Winter Wonder Lager
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #9
Ranked #14,170
3.92 | pDev: 14.54%
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 batch.

This one pours a golden reddish color, with a small head, and basically no lacing.

This smells like candied dark fruit, nutmeg, brown sugar, cooking sherry, pear, caramel, toffee, and almond/amaretto. This is super complex.

This takes a bit to get used to, but once you do, it's a really big treat. I'd love to see a barrel-aged version, but it's so complex to begin with. Dark fruit - dried raisin, caramellized/crystallized grape, etc - is the star here. There's also winter spicing - nutmeg, cinnamon maybe, with a very intriguing and welcome sweet almond, almost amaretto like flavor. There's also toffee and caramel, which are more expected, along with pear and apple. It's crazy that there's so much going on here, it's a really interesting to track as it warms and opens up.

This is medium bodied, big, but not syrupy or actually too thick, with a warming booziness on the back end that never gets overwhelming. I could imagine this aging well for up to 5-10 years more.

This is super complex, and really fun to drink. I wish I had another one to age for many more years.

Jun 02, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For purposes of the review, a 2012 edition was consumed of 12/24/17.

Appearance - The beer poured a deep ruby red color with a off-white colored head.

Smell - The beer had a nose that was rich with winter spices. Clove and nutmeg were particularly strong.

Taste - A rich bouquet of spices was present from the beginning. Aside from nutmeg and clove, cinnamon apples and amaretto notes were easily detectable. As the beer warmed, there was a definite caramel presence.

Mouthfeel - The 11%abv was well masked. The beer was warm and had viscosity.

Overall - Apparently, age does this beer wonders because I don’t understand the low scores.

Dec 25, 2017
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Says 2009 and 2011? Deep amber and ruby body. Some khaki bubbles that settle out quickly. Smells of raisins and alcohol. Brown sugar and sherry oxidation. Taste starts sweet and sugary. Dark fruits and raisins. Quickly cut by a sharp acidity and oxidation that dries it out. Alcohol burn in the back end. Warming with low carbonation. Heavy and slow to drink. Not something I'd drink again, but interesting enough to warrant trying at all.

Oct 25, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2007 bottle shared by Brewnbbq, thanks for the opportunity Jeff!
Rich caramel maltiness with plenty of fruity notes and a hint of warming alcohol. Held up great, I'm glad I got to try it!

Mar 25, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Winter Wonder Lager has an alcohol content that eclipses most beers and, indeed, looks more like a cognac. It has a sleek and syrupy complexion and the colour of buckwheat honey. The sepia-tinted foam that formed off the pour melts away at a glacier pace...a glacier that is being viewed in time-lapse video. This Winter Wonder is quickly without any snow.

This beer is a literally a Rubik's Cube every time you take a sniff; the amount of flavours, the different combination of those flavours, the difference between those flavours - it's mind-blowing. Actually no it isn't - it's downright soothing; these aromas of butterscotch, dried fruits, and caramel malts provide a massage for the olfactory bulb.

The flavour unravels many more layers of this complex puzzle: raspberry-filled truffles, icewine-glazed pears, chocolate-covered raisins, bubblegum and bruised bananas. It sheds a whole new light on malt - who knew simple cereal grains were capable of all this? Naturally, yeast, alcohol, and probably hops too have provided a helping hand. Still, it's outstanding.

When I first had Winter Wonder Lager in 2007 it was listed as 15.5% alcohol - I didn't have any problems drinking it then and, at a "measly" 11.7%, I certainly don't have any now. Of course it's not the kind of lager you gulp down - something this rich and complex begs to be savoured - but it doesn't put up a fight going down, that's for sure.

Like the Winter Solstice, a beer like this comes along but once in a year. Kuhnhenn has a habit of making special (and rare) beers but Winter Wonder Lager continues to be one of my favourites in their portfolio. There's as few beers like this one as there are places to buy it; if you're ever in the Detroit area and happen to spot a bottle, don't pass on it!

Jan 06, 2014
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dad brought this one back from MI a couple summers ago. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2011

APPEARANCE: A muddy brown pour yields a slight wisp that vanishes almost immediately. Muddy, light brown body with no carbonation evident. The slight ring that remained after the pour disappears quickly as well and the beer is left looking pretty flat right away. Lousy looking and borderline ugly.

SMELL: Caramel, butterscotch aromas on the nose with some dark fruits and spicy alcohol as well.

TASTE: Bold flavors of butterscotch and dark fruits up front. Raisins and spicy alcohol notes into the swallow, leaving a bold and lingering finish of spicy booze, sweet dark fruits, caramel, with hints of bitterness as balance. Quite quad-like actually.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy on the palate, goes down with a bit of a scratch and finishes sticky on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: A very flavorful and enjoyable higher ABV brew for sure. Not as hot as I had assumed it would be either. In the end, this is a good beer to sip on over an evening, which I gladly did. A better look would help make the experience more enjoyable, but that is a minor issue. Thanks again for the brews dad! Recommended.

Jan 06, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2012 winter solstice bottling. Pours hazy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, apple, pear, apple skin, molasses, pepper, clove, coriander, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of huge sweet raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, molasses, caramel, toffee, pepper, clove, herbal, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark and light fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, balance, and robustness of malt and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish surprisingly. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Doppelbock style! Huge complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 10, 2013
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.
**note my bottle stated this is 11.25%, not 13% as it says on this beer's profile page here**

(A)- Pours a hazy deep deep crimson red color; almost brown. Produced a light cap of froth, surprising considering the style and the ABV on this.

(S)- A very yeast-forward aroma. Big notes of bubblegum and a vanilla-like spicy wheat aroma. Interesting. Behind that are plenty of deep caramel and raisin bits.

(T)- Again, a large profile of a bubble gum-like yeast up front. Some middle palate sweetness of caramel and vanilla. Finishes yeasty as well with a subtle spicy wheat and sweet raisin characters.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level, but I have no complaints on that part. Overall, its a nice balance of what I think is quite a heavy yeast profile, but equally heavy in the malty sweetness. And at 11.25%, this is extremely well hidden and integrated.

(O)- Honestly, this is probably only the 3rd or 4th Eisbock I have ever had, but this one is really inviting on a cold winters day. Rich and sweet, but with its very bubble gum forward yeast profile, this is an intriguing take on the style based upon the others I have had. Kind of wish I had gotten a few more to see what time does to it.

Jan 20, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 edition; bottled on 2/12/08

Appearance: Pours a clear russet color with the scantest head though it does leave quite a few dots on the side of the tulip

Smell: Caramel and dark fruit; still quite boozy after all this time

Taste: The heat from the ABV hits the taste buds early bringing with it a range of dark fruit, burnt sugar and alcohol; after the swallow, the flavors become somewhat herbal and medicinal

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; a lot of burn in the gullet

Overall: The alcohol is just a bit too overwhelming and the flavors are not particularly well-defined

Sep 23, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the GBX Crew (beeruser & funkydelic) for sharing this one during a recent tasting! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a brownish orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, sugar, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, sweet alcohol, sugar, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really was surprised by this one upon inspection with both the flavor and aroma. The sweet alcohol aspect on this one is really what sealed the deal for me on this one. It added a nice level of complexity. Definitely worth trying if you get the chance to do so.

Jun 07, 2012
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled shared at bu11zeye’s 10,000th rating tasting. This is the 2004 vintage.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and with a dose of sugar and grapes thrown in. The flavor is similar. I get a lot of grapes and brown sugar, as well as some cherries and a ton of booziness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

May 22, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, 2007 vintage, 15.5% ABV. I received this ages ago from either TheBlackMallard or goryshkewych. I also received a re-release of this vintage from the 2008 Winter Solstice Party from Viggo. Thanks guys!

The cap comes off with a small hiss, and a hazy muddy,ruddy brown beer fills my glass, a light brown head briefly rising before falling off to a ring very quickly. The nose is surprisingly muted. This is in some ways like a iced old ale.There's some black cherry, cherry skins, caramel and dark honey. Initially a little too cold, as it warms up it grows boozy, and adds some prune notes as well. There really is nothing going on here.

The palate, on the other hand, is a lot more flavorful. Quite sweet, almost bitingly so, with a definite kirschwasser taste, fruit and almond-like pit tannins. Some fruit - dried apples, raisins and prunes - as well as a little leather, are present. The alcohol is present and potent, though not as prominent as I'd expect. Apart from a little caramel, though, this does start to fall off on the palate. Bitter (almond skins) on the finish with brown sugar, a little licorice and some prunes, this beer is full in body, lightly carbonated. Decent, enjoyable even, in 2-4oz servings, but 12oz is a bit of a chore.

Apr 05, 2012
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cosmicevan from New York

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to waltonc for sending this one my way. enjoyed from a kuhnhenn tulip.

a - brew poured a caramel purple brown with a foamy cream colored head that was gone quick.

s - really nice malty caramel sweetness. the booze is there but adds a mentholated crispness to the smell and compliments it nicely.

t - caramel plums. some booziness, but really tasty. kind of winter warmer like. very nice.

m - big and bold without being syrupy. boozy.

o - it isn't winter, but this winter was a wonder and this beer is supreme for an eisbock. if you aren't looking for big bold malt bomb with a smooth glazing of 13% then this is not for you...however, if you are looking for that, this beer hits it. loved it.

Apr 02, 2012
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minterro from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very quick notes from a sample of my gf's beer:

S&A: Yeasty fruitiness. No head present. dark red semi-translucent looking beer.

T&M: very boozy (a little overwhelming). very yeasty, with hints of citrusness and dark fruits. On the medium side of carbonation, medium to full bodied. Its very warming.

overall: it was good, and it tasted great for how high the ABV was but it just wasn't worth 7$ a bottle.

Mar 07, 2012
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Brez07 from Maine

1.84/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. 12oz bottle served in a snifter. Label says 2009 but also has Winter Solstice 2010 written on it

A: Man, this is not a pretty looking beer. Brown, muddy looking. No head or lacing (2)

S: Hmm, this is... interesting? Smells of burnt toast, prunes and a bourbony vanilla (3)

T: Oh dear, that's abrasive. Dark fruit and tomato? Tart prune juice, or maybe red wine vinegar. Fussle alcohol burn. Not pleasant, this one is headed for the drain (1.5)

M: Medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. I want to brush my tongue to get the residual flavor off of it (2)

D: No thanks (1)

Jan 07, 2012
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nanobrew from California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank a 2009 bottle on Christmas 2011

A- Dark mahogany with a slight rise in bubbles, thin head that disappears. After a while the beer looks still.

S- The alcohol is the first thing that hits. It smells of medicinal, sweet grapes juice, molasses.

T - Molasses cookies, dark fruit, slight yeast ester. Finish with chocolate and grape juice. Almost reminds me of a port or maybe even a brandy

M - Sticky, little carbonation, no alcohol burn

O- Nice sipper, lots of different notes from toffee, caramel, bready, fruit, and chocolate. I was glad the beer did not taste and feel like the smell (intense alcohol).

Jan 04, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, Eisbocks can be great when done well, and this with some nice age, on New Years Eve at the beginning of the heart of winter. Thanks to grub for this one.

Pours the slightest fizzy bubble head more from the air getting mixed in the pour than carbonation I think, over fairly hazy ruby maroon brown colored beer.

Nose is interesting, starts with plenty of caramel... like caramelized brown sugar, creme brulee big time, toasty almost burnt caramelized sugars aroma, plenty of toasty bready like malts as well, as there's almost like a fresh toasted bread aroma. Plenty of reddish malts, and syrupy like the red candy from candy apples, and a slight coppery aroma. Lots of wheat as well, a nice bock aroma, with hints of fruity lager but quite heavy, and presence of booze, doesn't burn the nostrils like I expected, but like alcohol vapors it almost seems like.

Taste comes big as well, pretty sweet as expected, with lots of big malts and wheats. Lots of wheat flavors with a nice bock taste. Then comes the reddish malts, lots of caramel, and again caramelized sugars the add to that toasty creme brulee flavor. Sweetness also brings toffee, maple, and red candy syrup as well. Juicy flavors, a bit of a fruity lager kick as well but not much. The sweetness gives way to booze quickly, and booze gets tingly and warming, plenty of booze there as it is 13% and drinks maybe not quite that much, but definitely up there. A bit of esters also come from the booze. The bock flavors and malts brings more toasty malt flavors, a little bready, almost caramelized (there's that word again, word of this beer) bread pudding. The big sweet, malty booze flavors stick around for a while on the finish, as it tries to dry off a bit and does so fairly well, but hard to dry all that sweetness, a bit more toffee, caramel, toasty malts, and syrups all lingering with a hint of bitterness cutting through.

Mouth is almost pure syrup, maybe a little lighter than pure maple syrup, lighter carb but typical for 13% Eisbock. Booze is plenty.

Overall pretty good, a nice end of the year beer to drink. The booze is definitely there but not quite drinking like a 13%, maybe more like 9-10%, not sure if that's the sweetness balancing it or the age but more drinkable than expected. Quite sweet too, syrupy, nice malt flavors and wheats, bock flavors, etc. The sweetness is dominant but goes fairly well overall and not crippling.

Jan 01, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2007 into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to Knifestyles for opening this, yet another crazy Kuhnhenn.

A: Cloudy orange-amber body with a finger of frothy tan foam. Great retention but very little lace. Nice enough.

S: Wow. Smells like an insanely good Barleywine: toffee, brown sugar, figs, sherry, raisins, and general sweet goodness. Terrific.

T: Even sweeter and fruitier than the nose. Terrific, albeit intense and boozy.

M: Sticky, lightly carbonated full body. A bit of spiky booze, but generally solid.

O: Chris handed me this one to try without telling me that it was an Eisbock, so I had nothing more than "lager" and "Kuhnhenn" with which to form my expectations. It's saying something that I wasn't really surprised to find myself confronted with an insanely huge, absolutely delicious malt-bomb. Great stuff.


Dec 11, 2011
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womencantsail from California

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2009 vintage courtesy of Derek. Thanks!

A: The pour is an incredibly murky dark brown color with minimal at best head formation.

S: As with almost all eisbocks, this one is sweet, very sweet. There is a ton of caramel and toffee, but also tons of booze. The usual dark fruit suspects: raisins, plums, and prunes. There is a bit of toasted bread and perhaps some red grapes.

T: Sugar and booze are the two main food groups here. Intense caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and bread flavors are all present. There are lots of raisin and plum flavors, and maybe a bit of black cherry. A light fruity tartness and hints of bold red wine.

M: The body is medium to full with rather low carbonation.

O: I like eisbocks and I like Kuhnhenn, but this was a bit too much for me.

Sep 09, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No head at all at first but slowly but surely a thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue, and again this was an expierence all its own. A malt monster, caramel and light molasses notes led the charge until a soothing, candy like chocolate and toffee notes come in. But it was the fruit like cherry notes and rich cola flavor that set it apart

Jul 08, 2011
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What are you trying to do to me, Brian? I get this little bottle in a beautiful box from beerisheaven & think "yeah, just mowed the lawn, I'm hot & sweaty, time to kick back...oooh, a nice cute lager. Let's pop that open." Holy crap, 13%? Must mentally shift gears to prepare for alcoholic onslaught. 2010 Winter Solstice Release, vintage 2009.

Pour about half the bottle into a nice New Holland glass & it's a gorgeous color, like the burnished scales of a Copper Dragon (the one from the original '70s Monster Manual...crap, that other geek is showing up now). The aroma raises my blood alcohol level about .02 & blows deep sweetness, sugar-coated apples, & a horn full of Middle Eastern goodies. I don't know that this is the base for the Raspberry Eisbock, but it sure smells it. Fantastic.

Winter Wonder Lager is an alcoholic A-bomb. Hold on, I need a moment here. Lightning-based alcohol whips the throat, laced with a generous helping of figs, dash of sweet prunes. Wild malts mimic the deep, saturating sweetness of the aroma & cling to the palate like a happy tick. Flickers of caramel, apples in the finish before the boozy slop obliterates all of the that lovely depth. Dead flat, little to no life to this one, but who'd want this to be a fizzy, lively beer? Not I. Damn good thing this comes in a small bottle; it's intriguing how a beer like this can be so stinging while other big beers can mask the alcohol content so well.

This is an epic, brawling, rude, in-your-face big beer with a ton of depth & taste (not to mention the 58% alcohol). Very good.

Jun 17, 2011
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glid02 from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Grant. Unfortunately I didn’t record the vintage but I’ll assume it’s the 2009 version.

Pours a clear brownish-amber color with a half-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet medium malts with moderate amounts of indistinct spices. Also present are mild amounts of booze-soaked raisins.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more robust. Moderately sweet caramel malts with hints of darker toasted malts kick things off and are joined quickly by dark fruit flavors – raisins and figs. Midway through the sip light amounts of dark spices – nutmeg and brown sugar if I had to choose – come into play, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was pretty ambivalent about this beer – nothing was not badly but nothing made me excited about my next sip either. Worth a shot if you see it around, especially if eisbocks are your thing.

Apr 18, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my mom for picking up the 2009 edition at the 2010 Winter Solstice party for me. Served in a snifter. Closing out the eisbock list with this beer.

Pours a moderate brown color with some amber coloring in there as well. Very thin off-white head and a few legs down the side of the glass. Slight collar. Nose is loaded with dark fruits and some alcohol. Slightly spicy as well. Taste is a bit oxidized and really quite warm. Warm as in lots of booze, even for an eisbock. Low carbonation. Decent but probably way too young. Normally Kuhnhenn hides alcohol better than this.

Feb 14, 2011
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened by Thorpe last night in an attempt to temporarily shut down the eisbock list. Served in a snifter. Beer is brown and hazy with almost no head or lacing, low carbonation. Looks OK.

Aroma is sweet with a mild sense of booze. It's not offputting though. Smells rather nice.

Beer is sweet and much thicker than I was expecting. It's not bad tasting at all it's just a little simple. It's sweet with a mild alcoholic bite and a relatively plain finish. Easy drinking for a 13% + beer and as far as eisbocks go it was above average in my opinion. I'd have it again except I trend toward the lower ABV spectrum on beers.

Feb 11, 2011
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Beertracker from Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kuhnhenn's Winter Wonder Lager (2008) pours up like a flat soda pop w/o much luster, but it manages to release enough carbonation to create a wisper thin beigeish-white head that barely manages to ring the glass above a rather dull, murky brown-burnt umber body. It's rather an ugly mess to be brutally honest! The complex, sweet nose starts to make up some ground with its aromatics and rich melanoidin maltiness complimented by some enjoyable toastiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked Tin Vienna bread. There's quite a bit of fruitiness with some Noble hop spiciness and a defined alcohol presence, but very bready (yeasty)... yet generous! The flavor is dominated by a rich, saturated melanoidin maltiness that is marked by the faintest touch of spicy bitterness. The sweet, chewy full-bodied finish is quite syrupy, but just manages to avoid being a pancake condiment thanks to some alcohol afterburners. Winter Wonder Lager is a love it or hate it kind of a beer. I'm not totally convinced this one aged well, so I'll revisit with a fresher bottle. However, being a refined man of the malt, I tend to give it marks simply for its bold audacity and the layers, upon layers of malt richness. I'd recommend WWL to any barleywine & malt lovers in the house, but don't expect finesse. Here's to a Winter Wonderland!

PROST! Beertracker

Feb 01, 2011
Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 135 ratings