howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloying hazelnut aromas and flavors. Metallic taste that faded after the first few sips. Cheap, but still not worth it.
hopscotch (9549) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks. The commercial description will have to suffice since I didn’t take notes. However, this is a great winter warmer. If you enjoy other winter warmers that I have rated highly, you will love this one.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
STRONG hazelnut aroma, nice reddish-brown dark color, little head, some spiciness; ok winter brew which promises a bit more in the nose than it delivers to the tongue and throat. Thin, like many Berghoffs, and the spices might seem like a lot to those used to paying $5 a six, but if you’ve had Anchor’s or Lakefront’s winter seasonals, you can forget about this.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 12 oz bottle pours a clear amber-brown with a small light brown head that doesn’t last very long, not much lacing either. Nice sweet nutty aroma, flavor of hazelnuts and bread. Medium bodied with a soft and smooth mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 This seasonal brew makes me look forward to cold, Midwestern winters.
RERATE 5/7/06: Bottled. This is outstanding. Pronounced nuttiness and chocolate in the taste, this is an amazing beer.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2005 A real favorite of mine that I look forward to winter after winter. I’m not usually big on flavored beers but this one is a very pleasant exception. And, being a Berghoff brew, this beer is priced reasonably as well. Two thumbs up!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tastes more or less an American Standard lager with just a touch of nuttiness. Pretty boring, but innocuous.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather unusual orangish-amber ale. The aroma was extremely nutty. The nut character carried over to the flavor in a weird manner. The label promised a ’hint of natural hazelnut’. I received more than a hint. This nut signature was matched decently with moderate malt for a pretty full taste. There were enough hops present to offer some good balance and some zip. I’ve never really eaten hazelnuts before, do they taste like pecans? This winter ale left a definate pecan after-taste behind. This appears to be rather well-crafted; but, it doesn’t really strike a chord with me.
Indra (2657) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A different sort of winter beer for me. Darker ale, without being full-bodied, and with hazelnut extract very noticably mixed in. Nice consistency, and not too bad once you get used to the hazelnut flavor. A one-off for me, though.
The Friar99 (222) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20