beerbaaron (685) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown with small off-white lasting head. Aroma is quite powerful but smooth; sweet, malty, caramel, toffee, bread, touch of dark fruit. Flavor not nearly as powerful, but still very tasty. Smooth, balanced, and very drinkable. Body is smaller than I expected. Very nice toasty bready finish. Better with every sip.
MarinEvelyn (320) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong dark fruit and caramel, malt.
Kind of dry flavor, but dark fruit, caramel, and malt definitely present. A little nutty/bready, something of that sort.
Flavor definitely not as strong as aroma, slightly disappointing, but not bad.
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 11/20/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light roasted malt, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity esters with light hops; very pleasant and inviting with solid strength. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, floral, light pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, light fruits, brown bread, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of malt/hop flavors with light fruity esters; with a fair amount of robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with and a lightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol i very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice bock. Good balance and robustness of malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
madvike (2376) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nose is caramel, dark bread, a little milk, and some mild nuttiness. Taste is smooth, nutty malt, a little chocolate, and mellow roasted nuttiness. Finishes malty and a little bitter. Medium body with soft carbonation. Better than I expected.
chinchill (1018) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz. bottle served in pint glass. Poured nearly opaque but clear mahogany with a medium level of tan head. Some chocolate with toasted malts. Soft and smooth; medium body.
This "winter brew" lacks the "holiday spices" that might be expected, but that many beer aficionados will not miss. No faults detected, but somewhat lacking in interest.
Lemke10 (620) - Janesville, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark amber color with a rather fast diminishing head. Has a heavy cocoa scent. Upon tasting there is a heavy taste of robust malts mixed with caramel and a coffee taste. Definitely a very heavy Bock that almost borderlines a Stout like taste. Not anything you will be able to drink fast. This beer has to be enjoyed slowly.
starewich (139) - - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an attractive brown that lets just enough light through to give it a glow. Flavor is nutty and woody, body is thicker than usual. Tasty but restrained, a nice change for Sprecher.
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with red highlights. Slight aroma of caramel and roasted malt. Mostly caramel flavor with hint of spice and roasted malt. Nice beer.
andyhwcinc (1258) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed from bottle while dining at the Port Hotel in Port Washington, WI while eating a rich holiday dinner. Appearance is a rich dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma of holiday spice and caramel malt. Taste was pretty smooth with rich caramel and spice notes and a subtle smokiness. I thought this was pretty good, nothing too crazy for the style, but done very well.
fallingleaves (32) - Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
While a beautiful looking beer, Sprecher’s Winter Brew is a disappoint that lacks complexity. This beer tastes of roasted malts with a sweet after-tone that has a borderline disgusting lager tinge too it. I’ll stick to the Black Bavarian.