User134089 (1644) - - NOV 1, 2013
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a winter variety 12-pack
Purchased: Nov. 1, 2013
Consumed: Nov. 1, 2013
Misc.: Enjoy by March 2014
Poured an orange hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of off-white head. Sporadic spots of lacing along the sides of the glass. Average retention on the top.
Smelled a lot of different notes combined into one. Got orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses and even a bit of pumpkin. Some other wintry spices in there as well.
Tasted a lot like the smell, but a little lighter. Got orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, gingerbread, cinnamon sticks and honey wheat .
Light-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.
I really enjoyed this one. I’d definitely have it again. Just a lighter winter beer.
Bcoble003 (292) - Jblm, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Wow the smell of spice galore! The taste is of multiple spice to cinnamon is the most notable to me.
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Copper color with a foamy white head. Smells of spices, mainly nutmeg, and has a similar taste. Doesn’t overdo it on the spices. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Hazy golden yellow in color, not a ton of head, but looks rather appealing nonetheless. If you slowly pour it out in spurts, the head is nice.
Aroma of allspice and/or grains of paradise. Kinda like a spicy candle with hops. Distinct nutmeg (after I read the label). It’s a little un-beer like but pretty okay. Also orange peel after it warms up after a few minutes. This might be a nice crossover for someone who doesn’t love beer but loves candles.
The flavor is very sweet in the malt area, before all dem spices come a creepin’ up. The orange peel is crucial here, as it ties together the malts and the other spices.
The feel is about average, with a touch of tingly spice. It’s a nice wintry mix. Spicy and purdy good. ShawnC (76) - - OCT 25, 2012
Pours a dark golden pale with a very fine lace. Nose is eggy and banana like with a touch of nutmeg clovy spice. Nails the carbonation. Adds a creamy element. Flavor is quite complex. Bread and ginger with a subtle hint of cinnamon spice. Hops are just barely finishing out. Not bad at all.
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Ericular (1042) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Pours a semi-clear pale gold with lasting ring head and not much lacing. Aroma is lots of wheat with some very subdued citrus and spice. Doesn’t scream "Christmas", but let’s keep going. Taste is pale malts, just a tinge of holiday spice, and lots of cereal malt towards the end. Pretty crisp, pretty drinkable, not bad. Finish is maybe a smidge too heavy, but this is actually pretty refreshing. Great for the style.TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Poured with little to no head, a hazy straw color with a small ring and minor lacing. Aroma is peach with some wheat and citrus. Taste is somewhat sweet with a sharp punch of spice that fades quick. Doesn’t come across screaming "winter" or "Christmas", so I was a little disappointed. 6+2+6+3+10=2.6 (11/5/12)
Bottle. Cloudy gold with a medium, frothy white head. Strong cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma along with bold yeast notes and toasted wheat. Taste is cinnamon, wheat, yeast, nutmeg, light citrus and candied fruit. Body is medium with a strong, fizzy carbonation. Lingering cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. Ends with more cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted wheat, yeast notes, faint citrus, and hints of bubblegum. Tmoney99 (15126) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Poured cloudy amber color with a large frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate yeast, spice and citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium spice citrus sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
j12601 (13300) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Lemon and citrus peels, grain and wheat. Medium bodied, a touch of sweet lemongrass, a bit of spices. Lemony, almost shandy like. A bit sweet, easy drinking and tasty enough. Better than the regular Sam’s summer.