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Winter Wunder - Philadelphia Brewing Company

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DIM on 12-25-2009)
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Reviews by MikeRa:
Photo of MikeRa
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a amber/copper looking color.

S: you can smell cinnamon, plums, dates just to name a few.

T: You can taste the various fruits and spices in this beer.

M: Very smooth with a hint of spices

D: Very drinkable. I only wish this was a full time beer that is brewed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of stewfnrocker
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When pouring into a regular pint glass, there was a nice red look to the beer with a good head that dissipated a little. The smell was of fruit and some winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, sort of like a fruit cider. The smell hyped me for a the first taste, then I took the first sip, and swirled. The taste was underwhelming. It was quite average for a Winter Warmer, taste wise. There was a lot of plum and pear taste but not so much of the spices and flavors I smelled in it. There was a pretty good mouthfeel and mix of carbonation, but taste wise this is quite average.

Photo of jburchett
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glassware: Victory nonick...occasion: it's a cold winter day--enough said...aroma: brilliant floral bouquet: clove and citrus mixed with malts is exciting...appearance: dark orange-brown body with a creamy white head that befits the winter snow outside...palate: creamy, warm rush of thick, full-bodied ale--easily palatable, though...taste: definite plum and marginal spices percolate in the teeth--fulfiiling and appropriate...overall: umlauts are always welcome in a beer's name, and though they promise BOG taste, this brew delivers seasonably well....

Photo of blckwiteboy
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

The taste of spice is ok. Has a chemical taste to it. I myself expect holiday ales to have more body and mouth feel. You can session this but it does not have the spice and umph for a holiday ale. It is possible the spice add the chemical taste but it is very off putting and would be better without it.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby red when backlighted reveals a strong effervesce inside. A late developing head musters enough strength into a slight statue, a finger if generous, which is cream in color with a moderate retention leaving no lace or stickage.

S: Holiday spicing, sweet cherry-apple caramel with a warm brown betty scent. The alcohol comes though late and upon warming, with reminiscence of warm cranberry juice.

T: Sugary caramel is on the open, malty with a spicing of apple and toffee. Cola with a spicy alcohol and warm honey also is evident. There is a bit of festive and holiday pine hopping that adds to the mix.

M: The mouthful is thick and syrupy, with an active carbonation. Heavy lush feel on the tongue with a warming of spice of warm apple pie and cherry alcohol on the finish.

D: Wintery forest feel, decent sense of consumption though a bomber suffices here. No rush to buy again. Alcohol comes into play when warm (50-55f)

Photo of Lambdon
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of claspada
1.73/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There's a first time for everything, and I have to say, this is the first time I have found the aroma of a beer unpleasant. It smells like rotten apples with hints of potpourri and holiday spicing (cinnamon and cloves). There are also strong scents of extreme citrus and grapefruit, but not the hoppy variety. You would think all that would be pleasant, but this is horrendous.
Thankfully the taste is an improvement from the aroma, but not by much. You initially get assaulted with holiday spicing, cinnamon, allspice and intense clove. The most intense close flavor, non-Belgian beer I have ever had. Way too light in malt body for a Winter Warmer style beer also. It tastes like potpourri, so so so overly spiced and way way way too light in dark malt character for the style. This is by far the worst Winter Warmer I have ever had, and I have had a lot.
Overall this is miserable, no other words to describe this atrocity, avoid at all costs. Drain pour immediately!

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this for 5.99. Sweet price!

A - Nice dark amber color with a bit of foam that turns to a mild lace ring.

S - MMM the smell is that of cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, bit of plum and dates. Smells sugary.

T - MMM I get sugar plums dancing in my glass! Taste of sweet cinnamon fruits with a bit of all spice flavorings. Delicious!

M - Very light bodied. Love to drink this.

D - Man I love this beer! A very flavorful spiced ale that isn't bitter or overall mega spiced yet I can actually taste the spiced fruit without the flavor just disappearing, I believe this is the best offering I ever had from Philadelphia Brewing Company. Nice!

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of noel2977
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma and smell of this brew is more holiday-like than Winter Warmer. As like some of the other PBC offerings, this brew highlights the spice and flavor additions like cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Flavor explosion that isnt as detectible from the aroma. I like it - i am not sure I would down more than one (bomber) at a time, due to its intense flavor profile. Carbonation matched well - not mouthcoating or oily, but well balanced.
Great holiday beer though. At its price point, very worthwhile to seek out.

Photo of beerfinder
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MonicaC
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my dear friends at PHLBC! I have not been up to visit for a while, but not by design. I love yinz guys and will never forget the love yinz showed me as a beginning beer pest/beer monk/et al. CAN yinz CANsider a CANning line?!?

From the bottle: "Winter Wunder [with an umlaut, in case you were wundering], the perfect wassailing ale, brewed with a goodly amount of traditional holiday fare - plums, dates, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a sprinkle of ginger all combine to lift your spirits and warm your demeanor. Winter Wunder is best enjoyed with the warmth of a good tavern in the clutch of good friends, new or old. Winter doesn't seem so long after all."

I went with my usual aggro pour which resulted in a dense foamy finger of tawny head with nice retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber. Nose was riotous in terms of spices and fruits! Wow! Where to begin?!? The cinnamon and clove were obvious, but the fruitiness was also prevalent, but harder to break down into its component parts. I could hardly wait to get a draught in my mouth. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but certainly on the approach. The spicy assault on my tongue was unexpected, but pleasant. Just as on the nose, I could easily discern cinnamon and clove, but now even the ginger was starting to assert itself. That and the fruit was also present, making it seem like a heavily spiced fruitcake. I had a Home Ec teacher in high school who felt that fruitcake should be driven by the fruit and not spice. I disagreed then and I still disagree, finding in favor of the flavor profile in this beer. You cannot go wrong with spices at this time of year and this beer was beautiful. Finish was super dry, like arid, man. The spices just sucked away at any sweetness and eradicated it. A really superior beer from Kenzo, so get some while you can!

Photo of Katahdin
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a nice rich copper color in the pour with a creamy and rich head. The aroma is that of dried fruit and nutmeg or cinnamon. The beer has definite tatse of spices on the tongue and as it goes down it finishes with an aftertatse of perhaps toffee. The fruits are ahrd to identify in the taste but are there in the aroma. A nice, crisp beer, easily drinkable without a big ABV.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: pours a orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: some spice and and a floral bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: light caramel, green tea, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a mild bitterness makes up a decent winter ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: decent winter ale that is decent but not great. Nicely quaffable.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of maryhannah
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of ILuvBeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into standard pint glass, color is muddled copper to light amber, head is light tan, dense bubbles, presents at about 1/2 inch thick, no lacing. I like the murky look, lets you know there is some wheat presence to this ale.

Smell is one of the better winter ales, nice heavy dose of clove, with notes of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon, balanced with the sweeter notes of the malt and biscuit and bread from the wheat, really gets you thinking this is a cookie.

Taste keeps the idea of the aroma, nice spice heavy presence, but in a good way: cloves, allspice are big, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon are present; what makes the taste balance is the bready wheat and malt flavors, some light toast and caramel as well; the spices normally do not go well in a thinner, less bready beer, but here they make up the sweetness, great taste.

Mouthfeel is cleans up this beer nicely, the spices are drying to compensate its strength and the sweeter malts; the spice and malt blend creates a good nice lingering presence, while still drying

Overall, a great winter warmer ale, its unique in the spice and mouthfeel presence that is created by the use of bready flavored malt and heavy clove, nutmeg, cinnamon spice profile.

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Winter Wunder from Philadelphia Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.