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Oppigårds Winter Ale | Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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Oppigårds Winter AleOppigårds Winter Ale
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3.64/5
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128 Ratings
Oppigårds Winter AleOppigårds Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Sweden
oppigards.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
OG: 1056, FG: 1015

Malt: Pale ale malt, pale caramel malt, dark caramel malt, Melanoidin malt and chocolate malt.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,145
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
128
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 85
Reviews by rarbring:
Photo of rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber liquid, much foam with remaining laces.

Distinct smell of grape fruit, combined with grass, bread and a bit of ... almond? In all very floral.

The taste is dominated by the hops in citric aromas combined with sweet caramel malt, a well balanced brew.

Good carbonation which makes it pleasant to drink.

Perfect on a snowy evening like this!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger light head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy brown/amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight chocolate nose. Flavor is burnt chocolate. Seems similar to a porter. Slight bitter aftertaste. $5.92 for a 500ml bottle from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with tan brown head that retains very well.

Nose has a dusted cocoa, malt, and is fairly faint as far as winter ale aromas go.

Palate has the usual holiday spices - some cinnamon, nutmeg, light chocolate, and molasses. Overall, very light in flavor and easy to drink.

Not a typical winter warmer in terms of richness of flavors but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oppigards Winter Ale pours a hazy (it's bottle-conditioned), deep chestnut brown body beneath a thick head of tan foam that holds quite well and leaves jagged patches of lacing about the glass.

The aroma is malty and hoppy, expressing a delicate toastiness, scorched sugar, a hint of chocolate, and leafy, grassy, and delicately citrusy hops.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and pillowy soft as the carbonation is released.

The flavor delivers a solid maltiness that's a bit roasty with a darkly caramelish edge, and suggestions of chocolate. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it's balanced by some lightly citrusy, spicy (perhaps piney?), and leafy hops.

Nicely done!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz light brown bottle. No freshness date.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a teaky brown color with a fast-fading off-white head.
A sweet caramel and honey smell rises at once. A light citrusy and pear smell peeks through. A background smell of wood and distant flowers fades in.
A substantial honey-sweet malt is direct and forward. Mixed fruit cup with sweet grapefruit lie beneath.
The body is slick and almost oily. Goes down real easy and smooth. Could use a bit more alcoholic punch as a winter offering.

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours an amber color with a 1/4" head that breaks down to some spotty surface bubbles.

Smell: citrus and floral hops are mild overall.

Taste: bready, caramel, loads of pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of funkiness. The bitterness is very biting here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the pine and bitterness last in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: so-so as this beer is a bit unbalanced, and the bitterness is a bit to sharp.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a lovely dark tan head that leaves great lacing. The aroma has a serous piney hop character with a dried fruit note in the background. The flavor is all bitterness piney, tannic(Leather), slightly spicey and very dry (almost astringent) on the finish.

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Photo of oggg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at my local BevMo in Dec2010. 1pt9oz oddly shaped brown bottle, with essentially no neck, just shoulders tapering to the bottle cap.

The beer is a gorgeous medium brown color. It is slightly hazy. A gentle head foams up and is gone in a few minutes to just a trace around the glass. The nose is blunted for the first few minutes due to the cold temp, but even after warming in the glass, there's only a hint of caramel. Ho hum so far.

The taste is where it gets interesting though. Modest carbonation gives way to a strong caramel surge. Slightly metallic hop bitterness intervenes briefly to let us see the tail of the caramel go through, finishing after several seconds with a smoky&burnt (suggests a touch of black patent?) note. Med to full body, very clean, and very drinkable.

Overall: a nice, clean, well made malty winter ale with good flavor without having to resort to crazy spices

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a reddish brown copper color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly sweet and exotic, showcasing considerable vanilla, cherry candy and sweet ice tea. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet beer. However, the beer is not at all heavy or cloying, and drinkabilty is in fact pretty good. There's some nice underlying hoppy bitterness that buoys the sweetness rather well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at the most, and I appreciate how light on its feet this beer is.

This beer really delivers a lot of flavor for the abv.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The very definition of burnt orange with bright Sunkist borders. Tiny bubbles can be seen wandering up to a pale brown sugar colored lid that is constructed of thousands of sticky bubbles piled atop one another. It's no surprise, then, that a fair amount of sticky lace ends up on the glass. Winter warmers should look hearty, like this one does.

One whiff tells me that Winter Ale is not spiced and doesn't use an especially estery yeast. That doesn't mean that it doesn't smell good. It's reminiscent of an amber ale that favors the darker end of the malt spectrum. Lo and behold, the malt bill is comprised of Maris Otter, wheat, roasted barley and flaked barley. Good choices all.

This is one of those winter warmers that chooses to impress by using quality ingredients in abundant quantities. Having said that, a fraction more malt would put it over the top. Bells and whistles are fine in some cases, but the range of flavors is vast for the talented brewer who uses nothing more than the four basic ingredients.

The pale and roasted malts combine to give a mid-range flavor (like a brown ale), without the earthiness that can come from the mid-range malts. The hop flavor is surprisingly bold and is equally surprisingly complex. I could have guessed one of the C-hops without even knowing the hop bill, thanks to an underlying grapefruit zestiness. For the record: East Kent Goldings, Fuggles, Crystal and Cascade. Also very well chosen.

For a winter ale, the mouthfeel is slightly thin. Given the ABV, however, it does enough to earn the above score. One positive is that it's never in danger of becoming frankly thin or watery. Another is that it has just enough bubbles.

I'm a fan of Oppigards Bryggeri. Winter Ale is at least as good as Well-Hopped Lager and Golden Ale. It's a shame their beer isn't available in this state (then again, not much is). Although I won't be buying it again, it sure was an enjoyable taste of the Swedish winter on this bright spring day in Iowa.

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doesn't look like much, laggerish light after initial foam.Somewhat cheesy aroma. The taste is somehwhat hoppy and refreshing. A natural casklike carbonation. Bit of light lemonlime aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is one of those 3.7 impossibilities.

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Photo of bark
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown; the minimal pale beige head dissolves into a thin ring without any lacing.

The smell is roasted and fruity with notes of coffee and cocoa, some malt and aroma hops. The finish is a little bitter. It smells like the way I want ac non-pale ale to smell.

The taste is balanced. There is a foundation of dry, bitter hops with notes of lime and dandelion. The malt, somewhat roasted, develops from a soft nutty flavour into a burned coffee-like note which fails of, leaving room for aroma hops with a citric touch and a balanced fruity finish. The aftertaste is bitter with a gentle note of grapefruit and some cocoa.

Nothing wrong, then? Well, there could have been a little more body. Perhaps it is because of the alcoholic content; 5.3% abv might be a little too low for a winter warmer. Otherwise, this is one of the best non-British winter ales that I have reviewed.

The mouth feel is great; very gentle but at the same time very refreshing with lots of tiny bubbles.

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Photo of RickS95
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours s burnt caramel color with a frothy head that looked great at the outset but it frittered away rather quickly, though leaving some nice dots of lace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread with hints of mocha, caramel and soy sauce

Taste: Toasty, up front, with the caramel and mocha joining rather quickly to sweeten the backbone; by mid-palate and in the aftertaste, the soy sauce flavors start to dominate; a little soapy, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting brew, but I ultimately didn't care for the flavor profile

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear with beautiful red highlights and a short cap of light beige foam that left solid sheets of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, reminiscent of a bock, but with light eatery character and a bit of citrus. Medium-low bitterness with mild hop presence. Malt sweetness was the major player, a bit toasty, caramel, faintest hint of burnt malts. Full bodied and not heavy, lowish carbonation and slight slickness. A bit dry too. I enjoyed the balance and thought it was pretty good overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cear, deep ruby-hued body with a generously tall off-white head. Plenty of gooey lacing.

Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling caramel aroma with lemon juice, a dash of bittering herbs, and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Taste: Delightful, sweet caramel flavor at the start. The sweetness diminishes as it warms. Just a hint of lemon zest along with a soft herbal bitterness. Hint of roast emerges in the drying, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! A solid, sweetness-minded winter warmer.

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Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, .9 fluid ounce rounded brown bottle lacking brewed or bottled-on date.

Pours clear red-edged dark brown with an inch of creamy tan head and nice lace. The aroma is quite nutty and spicy. Biscuit and carmel malts provide the base, while herbal hops tickle the senses. The beer is quite dry and hoppy for a British-style winter warmer. Initial caramel malts round into a chewy and rather smoky nut center. Finishes with brisk medium-dry pine-needle hop tones. The beer is rich and creamy in the mouth, with sufficient (but limited) carbonation.

A great take on winter bitter from Sweden.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the label identifies this as a Swedish Farmhouse ale

a: nice little khaki head on a pecan brown ale, good retention

s: pulpy noble hop aroma carried on pilsner malt body with a subtle dose of toast and nuts

m: medium-full carbonation, medium body

t: clean lager-esque and toasted brown malts quickly dried by the generous noble hopping, woody nutshell, very pilsner like - dry, balanced, and crisp with a lingering bitter finish

d: easy, very atypical for whatever style this is - identifies very little with either a traditional warmer or a farmhouse, but a decent beer in and of itself

blind purchase from the Wine Shoppe in Waldorf, MD

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/caramel with 3fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness & fruittyness

T: A bit of cakeyness & some gingerbread. As this warms more breadyness & brown sugar. Finishes with leafy hops, dryness & toffee

MF: Thin/medium bodied with some carbonation

Drinks good, not sure I'd call this a winter warmer. More of a brown, not worth $5 a .5L for sure

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seldom do I find a Swedish Farmhouse ale from a completely unknown brewery. Needless to say, I had to try it. Plus, I like the label (which is different from the one on display here at BA). Three Swedish men with guns, just in from the day's rabbit hunt, posing in the snow with their dog. Very rustic.

Poured into a Belgian snifter (do the Swedes have their own snifters?) the Winter Warmer from Oppigards appears a dark amber color, but displays vibrant hues of ruby and mahogany when held up to the light. A light tan foam settles down over time and clings to the sides of the glass in clumps, leaving behind some decent lace. The nose is very herbal, with faint coffee notes as well. Maybe some dark berry scents as well, but it's hard to place everything here. Oh, my, the taste is very unusual. Also very herbal in nature, it does not display any of the dark fruit characteristics I was expecting. Tart, but in a funky medicinal way. Very dull, but quite layered in strange herbal flavors. This is one of the most unique beers I've ever had. Mouthfeel is crisp but smooth.

This is a very strange beer. I have difficulty describing it, in fact. If you're at all familiar with the obscure Scandanavian spirits Gammel Dansk, or Aalborg Aqvavit, then you'll at least be slightly prepared for what you're getting here, but even then you won't really have any idea of the flavor here. Those are very herbal drinks, and this is like them in that respect (and that respect only). I can't really recommend this fans of any one style, but if you're adventurous and like trying new styles of beer from time to time, give this a shot. Not really worth seeking out, but worth buying one of if you see one day at your beer store. A strange brew indeed.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up recently for just $3.99. 16.9 oz. brown bottle, poured to a pint glass. What better time to crack open a 'winter warmer' than on Portland's second consecutive day of record-breaking heat: 17 May 2008. It's 93F outside (but a comfortable 70F in this room of the house).

For bringing some coolness today, in the form of this winter ale, I say "Tack så mycket" to Oppigårds...

A: Clear, garnet-orange pour that glows beautifully with plenty of miniscule rising bubbles. Head is creamy and sandy-tan in color, cresting at about 1-finger before falling to a thin veil. Good lace, sticking haphazardly in sheets.

S: Dark roasted malt, with a light smokiness thats somewhere between 'campfire' [good] and 'stale ashtray' [bad]. Earthy peat and herbal hops with an odd whiff of skunkiness (surprising from a brown glass, refrigerated, presumably well-kept bottle). Or perhaps that's just an evergreen-laden hopping melding with toasted malts.

T: Malty caramel, like a heavy amber. Big nutty character, with a slightly sugary spice. Fair balance of hops (grassy, spicy) to deflect some sweetness.

M: Creamy with a medium mouthfeel. Quite smooth, with a luscious warm finish. Lingering toasted malt/bitterness.

D: I was surprised to see this is 'only' 5.3% ABV, as it drinks like a bigger beer. Flavor is pretty good and it has a nice 'wintry' warmth. Smell seems a little off, so I wonder if this would be better fresher. But seeing as it was on the shelf just a week ago and seeing that it lacks a 'freshness' date, it still seemed reasonable to drink (and judge). All in all, a decent Winter Ale, one I might look for again next fall/winter.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Erickson's Fine Wines in Eagle, Idaho. The owner told me he really liked it, so I thought I would give it a try. 16.9 oz bottle for I think $6.49 (fiancee is going to kill me). Enjoyed while listening to Homero's "Pure Groove #2".

Dark chesnut with quite a bit of head ... leaving behind a nice lacing. Ruby red highlites.

Aroma is nutty grains and little caramel and raisin ... low citrus hops

Taste is toffee and dark whole grain bread .... pita bread and brown sugar. Grassy hops and not quite enough bitterness in my mind. Combined long lingering earthy and sweet caramel finish.

Overall, this is a very good beer .. just not something I would buy again probably without doing some sort of winter beer lineup. I do appreciate the chance to try this, just IMO not worth the price.

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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 128 ratings