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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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very good

855 Reviews

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Reviews: 855
Hads: 2,453
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 20.51%
Wants: 153
Gots: 365 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.
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Reviews: 855 | Hads: 2,453
Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deeply ruby colored clear ale with a thick tan head.

Smell is spicy and strongly hopped with a very fruity aroma. Aromas of brown sugar, clove, ginger and to a lesser extent cinnamon and black pepper.

Taste is mildly sweet with an assertive fruit and spruce flavor at the start. Flavor quickly becomes dry and woody with a lot oak flavor to this. Fruity flavor is all confined to the same version you get in an English style ale and it is all from the yeast used. This has a nice herbal bitterness; it builds to a climax at about the middle and just disappears at the end like a phantom.

Mouthfeel is good.

An extremely drinkable beer to say the least. No rough edges at all only a little lack of subtle aspects keeps this from getting some fives.

Drinkability is VERY good.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label shows some folks hanging at a ski lodge patio.

Fills a tulip with a dark russet light revealing hue topped with a dense thin khaki layer atop the glass leaving some noteworthy lace.

Light burnt malt roasted aroma, a touch fruity and some tobacco notes.

First swigs: Surprising blend of berry and apple fruity flavors meets a sugary cake malt. Plenty of cherry and even a smidge of banana blending things up. Not a typical Winter Warmer as this is a light body and easy drinkability.

Medium feel with a soft flowing carbonation and a stick residual aftertaste of Spree candy chalky.

Last swigs: Refreshing berry cherry chalky fruit Winter Warmer. Thanks to BA G.D. for the bottle. Nice choice of a tasty different brew choice to broaden the palate horizon here in Yuenglingville, right in season. I'd like to try this on tap one day, but it doesn't get out here. Worth a shot to try!

Beer is good. Happy Winter beering.

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Photo of Gusler
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Release 2007
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2006
The beer evacuates the 12-ounce bottle a clear deep mahogany color with a humongous creamy light tan head that after decomposes leaving a thick sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose has a delightful floral aroma, backed by sweet malts and caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a pleasant grain profile, the top is medium in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, hops delightfully spicy, and the aftertaste dry and long lasting.

Release 2005
The beer after the pour from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in my glass a clear deep mahogany color with a Brontosauric semi-creamy light tan head that after decomposition leaves a thick coating of lace upon the glass. Nose has a light floral aroma, backed by the sweet malts and caramel, start is sweet with a pleasing grain presence, the top is light to medium in its feel. Finish is delightfully acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, and the aftertaste dry and lingering, another of those winter beers I look forward to each year.

Release 2004
The beer after its departure from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass deep garnet to almost brown color with a behemothic sized semi-creamy light tan head that erodes slowly leaving behind a thick and glutinous sheet of lace to seal off the glass from view. Nose has a cotton candy sweetness at the start with a bit of earthiness and some light hop tones also noticed, start is modestly sweet, the grain profile perfect and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is merciful in its acidity with the hops dynamically spicy and the aftertaste long lasting and dry. Each year I wait patiently for this beer to come out, a long time favorite beer and brewery, I do believe that the fall and winter beers are my most favorite.

Release 2003
The beer pours with the head a light tan crown upon the unclouded deep garnet body, the texture is semi-creamy and the resultant lace a fine velum to seal off the glass from view. Nose is lightly hop floral, lots of sweet malt, crisp and quite appealing with the start lightly sweet, nicely malted and the top middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation and the hops persistent in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry. Deschutes is a much favored brewery for many years and this beer one I look forward to each winter.

Release 2002: On the pour a deep sanguineous color, the head modest in size, spumescent in texture, the color a light tan, as it dissipates it leaves behind a nice coating of lace to seal off the glass. Tons of malt in the nose, caramel sweet, light hint of hops and yeast, quite clean and fresh with the start sweet and loaded with malt, the top is middling in feel. Finish has a light to moderate carbonation, the hops pounce on the taste buds, crisp and sharp, and the aftertaste quite dry. I think this is my most favorite beer from Deschutes, nice to have a source once again.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle of the 2005 version a few months back in Sonoma, CA while on vacation. Shared it with my friends on New Year's eve in my cellar.

Pours a nice amber color with a nice thick head.

The smell has some defined malt and hoppy notes it to.

The taste is more of the same and as the description on the bottle says. It is a nice warm, hoppy beer that is easy to drink with a pretty nice balance between the hoppiness and smoth malt character.

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Photo of loren01
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Color is dark amber. Thick frothy brownish/white head. Lots of lacing down the pint glass.
S: Smell is very complex. Nice hoppy scent with some fruity scents as well. There is also some spiciness other than hop, maybe like a nutmeg smell.
T: This beer does not taste too well balanced to me. Very bitter, much more than expected. Very light on the malt flavor. There is also a slight coffee aftertaste. The alcohol in this one seems very evident.
M: Nice amount of carbonation, smooth drinking.
D: I think that winter seasonals are really not my cup of tea, because looking at some of the other reviews of this one, it seems like people really like it. I'm glad I bought a single bottle of this because its a little heavy for me.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light citrus hop aroma. Has lots of fruity fermentation aroma. Plums and cherries.

Deep ruby colored with fantastic head that disapates to a thinner permanent layer throughout the drinking of a pint. Leaves behind very nice lacing on the glass too.

Starts out malty sweet and fruity but has substantial hop bitterness to round it out. Not much hop flavor either. Mostly a combo of toasted malt and really nice yeast fermentation profile.

Medium bodied and creamy.

Very nice approachable beer. Well rounded and nice to drink.

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Photo of sockeye101
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I took a random shot at a NW winter brew with this one and lucked out....very nice ale

The Jubelale 2005 is dark opaque deep amber color with minimal and quickly dissapating head but did leave a little lace. The smell is sweet and very citrusy. Nice sweet maltyness up front with a strong kick of bitterness on the back end. Overall it's a good beer, I could have many, but nothing that will stick in my mind forever.

Nice work Deschutes!!

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Photo of goschool
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The new label fits this beer perfectly. It pours a clear ruby with a two finger head. The head retention is better then average. The nose has pine, cider and toffee. The taste is equally sweet and bitter with a bit of spice and there's a lot of chocolate in here. It starts off with sweet caramel, roasty malts and chocolate and finishes with piney bitterness. This is a beer that I could just about drink day in and day out without getting bored.

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Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 edition, obtained via trade with waldowin. Pours out a clear, radiant, reddish copper body, topped by a lush, two finger, creamy tan head. Good retention finally gives way to profuse sticky lacing.

Very aromatic nose, with red apples, spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of chocolate, and a variety of hop aromas that are too numerous to try to decipher.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with tingly carbonation and a spicy bite that is like taking a nip of fresh ginger root.

Taste is delicately balanced, with lots of malty caramel and toffee mingling delightfully with a tame spiciness and a very tasty array of bittering hops. Hops offer citrus, floral, and herbal notes, with an occasional hint of spruce. I also noticed a hint of vanilla.

Definitely, one of the more drinkable winter warmers I've encountered and certainly one of the tastiest. Very well balanced.

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Photo of masikon
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try this after seeing the high reviews, it is highly available here in WA state and seems to be the winter warmer of choice alongside Pyramid Snowcap. Poured a very unusual and quite beautiful shade of ruby or perhaps garnet, quite striking visually which i was not really expecting. Taste was earthy and balanced with strong suggestions of woodspice and heavy herbal notes. Impressive job from Deshutes to accomplish all those classic Winter Warmer spicy flavors without actually spicing the brew. Overall a brew deserving high praise, although not my personal favorite style I am still able to appreciate this effort from deschutes.

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Photo of ctdfalconer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I like about winter seasonal beers is that there really are no hard and fast rules about what it should be like. Every year brings a new wave of awesome fresh suds, almost always using new recipes varying widely from brewer to brewer. Deschutes is a solidly competent brewery so I don't anything less than good beer for their winter seasonal. This one has very nice balance, with just enough hops to offset the sweet maltyness. The malt profile is complex, rich and grainy with a hint of toastiness and dried fruit. The hop character is clean and brisk with a mild woodsyness that lingers like slow stroll through the forest. Very nicely done.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Redbones with some appetizers on December 3.

Poured a burnt red color with a nice creamy head. Not really clear because it was so dark and got dneser where it was thickest in the glass. Nose was fairly mild with some malts and token spices.

Flavor was a medley of sweet malts and a handful of mild spices. Malts provided a solid sweet and sugary molasses backbone with the spices quickly following. None of the spices overpowered. They were more like the remanants from cookies left in the batter bowl. Just slight and mild.

Mouthfeel was my favorite part. At first it tingled. Kind of like the way that cinnamon in curry tingles. After a bit that went away and it became quite creamy and rich. Very hearty. A great beer for a cold late fall evening.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first one to enjoy a pint of this at Redbones today...thanks to Chris for posting right away.
Arrived in a standard pint glass...dark rust in color with a full finger and a half of creamy tan head...hung around forever and produced some serious lacing.
Aroma was inviting, but not over the top...molasses, mild spices, caramel.
The taste was enjoyable...not too sweet, but pleasantly one of the most well balanced WW's I've had the pleasure of trying. A hint of smokiness with again, subtle spices and a low hop profile to bitter it up just a touch in the finish.
The mouthfeel was medium bodied and the carbonation was fantastic.
I really enjoyed the pint and it is very quaffable. Another solid brew from Deschutes and one I'd gladly enjoy again.

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Photo of markman
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Jubelale, 2005:

Appearance: A smoky pop of the cork and I am reminded of my early days of beer enthusiasm in Corvallis OR, sipping Jubelale in the fuckin’ rain…shear bliss. Beautiful deep copper-tea colored with a alabaster head that dissipates quickly to a gossamer film. NW hops abound, but don’t dominate like one might expect from a pac-northwest brew…oh no my droogies. Make no mistake, the hops are there in force, but there is a subtle spicy-malty sweetness that takes this beer beyond the “winter warmer” and into damn fine drinkin’. This is Arrogant Bastard territory and she’s holding her own…well. Spicier though, with a long bitter citrussy finish.


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Photo of Bcant
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown body, looks like nice leather, ½ inch cream head made of very small bubbles, good clarity.

Bouquet is sweet, mostly toffee. Also, some nice roasted meat notes, like caramelized fat on the outside of a beef roast but overpowered by candy.

Taste starts with caramel, then a touch of pumpkin pie, finishes with some pine character, reveling hop balance.

Round and chewy defiantly a mouth full but not overdone. Aftertaste is hits at some of the pie spice but very soft and warm.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*2005 edition

Appearance: A beaut, this. Lovely deep, clear mahogany with a frothy, dense, sticky French vanilla head. Nice retention as well.

Smell: Caramel, pine, red apple and chocolate, in equal amounts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet and balanced, fruity with a velvety chocolate smoothness at the finish. The bitterness and spice of the hops merge well. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately heavy.

Drinkability: While there's really no sessionable WW, IMHO, this one comes close. Very well made with a surprisingly rich flavor; at the top of my list among the "mass market" winter beers out there this year. A great value.

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Photo of BrewRunner
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my top five as winter warmers go.

Pours a dark (almost black or brown if not held to a light) amber color with good head retention.

The aroma isn't overpowering with a hint of fruit.

Very drinkable. The taste is unique in a good way, it's very distinquishable. Fruit taste comes thought a little, just enought to add enough to make the beer special.

Overall I'm happy I got it. It's the type of beer that is made better when you drink it while you sit and watch the snow come down. (Like I did today)

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly-opaque reddish brown, almost like cola with a solid head of tan foam. Nice bubbly carbonation.

Smell is malty and sweet, with some cinnamon hints in it and a little bit of licorice.

The flavor is nice, it's got a little bit of a caramel/gingerbread thing going on with the malt, and there's a nice fruitiness, too. Fairly sweet without being cloying. The alcohol doesn't come through, and the spices really round out the finish nicely, with little hints of nutmeg and clove sneaking in.

Overall: Not my favorite style by any stretch, but this is a pretty tasty winter warmer I'd like to have again.

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Photo of ReebShorts
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck brown bottle. Different artwork than the one pictured. This one has a pic of people chatting it up at a ski lodge, light blue with a red cursive Jubelale.

Color is a deep, dark, reddish-brown. off white head, faded slowly leaving adequate lacing behind.

Aroma is caramel malt, floral spice, dark fruit, pine and cinnamon.

Tasty and well balanced, I thought the malt bay be a bit strong due to the style, but it is actually about right. Carbonation is about perfect. Great winter drinker.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear brown with a tan and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with caramel and a nice maltiness. The sweetness component of the aroma contained a honey character and a fruity, cherry aspect.

The flavor was fruity with caramel maltiness and a chocolate flavor that was mingled with cherries.

The body was medium and the finish was just dry with fruity caramel and chocolate lasting long into the aftertaste . Not very complex, but a decent beer.

Pint at Papago in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to waldowin for the sample. Nice looking chestnut color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. Low aroma-malt with some spiciness to it. Full malty flavor. Mild spiciness behind it all. Not too sure if there are spices added but it comes across as though there are. Mellow lingering bitterness. Decent body. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Reminds me of some of the better ESBs I have had in my life.

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Photo of charlatan
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The 2005 edition has a dark brown colour (which I definitely wouldn't describe as golden!) with a generous head and a creamy, caramel smell with a herbal tone. A roasted malt flavour and a creamy feel give way to a cleaner slightly herbal flavour. This is very pleasant and would make a good winter session beer despite its strength.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2005 edition of Jubelale on-tap at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem. It was poured into a standard pint glass, and allowed to sit for a few minutes to warm some - they tend to serve their beers a touch too cold for my liking pretty often. Also of note, this is my first real winter seasonal of the year, which is very exciting for a number of reasons.

The first thing I noticed was that the beer was served with a beautiful finger of head that just peaked up over the glass and retained throughout the course of the entire drinking. Lacing was left down the side of the glass as I drank the beer. The beer itself was a very deep red color with very little carbonation. The aroma was predominately of sweet maltiness but it did include some hint of spices. The flavor was unexpected, and I wish I could give it a 4.75. It begins malty and as the beer finishes over the pallet with a bitterness and alcohol finish. Complex and full bodied, the beer retains a really high drinkability. A very good winter brew, and the first beer I'm fighting myself not to give a 5.0 in the taste or drinkability areas of the review. A real pleasure.

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Photo of 1whiskey
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great label for the '05 version!

12 oz bottle poured out a dark cherry-brown. More of a cloudy blood orange color when held up to light. One finger head quickly flattens out.

Smell is almost exclusively mild malt sweetness. Some piney hop notes also present.

Taste is also dominated by a mild malt sweetness, but the piney hops notes are more prominant. Some grainy esthers and sublte orange peel bitterness is also in the mix. Mmmm....tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, as you would expect from a winter warmer. It leaves a bit of an oily hop residue on the tongue, but no bitter taste. Carbonation is minimal.

I really liked this beer. It's hearty, but not overly spiced liked most winter seasonals. I found it very enjoyable and drinkable enough to be a good session beer. In fact, I would like to see this available year-round. Very good, definately recommended.

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Photo of RoBotGod
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I kept wanting more form this beer. The Look and smell was good but the taste didn’t follow through. I think the malt covered up some of the flavor. The Christmas spice ale flavor was there but very hard to detect. The IBUs were at 60 and the alcohol % was 6.7. Not a bad beer but I expect more form a seasonal.

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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.