Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder LagerKuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Winter

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
131
Reviews:
85
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Kuhnhenn Winter Wonder Lager from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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