White Christmas Spiced Winter Lager
Moylan's Brewery

White Christmas Spiced Winter LagerWhite Christmas Spiced Winter Lager
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Ranked #268
Ranked #49,222
3.29 | pDev: 15.2%
Moylan's Brewery
California, United States
White Christmas Spiced Winter LagerWhite Christmas Spiced Winter Lager
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ralphw56 from Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -24%

Jan 19, 2012
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Bighuge from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow orange. Thin dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Smells pretty good. Like a spiced lager. I'm getting corriander and curraco the most on the nose. I'll tell you what...for what it is...it is. Spicing is not overboard. Rather, quite enjoyable. A little more mace and white pepper coming through on the palate, but also the corriander and curacoa. Nice bready malt base and a very slight hop presence. Good stuff.

Dec 16, 2009
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle tried 4 Jan 2009. Christmas gift from A&P, thanks!

Poured in 0.4 L Kindl Pils mug. Medium fluffy yellow white head. Light carbonation. Slightly cloudy apple juice color. Aroma is mineraly, salty-sweet, white pepper. Not really smelling all the claimed spices. Malty, hints of coriander and white pepper, but again, missing the spices. Sweetish aftertaste with a faint touch of nutmeg. Warming ethanol. Medium body.

Decent but spices seemed to be MIA.

Feb 13, 2009
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oberon from North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a dull slightly hazed lighter amber with a nice fluffy off white crown that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas were on the light side with alot of sweetness,I picked up some brown sugar and candied orange,a little nuttiness as well.I havent to many lagers like this with its hefty dose of spice,clove stands out along with cinnamon,alot of caramel and brown sugar as well,I will say there is a decent drying nuttiness in the finish.This was different but mot horrible,I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again though.

Jan 09, 2013
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arizcards from North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in late November for $5.39.

Beer poured a golden orange with a decent white head. Nose is pale malts and a hint of orange peel. Taste is pale malts, light hops, and heavier than needed orange peel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and pretty smooth. Overall drinkability is pretty good, I like the idea of a spiced lager but the bitterness is a bit too much for a lager style brew.

Mar 21, 2009
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moylan's- White Winter Lager

A- Bright clear orange with a small fizzy, non lacing, head.
S- Light spicy caramel malt, alc., and lemon.
T- Sweet caramel malt, pepper spice, Molasses, moss, and oily pine hops lightly appear in the end.
M- Buttery smooth malt with a light spiciness. Warming alc. and good bitter pine hops finish this 1 off.

Overall- Nice maltiness with a nice hop presence. Not as spicy as i was expecting but good regardless.

Jan 07, 2009
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Hunter from Arizona

2.83/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale copper colored brew that manages a fairly decent head of white, but one that fades quickly. Notes of iced tea and hay in the nose, faint malt. Taste is rather bland - tea, some spice, little else. Drinkable, but given the usually heavy and complex nature of most holiday ales this one is rather featureless.

May 18, 2010
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kenzak from New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -24%

Dec 20, 2011
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GClarkage from California

4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/18/08- Shared generously with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness date. I believe this is a one off and a late fall release though. Poured into a Samuel Adams specialty glass.

Appearance- Middle to lighter clouded golden pour. About a 1/2 inch head which is semi creamy and some light lace remnents.

Smell- Smells quite lagery. Not in a macro way either. Fresh malts, no real large grain scent with some corriander and white pepper and also some sugary notes.

Taste- Quite the holiday spirit lager. Not sure why all the bad ratings. Has a nice balanced lager flavor with a solid malt base and a mild grain note. No corn or rice or any of that junk. Spices are about perfect and does not really infringe on the true base of the beer. Maybe the corriander could be cut back a tad, but that's about it.

Mouthfeel- About the perfect carbonation level. Sweet and fuller mouthfeel. Super easy to drink.

Drinkability- I really liked this one...in fact, I'm going to seek out another. I may be alone in this feeling, but oh well, to each his own.

Dec 19, 2008
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bashiba from Iowa

3.47/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice shade of orange/yellow with a thick and creamy white head. Some mild lacing with light retention throughout.

The smell was pleasant with a sweet pineapple/orange fruityness mixing in with the coriander and cinnamon spices.

The flavor has a flat grainy quality with lots of the spices coming right to the forefront with coriander and pepper being prominent. There is a bit of yeastyness along with a mild hop bitterness making this fairly balanced.

The mouthfeel is light and dry with a bit of carbonation.

The drinkability is fine, not bad, but nothing to exciting especially with a fairly premium price for this style.

Feb 19, 2009
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johnnieoz from Hawaii

3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2008 Moylan's White Christmas beer. And this time it's a lager!!! Brewed with "Orange Zest, Mace, Cinnamon, Coriander and White Pepper). This beer was bottled on 3 November 2008 - I saw the box it was shipped in. So it tasted very fresh.

A: Crystal clear and orange gold. Very much the classic lager look with a white, frothy head that stays a finger thick.

S: Not getting much here, despite all the spices. As it warms up, some sweetness comes through.

T: Much more than on the nose, plenty of spice. I taste the mace and orange zest, less so the other three. It's certainly not peppery.

M: Feels light on the palate and has good carbonation. The lingering after-taste is a bit odd. Half macro lager, half spiciness.

D: It goes down smoothly. Then again I like the crispness of lagers, and this definitely has that. 6% ABV is just right. It's neither a sipping brew nor a session beer though.

It's a style I love - with spices like this - but I feel it works best in a darker ale as opposed to a golden lager. Also it may be better with food. Kudos to Moylan's for trying something different - this is a quality product.

I never tried their other White Christmas beers, but given the styles listed, this may be one of the better ones. Given it's bottling just one week ago, it's just a little too fresh.

Nov 11, 2008
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Risser09 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent gold color with very light orange highlights. The head rises 3" and is a close-to-white cream color. Great retention and lots of thick, foamy lace remains behind. Lots of carbonation activity.

Smell: Lager yeast is accompanied by a malt base. I can also smell the citrus aromas of coriander and orange. I can't discern the other aromas mentioned on the label.

Taste: Creaminess, buttery and spicy. The spices are subtle but not particularly noticeable on their own. Butter cream, orange, mace and coriander are apparent. A great flavor.

Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel. Creamy lager feel, spicy middle and finish. A little breath of alcohol at the end. It's quite a slippery beer.

Drinkability: Incredibly smooth and drinkable. I could drink many of these big bottles. It's quite pleasing to have a winter beer that isn't, and doesn't have to be, dark.

Jan 13, 2009
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theopholis from California

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Fairly light, slightly cloudy apricot color. Nice head which slowly settles down to a very frothy cap. Decent lacing.

Smell- Smells like a lager. Malty, slightly grainy, not much else.

Taste- Quite the pungent taste compared to the subdued aroma. Very heavy on some kind of spice up front. Coriander? the bottle list quite a few spices, but I only taste what I perceive as coriander. Some maltiness and malt sweetness, but it is overshadowed by the excess coriander.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability-To much coriander. Other than that, had a good backbone.

Jan 04, 2009
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice pale amber with great bubbling, an awesome two finger head, and a strong layer of foam that lasts all 22 ounces. Definetly looks tastey.

Toasted cracker malt aroma with a light melange of Christmasy spices.

Great toasted cracker malt flavors. Add to that a very mild spice profile. Syrpuy palate with a little orange bitterness on the finish. Pretty easy and fun to drink!!

Jan 19, 2013
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DrFunkenstein from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Apr 15, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to my friend Eric for delivering this to me from Cali!

Pours a hazed apricot/amber with a finger of beige head. Above average head retention & good lacing

S: Apple slices, grainy notes, apricot & some grassyness

T: Cinamon, & a touch of apricot & lemons up front. Fuji apples as this warms, some grapefruit & a touch of dryness. Finishes fruitty, with a bit of lemon, plus brown sugar

MF: Light/medium bodied, semi-prickly carbonation

Drinks slow, this is almost a drain pour, get a bit better as this warms. Poorly executed, might work with food, but as a stand alone beer this misses the mark, by more then a bit

Dec 17, 2008
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matjack85 from Illinois

2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this 22oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $5.49. 5 spices listed on the label, so I was anticipating a spicy, flavorful beer.

The beer poured a clear golden color and made a nice 1½ finger white head that lasted a few minutes and left some good lacing.

As for the smell - what smell? This is the weakest smelling spiced beer I ever put my nose into. If you breath in heavy and swirl it around a bit, you might find a hint of malt and some white pepper, but that's it.

The taste is a bland as the smell. Nothing offensive, but not the spicy Christmas beer I was hoping for. It's OK for a lager but disappointing as a spiced beer.

The body is light to medium with moderate carbonation.

Easy to drink but so is water. This beer needs more flavor!

Jan 27, 2011
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a small white head that fades to a thin layer of foam. Tight bubbles rush to the surface.

S - Grainy pale malts, coriander, orange zest and white pepper. Fairly light on the spicing.

T - Mace, coriander, orange zest and pepper. Grainy malts with some lager yeastyness. The spicing is more noticeable than in the aroma.

M - Light mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, dry finish.

D - This might be the first lighter style winter spiced beer I have had. Lightly spiced but I assume for such a light beer more spice would be overwhelming. Not bad.

Jan 05, 2010
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magictrokini from California

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought this on a whim, not a huge lager guy, but like the brewer. Poured hazy yellow-gold with a fizzy white head. Okay lacing. Spicy nose with that sugary-sweet lager smell. The orange peel and coriander are predominant. Bubbly mouthfeel. The lagery base hits hard up front, but fortunately, the mishmash of spice save you. Its the same blend used in the wit, with the curacao added, and it works. The white pepper is always welcome, as it balances the incense-like feel of the beer. Worth a try, not really my bag overall.

Dec 18, 2009
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ReDave from California

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange amber color with a viscus head that almost looks like a real ale.
pretty lacy that fades slightly.

aroma is spicy [duh] some musty and orange.

Flavor is spicy and malty with some hops?
not too bad. peppery?

pretty dry finish good carbonation, low.

was this bottle conditioned?

Nice Winter approach.

Feb 02, 2010
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3/5  rDev -8.8%

Jan 30, 2012
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aforbes10 from Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-brown colored, with a well-retained 1/8 inch head. Bubbles rise consistently through the fairly clear body. Sticky, thin lacing. Smells of orange, light, sweet malt, all spice, juniper. Flavor is nicely complex. Backbone is all sweet caramel malt with a nice light body. Obvious spices include all spice, nutmeg, juniper, orange. Nice grassy and spiced hop flavor too. Very tasty and interesting. A holiday delight!

Dec 21, 2008
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured out a clear, light orange color with amber highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled peppery and spicy. A mild caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of orange, coriander and caramel. The peppery flavor was much more mild than the aroma.

M -It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a nice winter lager. It is very unique and very tasty.

Dec 11, 2010
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rand from California

2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 650 mL bomber to pint glass

A: The brew reveals a strangely opaque apricot color on the pour, with vibrant, soda-like carbonation that leaps to the top of pint to form a quickly dissipating head. No lacing to speak of.

S: The toasty malts ground the bouquet, with subtle notes of holiday spice, coriander in the distance. Smells bready, pastry-like, but with little hop or alcohol presence.

T: Malt-forward as you sip, the subtle spice distantly lingers in the background. Again, slightly sweet bready aspects make up the palate, there's not much else going on in this beer. Some dry, wood notes are detected mid-sip, a little orange zest follows. Tastes like a flat marzen with some spices stirred in after brewing.

M: Light-bodied, and way too much carbonation for the complexion. Looks like soda, kinda feels like it too.

Bland and boring...I'm disappointed. Given the pretty presentation and the appealing list of spices boldly printed on the front of the label, I was looking forward to this one. Winter ales should have some kind of kick, not just a touch of holiday spice lingering in the background. I'm not much of a style-hound, but I think brews that are made to weather the cold season should remind of warm and fuzzies while warming the belly as you sip. This does neither - about as boring as the overrated Sam Adams Winter Lager.

Mar 07, 2012
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Beerenauslese from California

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with small amount of head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Smells of hay and hops.

Tastes of malt, hops, ginger, coriander. That's about it. Not much of anything Christmassy about this one. Tastes are not well-integrated, comes off harsh.

Feels like a lager, not much carbonation.

Nothing special, not sure I'll get to the end of the bottle.

Dec 29, 2009
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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 81 ratings