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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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273 Ratings
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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)
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BerkM

Missouri

1.18/5  rDev -69%

I love ESBs and most “winter beers” in general. This sounds and looks great. I was really looking forward to trying this. I’m from Missouri and I like to support the locals. BUT…. This is Awful, syrupy sweet and undrinkable for me. It seems purposely aggressively flavored to cover up any redeeming qualities. It reminds me of their Christmas Ale. They are both way too flavored and they both taste like how a cheap Christmas candle smells.

12-14-2013 02:00:06 | More by BerkM
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BogAl

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

05-29-2014 06:41:34 | More by BogAl
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InfragilisBrew

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

04-22-2013 18:11:37 | More by InfragilisBrew
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-17-2012 19:16:44 | More by jophish17
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

10-27-2013 03:57:15 | More by Kahlstrom
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mikeherrera

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

04-11-2014 20:04:29 | More by mikeherrera
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

10-18-2013 10:02:07 | More by crbnfbr
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

A - Slightly hazy orange/amber brew with a big three finger off white head. Some lace sticks to the glass, and the head has really good retention. I took quite a while to drink this beer, and there was always a thick cap on top of the carrot juice hued brew.

S - Big pine hops with a touch of lemon grass. I can't really smell any malt notes, but the Pine-Sol hop aromas are nice enough.

T - Again, pine is the major player here without much support from the malt tones. Christmas tree needles and sap. Grassy, acrid, and very bitter.

M - Light in body with quite a bit of carbonation and an extremely bitter and acidic finish.

D - A very average and uninspired brew IMO. Nothing really wrong with that, but I don't really see why it's considered a Christmas beer.

11-17-2007 20:03:54 | More by pmcadamis
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.3%

06-22-2014 05:43:53 | More by Jasoncolliver
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eggboy

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-05-2012 04:05:01 | More by eggboy
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cousineddy

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-21-2012 21:28:15 | More by cousineddy
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-01-2014 04:20:17 | More by threedaggers
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psdonnelly

Alabama

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-30-2012 03:08:39 | More by psdonnelly
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-01-2013 00:01:32 | More by Satan70
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

04-16-2014 01:43:30 | More by rangerred
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -19.7%

I’m a schalfly fan boy, but  have to say, this was disappointing.  A rich translucent brown with a thin cap, this beers smells sweet and bready.  The flavor is somewhat off….there is almost a buttery characteristic to this beer midpalate that I can’t seem to shake.  Sweeness starts, but the buttery note cuts right through.  Finish is caramel with a touch of hop bitterness, but the butteriness just lingers forever.  Can’t say I’d pick this up again. 

12-12-2013 19:30:49 | More by taylor714914
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%

A mix of copper and light brown flow out the bottle. A good amount, 1.5 finger head. Smells like a lot of malt heavy midwest beers.

Taste isn't as sweet as most esb's I've had, tastes a little more earthy substantial instead of the sweet I've come to notice in my fave esb's.

Mouthfeel, begins to take on tobacco notes with the dark, almost doppelbock light feel to it. Remains drinkable, doesn't overwhelm the palate with a negative heavy effect.

12-31-2009 02:30:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Poured a clear light orange yellowish color. Decent carbonation. Thin one finger egg shell white color head that dissipated rather quickly. No real solid retention. Smell was rather light and malty slight hint of rye in the back ground. Mile scent of hop oil and a slight citrus touch. Hints of dough and a mild fold of caramel. Decent taste. Upfront caramel malt flavor followed by a nice hint of rye with a strong dry hop finish. Leaves a nice hop essence in the back of the mouth. Rather light bodied but also makes up for that in the nice after taste. Over all a very drinkable brew.

03-09-2008 21:24:55 | More by bigone4
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Yetiman420

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Consumed 10 months from bottling date.

Light copper color, foamy one-finger head.

No initial aroma of note. Unable to detect the "plenty of hops to balance the sweetness" as indicated on the label.

Clean finish with a touch of sweetness. Pedestrian for a winter ale - lacked the complexity and robustness I come to expect with this style.

Easy to drink, to a fault.

02-08-2009 04:08:41 | More by Yetiman420
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RickS95

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%

Medium white head, fluffy. Copper in color, just dark enough that you can't see through it.

Hops and rye in the nose, malt in the background, along with other cold weathers spices.

A crisp feel in the mouth, leave it too long and you'll feel a burn.

Taste is similar to most bitters, but the rye element adds a little something. Like all bitters, I could drink and enjoy one, but no more than one in an evening.

04-25-2009 20:01:32 | More by RickS95
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DubbelTrubbel

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-07-2013 00:45:47 | More by DubbelTrubbel
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rapayn01

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-21-2014 00:52:56 | More by rapayn01
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-04-2014 04:39:20 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ThunderChicken7

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-13-2013 03:23:53 | More by ThunderChicken7
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dsl72701

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

03-26-2014 19:27:05 | More by dsl72701
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Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.