1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,629 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,629
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 58
Gots: 165 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,629 | Reviews: 714 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Actually a nice looking beer. Nice red body with an offwhite head floating on top.lots of bubbles coming from the nucleation point in the center of my DFH chalice looking glass.

Smells sweet, like cane sugar and honey sweet. Dry grains and a hint of ginger in there. But thats pushing it, no real spices. I think thats probably because its a bit late for Winter seasonals. Sad I know. Overall, smells sticky sweet.

Very light body, almost watery. Spices are very muted, but still there. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice are low, but there. Ginger gives it a full body. Subtle spices are overpowered by honey sweetness and a grainy body reminiscent of Great Lakes. Kind of like a watered down GL Christmas Ale. Hm I like it.

Leaves a nice grainy feeling that seriously reminds me of Great Lakes.

Photo of Cyrano41
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Color is deep amber, reddish brown. A bit light on the smell but I could pick up fruit undertones and toasted malt. The taste is more than the nose promised, the toasted malt comes through with cinnamon and nutmeg and a hint of hop. Combine a medium mouthfeel and a smooth finish:very pleasant! I'll look for this one again.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the Winter Solstice from a brewery that I dont think gets enough credit or publicity. The beer pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam that is lacing nicely. The scent is not all that present....subtle notes of caramel malt and holiday spices. The taste includes cinnamon, light nutmeg, ginger and vanilla extract. The mouthfeel is a medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Overall it is another decent beer from AV.

Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of McNealc31
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Most of the flavors here are familiar with cinnamon and clove, but I'm also picking up some cedar, which is rather interesting. It's more subdued than other winter warmers. Starts off with a bit of fruit before the spices kick in. Almost like a spiced apple cider.

This is good, but I wouldn't put it on the top of my winter warmer list.

Photo of Jinxxor
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of gijoe64
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TimP2115
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of timahood32
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Solstice opens with a warming, malty nose, full of rye and fresh whole wheat breads, toast crust, fresh wheat stalks, and floury baguettes. A light smattering of lemon and pine from the hops brings welcome citrus notes, and touches of apricot and pear add sugary notes. There's also a fairly strong hint of kola nut, making the beer smell somewhat like a soft drink, at least in part. As a whole, the nose is good and enticing, if a bit light and cola-like.

On the tongue, the first flavors are quite cola-like, with kola nut predominating, resembling a Dr. Pepper and Coke mixture. This is mixed with brown sugars, apricot, and wheat toast crust, which do move the beer farther away from a soft drink, as well as lemon and light pine from the hops, and subtle overtones of vanilla and caramel, the latter bringing the beer back to soft drink realm. The aftertaste is a continuation of the main flavors, fading slowly to wheat stalks, wood, and lemon peel. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while there is much to like about this beer--including the fact that it is a welcome addition to the "Not Overly Spiced Winter Beer" club--there's just a touch too much vanilla and sugary cola-like flavors in here for my palate. I'd still purchase a six-pack again, but for a supposedly winter seasonal ale, this feels more like Oktoberfest fare.

Photo of ALLISON01
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of apmcpm
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of ONN8
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of Mcooly
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Stunner97
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- brown to amber with bit of cloudiness, white lacing stays along the top of the beer through out drinking, low carbonation

Smell- very nice nose of malt spice and slight hop, inviting

Taste- beautiful balance of malt, spice, and hop, just purely beautiful balance

Mouthfeel- smooth and refreshing feel

Drinkability/overall- overall this is far and away the best winter warmer i have ever tasted, its just so tasty, the balance is superb, has spice and malt and some hop but all so perfectly balanced, usually im far from winter warmer guy but this is the cream of the crop to me and the one to seek out

Photo of sunavamitch
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of JSkone09
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of imyourhero21
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of hyoung41
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,629 ratings.