About Winter Ale

About Winter Ale
Winter ales are deep golden to dark brown in color and range in alcohol from 5.5-9%. Beers in this category can be unspiced, though a majority of these beers feature a wide variety of seasonal spices. True to their name, these beers are commonly brewed in the winter and often feature cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and all spice in their flavor profiles. Better examples of this style feature a balance between added spices, hops, malt and alcohol. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Full Sail Wassail Winter Ale and Deschutes Jubelale.

Top Picks for Winter Ale

Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery 30th Anniversary Winter Welcome Ale
90 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of dark toast with marmalade, roasted dates, malt, and clove with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced cranberry, spice cake, and radicchio and endive finish. A dry and spicy Winter Ale with a great balance of intensity and drinkability.
Ohio Brewing Company Jingle Bell Ale
88 points
Red oak color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered pretzel, toasted coconut, sticky toffee pudding, and drinking custard with a velvety, bright, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-long finish. A sweet and festive winter ale packed with holiday confection; coquito flavors in a toasty brew!
Stanley Park Brewing Layer Up Winter Wheat Ale
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of blackberry jam, raspberry thumbprint cookie, sasparilla, and grape candies with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick kvass, mixed nuts, and wintergreen finish. A fruity beer for crowd-pleasing; a warming winter wheat ale.
Narragansett Brewing Company Holiday Spiced Ale
84 points
Red oak color. Vegetal aromas of cabbage, cacao nib, tinned asparagus, and gingerbread with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length sourdough toast, pepper, shaved wood, and winter spices finish. A funky winter ale for the table.