Allgäuer Weihnachtsbier | Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Allgäuer WeihnachtsbierAllgäuer Weihnachtsbier

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Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-17-2002

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by drewmprs:
Photo of drewmprs
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found in the back of a non beer lover's fridge. Not sure how long its been there but this beer hasn't been reviewed in a couple years.

Light amber color with tight lacing that fizzles to a faint ring within seconds.

Smell is of corn syrup, hints of oxidation.

Taste is pleasant but some fusels which are terrible for a beer with this low of an ABV

Mouthfeel is chewy and a bit hot.

I would have liked to have try this beer fresh.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Thrasher
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is now called Winterfestival. It is presumably the same beer, with the same label and abv and everything. It is not a Kolsch, but rather a German spiced winter lager which doesn't really have a style here on BA. This was a new arrival at a local store and I presumed it was fresh in, but I wonder if this beer could possibly be a year old: there's a fair amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle and it doesn't taste particularly fresh. However, it doesn't taste bad either. It pours a cider orange-brown with decent head and lacing. The nose is appealing, with traces of honey, cinnamon, wheat, vanilla, wax, and apples. The beer is similarly tasty, with light tangy hops and spices that are so delicate they can be overlooked. On the whole, the beer is reminiscent of Christmas candies, but is also a hearty unfiltered lager. Perhaps it could be classified as a kellerbier? The beer doesn't have an abundance of flavor, and the hops are muted, but on the whole I liked it very much and will highly recommend it to lager-lovers who are looking for something different.

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Photo of Zorro
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed over golden brew.

Smell is sweet and grainy with a grass scent and biscuit aroma. Later on a scent I can only describe as play dough comes up.

Taste is sweet burnt sugar and fruity grain with a bitter hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer from an OK brewery.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this nis the same beer..says Winterfestival on the label..suppose it is the English version..label looks the same otherwise.
Bought in the euro-style pint bottle, nice shiny/sparkly label.
Quite an unusual appearance, its almost murky like a hefe weissen, slightly darker gold though with a pure white head.
Smell is mostly quite malty for a German beer, with some linger spicy tones.
Very malty taste again and balanced by peppery spiciness, some hops evident at the end.
Exceptionally smooth on the palate.
Nice easy drinking winter beer..
I am not sure this is a Kolsch..

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Photo of DogFood11
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had trouble finding this review thread until I figured out that winterfestival is most likely Weihnachtsbier, I must have the dumbed down for english folk version. Poured almost juice like. Appearance is like a cider color and texture. Little haze on top and no lacing. Smells of cinnamon, spices, light fruitiness and a little malt backbone. The taste is the best part of this brew which saves it. floral spiced up kick in the butt w/ a little fine sizzle. the fruits come through more as it warms a bit.

Not alot of uuumph in this one but it is a nice after dinner beer, sweet, and easy drinking with a little kicker.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great “Value for Money” beer from Germany. Allgäuer Winterfestival, or Weihnachtsbier to give it its proper name, comes in a 500ml brown bottle with a silver reflective edged label. It has a picture of what looks like a Stately home lit up at night set amongst snow covered grounds, which has very a Xmas feeling about it.
The beer pours a very clear, light straw color, with a reasonable white frothy head comprised of some large bubbles. Unfortunately, this quickly dissipates into a thin covering that spoils the appearance a little. Some lace resides on the glass walls as the head collapses. Carbonation levels within the beer are good.
Aromas, well I have to be totally honest here, as I always am, and say that as soon as I poured this beer the smell reminded me of real “Shandy” that my Dad used to make from 50% Becks Lager and 50% White Lemonade Soda when I was a young child as a treat at Xmas. That is to say that it has a very beery smell with a sweetness that makes it somewhat appealing to the masses. On inhalation the aromas are of honey, grapes, malt and lager.
The taste starts with sweet honey introduction mixed with some very light roasted malt. A very fruity introduction, that is quite pleasant on the palate. Mouthfeel is average, and fine for a beer that is after all only 5.5% ABV. Quite more-ish actually. Aftertaste is short, with a mild sweetness left on the tongue that enhances the beer, and is a contributory factor to its high quaffability. Very refreshing, mildly sweet but tasty. A very clean drinking beer, and for only $2.50, a bargain.
I will get some more of this for when the weather warms up.
I know, how crazy will it be to drink a Winterfestival beer in the Summer!?!.
Well I don’t care, for me; this is when this beer would be at its best I think.

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Photo of John
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In English, simply called Winterfestival. Curiously catagorized as a Kolsch maybe more of a (light) winter lager(?) though. In fact this comes from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG which is in Bavaria very close to the borders of Austria and Leichtenstein, so technically, I don't think it can be a Kolsch. Enough technicalities. Interesting beer. Clear gold, thinly layered head. A multi-grain bread doughy sweet aroma greets the nose along with a spicey hop scent. Taste is unique, starting out malty and a tad sweet then shifting to spicy, peppery hops that send a tingle up the nostrils. Some fruity notes are detected mid-way. Incredible balance throughout with a prickly hop finish. Crisp carbonation. Another light colored German beer packed with interesting flavors.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Labeled as Winterfestbier
Quite a bit paler than one expects in a typical Winter seasonal, the beer is a brilliantly clear, full gold color when held up to the light, but does take on some amber overtones as it sits on the table. The head starts out about two-fingers thick and is a frothy mix of pale, off-white colored foam. The aroma smells lightly of hops and mostly of malt. Aromatic components of hay, green grass, honey, fresh crushed pale malt, soda crackers, touches of lemon zest and a hint of herbal notes. Really the aroma smells like a more malty, slightly less hoppy version of a German Pils.

The taste is perhaps a bit fuller, and a touch sweeter than a typical, dry, German Pils, but it is not as malty as a Bohemian version would be. Perhaps I would characterize this as a slightly bigger version of a Helles. Malt flavors of honey, grass, biscuits, soda crackers and an almost, lightly caramelized malt sweetness are balanced by a noticeable hop contribution of mint, hints of lemon zest, a slightly astringent herbal note (especially in the finish), hay, and a light yet persistent bitterness.

This is actually a decent beer, I am a bit disappointed that this was not something darker & maltier, but this is a tasty beer. It has a really nice clean character to it; allowing the simple malt & hop components to come through quite well.

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Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Rated as a Helles lager. Pours a hazed over golden brew. Smell is sweet and grainy with a grass scent and biscuit aroma. Later on a scent I can only describe as play dough comes up. Taste is sweet burnt sugar and fruity grain with a bitter hop flavor. Mouthfeel is OK.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Traditionell brauen wir für die Winterzeit nach dem Bayerischen Reinheitsgebot von 1516 - welches vorgibt Bier nur mit Gerste, Hopfen und Wasser zu brauen - unser Winterfestbier mit besonders edlen Rohstoffen und einem Stammwürzegehalt von 13,5%. In der anspruchsvollen Ausstattung ist diese Bierspezialität eine Zierde für jede Festtafel.

Unser Winterfestbier können Sie auch aus der Bügelverschlussflaschen genießen. Das iss der shit, baby!

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Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snatched this up at Hi-Times from their unbeliebably-vast selection of German beers I've never even heard of (says more about me than Hi-Times perhaps). This beer is listed here as a kolsch, but I'm not sure about that...anyway, poured a hazy, dirty golden copper with a creamy, light khaki head. Excellent lacing. Cool label too (hologram edging). Smells of light caramel-dusted malt, sweet cooked veggies, and hints of baking spices. I'm serious--baking spices. Tastes starts out with sweetish fruity malts, tempered with a cooked vegetable bitterness. Traces of spice, I want to say gingerbread, and a slight cardboard twang are also present. Medium-bodied. Mouthfeel is a tad watery thanks to weak carbonation. Finish is bittersweet. Overall, a nice winter lager, that I would love to try fresh.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faintly cloudy ripe apricot with the barest blush of red. The small, dark ivory cap is dense, but is too soft to have much character or to leave much lace. On the good side, it does persist for a bit and the color looks good against the color of the beer.

Winterfestival smells herbal and fruity and very lightly musky. There's nothing in the nose to get overly excited about. If the flavor profile doesn't take a different tack, this will be an average experience at best.

No big surprises on the palate; barely toasted malt leads the way. The beer is sweet, tangy and bitter (in descending order) and is relatively subtle with regard to each. Politely spicy makes an appearance when the contents of the bottom of the bottle are added to the glass. Contrary to what I said above, the somewhat blurry focus of this beer seems to be hops.

The finish is clean, mildly bitter and dry; and the body/mouthfeel could fairly be considered light-medium for the Kolsch style. It's apparent that there's a fair amount of carbonation in each mouthful, but it's buried deep within the beer and doesn't annoy.

Allgauer Winterfestival (I must have the import version) is solid and dependable, but ultimately unexciting. It does nothing wrong, but neither does it break out and impress its drinker with any hidden charms. Even though I'll have no trouble finishing the bottle, and enjoying it, I won't be looking to grab another one any time soon. A Kolsch seems more of a summer beer to me. Odd that the brewers picked this style to celebrate the Winter season.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty label, all fancy, glittering iridescentdesigns in the logo, and the borders...oooo, shiny! But, how about what's inside?
Hazy, light peachy coloration, sufficient, yet slim, foam cap.
Aroma, a little sour at first, largely citric, funky orange, loads of yeast...not at all what I'd expect from a German beer...especially one labeled a "kolsch", at least here...deep and earthy...
Taste: smooth, tasty, rife with pulpy fruit sensations, slides effortlessly off the tongue, leaves only slight traces. An unusual choice for a winter seasonal, and not at all a kolsch, I'll just skip speculating on category, and call it as I drink it. A welcoming brew on the palate, on the lips, down the throat, very light, but not insubstantial, hangs handily along the palate, light as a sprite, but with considerable character.
This particular brew defies category...better suited among wheat beers, but possesses a certain fruity/spicy feeling that goes beyond most of them. a joy to drink down.

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