1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Schlafly Winter ESB - The Schlafly Tap Room

Not Rated.
Schlafly Winter ESB
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
very good

279 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Winter ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word “bitter” in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970’s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980’s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 01-09-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 147 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

hophugger, Friday at 12:53 PM
Photo of Dogstickfetch
4.76/5  rDev +24.9%

Dogstickfetch, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of GregDuB65
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

GregDuB65, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +5%

diablo14, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of 30helens
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

30helens, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of bpkrippner
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bpkrippner, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of thufflife
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of DrRei
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

DrRei, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of woopigscotty
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

woopigscotty, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Jasoncolliver
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Jasoncolliver, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +5%

aasher, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BogAl
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

BogAl, May 29, 2014
Photo of David19457
4/5  rDev +5%

David19457, May 24, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thick off-white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of lemon jelly, orange marmalade, crackers, biscuits, leather, tobacco, cedar, and caramel fill the nose.

T: Robust notes of caramel, biscuit, crackers, leather, tobacco, tea, black pepper, lemon jelly, lime zest, orange marmalade, and cedar fill the mouth. The finish is spicy and fruity with pronounced flavors of cedar, leather, black pepper, orange marmalade, and lemon jelly.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body and somewhat sticky. Carbonation is active and crisp.

O: An interesting ESB. The mixture of American and British hops in this ale is pretty unique. I especially appreciate what Pilgrim brings to the table. This is very much worth a try for those who enjoy British-style ales and/or unique hop varietals.

mrfrancis, May 14, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle filled 11-15-2013.

Pours lightly hazed, medium amber with a fine, durable creamy beige head.

Aroma of baked bread, light spices and fruity hops.

Flavor: conservatively spiced, the fruity citrus character seems to be the more unusual feature in this ESB.

Feel: smooth with medium but very soft (natural?) carbonation.

O: This winter ESB Schlafly Winter ESB is lighter than your average Winter Warmer, providing another good choice for the holidays. If found it to be enjoyable on a hot Spring day as well.

chinchill, May 12, 2014
Photo of caustin90
4/5  rDev +5%

caustin90, May 06, 2014
Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

AndrewMichael, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with quite a bit of sediment from the bottle making it into the glass. The saving grace is the thick, rocky head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Aroma is extremely fruity. Lots of orange with some grape and cherry as well. Maybe just a touch of biscuit but it is faint behind the fruit.

The taste has even more fruit. I know pretty much every Schlafly beer has this fruit note from what I assume to be the yeast but this is just a little overdone. Heavy dose of orange and cherry along the same lines as what is in the aroma. Lots of malt in the way of caramel and biscuit but it lends a bit too much sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite sweet and sticky.

Overall, this one just doesn't do it for me. Too much fruit and overly sticky make this a bit of a mess. Drinkability is very limited and it just doesn't seem that well put together. I'll pass next time.

rangerred, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of mikeherrera
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

mikeherrera, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Filabee
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Filabee, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of picardih
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

picardih, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of JesseLara
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JesseLara, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of dsl72701
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

dsl72701, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light brown hued with a good half inch head of khaki colored foam. Brussels lacing. I get a bit of biscuity malt and faint pine like hops in the nose. I get some dark malt on the front of the palate and it is quickly followed by sharp bittering hops. I get a bit of a dry chalky mouth. I get more hops and a copper penny like malt fade.

Franziskaner, Mar 25, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.