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St. Benedict's Winter Ale - Stevens Point Brewery

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St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale

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226 Ratings

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 10-31-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Vylo, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -15.3%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of UncleRandy
4/5  rDev +13%

UncleRandy, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of npendres
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

npendres, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. A reddish brown color with two fingers of fairly long-lived craggy head and medium levels of lacing, a nice looking beer indeed!

S. Toffee brittle with lots of nuts and a glimmer of dark fruit in the background.

T. Gentle malts with less nuttiness than I would have expected from the nose, but more spiciness (cloves, nutmeg, allspice) and a mildly herbal finish.

M. Somewhat smooth medium body with an understated carbonation.

WastingFreetime, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of dhannes
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Rich amber color, with creamy one finger head.

S=Fruity and hoppy...inviting.

T=Hearty...hint of spice and citrus. Normally, I don't care for spice and citrus, but this one works for me.

M=Excellent...just the right body...not too heavy, not too light.

O=I paired this with pizza rolls, which did not work well...this would work well with red meat, I think, as well as by itself. Very likely that I will purchase this next winter.

dhannes, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Jeffani
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Jeffani, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Chestnut brown...light head that fades very quickly to nothing..

S-Lightly malty for a winter warmer...some caramel...a little bit of figs and a bit of a clove impression.

T-Again leans toward malty but not real immense in flavor...some toffeeish notes...figs again...caramel....almost some bready notes as well...

M-Medium bodied....a little sticky

O-I feel this is on the verge of being better than average....I want to like it more but as I am discerning I keep wanting more assertive flavors to jump out...they don't...still not bad at all...

ZAP, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

martyl1000, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a very slight head. The aroma is malt-centric...a lots of toasted, bready notes. Some syrup-like scents, mingled with fruit. The taste is equally malty, with apple, pear, and some bitterness. Balance, however, is tilted severely toward malt. Moderately low in carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually a little lighter than the taste telegraphs. It's still a flavorful and good winter warmer.

Suds, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a light ruby color with a whitish tan bubbly head that dissapears right away. smells faintly of mixed berries and wheat with an almost ester-y Belgian note to it similar to bananas. It tastes very refreshing and crisp with a slight hop kick while maintaining a distinct sweetness. very balanced with both malts and hops. has a crispy syrupy mouth feel that is very enjoyable. Overall a great winter warmer. Not very spicy and not too dark but still clean and drinkable.

Zachtheporter, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of midworken
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

midworken, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of ehnesandrew
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ehnesandrew, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

CWhite, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +13%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

AJD1201, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of TheBoozeTraveler
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

TheBoozeTraveler, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of rlbthree
4/5  rDev +13%

rlbthree, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of TheDurb
4/5  rDev +13%

TheDurb, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter, a gift from Stopper.

The beer pours a clear chestnut with rich ruby highlights and a very fizzy sounding beige head of 3 cm even with a gentle pour.
Head fades to the thinnest of edge layers fairly quickly after its noisy appearance.

Aroma is some sweet fruit and lots of spices. I get nutmeg and brown sugar mixing with red grapes and maybe cinnamon, something else sweet going on there too.

The flavor is sweet malt and spice with caramel and fruit. Red grapes and some pears. Fairly complex mixture of flavors but all sweetness with no hops or booze. I also get a bit of nutmeg mixed in the flavor profile.

The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is minimal and soft adding to the drinkability of this beer. I dont know if the sweetness would get too much after a second beer but this one bottle is definitely enjoyable.
I would pick up some of these up and share the 6er with friends.

sulldaddy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev +13%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Cougar990
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Cougar990, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rundocrun
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is a mix between coppery orange and ruby. Little to no head formes even after a rough pour. What does form is off-white and composed of coarse off-white bubbles. No lacing.

S - Smells of typical winter spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). A significant amount of sour apple and bubblegum esters are present. Orange-like citrus notes underly everything else. No hop aroma.

T - Quite sweet up front with a crisp and refreshing citrusy flavor accompanying. Drier, less sweet wheat malt flavors come in toward the middle. Subtle bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Finish is relatively clean, and not overly-sweet with flavors of darker roasted malts.

M - Light or medium body with prominent carbonation. Very crisp, clean and refreshing. The degree of drinkability is surprising considering this is marked as a winter warmer, which I am more familiar with being "sippers".

Overall - For whatever reason Stevens Point Brewery was a company I had stayed away from for a long time. I hadn't necessarily heard anything negative, but I had (incorrectly) made an assumption that they were only capable of making mediocre craft beers. Well, I guess I have to drink my words because this is a great, balanced, and drinkable beer. Sure, it's not that pretty and it doesn't adhere strictly to the winter warmer characteristics, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a plain good beer.

rundocrun, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of tvv375ia
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice mahogany with less than finger of head that faded quickly

S-some malts but I get more spice than malt

T-cloves, fruity malt presents itself later but spice is dominant for me

M-nice carbonation but fairly thin

O-nothing that I would seek out again, I just wasn't fond of the spice that I got out of it

tvv375ia, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.