Winterbock pours golden in color with a small, fluffy, cream-colored head and excellent clarity. The aroma is moderately toasty and bready with a light graininess; light spicy hops add a little contrast. The flavor is of rich bready and toasty malt with just a hint of sweetness, but again, a light graininess detracts. A light spicy hop flavor adds some contrast to the malt-driven flavor. The beer finishes with a moderately light bitterness and a lingering bready malt and light spicy hops in a semi-dry finish.