Vinter Varmer | Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

very good
44 Reviews
Vinter VarmerVinter Varmer

Brewed by:
Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 02-12-2005

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 85
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at Brewer's Haven Boise a week or so ago.. Finally getting around to enjoying it tonight out of my little CC snifter.. Clear light tea colored amber... Okay foamy white head, little retention or lacing.. Dry toasty maltiness.. Earthy... Lightly hoppy.. Not overly done in any respect, very well integrated and drinkable.. Malty, but not as much as most Winter brews and the hops are very balanced... Almost like a "standard PNW brew in reverse". Nice and never heavy.

All 3.75's

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Photo of stevoj
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Brewers Haven. Not getting much out of this, other than a brown ale with a bit too much hoppiness. Super dry, chalky finish. Nice pour with small fluffy head and rings of lacing, but that's its lone redeeming quality. At 6.4%, its not even that much of a warmer.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep red color with good head retention. Nice hoppy smell similar to laurel wood workhorse. Body is kind of unimpressive for the style. Has a little malty/caramel richness. Kind of light for a winter warmer. It's a good beer, but was hoping for a richer hoppier beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light brown color with a medium tan colored head.

Scents of caramel and aromatic wood, not quite a cedar chest scent though. Can't say it smells of pine either.

Tastes malty with a faint cedar wood flavor. Faint cinnamon and mildly bitter.

Full mouthfeel.

Overall this is OK but needs more spice.

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Photo of jellikit
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with ruby hues. Medium, Light tan, foamy head. Nice lacing.
Smell: chocolate.
Taste: light to medium roasted barley. Chocolate. Mellow hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium low carbonation. Medium body. Slightly sweet.
Overall: well balanced dark(er) beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear dark brown with almost three fingers of tan head. Head has staying power and leaves very dense lace on the sides of the Nonic glass. Smell is generally a mocha scent but the beer is still too cold for the best aroma. Taste is big and well balanced for the style. Plenty of roasted malty chocolate coffee and hop bitterness equal to the task. Medium bodied and ample carbonation. Finish is French roast bitter lingering in the aftertaste.
Really one of the best of this style. Not too sweet and plenty of hop flavor.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown in the Ciney snifter with a persistent foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Some malty aroma with faint chocolate notes.

Grainy, dark roasted malt flavors dominate the mouthfeel. On the dry side. You might wish for a little sweetness in a winter brew. Thin and bitterish overall. Woodsy, burnt nuts, with a hint of butter.

A decent fizzy quaff. Rather austere and scratchy. From the 22 oz bottle bought at The Market in Anacortes, WA.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 1/6

Pours dark brown, flecks of light getting through. Fluffy 1/4 inch white foam sits on top. Malty caramel nose. Nutty and sweet. Colas too. Bready taste. A slight hop sits in the middle and then ebbs away. Candy sweet finish.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into an imperial pint glass.

A- Poured a dark brown with ruby hues shining through, giant off-white soapy head that left chunky webbed lacing.

S- Roasted malt, nutty, some dark fruit notes, and mineral notes.

T- Lots of nutty notes, brown sugar, roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and light smokey notes with some bitterness on the finish.

M- Pretty creamy up front, smooth, prickly carbonation, and mostly dry finish.

O- I am really digging this complex and malt forward winter ale with a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of anarchia
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown / dark red when held up to the light with excellent head retention. Unique, intense nutty / coffee aroma with some toffee and cherry notes. Coffee dominates the flavor profile with some noticeable piney hop character. I also pick up cloves and more cherries, some lemon zest notes. The finish is very roasty with some spicy bitterness from the hops.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark reddish brown. Not as blackish as others. Biscuit light brown foam that gave me low retention. Medium carbonation that seemed to secede quickly. I like the red tint but would have liked a bit more carbonation.

S: Toasted wheat bread. Sun flower seeds. Sweet malts with caramel and candied walnuts. Smooth except for the mild alkaline scent from the alcohol at the finish of the nose.

T: A delicious milder winter warmer. Starts off of rich wet cedar and sweet caramel, chestnut and a hint of chocolate. Pine resin and sap blends in for a mild citrus and crisp feel with hints of warmth with cinnamon. Very crisp finish with a mild almond aftertaste. The roasted on the grain is very restrained leaving a very drinkable beer.

M: Surprisingly smooth, light, crisp and unusually thin for the style. Somewhat long nutty aftertaste, but only a mild one.

O: I like the winter beers but usually feel they're too big for their own good; I can never have more than one or two. This beer is quite unusual in that it interprets a lot of the same flavors, but remains smoother, lighter and much more drinkable. This beer gets extra points for developing a lot of my favorite flavors in a smooth package.

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Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bomber of this at trader jose's. pours a beautiful ruby red, almost looks like cranberry juice. nice head and lacing.

smells malty, caramel, sweet.

real smooth, creamy. tastes of caramel, toasty, slightly bitter and dry with a mild spice, lingering finish of caramel and roasted malts.

this is a really smooth and drinkable beer. nothing off with this beer, well-balanced and nice. would definitely buy again.

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Photo of philbertk
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle purchased for $5.25 + Tax at Fremont, Seattle PCC. Thin no lace off white light tan wispy head. Clear bright dark bronze color hazes ugly brown at end of bottle.Roasted cocoa mild fruit ester mild hop front. Medium textured slightly sweet cloying mild roasted malt spice cocoa Wintery malty body. Balanced mild hop spice lingering sweet malt roasted end. Mildly hoppy with hints of rich roasted malt spice flavors and maybe some nutty hints. (3.0 / 5.0). 6.4% ABV--49 IBU's.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portland airport. Ahhh, this one is not retired guys.

A - Served a medium to dark from with a foamy ligt tan head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Pretty nutty and roasted coffees.

T - Again nutty and lots of roasted malts. Finishes like a bitter coffee.

D - Great carbonation, very lively.
Medium body.

O - Nice beer. Liked this guys. Light drinker with a nice roasted finish.

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Photo of scootpolute
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's a squirl holding a pint glass with a mouthful of beer!

Appearance: dark brown/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced nutty & hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Whoa! YUM!!! This is one bold, VERY tasty (well balanced) and outrageously-good beer! Mouthfeel is ultra-smooth, full and creamy with a nutty/malty thick full-body. The initial taste is an awesome nutty-hop flavor on the palate (which ironically works well)! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of hops & malt nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the nutty-hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is great. I'm 'SO' glad that Jason ('The BROS.') agrees that this is a good beer, since many of the other reviews differ. Good to know there's 'sum' good taste out 'they-ah!' At times there is 'almost' too much sweetness (from the nutty-hop flavor), but I would have to agree with Jason, I wouldn't have much trouble drinking this one all night (maybe I will?!)...:~)

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Laurelwood in PDX. Part of a taster tray

Offwhite, seasonally appropriate snowflake-shaped tracing on the surface. Deep red-brown body.

No nose at all? Maybe malt? I'm fishing, here.

Little here as well. Some bitter, dry malt, some aggressive booze tang without the warmth.

Smooth feel, but kinda weak.

Muddled, hardly a warmer. Either there was a line issue, I wasn't in the right mood, or this is a boring beer.

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Photo of Briken
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nut brown, thin tan head with okay retention and no lacing. Sweet, nutty lager. Nutty and biscuit sweetness with a light hoppy linger. Light body, slick with a light bite.

An interesting take on a winter warmer. Light, smooth, and simple, this beer is balanced and has a nice meld of flavor. It stays clear and pleasurable throughout and a just a hint of warming. It seems a bit light for a winter warmer but it’s really quite substantial and enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a deeply roasted chesnut color with a tight formed off white head atop.Roasted nuts,fruity malt,vanilla,and spicy/earthy hops in the nose,a rich and warming combination.Roasted nuts is a huge player on the palate with some brown sugar sweetness and caramel,a light smattering of leafy hops in the finish.This is a quaffing flavorful winter warmer,well rounded.

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Photo of suncrust
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear, dark, root beer brown with faint reddish hues. Rustic aura. Thin head with little lacing down the glass.

Smell: Light aromas of dark bread, yeast, wet grains, and cranberry muffins. Very, very light piney hop characters with a little lemon zing to them. A sticky, slightly spicy, slight nutty, sweet caramel rounds out the aroma.

Taste: Dark fruits, maple syrupy sweetness, and piney hops dominate the flavor. Mild darker spices, more hops, fig, toast, and a bit of booze to round it out. Piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, subtle characters and a light body. Hops create an interesting sweet pine flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. Almost like a hoppy maple syrup... really tasty. Very clean and a bit dry.

Overall: Not a very full bodied winter, but very smooth and drinkable. Hops are really pleasant and balance the sweet, spicy characters flawlessy. This almost drinks like a hopped up bock.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.21/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 bomber shared with katelovesbeer.
oct. 2011 release

A- darker than what I recall from last year. nice tan dense thin layer of head covering a dense dark brown sultry bodied brew.

S - Faint nose, bit of caramel, bread, spice (nutmeg, all spice) sweet and tiny bit nutty

T - Lighter taste impact than I recall from last year. The taste lacks for me a bit. Somewhat disappointing, but a little surprising as well. Nutty, roasted malts. This isn't as hopped filled as some claim in their reviews, however some are more sensitive to a hop presence. The hops are present enough to round out the beer, and leave a slight bitter lingering, but well rounded out with the caramel, nutty malt.

M - Love the mouthfeel. Good body- not big- but filling. Subtle carbonation.

O - Im slightly disappointed that this brew isnt a little bit bigger than it is. Its easy, its drinkable, try it. I may give it one more go this season, but there are so many other seasonals that are worth the time.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (no dates or codes, I think this was bottled in fall 2010) poured into an imperial pint.

Deep red/amber color (crystal clear) with a 1-finger khaki head that recedes and leaves some sticky lacing.

Not a very powerful aroma, some caramelly bready malt and faint spice.

Tastes sweet, malty, with a mild hop bite on the finish. Tastes kind of like a hoppy doppelbock maybe. The spice I typically seek in a winter warmer is subdued.

Overall this is a pretty good winter beer - especially fresh in December,rather than August. A little malt-forward for my taste generally but the hops may also have faded somewhat.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the airport pub, from notes.

served to me without much head or lacing, with a murky mahogany color and not alot of activity.

Smell is rich caramel malty sweetness with spicy and nutty layers blending pleasantly, topped off by a hint of hops.

Tastes like the nose. Nutty, a bit spicy, and caramel malty sweetness all nicely balanced by modest hops that increase in prominence through the swallow.

Well carbonated, medium body and viscosity, gentle warming, and some bitterness in the finish.

Really nice flavor, body balance and complexity. I'd happily have it again.

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Photo of Jason
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz brown bomber w/ no freshness date.

The impressive looking head leaves a thick dusting of lace on the glass, dark brown color with garnet hues. Bready caramel maltiness with light figgy undertones, piney citric hop rounds out the nose. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Clean toasty malt goodness meets some caramel sweetness but then the hops lay down a balancing bitterness. The alcohol lends a mellow warmth. Toasted graininess is slightly nutty. Finishes clean and semi-dry.

This is a beer I could drink all night long, seriously great stuff here.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz from "Lamb's Thriftway" Wilsonville, OR. $5.49 Pours a handsome chesnut brown with some dark red hints and a gorgeous thick tan head. Very malty aroma to this one, caramel,cereal and bread dominate Taste is also malt driven..semi-bitter malts..dark chocolate, french Roast Coffee and some hazelnut.Some candysugar sweetness then finished off by a deep hop bitterness..thats lasts. Nice mouthfeel, not to shabby. Overall a nice malty winter beer.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice malty aroma. Dark caramel and some roast malt and a little chocolate. Some fruity yesat notes too.

Looks brown in the glass but held up to light it's more red and clear. Pours with a small head that sticks around as a small rim of head aroundthe glass.

Definitely malt-forward flavor. Nice base malt with dark crystal and other dark roasted malts but not the black or heavy roast types. Good hop bitterness in the finish but the hops are not a showcase. Some fruity character too like black cherry or blackberries.

Medium-full bodied and the carbonation level is kind of right on. Enough to make it lively but light.

Very nice winter beer. Stronger than your typical IPA or anything I usually drink but not so strong that it seems like the full 22oz will floor you. Worth picking up again and it was under $5 at my local PCC.

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Vinter Varmer from Laurelwood Public House & Brewery
3.9 out of 5 based on 85 ratings.
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