Winter Seasonal Beer

BJCP 2021:


Winter Seasonal Beer is a broad category that encompasses various beer styles specifically brewed to be enjoyed during the winter months. These beers are usually characterized by their warming attributes, often with a higher alcohol content and rich flavors designed to comfort during colder weather. They encompass a range of sub-styles and can vary widely in terms of specific characteristics. The history of Winter Seasonal Beers is tied to the tradition of crafting special brews for festive occasions. For centuries, brewers have produced unique offerings for celebrations, with many European countries having long-standing traditions of brewing stronger, more flavorful beers for the winter holidays. Spices associated with the holiday season such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and even spruce tips may be included either subtly or more prominently depending on the brewer's intent.

In appearance, these beers can range from deep gold to dark brown in color. Some may be clear while others could be somewhat hazy due to added spices or yeast presence if bottle conditioned. The aroma profile is typically complex with malt-forward sweetness that might include caramel, toffee, nuts or dark fruit notes amplified by seasonal spices that invoke a holiday spirit. Flavors generally follow the nose with an emphasis on malty richness and balanced use of spices – neither should overwhelm the other.

As they bridge various styles from spiced versions of ambers and browns to stouts and porters infused with seasonal flavors or barrel-aged variations improving warmth and complexity – there’s a vast potential relationship between Winter Seasonal Beers and other beer styles depending on individual recipe inclinations.



In Database
4.0 < 6.7 < 11.0 %


In Database
11 < 30 < 79 IBU


In Database
10 < 37 < 104 EBC
5 < 19 < 53 SRM

Original Extract

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10.7 < 16.5 < 25.1 °P
1.043 < 1.068 < 1.107 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
1.7 < 4.2 < 7.3 °P
1.006 < 1.017 < 1.029 FG

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