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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

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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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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rlee1390

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

A-Cloudy yellow orange in the glass, one finger head that doesn't last that long

S-Starts with a very toasty/bread mix with some caramel. Lots of oranges and other citrus present as well.

T-Stats malty with bread and caramel. Then orange, citrus and green apples. Moderate bitterness. Rather sweet.

M-Medium in body, some carbonation.

O-The level of fruity flavor really caught me off guard. Was expecting a maltier beer but the fruit flavors were rather nice.

02-12-2014 02:07:51 | More by rlee1390
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AGB

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

02-08-2014 19:34:54 | More by AGB
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Henrich

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Appearance: Woefully disappointing foam with no head retention. Color is slightly opaque copper. It appears quite carbonated, despite the poor foam characteristics.
Smell: Very fruity/citrusy and hoppy. The hops dominate everything. Great smell.
Taste: Basically the same as the smell. A mouth full of hops. Seriously, hardly any discerning flavor outside of the hops. Strong citrus with bitter and toasted grain (maybe) undertones. Quite enjoyable; this definitely showcases the hop variety.
Mouth-Feel: Fizzy and slightly thick compared to how it looks, but not lingering.
Overall: I don't think I'd buy this personally, but then again, I'm not really into highly-hopped beers. This one was very drinkable, just not really my cup of tea.

02-06-2014 01:26:59 | More by Henrich
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threedaggers

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-27-2014 03:04:47 | More by BrewSTL
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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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.44/5  rDev -9.7%

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Copper colour with an average size fizzy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with light hops. There is also some toffee and a light nuttiness.

Overall - Pretty decent and quite drinkable. Seems to the fit the style well.

01-13-2014 01:09:33 | More by spinrsx
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delta490

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

A- a great deal of sediment mars an otherwise nice medium amber with a great big creamy white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S- some nice biscuit notes and hints of golden raisin

T- A little underwhelming. The flavors match the aroma but are dialed down and subdued

M- Very thin for the style

O- not a terrible beer, in and of itself, but lacking in the malt richness of a traditional ESB.

01-12-2014 00:55:18 | More by delta490
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2014 17:08:32 | More by jaydoc
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-05-2014 06:21:50 | More by BlueMoon10
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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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rrski198

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12-27-2013 02:17:00 | More by rrski198
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

12-20-2013 23:28:36 | More by emwild12
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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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ThunderChicken7

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-13-2013 03:23:53 | More by ThunderChicken7
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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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jlee185

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-07-2013 15:02:49 | More by jlee185
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-07-2013 04:53:59 | More by Troville1990
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jman005

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-03-2013 02:00:07 | More by jman005
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CiderGoggles

Missouri

4/5  rDev +5%

12-01-2013 17:54:37 | More by CiderGoggles
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Benvarine

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-01-2013 02:23:09 | More by Benvarine
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-22-2013 01:33:38 | More by rodlavers
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

11-16-2013 23:47:49 | More by JuicesFlowing
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

11-10-2013 08:57:37 | More by 4amepiphany
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Anvilfarm

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-02-2013 22:28:11 | More by Anvilfarm
Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
86 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.