DarkElf (3050) - 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. It’s 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 wouldn’t 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 W’06 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 I’ve had in a bottle ever. Not mind-blowing or anything, but a very solid, well-constructed and tasty offering from the Bros. Don’t skip this one because it’s 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
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a six pack. A nice amber. Really well flavored. A nice winter brew but could go for most of the year. Well made brew.
Suttree (5882) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my Secret Santa for this one!Brownish copper, thin but dense beige head. Kind of citrusy aroma - Citrus in the flavor at first, with some spicy notes, as well. Pretty good, actually - some pine, some floral notes, too., with some vague, undefined spiciness in the finish.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red/gold with minimal foam. Smells hoppier han it tastes. Tastes lightly sweet with light hops and a strange bitter flavor I can’t define.
TheRealMGD (552) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Ale House. Clear amber pour with a persistent, short white head leaving reasonably heavy lace. Fresh hop nose with a hint of holiday spice sweetness. Smooth, great balance, medium body and ’just right’ flavors typical of a Widmer ale. Licorice, nutmeg, raisin, clove, caramel and cotton candy are all present but not a one is dominant. Hops are resinous with a hint of citrus zest and definitely present, as opposed to most holiday/winter ales which let the hops recede into the background. A superb holiday amber.
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Crystal clear copper color/ rich beige head. Grassy, cat spray, caramel aromas. medium bodied. Toasted caramel, spicy sweet, dark fruit flavors, bitter chemical/ medicinal finish.
onceblind (6674) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautifully poured with a deep grapefruity hue; dark orange, some ruby, very beautiful. Thin ivory head with minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy with DIPA: grapefruit, orange zest, some pine needles all on the nose. Taste is very hoppy, more so than I was expecting. Yet not in an unpleasant way. Pale malt backs up the hoppy onslaught in this medium-full bodied brew. All the pleasantness of orange hop and grapefruit hop come alive in this semi sweet, medium bitterness drink. Hopheads would love this, and den though I’m not one, I do still like this drink very much. Like a very hopped pale ale, yet I like it.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of light caramel malt with some light citrus and pine. The flavor is a great blend of bitter hops and lightly sweet caramel malt with no alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. Great beer from Widmer, more hops than I remember but that is a good thing.
vikingguy (1034) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber-red w/ big foamy white head. Fragrant west-coast hops aroma; grapefruit and pine. Taste is dominated up front with bitter hops but fades to some sweet malt in the middle and ends with a solid hops bite. Notes of grapefruit, subtle caramel and brown sugar and some soapiness that isn’t so pleasing. Nice texture...fairly creamy and smooth. Overall, very nice.