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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder LagerKuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 31
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003)
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Reviews by SaucyA:
Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2007, Cellar Temp. 15.5%

A - Into da snifta. Pours a deep amber/brown with beautiful ruddy highlights. The head is almost yellow, and recedes quickly into a whispy film leaving no lacing.

S - Boozy. Lots of alcohol, sweet caramel, toffee, grappa soaked prunes. Non-descript candy... like a penny-candy store.

T - Alcohol sweeps over the mouth initially, not providing much of a flavor profile. Lots of whiskey notes, without being barrel-aged. Awesomely boozy. Caramel finish, with a wonderful malt character throughout.

M - Perfect. Absolutely spot on with both body and carbonation. Slightly thick, slightly sparkly.

D - This is an alcohol bomb. I enjoy a little bit of booziness in my big beers, and this one is a bit more than that. One is enough... hell, this 12oz. is almost worth splitting.

Notes: It's 39 degrees outside today. Almost like... dare I say... WINTER?!? I think this has about a year on it and could easily use 2 more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Cole's yesterday afternoon for an astounding $8.00 a pint.Poured a clear deep rich golden with hints of deep red thruout a thinner white head atop,massive malt in the nose dark fruit and grape skin mainly with big alcohol and brown sugar lingering.Full chewey mouthfeel a beer to drink as a nightcap not at 4.00 in the afternoon like what I did,big sweet tones on the palate alcohol infused prune and raisin with that grape skin note the alcohol hits with a sweet burning onslaught in the finish.This beer will put hair on your chest and I was feeling it right away,great brew just be careful with it.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. This is the 2004 vintage.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and with a dose of sugar and grapes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of grapes and brown sugar, as well as some cherries and a ton of booziness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant. Unfortunately I didn’t record the vintage but I’ll assume it’s the 2009 version.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with moderate amounts of indistinct spices. Also present are mild amounts of booze-soaked raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Moderately sweet caramel malts with hints of darker toasted malts kick things off and are joined quickly by dark fruit flavors – raisins and figs. Midway through the sip light amounts of dark spices – nutmeg and brown sugar if I had to choose – come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was pretty ambivalent about this beer – nothing was not badly but nothing made me excited about my next sip either. Worth a shot if you see it around, especially if eisbocks are your thing.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very much a barleywine, smells like a barleywine.. or an Eisbock. Thick creamy mouthfeel, this is emminently drinkable. Caramel brown and it looks thick. Big abv like a good ready to drink barleywine. Sugar and background spice, lots of caramel malt.Dangeroudly drinkable.

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikeale
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it's fitting that I'm drinking this beer on the first day of winter 2008.

2007 vintage 15.5%

Thanks, GrandCruDrew

A. Served in my DFH snifter. Tan head that dissipates quite quickly into a thin skim layer. Dark orange, hazy bright orange when held up to light.

S. boozy alcohol, dark fruts, sweet maltiness

T. sweet dark fruits raison, malty, alcohol, long lasting finish. No hopiness at all.

M. Full bodied, rich, thick mouth coating, sticky.

D. Well balanced, alcohol hidden quite well, while this is not a session beer it is quite drinkable, very warming for a cold stormy winter night.

Thanks again, GrandCruDrew

Photo of Photekut
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of prototypic
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to hoppymeal for the Kuhnhenn hook-up. Really appreciate it, man.

Bottle labeled 2007

Appearance: This one's a very nice looking reddish amber color. It's clear and has an excellent red tint. The head is vanilla in color and only about a finger deep. The high abv in this one obviously killed it quickly. Very little lacing was left behind.

Smell: It's a little underpowered, but a nice smelling beer. The nose is very rich in dark fruits. Plum and raisin scents waste no time getting into the mix and linger throughout. Caramel malts smell plentiful and sweet. There's some light berry notes that emerge at the secondary level. Alcohol is noted, but it's not that strong. My bottle doesn't indicate the abv, but if it is 13%, it certainly doesn't smell that strong.

Taste: It's very malty and sweet tasting. Perhaps a little too sweet. Caramel malts are very flavorful and indeed provide an excellent base. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum are strong and permeate throughout. There is a light rasberry flavor that adds a nice element to it. It's subtle, but effective. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent. It's bordering on running a little warm, but doesn't cross the line. But, it's close. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's full bodied, very creamy, and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down pretty low. Definitely a sipping beer here. Despite its big stature and presumably high abv, it goes down pretty easy. I wouldn't say it's good in this department, but for its size, it does a nice job.

Kuhnhenn makes kick ass beer. This is simply another example. It really is very good. I do think it'd be slightly improved with a little less sweetness and a lower abv. Those two tweaks would really drive this beer to excellence. As it is, it's very good. Definitely worth seeking out. Thanks for the bottle, Derek.

Photo of nickd717
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle shared by bring - thanks, Barry! Weird how largadeer had some of the same bottle and gave it an F, but I didn't think this was too bad.

Pours hazy medium amber with a small off-white head.

Aroma is sweet malt, candy apple, spices, and a little booze. Smells decent.

Flavor is sweet caramel and toffee, apple cider, cinnamon, allspice, and some bubble gum.

Medium-full bodied and just a little boozy with average carbonation level.

Above average drinkability for the ABV. Not a bad beer overall, but definitely not a great one.

Photo of beerhan
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Perhaps I did not have this beer under the best circumstances but it was damn near undrinkable. It was a cool night but this beer really warms you up. It has the aroma of christmas time and the look of a dortmunder. The cluster of flavors just bombards you but nonetheless the alcohol is not hidden at all. I only had a taste luckily because I could not have taken anything more than this. Way too alcoholic to drink more than 4 ounces.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the GBX Crew (beeruser & funkydelic) for sharing this one during a recent tasting! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a brownish orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, sugar, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, sugar, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really was surprised by this one upon inspection with both the flavor and aroma. The sweet alcohol aspect on this one is really what sealed the deal for me on this one. It added a nice level of complexity. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

Photo of Beertracker
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kuhnhenn's Winter Wonder Lager (2008) pours up like a flat soda pop w/o much luster, but it manages to release enough carbonation to create a wisper thin beigeish-white head that barely manages to ring the glass above a rather dull, murky brown-burnt umber body. It's rather an ugly mess to be brutally honest! The complex, sweet nose starts to make up some ground with its aromatics and rich melanoidin maltiness complimented by some enjoyable toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's quite a bit of fruitiness with some Noble hop spiciness and a defined alcohol presence, but very bready (yeasty)... yet generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, saturated melanoidin maltiness that is marked by the faintest touch of spicy bitterness. The sweet, chewy full-bodied finish is quite syrupy, but just manages to avoid being a pancake condiment thanks to some alcohol afterburners. Winter Wonder Lager is a love it or hate it kind of a beer. I'm not totally convinced this one aged well, so I'll revisit with a fresher bottle. However, being a refined man of the malt, I tend to give it marks simply for its bold audacity and the layers, upon layers of malt richness. I'd recommend WWL to any barleywine & malt lovers in the house, but don't expect finesse. Here's to a Winter Wonderland!

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of md655321
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color beer with small foamy head with minimal retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of deep sweet malt with some dry raisins notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with notes of dry figs and raisins. Although taste is very sweet it avoid being cloying. No discernable alcohol even thought ABV is quite significant with a full body with limited filtration and some low carbonation. Very well done and definitely something I would want to try again.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with golden tints. Decent head that ebbs quickly but leaves great lace on the glass. Light amount of yeast suspended in the carbonation bubbles.
Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, cloves, honey, coriander, heavy hops and alcohol. The hops add the familar grapefruity nose to this beer.
Taste of heavy malt dominates. Through the thickness sub-flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, spicy alcohol and dark bread show through. Minor hop bitterness hides the majority of the alcohol.
Highly, highly drinkable for such a heavy alcohol beer. Almost good enough to session. Very lively in the mouth and the powerhouse of flavors realy balance the alcohol well.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a vigorous pour you do get about an inch of tan head that fades to just a skim in a couple of minutes. Body is a murky dark swampy brown. Nose has fones of ripe grape, port, sweet malt and a bit of citrus twords the end. Enters the mouth with big electric dark fruit notes. This brew is nicely sweet with overly ripe apple tones and a malty spice based pofile. Maybe some creamy dark toffee notes come through on the back end of the palate. This is a really hard to define brew style wise. Alchol is well hidden but does warm the belly well. Mouthfeel is very attractive for such a big beer. A wonderful sipper for any time of year.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No head at all at first but slowly but surely a thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue, and again this was an expierence all its own. A malt monster, caramel and light molasses notes led the charge until a soothing, candy like chocolate and toffee notes come in. But it was the fruit like cherry notes and rich cola flavor that set it apart

Photo of largadeer
1.15/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thanks, Barry. 09 vintage. Murky rusty copper body with a thin cap. Ridiculously sweet bubblegum aroma. Booze, caramel and spice make up the rest of the smell. Horrific bubblegum syrup flavors abuse the palate; this is like Bubble Yum dissolved in moonshine, and then heavily spiced. Incredibly syrupy and heavy on the palate with a wearying spicy and syrupy finish, this is abysmal.

Photo of minterro
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very quick notes from a sample of my gf's beer:

S&A: Yeasty fruitiness. No head present. dark red semi-translucent looking beer.

T&M: very boozy (a little overwhelming). very yeasty, with hints of citrusness and dark fruits. On the medium side of carbonation, medium to full bodied. Its very warming.

overall: it was good, and it tasted great for how high the ABV was but it just wasn't worth 7$ a bottle.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

3.5 A: Murky dark orange brown color. One finger of creamy light tan head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of toffee, tons of it really. Currant and raisiny fruitiness. Some molasses and brown sugar in there as well as a moderate booziness.

3.5 T: Lots of toffee again with lots of caramel too. Raisiny fruitiness again. Strong neutral maltiness and moderate to heavy booze. Good, but a bit lacking in complexity for a brew with this ABV.

4.5 M: Thick heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Though a bit sweet, this is very smooth and creamy.

4.0 D: Another solid effort from Kuhnhenn. Could be a bit more complex, but good overall.

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.