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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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Photo of Offa
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

red-copper, med-small off-white head soon thinning to a foamy ring and foamy wisps.

Aroma is nice toasted caramelized barley, bread crust, leafy-citrus, hint of baked apples, grain and overall very nice, firm, standard "beer" character.

Taste is rather like a firm, American amber ale that is very good, but not great. It has nice fruity-apple, light carmelised barley, some leafy-spicy hop with hint of citrus - faint caramelized grapefruit, some faint dark toastiness. Gentle in character, sweetness and bitterness, pretty balanced.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was nice dark reddish brown with a very thin light brown head. Aroma was slightly malty, a touch peppery, hints of cloves. Nicely spiced. Taste was slighty bitter, similar to hops, but not identical. Couldn't taste much spiciness, or any of the things I normally looked for in a winter warmer. Felt good in the mouth, coated extremely well, and nicely carbonated. However, not quite as thick as I would expect for a winter warmer. Very drinkable, but once again, not quite a winter warmer. If this was tagged as a different style it would have rated much better.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 SolomonGrundy
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, where'd the picture go!!?? Pours a clear, red-hued amber. AKin to mahogany, but not quite. Medium carbonation. Not much of a head, either. Some sparse lacing. Sort of "Mehh" at first appearance. Aromas are mild and contain some stuff. I get some allspice and a sweet, malty note. Sort of "mehh" at second appearance. Flavors are very Scandinavian, featuring a heavy malt component. Mouthfeel is very thick and slick. Front moves into a long and bitter middle, nice hoppy component unless they're flavoring with juniper and other adjuncts. I get a strong hop bitterness, however, so I'm going with that. Actually, this beer gets a little better as it warms, but it's still run of the mill. Only 5.3% ABV (what's with these Scandinavian Winter Warmers and their low ABV?), which is curious but not surprising. A little bit high of the road pricing at $5.99/500ml bottle. Not really great or unique, folks.

What I like most: The nice bitterness in the falvor profile.

What I like least: Low ABV and pedestrian nature overall.

Verdict: Not worth the price.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is supposed to be 81ºF on Saturday - guess I'll have to close my eyes and imagine snow drifts while listening to some Swedish black metal (in this case, Abruptum) while polishing another Winter seasonal from the frozen North...

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a snifter.

Burnt orange body with red-ish flame highlights, dark but clear capped by a voluminous crown of heavy beige merengue. Sticky, pasty, three-dimensional lacing.

Brandy, clove-studden oranges, hints of sherry (suggesting mild oxidation), and stewed dark fruit in the nose. A hint of grassy noble hops contributes some additional evergreen and juniper fragrance.

Tart up-front but this is quickly balanced by hay, grain, and an unusual malt bill. Hints of oak throughought. Mild yet complex bitterness mid-palate leading into an earthy, almost dusty, dry herbal finish...some sweetness returns in the aftertaste hinting at muscavado sugar.

Quite effervescent, the carbonation gives the beer a "whipped" feel almost. Not especially warming with the session-able ABV.

This is an unusual beer, spicier/earthier and more restrained (in terms of fruit, sweetness, oxidation, strength, etc) than many Old Ales, though it isn't far off in style. Would pair very well with Falukorv and some fried potatoes or a similar hearty simple Swedish meal...

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 100floods
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber, almost a dark, burnt orange. Cream white foam that dissolves shortly after the poor. Noticeable carbonation. Smells fresh. Smells herbal, pine scents and something else almost like rosemary or juniper. Definitely good, fond smells of winter. It captures the season accurately. Dark malt after taste. Again, strong herbal flavors mix nicely with some sweet malt flavors. Just a slight hint of hop bitterness but not as a dominant flavor. This is a very enjoyable brew. Reminds me of a pale ale with spices. The flavors are not overpowering. It's a bit more drinkable than perhaps Ninkasi's Sleigher.

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Photo of oggg
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 John_M
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 mountsnow1010
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle from Systembolaget, into chimay goblet

A - thick fluffy head with a mahogany body. pretty thick lacing
S - hints of caramel, citrus. not much going on, though
T - starts sweetish, malty caramel middle with a bit of toasty burnt flavor, fair amount of hops astringency at the end (more than I was expecting) pleasantly surprised at taste. some other fruit i cannot describe really
MF - nice carbonation, coats the mouth thoroughly
D - Could drink a couple of these but wouldn't drink more

A nice beer. Feels more like a pale ale than a winter warmer...didn't warm me up much (at all).

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 bob3701
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip style glass. This was a shot in the dark and picked up mainly because I don't think I've ever had a beer from Sweden. Poured a very hazy copper color with a very volital off white head that retains very well with some lacing. Very hoppy and herbal aroma also citrusy. Extremly hoppy flavor that does not seem to be as bitter as it tastes. Very citrusy after taste. Goes down nice. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz bottle into a mug. There appears to be no freshness date.

Appearance: Its head builds up tall and foamy. It is firm and rocky, light tan color and slow fading. A small thin cap hangs on till the very last sip. On the way down the glass it leaves some nice rings of lace. The body has a deep, very dark reddish amber/old copper color with some visible carbonation.

Smell: The aroma has a modest presence of spicy/herbal hops with a hint of holiday spices and something citrusy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid hop presence with citrus and spicy/leafy notes. The hops are supported by a mildly sweet and dark bready maltiness. Within it are also notes of brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. In the finish hop flavor picks up and adds dryness and bit of bitterness. The body has a medium to full feel with a slick smooth texture and active tingly carbonation.

Notes: Overall this was a pleasant Winter Warmer.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the label identifies this as a Swedish Farmhouse ale

a: nice little khaki head on a pecan brown ale, good retention

s: pulpy noble hop aroma carried on pilsner malt body with a subtle dose of toast and nuts

m: medium-full carbonation, medium body

t: clean lager-esque and toasted brown malts quickly dried by the generous noble hopping, woody nutshell, very pilsner like - dry, balanced, and crisp with a lingering bitter finish

d: easy, very atypical for whatever style this is - identifies very little with either a traditional warmer or a farmhouse, but a decent beer in and of itself

blind purchase from the Wine Shoppe in Waldorf, MD

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber red with a finger of white head. Good retention, not a lot of lace.

S: Hop hit immediately surprised me on something described as a winter ale. Some dark malt notes, but American hop oriented.

T: Classic English style crystal malt type flavours - treacle, caramel. Strong hop presence, lots of citrus, white grapefruit especially. Balanced finish.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, light carbonation.

D: Although the flavours are good I really found myself sipping on this one and not drinking it very fast. Certainly American inspired, the hops in the forefront and clear that this is not an Old World style beer. American Style ESB is what this most closely resembles.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours an amber color with a 1/4" head that breaks down to some spotty surface bubbles.

Smell: citrus and floral hops are mild overall.

Taste: bready, caramel, loads of pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, and a hint of funkiness. The bitterness is very biting here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is long as the pine and bitterness last in the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: so-so as this beer is a bit unbalanced, and the bitterness is a bit to sharp.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +12.6%
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 +7.4%
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 -16.8%
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 +11.3%
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 -22.3%
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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Oppigårds Winter Ale from Oppigårds Bryggeri AB
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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