Berghoff Hazelnut Winter Fest Ale

RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
This winter treat was first introduced in 1995. A reddish-amber Ale made with Brewer’s Two-Row Malt, a special blend of Carapils and Caramel Malts, and domestic hops with a hint of hazelnut round out this delightful flavor. Available November - February

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Beautiful amber color with little head when poured carefully. Nice sweet nutty smell. Great roasted malt taste with a definite hazelnut presence. There is a hazelnut candy (can’t remember the name now) that this resembles alot because of the sweet nuttiness. I hope to find more of this to share with family.

DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle, labelled as "Bad Hare Seasonal: Hazelnut Brown Ale". Medium amber brown, modest off white head. Aroma is grainy , sweet, with an odd chemical trace that I’ve detected in many of Minhas’ beers in the past. Sweet caramel grains, nothing approximating hazelnut at all. Harsh and unpleasant.

Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2014
12oz bottle 12/00 (Old Notes)-Pours a darker amber with a small head. Aroma of hazelnut. Taste of hazelnut, butterscotch, and slight caramel. This light to medium bodied brew is not the best but I was not expecting much as it is Berghoff.

shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Berghoff Hazelnut Winter Ale pours an incredibly clear light brown color with a bubbly off-white crown. There is a lot of toasted hazelnut in the aroma. The flavor begins with butterscotch and then becomes lightly toasted hazelnut. The finish is moderately sweet with just a whisp of hops toward the very end. This beer is light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and a bit thin on the palate. Overall, this was a decent Winter Ale and the hazelnut wasn’t over done. Now it’s time to get to work on the holiday cards! 12 oz bottle from Party Town.

vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Great, two bottles of crap in a row. Pours dark amber with a bit of haze and small sudsy light tan head. The head just looks sickly - the darn thing needs an asprin or something. The aroma definitely has hazelnut, somewhat artifical smelling though. There is also butterscotch and light toastiness. This just comes across as a jumbled mess. Medium body with light carbonation. Taste all kinds of diacetyl / butterscotch. It is also lightly nutty, sour with toasted malt. That which sounds bad was, that which sounds good tasted off from what it should. These last two trainwrecks are no way to start off a night.

IrishBoy (4198) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle from iowaherkeye, Thanks Joey! Nose of grainy malts and hazelnuts. transparent amber with a tiny beige head; flavor is fairly sweet caramel and hazelnuts, with some fruity banana esters in the background, kinda like a nutty hefeweisen! Interesting!

dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2006
It definitely has the hazelnut aroma and other nuts as well. This is very weird. Can taste the hazelnuts too, but remain unconvinced that they are a good thing to put into beer. Interesting to try.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2006
12oz bottle pours amber with a short beige head. Aromas of caramel, light nuts, and hazelnut. Flavor is hazelnut and caramel. Malty, and pretty sweet. Palate is a little on the watered down side. Pretty average all the way around.

Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Bronze color with a small beige head. Aroma of malt and hazelnut. Strong hazelnut and sweet malt flavors.

smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Bottle - confession ... I poured this one and then forgot I had for over an hour. Here goes. Dark golden colored. I don’t see the "brown" ale at all. Beige head with decent retention. Aroma is malty with deep hazelnut in the end. Not overpowering at this point. It does deepen as the glass is raised to drink. Flavor is very sweet. Big hazelnut notes and a touch of chocolate. Not bad.

ninobrown (16) - USA - MAR 19, 2006
Reviewed as ? Red-brown with a sudsy head. Strong aroma of hazelnut. Strong flavor of hazelnut. Also sweet malt with a hint of lemony hops. I personally like the taste, but the hazelnut flavor and scent are a bit over-the-top.

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