Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-18-2006)
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Photo of dgrauwiler
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of HimerMan
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, poured into a generic tulip.

Pours a ruby brown with very minimal head.

Smells of spices, a touch of clove and a malt.

This seems to have a weak watery flavor, mild hops - not at all spiced as per the style would suggest.

Not a great beer or representation of the style - bland.

Cheers.

Photo of goochpunch
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a dark brown, almost purple, with ruby hues. As with all Rahr beers, the head retention isn't there. Head starts off small and in seconds, is just a ring. No lacing. Smells of artificial cherry, from the toasty malts, roastiness, alcohol and a bit of grain. Flavor is at first roasted malt, which leads into some slight fruitiness: mostly apple and pear. Not entirely unlike their lagers, it seems. I get a little chocolate out of this. LITTLE. Finishes a bit too clean and watery for my tastes. Strange, but it has a bit of a brothy flavor to it. Where's the alcohol? Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, which is a good thing, but this is entirely too thin, especially considering the high abv. I'm not crazy over this, but it's not a drain-pour neither. This seemed to have more character on tap, but nevertheless, this is way too simple and thin, which is dangerous considering the alcohol content.

Photo of BeanBone
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A murky mahogany-brown body with plenty of ruby highlights. Up top, a finger's width of off-white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves barely any lacing.

Aroma: Roasty malt with lots of nutty, spicy, and raisiny notes. Maybe a little cocoa as well.

Taste: Rather unique, this is very nutty, herbal, and almost vegetable-like. There's still plenty of dark fruit and roasty malt in the mix as well. The alcohol is hidden very well and the aftertaste is of grainy and roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly for the style, this is a little on the thin side. Dry throughout.

Drinkability: Between average and sipper territory. While it's somewhat light-bodied and the flavor profile isn't overly powerful or boozy, eventually the alcohol content has to slow you down.

Verdict: To be frank, I'm a little confused by this beer. Rahr's website list this as full-bodied, and that's certainly what you'd expect from a Winter Warmer, but the body just fails to measure up. So while it's certainly not a bad beer, it's not a particularly good one either.

Photo of scm2787
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Rozyravens
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Crajun
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a glass.

Pours a dirty brown; small head.

Nice smells - different spices, some clove and malt.

Taste to me was VERY bland; nothing there??

Med. mouthfeel; nice almost creamy

My first winter warmer and I expected more taste...

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/23/2009 (bottle):

Pours a dark reddish brown colored body, with a foamy, average creamy off-white color head. Malty aroma, with some roasted notes. Has a watery palate. Some roasted taste. Not too bad tasting, a little malty sweet. A little hot.

Photo of Timtastic
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of sjones5045
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this brew from whoneeds8 for winning SNF Squares Week 13. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Dark brown with a very small beige head that dissappeared in 2 minutes.
Not much to smell, some nutty/chocolate malt.
Taste isn't much more than the smell, sweet, nutty and chocolatey.
Medium bodied with a thin feel.
It was drinkable but there are much better winter warmers out there.

Photo of Onemic
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Feb 2008.

A small dark tan head disappears within seconds of being in the glass. Clear dark brown color. Aroma is raisiny sweet. Starts with some clove and slight spiciness. Moderately chocolatey throughout. Faint bitterness in finish. Medium body. Alcohol hidden.

Overall seems somewhat uninspired for a winter warmer.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Winter seasonal from Rahr & Sons, our only local brewery in DFW that actually bottles. This one is typical for Rahr, decent, but doesn't stand out. Pours a dark brown, blackish, purple-y tinged color with some head that leaves quickly. Smell is pretty good, some seasonal spices (nutmeg), dark fruit and hops. The main flavor is the sweet, toasty malt. It isn't overly sweet but the malt is the main feature here. Some of the spices in the nose show up but are hidden. Thin mouthfeel and sticky. Easy enough to drink but just not exciting to drink. I hope the whiskey barrel version is a lot better.

Photo of Bimmers
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%

Photo of alleykatking
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Many thanks go out to OakedCanuck for the bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown color. Some light red hues show as it's held to the light. One finger white head shows low retention. No lacing on the sides of the glass it all falls back into the beer.

S- Toasted malts in the front of this. There is some light caramel and toffee malts along with some darker malts. Darker fruits come through toward the end but this is still a muted malty beer. Once it warms there is some nutty notes as well.

T- Toasted malts come out first with a hint of nutty flavoring. Caramel malts come through toward the middle with a hint of toffee as well. Sugary darker fruits come in the backing of this beer with a hint of alcohol sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was alright for the beer. Sweetness from the malts are left on the palate with alcohol added to the aftertaste. Not blended flavor wise to the style...more super malt forward. No off flavors. Alcohol shows medium dryness on the palate.

D- The muted flavors and lack of real alcohol sting makes this beer a easy drinker. Nothing over the top but nothing bad at all either. It is what it is and that is a average a little above average beer.

Photo of macktbone
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from Hall's close to the airport in Dallas. Brought it home to enjoy with friends, but it is taking up space in my collection and Hall's rediculous pricing rules forced me to buy a whole six pack.

A-Poured darker than expected and relatively thick but light colored head. Much too high carbonation for my choice.

S-Suprisingly funky for a texas beer. Fruit and nuts come in first with a follow of apricots and spice.

T-Again closer to belgian than Texan (not that I was expecting hooves and horns). Presents an aftertaste of wood and nuts.

M-Creamy (suprise), but thin in consitency. The carbonation is killing me...Way too much.

D-Heavy malt finish without the general support needed to make it a go to beer, but strikes me as less of a winter seasonal and more of a specialty brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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