RATINGS: 1145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winter’s days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L and 80L), Munich (20L)

Northern Brewer, Liberty

A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

mejiajav (8) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Anderson Valley. I am unsure if they use some sort of proprietary malt but most of their offerings taste annoyingly similar. Most of the ones I’ve had, with the exception of the gose, have an overly malty, caramely and sweet feel to them, regardless of the style.

Unfortunately, Winter Solstice is not the exception. It pours a hazy, burnt orange with about a finger of head which dissipates fairly quickly. The thin lacing left behind also disappears quickly leaving nearly nothing but a small ring around the edge of the glass. I am pretty sure I’m supposed to get spices on the nose, but I only get vanilla. And lots of it! There is also some sweet caramely maltness and toffee notes. But mostly vanilla.

This beer is very sweet. It’s all vanilla in the middle front and back. Towards the end I was able to detect some serious brown sugary sweetness to boot, but that’s about it. Reminds me of sweet bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is decent with enough carbonation to make it feel like beer and not a sticky cocktail.

Sadly, as most Anderson Valley beers, this seems muddled and without any real depth. There are so many better examples of this style out there that this seems a bit pointless.


Senap (747) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016
En faktiskt tämligen söt öl. Rätt mycket drag av kola och annat sött. Julöl helt enkelt.

alex_leit (5198) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: malt, dried fruit, raisins, spicy. Taste: caramel, cream and jam, nectar, spices, sweet, not bad.

Stuu666 (15056) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at craig’s. Pours deep orange, nose is caramel, sweet toffee, spiced, taste is similar, dry.

allmyvinyl (11073) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at Craigs. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, light spice. Taste is sweet, toffee. Thin finish.

cgarvieuk (26082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at home.. Dark amber.. M thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruit Light spice nose... Soft sweet toffee.. Caramel fruit.. Soft toffee malts.. Soft caramel

Pershing (577) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a decent head. Aroma of spice and malts. Medium body with a spicy taste that is a little fruity. Nice balance of hops and the heavy malts. Filling finish.

McTapps (6976) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - APR 18, 2016
The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of malt, spices and woods. Taste of malt, pine, herbs, woods, spiced and cloves. Spicy finish. Good one.

MMR (832) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
Normally I’m a rather big fan of the Anderson Valley beers but I simply couldn’t be really bothered by this one. I guess I lick thicker textures and darker tastes for winter beers.

User134089 (1644) - - MAR 2, 2016
Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $7.99 for a 6-pack
Purchased: Feb. 16, 2016
Consumed: Feb. 16, 2016
Misc.: N/A

OK, I’m a sucker for Winter Warmers and I feel like I haven’t given Anderson Valley a fair shake. Was going to pick up just one can at Trader Joe’s, but saw it was only $7.99 for a 6-pack. Wasn’t feeling like getting a 6-pack of IPAs, so this was next best option.

Poured an amber, auburn, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of khaki white, rocky head. Vere serene setting underneath. Minimal wet lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention on the top. (Sight - 3.25)

Smelled more like a dark amber than a Winter Warmer. Got buttery caramel, sugary toffee, herbal hops, some menthol, dark fruits and plum juice. Very malty. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was so much better than the nose and completely changed my perception of this beer. Got toffee, sugary caramel, dark fruits, hints of herbal hops, some menthol, toasted rye, creamy vanilla, faint hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, brown sugar and light molasses. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was a very interesting beer. I still don’t know if I consider it a Winter Warmer though. Like a mix between a Winter Warmer, Amber and an American Strong Ale. (Overall - 3.75)

3.74 84 B

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 117
A tick is a star rating
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5