Winter Lager | Sprecher Brewing Company

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Winter LagerWinter Lager

Brewed by:
Sprecher Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Few things accompany long winter nights as well as this Munich-style Dunkel Bock.
Savor our brewmaster’s enticing blend of dark roasted and sweet caramel malts. Capped by an oatmeal-colored head, the rich flavors of this Bavarian-style lager make it the perfect selection for long winter nights.

Randy's Notes: “Winter brew is a Munich style dunkel bock of much repute among those who know us best. It has won the World Beer Cup, Gold and Bronze medals.”

Degrees Plato (Initial Gravity): 14.5P
Weeks Aged: 8
Year First Brewed: 1986
Serving Temperature: 50°
Malts: Black Patent, Caramel, Chocolate, Pale
Hops: Cascade, Chinook, Mt. Hood, Tettnanger

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002

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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 101
Reviews by Sixpack595:
Photo of Sixpack595
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great brew from one of my favorite breweries. A very well balanced and interesting beer that you can enjoy all night. The tan head is full, and recedes to a patchy film after a short while. Aroma is malty and sweet with toffee. Very well balanced with lots of malt flavor and just enough bitterness to prevent an overly sweet taste, no hop flavor. Mouthfeel is substantial enough to register but no more, dead on. I can drink these all night.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rich brown color with a real nice creamy tan-colored ead.Smell was swwet and almost cookie-dough like,taste was roasted and burnt tasting with some caramel sweetness.Sprecher makes some really good beers and this is just another good one,will be trying there doppell bock later today.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An excellent example of a Bock whose foremost qualities include those unmistakably Sprecher German malts. Personally, this beer lacks in only two regards as far as I’m concerned. It’s a bit too light in body and a bit too heavy in brown sugar sweetness. Otherwise this one excels.

Big sweet fruits, including a bit of mango dominate the front. Licorice and toffee form the middle and those big Sprecher caramels bring the whole thing together nice and cohesively. The hops add an excellent tingly sensation to the finish.

Appearance wise, this one passes the test with a deep roasted red-brown body and beautiful bubbly head that dissipates just a little too quickly. Nice balanced carbonation. Drinkablity suffers only from the aforementioned brown sugar.

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Photo of merlin48
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark brown body that has a radiant ruby glow when held to light. Tall beige head deposits some creamy sheets of lace.

Aroma is lame. Hints of toffee and spicy hops but not much here.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess upon a medium body and carbonation.

A pretty nice bock. Toasty and roasty malts evince some caramel and nuttiness. Earthy hop bitterness balances. A subtle note of dark roasty malt bitterness jumps in at the end.

Sprecher does an excellent job crafting German lager styles and this one is no exception.

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Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Chocolate brew with thin off-white head - no lacing.

Smell: Malty aroma of doughy bread, toast and cherry countered by a light noble hop touch.

Taste: Very full-flavored lager with elements of bread, chocolate and cherry. The noble hops make their presence known and provide a nice spicy kick that lasts long after each sip. However, after a while, the spiciness begins to detract slightly with too much pepper.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body for a lager, clean dry finish.

Drinkability: Very nice bock overall, despite the hops becoming slightly distracting. Drinking it while eating (I had cheese) seems to improve the malts slightly and lower the spiciness somewhat.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours bright dark chestnut under a 1” light tan foam collar that provides decent lace. S: Malty nose with plum and raisin. T: Malt driven with light chocolate and roast and traces of dark dried fruit. Nothing harsh or burnt. F: Clean and smooth with a medium body and soft carbonation. O: A very drinkable bock.

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Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of ADR
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich pour, dark copper brown with a 1/4 inch yellowish head. Really, very little aroma, some sense of sweetness. Medium-bodied with assertive malt, somewhat Dunkel-like with lots of nutty qualities. Proceeds toward a bit of a buttery diacetyl and ends gradually with little sense of distinct hopping. Becomes creamier mid mouth, with a little bit of corn husk qualities in the big aftertaste. Not a bad brew here, not as sweet as some Bocks, but I'm not a major fan. I'll take the Black Bavarian...

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Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. bottle served in pint glass

A = pours a nearly opaque but clear mahogany with a medium level of tan head.

T - toasted malt; chocolate

M - soft and smooth; medium body

This winter brew lacks the "holiday spices"; something many beer aficionados will be pleased to find. No faults detected, but somewhat lacking in interest.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a dark brown dense body with a warm mahogany glow in the light. There is a thin film of tan bubbles that form a head. The body is a bit to dense to see the carbonation.

S- This beer has a dry brown malt aroma with a bitter hop finish.

T- This beer has a dark roasted slightly bitter malt flavor that has a slight sweet caramel malt note followed by a raw grain and field corn note. The finish is a sulfury hop bite with no hop depth. This beer has more of a pot caramel nougat note as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that boost the bitterness of the hops.

D- The flavors of this beer are a bit dull with the hops being only bitter and no depth or other flavors.

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Photo of Dface
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a very dark reddish-brown, essentially a medium brown with all kinds of red highlights filling it, not just around the edges. It forms a pretty nice head about 2 fingers high that have moderate to good retention as well as moderate to good lacing, both in thickness and quantity.
There's a simple caramel malt backing to this one and just a touch of balancing hops. It doesn't really have the strength or complexity to reach good while kicking it up a notch above average.
The taste is the same, though a fairly sturdy hops bill does come through. It tends to take away from the balance, though, and the caramel malt and the other malts aren't permitted to form the backbone to carry it as they should. There's a roastiness that comes through and then it goes a bit too sweet. As far as the hops profile goes, it is a fairly unusual one, which isn't a bad thing. All in all it seems like a good thing with some nice complexity that just doesn't mingle properly.
The body is medium and begins with a little nip of crispness and attempts to work into a smooth feel, but doesn't quite reach it. Carbonation is moderate.
I'm glad this showed up in my market to give it a try, but if I want a winter-specific beer to warm myself by, I'll pick another first.

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Photo of DerekQXQX
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this right after visiting the Civil War Museum in Kenosha. So the taste of civil rights was lingering ever so slightly on my palate. They served this to us first thing upon starting the tour. It was good, but like the tour, it was short lived. If you like winter lagers, you might dig it.

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Photo of b_add
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kimlhurst
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark brown with hints of red color. Carmel aroma with slightly bitter lager beer taste & weak coffee taste.

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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgous deep burgundy-orange color. Sizeable ivory head with lace to spare.
Plummy nose with hints of spice and toasted malt.
Big up-front fruitniness with plum, mango, passion fruit and green raisin. Layered against a lightly toasted malt backdrop, which gives it a subtle smokey feel. Oily liquourice with ginger and clove and cinnamon spice notes (though I don't think this one is actually spiced). Turns somewhat grainy 3/4 of the way though. Rides out with some toasted caramel and traces of leafy, grassy hops.
Medium-firm in the mouth. Stays fluffy and very drinkable.
Just a great winter brew. One of my favorite bocks (my all-time favorite until I encountered Elysian's Pandora's Bock).

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Riley's in Madison. Pours a mildly thick broth. It did have some bulk to the mouthfeel, a tad sour rather than bitter, though hops shine at end. Initially tasty bock with complex malt and then drinkability elapsed as I found it far from complex. Carbonation a tad aggressive.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from General Mitchell International Airport - MKE - Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tuesday, 2 January 2007. Early afternoon. Second beer.

Mahogany, deep glowing chestnut highlights. Creamy dark tan head. Slowly settles. Lacing OK. Restrained aroma. Malty, dark caramelish. Subtle fruit. Bock? Dunkel? Rich, caramelish, malty, grassy/herbal/spicy hops - spicy - some alc. ? 5.75%abv Clean. Crisp. Suggestion of fruit from dark malt. Plum. Fig?~herbal hop combo? Underlying dark chocolate edge w/ some dark almost burnt sugar. Thankfully not a spiced beer. Basic enjoyable winter ale w/ good drinkability. Malty, dark, slightly elevated alcohol... not quite in any style.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz single, Woodman's or Riley's

appearance: deep and dark mahogany, tinted slightly insignificant light tan head forms with a very light ring around the glass

smell: sweet and malty, heavy on the toffee, slightly floral, buttery, toasted malt, grainy and grassy hops

taste: very grainy, sweetly toasted malts, buttery biscuit, herbal and grassy hops, light sweet chocolate, some nice spices...lightly smoky, heavy on the toffee, sweet caramel interwoven...a lot going on here

mouthfeel: slippery smooth, medium body

drinkability: easily drinkable

good brew...i havent had enough of the style though

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Photo of cjacobsen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for snaggin a bottle of this for me.

Pours a dark brown with slight haze when held up to the light. Slight stone colored head that leaves quickly.

Smells like biscuit, slight dark fruits, some licorice, and a hint of spice.

Tastes like a spiced dubbel. Brown nuts and raisin float around in the flavor. Roasted malts.

The its got a grainy sense to it but it also has a smooth finish...right.

I have always liked this beer. Quite a good winter beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often when the season rolls around.

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Photo of eliz108
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a dark brown with almost 2 fingers of off-white (almost tan) head that settles down into a pretty nice layer of retention that left good lacing behind. The aroma is mostly sweet caramel with a little scent of biscuits and roasted malts thrown in for good measure.

The taste is roasted chocolate malts up front that are balanced by a silky caramel sweetness. The finish has a nice dry roasty feel to it. The mouthfeel is a little light side for a Bock beer but still has an easygoing feel to it.

This wasn't too bad. A little more robust taste and thicker body would have been welcomed but for what it is, it's still fairly flavorfull and drinkable.

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Photo of jackndan
4.78/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic beer. This is my first review, and I had to make it Sprecher Winter. Understated dried fruit flavors, with a richness that is perfect for winter.

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Photo of bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sample was a fresh 2004 Sprecher Winter.

This beer is a clear black color with just a little bit of head that quickly turns into a thin white line around the rim. Looks very much like a glass of Coke.

Smell is a very Toasted Bitter Caramel Malt Smell. Stong and nice.

Taste is of very bitter dark malts with a touch of caramel, just a hint of earthy hops at the finish. Pretty nice overall

Mouthfeel has a nice fullness to it without being thick with a nice carbonation fell to it.

Drinkability is very solid on this, another great Sprecher offering.

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