Wasatch Winterfest | Utah Brewers Cooperative

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Wasatch WinterfestWasatch Winterfest

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bitterbill on 11-29-2008

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Photo of ElCommodoro
1.97/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This was pretty disappointing. It's like they took a dark beer and tried to spice it like a pale ale or something. Weird herbal hop flavour a over a moderate maltiness. I don't know what to say about this except that the flavours didn't mesh well at all. I thought it bordered on abysmal. Couldn't think of any food to enjoy it with either.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark mahogony colored beer with a very loose small bubbly tan colored head.

S-the nose has some roasted malts, a little overly sweet caramel, very sticky hop resign aroma, pine sap, wood, oily citrus in the back.

T-the taste is similar, slightly burnt wood and malt, overly sweet caramel, very resignous, lots of sugars left behind and it shows in the feel as well. very piney in the back with sticky citrus notes and moderately bitter.

M-the feel is a little fuzzy with the residual sugars, the finish is nice, it is rather dry and crisp, well carbonated.

D-not bad, has some flaws. overly sugary and sweet with a ton of sticky malts and hops. has a decent balance and a nice finish.

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Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark red, nearly brown color. A beige head rises to more than two fingers. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops up front. Followed by some dark fruits and wood aromas that mingle together.
T: A quick flash of some citrus like hops. Then an overpowering wood flavor. Some sweetness, but not much. Then finishes very bitter.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Surprisingly syrupy though. Which is an odd mesh. A bit of alcohol, but overall not something I am coming back to often.

Decent enough. The six pack will not go to waist, but not one of the better winter seasonals I have had.

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Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium brown. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brownish head. Settles quickly but not completely, leaving a smattering of foam on the surface, a thick beer ring, and some persistent residue. Substantial, dry beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt, a little molasses and raisin, and a bit of pecan.

T: Rye bread, peat, bitter pecan shell.

M: Thick and hearty. High alcohol is evident, kind of boozy. Pungent, lingering finish. Seems to improve as it warms.

D: Sipper.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head, and thick persistent lacing. Nose is roasty with sweet and nutty components. Pungent grains, and bitterness. Overall, this is an pretty good quaff.

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Photo of azdback
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark red color and nice amber highlights. Head is a small one finger and bright white in color. Lace is minimal at best.

Smell is of candied malts and spice. I think I am also getting a bit of alcohol here too. Maybe even just a hint of hops. There is also just a hint of vanilla or oak.

Taste is a bit odd. Medium sweet candy at first and then turns bitter and kind of caught me off guard. Gets a bit better as it warms.

Mouth is crisp and the carbonation is round. Body is medium and the finish is average and a bit dry.

Overall this is an okay Winter Warmer. I wasn't expecting much though. I'm on a winter beer tasting spree right now and this one is about average. Check it out if you get the chance.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish-brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very malty with some caramel and toffee notes. There is also some dark fruit and quite a bit of alcohol, which is kind of surprising since the beer is only 7 percent. The flavor is hoppier than the aroma. I get some pine and grass notes from the hops and also some toffee and caramel malt. There is also some dark cherry in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While there is quite a bit going on, the flavors don't really seem to meld all that well together and as a result, the beer falls a bit short.

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Photo of budgood1
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dirty mahogany colour with a thin tan head with a bit of wispy lace. deeply malty aroma throwing down a bunch of nougat, caramel and cocoa with yeast and fruitcake as an accent. the taste profile leans heavily on the layered maltiness, with semi sweet notes of dark chocolate, caramel and fruitcake accompanied by a slight citric hop juice aspect that melds well the flavours of this festive winter seasonal. a bit of bitterness wafts in and out but hop profile is there to compliment the semi-sweet maltiness, not to offset or balance the malt. another winter beer brewed to taste like a liquid candy bar. very appropriate i'd say. there is a touch of a back end band-aid aftertaste that is slightly off-putting but seems to be ok in this brew. the body is above medium with a sticky, slick and smooth mouthfeel. drinkability is average.

overall, for a winter seasonal, this offering seems rather mundane and uninspired. it definitely brings the goods and festiveness but in disjointed, unorganized way. it might be more bright and cleaner if consumed brewery fresh, but as i sip it seems somewhat muddled and dirty. i'd like to revisit next winter on the front end.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to wasatch for sending this one my way.

Poured into my pint glass the beer dark red brown with about two fingers of light tan head. After a slow recession a thick coating of lace is left around the glass.

The aroma is much hoppier than I had anticipated. Along with citrus there are layers of malt and sweet sugars. Moderate spice and dark fruit as well.

The flavor is fairly malt driven. A touch of sweetness fades almost instantly. This followed by a modest hop bite that turns rather bitter and dry. Classic bark vs bite syndrome.

Medium body. Slightly creamy. Average to below average carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer for sure. I believe I might like to give this one a try fresh.

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Photo of colts9016
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A mahogany color with a nice reddish hue. There was a one finger head it was a light tan color. There was a one finger foamy head that quickly disappeared. There was some clarity in the beer, this let off a nice reddish hue.

Nose: Roasted Malt, resin, grapefruit, other citrus, and floral. There is hints of grass, green apples, and molasses.

Taste: Roasted malt, burnt sugar, grapefruit, and floral. There are notes, of grass, citrus, and green apples.

Overall: There was carbonation on the tongue. The mouth feel is astringent and powdery with a slight bitter finish that last a bit too long. There is nothing special, there is not much of a malt backbone. I didn't think that is could stand up to the slightly intense hops.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is malty and hoppy with a little spice possibly spruce.

Starts out malty and sweet with a firm bitter finish. Lots of grapefruit and pine flavors with some cedar plank flavor. Faint spruce flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty winter beer with a strong hop bite.

Addendum: Friday 13th 2013 resample:

I detect a bit of cinnamon in the smell.

I definately taste strong spruce flavor and it is decidedly less bitter than I remembered it.

Not as sweet now as it seemed in 2011.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to a small cap. Good lacing that shows rings.

S - Smells very similar to SN Pale Ale (piney hops) and faint malts.

T - Tastes of bitter pine hops and leaves a malt aftertaste.

M - Good carbonation with a creamy feel in the mouth.

D - This was a pretty good beer that I got as part of a Winter sampler pack on clearance. I had never seen this brand before this and I haven't seen it around too much by itself. I don't think I would get this one again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a born on date of 02/03/11. Pours a rich brown color with a large froth of dense, creamy head. Retention is good, but lacing is downright gorgeous. Great looker. Bonus points for having a clear bottling date code, thanks Wasatch!

Nose is piney and citric with a minty, chocolate maltiness that is interesting. Smells like lots of hops were used here.

Nice use of flavoring and bittering hops with a lighter-than-expected malt bill. Roast and chocolate are there, but it could use some more body and even some sweetness would not be amiss. Not bad, perhaps a fresher sample might be better, but one would assume a 7% winter warmer would hold up for at least 5 months or so. It just feels a bit thin for the style. Id consider buying a sixer around Christmas if I saw it around, pretty easy drinking and the hops are nice as well as the lack of over-the-top spice additions found in many a winter seasonal.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from Wasatch in a recent trade. Thanks John.

Wasatch Winterfest looks great. A light brown body is topped by a tan head. The head is chunky and rocky, boasting good retention and fantastic lacing that covers the entire side of the glass.

The smell is a hoppy blast. Bitter with citrus notes. I can barely pick up a malt backbone in the nose at all. I would say this is a good thing though.

The taste disappointed me a little. It was not bad, it just lacked complexity. Up front is blast of hops that is citric and bitter. Next is just a touch of malt flavor that fades quickly into some alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is a little bit dry in the finish and oily while the beer is in the mouth. Fairly light bodied and well carbonated for the style.

This one is pretty drinkable. Although I wasn't crazy about the flavor, I found it easy and rather enjoyable to down. Drinks pretty well at 7%ABV.

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Photo of dbossman
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with a steady but thin light tan head--foamy; lacing is good

S: Fairly muted but a nice carmelized malt quality--a bit of candied sugars; all on top of a citrus-like hop presence

T: Decent pine and citrus hop presence on top of a dry malt backbone; fairly simple and subdued but some spicy cloves shine through

F: Nice mouth feel and carbonation--beer evaporates off the back of the mouth

D: A decent little beer and drinkable

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Photo of acevenom
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass. The beer pours dark ruby brow with thin light an head that fades. There are some visible tiny bubbles running up the side of the glass. The beer smells of toffee and bread. The taste follows the nose. The spices have mellowed out considerably at this point. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good. This is a good beer, but definitely not worth the price of a six pack.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Dark color with a ruby hue. Rich and persistent tan head with great lacing.

S: Nice piney hops in the nose with some balancing malt backbone.

T: Similar to the nose: nice and hoppy of the piney, floral persuasion. Some bitter from the hops but not overbearing.

M: Mild carbonation (but it has been open for a while and was not well-chilled when opened). Bitterness lingers pleasantly.

Notes: As the end of the glass approaches, the bite from this 7.1% ABV starts to lubricate my thinking (and slow my typing). A big beer that is very enjoyable but not sessionable because of its high gravity. A delicious beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for the hookup. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a huge densely packed tan head that breaks up and recedes slowly. Smells of deep roasted nuts and spice with notes of malt flourishing in the middle. Closer inspection reveals some candy notes (red hots) and a very faint earthiness. The malt is huge on the palate, and the spice is far in the background. There's a bit of emptiness in the body, but it tastes pretty good nonetheless. A subtle alcohol heat is noticed, and a bit of lingering chalkiness exists. Another good brew from Utah, and I can't say I've had a bad one from that State yet.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Dark chestnut brown, two fingers of head stays for a while

SMELL: Caramel, cake batter, toasted bread, ripe peaches, dired grass, faint alcohol, wild flowers

TASTE: Toasted grain, smooth, semi-creamy, dried grass, slightly roasty, bitter hop, dried plums, warming alcohol, brown sugar, faint hop spiciness, roasty semi-dry finish.

A solid winter seasonal, hits all the right spots ... warming alcohol, toasty-roasty character & a kiss of complexity. No spicing and pretty damn drinkable.

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Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from, ironically, Wasatch.

Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shines through a deep, clear copper when held up to light. It's got a big 3-inch beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very subdued and mainly sweet caramel malts mixed with floral pine hops. There are hints of orange peel in the nose as well.

The taste has a quick hop kick up front before the big sweetness of the caramel malts take over. The finish is hoppy with some pine needles and herbs, slightly dry.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and fairly prickly with the hops coming out surprisingly well.

I enjoyed this as a well-balanced winter brew with a surprising hop kick thrown in.

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Photo of arizcards
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Total Wine two weeks ago for $8.49.

Beer poured a reddish-brown color with a nice tan head that is sustaining well.

Nose is caramel malts with hints of floral hops.

Taste is initially bready malts with a nice hopped up piney finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice flavorful hoppy amber that is not quite big enough to be a double red. It reminds me of a lighter version of the Winter Yulesmith. Nice beer, would recommend this to fans of hoppy reds!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled tonight on 5/25/14. Bought this single bottle last week for a $1.69 as I have never seen this one before. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my bber cooler and poured into a handled glass stein.

Pours a dark brown in color with ruby highlights. About a good 1/2-finger of a beige head is seen with a good amount of lacing with each sip. The aroma is of caramel malts with some pine along with some dark fruits. The taste is complex with a lot going on of toffee, some caramel, spice with a mild bitter finish from the hops. Goings down pretty easy really. Perfect carbonation and a good brew for the colder months.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with an half inch of off-white foam resting on top.

Smell: Toasted dark breads and caramels wrapped in notes of citrus, dehydrated herbs, and mild spice.

Taste: Toasted dark bread crusts and grains smoothed out with a modest caramel sweetness. Lightly nutty. Citrusy, herbaceous hops with a moderate amount of bitterness. Subtle hint from the alcohol. A touch of spiciness, though it doesn't seem to be due to an actual dose of Christmastime spices. Drying, lightly bitter, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty good! A reasonably bold winter brew without being too heavy, ridiculously spiced, or having a laborious ABV.

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Photo of MrGraybeard
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a chilled bottle into a snifter glass. Clear mahogany, with a moderate, loose head that faded fairly quickly. Pronounced, balanced aroma with resin and malt evident.

Piney-citrus hops overpowers the malt at first, surprising for a winter ale. Malt shows up at midpalate, but IBUs prevail at the finish. With 7% alcohol, it's definitely a winter warmer.

I would have liked a more velvety mouthfeel from this beer. Also, the hops were a little over the top; I checked the brewer's website, which said the ale used Columbus and Amarillo, apparently a proprietary strain. They're tasty, but I wish they had played more of a supporting role.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep ruby pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Somewhat sparkly with regards to carbonation yet otherwise quite clear. An inch of dense light tan foam rests atop the pour and lingers nicely. Initially I fought for said foam but alas it was hard to contain in the end, and offered good lacing on the glass.

Some caramel malts on the nose acquiesce in short order to pine and citrus hop notes along with a bit or toasted grain.

Moderate hops and neutral malts on the tongue initially with a light caramel finish. A good carbonation carries through the palate. Malt notes intensify a bit as the head settles, which does take some time, and become darker in nature offering a bit of chocolate and brown sugar on the finish with a slightly drying hop nature. Said carbonation works well with the brew and offers a good feel and drink.

Was a bit at odds with this beer initially, thinking it a 'Winter Warmer', but as a 'Amer. Strong Ale' it fits the bill nicely, particularly given how hop forward it is.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - reddish color when held up to the light, clear, and with about 2 fingers of very light khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly. Decent carbonation.

Smell - definitely hoppy, but I can't identify the type of hop(s). Probably Cascade though. Also can't smell the caramel alluded to on the label.

Taste - very sweet flavor even as my lips dipped into the foam. The hops are already highly prevalent as it sits in my mouth and waits. I can't taste the caramel, but I can tell it's there, balancing out the hops. There's some bitterness, but it's mostly in the aftertaste and it's manageable. Texture is a little gritty-feeling in the aftertaste, but otherwise very well-balanced.

Drinkability - not terribly complex, but still an interesting and nice taste. Overall a good brew.

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