Berghoff Red Bock Winter Ale

RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A limited-edition craft brew for warming winter. Rich and refreshing in the tradition of fine Berghoff beers. Also known as Berghoff Winter Ale

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shrubber85 (11583) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Lightly sweet barley malt aroma. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice clean lager but not really any typical bock characteristics.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/19/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Ticker Tasting

clear dark amber, fine dense beige head, streaks of drippy lace, sweet dark caramel malt aroma, rich caramel malt flavor, touch of fruity character, hint of tartness, mild sweet finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Hmmm... had this awhile back and wasn’t impressed, but I’m usually not by Berghoff. Confusing name, thin, weak, etc.

jonas (7993) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle, just said ’winter ale’ on the label. Light oxidized roasted and fruity aroma. Dark brown, offwhite layer. Fullbodied, light oily mouthfeel - quite a bit residual sweetness, nutty, roast, herbal hop balance - not entirely harmonious IMO.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours a transparent dark amber copper with a clingy-lacing thin off-white head. Aroma of dry, toasty grain and some German lager yeast. Body starts lightly caramely and sweet with some toasty malt and mild bitterness. Decently balanced but not all that full-bodied.

wlajwl (7012) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Aroma is malts, berries and an off note. The flavor is mild caramel malts, berries and a smooth finish.

mansquito (6814) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Celtic Knot, Evanston bottle ($3.50): Pours a brown color with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malts. In honesty, it didn’t taste very bocky to me; it seemed to be more oriented towards a lame English style winter ale. Caramel malts were most present in the aroma and in the taste. Palate was uninteresting. I would just say that this was an expected disappointment. Anything contracted to Minhas is just not going to be that exciting.

Patrickctenchi (6692) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Cola coloured, fluffy tan head. Ok, here’s where it gets strange...I looked at the other reviews and mine is in left field.....maybe a bad bottle....don’t’s my take: Aroma is spice and Tomato...Taste is vaguely like a weak bloody mary mix....That’s what I got out of it....I’m going to try another just to check myself. Strangely, it wasn’t that bad. That’s my justification for the mid-range rating. I’ll get back to this. TAKE 2: Different bottle, (of course) purchased at different location.....same result, maybe not as much tomatoe-zing, but it’s there. Other reviewers report iron and metallics, maybe that’s what’s throwing me off. I’m going to let this stand and try next winter’s offering.

thedm (6309) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2008
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a transparent typically carbonated brown colored body. The aroma was malty and musty. The crisp and clean mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt hops and brown malt. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.

JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Copper color with a small lid of beige bubbles. Very faint aromas of lightly toasted and caramel malt. Light sweet dark caramel, with a touch of roasted malt and vanilla. Very much a macro-bock. Quite spritzy in feel. Boring and a bit less than I had hoped.

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