St. Benedict's Winter Ale | Stevens Point Brewery

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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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Photo of ZAP
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Suds
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 -1.4%
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 sulldaddy
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
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 rundocrun
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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%
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 avalon07
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of Zraly
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the County Grille in Hampton, VA.

Poured a deepish amber with ruby highlights. No head.

Phenols and fruit play the major roles in this very Belgian-esque winter warmer. It's quite fruity, the predominant fruit note is pear. There is a touch of bread quality. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth and is well-supported by appropriate carbonation. The body is a bit thin; a bit more heft and I'd say the mouthfeel is excellent. A bit of spice in the finish.

This is nice and a bit different for the winter warmer category. It seemed at times to not be entirely coherent, but the mouthfeel and carbonation help tie things together. Nice for meaty meals.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with maybe some ruby hi lites. Very little carbonation and even less foamy head. Aroma of malts bread and nuts. Some light hops. Malty tasting with biscuit and alight hop bitterness. Drinks semi smooth with a touch of grit. This beer is just an average beer and really could use alittle work.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mix'n'match pack pick here, let's go. Pours a highly fizzy, translucent red-brown, minimal tan head goes away quick. Smells peppery, with butterscotch and a dry wheat note.

Taste moves more towards caramel with a bit of clove. Not bitter at all, whatever hops were used seem more about aroma than bitterness, though it doesn't go sweet either. Dryness suggested on smell eases back a bit. Goes down relatively thin, though the carbonation would get annoying if this were particularly rich so it's a wash really.

This tastes like what happens when you try to make a Dubbel and under-calculate something in the process. Nothing huge here, though it still works. I wouldn't stab anybody for it, but it's nowhere near a drain pour either. I imagine it's an entry level for the warmer category.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Reddish copper with a thin offwhite head that leaves just a couple notes of lacing on the glass.
S- The aroma is fairly mild, but I get wheat aromas, with some spice and a bit of fruitiness.
T- At first it was generally malty sweetness but soon the flavors come through with an odd weizen profile. There is some fruit and a good amount of spicy flavors, but there is a pretty strong medicinal/bandaid flavor in the finish.
M- Carbonation is medium high. Body tends toward the light side for a winter warmer.
O- This was odd for me. For the most part it was ok, but they got a little carried away with the whole phenol/ester thing in the finish. Probably pass in the future.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on December 3, 2011. The pour is a medium to dark amber, almost chestnut, with slow moving upward carbonation and a thin head. The aroma is spirited with dark malts, sugar, clean, light hops, and black licorice. The body has a smooth creamy feel to it and it falls in the medium range. Roasted malts are up front in the flavor with a mellow balance of hops, yeast and maybe a pinch of nutmeg. An entirely satisfying winter warmer. Not too spiced but basically balanced.

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Photo of stakem
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a couple bottles of this. Poured from a standard 12oz screw cap brown bottle into a pint glass. The brew pours a clear amber color with a half finger of yellowish tan head that very rapidly dissolves to just a few bubbles across the surface. A light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution but fails to reformulate a head. Faint spotty lace sticks to the glass momentarily after each swirl.

The smell of this brew includes a dominating amount of clove. There are light hints of peppery spice and it carries with it some belgian yeast characteristics that are a bit muddled by herbal hop indications and some fruity alcohol. Notes of pear or apple skins come to mind towards the backend that mix with more peppery spices that makes for an awkward combination. As the brew warms up and the glass is swirled, it releases some sulfur notes and dirty diaper quality that was previously hidden behind the spicy yeast character. The total combination of all smells present here make for almost a medicinal quality.

The taste of this brew includes a spice of clove upfront that gives way to a thorough amount of belgian yeast flavorings. Skins of fruits somewhat like pear and apple are mixed with a bit of herbal hoppy bitterness. Some sips reveal some peppery spice just like the aroma suggested. At times there are some hints of toffee-like grain sweetness but it plays a very faint role in comparison to the clove and peppery qualities. As the brew warms up, I get a mixture of some rindy quality almost like oranges mixed with something along the lines of cinnamon that impart a bit of medicinal quality to the profile. Overall, this brew is a bit of a jumbled mess to me.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The alcohol inclusion is present with a warmth expected for the 6% indicated. As previously stated, this brew is a bit of a jumbled mess without enough malt backbone. The peppery spice and clove are very exaggerated. I am appreciative for the opportunity to try this beer on two different occasions (at the cost of someone else) and honestly both times I struggled to finish my glass. This one is not worth seeking out.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Flying Dog K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale.

A: Clear red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a minute. No lacing.

S: Like someone else said, candied apple. Sweet malt and some spice. Mild overall.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Malt and cloves. Some spice. A tad sour. Mild overall.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky and warm.

O: I would call it a tie. The K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale looks nicer, but this one tastes and feels better.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly red transparent color with a solid 2 inch white head. smells like the holidays with a big malt body and a red berry sweetness. taste is a bit more hop driven than than nose indicates, and althought not a fruity or spicy beer, it has elements of both. good carbonation and went fantastic with thanksgiving dinner. enjoyed them all day with the turkey smoking away on the weber in fact. one of the more sessionable winters ive had!

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Photo of voyageurs60
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mystery pack from U Pick 6 Beer in Erie, PA. Not as many spice notes as other Christmas ales I have had. Other reviewers have commented on the brown sugar notes. Think I taste them. I like this beer. The mouth feel was nice, not heavy. Overall good beer. I will buy this again when available...

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Photo of Lemke10
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 12pk sampler of Stevens Point Beer for $11.99 from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a cloudy red/orange color with a little and quickly disolving head. There is a slight scent of malts and some spices but nothing that sticks out too much. Taste is rather strong and dull. Starts with a nice spice taste but ends with a dry rustic taste. Texture is a little watery as well. After a few sips you get used to the taste but still has many flaws. Slighty disappointed but this one. I hope the other 5 beers are better than this. Sam Adams Winter Lager is by far a better tasting winter warmer than this.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale is a slightly hazy copper ale with a yellowish head that fades to a waxy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. Fruit and spice are in the aroma, with notes of cinnamon, pear and allspice. There is the slightest hint of caramel. It has a very soft and delicate medium body. It feels fluffy in the mouth and the finish is very dry and a little gritty. Wow, this is like a Belgian dark ale. The flavor is complex with a lot of deep and dark tones-- cinnamon and wood. There is a fruity note which is a little like apricot or cherry. It doesn't really taste sweet, though. Roasted bitterness lingers after the swallow. Wow, this is a really good Winter ale, even in Spring. This is a very rewarding beer.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a creamy tan cap that lasts and leaves spiderweb lace on the glass. Rich, roasty malt and butterscotch with raisin and fresh bread dough. Well balanced malty, toffee and dark fruit flavors with Christmas cookie spice. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. By far the best beer I've ever had from Stevens Point.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle and drank from a seidel.

A: A beautiful hazy amber-reddish colour, with a substantial off-white head that disappears quickly.

S: Oh boy this smells like a good beer should. Loads of rich malts, a hint of autumn-ish hops like a oktoberfest beer might have. Rather yeasty, with a scent resembling that of a belgian dark ale.

T: Delicious. Hard to pick out much besides heavy, rich, sweet maltiness. Sweet and wholesome. Ton of delicious almost belgian yeastiness. Boozy sweetness is just barely there.

M: Very smooth with a mild carbonation. Goes down easy and doesn't lose flavour in your mouth. Pleasant aftertaste.

D: Incredible drinkability. I could drink these all night, and the abv isnt too bad either. Goes down so easy and is just a purely enjoyable beer.

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Photo of grannun
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber, not as dark as I would expect out of this style

S - Mildly sweet and fruity, malty, some spices, but not as much as I would expect

T - Malty, yeasty, spicy, caramel, sounds good on paper, but really didn't hit my palette correctly. Did not enjoy the flavor at all

M - Nice carbonation and mouthfeel, easily its best characteristic

D - Ugh, drinkable in the sense of smoothness, but not in flavor

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a reddish amber color, head dissipates fast.

Scent is of mild fruity sweetness and a bit of spice.

Flavor is a bit mild, malty and dark fruit sugary with some spice elements again like cloves, maybe.

Feels is moderate, maybe on the thicker side, with minimal carbonation.

Okay. I'm not a big Winter Warmer fan so I'm probably harder on the style than is necessary. The flavor of this one is appealing to me, but it's just not quite fantastic. Would be okay to session a few though, they go down easy enough. Not as cloying as some WWs so there's that.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark cranberry with a pie-crust colored head that was patchy and quick to dissipate. A quickly paced effervesce brings a medium strong show of density that fills the glass with a steady upswelling. The lacing is thin of whispy lashes that streak occasionally across the glass.

S: For the nose we see a prominent display of fruitiness, particularly apples on the open, very bock like in nature. Yeasty mentions of warm canned pears and warm bananas also ring through. Things are wrapped up by a cozy alcohol warmth and caramel spice.

T: For flavor the spicy caramel is upfront with a fruity and yeasty character of apples and forementioned warm canned pears. Sweet toasted caramel adds the base along with some holiday spiciness of cardamnon and oranges. Things get wrapped up with a residual maltiness.

M: The mouthful is slippery and syrupy with a somewhat heavy feel on the tongue. Warm boozy caramel and apples line the tongue with a soft carbonation presence.

D: Easy enough drinkability, but limited and moderate appeal. Very safe and middle of the road flavor will warrant little complaint, though little praise as well. A six pack will probably get boring halfway through. Single purchase recommended.

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Photo of beerman207
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this near my parent's house on the shelf in Eastern PA. Never heard of it. $1.60 a bottle - what the hell. I'll try it!

A: Light brown, a bit orange, little head, leaves quickly.

S: Nose has candied apple, malt, sugar, spice, everything nice.

T: Very malty, some clove, apple

M: Mild carbonation

D: Easy to drink. Can't say it's amazing but it's pretty decent.

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