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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery


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very good

1,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 1738
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of Chiefy770


4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. ounce bottle - poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Rich brown-amber body with a rather short foam head. Impressive lacing was left behind.

Smell: Sweet fruit. Toasted grains. Very subtle notes of herbal spices.

Taste: Creamy notes of toasted malts. The hops kick in and bring a modest amount of hoppiness to the table. Complex notes of figs and dates stand out in the malts. Sweet notes of citrus come through the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Supports the flavors well. A bit more carbonation than a majority of the other Winter Warmers out there. The carbonation really carries the hops. This one is pretty much dry throughout.

Overall: This has been a "must-have" on my list of holiday releases for quite some time. The unique balance of this brew really makes it stand out amongst the other Winter Warmers. Never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 23:17:41 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a ruby red, with a one inch off white sticky head, that leaves a wall of lace. Smell is all just hints of nutmeg, ginger bread, caramel, orange peel, pine tree, and cinnamon. Taste is as festive as the nose, balanced perfectly yum! Body is medium large for its abv, nice amount life, not really dry, and easy drinking. This is an excellent winter warmer, not over barring like some spiced up beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:44:43 | More by SawDog505
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a case a few weeks ago (so glad we get Deschutes in the Philly area!), and this is not my first sampling from that...

12oz into standard pint glass at about 45 degrees.

Pours with about an inch of tightly packed, dirty-sand-colored head over a very deep and cloudy ruby body. Awesome, sticky lacing throughout.

Stick your nose into this one, and you get Christmas. Lively Cascade/NW hops bring you full-on pine tree action, with rich, sweet malts and plenty of holiday spices. Plenty going on here!

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and full of carbonation, which cuts nicely through all the flavor and richness of this Winter Warmer. Flavors lead with a somewhat complex hoppy mash-up which doesn't relent. Toasty malt lingers in the finish. Somewhat rye-like. Holiday spices are there, but not over the top. Slight molasses-like sweetness in the finish, too. This is not an all-night beer, but it certainly is festive.

Lovely Christmas beer. Very glad that I sprung the 45 on this case.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:06:19 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of mwilbur


4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby-garnet with 1/2 inch dark tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Sweet, spiced malt, cinnamon, clove, and some hazelnuts.
T: Follows aroma with pleasantly sweet malt, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and lightly toasted grains.
M: Softly sweet. Light-medium body. Mildly spiced. Fairly smooth and creamy feel.
D: Highly sessionable, especially for style. Not overly aggressive on the spice which serves this one well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2013 00:39:35 | More by mwilbur
Photo of ZoomanCru


3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

App: Dark reddish brown like that of raw honey. Pours a nice one and a half finger head that retains very well. Darker than a lot of winter brews, and almost opaque. Head is a rich coffee and cream color.

Smell: Slight medicinal twinge with significant malt character. Some notes of raisins and caramel. Smells “warm” like some belgian strongs, and oddly enough, a lot like fruit cake.

Taste: Dark and complicated maltiness blooms over the tongue with the first sip. Very deep caramelized flavors with notes of bitter pecan skin and molasses. Some interesting interplay between malt and fairly assertive hop character. A little bit brown, a little bit ESB with some extra bittering hops kick that lingers on your palate long after you swallow. The slightest bit metallic.

Mouth: Heavy bodied and very present when upon the first drink. Medium to light carbonation that fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:41:32 | More by ZoomanCru
Photo of charlzm


3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on December 12th, 2013. Poured into a Firestone Walker tulip from a 12 oz bottle of 2013 vintage at approximately 45 degrees F.

Beer is a very deep and clear maroon with deep garnet highlights. Two fingers of pale beige head well up from a controlled pour, providing nice lacing on the glass during consumption.

Aroma is a fairly tame juicy, melanoidin scent. Not really getting any hop or malt notes.

Flavor is malty, however. Woody and deep, the malt character is somewhere between caramel and chocolate. Reminds me of slightly burnt toast as well. Some powerful bitterness emerges at the end, lingering a good long while after the beer has left the mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost velvety. Lush carbonation is smooth, not prickly.

This beer is aimed at easy drinking for its size and is just that. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:19:11 | More by charlzm
Photo of barnzy78


4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Best By 03/30/14
A - a creamy, frothy, beige head tops a brown ale leaving chunky lacing as it gradually fades
S - huge malt nose with caramel, toffee, bread, earthy, spicy, faint anise
T - full flavored with plenty of malty goodness - toasted grain, caramel, toffee, bread crust, burnt sugar, fruit, molasses, earth, spice, and anise, nice semi-bitter finish; excellent complexity
M - full bodied, sweet but amply balanced, alcohol is warming
O - the definition of winter warmer in my books

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:37:29 | More by barnzy78
Photo of brewbattles


3.44/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test between this and 4 other Winter Seasonals to objectively determine which one was best. They beers were: Deschutes Jubelale, Anderson Valley Boont Winter Solstice, Big Sky Powder Hound, Alaskan Winter Ale, and Redhook Winterhook. Check it out:


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 13:44:12 | More by brewbattles
Photo of CHADMC3


4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a walnut brown body beneath the fair tan head which dissolves slowly to leave a sticky ring of lacing about the glass.

Generous sweet malt and winter spice aromas. There is a fair amount of sweet nutty aroma as well as a touch of toffee to accompany the cinnamon and nutmeg.

The flavor is similar with the nutty sweetness becoming even more pronounced. The winter spices are a touch more subdued than in the aroma.

Medium to fuller in body with generous carbonation and a nice winter spiced yet sweet finish.

Tis reminds me of a nut brown ale wi winter spices. Great combo mingling of the character in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:26:35 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Cola brown with red accents. light tan head with a firm grasp of the glass.

S- caramel, toffee and English style malts. Hints of chocolate with lots of mineral earthy notes.

T- Follows nose well. Lots of leafy, medicinal flavors that accompany the intense toffee malt. Some toasted bread finds its way onto the tongue. Herbal spice as well.

M- The feel is probably the best aspect of this one for me. Creamy, yet crisp. Mid body and light carbonation settles in really well.

O- A very solid winter warmer with so few blemishes. Nothing really unique about it that will leave me with much of an impression, but still very well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 05:03:14 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of PetitChouffe


4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch, a 12-oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Aroma - strong fruit/spice aroma, a little bit of caramel and butterscotch (maybe diacetyl).

Appearance - head is frothy, tan. Beer has nice clarity, a deep reddish tint.

Flavor - warming spices and dried fruit, some hop bitterness at the end. A hint of sweetness and caramel notes. Very little roasty character (I could just be imagining it).

Mouthfeel - medium carbondation... This year it is drier and less cloying than I remember Jubelale being in the past. It makes it somewhat more refreshing and definitely makes the hop bitterness more noticeable.

Overall Impression - my go-to winter warmer since I was a baby beer geek, so I might be biased - BUT - I find this to consistently be one of the best winter craft beers I've ever had. The only flaw I detect this year is a hint of diacetyl in the aroma (not in the flavor, though). An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:55:21 | More by PetitChouffe
Photo of archyquaffer


4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour brings about a 3/4 inch creamy, pale brown head that sticks nicely. The beer is a medium reddish brown and is quite hazy.

A little something unusual in the nose- decidedly fruity or candy-like, with just a tad of citrusy hops. Plenty of malty flavors, including some caramel that is really pronounced and reminds me of a Sugar Daddy sucker. Lingering hop and malt bitterness round out and balance the flavor. You can't really see the carbonation in this beer, but it's readily apparent in the tingly, full mouthfeel.

This is an excellent, very flavorful ale and very reasonably priced at 8.50 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:27:07 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 04/15/2014 printed clearly on the label. A new seasonal beer to me from Deschutes. Not a style I know a whole lot about, but my expectations are about average given the brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of creamy doughy tan head. Body is a semi-clear dark chestnut / ruby color when held to the light. Nice thick ribbons of lacing.

S - Strangely enough, cantaloupe was the first thing that came to mind, and I'm sticking to it. Cantaloupe. Alcohol fumes. Bananas. Some faint earthy nuttiness and chocolate / amber malt roast.

T - Taste is of earthy roasted malt, chocolate, earthy nuttiness, grains, & some sweet tropical fruits. Definitely retains the trademark Deschutes fruitiness.

M - Feel is sticky and dry. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd say this was an average winter offering from Deschutes, though definitely distinct in it's own way. I'm glad to have tried it, and I would recommend it, but I probably wouldn't want it again.

Deschutes Jubelale ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 23:56:38 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky, hazy, reddish brown appearance, smells of raisins, molasses, prunes, some booziness detected. No discernible hops in the nose but big time hop bitterness in the flavor that is very unexpected. Cherries, sweet caramel and dates up front with big grapefruit pith bitterness in the back. Chocolate in the aftertaste along with that pithy, earthy bitter. A very interesting and not overly complex combination of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 14:49:32 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of Deathpod


3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Overall not a bad holiday session beer, i remember the first time i drank it, wasn't blown away, but it was decent, what you want in a session beer.

Of most seasonal offerings, i am glad its not gimmicky with over the top spice tones, and can just have a couple on Sundays watching the game.

Like Deschutes beer very much, and their seasonal offering is better then avg and something to look forward to each year.

Recommend picking up a bottle if you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 22:42:01 | More by Deathpod
Photo of utopiajane

New York

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown when held to the natural light and a perfect garnet when held to the indoor light. Has some honey gold and brown hues and good clarity. A fat khaki head of foam that falls like a lazy Sunday morning. Laces like it means to with rings and patches. Nose is malty and sweet. Some lightly sweet chocolate and dark fruit. Some spice and some earthy leafy depth. Has a little cinnamon and nutmeg but they are blended so well that it's hard to pick them out. Taste is dynamite. The malt is perfection and smooth and full but not too heavy. The chocolate is less powerful in the taste and the earth and grain from the roast comes to the forefront. I love how this beer has a roasted quality that comes right to the edge of where it would have become bold and impudent like a stout but stopped gently. It has grain in the taste and that's how well done it is. The fruit takes a back seat but sweetens this beer subtly and without too much fanfare for a pleasant and mild flavor overall. The mouthfeel is excellent and the hops show off a touch of bitter alongside a bit of bitter from the roast in the finish that I thought was especially festive. has a nice gentle warming from the alcohol and a slight dryness in the finish. This beer because of it's earthy nature doesn't have to stay on the desert or on the after table. You could serve this with plenty of foods.

Cheers and thanks Bill for the chance to try this fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 16:27:31 | More by utopiajane
Photo of SteadySippin


3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - I opened up the bottle and started to pour and was amazed. It comes out of the bottle with a nice dark brown color. The head was light tan and fluffy. LOTS of lacing. The body is slightly foggy and full of particles and bubbles.

S - Sweet caramel and lots of malt. A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready.

T - A lot going on with the taste. You get lots of malt flavors at first but they fade off and you get a very light hop bitterness on your tongue. Its sweet and a little bready. I found the taste to be pretty complex.

M - Surprisingly light, by looking at it in the glass I expected a heavier beer. It goes down smooth and the carbonation is right. Flavors linger in the mouth for quite some time.

O - Good beer from Deschutes. Not too heavy but delivers some good malt and hop flavors infused quite nicely. Try it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:24:18 | More by SteadySippin
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White stamp on the side of the bottle says "best by 04/06/14":

Into a pint glass

A: fairly dark brown colored body with a white almost off white colored half finger head that dies to a small coating on the top of the body, some spotty lacing is left

S: a malty sort of caramel but kinda coming through in a bland sort of way, still there's some toasty yet also somewhat burnt nuttiness, spice tries to come through but stays muted for the most part

T: bland earthy caramel nuttiness, malty nutty aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium body, fairly sessionable - as sessionable as a winter warmer can be, carbonation is fairly smooth and good for the style, pretty good to me

O: for the most part, I tend to like Deschutes a ton, but this one is honestly only average to me, got a coupe left, I'll see if it gets any better

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:22:44 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep garnet with some darker browns thrown in for depth. Head is light-tan and drops to a small creamy cap in short order. Decent retention with a moderate carbonation. Some specks and spots of lacing.

Smell: Toasty nutty burnt caramel. Deeply bready with fresh brown bread and some biscuit dough. Toasted element is quite nice. A soft spice runs through the back, but it hits more like hop spicy than spices. Some caramel and molasses. Mildly leafy with some underlying earthy notes. Follows a typical Deschutes malt profile, which is never a bad thing. A bit of candied and caremlized sugars.

Taste: Mild earthy and herbal hops sit atop a slightly toasted malt body. A touch of light roast coffee bean. A touch of cocoa buried in the back. Soft spice element adds a nice compliment to a deeply bready malt backbone. Toasted brown bread with some sweeter biscuity notes. A touch of alcohol and some caramelized malts. Something almost candied. A bit of a floral edge. A mix of spiciness, alcohol and hop. Some apple skin and mealy pear as it warms, A bit more assertive on the hops than the style normally gets, but it's a welcome addition.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy on the front, with a slightly dry finish. Lingering alcohol.

Overall: Hells yeah holiday spirit.

Sign me up for more of this next year. Add this to my case(s) of Celebration and winter just got even better. A nice unspiced take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:54:20 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of Khad


4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the first time I had ever tasted this beer. I noticed the liquor stores in Vegas carrying more and more of the Deschutes product; I'm guessing the huge success they have been having contributes to his decision.

This turned out to be a wonderful treat, to say the least! I poured this into a Stout glass. The head isn't super thick and just barely hangs around enough for you to finish the brew but the lacing isn't bad considering a real lack of head. The color might remind some of iced tea, but I think it's kind of nice considering the time of year its consumed. Some might say it appears like iced tea others along the lines of a single malt scotch, either way I like it. The scent is really nice. You get a layer of malt, caramel, spices, and hops but no one thing is overpowering. Now the mouth feel is just perfect! Kind of creamy but all very very pleasant and it all adds to incredible drinkability. The taste is full of flavor and it all seems to work in "waves". First thing you get is some malt, followed by some great floral spices maybe (cinnamon?) I even got very very very... subtle notes of chocolate. In the end you get a little "baby punch" of hops, which was kind of a pleasant surprise. Guys, this is not a "hoppy" beer but they come out in the end. All very very smooth and extremely pleasant. Anyone can enjoy this as it's subtle enough for a newbie, but complex enough for the beer snob. Deschutes hit this one out of the park!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:41:46 | More by Khad
Photo of BVukelich


4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I would never have guessed the IBUs were 60, great beer. Decent appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. Where this beer rocked it was in the taste. I wasn't looking to pair it with anything specific for my lunch but ate it with a roast beef hot dip sandwich served with Guinness au jus. Dang, the beer went well and I went through 2 pints. With or without a sandwich like this, I recommend it...on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 05:16:36 | More by BVukelich
Photo of colforbin73


4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

winter warmer. i avoid pumpkin ales and anything that advertises spice. deschutes jubilale along with SN celebration is one of THE GOTO winter seasonals -- nothing over-the-top in terms of additional flavor elements -- just hearty goodness~!

the pour is outstanding, dark maple, ruby red .... nay, mahogany color when held up to the light and given the deep color it is crystal clear -- nice tan head sticks to the glass.

malts dominate the nose but there is plenty of hop presence in the drink. a nice frontal citrus bite clears the way for the unctuous malty froth that follows. perfectly sweet but with a little alcohol burn... it tastes like sitting in front of the fire on a snowy afternoon. long list of ingredients:


for some reason i didn't like the 2012 jubilale that much but this year it is superb again!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:17:28 | More by colforbin73
Photo of Auraan


4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep brown with one finger tan head. It was very dark, and very appealing, quite nice to the eye. Scents of fruity esters, spiciness, citrus pith, some pine, slight funk, overripe fruit and some apricot sweetness. A good aroma, quite sweet and fruity, with a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Flavor is citrus pith and pine resin bitterness, balanced by banana, tropical fruit, a caramel malt backbone and fruity and overripe fruit flavors. It's quite sweet and fruity, but with enough West Coast hop bitterness to balance it. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Quite nice to drink. Overall this is a good beer. It's got a nice balance of sweet fruit and bitter hops to keep it from being cloying like many winter warmer and it has enough complexity to make it interesting.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-09-2013 07:37:32 | More by Auraan
Photo of BWED


3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle (now distributed to Southeastern PA) poured into a tulip.

A- Dark amber in color, with some vibrant red and burnt orange highlights shining brightly when held straight up to a light. The head is yellowish tan and retains well with some really nice looking lacing left behind.

S- Dark fruit in the aroma, some raisin. Spice is apparent, as expected. There is a sweetness in the nose as well, along with a little booze.

T- Sweet raisin and a little caramel. Spices come through along with a some hop.

M- Medium, slightly creamy in body. Spice lingers in the feel. Bitterness may be a little too much for me for this style.

O- Overall this isn't bad. It's wonderful looking, and has a good taste. The bitterness in the finish is just a little more than I like.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 02:03:03 | More by BWED
Photo of BeerWizard


3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I get this every year - always a solid offering. Pours a reddish brown, clarified ale, with an ecru head. Smells very malty, jammy, and of dark, candied fruit; kind of like fruitcake, now that I think about it. Flavor brings a bit more choco-mocha to it along with dark fruit, and a little wine-like strawberry element. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, somewhere between medium and heavy bodied, but this isn't a huge beer. ABV comes in a bit below a 7, and for the style I think it should achieve at least a 7, but I'm not making the rules here. Overall, very good winter warmer, good representation of the style, and a good offering from Deschutes.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:07:11 | More by BeerWizard
Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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