The Gift (WinterBock Lager) - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by HarryPotHead:
3.61/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
S - served on tap into frosted pint glass
A - deep rich amber color with an exploding head of white foam. The head died down quick to a frothy ring around the edge of the glass with only minimal lacing.
S - slightly offsetting. Not offensive, but unusual for the style. Sweet smelling with yeasts taking center stage.
T - goes down very easy....biscuity malt flavor with little to no hop presence. Not an overly complex lager. Decent.
M - a little more than what I would normally describe as over carbonated. Mouthfeel gets lost in the fizz.
O - not a bad brew. My first from Starr Hill Brewery. Paired well with the Buffalo Chicken Salad I was enjoying. Good enough that I ordered another while I polished off my lunch. This is supposedly a winter seasonal brew, but I don't get it...i'd drink this in the summer / fall, but nothing about this beer says "winter". Cheers [ii]D
Serving type: on-tap
02-02-2013 20:01:49 | More by HarryPotHead
More User Reviews:
2.73/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 23:25:30 | More by mvanaskie13
3.56/5 rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a semi-cloudy dark straw, a little lighter than expected for a bock, but still good, with a small white head. Smells of nice grain, very sweet. Tastes of sweet grain, with hints of a fruity aftertaste. Beer is carbonated correctly and finishes really nice for its light body, good carbonation. Overall an above average beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-11-2013 02:36:59 | More by cyclonece09
The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.