The winter lager is among the many finest beers the brewery has launched but and definitely the perfect of their lagers presently in manufacturing.
Winterize is corresponding to Surly’s Hell lager, an already distinctive lager that works due to a extra hoppy taste than your typical home lager. Nonetheless, with Winterize, it’s made even larger by the subtly candy flavors added to it.
Winterize comprises 6% alcohol, significantly greater than a typical lager, when it comes to ABV it’s nearer to the ABV of an IPA (Surly’s flagship IPA, Livid, comprises 6.7% alcohol, for comparability). Nonetheless, you can’t style the elevated alcohol content material in any respect — Winterize matches comfortably within the taste profile of a craft lager.
Winterize brings extra to the desk with the inclusion of its understated caramel taste, which balances the hoppy taste that defines lots of Surly’s hottest releases, but neither is overpowering, tasting like an ideal mix of wealthy flavors.
With the Hell lager, you’re getting the hop taste however with out a noticeable quantity of sweetness added and that further little bit of taste is what makes Winterize an enchancment.
The style of alcohol within the beer is buried beneath the sweetness, because it feels tertiary to the sweetness and the hoppiness. The general bready taste of the beer is barely noticeable and proves Surly discovered a surprisingly distinctive steadiness in flavors.
The candy flavors within the beer usually are not overbearing by any means, they linger on the palate after consuming reasonably than hitting your tongue as you drink the lager. It has a fancy taste profile that can nonetheless be welcoming to mild drinkers whereas nonetheless giving a pleasant taste profile for craft beer pundits to select aside.
Winterize achieves the completely happy medium between one thing mild that any beer drinker can strategy whereas additionally boasting a wealthy taste profile for craft beer lovers.
Whereas Winterize would possibly solely be round for just a few months in 2023 and into 2024, it’s such a outstanding beer (and decidedly, not tremendous winter-themed when it comes to style) that it’d simply make you want it was accessible all yr spherical.