Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder LagerKuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager
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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder LagerKuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003

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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 85
Photo of hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade. 2005 Vintage.

Poured a medium amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromasf o nuttiness, some alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, and cherries. Tastes of nuts, dark fruits, and caramel. Very light alcohol in the finish but no where near 13%. Light tart finish.

Notes from 3/04/08

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Photo of SaucyA
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

2007, Cellar Temp. 15.5%

A - Into da snifta. Pours a deep amber/brown with beautiful ruddy highlights. The head is almost yellow, and recedes quickly into a whispy film leaving no lacing.

S - Boozy. Lots of alcohol, sweet caramel, toffee, grappa soaked prunes. Non-descript candy... like a penny-candy store.

T - Alcohol sweeps over the mouth initially, not providing much of a flavor profile. Lots of whiskey notes, without being barrel-aged. Awesomely boozy. Caramel finish, with a wonderful malt character throughout.

M - Perfect. Absolutely spot on with both body and carbonation. Slightly thick, slightly sparkly.

D - This is an alcohol bomb. I enjoy a little bit of booziness in my big beers, and this one is a bit more than that. One is enough... hell, this 12oz. is almost worth splitting.

Notes: It's 39 degrees outside today. Almost like... dare I say... WINTER?!? I think this has about a year on it and could easily use 2 more.

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Photo of gford217
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz 2007 vintage bottle courtesy of biegaman poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber that looks closer to orange when held up to light. The head is short-lived and results in a ring leaving a little bit of lacing on the way.

S: Smell has a big alcohol burn throughout and features toffee and caramalized sugar along with yeast and a hint of citrus hops. Some wood and fruit hints in the background as well.

T: Taste has more fruits than the aroma and a huge molasses sweetness with caramel and toffee on top. The alcohol is also pretty evident in the finish and burns between sips like a good bourbon.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly thick and syrupy with some small bubbly carbonation that accentuates the alcohol presence.

D: This is the definition of a sipper and is a big, big beer. Big thanks to Jan for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kkulacki for picking this up for me. Pours a dark walnut brown, touch of thin bubbles on the surface. Laces thickly, like concentrated prune juice. Smells of plums, black currants, slight hint of a European hop, strong alcohol. Tastes strongly of alcohol, interlaced well with a malty, fruity base. Prune flavor and tart cherry flavor, along with a dry caramel and ethanol kick. Huge and syrupy. full bodied to the MAX! A hardcore, liquor-like, evening-by-the-fire beer. Very strong and decadant.

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Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

A - Murky, cloudy reddish brown. 1 finger head dissapears quickly.

S - Slightly sweet. Faint yeast & alcohol.

T - Sweet dark fruit, raisin or date, with a big alcohol finish. You taste the 15% for sure.

M - Full body with minimul carbonation.

D - The 15% is there, but quite drinkable for how huge this beer is.

This is a huge beer. I'd get the longer this sits, the better it gets. I'm going to rest my other bottle for a couple years.

A great winter brew. It'll warm you up, that's for sure.

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Photo of Lothore
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a ruddy, orangey red color with some visible carbonation present. Small head which fades fairly quickly.

S- Smell is very floral, vanilla, sweet perhaps a bit funky, alcohol.

T- Taste starts off with cherry, a little medicinal, hoppy, sweet in the end with some definite alcohol warming.

M- Thick and syrupy with a bit of carbonation.

D- Certainly one to sip on. I enjoyed this one a lot but it is so strong 1 is all you need.

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Photo of joepais
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goryshkewych for this wonderful winter larger

Vintage 2007 Bottle poured into a sniffer produce a good finger worth of head, which dissipates to a ring of lace around the glass. The body is cloudy an apricot in color

The aromas of Belgian yeast (bubblegum) caramel and fruits fill your nose Oh yes alcohol as well

This brew has tons of malt sweetness, dark fruits and Oh yes alcohol warmth as well as great spices this is a great winter warmer

Full body almost no carbonation just what is needed in a sipper

This is a great sipper but one a night is about all you need. A great brew, I enjoyed every drop of it

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kuhnhenn, you rock.

Thanks to Kan from RB for this one.

12 oz. 2004 vintage bottle poured into a snifter and allowed to warm up a bit.

Pours a murky rustic amber hue with a half finger off-white head that quickly dies down to a ring of bubbles on the outside of the glass. Swirling the glass leaves some legging on the sides. A big whiff of booze up front with oak, dark fruits, and thick molasses. Very powerful in the nose, but not over the top. Apple cider sweetness at first with a thick alcohol warmth and some toasted almonds. Oaky wood flavors with some grape and caramel malt on the tongue as well. Full body with a very subtle, but present, carbonation. Definitely a sipper, take your time and truly enjoy this beer. Kuhnhenn puts out another beer that tops the charts, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like an amber lager. Poured with no head which is dissapointing and hurts it's point total.

Pint glass pour holds back a bit on the nose would have much preferred this behemoth out of an snifter. Honey comb bursts out at the ole factor with a fruity bliss (is this a lager?) thick and sweet malt dominates the spectrum.

Almost like a braggot. Very malty but layers upon layers of honey comb, caramel and toffee. Thick creamy delicious mouthfeel. Again a fruity quality very uncanny of a lager. Berry characteristics than going into more dark fruit flavors. Boysenberry being a standout. A tremendous beer with that signature malty sweetness that I've come to love in the various Kuhnhenn beers I've tried.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was served a pint glass of a deep golden headless beer.
the aroma was different from what i remember, but still very good, spicy, malty, some unidentified fruit.
the flavor was pretty complex, very malty, little phenolic, some spices, peaches, other unidentified fruit, little hot on the end.

this batch was 2006 reserve keg at the brewery
it was 15.5 abv

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Photo of bigman147
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber hue. Head is thick and quickly dissipates. No lacing and it sits perfectly still without a bubble even trying to escape the glass

Aroma: LIke the raspberry eisbock, this is a strong ABV beer. Alcohol is pervasive. The smell of dark fruits (dates and plums) with a slight bubbalicious bubble gum aroma. A trace maple or molassas sweetness hides deep down waiting for the beer to warm and release them.

Taste: Strong alcohol notes. Dates and figs with a sweet almost cloying syrupy consistence. Warming alcohol in the back of the throat. Pleasant and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Little to no carbonation but just enough to tickle the senses as you drink this syrupy sweet brew. Warming alcohol sensation is not lingering and subsides in several minutes.

Drinkability: This is definitely and Eisbock. Strong and warming. Great on a cold winter evening. Sip not drink. You will not pound this beer without serious consequences. 15.5%ABV is like drinking 2-3 beers at once. I would think that this is best served as an after meal digestive or winter warmer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 version, delivered from the brewery via grub!

Pours a clear amber, think white head, very brilliant colour, little bit of lace, settles down to a thin ring. Smell is crazy, very intense, caramel, some fruity alcohol, the bubblegum, but amped up in every aspect, pretty fantastic. Taste is more of the same, very malty, toffee, bubblegum fruitiness, alcohol, clean bitter finish, excellent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. A sipper, at 15.5% covers the alcohol extremely well, this fucker sneaks up and smacks you good and hard. Thanks a lot Russ!!

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Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at the brewery 12/27/06.

pours copper red with a thin off-white head that drops almost immediately and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. bubblegum and alcohol. caramel. only really these three things, but it's intense.

taste is nuts. alcohol. bubblegum. medium bitterness. tons of caramel and toffee. crackery malt.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation and a big body work well with this one.

drinkability is good, much more than you'd think at 15.5%. definitely a sipper, but very good.

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Photo of mentor
1.38/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle shared by crosling...thanks for the opportunity.

Pours an off-white head over a dark tan liquid. Smells potently of cheap microwave popcorn---butter flavored. Really foul. So off and bad that the only comparison I can make is the sample of beer I once tried that tasted like 'play-doh'.

Taste was sour and foul buttery. Diacetyl failure. One sip and I sent my sample down the drain.

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Cole's yesterday afternoon for an astounding $8.00 a pint.Poured a clear deep rich golden with hints of deep red thruout a thinner white head atop,massive malt in the nose dark fruit and grape skin mainly with big alcohol and brown sugar lingering.Full chewey mouthfeel a beer to drink as a nightcap not at 4.00 in the afternoon like what I did,big sweet tones on the palate alcohol infused prune and raisin with that grape skin note the alcohol hits with a sweet burning onslaught in the finish.This beer will put hair on your chest and I was feeling it right away,great brew just be careful with it.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage. Pours amber to golden in color and clear, an aggressive pour shows only a faint gathering of cream foam that quickly recedes. Aroma is sweet and malty, some appley sweetness, sprite like smell and some port like alcohol wafts up. Taste shows an apple and ginger like sweetness, a strong bready and caramel character, and a good size warming and dry alcohol finish. Fairly light in body for its strength, a nice spiciness hits the tongue from the alcohol, there is a faint tart apple quality that lingers. An enjoyable nightcap, I think this 04 has already peaked and will not go too much longer. Still, a nice after dinner treat.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle, lovingly escorted from the brewery by my buddy Mikeys01! A 15% lager? I'd sat on this one for a while in sheer terror of the effects. Sipped out of a Magic Chouffe tulip.
Beautifully clear orange-copper. The yeast sediment sits like a stone in the bottle. Very thin collar of head, about as much as you can stir up with this drink. Halfway through, my head died out entirely. Quite a shame The scent reminds me very much of hard apple cider, with a distinct, prominent macintosh apple aroma. Make that an alcoholic candy apple, with heaps of caramel sharing the spotlight. The flavor is much the same. Gobs of caramel sweetness with a prevalent shiny red apple taste. Very candy-like, in an apple syrup kind of way. You won't forget the booze is there, believe me. Very fruity and estery. Packed full of boozy higher alcohols. No hops to speak of. Maybe a glance at some herbal, german flavor, but not quite cloying. Lagery smooth, especially in texture. Velvety and thick on the tongue, with modest carbonation. For the strength, this drinks great. A bit of hi-test heat on the swallow is perhaps my only real complaint. Quite a wintertime sipper. I could go for another, on a different night of course. Two of these would make me very, very sleepy.
Not that I would ever be classy enough to do this, but this would make the perfect beer for a reduction into a marinade for some red meat. I'm imagining venison stewed in a couple bottles of this for a couple days, and wishing I had the kind of money to drop on a meal like that.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2005 vintage purchased at The Beer Depot in Ann Arbor and poured into a Maudite tulip. Label sez 15.5% abv.

Tiny head of vanilla rises up and is then crushed by the abv and forms a thin ring with an even thinner veil. Spotty lace but what would you expect given the caliber? At least it has a nice shade of dark amber...

The nose is deep dark fruits and spiced rum. The heat and spices open my sinus cavities yet it isn't the painful burning one would expect from such a potent brew. The yeasts have a pleasant bleu cheese like aroma that sounds weird but works really well.

The mouth is full and lacks decent carbonation but it doesn't get slick in any way. Maybe the alcohol clears the oils....whatever the case this is a nice full yet smooth mouthfeel. Again the dark fruits jump in first with some apples and pears followed by the spices that taste of coriander and and anise. Slowly warming alcohol with citric tartness and lingering spices in the finish. I wish I could be more articulate about the flavors in this beer but I will say that everything comes together perfectly so much that it earns a five for taste. I'm a sucker for a big ass beer that is so damn tasty.

The most interesting aspect of this beer was the nose. A weird yet interesting mix of aromas, especially the bleu cheese notes. That reminded me that I have a small chunk of Bleu d' Auvergne in the fridge and oddly enough, the pairing works quite well. A dangerously drinkable beer. Tough to find outside of the brewery when they have it. If you find it, buy all that is available. I did.

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Photo of DrJay
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, listed as 15.5%. This beer was a hazy, deep amber colour with a bit of a reddish hue. The short, off-white head showed great retention and left sheets of fine lace on the glass. Complex aroma with a mixture of bubblegum, orange, banana, and floral hops. Alcohol became evident as it warmed. The huge sweetness assaults the palate, but other flavours help bring this into perspective. The bubblegum, orange, and banana character appeared again, but this was supplemented by pineapple and lots of citrus at the mid-point. This created an intensely complex fruit character. Low bitterness overall, with mild alcohol and a lingering sweet finish. Heavy body that was on the syrupy side, but didn't become overbearing. The carbonation was well-integrated and refined. I was surprised at how well the alcohol content was masked in the flavour, but this stuff really messes you up fast. An exceptional winter beer, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery. 2005 batch, not sure of the abv this year.

Poured amber with a tan colored head that give way to nice lacing. Smells of alcohol and fruit. Apples, grapes, and bubblegum with an alcohol finish flood my mouth. Mouthfeel is very thick and warming. Halfway through the glass and I feel my face getting a little flush. Very drinkable, not sure I'd get another growler to myself though.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. 2004 bottling, notes 15.5% abv. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the glowing burnished copper brew. Head fades quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles, not unexpected for the style, and average lacing for this abv is actually impressive. Aroma is bubblegum fruitiness, with warming alcohol, even in the nose. Flavor is sweet maltiness upfront, with the bubblegum carrying in here as well. A vinous tart close, and subtle warming is the only indication of alcohol here. For the style, the mouthfeel and drinkability are stupid good. Wow. Check this out if you can.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12ozer bottled in 2004 and picked up at the brewpub. Pours out thick deep reddish brown with a good sized off white head. No lace and the head quickly drops down into the murky body. Big dark ripe fruity notes come out as soon as this is poured. There is a touch of alcohol peaking though but nothing to hint at 15%. More sweet fruit notes are released as this warmed. Some notes of toffee and light maple syrup are noted as well. The flavor is equally big in fruits mainly of the dark variety. Some molasses and caramel. Very rich malty flavor that hides the alcohol extremely well. The sweetness manages to keep from being cloying as well. This stuff is very thick with a big warming quality to it. Right after the first sip you know this was strong stuff with the way the warming is. Pretty damn drinkable too in my opinion. I would have liked more than one bottle even though it took me awhile to finish. This is just an ideal beer to be sipping on in the cold months or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. 2004 bottling. Fiery crimson with russet edges. Small head of thin off-white big bubbled foam fades quickly leaving no lacing patterns. Bubbles stay and form a halo ring though. Pretty stuff. Aromas are intense. Brash, alcoholic, phenolic, yeasty, fruity, suede-like, and leathery are some terms i'd use to describe the aroma of this brew. There are also some uniquely fruity (pear) notes tucked into this complex and elbaorate spectacle of aromas. The first sip is intense in flavor as well. Fruity pear notes with some leather in the mix as well. Also some German hop notes, and a biscuty o-fest malt character as well. It's very interesting to see such subtle flavors come through in such a big beer. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and coating a warming sensation is evident in the sip and swallow of this concoction as well. Drinkability is good for this interesting concoction but not amazing. This is some damn fine nectar on it's first birthday but I can only assume that it was all too brash in its youth. Not a world class champion like the raspberry eisbock, but a good German styled double-strength eisbock all the same. However, I must say that Southamptons version simply demolishes this one. Another Kuhnhenn master piece, but not my favorite from these truly talented brothers.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shadowy amber body, capped with a thin, but sure, off-white layer of foam.
Nose is rich, malty, strong, cognac and cherries, with chocolate on the side...slick, devilish, delightful.
Ahhhh...one sip and I know this is a juicy gem! Big, robust fruit, ooozing berries and grapes, rasins and dates, tangible texture, oily mouthfeel, and absolutely delicious!
flavor rebounds again and again, tastes better every time, too...can't feel the booze yet, either, but it's early, still.
this is a genius choice for a winter beer. I think I'll open the window, for maximum effect. Intensely warming and fabulously flavored.
Another brilliant Kuhnhenn effort. Big surprise.

btw, the label on my bottle reads 15.5% abv
(much thanks to cjrmellor)

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the tap at the Kuhnhenn pub.

This one, much like the regular eisbock, defies it's category and description really. Though the ABV was quite high, you wouldn't know it to taste it. How do these guys pull that off? Maybe a deal with Satan? Who knows!

Pours a bright amber in color with a white head to match. Nose was seriously complex, smells of candy almost, fruity, almost wine like in charatcer, reminded me of barleywine to be honest. Taste was quite the experience I've got to say, taste of cherries, bubble gum (yes, I said bubble gum, bazooka to be exact) grapes, malts and hops well in unision, neither dominating overall. Honestly, this seemed more like an ale to me somehow, a light one yes, but still an ale. I really like the experimental nature of the brew, it really is something different like many of their brews are. I really like the fact the don't go the high hop route with everything too, that idea seems so played out to me. This is a great example of creativity at work.

I really enjoyed this brew overall, also was available in bottles. I hope they make more next year, I'll definatly be looking for it.

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 70.2% out of 100 with 131 ratings
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