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Winterland - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant


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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-11-2010)
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Photo of DrDemento456


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.79. Into a pint glass
A - Can't knock the color deep dark black brown, can't see through it with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Smells like a decent porter a bit sour probably from the berries. Mostly hops and smokey ash.
T - Slightly bitter some coffee bitterness, and a touch of drying berries/ashy smoke.
M - Pretty smooth mostly medium bodied not very silky. Bitter.

Overall I don't think Juniper berries was a great addition to this porter. Left it very dry, herbal, and somewhat sour. Not bad overall but still not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 06:32:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of buschbeer


3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

ONE PINT bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beer pours dark. No light penetrates the body. It is topped with four inches of mocha head.

S - The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa.

T - The taste is much the same. I get some roasted malt and cocoa. I also notice a burnt flavor. The juniper adds a lingering bitterness.

M - Full

O - It is average. I got this as an extra in a trade. I probably would not buy it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 06:42:16 | More by buschbeer
Photo of PorterLambic


2.41/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Arrives the color of roasted chestnuts (tis the season), clear with some slight light penetration around the edges. Head is espresso foam colored and decently retained, becoming a clumpy film. Great lace.
Smell is toasted, almost burnt, malt, coffee, cardboard, ashy. Well balanced but I'm a little concerned of what the taste will bring.
Taste is ashy, with a pine note underlying it. Malts are burnt, period. Off-putting.
Medium bodied, lighter effervescence, slight drying in the finish. Stop overcooking the malts and this could be a really good brew. Ain't there as it stands.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 02:02:58 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This strikes me as quite a Scandinavian porter. There is a mild bit of molasses in the mix there and the juniper does get in on the party. But what's there is not overly intrusive and is slightly past being subtle. I like it. Carbonation is a bit high. Very pleasant drinker. I bet this would be pretty interesting on cask.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 04:49:04 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of garymuchow


3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into large Old Style glass.
Pours with smallish head, even with some aggressive dispensing. Slightly roast, slightly smoke but a nice berry like quality to the juniper. A neutral yeast quality. Very dark with no real highlights.
Pretty heavy body with a chewy after drink quality. Flavors are much more aggressive than the aroma with a full roast and hints of coffee. Roast is quite drying and lingering. Less juniper noted here.
This certainly fills the bill as a winter beer. Semi-rich, heavy and robust (esp. in the flavor).
Figured it a reasonable beer during the Packers play-off game against the 49er's.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:20:25 | More by garymuchow
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winterland pours a black color with a very small head. The aroma has a smokey malty kick, with hints of the juniper. The taste has a sweet gin like kick, then finishes smokey and dry, and has a bit of a boozy taste. Good full complex flavor. Overall this is a porter with a nice kick, unique, and I enjoy the gin like flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 00:28:23 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Lemke10


3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Green Bay based brewery that makes a winter beer brewed with juniper berries. Ok, well I can’t say I know what a juniper berry tastes like but I’m game! Kudos to Hinterland for marketing a distinctive 4pk-16oz package of bottles that is cool looking and does not mimic that of Sprecher’s. However having lifted a full case of Hinterland at work before, Jesus that’s a heavy case!

It pours a pitch black color with a light brown colored head. The scent is strong and robust. There are hints of sweet malts and coffee but not picking out any presence of sweet berries. There is a faint hint of cocoa as well in the mix.

The taste is very, very bold. There is a deep, robust, chalky flavor that erupts with a blend of coffee and tart berries. There is also a bitterness that is similar to a black IPA but not quite as strong. It’s flavorful, it’s unique, I don’t know what else to say.

This is certainly a taste that I can say I have never tasted before. There is a unique flavor that the robust brewing process mixed with the juniper berries produces. I will be the first to admit this is a beer that I can understand if people say they do not like. The 4pack-16oz bottles are cool from a beer standpoint, but with flavors like this Winterland you better find a beer buddy to split a bottle with. This is one of those beers that are so bold it’ll take you 20-30 minutes to drink a bottle by yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 20:18:45 | More by Lemke10
Photo of AmitC


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well made brew. I liked it while tasting.

Appearance is excellent for an American porter. Pours pitch black. Very excellent over one finger thick brown-mocha colored creamy head that has decent retention.

Smells of juniper berries and roasted malts. Some minor coffee presence as well.

Taste is very much like a typical porter with some bitterness and a lot of juniper berries presence.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly easy mouth feel. Dry finish. No astringency, just a tad over brewed with juniper berries.

A Try it once brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 00:17:52 | More by AmitC
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out black with three fingers of fluffy tan head that lasts for several minutes and leaves behind respectable amounts of lacing on the inside of the glass. Somewhat thinner body than usual but lively enough in terms of carbonation.

Smells and tastes of deep charred malt, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, and a quasi-Sahti sort of juniper and apples accent streak. The juniper and apples fits in slightly better with the nose than it does in the flavor. It's a solid beer, but the juniper could stand to be reduced by about 15% for a slightly better balance IMHO, as it stands now it piles astringency on top of *even more* astringency until it becomes a bit much to handle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 20:25:50 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of mjryan


4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark beer, tan head. Smells of bitter chocolate, coffe and molasis. Chocolate and coffe flavours in the vanguard, followed by a pleasing malt sweetness through the middle. Roasted, bitter finish. Juniper is very subdued. It's there, but it decently takes a back seat. That being said, though it is mellow, the juniper is the rug that really ties the room together. A wonderful stout/porter beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 02:07:10 | More by mjryan
Photo of scruffwhor


3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost black, dark brownie color. Deep tan head with strong film o' foam that lasts.

Roasty malts give aromas of powdery coffee. Add to that some spicey, almost slightly Ginny juniper berries.

Roasty, instant-coffee flavor from teh dark roasted malts. The malts and the yeast give a powdery dry palate it seems. The berries add just a mildspice note of flavor. Palate starts to get thin on teh finish as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:19:43 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of sweemzander


3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint sized bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks for the bottle Craig!

(A)- Pours a fairly thick black color. Produced a good tan colored head with decent retention.

(S)- A rich and spicy aroma with raisin and cocoa. The juniper adds an interesting fruit and spice bit to the mix.

(T)- Heavy on the spice/juniper but eventually flows into some mild roasted and raisin bits.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A bit heavy on the spice character I think; overpowers the rest of the beer profile.

(D)- Not bad, but the juniper and spice really overpowers almost the entire profile of the beer which keeps me from really enjoying it thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:52:55 | More by sweemzander
Photo of Winter


3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black in color with some slight amber highlights on the bottom and a tan head. The nose consists of cocoa, sweet chocolate powder, raisins, and juniper. The mouthfeel is full-bodied. Initial flavors of roasted malt and dark fruit appear on the first sips. A closer examination reveals the juniper berry midway and it leads into a long, dry finish. Burnt malt and dark chocolate are also tasted towards the back.

Enjoyable. The addition of juniper berry add a unique taste and twist to the style. Comforting beer to have in hand during the cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:24:05 | More by Winter
Photo of mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown that was slightly translucent. A solid 2 finger head, a bit reddish light brown, lasted about 5 minutes. One of the best pours I have seen for a while. Aroma definitely reminded me of a dark milk chocolate. A bit of sweetness, a bit of bitterness, with some cocoa aromas. A small hint of smoke as it mellowed. Taste was a bit bitter, a small hint of chocolate hiding in the back. A hint of spice, but mostly seemed like a brown wheat bread. Fairly mellow with hints of flavor that poked out. A bit of tingle to the tongue, and a tad watery. Not quite as thick as I normally expect a porter to be. Overall, a reasonable porter. However, seemed to be a strange choice for a winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:09:46 | More by mountdew1
Photo of mattfungus


4.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very good. I had this side by side with another good winter beer and it was outstanding in comparison.

I am prone to migraines and sometimes porters and winter beers hit me with one. Not this one.

It has a good head, a nice thick syrupy taste, complex hoppy aroma.

It's better cold than warm and it did surprise me how quickly the aroma disappated as it warmed.

Another surprise is one the package it clearly states juniper. If its there thats a shocker. I was even told by one person that they wouldn't even try it because of that. If its theire its very faint and my nose can usually find it.

In their sampler pack this is the first one that disappears for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 03:26:02 | More by mattfungus
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black, with a light brown, foamy, frothy, dense head that sits a solid two inches atop the brew. Looks very decent. Aromas are a dry roast coffee with a flowery highlight throughout. Great cling along the glass as you move the beer around, and the head retention is impressive. The beer is silky smooth in mouth, with a lightness that makes it extremely drinkable. Flavors are heavier on the coffee, with a smokey roasting feel this time around, and a slight juniper highlight on the initial tasting. Good, solid Porter. The aftertaste is mostly the smokey roast flavor, with a decent linger to the finish. Great winter warmer, although low on the ABV for that. Would make a great campfire beer if you could get it earlier in the year, unless you are a winter camper.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:27:27 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of morebeergood


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for New Years Eve for $11.99 in Brookline. Poured from the bottle into a New Belgium goblet glass. Dark brown color. Thin to medium sized white head. Nice rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. Smell was had a hint of pine, possibly from the addition of juniper berries to the brew. Flavor was a stellar example of a porter. Well balanced amount of dark malt, with just a touch of hops. Very smooth mouthfeel for a beer over 7% abv. Extremely easy to drink. A great porter from a brewery that I just discovered in MA. Paired with a nice steak for dinner, and toffee cake for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:03:51 | More by morebeergood
Photo of uwmgdman


4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this ale pours jet black with a tan head that diminishes to a skim with very nice lacing left all the way down the glass. The aroma is quite malty, dominated by roasted coffee, with noticeable piney hop aroma, inviting. The flavor upfront is roasted, acidic malt bite with piney hop. The beer finishes balanced between dry, acidic malts and pine hop flavor. I think some of the pine character is from the juniper berries, adding to piney hop varietals. The carbonation is medium, as is the body. Overall a delicious beer and nice wrinkle on the winter warmers available, worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:09:15 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of homebrew311


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep dark brown, tan head upon pour, quickly dissipates, decent lacing, some clarity around the edges

S: firm cocoa and roasted malts up front along with notes of tobacco, leather, and huge presence of juniper along with spruce

T: starts off roasty, but quickly gives way to earthy hops and again huge presence of juniper. End has an earthiness that takes away from the overall balance. Leaves a slightly off aftertaste.

Mf: medium body, low carbonation

O: I think the base beer here is quite well made, the addition of juniper seems to throw things off a bit

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 00:57:50 | More by homebrew311
Photo of smcolw


4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color where only a minimal amount of light passes on the edge. Not quite dark enough to be a stout. Modest head, but it lasts and leaves a blanket of lace.

The smell is flaked semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened cocoa. No coffee notes. A touch of hop.

Classic American Porter flavor. It has some burnt flavors in the background (from black patent malt?), but otherwise it's the tale of dark chocolate and bittering hop in the swallow. Full bodied with a lighter carbonation level. I do taste some juniper berry in the background as advertised on the bottle, but I wouldn't be able to identify it without the hint. It makes the beer seem dry.

All in all, one of the better porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 23:59:43 | More by smcolw
Photo of drpimento


3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Served with an average sized, thick creamy, yet foamy, tan head that settles after a few moments and plenty of lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, bit of toffee. Flavor is similar to nose with bittersweet on top with some highlights of fruit and then some carbonic tang. Body and carbonation are good with some sharp points from the hops. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and seems a little boozy. Quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 23:48:03 | More by drpimento
Photo of TMoney2591


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

Gotta love a beer that rhymes... It pours a murky black-brown topped by over a finger of bright sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light pine bark, black currants, light red grapes, brown sugar, light molasses, and a touch of dark chocolate powder. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, brown sugar, wood, juniper berries, and molasses. The berries really come through now as they are, rather than cloaked in some other form, creating an appropriately gin-like character. Unfortunately, this character seems to clash with the base porter, fomenting mildly harsh times on the tongue. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, an okay beer, but the juniper really doesn't help anything, if you ask me. Beyond that, it's pretty good, but it's hard to get beyond the gin-ish-ness.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:37:52 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of MasterSki


2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Ethan for this gem - apparently it's a Winter Warmer in disguise. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Quick-dissolving tan foam settles to a thick collar and minimal lace. Dark brown body that is slightly lighter at the fringes.

S - Juniper, bacon, smoke, apples, licorice, and fruity yeast. Surprisingly little roast character for a porter.

T - Taste is chalky, burnt, and unpleasant. There's some papery oxidation and oppressive espresso bitterness. Thankfully there's not much juniper here, and the finish is mercifully short.

M - Gritty, slightly overcarbonated, thin, dry and chalky.

D - I'm surprised by all the positive reviews - this beer was downright terrible. Perhaps it has aged poorly, as I believe it was released in November 2010. If I see it in Milwaukee this Christmas perhaps I'll give it another shot, but at this stage I'd recommend staying far, far, away from this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 05:11:25 | More by MasterSki
Photo of Chaz


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown in color, and is topped with a dark (nearly brown) tan head. It's a good two fingered head, quite rocky, and just lasts and last. Oodles of sticky lace... great first impression.

Nose is sharp and tangy, obviously quite malty, and has rich notes of roast espresso and cocoa, along with a sweeter base-malt character. Smells sort of dank and dusty too (in a good way...) Hops are here and blend fairly well with the juniper. A healthy dose of anise/licorice in the nose...

Definitely tangy on the first sip, this one's also bittersweet and offers a nice degree of smokey undertone to the roasted malt character. After the initial sip this one tastes a little more refined; sharp and bitter, but with a soft and silky-smooth character as well. Anise notes come on strong early on, but mellow a little as the drink warms. This is much drier than I'd expected; Interesting...

Mouthfeel is definitely in that territory somewhere between stout and porter, and the 7.5% isn't obvious until long into the drink, wherein it is mildly warming ('good balance', I'd say). Bitterness really sticks with you for the long run, like the scent of rain after a morning thundershower.

A complex offering, and a true sipper. Might pair well with a little 'Drunken Goat' (goat cheese). Would probably be a good accompaniment with a mild and smooth cigar.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 02:37:57 | More by Chaz
Photo of drizzam


4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8 - 12" of snow in todays (Spring) forecast...seems like Winterland is what I should be reviewing today!

A - Poured a deep dark brown in color, topped by a very impressive two finger dark tan head. Good head retention and very nice lacing left behind.

S - Dark malt and a heavy dark chocolate abound. That juniper also presents itself in the aroma, mixing nicely to give it a sort of chocolate covered berry aroma.

T & M - Roasted malt first and foremost, with dark bitter chocolate coming in a close second. The juniper berry provides just the slightest bit of sweetness to the mixture. Medium to full bodied, finishes bitter and dry. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one!

D - I'm very impressed with this first offering I've had from Hinterland. Nice complexity, this is a different interpretation of a Porter, and one I've enjoyed immensely. Get your hands on one if you can!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 20:53:38 | More by drizzam
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Winterland from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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