Winter Wunder
Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #256
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #42,812
Avg:
3.52 | pDev: 16.76%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
59
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Philadelphia Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviews by bryanboova:
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3.76/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of Gavage
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance: pours a orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: some spice and and a floral bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: light caramel, green tea, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a mild bitterness makes up a decent winter ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout.

Drinkability: decent winter ale that is decent but not great. Nicely quaffable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my dear friends at PHLBC! I have not been up to visit for a while, but not by design. I love yinz guys and will never forget the love yinz showed me as a beginning beer pest/beer monk/et al. CAN yinz CANsider a CANning line?!?

From the bottle: "Winter Wunder [with an umlaut, in case you were wundering], the perfect wassailing ale, brewed with a goodly amount of traditional holiday fare - plums, dates, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a sprinkle of ginger all combine to lift your spirits and warm your demeanor. Winter Wunder is best enjoyed with the warmth of a good tavern in the clutch of good friends, new or old. Winter doesn't seem so long after all."

I went with my usual aggro pour which resulted in a dense foamy finger of tawny head with nice retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy coppery-amber. Nose was riotous in terms of spices and fruits! Wow! Where to begin?!? The cinnamon and clove were obvious, but the fruitiness was also prevalent, but harder to break down into its component parts. I could hardly wait to get a draught in my mouth. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but certainly on the approach. The spicy assault on my tongue was unexpected, but pleasant. Just as on the nose, I could easily discern cinnamon and clove, but now even the ginger was starting to assert itself. That and the fruit was also present, making it seem like a heavily spiced fruitcake. I had a Home Ec teacher in high school who felt that fruitcake should be driven by the fruit and not spice. I disagreed then and I still disagree, finding in favor of the flavor profile in this beer. You cannot go wrong with spices at this time of year and this beer was beautiful. Finish was super dry, like arid, man. The spices just sucked away at any sweetness and eradicated it. A really superior beer from Kenzo, so get some while you can!

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pleasant if somewhat forgettable winter ale.

Pours a clear ruby amber with a decent head that falls away a bit too fast. The aroma is sharp and spicy, with a mulled character like a spiced peach or pear. The flavor follows the mulled wine theme, with cinnamon and nutmeg and a disappointingly thin malt. Were it not for the spice, there would be hardly anything to this beer. The mouthfeel is thin and runny.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy walnut brown body with copper hues that are quite bright when held up to the light with a foamy, off white colored head that resiliently lays atop the beer for some time before giving way to a thin, yet sticky lacing.

The immediate aroma consists of dark fruits such as plum and dates. There are also hints of spice including nutmeg and ginger as the beer warms.

The flavor consists of the same sweet, dark fruits as the aroma with the Christmas spices now becoming present including ginger and nutmeg. As the beer continues to warm, there may even be a touch of vanilla in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy yet crisp.

While the traditional winter warmer spices are not as apparent as other examples of the style, this is a well-made beer with plenty of flavor concentrated on the dark fruits. This is a nice winter warmer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into standard pint glass, color is muddled copper to light amber, head is light tan, dense bubbles, presents at about 1/2 inch thick, no lacing. I like the murky look, lets you know there is some wheat presence to this ale.

Smell is one of the better winter ales, nice heavy dose of clove, with notes of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon, balanced with the sweeter notes of the malt and biscuit and bread from the wheat, really gets you thinking this is a cookie.

Taste keeps the idea of the aroma, nice spice heavy presence, but in a good way: cloves, allspice are big, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon are present; what makes the taste balance is the bready wheat and malt flavors, some light toast and caramel as well; the spices normally do not go well in a thinner, less bready beer, but here they make up the sweetness, great taste.

Mouthfeel is cleans up this beer nicely, the spices are drying to compensate its strength and the sweeter malts; the spice and malt blend creates a good nice lingering presence, while still drying

Overall, a great winter warmer ale, its unique in the spice and mouthfeel presence that is created by the use of bready flavored malt and heavy clove, nutmeg, cinnamon spice profile.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear coppery color. It poured with a thin, off-white head.

s: Gently spicy notes of cinnamon plus some other spices I can't name. Behind that are some dark fruit aromas.

t: Very good balance from the spices, not at all over the top. Starts off with some toffee flavors and a little cherry and plum. The finish dries out with the spiciness.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation and lingering spice flavor.

d: Really nice winter warmer, glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glassware: Victory nonick...occasion: it's a cold winter day--enough said...aroma: brilliant floral bouquet: clove and citrus mixed with malts is exciting...appearance: dark orange-brown body with a creamy white head that befits the winter snow outside...palate: creamy, warm rush of thick, full-bodied ale--easily palatable, though...taste: definite plum and marginal spices percolate in the teeth--fulfiiling and appropriate...overall: umlauts are always welcome in a beer's name, and though they promise BOG taste, this brew delivers seasonably well....

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Photo of claspada
1.69/5  rDev -52%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There's a first time for everything, and I have to say, this is the first time I have found the aroma of a beer unpleasant. It smells like rotten apples with hints of potpourri and holiday spicing (cinnamon and cloves). There are also strong scents of extreme citrus and grapefruit, but not the hoppy variety. You would think all that would be pleasant, but this is horrendous.
Thankfully the taste is an improvement from the aroma, but not by much. You initially get assaulted with holiday spicing, cinnamon, allspice and intense clove. The most intense close flavor, non-Belgian beer I have ever had. Way too light in malt body for a Winter Warmer style beer also. It tastes like potpourri, so so so overly spiced and way way way too light in dark malt character for the style. This is by far the worst Winter Warmer I have ever had, and I have had a lot.
Overall this is miserable, no other words to describe this atrocity, avoid at all costs. Drain pour immediately!

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep ruby red when backlighted reveals a strong effervesce inside. A late developing head musters enough strength into a slight statue, a finger if generous, which is cream in color with a moderate retention leaving no lace or stickage.

S: Holiday spicing, sweet cherry-apple caramel with a warm brown betty scent. The alcohol comes though late and upon warming, with reminiscence of warm cranberry juice.

T: Sugary caramel is on the open, malty with a spicing of apple and toffee. Cola with a spicy alcohol and warm honey also is evident. There is a bit of festive and holiday pine hopping that adds to the mix.

M: The mouthful is thick and syrupy, with an active carbonation. Heavy lush feel on the tongue with a warming of spice of warm apple pie and cherry alcohol on the finish.

D: Wintery forest feel, decent sense of consumption though a bomber suffices here. No rush to buy again. Alcohol comes into play when warm (50-55f)

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Photo of beerfinder
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jburchett
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Pours a murky orange color with some residual sediment. White head forms and recedes to a ring. The aroma tricks me into thinking pumpkin, with nutmeg, ginger and allspice coming through with a slight vegetable flavor. The taste is spicy and tart, as it warms becoming like a hard cider almost. Light bodied, flat feel but it is carbonated. Overall, this is just a sub par holiday beer. A favorite from this brewery is Harvest From the Hood which is a very nice IPA.

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Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MikeRa
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: This beer has a amber/copper looking color.

S: you can smell cinnamon, plums, dates just to name a few.

T: You can taste the various fruits and spices in this beer.

M: Very smooth with a hint of spices

D: Very drinkable. I only wish this was a full time beer that is brewed.

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Photo of salamiwagon
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When pouring into a regular pint glass, there was a nice red look to the beer with a good head that dissipated a little. The smell was of fruit and some winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, sort of like a fruit cider. The smell hyped me for a the first taste, then I took the first sip, and swirled. The taste was underwhelming. It was quite average for a Winter Warmer, taste wise. There was a lot of plum and pear taste but not so much of the spices and flavors I smelled in it. There was a pretty good mouthfeel and mix of carbonation, but taste wise this is quite average.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of turnstile
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Red-highlighted copper with a sandy head. A thick head fails to develop, but the lacing and retention are impeccable.

Smell: The addition of plums and dates give this brew a great dried fruit aroma. The spicing is not as noticeable, though nutmeg and cinnamon are apparent. Toasty, nutty malts, faint piney hops, and round out the nose.

Taste: Toasty malt and clove dominate the palate; very dry and mildly bitter finish. Warm honey notes become more apparent as the brew warms. Nutmeg also stands out.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with very smooth carbonation, though slightly flat.

Drinkability: Very easy-drinking. Great construction of flavors and comfortable ABV for the style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two fingers of head off of the pour, mind you, it was semi-aggressive. The head wants to retain, too, with a craggy surface and fine microbubbles. The body is an off-clear deep muted amber color with some evidential carbonation rising from the bottom. 3.75

I smell a lot of sweet light spices with lighter citrusy peel notes, nutmeg, lime, ginger, allspice, coriander, and hints of cumin. Lots of dried orange peel, actually, and a certain stankiness that reminds me of curry dishes. It almost has a pumpkin ale kind of spiciness to the nose, but without the thickness of mulling spice. Somehow still wintry, and showing some lightly toasted pale and caramel malts. Still, it's a sweet nose, but it has a unique character about it that I give a nod to, considering the way the style is usually stereotyped aromatically.

It's mostly coriander, clove, ginger, and nutmeg in the flavor with some steeped oolong tea and bright citrus peel notes. Lots of lemon peel and orange peel and that hint of lime. Burst of cinnamon seems obvious, yet fresh, mid-palate. Gone, it seems, is that ethnic note of cumin/curry. I think I was picking up a combo of lime, ginger, and coriander with some added pepperiness; and running with it. Malts are thinner, but tea-like, in a good way. The cinnamon is becoming increasingly overpowering as I drink on. Almost, firmly, a cinnamon beer, at this point. Has a lighter airy quality about it that doesn't become pervasive with all of the added spices going on. It's definitely bright, and the clove is strong, too. It does not, however, have any ooey-gooey fruit notes to really saturate the flavor. Holiday beer, sure, but not over-the-top in all categories.

Medium to medium-light in drinkability with a medium body. Stays dry on the lips, even though there are some sweeter flavors that are realized. Almost powdery in the way that it's spiced. The carbonation has a nice fluff to it, making the overall mouthfeel decent.

It's nothing special, but it's one-of-a-kind; at least, in my initial experience. It beats the hell out of most of their other seasonals. Reminiscent of the holidays, it seals the deal; but the base beer is too little to stand by. Solid, but I wish it was a little more exotic, like the nose. Simply being fruity, or rummy, wouldn't make this beer worthwhile, at all. But, the good drinkability and all the parts that stand apart from the rest make it a beer to try this Christmas season. Prost!

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Winter Wunder from Philadelphia Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 59 ratings