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Schlafly Winter ESB - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Winter ESB
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86
very good

270 Ratings
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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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)
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pouring to an orange/tan color, this brightly colored winter ESB features a nose of hops, caramel malts, and light fruit. There is a moderate amount of foam that tends to clump a little. The body of the beer is cloudy and the foam is slight, leaving little or no lacing as you drink.

This ESB offers the flavors of caramel malt, biscuits, bread, light grapefruit, and lemon. Hops add a good degree of balance to this beer and it remains sweet more than anything. The body is medium to light and the beer is easy- drinking.

This beer is labeled at an extra special bitter, but it is actually quite well balanced for the style. It also is not what I would expect in any beer that claims to be a winter seasonal. The taste is not spicy like other winter brews and it is actually more indicative of an everyday session type of beer. So, this is one of those beers that demands you leave your preconceived notions behind. It isn’t what you think it will be, but the results are still satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:40:18 | More by BryanCarey
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.