Hazelnut Winter Fest Ale | Minhas Craft Brewery

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Hazelnut Winter Fest AleHazelnut Winter Fest Ale
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Hazelnut Winter Fest AleHazelnut Winter Fest Ale

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Minhas Craft Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by cokes on 12-08-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of RBorsato
1.7/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On tap 01/17/06 at the Berghoff Cafe in O'Hare Airport in Chicago, IL.

Copper hued with little to no head, strange light carbonation, and no head. Sweet malty aroma and flavor with the hazelnut standing out way too much. Not subtle at all. Light-medium bodied, flat, and watery.

Blah ! Pass ! Too much Hazelnut character; one-dimensional.

Per JH website:
Availability: November – February
Malts: Brewer’s Two-Row, Carapils and Caramel Malts
Hops: Galena
ABV: 5.6%
OG: 13.7
IBU: 20

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Photo of objectivemonkey
2.06/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Into a pint glass, at a Famous Daves, pours an amber/copper with minimal head, shrinking to nothing, with big carbonated bubbles sticking to side of glass. Aroma is definitely nutty, kind of hazelnut-like I suppose, weak but also malts. Taste has more of the hazelnut characteristic, not really overpowering, but not really appealing. Some sweet malt in there too, a decent body, though a little thin. So, ya, never having this again. Had to walk away from it, which is rare for me.

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Photo of Jimboe
2.25/5  rDev -29%

Photo of scaliasux
2.36/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Red brown with a sudsy head. Clear. Head lingers for most of the beer and leaves some lacing. All-in-all pretty good.

Smell - Woo! Strong hazelnut scent overpowers everything else. Not unpleasant in my opinion, but this is a beer not a Yankee candle.

Taste - Hazelnut is still prominent but not as overpowering as the scent may have lead one to believe. Mostly sweet malt with just a hint of lemony aftertaste. Kinda watery. Could be much better.

Mouthfeel - A bit on the watery side.

Drinkability - I actually like this. It suffers in the ratings, though, because it really overdoes the hazelnut. Instead of finding a subtle additional flavor, the drinker is instantly overwhelmed by the featured ingredient. Makes the beer a one note song. But it doesn't taste bad if you like hazelnuts.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip it had a simple thin head that fizzed away quickly, sparing ring lacing. Filtered, yellow to copper. Lazy, large carbonation.

Has some woody, earthy characteristics to it. I don't get a "distinct" hazelnut smell or taste but it does come across with some nuttyness. The macro corn, grainy smell and taste lay claim to the middle. A candied presence creeps out as the beer warms a bit, alcohol seems very evident for such an average ABV%. Some lighter side fruitiness becomes apparent later as well.

Notes: Eh...not for me really. I can see how some folks could get into this as it was interesting at least, just didn't strike the right cords with me.

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Photo of OatherS
2.55/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Normal Berghoff label design but with light blue ascents and a snowflake in the middle.

A: No head, amber color.

S: Destinctive nut odor.

T: not all that good, the hazelnut flavor is present but not all that good of a mix with beer.

M: Flat.

D: Luckily part of a mix a six.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Berghoff Hazlenut Winter Ale pours out a clear copper color topped with an inch of white foam. Some hazlenut in the aroma, but there is also an overpowering sweet smell that makes me cringe a bit. Cloyingly sweet flavor with a strange, artificial hazlenut taste. A little bit malty. No hop flavor. The syrupy sweet flavor makes this beer difficult to drink. Some banana flavor too. Mouthfeel is thin. I won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of bditty187
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, goldish-amber hue, looks awfully ordinary, served with a skimpy off-white head, a fraction of a finger in height, fades quickly to a soapy collar. No lace was produced as I imbibed. In order to smell any aromas on this beer I had to work far too hard; then the only thing noticeable was a slight hint of hazelnut extract. Yawn. The palate is tolerable; there is a pleasant sharp hazelnut flavor with a hint of hops in the middle and, well, in the finish too because there is not much else going on with this beer. The malt profile is negligible and naked. More maltiness would really be beneficial. Rogue Hazelnut is this not. Medium in body, mildly creamy on the tongue, which is not a positive, a tickle thin as well, boring carbonation. I wouldn’t be adverse to a free sample in the future but I surely won’t pay for another one. Not a winter warmer. Not much of anything really. Skip it for no other reason that it might kill you – from boredom.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This clear amber brew is topped off with a thin off-white head that recedes to a thick collar rather quickly. Toasted malt, roasted peanuts, hazelnut and almond all come to mind from this HEAVY aroma. The toasted malt comes to mind again on the palate. The taste is a little over bearing and somewhat artificial. A huge plate of peanuts, almonds and hazelnuts are coated with a thick sweet syrup. Cloying to an extent. Mouthfeel is viscous. Body is heavy. Overall drinkability is less than average. I used to like this beer a lot several years ago. Either my preferences (palete) have changed or this beer has evolved into something different than I've had in the past.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Lighter-colored than expected. Like iced tea with some orang food coloring added. Only a small ring of tan-colored lace at the edges. No lacing.

Prominent hazelnut odors. Maybe some phenolic esters. Flavors mostly a nutty-sweet mix. There's an unpleasant "raw alcohol" flavor as well. Not sure what this is, but it really detracted from the flavor. Prickly dry finish. Some nutty aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel, maybe too carbonated? Average dinkability. Even in the dead of winter, I'm not sure how eager I'd be for this "winter" warmer. Maybe an early fall/late summer warmer?

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber hue, very carbonated up front, a thin and rapidly evaporating head. Has a unique aroma of roasted chestnuts, perhaps some sweet hazelnuts. Up front, a slap of sweet hazelnut flavoring, a bit overpowering. Toasted malts, although reserved are noticeable. Decent amound of cloying. Between medium bodied and almost heavy to an extent. Fails to develop any sort of character. Somewhat creamy, yet overpowering on the hazelnut; not one that is palatable; nor is it highly drinkable. As for most of the line of J. Hubers, this too is borderline average.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the brewery the day after Thanksgiving this year. The eber poured a golden amber color with a finger of head that fell to coat the beer. The nose was mostly caramel, with some spicey notes in there, along with a hint of some nutty notes. The flavor was full of grainey notes all the way, wih a touch of hop in there. Nothing real special about this one. The feel was just at moderate; I want more in a beer. Drinkability suffers from the taste mostly. I didn't like the grain character in the flavor. Just okay.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Certainly worth a try, but far from becomming a quality brew. Moderate malt character contributes sweetness and body beyond a amber colored brew that fails to hold onto a lightly fizzy / lightly rocky head retention. An obvious nutty character, but undecernable of specific hazlenut. Light caramel flavor and a little butter-toast like. Body lacks the texture and roundness to mask a persistant grain flavor and husk astringency. Hopped only for the offset of sweetness, but contributing no real hop flavor. Finishes lightly sweet, nutty, and with a residual bitterness. All in all, it's fair, but I won't seek it out.

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Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small head that's gone fast and doesn't leave much on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a little bit of fruit and an obvious nutty character. The flavor is almost a little too sweet and it has a metallic taste in addition to the nuttiness and the caramel malts. This beer is ok, but it's pretty thin and it could use more flavor and some punch.

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Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear darker brown/orange color, struggles to produce a thin 1/4 inch head that doesn't lace except in single rings. Smell is dominated by too assertive a sweetened nut sense, like the extracts used in boutique coffees. Malt is of a toasty impression with plenty of hazelnut, some allspice, some ester, but then the flavor falls into a strange astringency, almost like the skins of peanuts (perhaps a late hop assertion as well?). A little thin in mouthfeel. OK (average), not much of a holiday brew, however...

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at the Berghoff. Normally, I don't like nut flavors in anything; coffee, even brownies. Don't know why. But this beer is quite all right. A nice coppery color under a thin head. A hazelnut/marzipan smell is definietly present. The nutty taste acts to complement a mild hop profile and a nice toasty caramel malt taste that leaves a sticky moustache behind. A note of cherry(?) toward the end. I'd think this should go in the listing as a fruit or spice beer. Either way, the Berghoff in the Loop sells drafts for $3.25, a great bargain for any big city's overpriced downtown.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Berghoff's in Chicago

One of the more one dimentional beers I've ever had. That being said, it was pretty tasty. Hazelnuts dominate to the point that it was almost like having a hazelenut flavored italian soda. Kinda thin, but more drinkable than most winter warmers. This is not worth seeking out, but not a bad beer to have on a Saturday afternoon.

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Photo of ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a horrible winter beer but far from great..It's a nice changeup and not incredibly pricey...

The nose is of guess what??? Hazelnuts....pretty soft though...maybe some almonds as well....The nose does not compare to the Longshot Hazelnut of about 5 years ago or the Rougue Hazelnut Brown...Still, it's slightly above average...pour a light amber color with a big frothy head...taste is slightly toasty with a slick sweet hazelnut flavor that is not particularly strong but uncomfortable none-the-less as it feels artificial....Not a bad beer to drink, and worth a sixer a year at the right price, but a far cry from the top winter beers available..Does not compare in any way, shape or form, to Rogue Hazelnut Brown (or Longshot Hazelnut from what I remember)..

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Photo of yelterdow
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind tasted at just under fridge temperature in a tasting glass.

Appearance- Big crown atop a strong copper, clear brew. Head settles rapidly to a thin mat.

Smell- Nice, natural hazelnut immediately on the nose, followed by the warming spices usually associated with your winter seasonals. Hints of fig and dates in the background.

Taste- Pure hazelnut, not overly sweet as in some artificial flavorings. Alcohol comes next and almost becomes too obvious, but not to the beer's demise. The flavors hold up pretty well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light and watery, with strong carbonation that subsides as the beer warms. Overall, a decent one-time brew.

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Photo of maxpower
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber-brown with a small light brown head that doesn't last very long, not much lacing either. Nice sweet nutty aroma, flavor of hazelnuts and bread. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orangish brown with a decent head that disappears quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is a strong hazelnut pressence and some sweet caramel and bread like notes.

Taste is sweet. Again a strong hazelnut flavor, a little almond pressence too. Almost like a slight metallic taste as well which kicks it down a notch in my book. A little fruit and hops are there too.

Mouthfeel is ok as is drinkablility. Overall, an ok beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice coppery amber color with a decent fizzy white head that disipates to just a slight skin rather quickly but does manages to leave some traces of lace.

The aroma is mainly toasted hazelnuts and biscuits with some hints of vanilla and spices.

The flavor is also mostly hazelnut, bread, figs or plums and some soft spices, nothing aggressive.

Light/medium bodied, a touch watery and alcohol becomes noticeable toward the finish which is just a bit metallic. Not too bad as a winter warmer.

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Photo of blackie
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: When I am handed the beer by the barkeep, the beer has a one finger white head that recedes to a low smattering of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a medium amber/light copper color.

smell: On the nose I get some moderate caramel sweetness and some lightly toasted grains. The hop aroma is light. There is also a slight skunky aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just under medium. The body is a heavier light with a slight slickness after the swallow.

taste: First up I find some moderately sweet caramel flavors. A slight metallic note is noticed. Hops are kept low, and have a spicy character to them. The beer is somewhat watery, and again there is a slight skunkiness. The finish is of a lingering bitterness and some light sweetness.

drinkability: Very drinkable, but average in character, especially for the style.

I had this beer at the Berghoff Cafe in O'Hare terminal C while on a layover to Madison.

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Photo of EPseja
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tasting glass (tulip) at fridge temperature.

A - Lovely burnished copper color. Head starts nicely, but quickly dimishes to a weak lace atop the beer.

S - Obvious hazelnut along with dark fruits and a smattering of gentle wintertime spices.

T - Medium caramel maltiness with a hint of natural hazelnut flavor (as opposed to a refined extract). A little alcoholic, metallic bite in the middle to the finish.

M - Watery and slick. Slightly sharp carbonation that wanes as the beer is consumed. Nothing of note.

D - The light and pleasant hazelnut flavor is this beer's saving grace. Decent as a one-off, but definitely not a session beer. Not bad, but not terribly great.

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Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep Golden-amber bodied with a well-retained off-white head.
Nutty aroma (hmm...maybe hazelnut?) and some of the trademark Berghoff fruity sweetness. Impressions of banana and bubble gum. It works ok here, as it stays somewhat subdued buried under some toasted grain.
Taste is heavy on the hazelnut extract. But never reaches an obtrusive level. Not very natural tasting, but decent nonetheless. Toasted white bread underbelly. Odd fruity hints as mentioned above. Sour towards the finish. Strange. Touch of leafy hops at finale.
Fairly light bodied. Pansy for a winter brew. Uninspired mouth.
Still decent, and one of my favorite Huber/Berghoff brews. This can be had cheap as well, and is interesting enough for a small investment.

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