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Wasatch Winterfest - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch WinterfestWasatch Winterfest

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87
very good

113 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-29-2008

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 64
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled tonight on 5/25/14. Bought this single bottle last week for a $1.69 as I have never seen this one before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my bber cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a dark brown in color with ruby highlights. About a good 1/2-finger of a beige head is seen with a good amount of lacing with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with some pine along with some dark fruits. The taste is complex with a lot going on of toffee, some caramel, spice with a mild bitter finish from the hops. Goings down pretty easy really. Perfect carbonation and a good brew for the colder months.

Photo of budgood1
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dirty mahogany colour with a thin tan head with a bit of wispy lace. deeply malty aroma throwing down a bunch of nougat, caramel and cocoa with yeast and fruitcake as an accent. the taste profile leans heavily on the layered maltiness, with semi sweet notes of dark chocolate, caramel and fruitcake accompanied by a slight citric hop juice aspect that melds well the flavours of this festive winter seasonal. a bit of bitterness wafts in and out but hop profile is there to compliment the semi-sweet maltiness, not to offset or balance the malt. another winter beer brewed to taste like a liquid candy bar. very appropriate i'd say. there is a touch of a back end band-aid aftertaste that is slightly off-putting but seems to be ok in this brew. the body is above medium with a sticky, slick and smooth mouthfeel. drinkability is average.

overall, for a winter seasonal, this offering seems rather mundane and uninspired. it definitely brings the goods and festiveness but in disjointed, unorganized way. it might be more bright and cleaner if consumed brewery fresh, but as i sip it seems somewhat muddled and dirty. i'd like to revisit next winter on the front end.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear reddish amber, with a small, dense, and quite persistent tan head. The lacing is glass-coating and fine beaded.

Aroma: Lots of pine hops and caramel, in equal measures.

Taste: Opens with a burst of moderate pine hops, soon followed by a very sturdy caramel malt presence. There is a flavor of dark bread as well. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol flavors are also notable. Finishes with a long drawn-out hop note which is balanced by lingering caramel.

Mouth feel: Velvety soft, with modest carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasing and drinkable example, well-suited to colder weather.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brownish head. Settles quickly but not completely, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface, a thick beer ring, and some persistent residue. Substantial, dry beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a little molasses and raisin, and a bit of pecan.

T: Rye bread, peat, bitter pecan shell.

M: Thick and hearty. High alcohol is evident, kind of boozy. Pungent, lingering finish. Seems to improve as it warms.

D: Sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is roasty with sweet and nutty components. Pungent grains, and bitterness. Overall, this is an pretty good quaff.

Photo of acevenom
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark ruby brow with thin light an head that fades. There are some visible tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass. The beer smells of toffee and bread. The taste follows the nose. The spices have mellowed out considerably at this point. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good. This is a good beer, but definitely not worth the price of a six pack.

Photo of utopiajane
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I favor the malty beers so I couldn’t wait to try this. Pours chestnut brown with red highlights and a frothy tan head that lazily fell off to a thick cap and some big splotchy lace. With this beer the nose finds you. Exciting with a bit of pine up front, ripe fruit, orange, bread and caramel. Malt is very round and approaches chocolate but artfully stops right before. It intrigues. Opens up sweet with plenty of toffee and grain but never becomes chewy. Hops are gentle but firm with light floral and the very faintest hay and dank. Taste is big crusty bread, so much malt but so damn smooth and the sweetness downplayed on the palate. Hops are gentle and give their touch of herbal and bitter then leave crisp with plenty of dryness and bitter in the finish. This was a very impressive seasonal that was gracious and engaging. Vivacious with malt character it let the hops ride in the backseat and completely won me over with every sip.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wasatch Winterfest has a thick, frothy, tan head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, bubble streams, and a lot of heavy, splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of fruit and brown bread crust. Taste is the same, with caramel, toffee, and a very nice, pleasant hop bitterness coming in at the middle and staying through the end. Mouthfeel is medium to full, and Wasatch Winterfest finishes mostly dry, smooth, and delicious. The alcohol warmth kicks in in the throat and stomach as one drinks it down. This is the best winter seasonal I think I’ve ever tried. I rate it quite high. Get some!

RJT

Photo of MrGraybeard
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled bottle into a snifter glass. Clear mahogany, with a moderate, loose head that faded fairly quickly. Pronounced, balanced aroma with resin and malt evident.

Piney-citrus hops overpowers the malt at first, surprising for a winter ale. Malt shows up at midpalate, but IBUs prevail at the finish. With 7% alcohol, it's definitely a winter warmer.

I would have liked a more velvety mouthfeel from this beer. Also, the hops were a little over the top; I checked the brewer's website, which said the ale used Columbus and Amarillo, apparently a proprietary strain. They're tasty, but I wish they had played more of a supporting role.

Photo of ElCommodoro
1.97/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This was pretty disappointing. It's like they took a dark beer and tried to spice it like a pale ale or something. Weird herbal hop flavour a over a moderate maltiness. I don't know what to say about this except that the flavours didn't mesh well at all. I thought it bordered on abysmal. Couldn't think of any food to enjoy it with either.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a semi-hazy dark mahogany brown with a rather stable single finger of sand colored fluffy head that leaves some nice looking lacing behind on the glass. Body is on the fuller side of medium thickness and carbonation is on the lower side of medium strength, it also has a bit of stickiness to the texture.

Smells mostly of thick pine resin and pine needles, with orange peel and several different levels of toasted breads, and a touch of caramel and floral hopping garnish. Tastes of all of these elements, but also gains some nuttiness and cinnamon spicing elements as the glass warms up. The ABV is well hidden and the flavors are rich, full, and complement each other quite nicely. Well done and worth trying.

Photo of FranklinLOLOL
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - a slight red hue, with a decent head.

Smell - hops, lots of it, not overwhelming, but enough not to be able to smell the other flavors dwindling in the glass

Taste - sweet, the hops first come in, and after the notes of carmels then alcohol

Drinkability - simple, yet elegant, extremely enjoyable and a seasonal treat very much anticipated

Serving type: bottle

Photo of imagoodboy1769
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this past winter (2011). Boy was it a great find.

A-The look of this beer was great, I have to admit I didn't get a chance to fully pour this one as I was staying with mormon family at the time, and so my drinking had to be clandestine.

S-The smell was great. A nose full of hops. The smell wasn't overwhelming like some dryhopped IPAs, but great aroma of hops and malt.

T-An amazing taste. I love strong ales, Imperial Stouts, and brown ales. This beer had the best of all the worlds. The balance of malt, bitter hops, and flavor hops was amazing. Utah deserves a lot of credit for this one.

M-a great mouthfeel. A little light bodied for my taste. It was nice and crisp though. It's a sipper but could become a party beer if one were so inclined.

O-This beer is great. I'd rank it up there with Arrogant Bastard. If you're ever stranded in Utah for the winter, go to the nearest State Liquor Store and pick up a case of this. The two 6 packs I had were not enough.

Photo of mpyle
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Deep ruby amber color, very clear. Pours a creamy off-white head with decent retention.

Smell - rich and malty, but also with some piney hop notes. Think I smell cinnamon, but not sure if it is *that* kind of a winterfest beer.

Taste - Big slug of rich malty goodness. Slight hint of a plum character. Despite being malty, is never overly sweet. Finishes with a distinct but gentle hop bitterness that lingers.

MF - Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Very nice level of alcohol warming - just enough to be noticed, but not enough to be overpowering.

Overall - I never know what to expect with a winter specialty beer, but this one hit the spot. Big and malty, but not crazy with spices or goofiness.

Photo of mactrail
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly sharp and spicy flavors right from the start. Amber in the glass with decent foam and lacing. Doesn't seem to be spiced at all, according to the brewery, and the hops are Columbus and Amarillo. So they're getting a lot of flavor out of the malt as well. Rich roasted barley and beery smell. Nice sweet malt flavor as you sip.

More interesting than many ambers, and it's clearly not a Winter Warmer sort of thing. I think it's more drinkable than a lot of the other Christmas/winter ales. Great balance, complex flavors, no distracting spices. Malty with a dry touch and great aromatic hops.

Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark chestnut brown, two fingers of head stays for a while

SMELL: Caramel, cake batter, toasted bread, ripe peaches, dired grass, faint alcohol, wild flowers

TASTE: Toasted grain, smooth, semi-creamy, dried grass, slightly roasty, bitter hop, dried plums, warming alcohol, brown sugar, faint hop spiciness, roasty semi-dry finish.

A solid winter seasonal, hits all the right spots ... warming alcohol, toasty-roasty character & a kiss of complexity. No spicing and pretty damn drinkable.

Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark red color and nice amber highlights. Head is a small one finger and bright white in color. Lace is minimal at best.

Smell is of candied malts and spice. I think I am also getting a bit of alcohol here too. Maybe even just a hint of hops. There is also just a hint of vanilla or oak.

Taste is a bit odd. Medium sweet candy at first and then turns bitter and kind of caught me off guard. Gets a bit better as it warms.

Mouth is crisp and the carbonation is round. Body is medium and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall this is an okay Winter Warmer. I wasn't expecting much though. I'm on a winter beer tasting spree right now and this one is about average. Check it out if you get the chance.

Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is malty and hoppy with a little spice possibly spruce.

Starts out malty and sweet with a firm bitter finish. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavors with some cedar plank flavor. Faint spruce flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty winter beer with a strong hop bite.

Addendum: Friday 13th 2013 resample:

I detect a bit of cinnamon in the smell.

I definately taste strong spruce flavor and it is decidedly less bitter than I remembered it.

Not as sweet now as it seemed in 2011.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear garnet color with a frothy off-white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of sweet roasted notes with some fruit.

Tastes of sweet fruits and roasted notes. Fruits have a fig and raisin character. Roasted notes lie in the middle with some toasted bread and toffee with a bit of chocolate. Ends in a citrusy and herbal bitterness that ties everything together.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this very enjoyable and it was quite a surprise compared to the rest of the Wasatch beers I have had. This is definitely one to check out if you're in the mood for something rich and sweet.

Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A - pours a translucent brownish amber; big bubbly, off white head. NIce lacing, decent head retention. A very impressive looking beer. Very good.

S - biscuity malt, buttery toffee, and herbal and fruity hops. Very delicious smelling - a hint of booze in the mix as well.

T - a touch of bitterness up front, opening up to the rich biscuity malt. Brown sugar and dark fruit in the mix as well.

M - full bodied, crisp, well carbonated. Very nice.

O - overall, a great winter beer. A bit of that warming character that I enjoy. I'll be coming back to this.

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel and toffee notes. There is also some dark fruit and quite a bit of alcohol, which is kind of surprising since the beer is only 7 percent. The flavor is hoppier than the aroma. I get some pine and grass notes from the hops and also some toffee and caramel malt. There is also some dark cherry in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While there is quite a bit going on, the flavors don't really seem to meld all that well together and as a result, the beer falls a bit short.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 02/03/11. Pours a rich brown color with a large froth of dense, creamy head. Retention is good, but lacing is downright gorgeous. Great looker. Bonus points for having a clear bottling date code, thanks Wasatch!

Nose is piney and citric with a minty, chocolate maltiness that is interesting. Smells like lots of hops were used here.

Nice use of flavoring and bittering hops with a lighter-than-expected malt bill. Roast and chocolate are there, but it could use some more body and even some sweetness would not be amiss. Not bad, perhaps a fresher sample might be better, but one would assume a 7% winter warmer would hold up for at least 5 months or so. It just feels a bit thin for the style. Id consider buying a sixer around Christmas if I saw it around, pretty easy drinking and the hops are nice as well as the lack of over-the-top spice additions found in many a winter seasonal.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark mahogony colored beer with a very loose small bubbly tan colored head.

S-the nose has some roasted malts, a little overly sweet caramel, very sticky hop resign aroma, pine sap, wood, oily citrus in the back.

T-the taste is similar, slightly burnt wood and malt, overly sweet caramel, very resignous, lots of sugars left behind and it shows in the feel as well. very piney in the back with sticky citrus notes and moderately bitter.

M-the feel is a little fuzzy with the residual sugars, the finish is nice, it is rather dry and crisp, well carbonated.

D-not bad, has some flaws. overly sugary and sweet with a ton of sticky malts and hops. has a decent balance and a nice finish.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap @ 1702 Tucson, AZ; March 2011
This arrives from the tap with a creamy textured, amber tinged, tan colored half-finger thick head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, burnt amber color that shows a clear, ruby-amber hue when held up to the light. The up front aroma is dominated by herbal, citrusy hop notes and even some berry like notes. Specific notes of tangelo, ruby red grapefruit and a back drop of pine play nicely with subtler notes of biscuit-like maltiness and a solid cracker like character towards the finish. A nice appetizing aroma for any hop head, but there is a fair amount of malt character to this brew's aroma too.

As the beer first hits my palate it tastes bitter, with a caramelized sweetness, a herbaceous quality and lots of fruity hop notes. The bitterness is present from start to lingering finish and there is also a herbal / menthol like hop character that is along for the ride as well. The beer has a medium body with some viscous heft to it through the middle of each sip, but the herbal / bitter hop character scrubs the palate clean of the residual malt in the finish. Flavors of buttery toffee and rich caramelized grain intermingle with fruit notes of tangelo, candied citrus zest, sweet-tart berry notes as well as some touches of hemp and pine needles too.

This is quite nice, I would be quite happy sipping a few pints of this over an afternoon / evening. The malt character is richer and darker leaning than the Sierra Nevada Celebration that inspired this brew, but it is definitely quite appropriate for a Winter beer.

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red, nearly brown color. A beige head rises to more than two fingers. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops up front. Followed by some dark fruits and wood aromas that mingle together.
T: A quick flash of some citrus like hops. Then an overpowering wood flavor. Some sweetness, but not much. Then finishes very bitter.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly syrupy though. Which is an odd mesh. A bit of alcohol, but overall not something I am coming back to often.

Decent enough. The six pack will not go to waist, but not one of the better winter seasonals I have had.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Wasatch so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, a good amount of hops and a little bit of fruit.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of brown sugar, fruit and caramel that are quickly followed by a solid and complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is very solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.