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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

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 33
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 84
Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.
**note my bottle stated this is 11.25%, not 13% as it says on this beer's profile page here**

(A)- Pours a hazy deep deep crimson red color; almost brown. Produced a light cap of froth, surprising considering the style and the ABV on this.

(S)- A very yeast-forward aroma. Big notes of bubblegum and a vanilla-like spicy wheat aroma. Interesting. Behind that are plenty of deep caramel and raisin bits.

(T)- Again, a large profile of a bubble gum-like yeast up front. Some middle palate sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Finishes yeasty as well with a subtle spicy wheat and sweet raisin characters.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but I have no complaints on that part. Overall, its a nice balance of what I think is quite a heavy yeast profile, but equally heavy in the malty sweetness. And at 11.25%, this is extremely well hidden and integrated.

(O)- Honestly, this is probably only the 3rd or 4th Eisbock I have ever had, but this one is really inviting on a cold winters day. Rich and sweet, but with its very bubble gum forward yeast profile, this is an intriguing take on the style based upon the others I have had. Kind of wish I had gotten a few more to see what time does to it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 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
3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
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 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
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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 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
1.18/5  rDev -69.4%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
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 DavoleBomb
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage, 2007.

Looks rather nice with a bold amber glow, but just a slight collar of pale froth.

Smells of dark fruits and fruit cake with an amaretto booziness beneath.

Tastes quite similar, but the sweet fruit cake is over come by a slight sting of citrus rind followed by a hard liquor alcohol burn. Feels pretty rough in my stomach too. It's pretty obvious this one's 15.5.

Feels dense but clean and actually burns a bit.

Wow. Not much in the way of balance here. Perhaps there is a time and place for this one, but it escapes me at the moment.

Photo of meathookjones
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12ozer bottled in 2004 and picked up at the brewpub. Pours out thick deep reddish brown with a good sized off white head. No lace and the head quickly drops down into the murky body. Big dark ripe fruity notes come out as soon as this is poured. There is a touch of alcohol peaking though but nothing to hint at 15%. More sweet fruit notes are released as this warmed. Some notes of toffee and light maple syrup are noted as well. The flavor is equally big in fruits mainly of the dark variety. Some molasses and caramel. Very rich malty flavor that hides the alcohol extremely well. The sweetness manages to keep from being cloying as well. This stuff is very thick with a big warming quality to it. Right after the first sip you know this was strong stuff with the way the warming is. Pretty damn drinkable too in my opinion. I would have liked more than one bottle even though it took me awhile to finish. This is just an ideal beer to be sipping on in the cold months or anytime for that matter.

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

2004 release, acquired via trade from hoppymeal, so a big "thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar and a lot of alcohol.

T: The taste is sweet and fruity up front with strong flavors of dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. There's a tartness that quickly follows along with a strong alcohol burn. Any hops that were there have faded with age, but there's still some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, I probably held onto this one a little bit too long but it's still a good beer to sip on for a while.

Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. 2004 bottling, notes 15.5% abv. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the glowing burnished copper brew. Head fades quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles, not unexpected for the style, and average lacing for this abv is actually impressive. Aroma is bubblegum fruitiness, with warming alcohol, even in the nose. Flavor is sweet maltiness upfront, with the bubblegum carrying in here as well. A vinous tart close, and subtle warming is the only indication of alcohol here. For the style, the mouthfeel and drinkability are stupid good. Wow. Check this out if you can.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was served a pint glass of a deep golden headless beer.
the aroma was different from what i remember, but still very good, spicy, malty, some unidentified fruit.
the flavor was pretty complex, very malty, little phenolic, some spices, peaches, other unidentified fruit, little hot on the end.

this batch was 2006 reserve keg at the brewery
it was 15.5 abv

Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my mom for picking up the 2009 edition at the 2010 Winter Solstice party for me. Served in a snifter. Closing out the eisbock list with this beer.

Pours a moderate brown color with some amber coloring in there as well. Very thin off-white head and a few legs down the side of the glass. Slight collar. Nose is loaded with dark fruits and some alcohol. Slightly spicy as well. Taste is a bit oxidized and really quite warm. Warm as in lots of booze, even for an eisbock. Low carbonation. Decent but probably way too young. Normally Kuhnhenn hides alcohol better than this.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, Eisbocks can be great when done well, and this with some nice age, on New Years Eve at the beginning of the heart of winter. Thanks to grub for this one.

Pours the slightest fizzy bubble head more from the air getting mixed in the pour than carbonation I think, over fairly hazy ruby maroon brown colored beer.

Nose is interesting, starts with plenty of caramel... like caramelized brown sugar, creme brulee big time, toasty almost burnt caramelized sugars aroma, plenty of toasty bready like malts as well, as there's almost like a fresh toasted bread aroma. Plenty of reddish malts, and syrupy like the red candy from candy apples, and a slight coppery aroma. Lots of wheat as well, a nice bock aroma, with hints of fruity lager but quite heavy, and presence of booze, doesn't burn the nostrils like I expected, but like alcohol vapors it almost seems like.

Taste comes big as well, pretty sweet as expected, with lots of big malts and wheats. Lots of wheat flavors with a nice bock taste. Then comes the reddish malts, lots of caramel, and again caramelized sugars the add to that toasty creme brulee flavor. Sweetness also brings toffee, maple, and red candy syrup as well. Juicy flavors, a bit of a fruity lager kick as well but not much. The sweetness gives way to booze quickly, and booze gets tingly and warming, plenty of booze there as it is 13% and drinks maybe not quite that much, but definitely up there. A bit of esters also come from the booze. The bock flavors and malts brings more toasty malt flavors, a little bready, almost caramelized (there's that word again, word of this beer) bread pudding. The big sweet, malty booze flavors stick around for a while on the finish, as it tries to dry off a bit and does so fairly well, but hard to dry all that sweetness, a bit more toffee, caramel, toasty malts, and syrups all lingering with a hint of bitterness cutting through.

Mouth is almost pure syrup, maybe a little lighter than pure maple syrup, lighter carb but typical for 13% Eisbock. Booze is plenty.

Overall pretty good, a nice end of the year beer to drink. The booze is definitely there but not quite drinking like a 13%, maybe more like 9-10%, not sure if that's the sweetness balancing it or the age but more drinkable than expected. Quite sweet too, syrupy, nice malt flavors and wheats, bock flavors, etc. The sweetness is dominant but goes fairly well overall and not crippling.

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.