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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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87
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 webmanspidey
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle of the 2009 variety poured into a Duvel tulip glass. This is a dark brown/purple color without much in the way of head. Smell is a potent, very sweet mix of plums, grapes, cherries, and maybe dark chocolate. Alcohol is pretty intense in the flavor, and its burn is really dominating. Some very sweet dark fruit and tart cherries are present, followed by a quick bitter finish and more of the strong alcohol burn.

This would probably be a little better if I had given it some time to mellow. As is, it is a little too hot and boozy.

webmanspidey, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009
Super huge thanks to mjd83goblue for this one!

This is an opaque medium/dark amber color. A thin head of foam forms and recedes to a filmy surface covering, rather quickly. The lacing is in thin strands, but is mildly sticky.

The nose is good, but fairly simple. Loads of caramel maltiness. Quite a good showing of both fresh and maraschino cherries. Hints of dates and a light touch of yeastiness. It smells similar to my grandmothers kitchen when she would can fruits. It has a cooked fruit kind of thing going on.

Big presence of sweet maltiness. This is on top of a big breadiness. More of the cooked fruitiness going on. Hints of brown sugar and caramel.
I'd very much like to try this one again in three to five years, as I think it has some good aging potential.

Very full bodied, almost thick. A very nice, mild level of carbonation. This one is really silky smooth and has a very decent, mild level of creaminess to it.

This is definitely a sweet beer, but it comes just shy of going into cloying territory. Absolutely a dessert beer. This would be excellent with some creme brulee or even brownies.
I find it to be quite easy to drink, as a one-and-done kind of bottle. You won't really want to slam back multiples in a session.

coldmeat23, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of wisrarebeer
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 Edition

A: dark lager color but cloudy
S: very cloying, sweet like homebrewing malt extract
T: when compared to other eisbocks this one doesn't stand up, sickly sweet, not well-balanced and clean
M: decent, but still very cloying
D: not like other eisbocks in drinkability and smoothness

wisrarebeer, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 version. Clear amber color, appears to be syrupy/viscous. Only faint bubbles visible, it's not dead, but there is no head with just a pencil thin ring. The nise is rich and malty with caramel and fruit. There is also a hint of tea-like herbal character. The alcohol doesn't smell too strong.

The flavor is also huge on malt sweetness. Mostly sugary but a bit tangy also. I also get an earthy/peppery note up front. Very warming in the finish, the alcohol takes your breath away almost. Carbonation was actually stronger than it appeared, with an expected syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall a solid example. These malt bombs are not particularly my bag, but I am sure many would like this...

bennetj17, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Fairly clear dark amber, small head leaves fast to tan ring.

S - Sweet and REALLY fruity. Cooked fruits from all over the plate. Truly inviting.

T - It just gets better and better. Reminds me of an after dinner apertif, rich, cooked fruits and booze, thick sweet and delicious.

M - Heavy, for the sweetness, pretty good balance. Very coating.

D - Sorry. Too big and too BIG. One is good, and I hope I get another in the future!

srandycarter, May 24, 2009
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.

Sammy, Mar 29, 2009
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.

prototypic, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of david131
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 Vintage
15.5% ABV

A- A very deep ruby red. Clear with a splotchy white head. Very serious looking.

S- Cotton candy, cinnamon, spruce, some alcohol and spiciness. and a whole bunch of vegetable soup.

T- A massive amount of vegetable soup. Sweet, and a little hop. Not all that complex. Tastes like a bloody Mary.

M- Warm, then hot. The carbonation level isn't too bad.

D- A hot bloody Mary beer. Maybe this is too old, maybe it's just bad. This is not all that interesting or good.

david131, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 2-21-09
2007 Vintage, 15.5% ABV
Reviewed from notes.

A: Cool red color, lots of foam, good lacing with lots of bubbles, and a number of tiny yeast floaters.

S: Fruity and very boozy, with a strong aged quality.

T: Strong vegetable flavor, alcohol is surprisingly subdued, followed by big fruit flavors.

M: Way too thin, way to flat. Detracts from the big flavors.

D: Poor, very strong with an unattractive mouthfeel.

BMoney575, Feb 22, 2009
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 38 degrees. Vintage 2007 at 15%ABV.

Pours murky dark amber with a syrupy consistancy. A stretch pour barely kicked up a minimal head which faded to nothingness within seconds. Zero lacework and a placid surface remained for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with sweet malt extract, caramel, butterscotch, and chipped toffee. Hints of alcohol and crushed mint follow through.

On the full side of medium bodied, with a syrupy, tacky mouthfeel. Chewy and viscous.

Sweet, caramel-laced malt, dried figs, and sugar-dusted dates start the palate. A strong alcohol warmth and spiciness quickly steps forward along with a medicinal tinge and a fusel bite.

Finishes with a lingering, sweet warmth, caramel cubes, and peppery alcohol.

This is one big, malty, strong beer. The low carbonation and high level of residuals keeps the beer from being very drinkable.
Lacking much complexity, just a boatload of malt and alcohol.
More like a midwest triple bock.

brewandbbq, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 20, 2009
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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 23, 2008
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

mikeale, Dec 22, 2008
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.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade. 2005 Vintage.

Poured a medium amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromasf o nuttiness, some alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, and cherries. Tastes of nuts, dark fruits, and caramel. Very light alcohol in the finish but no where near 13%. Light tart finish.

Notes from 3/04/08

hopdog, Nov 10, 2008
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.

SaucyA, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz 2007 vintage bottle courtesy of biegaman poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber that looks closer to orange when held up to light. The head is short-lived and results in a ring leaving a little bit of lacing on the way.

S: Smell has a big alcohol burn throughout and features toffee and caramalized sugar along with yeast and a hint of citrus hops. Some wood and fruit hints in the background as well.

T: Taste has more fruits than the aroma and a huge molasses sweetness with caramel and toffee on top. The alcohol is also pretty evident in the finish and burns between sips like a good bourbon.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy with some small bubbly carbonation that accentuates the alcohol presence.

D: This is the definition of a sipper and is a big, big beer. Big thanks to Jan for the opportunity to try it.

gford217, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kkulacki for picking this up for me. Pours a dark walnut brown, touch of thin bubbles on the surface. Laces thickly, like concentrated prune juice. Smells of plums, black currants, slight hint of a European hop, strong alcohol. Tastes strongly of alcohol, interlaced well with a malty, fruity base. Prune flavor and tart cherry flavor, along with a dry caramel and ethanol kick. Huge and syrupy. full bodied to the MAX! A hardcore, liquor-like, evening-by-the-fire beer. Very strong and decadant.

aforbes10, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

A - Murky, cloudy reddish brown. 1 finger head dissapears quickly.

S - Slightly sweet. Faint yeast & alcohol.

T - Sweet dark fruit, raisin or date, with a big alcohol finish. You taste the 15% for sure.

M - Full body with minimul carbonation.

D - The 15% is there, but quite drinkable for how huge this beer is.

This is a huge beer. I'd get the longer this sits, the better it gets. I'm going to rest my other bottle for a couple years.

A great winter brew. It'll warm you up, that's for sure.

bbothen, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruddy, orangey red color with some visible carbonation present. Small head which fades fairly quickly.

S- Smell is very floral, vanilla, sweet perhaps a bit funky, alcohol.

T- Taste starts off with cherry, a little medicinal, hoppy, sweet in the end with some definite alcohol warming.

M- Thick and syrupy with a bit of carbonation.

D- Certainly one to sip on. I enjoyed this one a lot but it is so strong 1 is all you need.

Lothore, May 17, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for this wonderful winter larger

Vintage 2007 Bottle poured into a sniffer produce a good finger worth of head, which dissipates to a ring of lace around the glass. The body is cloudy an apricot in color

The aromas of Belgian yeast (bubblegum) caramel and fruits fill your nose Oh yes alcohol as well

This brew has tons of malt sweetness, dark fruits and Oh yes alcohol warmth as well as great spices this is a great winter warmer

Full body almost no carbonation just what is needed in a sipper

This is a great sipper but one a night is about all you need. A great brew, I enjoyed every drop of it

joepais, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn, you rock.

Thanks to Kan from RB for this one.

12 oz. 2004 vintage bottle poured into a snifter and allowed to warm up a bit.

Pours a murky rustic amber hue with a half finger off-white head that quickly dies down to a ring of bubbles on the outside of the glass. Swirling the glass leaves some legging on the sides. A big whiff of booze up front with oak, dark fruits, and thick molasses. Very powerful in the nose, but not over the top. Apple cider sweetness at first with a thick alcohol warmth and some toasted almonds. Oaky wood flavors with some grape and caramel malt on the tongue as well. Full body with a very subtle, but present, carbonation. Definitely a sipper, take your time and truly enjoy this beer. Kuhnhenn puts out another beer that tops the charts, keep up the good work guys.

BeerTruth, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like an amber lager. Poured with no head which is dissapointing and hurts it's point total.

Pint glass pour holds back a bit on the nose would have much preferred this behemoth out of an snifter. Honey comb bursts out at the ole factor with a fruity bliss (is this a lager?) thick and sweet malt dominates the spectrum.

Almost like a braggot. Very malty but layers upon layers of honey comb, caramel and toffee. Thick creamy delicious mouthfeel. Again a fruity quality very uncanny of a lager. Berry characteristics than going into more dark fruit flavors. Boysenberry being a standout. A tremendous beer with that signature malty sweetness that I've come to love in the various Kuhnhenn beers I've tried.

mcallister, Jan 05, 2008
Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.