newtrip (54) - USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much of a head at all when I poured it. Very nice amber brown color. Smells of spices. After a few drinks and smelling it again I get a nice cinnamon-roll smell which is very appetizing. Flavor is slightly citrus, sweet, and spicy, perhaps a hint of clove. Body is full. Finish is smooth and slightly dry and leaves an aftertaste that hangs around for a while. This is a pretty good beer.
triplehopped (53) - - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, almost brown, amber with a small tan head, modest lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, slight floral notes, and spice. Medium to heavy in sweetness, moderately bitter. Medium body with lively carbonation, slightly oily in texture finishing with lingering bitterness. Overall, pleasant in flavor and feel; a satisfying brew.
alecanaya (53) - Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the realm of lagers, a good one. As an overall beer not my all-time favorite, although it’s not bad either. Nice taste and color, and definetely maybe I’ll drink it again sometime soon
ohpooratlas (52) - USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured. Dark amber color with tan head. Crisp caramel and nutty aroma. Medium body with very light carbonation. Surprisingly sweet with the hint of a bitter finish.
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 The maly flavor is nice at first taste, but the beer goes nowhere from there. It is not offensive, but that is because it takes no risks. No hops to speak of. Looks great, like a great dark glass of North Carolina sweet tea. Too weak!. Sorry, nothing too patriotic about ole Sammy boy tonight.
RJBennett (52) - Hibbing, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
caramel, herbs, brown, red, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, sticky, average carbonation,
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Caramel malts, diacetyl, apple jelly, sugar, and citric hops.
Appearance: Bold, brick red-orange with just barely off-white head; compliments the Christmas tree well.
Flavor: A smooth caramel malt base balanced with woody/resiny hops. The bottle claims that this beer has been brewed with "winter spices," but I honestly cannot taste them at all, except perhaps for an EXTREMELY understated nutmeg character. Tangy yeast adds an interesting edge, but otherwise this is more or less just an average red lager.
Palate: Smooth and clean; flavorful without being aggressive or overpowering. I think this will go well with my Christmas dinner.
Overall: Very drinkable, but I long for something with a bit more presence.
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice. My wife surprised me with a sixer of this tonight when she got back from the grocery store. My first impression of this is its very simiar to the SA Octoberfest. Upon further inspection, however, it seems to have a few more spices. Nice roasty wintery malts, but not so much you don’t know the spicy hops are there. Beautiful color and aroma. Goes down really smooth and clean, and the trademark SA yeast rounds it out nicely. This is a really good winter beer, and I could see myself sitting outside in the cold on my back porch bundled up in a warm blanket while drinking this. This is the type of beer you can create some wonderful Holiday memories with.
CJMunchel (51) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
redish copper color. sweet malty aroma. nice spicy taste with a roasty character. great winter lager.
PTomkinson (50) - Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable overall. Nothing stands out that warrants much attention. One of the better winter styles largely available.