Winter Warmer Lager
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #127
Ranked #32,466
3.74 | pDev: 8.56%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Winter Warmer LagerWinter Warmer Lager
Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of secondtooth
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep clear caramel amber, with an attractive khaki head. Little lace.

Aroma: Sharp fruity malts, almost spiced.

Taste: Spiced malts, fruity. Not bad, yet not one I’d pursue in larger quantities.

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Tastes like a spiced brown ale with a little sweetness such as a brown sugar. Decent beer although I wouldn't seek this one out yet wouldn't turn one down if offered. And there ya go!

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Photo of Beejay
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A deep root beer brown colored beer with a tan head.

S: Light sweetness with a touch of wheat bread and faint dark fruit.

T: dark bread, a touch of raison, and perhaps a little bit of rye.

M: Moderate body with plenty of carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.

O: Overall a pretty good brew. I can dig it.

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Photo of descobar
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from SN Winter Variety Pack. First time having this one...
Look: pours ruby brown with a definite reddish hue and a thin 1/4" creamy off-white head with below average retention. the beer is mostly clear getting more opaque at the top of the glass. little or no lacing observed.
Smell: caramel, toffee, molasses and spices. all malt derived (other than the spices of course)
Taste: I get strong caramel and toffee combined with holiday spices (maybe cinnamon, nutmeg) and a stronger than expected medium-heavy bitterness. some hints of raisins as well.
Feel: medium-full body and rich texture, pronounced astringency and lively carbonation. Finish is long, sweet with lingering bitterness.
Overall: this is not a bad beer in any way. Winter Warmer are not usually my favorite style. very malty and unexpectedly bitter. for a lager it seems a bit heavy on the body and texture.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Warmer Lager brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., With an ABV of 6.70% This Winter Warmer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color of this brew is a nice brown color with a nice off white head. Really digging the color of this brew. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side if the glass well. The smell is Rich with sweetness mixed with roasted goodness. Hops are mirror in the smell of this brew. So far Winter Warmer Lager is a nice inviting brew. Bow for the taste, it is Bold with roasted goodness. You pick up a lot of roasted grains and malts mixed with a touch just a touch of sweetness. The body of Winter Warmer Lager is a solid medium. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.70% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. This brew would go nice with dinner or on a cold winter day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Sweet, Clean, Smooth,and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Winter Warmer Lager a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., did a super nice job with this winter warmer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a couple fingers of dense tan colored head. Long head retention that took forever to slowly fade.
S: Mild citrus and vanilla mixed with rich malty notes of roasted grain, toffee, and dark fruits.
T: Sweet and rich malts with roasted and sweet dark fruit flavors, toasted nuts, plum and mild spices. I also get hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Finish is full of leather and herbal, mildly bitter hops, and lingering tobacco in the aftertaste. Tastes a bit like an ash tray after the swallow but not necessarily in a bad way.
M: Fluffy and rich frothy soft carbonation, medium-fully body with a nice chew to it.
O: A nice sweet winter treat perfect on a cold night.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a nice surprise from a lager...

Lagers, in my mind, are the forgotten style - who cares about this style other than the masses? And even then, many don't even know they are drinking a lager (it's just a 'beer' to them.) With all the IPAs out there it is one of those styles that just seems forgotten, or maybe just 'meh'. Anyway, this is a very good lager, I'm thinking it's in the Boston Lager category in look, flavor, and overall experience. The look is dark copper in color with good foam formation, the smell is malty-sweet, and the mouthfeel is crisp and somewhere between light- to medium-bodied. I found this to be exceptional from taste to overall, I'm glad I still have a few more to enjoy.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel and roasted malts with a touch of pine. Very toasty with some winter spices and piney bitterness.

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Photo of Suds
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a twelve ounce bottle, this brew is a dark brown liquid with some deep red highlights. Slim off-white head. The aroma has lots of toasted, nutty, biscuit and toffee notes. Nice. Soft flavor...balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant deep copper/red color, looks brown away from the light. Thin off white head that dissipates fairly swiftly.
Smell has caramel malt and light char notes, a rye spiciness, and some faint grassy/herbal notes in the background.
Taste leads with toffee and light caramel apple with that spicy rye note riding in the back ground and rising to the forefront at the tail end. Nice subtle spiciness, the biggest flaw to me is the caramel apple notes, it just has a sort of sticky sweetness to it that is not my cup of tea.
Mouthfeel is wonderful, full robust feel that finishes clean and crisp like a proper lager should in my mind.
Overall this is my first winter warmer and I expected some kind of weird spiced number but was pleasantly surprised. This is a nice brew with a unique flavor that goes well with rich holiday food. Not one I would keep on the shelf year round but I have no problem with it as a winter guest

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Photo of biiru_ojisan
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light tan rocky head that seems content to stick around for a bit. Dark brown with ruby headlights and crystal clear.

First smell gave me some dark, dried friuts. Like strawberry fruit leather and raisins. Roasty, with faint dark chocolate notes. A bit of a toasted marshmallow note.

The taste is roasted dark chocolate with an alcohol warmth that is indicitive of the name on the label. Sweetness and dried fruits through the middle. Hop bitterness rounds out the finish of the beer. The more you drink, the more the sweetness builds, bringing way to more dried fruit notes and less dark chocolate notes. Something to cut the sweetness would be nice with this beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick for a lager, and that is welcome with these flavor notes. The carbonation is low, but appropriate. It has a pleasant cripsness to it as well.

Overall, I recomend this beer. Seems like a good companion to some hearty Christmas meals. I'm thinking fatty meats with this one. Tasty brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle - part of winter variety 12 pack. Packaged on 10/02/18 on box, but 09/25/18 on bottle:

Pours brown with a lasting thin white head.Lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, brown sugar, dark pruned fruits, hint of earthy spicing. At first, I thought hint of cocoa, but more like dark bread).

The taste is of caramel, some brown sugar, some dark fruit. Lager cleanness in the finish.

It is very smooth - almost velvety.

This is much more of a Doppelbock than a traditional winter warmer. Non-spiced (spice comes from moderate hops). And, it's a lager with doppelbock characteristics. Anyway, it's wintry and a good winter warming brew (not that I need much warming in the Phoenix area). Another winner from Sierra Nevada! Happy Holidays!

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Photo of nick_perry
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown-red color, some rising bubbles, thin white head. Biscuit like aromas with some spice notes. Flavor generally matches, with a strong toasted character. Heavy body. Lingering sweet finish.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter Warmer Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew sports a two finger thick khaki head, spotty lacing, and a deep brown body.

I smell roasted malts with a touch of sweetness; perhaps some spices.

The taste is somewhat similar. I'm getting a note of slight booziness and milder hops towards the end.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll give Winter Warmer Lager | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. an overall 4.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scored three bottles of this in the winter warmer (2018?) variety pack from Sierra Nevada, being that it has the coffee stout, the hazy ipa and the legend (snpa), this one can be categorized as "the one I like least."

Pours a dark amber, light brown kind of color. 1/2" off white head. The aroma didn't come across as uniquely displaying a lager yeast in a winter warmer setting. Seemed just like an ale yeast.

Taste has a more familiar winter warmer amber red ale kind of malt quality to it that is the primary pusher flavor wise. A little bit of dark fruit sweetness as opposed to the standard dark fruit bitterness you usually get anytime you mention the phrase 'dark fruit'. Dark bread qualities, thankfully any "spicing" was kept at a minimum and wasn't really perceptible to me.

I would guess that the final 2 beers in the pack will be held onto until I'm out in the mountains or desert with a girl who doesn't like sour or hoppy beers. There's nothing bad about it, I just prefer the other 3 beers in the pack to it.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sort of different take on a traditional winter warmer. Earthy and fruity malt in the nose and fairly traditional caramel malt and brown bread flavors. However, the higher carbonation and light mouthfeel take it away from the traditional aspect. Overall, a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks clear amber color with tan head, no lacing to speak of. Smells earthy, some toffee aroma, mild hop smell. Tastes like a beer without a category, with stone fruit and floral notes coming across. Taste reminds me of of Killian's red. Not like a lager or an ale, sort of a weird hybrid. I was expecting it to taste like a Vienna lager. Feels well constructed (it better),albeit too sweet- it is brewed by one of the icons. Overall I would drink this and never order it. I feel like they missed an opportunity to have a kick ass lager.OK beer, not very good.

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Photo of TLWalsh
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came in a SN winter sampler pack. Poured dark, sorta red with fluffy cream head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is very mild, somewhat malty with maybe some vanilla. Tastes malty and slightly spicy. Finished with some hop tartness. Overall not one of my favorite SN offerings, a bit too sweet, along the Sam Adams lines. Personally I appreciate SN for being brave enough to be more hop forward rather than malt so there's that.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, pkgd 10/19/18, poured in a standard pint glass. A clear dark ruby red with one finger head that moves moderately to a thin layer of foam. Aroma is spicy, not quite pumpkin, with more of a dark fruit edge. Spice aroma fades over time. Maybe some nuts buried in there. Yep, just wrote that down. The taste is malt forward, with not as much spice, if any, from the initial aroma. Vanilla. Sitting somewhere between a red ale and a dopplebock. Carbonation is medium low, slight creamy, a touch watery at times. Those who like their winter warmers smoother and not as spicy will like this one.

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Photo of Dsimenson
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. 12-pack sampler.
A: deep ruby red, 1 cm of tan head that does not last long, minimal lacing
S: malt, banana, buttery, a little pine
T: malt and hops well-balanced, a little pines or figs, mildly bitter finish
M: medium smooth, mild on the carbonation
O: I am a real ale fan, so it is unusual for me to be this impressed by a lager. A delight on a cold night. Highly recommended!

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Photo of hman43
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours dark amber with some reddish hues. It has a tan head that has moderately good head retention.

Smell: It has moderately strong toast aromas. There are also some herbal notes with some low chocolate.

Taste: The flavors had toast in the forefront with light chocolate in the background with some hints of dark cherry and herbal elements.

Feel: It has a medium mouthfeel with mild bitterness on the palate with a somewhat semi sweet finish.

Overall, an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of CobDog92
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Never had a winter warmer beer before so maybe I’m not sophisticated enough to enjoy the type. Poured slowly into shaker glass with little to no head just a lace around the rim. Has a reddish amber color to it. Smells to me like a mail pouch of Redman golden blend. Taste is of caramel malty raisins and feel is quite crisp, could be refreshing but the flavors disappear quick and I’m just left with a stale raisen taste. Not a fan but have 2 left in the Sierra Nevada snow pack so hopefully I can find something to pair it with to improve the experience. Was gonna give it a higher rating but Sierra Nevada is big enough to not be excused for a crap beer.

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Photo of cavedave
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer, clear, and reddish brown, with a couple fingers dark beige head atop.

Medium strength smell and taste, both of them a mix of spice, caramel, cola, and dessert bread. The aroma has a bit of a minty thing going on. Taste is clean and well balanced, with some pine joining herbal cola notes to end the sip on the dry side.

KInda thin for style, but this style has a lot of room so it definitely works as a warmer with the spice and caramel. Not so many of this style out there, but there are others of superior quality easily avail. Least excellent of the Snow Pack.

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Photo of Lucular
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Solid Winter Warmer. I like Winter Warmers. Not sure what else to say about it since all Winter Warmers taste similar to me. Some are overly spiced (this one isn't) but there's nothing that really stands out. More figs and raisins than Christmas spices. I like this less than last year's version as an ale. It's a little bit too sweet and not very interesting. Disappointing coming from SN.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sierra Nevada Winter Warmer Lager has a thick, beige head, a hazy, rust appearance, with lazy bubbles, powdery white sediment, and moderate glass lacing. Aroma is of syrupy, sweet brown bread crust, and the taste is of those elements, with balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Winter Warmer finishes fairly crisp, considering the abv.


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Winter Warmer Lager from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 124 ratings