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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-27-2003

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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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Photo of putnam
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

2004, 15.5%
Brown, red and caramel amber liquid is fizzy enough to generate some foam. Alcohol pulls it back down quick though.
Aromas of fruit salad with white grapes, coconut, tangerines and white port. Fruit flavored candies, mulling spices and alcohol are evident on the nose too.
On the palate it is a mash of fermenting, candied nuts and spices. Sugary alcohol flavors join estery fruitiness, sesame and wine elements.

This is a daring, interesting beer. I find it monsterous as a proposition for drinking.
I'll use it in a sauce (or 'as' a sauce!)

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber with a small head that disappears quickly. Aroma is thick and sweet fruity plums with just a hint of caramelized syrup. No lacing but heavy legs on the sides when the glass is swirled.

Taste is bold and thick, heavy on the sweet and tart. Flavors of dark fruits, prunes and golden raisins on top of a malty base. Not much bitterness but there are some obscure yeasty, musty elements and subtle spices. Tastes of cherries and red grapes come out and it sweetens a bit as the beer warms in the snifter. A not-so-subtle alcohol burn accompanies the swallow with a finish similar to some Belgian ales.

Mouthfeel is thick and flat with very little carbonation. Surprisingly, it thins a little as it warms and drinkability improves greatly. Smooth with just a tiny bite to it but the richness and alcohol content still keeps this one a sipper.

My first eisbock, not really sure what to make of it. I expected something along the lines of a barleywine but this has none of the hoppiness or bitterness. Good stuff, parallels with Samiclaus or Quelque Chose are pretty close. Would love to try this direct from the tap. Thanks to trbeer for sharing this brew.

2004 vintage, 15.5%

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

Pours to a copper-red color with a minimal white head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a candi sugar smell. Hops are not present in the aroma, but a bit of alcohol is. The flavor is candy-like...sweet and semi-fruity. It is a pretty easy drinking brew for the 15.5% alcohol level. A tasty digestive brew, after StuBob's stir fry.

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

from the tap at my favorite brewery. poured a nice amber with a nice size off white head. aroma, grapes, apricots, blackberries, yeast, alcohol, honey, and hints of yeast. flavor, dark fruits, grapes, apple, apricots, alcohol, hints of chololate. as this beer warmed up the alcohol became stronger.this is a nice strong beer. they bumped up the alcohol to 15.5

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with golden tints. Decent head that ebbs quickly but leaves great lace on the glass. Light amount of yeast suspended in the carbonation bubbles.
Aromas of dark fruits, yeast, cloves, honey, coriander, heavy hops and alcohol. The hops add the familar grapefruity nose to this beer.
Taste of heavy malt dominates. Through the thickness sub-flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, spicy alcohol and dark bread show through. Minor hop bitterness hides the majority of the alcohol.
Highly, highly drinkable for such a heavy alcohol beer. Almost good enough to session. Very lively in the mouth and the powerhouse of flavors realy balance the alcohol well.

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Photo of marburg
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ha! Little did I realize until this afternoon that I actually had this beer, I believe, back on November 1. The owners were sampling something with the employees, and my friend handed me a small glass and asked me to give my impressions. The first words out of my mouth were "strong," "estery," and "ale."

Well, I was wrong about the ale part.

And apparently, it's all in the yeast. The brothers used some sort of highly unique yeast strain to produce this wildly estery effect that you can't generally find in a lager. This is on par with the sweetest and fruitiest of flavors generated by any yeast.

Estery characteristics dominate the nose. Powerful. Sweet. Apricots and fleeting blackberry flavors push the palate around a tiny bit. Light bitterness and a mild astringency. Potent, syrupy texture conveys a warmth that's re-asserted by alcohol in the finish. Surprisingly well hidden, though. Strong and sip-worthy but not at all harsh or "difficult."

Another amazing Kuhnhenn's experiment in pushing the limits of beer without resorting to twelve tons of hops to do it.

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