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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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - very nice amber, excellent clarity. Soda pop head leaves behind a white crown after a short life.

Aroma - toasty malt and nutty notes. Once it settles down, hazelnut aromas become more pronounced and easy to pick up.

Taste - toasty malts, toasty hazelnut flavor. Hazelnut coffee is a favorite of mine, it works well with beer too, provided you're a fan. Different, but tasty. If you like hazelnut, you will enjoy this I think. No hops until the aftertaste, just a little bite.

Mouthfeel - average weight, good carbonation, all around good feeling that complements the taste but nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability - Personally I could make a session out of these, but can also understand where others wouldn't even care for one bottle. I enjoyed it enough to want to buy more next season.

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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 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 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 Brent
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this among a bunch of singles, and later thought to myself "why did I buy this?" - no "best-by" date on the bottle, but a winter seasonal purchased in Sept. - don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out this beer has been languishing on the shelf for quite a while - probably taste like a carboard box. Which explains why it continued to languish in the fridge for another month until I decided to get it over with.

To my surprise, the beer had weathered time with no ill effects. Basically a brown ale with hazelnut flavors. Not overpowering, but prominent enough to be a substantial flavor component. Overall, the nut flavor was well integrated and pleasant. Not a stellar winter brew, and not of the class of Rogue's, but a nice enough beer.

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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 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 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 Redrover
3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an excelent 2 inch head that eventually does settle down. The color is somwhere between ruby & brown. The first thing you notice when you smell the beer is the hazelnut. It is not overpowering, but it lets you know that this beer contains something differnt!

The taste is great. The hazelnut does not dominate, but compliments the ale characteristics . The mouth feel is a little thin. Malts seem to be the dominate the taste profile. This beer also contians a slight ester smell that all Berghoffs seem to have in common.

This is an enjoyable seasonal beer. I find that even macro drinkers like this. Try this if you can find it, I'm not aware of any other hazelnuts out there.

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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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Hazelnut Winter Fest Ale from Minhas Craft Brewery
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