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White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager - Moylan's Brewery

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Moylan's Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnnieoz on 11-11-2008)
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Reviews by Hunter:
Photo of Hunter
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale copper colored brew that manages a fairly decent head of white, but one that fades quickly. Notes of iced tea and hay in the nose, faint malt. Taste is rather bland - tea, some spice, little else. Drinkable, but given the usually heavy and complex nature of most holiday ales this one is rather featureless.

Hunter, May 18, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

oberon, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

biboergosum, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

NJpadreFan, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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

russpowell, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

bashiba, Feb 19, 2009
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

BeerBuzzGuy, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of hannaho
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

hannaho, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of theopholis
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

theopholis, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.7%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Frosty80
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Frosty80, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Brewsmith
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Brewsmith, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of matjack85
2.6/5  rDev -20%
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!

matjack85, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

largadeer, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of MidwestBA
3.25/5  rDev 0%

MidwestBA, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of khall
3/5  rDev -7.7%

khall, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of theCoder
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

theCoder, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -7.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of rand
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

rand, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Rick778, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

mulder1010, Jan 04, 2012
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White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager from Moylan's Brewery
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