Thirsty Thursdays: Beers to Try This Winter

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a fan of winter. It’s cold, I don’t like the snow, and I get very lazy because I don’t feel like leaving the house because of the cold. The upsides are great, since it’s the holiday season and everyone seems to be in a good mood. Another reason for this might be that winter means winter lagers and ales. Some of these beers are only available during the winter, so you can’t find some of these choices year round. Winter beers are usually heavier, with a higher alcohol content, and are meant to warm you down to your bones after a cold day.  We’ve put together a list of winter beers from around the world that are a must try during this chilly season.

1. Sam Adams Winter Lager (United States)

Sam Adams Winter

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This lager is a staple for winter at my household. The beer pours to be a reddish, cognac color, and is a milder winter lager. It has hints of cinnamon, apple, and orange. It’s a lighter beer, but is full of flavors that are perfect for the season. It’s a smooth beer that isn’t too bold or overwhelming. I usually recommend this to beer drinkers who don’t want to drink anything too heavy, and usually enjoy it when I’m having a meal and don’t want to feel too full from having a few beers. If you want something a bit stronger and warmer, try Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale, that has stronger notes of toffee, caramel, and chocolate.

2. Affligem Noël Christmas Ale (Belgium)


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A strong, but sweet beer. There’s a lot going on with the flavors, ranging from fig, molasses, and clove to licorice and orange. If you’re looking for a beer that isn’t too bitter, this is your brew.

3. Samuel Smith’s Winter Welcome Ale (England)


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This beer is an amber ale that has flavors of orange peels, and fruits such as prunes and cherries. It’s both sweet and has a deep, almost smokey flavor with hints of cinnamon. The flavors intensify as the beer warms up, so let it sit for a little or sip on it slowly to warm up this winter.

4. Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged Beer (Scotland)


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If you’re looking for a beer that has both a beer taste and a hint of a rum taste, you’ve found your match. The malt has a buttery toffee taste, and rum flavors arrive once the beer begins to warm up. This is als oa great dessert beer, and the sweetness is balanced out by the strong oak flavors and fruitiness.

5. Samichlaus (Austria)


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Another beer that is a bit on the sweet side, this beer has a strong caramel flavor, noted with plums and cherries.  It’s sweetness makes this beer go down nice and easily, so be careful not to drink too much of this stuff during the holidays.

What winter beer do you want to try this season?

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