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Schlafly Winter ESB - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Winter ESB
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86
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269 Ratings
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Ratings: 269
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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drn

Idaho

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-04-2011 17:20:03 | More by drn
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Skycarp33

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-20-2011 18:21:16 | More by Skycarp33
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seth72104

Missouri

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-14-2011 20:46:06 | More by seth72104
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rxthree

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +31.2%

12-29-2011 02:30:17 | More by rxthree
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lokiikol

Maryland

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-24-2011 21:18:01 | More by lokiikol
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.2%

11-24-2011 02:35:22 | More by captainbearcat
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maxpower

Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is it, orange-amber color, fluffy white head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet malt aroma, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-Full bodied, very balanced with a taste of rye and caremel. The hops really stand out in the end. This is best one this brewery has to offer.

Serving type: cask

12-11-2002 16:12:02 | More by maxpower
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dannyj56

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

09-20-2012 02:56:22 | More by dannyj56
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lillitnn92

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

12-08-2012 18:53:04 | More by lillitnn92
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woodencardboard


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-14-2012 03:55:23 | More by woodencardboard
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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-27-2013 02:17:00 | More by rrski198
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-12-2012 14:32:56 | More by Packman4IL
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ch473

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-22-2011 01:52:10 | More by ch473
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-27-2012 23:33:17 | More by EvanWilliams
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

11-13-2012 06:50:25 | More by jharris0624
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JimSwinson


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-28-2012 03:37:10 | More by JimSwinson
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear dark amber. a big fine foamed head leaves a great deal of lace. aroma of citrus hops and earthy, smoky caramel malts makes for a wonderful nose. full bodied. big tastes of malt and juicy hop... the touch of rye adding a nice complexity. finishes hoppy, leaving lots of juicy bitterness dancing in the mouth. this is a damn fine brew. balanced. unbelieveably drinkable. the level of hops pleasantly surprised me. a beer worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 22:07:19 | More by budgood1
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-04-2013 16:28:06 | More by Iowacraft
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nogoodreason

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re - review.

Every winter I drink several cases of this gem. I love this beer, I really do. It must, must be served much warmer than it would be coming straight from your fridge.

It pours a khaki-amber with a smooth white head that clings stubbornly to the glass. Carbonation streams constantly to the top. Nose is of smooth, toasty malts, a subtle earthy, spicy hop and slight peachy sweetness..

In your mouth it's full-bodied, and creamy smooth with rich, malty depth peppered with a slight rye twang and lush, spicy hops. As it warms it's more or a malty sweetness followed by the omnipresent hops. The malt presense takes on a distinct aspect of peaches as it warms a bit. It's a fairly hoppy beer, not quite IPA hoppy but still rather enjoyable. The smooth toasty malt presence sticks around quite some time after the finish and the dirty, spicy hops build until the beer is gone and you crave another.

An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 19:55:48 | More by nogoodreason
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jcalabre

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Originally sampled 4 January 2003. Exquisite clear amber color w/ a long lasting off white head. Slightly sweet nose, the flavor begins malty & finishes w/ a nice balance of hops. This is an excellent ESB; it's a great example of the style. Lots of flavor, but quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2003 08:27:42 | More by jcalabre
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TheSarge

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently for a finger thick head, and has a copper colored body that is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is lemony and arid. There are tea characteristics, as well as sweet toffee.

This brew has a good tea like flavor typically found in ESBs, along with slight tobacco and still room left for toffee sweetness.

This brew feels medium in body, and has a good smooth crispness. Very satisfying to the palate, which is left refreshed.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 00:03:39 | More by TheSarge
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a caramel-copper color. A cream colored head leaves nice soapy lacing.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, but spices, fruit, and sweet caramel come through making a lovely bouquet.

The taste starts out with sweet caramel then shifts into cinnamon spices before ending with tart fruits. So well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, refreshing.

Overall, I just love this beer. Lots of variety in the palate, and not overloaded. Still a good ESB regardless of the month. Maybe my favorite Schlafly offering ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 23:47:49 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Jdmpolk

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A golden tan with a misty head, with hints of oak color where it is darker.

S- Very basic smelling. A almost discernible mixture of orange and malt and floral.

T- Bright and basic at the same time. Malt flavor is dominant with an almost orange blossom honey flavor in the back. Hop bitterness brings up the rear.

M- A conundrum or crisp and malty with the malt blanketing your pallet, but not in an offensive way. There is an almost syrupy thickness as well.

D- Very drinkable , each sip brings something new either malty, sweet, or bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 04:15:27 | More by Jdmpolk
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Oct. 24 2006, four days ago. Pretty good turnaround from brewery to shelf.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a two finger off white head. Good retention of the head and good lacing as well.

Smell is of floral hops and citrus hops as well as some carmel sweetness.

Taste is of floral hops and plae malt. Pretty hoppy, probably should be a little more balanced, but I like it. Also some rye is present.

Mouthfeel is very good. Pretty smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is definitely a very drinkable beer. One of my favorites of their offering.

*edit* as beer warms, taste of alcohol is definitely present. Still stick by my initial review.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 02:13:39 | More by hckyfn9999
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served a burnt orange/copper, slightly hazy. There is a nice pillowy white one finger head that retains well. Nice wispy lacing the whole way down. Nose is of sweet caramels, some roasted malts, and a bit of spice. Taste is fantastic. Malted backbone on this beer gives is a nice strong feel - pretty full bodied. There are definite spices and hops present. Slightly hoppier than I anticipated but was so well balanced with the malts! Mouthfeel is outstanding, smooth with a good kick, full bodied - perfect amount of carbonation. This is a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 01:39:28 | More by Jayli
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Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 269 ratings.