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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Photo of ybnorml
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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 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 Ljunkan
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkbrown color with a nice beige head. Some lacing.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, citrus, pine needle and apricot.

Taste is first of all hoppy. There is notes of grapefruit, pine needle, a bit of grass. Some caramel too. It ends with a good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is maybe not that filling, the body is medium and with medium carbonation.

A highly drinkable beer from Oppigårds. They truly make good beers, though they seem too stay at the same level all time. You will not get dissapointed, neither surprised. At least I havent...

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Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three dense fingers of lightly tan froth top a blood red-brown body; nice lacing and decent duration. Decent aromas, with some vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon emerging. It could be bolder smelling, for certain.

The taste is a definite improvement over the smell, with some dark chocolate, fig, and cinnamon accompanying the aforementioned ingredients. Tasty stuff, and quite smooth, nicely malted and spiced, though I'd like more spices in this.

This might be my first beer from Sweden, but given the quality of Oppigards, this won't be my last. A fine Warmer, Oppigards is quality stuff, restrained but solid. Well worth a go.

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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 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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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks as if I'm first to review this year's (2008) batch. Yay!

The colour is a dark copper red crowned by a thick light brown head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy with notes of caramel malts.

The taste is actually pretty mild. The malts are there with some caramel and perhaps a little fudge.

While it gives a nice smooth sensation I really think the mouthfeel is a little too held back. I would not mind having this beer on the table on Christmas eve.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a brown 1 pint 9oz bottle - Pours a slightly brown root beer color. Smells sweet and malty. Below average carbonation. First sip is wonderfully bitter and malty with a nice strong malt backbone. Weak mouthfeel as it appears to be slightly under carbonated.. Not bad at all!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle from Wine Source, Baltimore for a mere $2.99. Maybe it's on the older side, but that's irrelevant since I don't know if it ages well and have nothing to compare it to.

3.5 A: Light brown, but barely so. Appears amber from certain angles. Super lacing.

4.0 S: Somewhat woody, sweet, and mild sourness. I'm not all that great at picking out individual scents, but there is a lot going on here.

2.5 T: More malty than anything, but the problem is that there is not much going on. Reminds me of Spanish Peaks Winter Cheer only milder. Nuts and caramel I guess.

3.5 M: Smooth, a bit bubbly at first, but that dies down toward the end. Refreshing nonetheless.

2.5 D: Again, very smooth so it's easy going down. But I'm not sure I would want another one because it's a little too boring.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep black color with a nice brownish head, smell is very coffee like, has a very strong robust aroma, it almost slaps you in the face. taste is unique, it has a dry mouthfeel and the taste is somewhat dry too, has a coffee, chocolaty maltiness to it. i think its a bit too hot for this beer right now, but it definitely has some distinct flavors to it. my first Swedish beer too!

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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 DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle picked up at Chevy Chase W&S in DC. Poured into one of my snifters

A: Hazy reddish-brown with a nice brown head

S: Spicy with a combination of anise, nutmeg, cinnamon sweetness, caramel, figs, rum cake. Complex and interesting - a definite surprise!

T: The mild chalkiness that was present with my Founder's Pale Ale is present in this one too - it's very mild but it's definitely recognizable. Other than that, the taste is not as complex as the nose might suggest with some spice, some sweetness but fairly simple

M: Well carbonated and decent body on this beer

D: Glad I got to try this. Not sure I've drunk a Swedish beer before but glad to have got a chance to!

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Photo of Sammy
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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 msubulldog25
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 baggio
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another seasonal who has been sitting around in my fridge for way, way, too long. Time to give it a go!

A: Pours a nice red-brownish color with a decent beige, creamy, head.

S: Caramel, Berries, Nuts, Cocoa, Bread.

T: Coffee, Citric notes, Dark bread, Bitter Chocolate.

M: Refreshing but yet powerful at the same time. Nice kick of hops at the end. Medium+ carbonation.

I like this. A little more body would not have hurt but it's still higly drinkable and quite refreshing for being a winter seasonal. Give it a go!

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Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 Georgiabeer
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with a decent head that fades to a ring. Smells like Wasa crackers. Very dry with lots of grain, and quite crackery with rye aromas. Slight sour aroma from all the grain notes. Taste has a light graininess, is lightly bitter, and has some more of that sourness from the grain. Mouthfeel is a little thin. This one is just okay. Pleasant enough if a little unusual, just not very special and not particularly reminiscent of a winter warmer. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it.

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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 jdhilt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 russpowell
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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 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 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 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 JohnGalt1
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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
3.66 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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