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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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very good

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
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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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

plaztikjezuz, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of bigman147
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber hue. Head is thick and quickly dissipates. No lacing and it sits perfectly still without a bubble even trying to escape the glass

Aroma: LIke the raspberry eisbock, this is a strong ABV beer. Alcohol is pervasive. The smell of dark fruits (dates and plums) with a slight bubbalicious bubble gum aroma. A trace maple or molassas sweetness hides deep down waiting for the beer to warm and release them.

Taste: Strong alcohol notes. Dates and figs with a sweet almost cloying syrupy consistence. Warming alcohol in the back of the throat. Pleasant and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation but just enough to tickle the senses as you drink this syrupy sweet brew. Warming alcohol sensation is not lingering and subsides in several minutes.

Drinkability: This is definitely and Eisbock. Strong and warming. Great on a cold winter evening. Sip not drink. You will not pound this beer without serious consequences. 15.5%ABV is like drinking 2-3 beers at once. I would think that this is best served as an after meal digestive or winter warmer.

bigman147, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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!!

Viggo, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of grub
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery 12/27/06.

pours copper red with a thin off-white head that drops almost immediately and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. bubblegum and alcohol. caramel. only really these three things, but it's intense.

taste is nuts. alcohol. bubblegum. medium bitterness. tons of caramel and toffee. crackery malt.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation and a big body work well with this one.

drinkability is good, much more than you'd think at 15.5%. definitely a sipper, but very good.

grub, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of mentor
1.35/5  rDev -65%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle shared by crosling...thanks for the opportunity.

Pours an off-white head over a dark tan liquid. Smells potently of cheap microwave popcorn---butter flavored. Really foul. So off and bad that the only comparison I can make is the sample of beer I once tried that tasted like 'play-doh'.

Taste was sour and foul buttery. Diacetyl failure. One sip and I sent my sample down the drain.

mentor, Feb 12, 2007
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.

oberon, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage. Pours amber to golden in color and clear, an aggressive pour shows only a faint gathering of cream foam that quickly recedes. Aroma is sweet and malty, some appley sweetness, sprite like smell and some port like alcohol wafts up. Taste shows an apple and ginger like sweetness, a strong bready and caramel character, and a good size warming and dry alcohol finish. Fairly light in body for its strength, a nice spiciness hits the tongue from the alcohol, there is a faint tart apple quality that lingers. An enjoyable nightcap, I think this 04 has already peaked and will not go too much longer. Still, a nice after dinner treat.

hoppymeal, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of UnionMade
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle, lovingly escorted from the brewery by my buddy Mikeys01! A 15% lager? I'd sat on this one for a while in sheer terror of the effects. Sipped out of a Magic Chouffe tulip.
Beautifully clear orange-copper. The yeast sediment sits like a stone in the bottle. Very thin collar of head, about as much as you can stir up with this drink. Halfway through, my head died out entirely. Quite a shame The scent reminds me very much of hard apple cider, with a distinct, prominent macintosh apple aroma. Make that an alcoholic candy apple, with heaps of caramel sharing the spotlight. The flavor is much the same. Gobs of caramel sweetness with a prevalent shiny red apple taste. Very candy-like, in an apple syrup kind of way. You won't forget the booze is there, believe me. Very fruity and estery. Packed full of boozy higher alcohols. No hops to speak of. Maybe a glance at some herbal, german flavor, but not quite cloying. Lagery smooth, especially in texture. Velvety and thick on the tongue, with modest carbonation. For the strength, this drinks great. A bit of hi-test heat on the swallow is perhaps my only real complaint. Quite a wintertime sipper. I could go for another, on a different night of course. Two of these would make me very, very sleepy.
Not that I would ever be classy enough to do this, but this would make the perfect beer for a reduction into a marinade for some red meat. I'm imagining venison stewed in a couple bottles of this for a couple days, and wishing I had the kind of money to drop on a meal like that.

UnionMade, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2005 vintage purchased at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor and poured into a Maudite tulip. Label sez 15.5% abv.

Tiny head of vanilla rises up and is then crushed by the abv and forms a thin ring with an even thinner veil. Spotty lace but what would you expect given the caliber? At least it has a nice shade of dark amber...

The nose is deep dark fruits and spiced rum. The heat and spices open my sinus cavities yet it isn't the painful burning one would expect from such a potent brew. The yeasts have a pleasant bleu cheese like aroma that sounds weird but works really well.

The mouth is full and lacks decent carbonation but it doesn't get slick in any way. Maybe the alcohol clears the oils....whatever the case this is a nice full yet smooth mouthfeel. Again the dark fruits jump in first with some apples and pears followed by the spices that taste of coriander and and anise. Slowly warming alcohol with citric tartness and lingering spices in the finish. I wish I could be more articulate about the flavors in this beer but I will say that everything comes together perfectly so much that it earns a five for taste. I'm a sucker for a big ass beer that is so damn tasty.

The most interesting aspect of this beer was the nose. A weird yet interesting mix of aromas, especially the bleu cheese notes. That reminded me that I have a small chunk of Bleu d' Auvergne in the fridge and oddly enough, the pairing works quite well. A dangerously drinkable beer. Tough to find outside of the brewery when they have it. If you find it, buy all that is available. I did.

ypsifly, May 07, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, listed as 15.5%. This beer was a hazy, deep amber colour with a bit of a reddish hue. The short, off-white head showed great retention and left sheets of fine lace on the glass. Complex aroma with a mixture of bubblegum, orange, banana, and floral hops. Alcohol became evident as it warmed. The huge sweetness assaults the palate, but other flavours help bring this into perspective. The bubblegum, orange, and banana character appeared again, but this was supplemented by pineapple and lots of citrus at the mid-point. This created an intensely complex fruit character. Low bitterness overall, with mild alcohol and a lingering sweet finish. Heavy body that was on the syrupy side, but didn't become overbearing. The carbonation was well-integrated and refined. I was surprised at how well the alcohol content was masked in the flavour, but this stuff really messes you up fast. An exceptional winter beer, I highly recommend it.

DrJay, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery. 2005 batch, not sure of the abv this year.

Poured amber with a tan colored head that give way to nice lacing. Smells of alcohol and fruit. Apples, grapes, and bubblegum with an alcohol finish flood my mouth. Mouthfeel is very thick and warming. Halfway through the glass and I feel my face getting a little flush. Very drinkable, not sure I'd get another growler to myself though.

TheBlackMallard, Dec 25, 2005
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.

ppoitras, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

meathookjones, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2004 bottling. Fiery crimson with russet edges. Small head of thin off-white big bubbled foam fades quickly leaving no lacing patterns. Bubbles stay and form a halo ring though. Pretty stuff. Aromas are intense. Brash, alcoholic, phenolic, yeasty, fruity, suede-like, and leathery are some terms i'd use to describe the aroma of this brew. There are also some uniquely fruity (pear) notes tucked into this complex and elbaorate spectacle of aromas. The first sip is intense in flavor as well. Fruity pear notes with some leather in the mix as well. Also some German hop notes, and a biscuty o-fest malt character as well. It's very interesting to see such subtle flavors come through in such a big beer. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and coating a warming sensation is evident in the sip and swallow of this concoction as well. Drinkability is good for this interesting concoction but not amazing. This is some damn fine nectar on it's first birthday but I can only assume that it was all too brash in its youth. Not a world class champion like the raspberry eisbock, but a good German styled double-strength eisbock all the same. However, I must say that Southamptons version simply demolishes this one. Another Kuhnhenn master piece, but not my favorite from these truly talented brothers.

francisweizen, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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)

feloniousmonk, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the tap at the Kuhnhenn pub.

This one, much like the regular eisbock, defies it's category and description really. Though the ABV was quite high, you wouldn't know it to taste it. How do these guys pull that off? Maybe a deal with Satan? Who knows!

Pours a bright amber in color with a white head to match. Nose was seriously complex, smells of candy almost, fruity, almost wine like in charatcer, reminded me of barleywine to be honest. Taste was quite the experience I've got to say, taste of cherries, bubble gum (yes, I said bubble gum, bazooka to be exact) grapes, malts and hops well in unision, neither dominating overall. Honestly, this seemed more like an ale to me somehow, a light one yes, but still an ale. I really like the experimental nature of the brew, it really is something different like many of their brews are. I really like the fact the don't go the high hop route with everything too, that idea seems so played out to me. This is a great example of creativity at work.

I really enjoyed this brew overall, also was available in bottles. I hope they make more next year, I'll definatly be looking for it.

Gaisgeil, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of putnam
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2004, 15.5%
Brown, red and caramel amber liquid is fizzy enough to generate some foam. Alcohol pulls it back down quick though.
Aromas of fruit salad with white grapes, coconut, tangerines and white port. Fruit flavored candies, mulling spices and alcohol are evident on the nose too.
On the palate it is a mash of fermenting, candied nuts and spices. Sugary alcohol flavors join estery fruitiness, sesame and wine elements.

This is a daring, interesting beer. I find it monsterous as a proposition for drinking.
I'll use it in a sauce (or 'as' a sauce!)

putnam, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber with a small head that disappears quickly. Aroma is thick and sweet fruity plums with just a hint of caramelized syrup. No lacing but heavy legs on the sides when the glass is swirled.

Taste is bold and thick, heavy on the sweet and tart. Flavors of dark fruits, prunes and golden raisins on top of a malty base. Not much bitterness but there are some obscure yeasty, musty elements and subtle spices. Tastes of cherries and red grapes come out and it sweetens a bit as the beer warms in the snifter. A not-so-subtle alcohol burn accompanies the swallow with a finish similar to some Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is thick and flat with very little carbonation. Surprisingly, it thins a little as it warms and drinkability improves greatly. Smooth with just a tiny bite to it but the richness and alcohol content still keeps this one a sipper.

My first eisbock, not really sure what to make of it. I expected something along the lines of a barleywine but this has none of the hoppiness or bitterness. Good stuff, parallels with Samiclaus or Quelque Chose are pretty close. Would love to try this direct from the tap. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this brew.

2004 vintage, 15.5%

assurbanipaul, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a copper-red color with a minimal white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a candi sugar smell. Hops are not present in the aroma, but a bit of alcohol is. The flavor is candy-like...sweet and semi-fruity. It is a pretty easy drinking brew for the 15.5% alcohol level. A tasty digestive brew, after StuBob's stir fry.

BeerBuilder, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of walleye
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from the tap at my favorite brewery. poured a nice amber with a nice size off white head. aroma, grapes, apricots, blackberries, yeast, alcohol, honey, and hints of yeast. flavor, dark fruits, grapes, apple, apricots, alcohol, hints of chololate. as this beer warmed up the alcohol became stronger.this is a nice strong beer. they bumped up the alcohol to 15.5

walleye, Dec 26, 2004
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.

CRJMellor, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of marburg
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ha! Little did I realize until this afternoon that I actually had this beer, I believe, back on November 1. The owners were sampling something with the employees, and my friend handed me a small glass and asked me to give my impressions. The first words out of my mouth were "strong," "estery," and "ale."

Well, I was wrong about the ale part.

And apparently, it's all in the yeast. The brothers used some sort of highly unique yeast strain to produce this wildly estery effect that you can't generally find in a lager. This is on par with the sweetest and fruitiest of flavors generated by any yeast.

Estery characteristics dominate the nose. Powerful. Sweet. Apricots and fleeting blackberry flavors push the palate around a tiny bit. Light bitterness and a mild astringency. Potent, syrupy texture conveys a warmth that's re-asserted by alcohol in the finish. Surprisingly well hidden, though. Strong and sip-worthy but not at all harsh or "difficult."

Another amazing Kuhnhenn's experiment in pushing the limits of beer without resorting to twelve tons of hops to do it.

marburg, Dec 31, 2003
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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.