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Winter Warmer
Ranked #210
Ranked #41,852
3.66 | pDev: 12.3%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Notes: Dry-hopping during fermentation creates a floral nose with a hint of pepper and spicy, subtle undertones.

32 IBU
Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 1,247 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by rossracing:
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rossracing from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 30, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz purchased at Whole Foods for about $1.40... enjoyed from my FW tulip. Listening to John Kelley High Desert Soundsystem.

CRYSTAL clear orange lite amber.... very nice color... decent head but goes away quickly.

Very distinctive nose, I swear I could pick it out of a lineup. Toasted grains are all over the place ... still hops are there, but are definately not of the American varieties... noble hops all the way here ... they just don't work well together.

Flavor is aromatic and toasted malt (Victory??) ... clean very vibrant noble hop balance. The malt flavor is like chewing on a small teaspoon of brewers biscuit malt... the hops really muddy it up. Edit: The taste is also very earthy, like a cigar humidor, sorta reminds me of a fresh hop brew... I just can't put my finger/palate on it.

Wow.... this is a back and forth review... I have, would and will buy this beer again here and there just because it is soooo freaking different ... and damnit, I want to figure it out.


Jan 30, 2015
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scootny from New York

3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 12 oz bottle. A light terracotta liquid with a Creme fresh head. Light toasted biscuits and mild Belgo-funk fruitiness. Toffee tinged sweetness, herbaceous hops. Taste follows like a winters Fat Tire. Well balanced malt body with a dry graininess. Light caramel sweetness. Herbal earthiness with a light hop bitterness clinging to my palate. Feel is nicely weighted for winter with a light creaminess'. Smooth and drinkable it is a satisfying and delicious brew.

Dec 27, 2014
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Nov 22, 2011
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gpogo from California

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Brilliantly clear copper body loaded with bubbles and a fluffy cloudlike off-white head. Very sticky with a nice lacing..

A- Very earthy hop aroma. Malt aroma was a bit lighter than I expected, with slight biscuity aroma.

T- Very smooth initial bitterness with a light malt backing, kindof similar to the light malt in west coast ipa's. Lots of caramel malt in the body, quite sweet.

M- Medium to light body. Very smooth, I loved that about this beer. The smoothness is almost like a nitrogen charged beer. Moderately high carbonation.

D- I'm a fan of this beer, definitely a decent ESB. Perhaps a bit light in body though.

Nov 24, 2010
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JMad from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass...

It pours a pretty bright, orange amber color with a thick bubbly white head.

In the nose I detected some pine, sugar cookie, a hint of alcohol and pepper.

The taste was a bit spicy, sweet roasted malt, some type of cake maybe, with a very slight bitterness.

This beer is smooth, light and bubbly.

Overall this beer looks great, smells good, and drinks very easy.

Feb 07, 2011
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Buddha from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

May 19, 2012
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dshansen1184 from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Sep 28, 2014
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buffettfan from Arizona

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from eh bottle into a glass. Amber in color, not a lot of head, but what was there stuck around for a little bit.
Smell was malt, and a little yeast. Tastes is malty and hoppy, a little fruit. A nice beer and a good seasonal choice. I like to have some of this in my fridge for the holiday season.

Nov 06, 2007
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dwaz from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Dec 08, 2011
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ssjkyle from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jul 14, 2012
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jgarvis from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Sep 05, 2012
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jpuetz from South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 11, 2015
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JayQue from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good, solid balanced ale!! Pours a clear light amber color with a medium sized nicely carbonated head. Good retention and light rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is robust, mostly malty. Tastes good. Very well balanced, primarily slightly sweet malt but with a mild hops bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Overall a well made beer...a lawnmower beer for the wintertime!!!

Mar 25, 2011
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whoneeds8 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out burnt orange into a pint glass with little head. Very good lacing. Smell is hoppy, pretty strong infact. However, the taste wasn't as strong as the smell. Infact, this is very lack luster for a ESB. It's not bad as a "winter warmer", but it's definatly lacking the bitterness that the scent hints to.

Over all, this is a decent brew. Probably a one and done for me, however.

Dec 15, 2008
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ribbed shaker pint

A: clear, dark copper color; very strong head and very robust carbonation; good lacing
S: dank hop aroma, rather light
T: caramel and hops; malt toasted nicely; well spiced, but not as much as other winter ales; bread/biscuit; strong estery taste on the back end detracts from an otherwise promising beer; dry--not very sweet

A decent try

Feb 06, 2014
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Tash2360 from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

May 27, 2012
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qcghost from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Sep 24, 2014
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marksto from Florida

2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber colored and crystal clear - no doubt due to the cold conditioning described on the label. Aroma displays some restrained fruity esters along with a distinct hop aroma and a slight breadiness. Flavor continues with a slight fruitness along with malt and a hop bitterness that overlies through the finish. The bitterness is again distinct and different from any I am familiar with. I'm guessing this is from the sterling hops. I'm not particuarly fond of this character, it exhibits a harshness bordering on metallic that I don't find appealing.

Overall, not the best among New Belgium's many excellent labels. Skip this one and go for one of the others.

Nov 26, 2007
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SIRIUS2 from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear amber in color with very abundant head of dense white foam. Retains foam well and leaves behind plenty of lacing down the glass. Very attractive looking brew.

Plenty of hops on the nose, a bit of grass with citrus, but not overpowering. There is malt here too, something light to moderate.

First pull has nice weight and comes forth with hops the most noticeable, but necessarily bitter. After just a second on the tongue, the malts come forward and there is a nice balance there. The tastes are a bit dry overall, and there is a quick clean finish with a slight bitter linger. Like many of the New Belgian brews, this seems a bit heavier after a few swigs than first thought.

Very nice brew! If you are fan of hops but don't like to 'chew' them through your beer experience, give this a shot. Very enjoyable and recommended.

Dec 13, 2009
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - clear amber color. Good 2 or 3 fingers of foam, which dissipates slowly. The froth is between off-white and egg white. Very slow/low carbonation.

Smell - Very hoppy smelling. Beyond that I can't discern much.

Taste - just as the definition proclaims..not nearly as bitter as one would expect. The balance is pretty well-done. One can actually feel the malts in the aftertaste. Texture is actually a little on the creamier side.

Drinkability - quite decent brew. Not terribly complex, but a good taste in general.

Nov 16, 2010
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Brian15 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 06, 2014
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This isn't my favorite winter warmer, simply because it's kind of light but still somehow too bitter for my taste. If you like that, then give it a shot, but I prefer other winter seasonals more.

Sep 25, 2014
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cleonile2000 from Indiana

3/5  rDev -18%

Oct 07, 2012
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jadpsu from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright and crystal clear copper with a nice off brown head, with slightly better than average retention, along with decent side lace.
S: pine and floral hops most prominant, along with some roasted malts showing up.
Taste: Toasty, bready malts, a little sweet up front, then finishes with some piny hops along with a hint of caramel.
Well balanced, enjoyed this one, very drinkable.

Feb 12, 2011
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