, this one's pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:45:42 | More by Bighuge
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I couldn't resist buying a few of these for $.50 each. I love winter brews and this one was pretty solid. There was a multitude of flavors. There were heavy tones of chocolate, nut, and a hint of glove and anise. This beer seems to get even better as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 00:35:10 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slow foaming head is eventually quite large. Cheery red-brown and very clean body. Head is pocked and tan. An attractive beer.

Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is chewy and slick... graceful and creamy, like cold liquid chocolate. Taste is a bit brisk, slightly hoppy, ends sour and almost... empty.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 16:10:27 | More by Darkale
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Mac Frost Winter Ale from Portland Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.