Winterland - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 17.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 11-11-2010

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Reviews by drizzam:
Photo of drizzam
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: juniper, slight chocolate, coffee, Appearance: black, brilliant, but dense. Lace like a winter time etching. Palate: very creamy, suspicion of sweetness up front but the juniper in the background working with the hops to dry it out – there is a long lingering juniper hop presence in the aftertaste. Feel: Fine soft mouth filling carbonation. Overall: The juniper is very interesting – it does hint of fine gin. The dark roasted malts go very well with the juniper. Almost like a Russian Imperial Stout with juniper lurking in the background, chicory suggested in the finish.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single

just picked up on the whole hinterland winterland thing - cute

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, very dark mocha body, creamy/foam tan head with adequate lacing left behind

smell: dark roasted malt, pine resin, bakers chocolate, some dark fruits

taste: pretty strong porter here - the juniper berries contribute a fair amount of bitterness. bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, figs, dark cherries, hints of booze. 3rd straight really impressive beer i've had from hinterland - keep it coming

mouthfeel: full body, bitter finish

drinkability: good

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Hinterland in Milwaukee, served in an oversized snifter.

Black body with chocolate mocha milkshake foam, larger bubbles interspersed in the creamy sticky cap. It laced around the sides, and there was some visible carbonation rising to the edges.

Dark roast and some pine resin, reminding me of Alpha Klaus, and the impending holiday season.

Bitter bakers chocolate, piney hops, dry roast, cacao nibs. A multi-dimensional flavor that is far more interesting and beefed up than your average American Porter. Full bodied, rich at first but dry and satisfying in the finish. Some dried tobacco leaf and juniper berry freshness. Overall very nice, and a beer i'd look for again in the future.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange (thanks Mike!). No date or info (Not worried about freshness though as it was just released).

A - A vigorous pour from the bottle reveals the beer to be a clear dark amber. In the glass it's inky black. The short-lived cascading results in a three finger tan head with a subtle rosy hue. The firm foam has phenomenal retention lasting minute after minute and thick, patchy lace. That's a perfect looking porter.

S - Awesome dark chocolate, milk chocolate aroma up front with a roasted malt characteristic that's strong similar to coffee and burnt toast. The juniper berries add a welcoming complexity to the beer. A touch of mintiness, pine, and cherry-like fruit. Inviting and evoking of the holiday spirit.

T - Soft and balanced roasted coffee compliments the chocolate roasted malts so prevalent in this beer. A light spike of slightly minty pine, presumably from the juniper berries adds a good depth beyond the roast.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, Winterland will be a pleasure to sip in the cold winter months. The round, full mouthfeel has a nice bittersweet, dry finish that beacons for another sip.

D - Again, Hinterland's Winterland is a beer with great winter warming qualities that would make it one of my go-to beers this coming winter. Well-balanced and nicely nuanced, it's certainly a tasty treat. And the alcohol isn't present in the lease either, so it really will warm you!

Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Very dark brown. Pretty dark, but appears clear. Short-lived, short brown head.
S - Dark malt. Molasses, coffee, toffee.
T - Also dark malts. Burnt toast and coffee. Dry finish. On the bitter side. A touch of citrus.

Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

I picked up this pint bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for 99¢. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color with a 1-finger dark mocha head. The head lasted for about a minute and it left some decent lacing.

It smelled very malty and very fruity.

Very bitter coffee flavor along with lots of berries and a touch of raisin. Somewhat sour as well.

Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer. Can't say it tastes like anything I've tried before. Kind of a cross between a porter and a winter warmer.

Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of mountdew1
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  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.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown to black. A large head collapses quickly to be a thin, lasting cover. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of cocoa/toffee with a hint of juniper.

The taste is of chocolate, toffee with juniper and a mild roast (coffee) finish. The juniper blends well into the solid porter without being too much. Nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well-covered.

It is medium-bodied, smooth, slightly slick.

A unique, well-done winter brew. A nice, strong porter with a touch of juniper.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Thanks, Andy! Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pour yields a black-bodied beer with a 1.5-finger light mocha head that is quite bubbly and persistent. A bit of lacing as it goes down. The initial whiff brings nice notes of roasted malt and chocolate followed up with a bit of coffee and the slightest hint of juniper-infused spice.

The taste is pretty similar to the nose, though the chocolate comes out ahead of the roast character, the latter of which was more present in the nose. Additionally, the juniper comes forward quite a bit more, which negatively affects the finish, but is a bit too dry and astringent. Maybe a bit too much. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, pretty good, though I think I would have liked this without any--or at least substantially less--juniper.

Photo of klikger
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Black, massive brown head, and excellent lacing

S - Roasted malts, a bit of mint and juniper

T - Piny hops & dark chocolate --> coffee, a little milk, and more pine --> nicely bitter finish with a fair amount of juniper berries

M - Heavier for a porter, which is nice; carbonation is spot on

D - Not bad at all; pretty rich, but I could down a couple of these pretty easily

This was my first Hinterland beer, and I'm impressed. I am a fan of juniper berries, and you probably need to be to fully enjoy it. This is a tasty porter --- I plan to buy it at least once annually, assuming availability.

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

hinterland winterland. 16oz bottle.

given the lack of reviews, this brewery, which is about 30 miles from my home, must have a pretty limited distribution. i feel privileged to have such ready access to the stuff. heretofore i've avoided it due to 1) ignorance that it might be any good; 2) the big 16 oz. bottle format; 3) lack of freshness dating; and 4) the price (8.99-9.99 for a 4-pack of mostly low abv styles). ah well, finally spotted Winterland for 2.49 a single, so here goes nuthin.

a 4-4.5 completely opaque extremely dark brown. the ecru head is short and short-lived, but a partial cap in the shape of the state of Wisconsin (no joke) and ring hang around, leaving a bit of lace in their wake. actually looks a lot like Old Rasputin (which of course tends to leave a cap looking more like CA) and, as I shall discovery, even smells a bit like it.

s 4.5 big nose of molasses, dried sticky figs, roast underneath. not sure i appreciate the juniper.

t 3-3.5 the roast is more prominent up front than the aroma suggested, and the finish reveals the astringency of all that roasted malt--and both qualities are to my dismay. fortunately, in between there is enough body, sweetness, and with warming, fruityness to partially compensate.

m 4 big bodied for a 7.5% porter. the co2 is of the fine variety but could be a touch creamier.

d 2 this is plainly a porter for backers of big, over the top bitter stouts. that's not me, and it was a struggle to get through half the bottle, but I admire this brew to some extent nonetheless. the second half i mixed with a SN Celebration to make a holiday black and tan, and that helped to get it down the hatch.

Photo of sweemzander
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of wonderhinterland
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick tan head into a tulip glass. Color is almost like soy sauce.

Taste is off coming right of the fridge (and was bad when they poured it right from the tap at the brewpub), but it really flexes its awesome muscle as it warms up and approaches room temp.

There's a slight sandiness to the taste. But that quickly dies down on the tongue and a rain of (good) carbonation helps give rise to a wave of gorgeous, raw, and heavy malts.

In my twitter review of this, I wrote: If my tastebuds had to pick a soundtrack to winter in Wisconsin, this is how it'd go! Spot on.

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