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2° Below Winter Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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2° Below Winter Ale2° Below Winter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-23-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,165
Reviews:
573
Ratings:
1,224
pDev:
12.36%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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29
Gots:
120
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Ratings: 1,224 |  Reviews: 573
Photo of dacrza1
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DATE: January 5, 2016... OCCASION: returning from a cold night at LVR, the mood is right for a winter warmer... GLASSWARE: Corsendonk tulip pokal... a swirling storm of small bubbles rush through the glass and create a dense snow pack of white, clumpy head... body itself is copper and clear--appreciable at a distance... immediate peppercorn, earthy seed, melon, resin, vanilla, and toasted malts--enticing and warming, with a kick of attitude... a flowery earthiness also joins the fray, as does toffee... buttery, slightly oily, and active at the tongue--hops are present, but this medium-bodied beer doesn't really rest any one specific place... a mild finish that exits without much fanfare... no insult, but not a standout in this regard... toffee, caramel; light flower, pepper, spicy herbs, a bit of lemon, and maybe some honey--enough to set up shop and sip for study or slam with abandon... as the glass drains, serious snow smears down its side... I see this not as not on par with other NB work, but a relatively high ceiling has done this to me... solid, especially as part of a winter mix, and the second and third bottles will not go to waste...serviceable, but not in the upper echelon of winter beers...

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Photo of Dmecca
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ajdemma
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgido759
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scootercrabb
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cabindan
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nemezule
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, clear copper with a two finger head. Earthy hops and toasty malt aroma.

Clean, malty notes. Toasted bread and a hint of sweetness. Earthy and herbal hop notes. Reminds me if you made a less sweeter version of Fat Tire with a higher OG.

Very nice beer. It drinks more like a 5% beer than a 6.60% beer. Really good for a cheese plate with crusty bread.

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Photo of madelf66
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's 2 Below Winter Ale in their new Winter Variety pack. I'm always down to try a new beer from new Belgium, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage.

A- The Label is nice, it fits this beer well and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a clear amber color that didn't really change when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a somewhat lighter yet complex hop aroma with some citrus rind, green hops, light spicy and floral hops aromas. Up next comes some doughy yeast that leads into the malts which show up a little more than the hops and they impart a very grainy, toasted malt, bready and bread crust like aroma. This beer has a nice aroma, but I wish the hops stuck out a little more to give it the perfect balance.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects, but it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma. Up next comes the doughy yeast and it's followed by the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just as much. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with a slightly hoppy and very malty aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but nothing really sets it apart.

M- Smooth, crisp, pretty clean, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, there wasn't anything really wrong with it at all, but there also wasn't anything that made it really stick out or be memorable to me. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple, but I would start to get bored with it after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a very nice looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it's not bad at all, but nothing makes it stick out or be memorable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down, and I can't say it's a must try, but if your looking for a basic malty beer with a little bit of hops then it might be worth trying. All in all I wasn't too impressed with this one, it's solid, but nothing makes me want to get more of it, it's kind of indifferent for me. It's not a favorite New Belgium beer and it's a little above average for the style. Solid job guys, but with a little more work I think this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of MattXT
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nwhittin
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keng1343
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeachChefs
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreddex
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of losthusker
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesssssssss! First folly pack of the year that didn't contain anything objectionable to me, ie spicy, sour, or Belgian. Anywho, this is un-retired for the season and looks, smells, feels, and tastes awesome. Winter warmer, not ESB.

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Photo of gulli
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

similar to accumulation...great lacing!!!!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can't really pigeonhole this style, looks like an amber ale or a winter warmer, call it an esb though. Just seems darker than esb average, drops 1/3" head, off white. Aroma has that woody malt feel.

Little hop presence in this one, it goes winter warmer like malt first. The malt is roasted but not burnt nor charred. It takes on a woodiness to a degree that makes you look on the label to see if it is a 25% wood aged blend (something New Belgium often does).

Bready, unsweetened caramel and toffee notes. Not super earthen. Carbonation higher than average keeping the mouthfeel from being heavy. Run of the mill stuff, not really sure about its esb designation, needs more of a hop presence to get there for my money.

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Photo of Jodio
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boomersooner656
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2° Below Winter Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,224 ratings
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