Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Winter Is HereGame Of Thrones: Winter Is Here

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of ichorNet
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

These beers have been kind of back-and-forth for me, both in terms of overall quality and whether or not they match up with the concept behind the particular character/house/whatnot from the GoT universe. Some of these have been really successful, and some just seem to exist as a contractual obligation or something, so we'll see on which side of the line this double white(!?) ale falls.

Pours a nice, hazy orange/goldenrod color with a retentive bone-white head of foam. Very light lace that mostly manifests as an extension of the legs on this one. Mostly clear surface here, but lots of particulate matter is apparently suspended in the body. I'm alright with how this one looks, for sure. Pretty damn good appearance.

The smell of this beer seems white pepper forward with a lot of mineral and spice elements backing up the wheat beer base. Perfumey ethanol, coriander, floral elements, soft white wheat and other cereal grains make up the majority of this beer's rather understated nose. Light farmhouse funk comes out as it warms, but it's not really overtly-rustic or Brett-y in any way; just an undertone, as it were. Slight notes of clover honey and English toffee in the background... kind of out-of-the-ordinary in a witbier, but when you get to over 8% ABV, things can get weird I guess. Overall, quite pleasant and surprisingly unique.

Flavor is very mineral forward, spicy and floral with rosewater, salt, coriander, clove and nutmeg aspects prickling the palate. The white pepper is noted toward the finish, and appears alongside some crisp, Noble-ish hop elements that help close out each sip. The wheat malt is just as crisp yet soft and pillowy as it is in Ommegang's classic "Witte" witbier. Their fastidious attention to deft malt/yeast combinations really does help with something like this which could become overpowered by spices and its own ABV. I barely detect this is stronger than a normal wit until I'm past the point where it matters.

Feel is, as explained above, very lush and velvety. This is one of those rare examples of feel being "better" than flavor because of how it cushions the expectations of the beer's strength with seemingly very little effort. Double witbier is almost a contradiction in terms, and it's a hard balance to strike; the spices must be balanced just right, the fortifying wheat must not overpower, and the yeast can't be too doughy. There are a lot of ways this beer could have gone wrong, but it absolutely didn't. Now, I know Ommegang is a brewery expected to deliver a very professional product, but I'm proud of them for pushing the envelope just enough with this one so as to release something which is both entirely in their wheelhouse, but also style-defying and unique in its own way, with the addition of salt and pepper. May be one of my favorites in the whole line of Game of Thrones beers, and I'd be fine with this being the last entry into a unique and semi-contentious series.

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Photo of Giggy
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking beer with a good head and retention. The aroma let’s you know there will be some great flavors in there. Taste is great. Full body from beginning to end. Sweet and spicy. A little too carbonated for me. Overall a good beer. Will need to pick up a couple more to share.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is not bad, but it has some flaws. One of the main flaws is the sweetness. This sweetness comes across too strong and persists. The beer looks good, like a witbier should, cloudyish and fluffy head. The smell is also a little too sweet for my liking. I did not pick up any of the coriander or pepper promised. Taste is similar to nose, with that sweetness.

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Photo of heddar33
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CervezaNY
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, caged and corked bottle, with a bunch of blah, blah, blah TV tripe on the label (whose image sure looks a lot like an anemic Darth Maul). Winter did indeed arrive up here in Western Canada for the Yuletide, but has thankfully fucked right off for this week hence.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent layered Swiss cheese lace around the glass as it gently evaporates.

It smells of bready and grainy caramel malt, sugary coriander spice, weak Belgian yeasty notes, muddled peppercorn notes, wet banana chips, domestic citrus flesh, some earthy mustiness, and plain leafy, weedy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a bit of simple syrup, more sweetened coriander and clove spiciness, a gentle Low Countries yeasty thing, banana pudding, fading generic peppery essences, and more understated earthy, musty, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its palate-probing frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with nothing really getting all handsy, as such, here. It finishes off-dry, the spice and citrus characters giving the lingering malt a run for its money.

Overall - well, not a bad attempt at 'imperializing' a witbier, I gotta say. It maintains the flavour, while not betraying the amped-up booze factor. Very worthy of checking out, even if, like yours truly, you don't give a flying flip about the show that 'inspired' it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: June 26, 2018... OCCASION: school year #19 down and out...a reasonable success... GLASSWARE: Chimay trappist glass... wanted to save this for the last installment of G of T, but January 2019 seems too far to wait... the cork pops a good twenty feet--still full of carbonation... a mostly opaque, steady orange yellow body with cloudy effervescence, churning a creamy, half-fingered soft white head all around... lemon grass, banana, coriander, orange, vanilla, aromatic flowers, simmering spices and a touch of honey--apparently, winter is coming on a breeze from Sunspear! Each sip is winning, a soft yet palpable bite at the teeth; its mouthfeel is light, especially for an 8.3% ABV, but its finish is effervescent and lasting, frothy and a bit chewy, with a drawn-out finish... honey is strong, with pepper, banana, and crisp malts wrap themselves in the citric lemon, orange, and light grapefruit... this is a worthwhile Belgian, warming and strong but unobtrusive in its character... another fine offering in the Game of Thrones line... and from Ommegang!

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always an enticing bottle of beer, and appropriate for Christmas Day.. Winter is Here! Bottled on 8/28/17.. Best By (according to the bottle) 08/2019. Cheers!

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Lots of bubbly white foam. The lace quickly dissipates.

Typical Ommegang aromas of clove and Belgian yeast, but also getting distinct sweet corn as well. An overall bready, sheath profile.

Again, much bolder Belgian qualities. Slightly spicy, much sweeter than the nose with finishing flavors of honey. Still yeasty, still bready, but very tasty.

I think the body on this beer is great. Smooth, even slightly creamy. The fluffy white foam that is slow to settle only adds to the qualities of this nice-bodied beer.

Merry Christmas!

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knickfan3
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance is hazy, translucent bright yellow with a soapy white head. Moderate retention, with some splotchy lacing.

The aroma offers banana, wheat, clove, vanilla, orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, lemon grass.

The palate delivers ripe banana, orange peel and lemon peel, vanilla, white bread. Slightly salinity near the finish, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Some coriander and clove spice, slightly dry finish, with some lingering banana, orange peel, and vanilla notes.

The feel is medium-bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a really good imperial witbier. Quite tasty, honestly. Despite the price point, this is worth buying. A very refreshing and enjoyable wibtier.

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Photo of Gmann
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden pale color with a huge rocky white head. Nice chunky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is clove and hay. Some farmhouse and a good dose of coriander. Bright and spicy.

The taste is big on the coriander. Light wheat malt flavors with some clove and floral notes from the yeast. A touch of farmhouse. Tastes like a wit. No fruity notes.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the way palate.

Excellent example of a wit. Not a huge coriander fan so it doesn’t wow me but banging for the style.

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Photo of ConnorMobs
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Look is a pale orange yellow with a thin white head.

Aroma is lightly spiced with a heavy wheat presence.

Taste is like an amped up wheat.

Very good.

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Photo of Holderness
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just a damn good beer. Strong Belgian yeast character, delicious flavor. Soft and creamy mouth feel. Just a will made brew, soft, and delicious, with great flavors.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.65/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 138 ratings