Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and biscuit malt with a little bit of piney hops mixed in. A very nice aroma overall. The flavor is heavier on the hops than I expected. I get a lot of pine as well as some caramel malt. Low bitterness and very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice take on a winter warmer.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours golden/amber. Medium head. Flavor is bitter, with pine coming through and a bit of floral notes. Caramel and malts are also present. A lot like an IPA but a little maltier as expected with a winter beer.
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Hazy orange amber, long lasting beige head. Nice citrusy hop aroma, tangerine peel, underlying caramel. A decently hoppy amber with a satisfying malt body, in the same tradition as Rogue American, Stone Levitation, and Brewdog 5 a.m. Saint, but not as big or as bold as any of them. Still a great session brew, and one that continues to redefine my definition of and expectation of an amber ale.†
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Weird yellowy green head but the beer itself is a lovely red colour. A very dusty and dry English hoppy nose. Strong, fruity yeast dominates the flavour. Itís kinda funky. Very smooth but the flavour is unsettling in a ípast ití kinda way.
I think I liked this better on the 2011 batch. A little warmer and more roasty than I remember it.
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malt sweetness with faint floral, lemon aroma. A deep copper pour with small white head. Bready malt flavor that is low on hop flavor and bitterness. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Alcohol warms the finish. A drinkable red, but lacking on hop flavor to balance properly.
Zeswaft (1343) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was surprised to see such a high rated and good sounding Widmer beer. I was expecting Mac and Jacks but didnít get it. This is still quite good. I canít pull much off the aroma, but the flavor is well bananced biscuity sweetness and lingering bitterness. I found this kind of out of season, but Iím happy that I did. Next season Iíll be more aware.
brokensail (9921) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The beer pours amber in color, maybe copper, with a thin layer of soapy off-white head.
S: Smells quite hoppy, which I wasnít expecting. Quite a bit of citrus, plenty of floral hops as well. The other bit of the nose is made up of bread and toffee, maybe a bit of brown sugar.
T: A moderate level of pine and bitterness. Floral and citrus hops on top of the bread and toffee. A touch of fruit, maybe some peaches, and a bit of brown sugar and toasted malts.
M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: I was surprised by this. Usually I donít have very high expectations of Widmer beers, but this was pretty solid.
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very clear orange amber. thick white head. Aroma is very strong of brown sugar, cinnamon, spices, and hops. good lacing. medium bodied with sugary sweet syrupy mouth feel. Nice dry finishing hop helps balance the sweetness of this beer. better than I expected and a good reasonably priced winter/spiced beer.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
04-May-09 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 18-Nov-08: Purchased at BevMo in Solana Beach) This is a pleasant, flavorful winter brew. Itís malty, medium sweet, caramely, fruity, figgy, somewhat toasty and balanced by moderately bitter, floral and piney hops. The bitterness starts out pretty easy, but builds over several sips to take up permanent residence on the tongue without becoming overbearing. The nose is toasty, grainy and floral, but unfortunately, a bit cheesy too. Medium-full bodied on the palate with no thinning in the finish. Carbonation is moderate. The hoppy bitterness is fairly crisp on the palate, but the malt body sticks with you. Amber in color, fairly clear in appearance, and capped by a quarter-inch, off-white head that shows significant contrast with the darker body. Head retention is average, fading to a ring. Overall, pleasant enough to drink a few each winter, but probably wouldnít be on my radar for six-pack purchases.
23-Apr-06 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 23-Feb-06: Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA) I was expecting more mediocrity from Widmer with their new Wí06 seasonal, but the immediate burst of sweet orange citrus and grapefruit aromas are a really nice introduction to this beer. Taking my first sip, what I notice first is the wonderful balance. Very flavorful, plenty of bright, citrusy hops and bitterness, balanced by lots of sweet, caramel maltiness. Mild vegetal character from the hops, and that shows up in the nose after awhile too. It has that pleasant chalkiness in the flavor and mouthfeel that I enjoy. Medium-full in body, a coating mouthfeel, semi-dry and crisp finish, well-carbonated. Slow-to-form head is off-white in color and short-lived, subsiding to a filmy layer, yet the head leaves a ring of lace near the top of the glass with vertical streaks hanging down. To me, this is one of the finest Widmer products Iíve had in a bottle ever. Not mind-blowing or anything, but a very solid, well-constructed and tasty offering from the Bros. Donít skip this one because itís a Widmer product. (7, 4, 7, 4, 15 = 3.7)
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mmmmm great seasonal beer. Aroma is like a sweet candy. Has a medium head. This is a good corpo seasonal beer