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Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Sweden | website

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.

Added by bark on 03-01-2005

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84
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125
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.39%
 
 
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Photo of Brad007
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was new on the shelf so I decided to try it.

Pours a dark ruby-red color with a one-finger head. Smells very rich and malty, somewhat smoky as well. Somewhat hoppy as well. Taste is rich and complex, with a very nice bitterness that lingers and a smooth caramel touch in the aftertaste. Very nice. I love the bitterness here. The caramel is a very nice touch.

This beer is quite complex for a winter warmer. Almost too good for that title. Wow.

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Photo of dgallina
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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 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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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice very slightly fogged amber with a small crème head off a careful pour. Nose is pretty boring. But the flavor is very nice indeed. Starts off nice and hoppy. Then I get some nice funk on the edge. Then I get a kind of smoked aftertaste. I like this. Feel has a nice level of carbonation to it. Liquid is smooth. This is very drinkable and has an interesting flavor profile to boot. Definitely worth trying. I wish I had more. I wonder if this would ever become available on tap.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

A - Nice dark reddish amber pour with a half finger head with thick side lacing. Very nice in the glass.

S - Your typical subdued winter spices. Some dark fruits as well as some light hop notes.

T - I'm getting some big time ginger notes with this which are absolutely delicious. Some nice bitter hop notes as well.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Pleasantly crisp.

D - So sharp and crisp. Very refreshing yet I want this at a fireplace while I relax after shoveling snow. Very good.

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Photo of rarbring
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Gobigvt7
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into a british imperial pint glass

deep amber caramel with a fluffy white collar head. big bubbles trapped in the foam. cakey legs.

wow, a lot more hops on the nose than I anticipated. Can't ID the specific hop, but it's pretty green. some caramelly malt and just the slightest tinge of funk round it out.

and after the nose, I expected some more bitterness and resin, but nope! A curveball again with a much maltier body with some hops for edge. about 6 or 7 seconds into the swallow, melts in to a very pronounced and delicious burnt caramel/honey taste. Toffee.

light body for sure, this beer would be dangerous at a lower price point, it goes down easily.

Pleasantly surprised by the dynamics of this beer. described as swedish farmhouse winter ale, I expected more funk. Expected more body and color. Expected fewer hops. But in the end, I'm really digging how it came together.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.9oz brown Euro-style bottle...this one was a shot in the dark, as the price was good and I'd never tried a Swedish beer before...

Appearance: Attractive dark walnut beer with hints of garnet and steady streaming carbonation; a firm pour produces a big, fluffy, whipped-cream like light tan head with great retention and awesome lacing

Smell: Beautiful mix of malt and hops...the hops are kind of earthy and citrusy in nature, while the malts are reminiscent of burnt caramel or buttery English toffee...quite nice overall

Taste: Again, a very nice balance between malt and hops...this is almost reminiscent of some of my favorite ales from the north of England (Yorkshire). There are balanced flavors of bread and sweet caramel, a touch of minerality, and a nice kick of hops at the end. If there was one quibble here, it's that I'd like just a TOUCH more hop flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, silky smooth, almost a bit tart on the finish

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: I had no idea what to expect (this was my first Swedish beer, and like I said, a shot in the dark)...what shocks me is how much I liked it...this, to me, is reminiscent, though not at quite the same level, as some of my favorite beers from the North of England

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright cherry red when held against the light. A monstrous light khaki colored foamy head initially occupies half the glass volume. After several smaller pours the head protrudes upwards in the middle like a towering structure while falling around the edges leaving large spongey patches for a lacing. Visible effervesce was medium, composed of micro bubbles that rose at a moderate pace in a sparse showering display. A thin whipped coating persists for a covering for the remainder of the drink.

S: An offering of citrus and fresh cola is first detected on the nose along with a fresh evergreen scent. There are notes of sugar cookies providing sweetness as well maple syrup and semi-dry caramel. Overall I found this to be a nice experience with the fresh cola notes being the most outstanding and promising. Very well rounded and smooth in delivery.

T: The initial flavor was slightly boozy with spicy cola and notes of wintery evergreen of cypress and pine needles. A beautiful warming of caramel syrup is highlighted by a citrusy hopping. Again it is the warm fresh cola aspect and slightly boozy nature that defines the flavor. The finish finds a nice spiciness of pine scotch and perhaps a touch of fennel sweet providing a spicy and woodsy appeal with light licorice notes. Overall I really enjoyed. An incredibly woodsy and evergreen experience that was warming and slightly boozy and spicy making for a solid example per style.

M: The mouthful was medium full, very smooth in texture with a soft bubbly feel carbonation wise. The swallow finds a warming dry booziness of pine scotch.

D: Drinkability was enjoyable until the last sip, warming and spicy perfectly fit per style. Woodsy and earthy making for the perfect companion on a calm wintery night beside a campfire. Sure to entice and warm the soul and one of the better winter beers I experienced with some old ale character thrown in for good measurement.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A warm, toasty aroma of malt, caramel and hops.

T: Basically tasted like it smelled: Roasted malt, caramel, with a nice bitter, hoppy finish. More or less what you expect a Winter Warmer to be.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint, with an ample head that dissipates moderately fast, leaving ample lacing on the glass.

Smells a little astringent, with juniper or similar berry smells, grapefruit peel, a little brown sugar.

A strongly hopped bitter malty taste is what I get at first, then juniper berries, grapefruit, some espresso, and chalky powdered chocolate. Ends with a dry bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is tight, which gives the hop flavors prominence.

Though it has the tastes of winter in it, the overall impression is a good but rather dry, bitter beer, which is a diversion for a holiday ale. I think it would pair well with a decadent chocolate confection or other wintery sweets.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, .9 oz bottle (500 ml) bottle into a DogFish Head signature glass (September 5, 2010). There is no freshness dating.

Eyes: Pours a very dark, burnt, brown sugar color which only allows light to pass through the edges. A lighter brown sugar color is the thick foam that erupts above the rim of the glass. A beautiful, hearty looking beer.

Nose: No spice on the nose, which might be a problem, but at least it won't be over spices like many winter warmers can be. Thick malt aromas dominate. Some mild grassy hops suggest their presence.

Tongue: Very nicely done here, good hop flavors atop a nice roasted malt. The ingredients seem simple, but their complexity is high.

Mouth: I'm surprised it's so light for the style and appearance. Not watery at all, but I'd prefer a bit more retention.

Libation: I'm a big fan of the winter warmer style. And while this has no spice and lower ABV, two things that push them away from the standards of the style, the pleasant malt and effective hop additions create a hearty, complex brew.

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Photo of oggg
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Stinkypuss
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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Photo of bark
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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 linnet
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ruby colour, beige head, some lacing. aroma is hoppy, pine. lemon, grapefruit. Flavour is full of hops, pine, some sweetness too. mouthfeel is rather lively, the bubbles are small. I really like this beer, together with Jämtlands the best swedish beer for the winter season I've tried so far.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle served cold into an imperial pint glass. Distinctively shaped bottle with farmers on the label.

The entire bottle pours into the glass with no sediment in the bottom. The beer has a nice ruby-brown color with good clarity. There is barely any head and what was there settled quickly.

Aroma is sweet with soft winter spices.

Flavor is not bad but not what I was expecting either. This is really more of a dunkelweizen or doppelbock than a winter warmer. It definately has the characteristics of a dark wheat beer. Nice caramel malt backbone with mild hoppiness, a slight bit of roast, and some light spiciness. It works well as a winter style but I wouldn't consider this one a winter warmer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Fairly well-balanced but leaning towards the sweet end of the spectrum.

Overall a good beer, probably over-priced, definately miscategorized.

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Photo of Nerudamann
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 BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 popery
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer with a woody and moderately bitter profile. The beer pours a dusky red with a big, puffy light tan head. The aroma is sweet and moderately malty. There are a bunch of interesting hop smells in it, floral, herbal, citrus. The flavor is bitter and rather dryer than expected. The malt is a slightly sour nutty, caramel presence. It's an interesting winter beer that I would definitely try again given the chance.

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Photo of Scriba
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep reddish brown; and pale beige head that dissolves after a couple of minutes into a thin ring with some lacing.

Smell: pine and some malt; not very much today but my sense of smell might not at its best.

Taste: balanced; dry and bitter; no taste of alcohol; grapefruit; fresh; quite English.

Mouthfeel: the kind that I like; a lot of tiny bubbles, but they do not sting; refreshing.

Drinkability: very drinkable, I might buy this one again.

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