Day 126 Beer Review: Winter Ale, Carlow Brewing Co. (O’Shea’s) ALDI ADVENT CALENDAR

Day 126 of 365: Winter Ale, Carlow Brewing Company (O’Shea’s), Bagenalstown, Leinster, Ireland.

Purchased at: Aldi, Findlay, Ohio (Aldi Advent Calendar)


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This beer, from Ireland’s Carlow Brewing Co., was part of the 2020 Aldi Advent Calendar. This is billed as a winter ale, and comes in at 5% ABV. This beer poured an light amber color, and had a thin, almost nonexistent head that quickly dissipated. The smell was lightly toasted grain, and a bit of a sweet caramel. The taste was unremarkable, as the beer was quite thin, with a light malt flavor, and minimal hop spiciness. Overall, this was not what I was expecting in a winter ale. While this is far from the worst beer I have ever had, I would not buy it again. I look forward to trying some more beers from this brewery and working my way through the advent calendar.

***Note: It appears that the Carlow Brewing Company produces the O’Hara’s line of craft beers, In addition to these O’Shea’s beers. I suspect Carlow contracts the beers for Aldi***

The 2020 Aldi Advent Calendar beer list includes:

Wernesgruner German Pilsner, 4.9% ABV
White Tide Belgian White Ale, 5% ABV
Kinroo Belgian White Ale, 5% ABV
Brens Lager, 5% ABV
Bacher Lager, 5% ABV
Saint Alena Lager, 5% ABV
Imperium Lager, 5% ABV
Kristoffel Blonde Ale, 6%
Kristoffel White Ale, 5%
Kristoffel Dark Ale, 6%
Sezoens Dry Hopped Blonde Ale, 6% ABV
1758 Belgian India Pale Ale, 6.5% ABV
Licher Hefeweizen, 5.4% ABV
O’Shea’s Irish Lager, 4.4% ABV
O’Shea’s Hoppy Lager, 4.2% ABV
O’Shea’s Celtic Wheat Beer, 4.3% ABV
O’Shea’s Winter Ale, 4.8% ABV
O’Shea’s Grapefruit India Pale Ale, 5% ABV
O’Shea’s Irish Red Ale, 4.3% ABV
O’Shea’s Double India Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV
O’Shea’s Hazy India Pale Ale, 5% ABV
O’Shea’s Session India Pale Ale, 4% ABV
O’Shea’s Robust Stout, 7.2% ABV
O’Shea’s Irish Stout, 4.5%

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