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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) - Starr Hill Brewery

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The Gift (WinterBock Lager)The Gift (WinterBock Lager)

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-19-2008

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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 66
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is gold to copper, head is bright white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is of honey (?), pretty sweet smelling, malts may be a touch caramelly, but the sweet note is powerful.

Taste is way too sweet for maibock/hellles bock - sweetness is similar to a beer with honey added, maybe its caramel malt plus age? Matlt flavor is difficult to distinguish, but there appear to be some biscuit or breadyi flavors, the base malt seems to be over fermented and producing some sweeter off flavors. hops are hard to distinguish, but come through as muddled grass and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is a touch crisp, may be overcarbonated, sweetness flavor is lingering and overpowering. Hops dont seem to balance.

Overall, this is not a good representation of a bock, helles or maibock. It is way too sweet. There are some spring bock features, maybe a touch of biscuit, but the hops are not balancing.

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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.