White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager - Moylan's Brewery

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White Christmas Spiced Winter LagerWhite Christmas Spiced Winter Lager

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: johnnieoz on 11-11-2008

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 44
Reviews by Brewsmith:
Photo of Brewsmith
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Aroma has orange and coriander notes, not overpowering. Color is a beautiful gold with an egg-white creamy head. Spices now starting to come out. Flavor dances back and forth between the spices, malt, orange and slight hop bitterness. Hop and orange present in the front followed by biscuity malt and a little sweetness, and finally the mace and pepper in the finish. Smooth, full-bodied, and a medium dry finish. Not a beer that I'd want to quaff every day, but a great holiday beer to accompany the traditional foods associated with the season.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a dull slightly hazed lighter amber with a nice fluffy off white crown that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas were on the light side with alot of sweetness,I picked up some brown sugar and candied orange,a little nuttiness as well.I havent to many lagers like this with its hefty dose of spice,clove stands out along with cinnamon,alot of caramel and brown sugar as well,I will say there is a decent drying nuttiness in the finish.This was different but mot horrible,I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again though.

Photo of magictrokini
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this on a whim, not a huge lager guy, but like the brewer. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a fizzy white head. Okay lacing. Spicy nose with that sugary-sweet lager smell. The orange peel and coriander are predominant. Bubbly mouthfeel. The lagery base hits hard up front, but fortunately, the mishmash of spice save you. Its the same blend used in the wit, with the curacao added, and it works. The white pepper is always welcome, as it balances the incense-like feel of the beer. Worth a try, not really my bag overall.

Photo of biboergosum
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Always a bit weird to see a Christmas offering from Cali, but since they have a stellar record of good beer, I'm happy to see what this one proffers.

This beer pours a rather beguiling dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and eventually creamy pale beige head, which leaves a few broad streaks of awkwardly webbed lace around the glass as things slowly sink southwards. One heady amber lager, this.

It smells of bready pale malt, ginger, metallic cinnamon, zesty white pepper, weak dried orange peel, very subtle coriander/clove spice, and the suggestion, rather than the presence, of warming alcohol. The taste is more bready, lightly crackery pale and caramel malt (this is a lager, really?), muddled holiday spices - steely cinnamon, subtle pepper, musty clove - stale citrus rind, and somewhat edgy yeast.

The carbonation is light, and generally just playfully frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, a certain airiness informing any additional creamy notes. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, crackery malt offset by the lingering staid citrus and blended spice elements.

A nice, gingerbread-adjacent winter spiced lager, the lightness of the yeast choice becoming increasingly evident. Perhaps that is its weakness, as well, my predilection for beer offerings this time of year leaning towards the heavier and heartier of the ilk, but that's just me.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's- White Winter Lager

A- Bright clear orange with a small fizzy, non lacing, head.
S- Light spicy caramel malt, alc., and lemon.
T- Sweet caramel malt, pepper spice, Molasses, moss, and oily pine hops lightly appear in the end.
M- Buttery smooth malt with a light spiciness. Warming alc. and good bitter pine hops finish this 1 off.

Overall- Nice maltiness with a nice hop presence. Not as spicy as i was expecting but good regardless.

Photo of russpowell
2.91/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to my friend Eric for delivering this to me from Cali!

Pours a hazed apricot/amber with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Apple slices, grainy notes, apricot & some grassyness

T: Cinamon, & a touch of apricot & lemons up front. Fuji apples as this warms, some grapefruit & a touch of dryness. Finishes fruitty, with a bit of lemon, plus brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-prickly carbonation

Drinks slow, this is almost a drain pour, get a bit better as this warms. Poorly executed, might work with food, but as a stand alone beer this misses the mark, by more then a bit

Photo of bashiba
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice shade of orange/yellow with a thick and creamy white head. Some mild lacing with light retention throughout.

The smell was pleasant with a sweet pineapple/orange fruityness mixing in with the coriander and cinnamon spices.

The flavor has a flat grainy quality with lots of the spices coming right to the forefront with coriander and pepper being prominent. There is a bit of yeastyness along with a mild hop bitterness making this fairly balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with a bit of carbonation.

The drinkability is fine, not bad, but nothing to exciting especially with a fairly premium price for this style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. "Live Ale! -Keep Refrigerated" 6% ABV, No date.

A - This Christmas beer pours a clear yellow goldenrod color with a fair amount of bubbles lazily going up to a low white head. Mediocre retention to the dense layer but good lace left on the glass afterward.

S - The spices slowly trickle fourth from the beer which opens up with warmth. An interesting blend. A bit of coriander with a little citrus zest like a wit but with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish giving it a funky scent. A little pine is in there too. It's all backed up by a low dry wheat nose and some light malts.

T - The same interesting spice blend makes its way into the flavor. Cinnamon and nutmeg give it a Christmas quality while coriander and a low citrus hint help in giving it a wit feel and drinkability. It's all grounded by light wheat and malts. No hops seem to be present in the flavor as the spice addition overwhelms all.

M - The spice kind of attacks the tongue and leaves a lingering aftertaste but it's medium-bodied and crisp with a refreshing finish. Slightly dry too.

D - Could become a bit cloying (we'll see towards the end of glass number two) with all the spices but otherwise a decent offering. Not one I'd jump at picking up again but I wouldn't turn it away.

Photo of theopholis
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Fairly light, slightly cloudy apricot color. Nice head which slowly settles down to a very frothy cap. Decent lacing.

Smell- Smells like a lager. Malty, slightly grainy, not much else.

Taste- Quite the pungent taste compared to the subdued aroma. Very heavy on some kind of spice up front. Coriander? the bottle list quite a few spices, but I only taste what I perceive as coriander. Some maltiness and malt sweetness, but it is overshadowed by the excess coriander.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability-To much coriander. Other than that, had a good backbone.

Photo of Frosty80
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a clear, light golden straw. sits clear, slightly burnished gold

Smell: lots going on. coriander definitely stands out along with a little bit of pepper. just a hint of cinnamon. not able to isolate and identify every spice used. it might be the combination of spices or perhaps some DMS, but there is a little bit of a corn smell

Taste: initial corn flavor up front, then some coriander and a hint of cinnamon. think i also get a little bit of that mild nutmeg from the mace

Mouthfeel: smooth, heavy-low body with moderate carbonation

Notes: here i think less would be more. seems there are just too many things combined here to be able to pick most of em out.

Photo of matjack85
2.62/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $5.49. 5 spices listed on the label, so I was anticipating a spicy, flavorful beer.

The beer poured a clear golden color and made a nice 1½ finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left some good lacing.

As for the smell - what smell? This is the weakest smelling spiced beer I ever put my nose into. If you breath in heavy and swirl it around a bit, you might find a hint of malt and some white pepper, but that's it.

The taste is a bland as the smell. Nothing offensive, but not the spicy Christmas beer I was hoping for. It's OK for a lager but disappointing as a spiced beer.

The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink but so is water. This beer needs more flavor!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up to bring to xmas dinner as well. I had heard good things, but I was a bit dissapointed. Served chilled and passed around into multiple wine glasses, this one was consumed on 12/25/2008.

The pour was much lighter then I would have throught with a medium and hazy amber color coming forward right away. A nice tuft of white coming through on the top of the glass, settled down into a smooth and subtle crown that faded out quite fast leaving a bare top.

The aroma was far too light to be really noticeable. Lots of citrus hops here and a nice touch of light spices, mostly pepper, but again it was just not strong enough to really set itself apart from anything. The flavor again was light, spices, citrus, and a touch of pepper all mingling about. Very light feel here now as the flavors were all gone far too quickly. Easily drinkable though and I put the bottle down with some help rather quickly.

Overall an average winter beer, forgettable and nothing extrordianary. Will look elsewhere next time.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good looking beer, interesting aroma, and then, well, not so much.

Photo of rand
2.69/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber to pint glass

A: The brew reveals a strangely opaque apricot color on the pour, with vibrant, soda-like carbonation that leaps to the top of pint to form a quickly dissipating head. No lacing to speak of.

S: The toasty malts ground the bouquet, with subtle notes of holiday spice, coriander in the distance. Smells bready, pastry-like, but with little hop or alcohol presence.

T: Malt-forward as you sip, the subtle spice distantly lingers in the background. Again, slightly sweet bready aspects make up the palate, there's not much else going on in this beer. Some dry, wood notes are detected mid-sip, a little orange zest follows. Tastes like a flat marzen with some spices stirred in after brewing.

M: Light-bodied, and way too much carbonation for the complexion. Looks like soda, kinda feels like it too.

Bland and boring...I'm disappointed. Given the pretty presentation and the appealing list of spices boldly printed on the front of the label, I was looking forward to this one. Winter ales should have some kind of kick, not just a touch of holiday spice lingering in the background. I'm not much of a style-hound, but I think brews that are made to weather the cold season should remind of warm and fuzzies while warming the belly as you sip. This does neither - about as boring as the overrated Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a wine glass

A-- Poured a darker amber straw color. Pretty straightforward. Half finger of bright white head that went almost straight to film. Wants to be a collar but just a little more than that. Lots of small carbonation bubbles and not a lot of anything else.

S-- Some malt sweetness and then orange and cinnamon. Rather faint and fleeting smells.

T-- More of the above, add in some spicy citrus hops and the added bonus of white pepper. Good touch and like that. Too bad also very fleeting. The citrus hops end up dominating the taste.

M-- Light bodied and medium carbonation. Dry orange and cinnamon finish. That works. Slightly syrupy at times but works well with the spices showing back up.

O-- Better in the feel than in the nose and taste. Well hidden alcohol ut a little all over the place I thought.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Let's let one of the last vestiges of Winter be a revisiting of a beer I remember having whilst in NoVa but don't remember much else about. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, coriander, light pepper, and a rather light touch of honey. Things would be quite nice, but everything's rather meek and subdued (as opposed to subtle and whatnot). The taste increases the orange intensity, which brings with it a stronger sense of the peel's bitterness. There's also more pepper, some clove, and a sense of woody flowers. Things don't come across as nicely spiced, but rather as overly spiced in a fragmented way. The body is a rather light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, I'd call this one a decided miss. The spices just don't work as intended, and the base isn't assertive enough to make up for this shortcoming.

Photo of ReDave
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange amber color with a viscus head that almost looks like a real ale.
pretty lacy that fades slightly.

aroma is spicy [duh] some musty and orange.

Flavor is spicy and malty with some hops?
not too bad. peppery?

pretty dry finish good carbonation, low.

was this bottle conditioned?

Nice Winter approach.

Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Acquired for $1.99 at Total Wine Redondo Beach. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings. 6.0% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Label art is mediocre.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

No issues with beer surging out of the bottle or anything upon opening. Just a brisk "tsh" indicating slight overcarbonation.

A: Pours a 4+ finger head of white colour, no real cream, okay thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. Weak looking. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. Carbonation bubbles are overabundant, indicative of overcarbonation.

Sm: Uh oh. Artificial. Old orange peel, light white pepper, and clove. I look for cinnamon but don't find it. I'm not great at picking out individual spices, especially with my broken nose, but I can tell this is messy. The hot pepper in particular is raising a red flag. I get chili pepper skin off the aroma. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, however. Pale malts. A mild strength aroma. Not real excited to try this one.

T: Ugh. Pepper skin, old clove, faint old orange peel, and bland pale malts. Clean barley. Unrefreshing. Comes off artificial. Balance is quite poor. No complexity or subtlety here. Rather boring and simple.

Mf: Decent softness. Smooth and wet. Unrefreshing. Weak and thin. Carbonation is okay. Poor presence on the palate. Badly executed. Doesn't complement the flavour profile all that well.

Dr: Hides its slightly above average ABV decently. It's just not a very good beer. I like that they're trying things out, but this one really misses the mark. Spicing was badly executed. Really mediocre. Still, it's drinkable. I doubt anyone'd have a problem killing the bottle. I definitely wouldn't get this again, but the price was rather reasonable. Sadly, that may be the best thing about it.


Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of orange zest, plum, lemon, pepper, clove, cinnamon, toasted malt, biscuit, coriander, and herbal spiciness. Some decent aromas, but they give off a bit of a stale vibe. Taste of orange zest, lemon, plum, pepper, clove, biscuit, toasted malt, coriander, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus peel, plum, pepper, clove, biscuit, and herbal spices on the finish for a good bit. It has some nice flavor balance: spicing is not too overpowering, and the sweetness is not cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink. Alcohol is well hidden with only a very slight warming after the finish. Overall this is actually quite nice and enjoyable for a spiced beer. Nice flavor balance and not cloying with sweetness or spices.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light orange color with amber highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled peppery and spicy. A mild caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of orange, coriander and caramel. The peppery flavor was much more mild than the aroma.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a nice winter lager. It is very unique and very tasty.

Photo of Beerenauslese
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with small amount of head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smells of hay and hops.

Tastes of malt, hops, ginger, coriander. That's about it. Not much of anything Christmassy about this one. Tastes are not well-integrated, comes off harsh.

Feels like a lager, not much carbonation.

Nothing special, not sure I'll get to the end of the bottle.

Photo of brotherloco
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber. 2011 vintage. Served in a tapered 22oz glass.

Pours a mostly clear gold with two fingers of beige foam. Settles to a thin head. Small amounts of lacing in the glass.

Strong lager aroma with bready malt and light citrus hops. Some apple-like fruits and apple cider aroma (cinnamon emerges here). Spices are present but are fairly light.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose, slightly sweet with a touch of sourness of fermented fruit. Spices remain light, but compliment the flavor. Finish is a little drier.

Medium-full bodied with medium-light carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Overall a thicker bodied lager with light spice tweaks to it's flavor. Not a heavy winter beer in any regard, but a nice contribution to seasonal beers.

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/18/08- Shared generously with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness date. I believe this is a one off and a late fall release though. Poured into a Samuel Adams specialty glass.

Appearance- Middle to lighter clouded golden pour. About a 1/2 inch head which is semi creamy and some light lace remnents.

Smell- Smells quite lagery. Not in a macro way either. Fresh malts, no real large grain scent with some corriander and white pepper and also some sugary notes.

Taste- Quite the holiday spirit lager. Not sure why all the bad ratings. Has a nice balanced lager flavor with a solid malt base and a mild grain note. No corn or rice or any of that junk. Spices are about perfect and does not really infringe on the true base of the beer. Maybe the corriander could be cut back a tad, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation level. Sweet and fuller mouthfeel. Super easy to drink.

Drinkability- I really liked this one...in fact, I'm going to seek out another. I may be alone in this feeling, but oh well, to each his own.

Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw to light honey, not much head, thin ring left. Sudsy lacing.

S - Nice, but thin malt aroma. Hint maybe of spices.

T - Taste follows smell, but more lively. Finish is augmented by lots of spiciness that I can't quite peg. Not great for me, but ok.

M - Light to medium, fizzy, not really coating.

D - Souped up spiced macro feeling, IMO.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a 1 inch foamy orange white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and muddled spices. Taste is of malt, muddled spices, and some citrus zest like hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice/hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a slightly crisp mouthfeel with a bubbly quality. Overall, this is a pretty good beer all around but nothing too spectacular.

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White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager from Moylan's Brewery
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