Winter Ale - Minhas Craft Brewery
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2.95/5 rDev -9.2%
Red Bock Winter Ale picked this up as a single 12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a dark reddish brown with good clarity and a half inch of bubbly off white head on top of the brew. Aromas start with cereal grains that are lightly toasted along with some caramel and nutty tones. Light grassy hops. Nothing really going on here.
First sip brings a crisp toasted cereal grain malt that flows down with some caramel accents and light nutty flavors. A bit of a metallic taste as it moves along. This one finishes with some herbal hops on the way down and a light bitterness. Nothing really stands out here.
Mouthfeel is on the light side with a light creaminess and good carbonation. Goes down easy enough. A decent enough brew but comes across too light bodied for a bock. More like a bigger red ale. Either way it doesn't leave me wanting to come back for more.
05-09-2007 00:28:20 | More by orbitalr0x
2.38/5 rDev -26.8%
355ml bottle, 6% ABV, at Pizza Brew in Calgary.
This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually loosely bubbly ecru head, which leaves some minor sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly abates. Pretty darned pale for a winter ale, I have to say.
It smells weakly of musty, somewhat bready caramel malt, sour, yeasty, and muddled dark fruit, and a wet mineral flintiness. The taste is more of same, but thankfully (?) amped up - grainy caramel malt, stale white bread, a kind of acrid apple and cherry pit 'fruitiness', a weirdly isolated and muted roastiness, and dead floral, musty hops.
The carbonation is moderate in intensity and yet quite frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and rather tacky in its wan attempt at smoothness. It finishes just off-dry, the toast finally connecting with the still understated bready caramel malt, the so-called fruitiness having slunk off somewhere.
It's like the brewer read about all these fancy winter ales that proliferate this time of year, and took a bland amber ale and gave it a slight uptick in underwhelming fruitiness, nothing more. Sigh - this hardly inspires thoughts of warming hearths, knit sweaters, hot tubs, or especially, hope.
02-25-2014 23:49:31 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
A - A khaki two finger head is suspended above a crystal clear red-amber brew. The head is really dense and creamy looking, and it leaves big sheets of lace on the glass that slide down and leave soft arcs behind. Retention is very good, and the shade of this brew seems to change depending on the angle.
S - Sweet maraschino cherry syrup and some milk chocolate. There are some vague hop notes, but they really just balance the sweet notes and nothing more. Caramel and hard strawberry candy (the kind that come in the strawberry skin wrapper. Some steely mineral notes are there too.
T - The flavors follow the nose to a T. Cherry syrup and hints of chocolate. It's pretty light though, no big malt bomb flavors or anything. It's like a Skullsplitter halved with water. Not bad! Something reminds me of Grand Marnier too, although there are no over orange flavors.
M - Medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and a dry finish. The mix of heavy syrup and chocolate flavors and a relatively thin body is sort of odd.
D - Give this a bigger body and get rid of the mineral hard water notes, and this would be much better. As is, this is a pretty damn good beer. This would go great with chocolate desserts, and it would be an especially nice desert brew for those who might be intimidated by big malt bombs with high ABVs.
02-13-2008 17:47:02 | More by pmcadamis
4/5 rDev +23.1%
A creamy tan cap tops a deep, crimson accented copper body in the Minhas brewery's Berghoff Red Bock Winter Ale. The head retention is fairly good, but it leaves only minor lacing behind. The nose is malty and toasty with a cusp of caramel, and some spicy and floral hops. It seems to utilize a fair amount of Vienna malt. It's medium headed towards medium-full in body, and the moderate carbonation lends a delicate caress to the tongue as it warms to become pillowy-smooth. The flavor nicely balances the spicy and herbal hops against the softly sweetish caramelized-sugar and toasted grain maltiness, and it's round from start to finish without any interuption or change in the flavor. Some more hops do appear in the finish as the maltiness slowly fades, but for the most part it's the same full flavor from end to end. It's very well done, drinkable, and satisfying. Well worth trying.
05-26-2007 23:18:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
My dad always insisted that the Berghoff brewery had one tap and many labels. I'm not sure I disagree, but that doesn't mean the beer they make isn't solid.
The beer pours a ruby-red, almost garnet with a bubbly macro-lager head that fades into a faint ring quite quickly.
The smell is fairly mild. The distinctive, slightly sour, and musty "Grandmother's house" smell that all Berghoff beers have is present. There is also a little bit of malt going on in the background.
The beer tastes quite good. There is a slight sour twang with a light bready note that spikes in a sweet middle, and has a dry finish. It is nice.
The beer is pretty much a beer for everybody. It isn't amazing by any standard, but at the same time, it is accessible to everyone. A macro-lover would say that this a beer that tastes like beer, while a craft beer lover would be able to pick out hints of munich and vienna malts.
03-26-2007 21:11:31 | More by shbobdb
2.58/5 rDev -20.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date or info but it's probably old due to the old label design.
Thanks to my girlfriend for this bottle in a trade.
A - A tall pour to the center of the pilsner glass brought this clear amber-brown beer's light caramel head to three fingers quickly. Good retention and lots of lacing on the way down!
S - The nose has a strong apple cider aroma right off the bat with persistent toasted malts trying to push through. No hop aroma here. Unfortunately I think this beer fell victim to old age.
T - A toasted malt flavor looms in the background of a thin taste profile that's unfortunately lead by a crisp apple cider flavor. Again, most likely, it has succumb to old age.
M - The feel is thin and watery with a light body and a dry finish. Leaves much to be desired.
D - Not bad but thin and cidery. The flavor and feel I can't see disintegrating that much with age so it's unfortunate it's thin. The cidery thing definitely seem to have crept up though. A drinkable beer as it is but if I was stuck with a six-er I'd try and pawn it off.
11-24-2009 04:37:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.95/5 rDev +21.5%
12oz bottle poured into nondescript pint glass.
A--Well, looks like a decent bock. Moderately creamy head (1 and a half fingers), light reddish chestnut color and clear.
S--Very faint, but a pleasant burnt character. Folgers coffee, but slight malty sweetness. Ghost of black licorice. A dark, dried fruit (dates?) Again, very faint and mild.
T--Ooh...nice! Pleasant flavors are bolder than smell gives away. Exquisitely balanced. Complex flavor spectrum of about 1/2 dozen things. Let me (the amateur) try to find/describe them. Mild burnt character there. Nutty. Mild iron-like metallic well-water. If anything comes close to prominent, it is the dark malt sweetness. But that is immediately complimented/neutralized by mild hop bitter. Something grassy but trending toward modestly floral...black tea? I don't know what the ABV is, but I'm not picking up any booze challenge here.
M--Enough to chew on, but unencumbering, crisp and clean. Good balance here. Good job overall, Berghoff!
D--Yes. Should I find out the ABV is on the high end for your typical bock, I'd come back and move this to at least 4.5.
01-23-2009 05:22:47 | More by larsee01
1.73/5 rDev -46.8%
Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Tall, tan foamy head. Looks good.
Smell - Pretty faint. Some caramelly malt. Might be just a hint of floral hops.
Taste - Not real pleasant. Starts with a chocolately malt, but overpowered by bitter finish. Alcohol flavor is noticable.
Mouthfeel - Creamy, but still pretty crisp. A little bit of carbonated bite.
Drinkability - Can't say I care much for this beer. Not really what I expect in a bock and not, for that matter, very good tasting. The beer, however, is made by a nice little historic brewer in a nice little historic town. (Although the brewery's recently been bought out by Canadian uber-swillery Minhas.)
02-19-2007 00:39:19 | More by scaliasux
3.7/5 rDev +13.8%
Clear,Chestnut amber with a fizzy ecru head. Smells of bubblegum and faintly of roasted coffee and toffee, definately malt forward. Tastes nutty and malty and fairly well balanced by roasted malt with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and more flavorful than most of this style. A good inexpensive quaffer.
04-03-2009 22:36:44 | More by biggred1
3.98/5 rDev +22.5%
Decidedly malty, floral hop
Creamy and wet
milky sorghum malt, well roasted aftertaste, warming spirits
Chilly spring afternoon with a scent of fresh green grass thawing mud on a swift breeze
Solyanka; smoked fish; cucumber salad on black bread; green pepper and pretzels; dill
Berghoff beers tend to have flavour profiles, that change as they sit on the tongue. This brew starts of with biting carbonation and hop, after which the malt runs away with your tongue, leaving a strongly roasted aftertaste. The transitions are not subtle and the individual malt components could be more distinct.
01-30-2012 02:50:27 | More by c1377
2.5/5 rDev -23.1%
Labeled a simply "Winter Ale," and in line with their other new labels. Just as well because it's not very red. Just a dark amber.
The head goes down quickly, and the ringing is persistent. No problems there.
The smell is sweet with toasted malts and no hops noticeable. I had high hopes, but the taste is not good. I enjoy the sweetness, but the dominant taste seems to be metallic, and the malt flavors don't stand up as well as they ought to.
It's not a thin beer (to its credit), but the taste seriously damages drinkability to me.
05-20-2010 23:19:50 | More by CHL
2.75/5 rDev -15.4%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
The final piece of my six-part Berghoff puzzle. Desperado is now raging on the tube, and my girlfriend is wondering why I continue to shovel crappy beers into my gullet. I've had the same thought a few times tonight as well. Oh well, it's almost over. The capstone here pours a clear dark ruby topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. Gotta say, this thing actually looked lovely. After my friend and I marveled at that statement, I took a whiff: caramel, toasted toffee, brown sugar, and dirt. Dammit, here we go again. At least it's not as bad as it could potentially be. The taste is also dominated by a toasted toffee character, along with some flowers, light butter, and some sort of off-fruit flavor, mostly akin to bad apples or old grapes. This could have been good...maybe. Too bad. The body is a slightly light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. If it wasn't also on the thinner side, I couldn't knock it too much, but oh well. Overall, looks can truly be deceiving, and this is proof positive. I'm glad this painful journey is over.
06-01-2011 05:06:07 | More by TMoney2591
3.18/5 rDev -2.2%
Update 12/30/10 - Was it change in receipe or a reduction in quality control has really hit this beer hard! Almost all aspects of this beer have been degraded. To bad!
Origanl Revuew on 11-04-06 rated A-
The new Berghoff Red Bock Winter Ale in a 12 oz brown longneck with an attractive label (notice the subtle snowflake motif). I'm not sure how it can be both bock & an ale...
The beer pours a clear red with some brown highlights. The head is a creamy off-white. Decent clingy lacing.
The nose is decent. I get malts, some floral spice notes and a bit of caramel and coco.
The beer tastes of sweet malts (Caramel), some plums, and a hint of peat. There seems to be some subtle spicing, but perhaps that is from the hops. A bit of chocolate emerges late. The beer has a fair bit of complexity. The distinctive Berghoff yeast strain hovers in the background.
The beer is smooth with a decent firm mouth. This could be a decent session beer. While I will miss the old winter hazelnut beer, this is not bad at all. I would love to try this on tap.
11-04-2006 00:50:34 | More by Redrover
2.42/5 rDev -25.5%
Still looking for my first quality Berghoff beer. Let's see if this one does it....
Begins with a very Bock-like image wiht a color that lands between a solid brown and amber. In initial fizzy head falls into nothing right in front of me. No lacing- a dull looking beer.
Aromas favor the wet cereal grain scent, but backed up with a modest malty undertone. Caramels, toasted grains, and light yeastiness persists far behind. Not smelling good either.
Flavors actually have a half-grain/half-malt taste which is better tilted toward malts than the aroma suggests. But the flavors are still light and falter quickly. No hop taste, no esters, no phenols. If it were not for the graininess, the beer would have nothing.
Thin on the malt textures, allowing the graininess to take hold. Unresolved barley sugars sit on the mouth much in the same way that a cola does. Grainy late and increased going into the aftertaste.
Under malted and over sparged. The beer might have decent brewing quality but the quest for the bottom line hurts significantly. The beer should not carry the Bock name, it's no more that the Michelob version that is also a bastardization of the style.
03-28-2009 04:12:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -0.6%
A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. it left a small amount of lace.
S - It smelled of caramel and malt.
T - It tasted quite malty. There was also a vanilla flavor. Overall, it was fairly sweet.
M - It was soft and relatively smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - This is an okay bock. It doesn't overwhelm you with flavors but is a nice session brew.
12-04-2007 02:56:49 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a dark, ruby-brown color with a medium sized, cream-colored head.
Aroma is a nice change. Quite heavy with berries. Dark, dried cherries.
Flavor is fun, too. Sweet with berries, maybe black cherries.
Mouthfeel is well carbonated. Not much else I can say.
Drinkability is ok. Less than I expected when I first started drinking it. The sweetness really caught to me. This would be a great beer to pair with meals. Lingonberry or crepes for breakfast, glazed pork for dinner, and any desserts that are based with berries. Would be fun to cook with too, in a similar vein. Definitely a great beer to order once in a while to break things up, but I really don't think I'd order more than 2 in a row.
12-02-2007 22:53:51 | More by terrabyte
3.1/5 rDev -4.6%
12 oz brown bottle with no freshness info.
a: Pours a dark amber with white head and small patches of lacing.
s: A light aroma of caramel and cherries.
t: Mild caramel malt, slight cherry flavor towards the end with a touch of hops in the finish.
m: Thin, light body, medium carbonation.
d: Not too sweet or filling, pretty light overall. An average bock with some interesting cherry thrown in there. Nothing exciting, an ok winter seasonal.
12-06-2007 21:08:01 | More by BradLikesBrew
3.13/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a very clear rusty amber hue. Rocky off-white head of two fingers holds very well and leaves stubborn streaks of lacing. Weak nose, hints at toasty malt and a faint apricot fruitiness. First sip is sweet with dark Munich malt and Crystal. Slight roasty tones come through is a semi-dry aftertaste that delivers a propely subtle, spicy german hop profile. The overall flavor is balanced and very much what you might expect from a bock- only more mild than you might prefer. The body is a bit too thin and the carbonation is too crisp. Nice residual caramel and buscuity malt finish with balancing noble flavor/bitterness. If not so restrained, this could be a great beer.
02-22-2007 07:48:18 | More by PBRstreetgang
2.48/5 rDev -23.7%
Reviewed from Minhas session notes.
Poured out a dark amber color with deep brown highlights and a one finger fizzy soda styled head that falls apart into a scummy layer in about a minute without any lacing left behind. Smells like a mild melange of lightly toasted malts and a strange sort of wispy 'sweet-tart' aroma garnish that belongs on the nose of a watered-down Flanders, not a Bock! Flavor is likewise comprised of lightly toasted malt and the strange sourness in the aroma is revealed as coming from a sort of overripe mushy plum flavor component, no detectable hopping in aroma or flavor. Texture is kind of thin and somewhat overcarbonated for a bock as well. It almost gets a stinging sensation on the tongue from how soda-like it is...but at least the finish isn't as sweet as most of the other Minhas products I've sampled.
02-16-2012 20:02:23 | More by WastingFreetime
Winter Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.