Taste Test – Winter Seasonal Beers
I conducted a blind taste test with four friends to try some of the many winter seasonal beers. I knew which beer was served each round, but the other four tasters did not. Before the tasting began, I read the 2015 BJCP style guidelines for Winter Seasonal Beers (30C) out loud and I asked everyone to rate the beers based on that definition. None of us are big fans of this style of beer, but we all enjoy Anchor’s Christmas Ale so I did not include that beer.
|Tasting Order||Mike||Andrew||Jessie||John||Ellen||Avg Rating||Rank|
|1||Berghoff Brewery - Winter Ale||B-||B-||B||C+||B||B-||3|
|2||Alaskan Brewing Company - Winter Ale||C||C-||D||C||C+||C-||6|
|3||Boston Beer Company - Samuel Adams Winter Lager||C+||B-||B||B+||B-||B-||2|
|4||Harpoon Brewery - Winter Warmer||C||C-||C||B-||C+||C||5|
|5||Summit Brewing Company - Summit Winter Ale||B+||B||C||C||C+||C+||4|
|6||Goose Island Beer Company - Goose Winter Ale||C+||A-||C||B||B+||B-||1|
- Even the highest rated beer (Goose Island’s Winter Ale) only received a C+ average rating, and only one person gave any of the beers a rating in the A range.
- The names for these winter seasonal beers aren’t very creative. Four beers named Winter Ale? Winter Lager and Winter Warmer are not very exciting either.