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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager - Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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86
very good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 15.58%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 21:10:55 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-19-2012 02:42:34 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 20:46:36 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition; bottled on 2/12/08

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with the scantest head though it does leave quite a few dots on the side of the tulip

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit; still quite boozy after all this time

Taste: The heat from the ABV hits the taste buds early bringing with it a range of dark fruit, burnt sugar and alcohol; after the swallow, the flavors become somewhat herbal and medicinal

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; a lot of burn in the gullet

Overall: The alcohol is just a bit too overwhelming and the flavors are not particularly well-defined

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:32:01 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 01:49:04 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 03:43:36 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2009 vintage courtesy of Derek. Thanks!

A: The pour is an incredibly murky dark brown color with minimal at best head formation.

S: As with almost all eisbocks, this one is sweet, very sweet. There is a ton of caramel and toffee, but also tons of booze. The usual dark fruit suspects: raisins, plums, and prunes. There is a bit of toasted bread and perhaps some red grapes.

T: Sugar and booze are the two main food groups here. Intense caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bread flavors are all present. There are lots of raisin and plum flavors, and maybe a bit of black cherry. A light fruity tartness and hints of bold red wine.

M: The body is medium to full with rather low carbonation.

O: I like eisbocks and I like Kuhnhenn, but this was a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 16:46:25 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.1%

01-29-2012 06:29:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2007 14:23:19 | More by oberon
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

11-14-2011 21:51:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

1.15/5  rDev -70.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:00:18 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12-04-2011 18:07:02 | More by JAHMUR
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:45:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shadowy amber body, capped with a thin, but sure, off-white layer of foam.
Nose is rich, malty, strong, cognac and cherries, with chocolate on the side...slick, devilish, delightful.
Ahhhh...one sip and I know this is a juicy gem! Big, robust fruit, ooozing berries and grapes, rasins and dates, tangible texture, oily mouthfeel, and absolutely delicious!
flavor rebounds again and again, tastes better every time, too...can't feel the booze yet, either, but it's early, still.
this is a genius choice for a winter beer. I think I'll open the window, for maximum effect. Intensely warming and fabulously flavored.
Another brilliant Kuhnhenn effort. Big surprise.

btw, the label on my bottle reads 15.5% abv
(much thanks to cjrmellor)

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 08:15:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biegaman for tossing me one of these last Xmas. Finally got around to it. 2007 bottle, weighing in at 15.5%. Served in my Darkness tulip.

A - A half finger of tan foam that dissipates to a thick collar that sticks around. A few spots of lace. Murky dark brown color. I'm fairly impressed I got as much foam as I did considering the ABV, but the color is just darn ugly.

S - Bread, dark fruits, caramel, a little booze, some sherry-like oxidation, burnt sugars, a touch of raspberry truffle. It definitely has that patented Kuhnhenn malt profile.

T - The taste isn't quite as good - there's some definite oxidation setting in. Caramel, berries, burnt sugars, a little bit of spice in the finish. Considering the ABV it's nowhere near as boozy as I anticipated.

M - The texture is quite syrupy, with only light carbonation. Not as thick as I expected, but still medium-full bodied. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean, with a slightly roasty bitter finish. Alcohol heat builds pretty quickly.

D - This is a definite sipper, and it's going to take me over an hour to finish a 12oz bottle. I don't like it quite as much as the Eisbock, Cassis, or 5th Dementia, but it's still a decent brew with well-hidden alcohol. I'd be interested to try this fresh, and it looks like I might get the chance at the Winter Solstice party.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:10:34 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by Thorpe last night in an attempt to temporarily shut down the eisbock list. Served in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with almost no head or lacing, low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with a mild sense of booze. It's not offputting though. Smells rather nice.

Beer is sweet and much thicker than I was expecting. It's not bad tasting at all it's just a little simple. It's sweet with a mild alcoholic bite and a relatively plain finish. Easy drinking for a 13% + beer and as far as eisbocks go it was above average in my opinion. I'd have it again except I trend toward the lower ABV spectrum on beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 18:35:34 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 01:32:37 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:02:48 | More by Mora2000
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-13-2013 18:44:33 | More by mendvicdog
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

Poured into snifter. Pours hardly an head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Rich and malty. Toffee, caramel, dried fruits. Plums, cherries, raisins, and licorice. Has the distinct Kuhnhenn heat to it, which I really enjoy. I like it.

Taste: Fairly sweet, but still rich. Toffee, caramel, and leather flavors. Plums, raisins, dried cherries, licorice all show again. Shows some more heat. Very malty, but provides a nice amount of dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, creamy. Medium to full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation (but it works). Ends dry and malty.

Overall, another winner from kuhnhenn. This beer provides the warmth similar to a lot of the other big kuhnhenn beers. I had no idea what the style was on this one when I opened it, but at first smell, I knew it was bigger than a typical lager. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 03:29:57 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-14-2013 19:31:14 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 00:30:19 | More by ppoitras
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Winter Wonder Lager has an alcohol content that eclipses most beers and, indeed, looks more like a cognac. It has a sleek and syrupy complexion and the colour of buckwheat honey. The sepia-tinted foam that formed off the pour melts away at a glacier pace...a glacier that is being viewed in time-lapse video. This Winter Wonder is quickly without any snow.

This beer is a literally a Rubik's Cube every time you take a sniff; the amount of flavours, the different combination of those flavours, the difference between those flavours - it's mind-blowing. Actually no it isn't - it's downright soothing; these aromas of butterscotch, dried fruits, and caramel malts provide a massage for the olfactory bulb.

The flavour unravels many more layers of this complex puzzle: raspberry-filled truffles, icewine-glazed pears, chocolate-covered raisins, bubblegum and bruised bananas. It sheds a whole new light on malt - who knew simple cereal grains were capable of all this? Naturally, yeast, alcohol, and probably hops too have provided a helping hand. Still, it's outstanding.

When I first had Winter Wonder Lager in 2007 it was listed as 15.5% alcohol - I didn't have any problems drinking it then and, at a "measly" 11.7%, I certainly don't have any now. Of course it's not the kind of lager you gulp down - something this rich and complex begs to be savoured - but it doesn't put up a fight going down, that's for sure.

Like the Winter Solstice, a beer like this comes along but once in a year. Kuhnhenn has a habit of making special (and rare) beers but Winter Wonder Lager continues to be one of my favourites in their portfolio. There's as few beers like this one as there are places to buy it; if you're ever in the Detroit area and happen to spot a bottle, don't pass on it!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:27:58 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 winter solstice bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, apple, pear, apple skin, molasses, pepper, clove, coriander, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge sweet raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, molasses, caramel, toffee, pepper, clove, herbal, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish surprisingly. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Doppelbock style! Huge complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:30:32 | More by superspak
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version, delivered from the brewery via grub!

Pours a clear amber, think white head, very brilliant colour, little bit of lace, settles down to a thin ring. Smell is crazy, very intense, caramel, some fruity alcohol, the bubblegum, but amped up in every aspect, pretty fantastic. Taste is more of the same, very malty, toffee, bubblegum fruitiness, alcohol, clean bitter finish, excellent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. A sipper, at 15.5% covers the alcohol extremely well, this fucker sneaks up and smacks you good and hard. Thanks a lot Russ!!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:13:19 | More by Viggo
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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
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