St. Benedict's Winter Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

271 Ratings
St. Benedict's Winter AleSt. Benedict's Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Stevens Point Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cdkrenz on 10-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 271 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of dhannes
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Rich amber color, with creamy one finger head.

S=Fruity and hoppy...inviting.

T=Hearty...hint of spice and citrus. Normally, I don't care for spice and citrus, but this one works for me.

M=Excellent...just the right body...not too heavy, not too light.

O=I paired this with pizza rolls, which did not work well...this would work well with red meat, I think, as well as by itself. Very likely that I will purchase this next winter.

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Photo of Jeffani
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Chestnut brown...light head that fades very quickly to nothing..

S-Lightly malty for a winter warmer...some caramel...a little bit of figs and a bit of a clove impression.

T-Again leans toward malty but not real immense in flavor...some toffeeish notes...figs again...caramel....almost some bready notes as well...

M-Medium bodied....a little sticky

O-I feel this is on the verge of being better than average....I want to like it more but as I am discerning I keep wanting more assertive flavors to jump out...they don't...still not bad at all...

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Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a very slight head. The aroma is malt-centric...a lots of toasted, bready notes. Some syrup-like scents, mingled with fruit. The taste is equally malty, with apple, pear, and some bitterness. Balance, however, is tilted severely toward malt. Moderately low in carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually a little lighter than the taste telegraphs. It's still a flavorful and good winter warmer.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a light ruby color with a whitish tan bubbly head that dissapears right away. smells faintly of mixed berries and wheat with an almost ester-y Belgian note to it similar to bananas. It tastes very refreshing and crisp with a slight hop kick while maintaining a distinct sweetness. very balanced with both malts and hops. has a crispy syrupy mouth feel that is very enjoyable. Overall a great winter warmer. Not very spicy and not too dark but still clean and drinkable.

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Photo of midworken
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ehnesandrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rocklibster
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of AJD1201
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of TheBoozeTraveler
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of rlbthree
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TheDurb
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter, a gift from Stopper.

The beer pours a clear chestnut with rich ruby highlights and a very fizzy sounding beige head of 3 cm even with a gentle pour.
Head fades to the thinnest of edge layers fairly quickly after its noisy appearance.

Aroma is some sweet fruit and lots of spices. I get nutmeg and brown sugar mixing with red grapes and maybe cinnamon, something else sweet going on there too.

The flavor is sweet malt and spice with caramel and fruit. Red grapes and some pears. Fairly complex mixture of flavors but all sweetness with no hops or booze. I also get a bit of nutmeg mixed in the flavor profile.

The beer is very smooth and easy to drink, carbonation is minimal and soft adding to the drinkability of this beer. I dont know if the sweetness would get too much after a second beer but this one bottle is definitely enjoyable.
I would pick up some of these up and share the 6er with friends.

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Photo of aliving1
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Cougar990
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rundocrun
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Body is a mix between coppery orange and ruby. Little to no head formes even after a rough pour. What does form is off-white and composed of coarse off-white bubbles. No lacing.

S - Smells of typical winter spices (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg). A significant amount of sour apple and bubblegum esters are present. Orange-like citrus notes underly everything else. No hop aroma.

T - Quite sweet up front with a crisp and refreshing citrusy flavor accompanying. Drier, less sweet wheat malt flavors come in toward the middle. Subtle bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Finish is relatively clean, and not overly-sweet with flavors of darker roasted malts.

M - Light or medium body with prominent carbonation. Very crisp, clean and refreshing. The degree of drinkability is surprising considering this is marked as a winter warmer, which I am more familiar with being "sippers".

Overall - For whatever reason Stevens Point Brewery was a company I had stayed away from for a long time. I hadn't necessarily heard anything negative, but I had (incorrectly) made an assumption that they were only capable of making mediocre craft beers. Well, I guess I have to drink my words because this is a great, balanced, and drinkable beer. Sure, it's not that pretty and it doesn't adhere strictly to the winter warmer characteristics, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a plain good beer.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice mahogany with less than finger of head that faded quickly

S-some malts but I get more spice than malt

T-cloves, fruity malt presents itself later but spice is dominant for me

M-nice carbonation but fairly thin

O-nothing that I would seek out again, I just wasn't fond of the spice that I got out of it

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Photo of Grebdioz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SalukiAlum
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of JohnK17
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of avalon07
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: A surprisingly fruity aroma, with some traces of malt as well.

T: Tasted of malt, a little hops, some yeast, and fruit (apples, pears). This almost tastes like a mild Belgian ale, instead of a winter warmer. In any case it doesn't really work either way.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is kind of an odd, unfocused beer. It almost plays like a cross between a winter warmer and a Belgian Pale Ale, but it can't pull either off.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. No best by or born on date.

A - Pours a translucent light brown with a fairly large 3 to 4 finger head from an agressive pour. Head dissipates moderately quicly. It does not appear to be strongly carbonated.

S - Malt dominates the aroma of the bready and caramel variety. There are some spices, with some phenolic and dark fruit notes. A touch of hops, but nothing storng. Standard for the style.

T - Pretty much follow the nose; biscuity malt and caramel notes mixing with a touch of hop character. A bit of fruitiness as well.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Moderately carbonated.

O - Overall, not too bad. I enjoyed this and I will definitely look forward to it next year.

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St. Benedict's Winter Ale from Stevens Point Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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