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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Winternacht (winter night) captures the rich, roasty flavor enjoyed on the coldest nights. In the authentic German Altbier tradition, Winternacht is top-fermented to impart the character of an ale and cold-conditioned for the smoothness of a lager. Sipping Winternacht's hearty combination of specialty malts balanced with a slightly aggressive hop presence is a welcom warming from winter's icy chill.


2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
(2Mar2003--12oz.bottle) A bit of an anticlimax for beer #100. Guess the same could be said for round-numbered birthdays and PhDs... Nothing *wrong* with this brew, but at ecrvich says, "even judged as an altbier...I'm calling this one's bluff" It's sadly lacking as a true "Winter" beer, and doesn't deserve the 3.71 rating it receives here. This is a slightly-above-average amber ale. No terrible faults, though quite timid. Pours with a disappointingly small, offwhite, fine-textured, lacy head, with deep amber color and amber carbonation. Unpleasant aroma; mainly old shoes and rubber bands, with a hair or sweet malt. Quite warming (makes sense now that I see the 7% ABV). Lots of protein to simulate a full mouthfeel, but oddly thin at the same time. Medium bitterness, lightly citric, disappointingly lightly malty. I detected no obvious specialty malts, and possibly a bit of spice (cinnamon). Ho-hum.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SAEEJam99 (11) - Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2003
this was really good. A good brown/amber color (a bit darker than in the pic) nice rich taste. I love the "Prost" on the underside of the cap. I thouroughly enjoyed how this one went down.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2006 Pours rich brown (the picture on the left is inaccurate). Smells of roasted nuts and cranberries? Taste is very strong and full, similar to Jubelale in it’s fruity fullness. Finish is full and long, but not dry.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 27, 2003
Definitely warms you up. Good amount of alcohol. Alcohol was the main smell.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Pretty decent winternacht. Nice and spicy to warm up my body in the winter but could use more of a strong flavor. Possibly the best Widmer that I've tasted. I'm not sure how much that means though :-0

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Cloudy brown color, with quite a bit of carbination and a thick, creamy, long-lasting head. A light spiced malt aroma is a pleasant surprise. Cinnamon and malts are the primary flavor here, with just a little hops at the end to keep in interesting. Easy drinking. Thanks to Beerguy101 for this tasty brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
666seth (222) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Sweet malty taste, not too bad for a cold Winternacht!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2003
Very sweet nose. Nice malt presence with caramel for sure--very smooth but suprisingly rich. Metallic flavors are evident. Better than some of the other Widmers I’ve tried.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
A truly enjoyable beer that offers the perfect blend of hops and malt with enough alcohol to kick it up a notch that makes for an excellent warming beer for all of those cold and wet winter nights. Pours a rich dark brown with plenty of head room and reasonable glass lacing. Has a very sweet, almost spicey tendency in its aroma but presents itself with a very smooth aftertaste complete with hints of caramel and chocolate. An excelent choice for the winter blues.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Suprisingly found this on tap at Fall Creek, a nice little restaurant in the culinary wasteland that is Hastings, Michigan. Dark reddish-brown color. Large off-white head. Malty aroma. Firm bitterness with noble hop flavor. Very clean. Slightly metallic. Medium-to-full bodied. A nice beer that’s great considering it’s on tap in Hastings!


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