Wasatch Winterfest | Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wasatch WinterfestWasatch Winterfest
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Wasatch WinterfestWasatch Winterfest

Brewed by:
Utah Brewers Cooperative


Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 11-29-2008

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark amber/brown beer> Has a big tan head that leaves plenty of nice lace. Big piney hop aroma with some citrus notes in the background. The flavor has a nice balance between the malty character and the hop notes. The maltiness slides in with a light hint of chocolate. The piney hop notes run around the edges mixing the the chocolate on the finish to give a slight coffee character at the back of the throat. Quite a tasty treat.

Thanks Wasatch for this yummy stuff.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks for this great beer!

A - Poured into my Old Rasputin nonic pint glass. A massive 3 finger, slightly rocky, light tan head formed atop the medium copper colored brew. Excellent retention, attractive lacing, and brilliant clarity. Not sure there's room for improvement here.

S - Wonderful toasty malt profile with hints of caramel, toffee, and a light chocolate. Smells very inviting and appropriate for a winter brew. Picking up on a moderate level of spicy hops after that initial malt burst. Maple syrup.

T - Touches of smoke mix with the caramel and toasted malt flavors. Great hop spice and a medium-high level of bitterness help render an excellent balance. Slightly nutty, mildly herbal. The beer finishes medium-dry and leaves a lingering bitterness to go along with the malt-driven caramel/chocolate type character.

M - Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - This is certainly a great tasting beer. I'd love a fireplace to plop myself in front of, sipping on this fine offering from Wasatch. The only drawback is that after 1, I'd probably go fishing for something else. Aside from that, this is an excellent beer. Cheers to an awesome offering from Utah!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a clear brown amber with about an inch of foam.

The smell is big with the caramel malt goodness with some bready notes and an interesting pine hop infusion that makes the nose very intriguing.

The taste is darn big with both the malt and the hops. Caramel and bready malt sweetness counter by a healthy dose of piney hops bring out a very good balance and man, I'm loving it. The best brew from Utah I've tasted yet? Could be. I think any brewery would be proud to call it their own. Nice little alcohol kick here as well with some warming after the swallow but tastewise, it's well hidden.

A medium bodied brew with light carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet, slightly bitter, slightly spicy. A very good Winter brew.

Drinkability? Lots of delightful flavours going on with a very good mouthfeel and the alcohol is kept in check pretty well..I'd say it's very drinkable. I really enjoyed this brew and head retention was great as was the lacing. Ok, I'm going to stick my neck out for the chopping block but this one is a stand out.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very happy to see this at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. About $2 for a 12oz single.

A: Deep red, almost brown, dark red accents when held to the light, dense tan head, with great retention, about half an inch, huge clumps of lacing.

S: Huge hop characteristic, very piney and grapefruit, a faint hint of caramel sweetness, but this is a hop bomb in the nose.

T: Initial caramel and spices, a slight hint of molasses as well, but these are pushed aside by an enormous blast of grapefruit rind, this one is hoppy and bitter. They weren't off when they said brewed in the style of SN Celebration.

M: Thin, with a bit of a carbonation bite, nothing too out of place. Dry. A hint of alcohol warmth.

D: Not exactly a session at 7.1% but it is still a tasty beer that I could enjoy two or three of if I wanted to. I'll have to go stock up on it while its here, because this is a great beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a damn good beer, I just have to get that out of the way. I recieved this one along with the rest of my nice collection of utah beers recenetly and I thought they were all gone till I pulled this one out. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 01/31/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich copper colored amber with lots of reddish tint mixed in throughout. Nice clarity and some small carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice head of white on top settled down quickly and led to a thin covering of lace. The aroma was loaded with pine hops. Lots of nice balance though with hints of cinnamon and spices mixing in quite well. Lots of resin filled hops in on the flavor. Very smooth with with a nice medium boided feel that was very well placed. Well hidden alcohol was not much of an issue at all, in fact very drinkable and went down a bit too quickly.

Overall a very solid beer that was much different then what I was expecting. Solid hoppy strong ale that I would not turn down again.

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Photo of Beernoisseur
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

what a delightful beer!

A - Pours a rusty amber, with a 1.5 inch head in my pilsner. good pillowy head, good retention, very fine and beautiful lacing.

S - Bready, with sugary carmel qualities. lots of piney and citrusy hops. Very nice.

T - Hops up front, but quickly followed by malty goodness. Grapefruit, pine, sage. Whole grain bready sweetness. a touch of lime. Tart on the finish. Absolutely Delicious.

M - Medium to thick bodied. Great carbonation level.

D - What a great beer! I will definitely be getting many more of these.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. It pours a clear brown with a small white head. Aroma of citrus hops and grapefruit. Flavor is rather hoppy but blends nicely with sweet caramel malt. Very nice, more like an IPA than an ASA or a winter ale for that matter. Yum!
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

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Photo of bort11
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Wasatch, just like the last three reviews! Dude is beyond generous

12 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk tulip. Thick tan head with big chunks. The lacing is unbelievable! Thick webs cling to the glass all the way through. Amazing retention. Does not stop. Color is a dark mahogany with very active carbonation streamers.

Smell has an oak and pine wood aroma. Slightly bitter but held in balance with sweet floral hops and brown sugar. Taste has a more caramel malt sweetness. Hops is there, but a bit muted.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my taste, but it does have a velvety texture. 7% is hidden very well. It snuck up on me. Very nice.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz from my recent trade with Wasatch... I love it when I get Utah brews from John.. I know they are gonna be fresh. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Easy 2 finger head lasted for a looong time. Tons of crusty lace and a meringue like cap that lasted the entire glass... the brew is crystal clear deep chestnut..

I am blown away by the nose.. I was expecting toasty malts and subdued hops.. Instead.. I was greeted with a big blast of citrus hops .. some caramel malts are there.. but play waaay second or third fiddle...

The flavor is much more in line with a winter brew.. but wow.. I am still reeling from the hoppiness.. The hops are met with a great nutty and only mild chocolate malt presence.. surprising hop bitterness.. caramel essence without the sweetness is hit with a nice punch in the mouth from citric hops.. I am trying to remember a brew that the Wasatch Winterfest reminds me of.. I am coming up blank.. I can easily see how this could be a great Winter Warmer.. I prefer my hoppy brews on the dry side .. this one delivers.. it tastes very fresh.. The body is medium with a smooth creamy yet everpresent carbonation.. drinkability is fairly high just because I want another sip to describe what I am very much enjoying... the finish is long and hoppy with an underground nutty component that keeps me coming back..

Wow John.. The Utah brewers are hitting them out of the park lately.. This is a great brew that should be in anybody's fridge in a cold winters night.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for including this in a trade!

Pours mahogany with a rich tan head that has good staying power. Thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel/toffee/nuts and citrus pine. Nice hop and malt aromas blend together. Not powerful, but very nice.

The taste is of caramel/toffee/nutty with a hop balance of grapefruit and pine. Both hops and malt show nicely and blend together well. It has a bittering, dry finish.

Close enough to full-bodied to work well. Carbonation stops just short of being a bit too much for the style, resulting in the benefit of the higher of two scores I had in mind, especially as it progresses.

Alcohol is well-covered in the aroma and taste. Comes across as easier-drinking than abv would have. Nice to see a well-hopped beer that still maintains a wintery maltiness. No spices here, either - so a good brew to just enjoy the maltiness and hoppiness of it. This hit the spot for me, and I probably enjoyed more than the individual parts/scores show.

Thanks again, John!

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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 Douglas88
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Utah State Store, thanks Mikey. Pours a clear amber color with a medium tan head. The aroma is very nice; just heaps of hops in here, citrus flavors explode, some light caramel and spices also. The flavor is also great; initially bitter, grapefruit and other citrus-hop flavors, some light spices and a balanced is achieved by a strong and rich caramel malt. Slightly warm, but nowhere near boozy. Just excellent. I second John, what a excellent addition, thanks Wasatch Brewing.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Edition

It's back for it's third year.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy light tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, slightly spiced. The taste is very nice malty, and maybe more hops this year, nice sweetness and with some spice. Medium body, nice little bitterness/dryness finish. Very Drinkable, a very tasty brew, recommended.

2009 Edition

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight spice. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, slight spice, and caramel tones. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew from Utah, glad to see something like this here, recommended.

2008 Edition

A new brew for Utah, and a very nice one at that.

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing and small islands left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little hop note, slight spice. The taste is malty, with some hop notes, slight spice, and caramel tones. Medium body, the finish is slightly dry and bitter. Drinkable, this is a very nice brew from Utah, glad to see something like this here, recommended.

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Wasatch Winterfest from Utah Brewers Cooperative
Beer rating: 78.9% out of 100 with 114 ratings
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