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Wasatch Winterfest - Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch WinterfestWasatch Winterfest

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BA SCORE
87
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative visit their website


Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 11-29-2008)
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Reviews by ElCommodoro:
Photo of ElCommodoro
1.94/5  rDev -50.1%

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.

ElCommodoro, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +2.8%

SmellsofMahagony, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Jason, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

Mora2000, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Hugh37
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Hugh37, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of rhinonau
3/5  rDev -22.9%

rhinonau, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +2.8%

LXIXME, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of dbossman
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

A: Dark amber with a steady but thin light tan head--foamy; lacing is good

S: Fairly muted but a nice carmelized malt quality--a bit of candied sugars; all on top of a citrus-like hop presence

T: Decent pine and citrus hop presence on top of a dry malt backbone; fairly simple and subdued but some spicy cloves shine through

F: Nice mouth feel and carbonation--beer evaporates off the back of the mouth

D: A decent little beer and drinkable

dbossman, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

lawlerj, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

A deep ruby pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Somewhat sparkly with regards to carbonation yet otherwise quite clear. An inch of dense light tan foam rests atop the pour and lingers nicely. Initially I fought for said foam but alas it was hard to contain in the end, and offered good lacing on the glass.

Some caramel malts on the nose acquiesce in short order to pine and citrus hop notes along with a bit or toasted grain.

Moderate hops and neutral malts on the tongue initially with a light caramel finish. A good carbonation carries through the palate. Malt notes intensify a bit as the head settles, which does take some time, and become darker in nature offering a bit of chocolate and brown sugar on the finish with a slightly drying hop nature. Said carbonation works well with the brew and offers a good feel and drink.

Was a bit at odds with this beer initially, thinking it a 'Winter Warmer', but as a 'Amer. Strong Ale' it fits the bill nicely, particularly given how hop forward it is.

HalfFull, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks go out to wasatch for this one.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a snow covered mountain range on a predominantly blue toned label. No freshness date but I imagine it is at least 4-5 months old.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of medium tan head. This settles slowly to a still substantial 1/2 finger of foam, leaving behind nearly complete lacing coverage. acing continues as I drink, with a distinct ring at each pause between sips. The beer itself is a deep, perfectly clear mahogany. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Slightly sweet caramel malt with nutty undertones. Hop bitterness in the finish.

Taste: Bready malt upfront with a slight caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: A nice sipper, I imagine great for a cold Utah winter. So many good beers out there, such poor distribution channels.

beveritt, May 27, 2009
Photo of IMPERALEVERYTHIN
4/5  rDev +2.8%

appearance: fairly clear, dark amber, nice long lasting off white head

smell: caramel, malt with a pellet hop aroma

Taste: bitter hops with caramel malts, clean flavor overall

mouthfeel: soft, medium bodied

Drinkability: I could definitely enjoy a few of these, nice balance between the hops and malt

Born on: rubbed off, purchased at brewery

Served in burgandy glass at 50F

IMPERALEVERYTHIN, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kunstman, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ocelot2500
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

ocelot2500, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

12oz from my recent trade with Wasatch... I love it when I get Utah brews from John.. I know they are gonna be fresh. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Easy 2 finger head lasted for a looong time. Tons of crusty lace and a meringue like cap that lasted the entire glass... the brew is crystal clear deep chestnut..

I am blown away by the nose.. I was expecting toasty malts and subdued hops.. Instead.. I was greeted with a big blast of citrus hops .. some caramel malts are there.. but play waaay second or third fiddle...

The flavor is much more in line with a winter brew.. but wow.. I am still reeling from the hoppiness.. The hops are met with a great nutty and only mild chocolate malt presence.. surprising hop bitterness.. caramel essence without the sweetness is hit with a nice punch in the mouth from citric hops.. I am trying to remember a brew that the Wasatch Winterfest reminds me of.. I am coming up blank.. I can easily see how this could be a great Winter Warmer.. I prefer my hoppy brews on the dry side .. this one delivers.. it tastes very fresh.. The body is medium with a smooth creamy yet everpresent carbonation.. drinkability is fairly high just because I want another sip to describe what I am very much enjoying... the finish is long and hoppy with an underground nutty component that keeps me coming back..

Wow John.. The Utah brewers are hitting them out of the park lately.. This is a great brew that should be in anybody's fridge in a cold winters night.

JohnGalt1, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This was a damn good beer, I just have to get that out of the way. I recieved this one along with the rest of my nice collection of utah beers recenetly and I thought they were all gone till I pulled this one out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with lots of reddish tint mixed in throughout. Nice clarity and some small carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice head of white on top settled down quickly and led to a thin covering of lace. The aroma was loaded with pine hops. Lots of nice balance though with hints of cinnamon and spices mixing in quite well. Lots of resin filled hops in on the flavor. Very smooth with with a nice medium boided feel that was very well placed. Well hidden alcohol was not much of an issue at all, in fact very drinkable and went down a bit too quickly.

Overall a very solid beer that was much different then what I was expecting. Solid hoppy strong ale that I would not turn down again.

mikesgroove, Feb 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

FlyingKelly, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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

RonaldTheriot, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ExaltedNecrosis, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Xzfgiimtsath, May 17, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

twiggamortis420, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Kips
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kips, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Pegasus, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

Zorro, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 18, 2013
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Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.