Winter Warmer - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | 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 HimerMan
2.43/5  rDev -35%
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
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
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
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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 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 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 jujubeast6000
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Crajun
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
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 OakedCanuck
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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 alleykatking
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
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 MartinVanBrewin
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber body with a beige head that quickly dissipated; most likely due to temperature stored.

Smell: Light caramalized malt up front with pervading armoatic hops

Taste: Roasted coffee malts up front with caramelized taste lingering.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a light hop kick in the back.

Overall: Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

Photo of macktbone
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Tifore
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in a BIF from Greg (Twiggamortis420). Poured into my Unibroue Tulip.

A - Pours a dark cola brown in color with what looks like a slight haze in clarity. Pours a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head that is light tan and slightly brown in color.

S - Smells of chocolate, roasted and carmel malts, some sweet toffee notes and some slight spice. Not uniform in smell though. It smells like everythings working against its self, not together. Perhaps even some licorice smells as well?

T - Taste is of spice, and roasted malts as well as some of the licorice coming through but late in the first taste. Some slight vanilla comes through as well. Almost like a after / lingering taste. It tastes watered down all in all. Very weak tasting.

M - Mouthfeel is light and very highly carbonated. Doesn't fit the beer though and works against the smell and taste.

D - Not the best winter warmer I've had. I'm glad I got to try it. Thanks Greg!

Photo of portia99
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color...looks black in the glass until held up to the light when tinges of reddish brown pull at the edges of the beer. No head to speak of, only a few wisps of bubbles on the surface and a thin, uneven collar of off white foam on the edges.

S - A bit fruity, a bit or roastiness, some dark malty aromas, just the slightest of hop bite on the edges. Really restrained aroma...a struggle to pull it out, even swirling rather vigorously fails to release much aroma.

T - Follows the aroma to a T. Roasty malts are the most prominant, but still quite subtle, a bit of coffee like bitterness and some sweet dark malty flavors chime in. Hops are fruity and not especially bitter, just there to balance, which they seem to do pretty well - no unbalanced sweetness to be found. Pretty well rounded although flavors all seem a bit muted.

M - Surprisingly thin for a beer that is fairly malt dominant at kicks in at 8.5% alcohol. Carbonation is medium level with a good tingle felt throughout the mouth. Somewhat watery feel detracts a bit from the enjoyability of this one.

D - Alcohol presence is extremely well masked, does not drink like an 8.5% beer. Thin mouthfeel enhances this easy drinking sensation. I could see unknowingly plowing through a few of these and ending up in trouble. Flavors are good but not very strong, enjoyable overall, but memorable.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany red. Mild head. Medium carbonation. Clear.

Dark ripe fruit. Belgium candy sugar.

Light grape flavor. Sour/tart. Quite light. Belgium Dark Ale vibe.

Nice carbonation. Moderate foamation. Leaves nice toffee-like coating in mouth. Carbonation ebbs to a nicely smooth brew.

Alright, not best Winter Warmer. Enjoyable but could be stronger or more complex. It just doesn’t do much. Rahr needs to assert itself as something other than just “that local brewery from Fort Worth.”

Photo of gtermi
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a sort of thin white head.

S: The beer had a good amount of caramel and spices. I am also getting a tiny bit of toffee.

T: Roasted malt and some spices. The spices arent as present as I wanted, but not horrible.

M: The beer is pretty carbonated, but pretty easy to drink. Nothing special at all

O: This is by far one of the better beers I have ever had from Rahr. Better luck next year.

Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JosephLondon for the bottle.

Winter Warmer pours a red stained, nut brown color. It's moderately hazy, but has nice scarlet highlights with some light behind it. A cream colored head sits on top and rises to about a finger. It dissipates quickly, leaving very light lacing behind.

The nose is weak and rather average. A few light, holiday spices are noted. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are noted. It smells a little sweet and malty. Smells like caramel malts are the base, but it's not very aromatic at all. A very light dark fruit scents of raisin and plum are noted. That rounds it out. It's not bad, but would benefit greatly from more strength.

The flavor is above average. It is a little sweet and has a pretty good malty base. It's complemented by the typical holiday spices - cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Yeast is more prominent here and has a slight bread-like flavor. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum complement the spices. They're subtle, but effective. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Finishes sweet and holiday spicy. It's rather straight forward for a winter warmer, but is a decent beer.

Winter Warmer has a light-medium body that's nearly smooth. Carbonation is rather light and helps quite a bit. Drinkability is above average. The flavor here is pretty solid for what it is. It's not great by any means, but I could see myself drinking a few on a nice holiday night. That would be especially true if I lived in Texas.

This is my first exposure to Rahr & Sons Brewing Company beer. Winter Warmer is pretty good, but doesn't really stand out. Everything about it seems a little too tame. It's tough to distinguish yourself in the winter warmer category. If you want to achieve that goal, you've got to be bolder than this. More of everything is in order. On its face, this isn't bad beer, but it needs work to reach the next level. Nonetheless, I'm happy to try it out. I love beer that's new to me. Thanks, Joseph.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark ruddy brown with brighter ruby highlights when held up to light. Very thin, light brown head with decent retention. Scattered lacing left on the glass.

S - Lots of spices up front with noticeable cinnamon and nutmeg. A touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Some lightly roasted grains provide the backbone. Smells like a winter warmer, but nothing spectacular.

T - Straight up brown malts with not a whole lot else going on. The requisite spices come through including cinnamon and allspice. Light alcohol taste but very well masked given the ABV.

M/D - A touch on the thin side which is disapointing, but still well balanced flavors. Still very easy drinking and the ABV does provide some winter warming for sure.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass dark black with very little head. I could tell the carbonation with this one was going to be an issue. And it is. The smell is strong of carmelized nuts with a slight oak hint. The taste is about the same as the scents, only the carmelized flavors are kind of lacking. The mouthfeel to me is terrible, the carbonation is almost nonexistent. It has a watered down feel to it. If they could get a better consistency on this, the over all drinkability would be great, but it doesn't so it's not.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. A small beige head forms and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Pretty neutral for the most part. Sweet malt that is lightly toasted. Some caramel like sweetness lingers.
T: Toasted malt again that is very sweet. Lots of caramel. Though more of a fruity flavor that balances out the heavy sweetness.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth. Easy to drink. Everything is well incorporated. I can quaff a few.

Enjoyable for the most part. Not the best Winter Warmer, but worth a try.

Photo of russpowell
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Finnman, cheers! let this one sit out 25 minute before cracking it

Pours a garnet tinged chestnut with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Near-zero head retention & lacing

S: Slight cocoa notes, some vanilla when warm

T: Vanilla, slight breadyness, plus some dark fruits & much dryness up front. Cakeyness, some carob, raisins, & ever so slight boozey notes as this warms. Finishes slightly oaky dry with jammy notes, some more pronounced vanilla & other dark fruit

MF: Thinnish, wet, but starts to recover as the beer warms to room temp, I even start feeling hints of syruppyness

Drinks easy for the ABV, but not that great a winter warmer. Maybe its because I'm sitting here watch the snow come down on a spring day, but these seems like it's built for Texas winters versus real winters. Come on Rahr, I know y'all can do better!

Photo of PEBKAC
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BigTex early in the year. I forgot about this one. It's almost in season again. :D

Screw cap, the Captain's pint glass, the Minnesota Twins embarrassing themselves on primetime.

A couple inches of bubbly, sandy-colored head. Filtered, ebony wood body.

Smells of skim chocolate milk & crystal malt. Faint herbal bitterness & clay.

Gentle roast, a light & slight red grape skin thing, mild anise, barely woody. Watered down cola sweetness. Earthy, slightly lingering bitterness. A bit muted overall, but no noticeable oxidation. At room temperature the beer throws out a little pleasant stream of light grade maple syrup.

Frothy, thinner then expected, with a drying finish. Alcohol was very quiet. I could of done with something a little heavier. Middle of the road, but still pretty soft & soothing. :)

Photo of beerdiablo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another winning seasonal from Rahr's, this deviates from their usual German influenced offerings but this is a welcome change.

With well concealed alcohol punch, this is a nice, brown style ale but leans more towards a bitter due to the hops.

Recommended for a night where one or two beers is in order.

Photo of EPICAC
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is from another six-pack of Rahr & Sons beer that I got in a trade with Bryan. I know this is out of season, but it's been refrigerated and seems to have held up pretty well. I served this chilled in one of my NERAX pint glasses.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ruby-tinted brown with a thick, fluffy, beige head that fades to a thin film leaving sheets of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: The smell is predominantly malty: toasty malts, raisins, and maybe a hint of holiday spices.

Taste: Toasty and bready malts upfront. Moves into rasiny dark fruit flavors in the center, which are maintained through to the finish where they're cut by a clean graininess and a faint bitterness. There's a nice alcoholic spice in the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, but still fells a little bit thin.

Drinkability: Flavorful, but not overly strong.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This winter warmer is dark brown almost opaque with a quick to disappear tan head. The sides of the glass reveal caramel colored highlights and that this actually is a clear liquid.

The nose is mild for a warmer. I was expecting stronger scents of chocolate and dark fruits especially as dark as Rhar's is. The smells are there but don't really come through as much as I'd like. There is a nice roasted malt that I hope is bolder in the taste.

The taste is mostly about the malts with a fair amount of English hop flavor. The malts dominant with a hearty roasted characteristic and some of those missing scents appearing in the flavor. Dark stone fruits with hints of booze and light smoke. Not overpowering and well balanced with the hops.

Mouthfeel is also very pleasant with a mild carbonation and a full bodied brew. That combo makes it seem like a thick drink but one that you can sip on all night. Flavorful and extremely drinkable.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a review on 12/20/2006...
Rahr in Ft. Worth is cranking out some good brews and this one is no different. Pours a dark, almost chocolate color. Faint aroma of malts and grains, not much. No lacing left in the glass. Taste is of light sweets with malts. Very little carbonation and light on the tounge. Very drinkable and I bet is great on draft. Would rate this higher if had a little more flavor. Quite enjoyable given the higher %.

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Winter Warmer from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.