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.

Added by bark on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of FunkyFibes
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ohoh
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at SMÖF 2012.

Pours a very nice dark amber. Some haziness.

Smells a little of alcohol, otherwise quite dull.

The liquid is light, and doesn't leave me with the impression I was looking for. There is, however a satisfying, long lasting bitterness.

Looks nice and is nice to drink, but the taste and aroma leaves me disappointed.

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Photo of theformula
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Very English tasting and smelling brew with caramel malt and herbal English hops. Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth with a touch yeast as well. Solid brew with subtle blended flavor. Not something that is going to. Low your mind but more than drinkable.

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Photo of gopens44
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought this would be love at first sight. Deep amber color with a nice thick foamy beige head, reduced to a nice layer of foam constantly repopulated by the generous lacing. Then the aroma. Nice hoppy bite mellowed by toasted molasses and a hint of spice. Much to my surprise, the taste went to a fairly pedestrian or, run of the mill, bitterness that didn't carry anything truly distinctive. Especially when compared to what the aroma carried. Please understand that the taste is not at all bad, but it just doesn't set itself apart from what I believe would be a typical black ale. The only sign of defiance from a black ale was upon the finish where a hint of tartness is apparent. The carbonation tends to take away from the body, so it comes across as being lighter than it was probably intended. If given the choice between this and lesser labels, there wouldn't be a hesitation. But - i would pass this by for either a more balanced winter warmer or a more vibrant black ale.

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Photo of Jack53
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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 oberon
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 OWSLEY069
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet tarts, small yeast and earthiness. In the taste, earthy, spicy cinnamon, and notes of fruit and tartness. A small spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice in the aftertaste. Quite different and a bit of everything, being a winter and a saison too.

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Photo of Oboogie
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of KirstenJ
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wattershed
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark golden amber with a pale golden tan head. Aroma is not strong, is malty with a hint of apple. Malty flavor is rather plain, with a woody hint and not much else. Texture is fizzy and just a teenzy thin. I’ve had better - but I’ve had worse.

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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 tobelerone
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as a throw-in to a sampler and then tried it again when Half-Time in Poughkeepsie had it on super sale. Have to say I enjoyed it a lot more than I anticipated.

The beer is dark orange/amber, fairly clear, nice big head, good, clinging lace.

Slightly boozy, malt, spiced (clove?) aroma. Very faint hop presence here. Flavor is nicely balanced, with spices and malt dominating the hops. Vaguely oaky. Moderately sweet. More complex than you might think...I like it. There's a suggestion of gingerbread or something akin to that...cloved malty breadiness in here.

Good carbonation. Moderate finish. Drinkable, with a modest ABV...not sure how much of a winter warmer this is, definitely on the lighter side of the style. Give this one a try though. Nothing earth-shattering but pleasant enough.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 OldIronLungs
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Random sale pickup at my local - it's a particularly cool evening, so this'll do.

Into a pint glass a maple syrup brown with minimal head that quickly dissipates.

Nose is dark sweet malts, a bit bready.

Thin and very malty with a slightly toasty caramel presence. Prickly carbonation, some hop earthy bitterness that's almost gingery at the end. Malt really dominates, would have liked more spice from the hops to recognized it as a winter warmer. Also, almost too crisp for a warmer. Still quite drinkable.

Malty and clean but ultimately a little too light for the style I think.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Off white light khaki frothy head leaving soap-like foamy lacing on the sides. Hazy crimson color body. A very weird but beautiful looking beer.

I get bread, grain, grass and a little bit of spice. Really not that good of a smell. Hope the taste is better.

Starts off very bland and after swallowing the tastes come out. Toffee, caramel, burnt toast, spice, smoke, some bitterness but nothing in your face, a hint of alcohol.

Medium mouth, leaves the mouth feeling dry, carbonation is kind of on the light side.

A very attractive looking beer with a boring smell and average taste. If this beer flowed better with the flavors, this would be a A+ beer. The flavors are kind of weak and bland.

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Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 25 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 14, 2011. The pour is amber-brown with a pretty decent fluffy head. Overall it tends to be cloudy. Sweet malts, yeast, and even a tiny whiff of fruit come out in the aroma. Medium body. I kind of liked that hop bite that accompanied the beer throughout as I drank it.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a cream colored head that does not last. No lace.

Toasted malt and some burnt caramel in the nose.

Dark toast, toasted malt, some burnt sugars, but no sweetness. No real fruit. No alcohol. Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Malt forward, with little else. Simple, but good.

Fuller bodied with limited carbonation.

I liked this because of its simplicity, but this is not something that you'd look for waves of flavor in. Very drinkable. Smooth brew, and worth a shot. Got this well out of season at $1.49/single, as opposed to the $6 they were asking around Christmas. If cheap, grab one.

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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
3.66 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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