Oppigårds Winter Ale | Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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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.

Added by bark on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
126
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
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Ratings: 126 |  Reviews: 84
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 Jack53
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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 ekegren
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Amalak
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of DougAppleby
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jzlyo
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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 Petter
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%

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 bigred89
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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 madzanta
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of KirstenJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
3.66 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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