Winter Ale
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

Winter AleWinter Ale
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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #206
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,025
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
130
From:
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
 
Sweden
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  3
Gots
  10
SCORE
83
Good
Winter AleWinter Ale
Notes: OG: 1056, FG: 1015

Malt: Pale ale malt, pale caramel malt, dark caramel malt, Melanoidin malt and chocolate malt.
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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an almost clear, deep, dark ruby red, bordering on mahogany coloration with a small, fizzy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and quite herbal hops, with notes of red/dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of bready, caramel malt and herbal, piney hops, as well as notes of red/dark fruit, with red currant and figs standing out, as well as lighter brown sugar and perhaps just a hint of citrus and licorice. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some red/dark fruits and herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I quite enjoyed this, but then again, I'm a big fan of bitter, herbal flavor profiles and I can see this not being for everyone. Still, theres a rather nice balance of sweet, fruity malts and bitter, resinous, herbal and slightly spicy hops to this that works quite well, with the bitterness being clearly ahead of the sweetness here and the fruity accents providing a little more depth. I would expect that this changes its flavor profile considerably with age, but I quite like it with the herbal, bitter hops standing out like this, although I don't think it's even all that fresh judging by the best-by date, hard to tell. This certainly feels more like an American Red Ale than a Winter Warmer to me though.

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Photo of VABA
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-The beer poured a nice amber color with a good amount of head and lacing.
S-Fruity winy aroma.
T-Malt and rich.
F-Rich and full bodied.
O-A good tasting solid beer.

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VABA from Virginia, Aug 20, 2017
Photo of josanguapo
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From Guevara & lynch. In shaker glass. Lunch with Pedro, paired with Viriato burger. Flat, boring, ugly dirty color, no foam and a small touch of rancidness. Not very displeasing but doesnt enthusiam either

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Photo of 12Step
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One inch of tan head on a copper colored body. The smell is sweet and candy like, with wet grain. Moderate bittersweet and malty taste. The sweetness comes through stronger in the beginning with a slight bitter ending. Weak carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling. I've definitely had better beer!

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12Step from Sweden, Nov 06, 2015
Photo of pat61
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours dark amber to chestnut with a slight chill haze under a 1” fluffy cream to tan foam collar that hugs the glass.
S: Has a stiff fruit and wine aroma
T: Malty and rich with dark dried fruit and rich dense cake flavors and a sweet sour interaction especially in the finish. This is not heavily hopped.
F: Rich, full body, very fine soft carbonation.
O: An easy to drink winter warmer.

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pat61 from Minnesota, May 01, 2015
Photo of dbrauneis
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky deep copper in color with a light to moderate amount of active visible carbonation slowly rising from the bottom of the glass and some amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy sudsy light tan head that slowly reduces to a medium thick half finger thick cap surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with moderate amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. That is followed by some lighter notes of brown sugar, spices/herbs, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted malts with a light amount of caramel and toffee sweetness. Very light touches of cocoa powder flavors and light flavors of brown sugar + herbs. Light amounts of earthy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I found this beer to be enjoyable though I can see the flavor profile not appealing to the larger American audience... there is something that reminds me of food from the Nordics in this brew (kind of like pickled or creamed herring does not appeal to Americans).

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine three finger ivory head that continues building due to very active carbonation. Aroma of caramel malt, grassy hops, spicy and slightly earthy. Flavor is biscuit and caramel malt, lightly toasty, earthy spices, mild dark dried fruit, very light cinnamon and clove. Slightly oxidized. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An interesting winter ale that leans in profile to a brown ale, but a mild one, with spicing that leans to a muddled earthiness rather than baked goods. Odd and interesting; appropriate for the season.

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LiquidAmber from Washington, Dec 25, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a huge long lasting creamy tan head. Very good head retention and lacing through out. Aroma of dark roasted caramel malt, dark fruit, espresso and cacao esters fill the senses. Taste is roasted dark caramel malt, espresso beans and cacao, a bit of dark fruit with some mild bitterness. Palate is a full body, creamy texture with mild carbonation. Finish is of roasted dark caramel malt, yeast, espresso beans and cacao, some dark fruity notes ending has some mils bitterness with some lingering roasted espresso flavor. Overall a very good, flavorful and enjoyable brew, nice.

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Samp01 from New Jersey, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

A- Pours a deep amber with some particles in suspension. It has two fingers of rocky off white head. clumps of lace are left on the sides of the glass. Head retention is excellent

S- Caramel, citrus, light biscuity notes. Some aromas of earthy european hops as well.

T- light notes of whole grain bread with citrus. minimal Caramel sweetness throughout. The finish is long and shows some hop bitterness on the back of the palate.

M- light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. a bit sticky.

O- Not a winter warmer in my opinion. No warming sensation, light body, overall lack of rich aroma and flavor.

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silverking from Florida, May 31, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a Unibroue snifter.

A: This great looking beer is a deep red-orange-brown color, with a large off-white head that is exceptionally durable and leaves the glass well coated.

Aroma: medium malts and a nice splash of hops, with hints of vanilla and light spices.

T: The taste starts out malty and lightly sweet, with some caramel and brown sugar. The hops presence then kicks in creating a fairly well balanced mix. The after-taste is slightly bitter, bready, spicy and hoppy.

M: Quite smooth; medium body; medium carbonation sufficient to render the beer a bit lively.

O: A fine hoppy brown ale that will function as a Christmas Ale.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy burnt orange color with an off-white, rust tinged head that sits just under 2 fingers thick. Fair retention. Leaves a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Solid lacing around the glass with good stick.

Smell - Mild sourness at first. Fades as the beer warms, giving way to moderate cocoa notes and a healthy amount of ester fruitiness.

Taste - Moderate cocoa and hints of caramel character from start to finish, complimented by both sweet and mildly sour fruity esters; red apple and slight grain mid-taste while touches of Eureka lemon can be found near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with a fair amount of soft carbonation. Near creamy. Goes down well.

Overall - A solid winter ale. That said, I dont feel I'd be missing much if I never had it again. If it were even just a bit more roasty, maybe I'd be thinking otherwise.

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TheSixthRing from California, Mar 24, 2013
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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and malty flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop and roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice barleywine-like aromas but the flavor is a bit unrefined in my opinion.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Mar 15, 2013
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2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1 pint .9 fl oz brown glass bottle with okay label and green branded pressure cap acquired at Total Wine Redondo Beach for $2.00 and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Self-identifies as a "Swedish Farmhouse." Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. This is my first beer from this brewery.

Upon opening, beer quickly surged out of the bottle and spilled on my desk. This definitely seems overcarbonated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of light cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (6+ minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a dull murky dark copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Translucent. No lacing as the head recedes. A mediocre appearance.

Sm: Earthy. Light floral hops. Biscuit malt. Caramel malt. A very light aroma; my broken nose can hardly pick up on anything. No alcohol is detectable. Maybe yeast character is detectable; I just can't smell hardly anything.

T: Bland overly sweet caramel malt. Stale floral hops. Stale biscuit malt. Tastes pretty crappy; there's no balance here at all. Lacks complexity and subtlety. A bit earthy, which isn't working for it. Why brew this? I'm not liking this one hardly at all. Too bitter. Lacks cohesion and focus. Messy. Tastes like run of the mill homebrew. It just misses the mark entirely. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Some light toffee/English style malt is a highlight, but feels completely out of place in the flavour profile.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Horrid presence on the palate. Body is okay. Thickness is far from ideal. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well at all.

Dr: Drinkable but pretty crappy. Not sure what they were going for with this one, but they missed the mark. I definitely wouldn't get it again, decently priced though it may be. Hides its average ABV decently. Mediocre. I'm going to be hesitant about trying other beers from this brewery going forward.

Low C-

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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 14, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.5L bottle into tulip. I actually had this on tap in Brooklyn somewhere back in February and enjoyed it then, but had after a de dolle stile nacht, so my taste buds were a bit warped. This review is from bottle purchased at Total Wine in Palm Beach Gardens, FL - $1.99 on winter seasonal rack...nice.
Pours a deep amber brown with a finger of head and choppy spotty lacing...
Nice sweetish malts, with a bit of chocolate and spice - maybe rye?
Taste is sweet malts, a bit of chocolate, some pine or spruce??? a maybe a bit of rye sharpness...really complex. Its actually really easy to drink - but it is 5.3% abv so no surprises. Overall, an excellent brew...really complex and lots of flavor. Nice brew...wish I saw it more.

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DrinkSlurm from New York, Feb 03, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A thinnish, fairly clear ruby brown pour. The head is pretty stellar, but can't make up for the watery look from the pour. Lots of carbonation leaves a huge head, several fingers thick...offwhite color, the sides fall in before the center. Lots of sticky lace.

Not much scent, it's Earthy and biscuity. A slight spice profile, but you really have to have your nose in it to pick it up. Caramel malts?

There's nothing to indicate this is a winter beer. There's a faint spice character, but little else. Very malty with caramel and pilsner malts providing both some sweet soda flavor and a balancing bitterness. Tiniest bit of cinnamon taste in the finish.

It's got layers of complexity with some sweet, some spicy and some bitter, all at different points. Medium bodied despite the water look upon pour. Lots of carbonation in the pour, but nothing in the way of feel. The savory bitterness and faint spicy feel lasts in to the swallow.

Fairly good beer. Not much in the way of a winter warmer as it lacks any warming alcohol or thick spiciness, but a good beer overall. Goes down easy with good taste and better complex feel.

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RickS95 from Indiana, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well, a winter warmer this is not. It lacks the abv and spices. So, points are lost, but...

this beer looks really nice. Deep chestnut clear body. Head is foamy and while it doesn't last long the lacing is crystal-like.

Aroma is semi sweet caramel and bread. Perhaps a touch of yeasty spice, some golden apples.

Flavor is nice, but a bit thin. It just seems hollow at the end when the caramel and bread have gone. Not much of a hop profile here. The flavors are not bad, just a touch weak. Which makes this quite a quaffable beer. Almost like an English mild, but not.

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Mebuzzard from Colorado, Jan 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of tan head on a copper colored body.
The smell is candy, wet grain and lemon.
The taste is a moderate bitter and malt mix. A little unbalanced. The sweetness comes through stronger beginning to middle with dry bitter ending.
Moderate carbonation and medium body with a slight sticky feeling.
An enjoyable drink.

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Photo of leokbelo
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper into a pint glass. 1 inch frothy head dissipates quickly into a 1/2 inch lacing.
Pine scent, with a hint of caramel. Yeast also present.
Spicy and piney on the palate, medium bitterness, nice hop feel.
A nice brew, would recommend.
Gott öl från Dalarna!
Good beer from Dalarna (northern Sweden).

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leokbelo from Florida, Dec 15, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at SMÖF 2012.

Pours a very nice dark amber. Some haziness.

Smells a little of alcohol, otherwise quite dull.

The liquid is light, and doesn't leave me with the impression I was looking for. There is, however a satisfying, long lasting bitterness.

Looks nice and is nice to drink, but the taste and aroma leaves me disappointed.

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ohoh from Sweden, Oct 29, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very English tasting and smelling brew with caramel malt and herbal English hops. Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth with a touch yeast as well. Solid brew with subtle blended flavor. Not something that is going to. Low your mind but more than drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this would be love at first sight. Deep amber color with a nice thick foamy beige head, reduced to a nice layer of foam constantly repopulated by the generous lacing. Then the aroma. Nice hoppy bite mellowed by toasted molasses and a hint of spice. Much to my surprise, the taste went to a fairly pedestrian or, run of the mill, bitterness that didn't carry anything truly distinctive. Especially when compared to what the aroma carried. Please understand that the taste is not at all bad, but it just doesn't set itself apart from what I believe would be a typical black ale. The only sign of defiance from a black ale was upon the finish where a hint of tartness is apparent. The carbonation tends to take away from the body, so it comes across as being lighter than it was probably intended. If given the choice between this and lesser labels, there wouldn't be a hesitation. But - i would pass this by for either a more balanced winter warmer or a more vibrant black ale.

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gopens44 from Virginia, Jan 21, 2012
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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oppigårds Winter Ale
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

Thanks to OWSELY069 for this one.

Appearance: Murky yet fairly light amber color. A sturdy pour into a tulip snifter yields a solid bubbly foam. Spotted lace.

Smell: Spicy nose full of holiday spice and spicy alcohol. Toffee, butterscotch, and euro malts with their distinctive lageresque smell. There are traces of herbal noble hops.

Taste: Unassuming in the looks and smell, the taste reveals a great deal of complexity. Toffee like malt sweetness and dark fruits from the yeast upfront giving way to some earthy and spicy notes. Orange peel and lemon zest, some bitterness, mild tartness, and dirty cinnamon (dig). A pinch of alcohol, discernable oak and semi dry clove.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but fairly light on the palatte. Elegant finish with some tartness and bitterness, with pepper, ginger and cinnamon sticking with you long after the partaken sip.

Overall: A world class beer. This tasty concoction manages somehow to be a Winter Warmer, Euro Strong Lager and Saison all with moderate to very good success.

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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania, Jan 14, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a russett brown with a thin wispy slight off white head.A good mix of chocolate malt and leafy hops,well rounded and appetizing.A tad thin the feel,I would have liked a fuller feel to compliment the flavors.Chocolate malts and leafy hops match together well on the palate,with a fuller mouthfeel this would be really top notch.I liked this beer it seemed to be a hopped up American brown ale,again with fuller mouthfeel it would be great,as is its solid.

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oberon from North Carolina, Jan 13, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – dark brown with about a finger or a finger-and-a-half’s worth of khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – malty, dark-roasted, a little syrupy and biscuity.

Taste – very much like the smell, it’s malty and has a deep roasted quality. But also right from the off there’s a sharpness and bitterness from the hops, which you can’t taste…only feel. Interesting taste. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced in general, not leaning more toward one side or the other in terms of wateriness vs. creaminess.

Overall – very good tasting and thought-provoking brew!

4 Overall – very good tasting and thought-provoking brew!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet tarts, small yeast and earthiness. In the taste, earthy, spicy cinnamon, and notes of fruit and tartness. A small spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Quite different and a bit of everything, being a winter and a saison too.

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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania, Dec 31, 2011
Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 130 ratings