Schlafly Winter ESB | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Winter ESB (Extra Special Bitter) may have the word “bitter” in its name, but the key to this style is balance. The combination of malts and hops creates a toasty, fruity flavor. Our ESB is dry hopped with a US grown hop varietal called Williamette, which has a pronounced spicy, lemon flavor.

In the early 1970’s, brewers in London and the south of England expanded the range of beers available in pubs, reacting to the wave of European lagers moving into the British pub scene. In addition to the ordinary bitters and pale ales, brewers developed recipes for stronger premium ales like ESB, special bitter and special pale ale. These beers contributed to the English traditional ale revival of the 1980’s, making their way into the beer portfolios of many American craft breweries.

30 IBU

Added by maxpower on 01-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
327
Reviews:
157
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
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8
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 157
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of maxpower
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is it, orange-amber color, fluffy white head that leaves a nice lasting lace. Sweet malt aroma, soft and creamy mouthfeel. Medium-Full bodied, very balanced with a taste of rye and caremel. The hops really stand out in the end. This is best one this brewery has to offer.

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4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a very pleasant surprise! The flavor is different than anything I've tasted before. Best way I can describe this excellent ESB is: crisp with light fruit aromas and floral apricot finish.

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4.76/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear dark amber. a big fine foamed head leaves a great deal of lace. aroma of citrus hops and earthy, smoky caramel malts makes for a wonderful nose. full bodied. big tastes of malt and juicy hop... the touch of rye adding a nice complexity. finishes hoppy, leaving lots of juicy bitterness dancing in the mouth. this is a damn fine brew. balanced. unbelieveably drinkable. the level of hops pleasantly surprised me. a beer worth seeking out!

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re - review.

Every winter I drink several cases of this gem. I love this beer, I really do. It must, must be served much warmer than it would be coming straight from your fridge.

It pours a khaki-amber with a smooth white head that clings stubbornly to the glass. Carbonation streams constantly to the top. Nose is of smooth, toasty malts, a subtle earthy, spicy hop and slight peachy sweetness..

In your mouth it's full-bodied, and creamy smooth with rich, malty depth peppered with a slight rye twang and lush, spicy hops. As it warms it's more or a malty sweetness followed by the omnipresent hops. The malt presense takes on a distinct aspect of peaches as it warms a bit. It's a fairly hoppy beer, not quite IPA hoppy but still rather enjoyable. The smooth toasty malt presence sticks around quite some time after the finish and the dirty, spicy hops build until the beer is gone and you crave another.

An excellent brew.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Originally sampled 4 January 2003. Exquisite clear amber color w/ a long lasting off white head. Slightly sweet nose, the flavor begins malty & finishes w/ a nice balance of hops. This is an excellent ESB; it's a great example of the style. Lots of flavor, but quite drinkable.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours decently for a finger thick head, and has a copper colored body that is cleanly filtered.

The aroma is lemony and arid. There are tea characteristics, as well as sweet toffee.

This brew has a good tea like flavor typically found in ESBs, along with slight tobacco and still room left for toffee sweetness.

This brew feels medium in body, and has a good smooth crispness. Very satisfying to the palate, which is left refreshed.

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4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a caramel-copper color. A cream colored head leaves nice soapy lacing.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, but spices, fruit, and sweet caramel come through making a lovely bouquet.

The taste starts out with sweet caramel then shifts into cinnamon spices before ending with tart fruits. So well balanced.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, refreshing.

Overall, I just love this beer. Lots of variety in the palate, and not overloaded. Still a good ESB regardless of the month. Maybe my favorite Schlafly offering ever.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Oct. 24 2006, four days ago. Pretty good turnaround from brewery to shelf.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a two finger off white head. Good retention of the head and good lacing as well.

Smell is of floral hops and citrus hops as well as some carmel sweetness.

Taste is of floral hops and plae malt. Pretty hoppy, probably should be a little more balanced, but I like it. Also some rye is present.

Mouthfeel is very good. Pretty smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is definitely a very drinkable beer. One of my favorites of their offering.

*edit* as beer warms, taste of alcohol is definitely present. Still stick by my initial review.

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Schlafly Winter ESB from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.8 out of 5 based on 327 ratings.
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