shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2007
11/30/2007: Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale pours a warm amber color with a somewhat lasting beige head. The visible carbonation looks like a light snow shower as the bubbles drift around in the glass on their way to the surface. The aroma includes a thick maltiness, a hint of cough syrup, and some citrusy gingerbread-like spiciness. The flavor has a warm, full caramel maltiness in the front that is sweet with some bitterness and citrus hoppiness in the finish. There are suggestions of ripe fruit and a buttery quality in the middle. Some faint spicy notes are also intermingled with the bitterness in the finish. I don’t really get any chocolate notes, but there definitely is a hefty caramel maltiness. This beer has a medium to medium-full body that is quite smooth and mellow. Overall, this is a nicely balance brew that has potential. Not only is it quite easy to drink, but it is another glimpse at the new and improved Moerlein. However, there is something in the mid-palate of all the new Moerlein beers (OTR, 5th & Vine, Christkindl) that seems to be off and detracts from the overall experience slightly...GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12 fl. oz. bottle from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #5 for this beer...
bottle. Pours deep amber color with a decent off white head. Aroma is malty with a hint of spice. Very good balanced flavor of sweetness and spice for a great winter ale. Another solid beer from Christian Moerlein. verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Deep amber body with a steady off white head. Maybe some cinnamon in the nose. Sticky sweet with a little bite at the end. Good stuff for a cool night. Tmoney99 (15217) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle from Kroger. Poured clear dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium aroma of sweet spicy malt. Medium body with a full texture. Good balanced bittersweet flavor and a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 From a telve ounce bottle purchased at the Western Hills Kroger in Cincinnati, Ohio - This one pours a dark reddish-brown liquid with a sweet, fruit-like malt aroma and a small, finely-bubbled light beige head of foam. Tastewise, this beer has a definite spice-sweet interplay going on with a tinge of hops sharpness at the finish. It’s another winner from the folks at the Lion Brewery!