Oppigårds Winter Ale | Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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Oppigårds Winter AleOppigårds Winter Ale

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Oppigårds Bryggeri AB

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.

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

A: The pour is light hazy brown with a ruby tone. The head is large, off-white and a bit uneven. Lots of lacings.

S: American floral hops (citric and piny notes), nice caramell malts. Neet and clean. A bit chocolate.

T: Very american in the floral hops, pine and citrus (mostly grapefruit). Some bitter hops, but not as strong as the floral ones. Some caramell malt.

M: A bit lighter body than expected from a Winter Warmer. Moderate carbonation. The after-taste is a bit shorter than expected and mostly bitter.

D: I'm not sure about this beer: If you want a Winter Warmer this is probably not your best choice. To thin and a bit to floral in the hoppy-department.
But if you want to drink a nice beer, that's something like a little "less american" than a regular American Pale Ale, then this will probably be right up your alley.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of metallic but contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, spices and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with sweet flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Then there's a decently strong floral hops presence for the style that comes in. However, there isn't a lot of balance amongst all of the flavors. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this one seems to fall into the genre of the hoppy brown ale but overall is not very good.

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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 brewmudgeon
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

4 imprenatrable copper brown. big fluffy head with staying power, but a little distrubing in its fluffyness.
3.5 dark chocolate, roasted malt, orange rinds
2.5 wassailish, astringent, coffee beans on the second run through.
3.5 light body, creamy carbonation
2 couldn't find too much about this one

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Photo of brentk56
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 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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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
3.66 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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