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Winterland | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States
hinterlandbeer.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 11-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
123
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
17.6%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
11
For Trade:
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 123
Reviews by Lemke10:
Photo of Lemke10
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Green Bay based brewery that makes a winter beer brewed with juniper berries. Ok, well I can’t say I know what a juniper berry tastes like but I’m game! Kudos to Hinterland for marketing a distinctive 4pk-16oz package of bottles that is cool looking and does not mimic that of Sprecher’s. However having lifted a full case of Hinterland at work before, Jesus that’s a heavy case!

It pours a pitch black color with a light brown colored head. The scent is strong and robust. There are hints of sweet malts and coffee but not picking out any presence of sweet berries. There is a faint hint of cocoa as well in the mix.

The taste is very, very bold. There is a deep, robust, chalky flavor that erupts with a blend of coffee and tart berries. There is also a bitterness that is similar to a black IPA but not quite as strong. It’s flavorful, it’s unique, I don’t know what else to say.

This is certainly a taste that I can say I have never tasted before. There is a unique flavor that the robust brewing process mixed with the juniper berries produces. I will be the first to admit this is a beer that I can understand if people say they do not like. The 4pack-16oz bottles are cool from a beer standpoint, but with flavors like this Winterland you better find a beer buddy to split a bottle with. This is one of those beers that are so bold it’ll take you 20-30 minutes to drink a bottle by yourself.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of deebo
2.67/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Poured into a pint glass with a thin finger of skimming tan head above a black,opaque brew.
S-Dark roasted malt with notes of coffee and slightly burnt grain.
T-Like the aroma, slightly burnt flavor. Not much else going on.
M-A bit of an acrid finish, moderate body.
O-Not very exciting. Don't need to have this one again.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: juniper, slight chocolate, coffee, Appearance: black, brilliant, but dense. Lace like a winter time etching. Palate: very creamy, suspicion of sweetness up front but the juniper in the background working with the hops to dry it out – there is a long lingering juniper hop presence in the aftertaste. Feel: Fine soft mouth filling carbonation. Overall: The juniper is very interesting – it does hint of fine gin. The dark roasted malts go very well with the juniper. Almost like a Russian Imperial Stout with juniper lurking in the background, chicory suggested in the finish.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz single

just picked up on the whole hinterland winterland thing - cute

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, very dark mocha body, creamy/foam tan head with adequate lacing left behind

smell: dark roasted malt, pine resin, bakers chocolate, some dark fruits

taste: pretty strong porter here - the juniper berries contribute a fair amount of bitterness. bakers chocolate, dark roasted malts, figs, dark cherries, hints of booze. 3rd straight really impressive beer i've had from hinterland - keep it coming

mouthfeel: full body, bitter finish

drinkability: good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josequervo13
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jdkitchi
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tourdot
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Hinterland in Milwaukee, served in an oversized snifter.

Black body with chocolate mocha milkshake foam, larger bubbles interspersed in the creamy sticky cap. It laced around the sides, and there was some visible carbonation rising to the edges.

Dark roast and some pine resin, reminding me of Alpha Klaus, and the impending holiday season.

Bitter bakers chocolate, piney hops, dry roast, cacao nibs. A multi-dimensional flavor that is far more interesting and beefed up than your average American Porter. Full bodied, rich at first but dry and satisfying in the finish. Some dried tobacco leaf and juniper berry freshness. Overall very nice, and a beer i'd look for again in the future.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland stange (thanks Mike!). No date or info (Not worried about freshness though as it was just released).

A - A vigorous pour from the bottle reveals the beer to be a clear dark amber. In the glass it's inky black. The short-lived cascading results in a three finger tan head with a subtle rosy hue. The firm foam has phenomenal retention lasting minute after minute and thick, patchy lace. That's a perfect looking porter.

S - Awesome dark chocolate, milk chocolate aroma up front with a roasted malt characteristic that's strong similar to coffee and burnt toast. The juniper berries add a welcoming complexity to the beer. A touch of mintiness, pine, and cherry-like fruit. Inviting and evoking of the holiday spirit.

T - Soft and balanced roasted coffee compliments the chocolate roasted malts so prevalent in this beer. A light spike of slightly minty pine, presumably from the juniper berries adds a good depth beyond the roast.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, Winterland will be a pleasure to sip in the cold winter months. The round, full mouthfeel has a nice bittersweet, dry finish that beacons for another sip.

D - Again, Hinterland's Winterland is a beer with great winter warming qualities that would make it one of my go-to beers this coming winter. Well-balanced and nicely nuanced, it's certainly a tasty treat. And the alcohol isn't present in the lease either, so it really will warm you!

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Photo of scaliasux
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L - Very dark brown. Pretty dark, but appears clear. Short-lived, short brown head.
S - Dark malt. Molasses, coffee, toffee.
T - Also dark malts. Burnt toast and coffee. Dry finish. On the bitter side. A touch of citrus.

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Photo of matjack85
3.6/5  rDev -4%

I picked up this pint bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for 99¢. No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown color with a 1-finger dark mocha head. The head lasted for about a minute and it left some decent lacing.

It smelled very malty and very fruity.

Very bitter coffee flavor along with lots of berries and a touch of raisin. Somewhat sour as well.

Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer. Can't say it tastes like anything I've tried before. Kind of a cross between a porter and a winter warmer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

ONE PINT bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - This beer pours dark. No light penetrates the body. It is topped with four inches of mocha head.

S - The aroma is roasted malt and cocoa.

T - The taste is much the same. I get some roasted malt and cocoa. I also notice a burnt flavor. The juniper adds a lingering bitterness.

M - Full

O - It is average. I got this as an extra in a trade. I probably would not buy it.

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Photo of andthevolcano
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CWhite
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of mountdew1
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown that was slightly translucent. A solid 2 finger head, a bit reddish light brown, lasted about 5 minutes. One of the best pours I have seen for a while. Aroma definitely reminded me of a dark milk chocolate. A bit of sweetness, a bit of bitterness, with some cocoa aromas. A small hint of smoke as it mellowed. Taste was a bit bitter, a small hint of chocolate hiding in the back. A hint of spice, but mostly seemed like a brown wheat bread. Fairly mellow with hints of flavor that poked out. A bit of tingle to the tongue, and a tad watery. Not quite as thick as I normally expect a porter to be. Overall, a reasonable porter. However, seemed to be a strange choice for a winter beer.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DavesBeerReviews
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Never saw a head this big. Tastes like a dark porter.

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Photo of rayj212
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of northcoastwolf
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz single for $2.79. Into a pint glass
A - Can't knock the color deep dark black brown, can't see through it with a 1/4 inch of mocha head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Smells like a decent porter a bit sour probably from the berries. Mostly hops and smokey ash.
T - Slightly bitter some coffee bitterness, and a touch of drying berries/ashy smoke.
M - Pretty smooth mostly medium bodied not very silky. Bitter.

Overall I don't think Juniper berries was a great addition to this porter. Left it very dry, herbal, and somewhat sour. Not bad overall but still not great.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Winterland from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
3.75 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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