Advent Beer Calendar 2011: Day 17: Moerlein Christkindl

Moerlein Christkindl Winter Warmer AleToday’s beer selection comes from the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio: their Christkindl Winter Warmer Ale. Cincinnati has a rich German heritage which is reflected in the Moerlein beers, and Christkindl is no exception: the name literally means “Christmas” in German (as does “Weihnacht”).

This is a malty and sweetly rich Winter Warmer, weighing in at 6.95% alcohol by volume. Their description:

You’ve discovered Moerlein Christkindl – a Winter Warmer inspired by the German spirit of Holiday gift-giving. Unwrap this large malt-bodied ale with the essence of chocolate sweetness. The balanced hop finish creates a subtle spice flavor sure to excite your taste buds and bring you that cozy, warm feeling for those crisp, wintry nights. Share the warmth and enjoy the perfect brew for the season with the gift of Moerlein Christkindl Winter Ale.

Moerlein notably had the first American beer to “certifiably pass” the Reinheitsgebot┬ápurity law, and while I don’t know if Christkindl is brewed to a Reinheitsgebot-approved recipe, I’m quite sure it will have you saying, “Frohe Christkindl!” come Christmas day.

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