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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) - Starr Hill Brewery

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-19-2008)
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Reviews by HarryPotHead:
Photo of HarryPotHead
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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

HarryPotHead, Feb 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A helles bock is probably my favorite lager style of beer,and this beer is everything I like in the style.Pours a clear lighter bronze color with a nice lacey,tight white head that settles slowly.Alcohol infused fruit,toasted grain,and a sharp spice comes through in the nose.Really nice flaovrs going on,somewhat sweet up front with some caramel and sweetish alcohol infused white grape flavors,melding into a crisp cracker-like finish.A decent amount of hops are used for the style and it gives it a nice finish.In my opinion easily Starr Hill's best brew,not overly heavy and or sweet,a good warming winter brew.

oberon, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears honey golden with white frothing head fine speckled lacing left unevenly. Aroma sweet tart apples with hints of honey and biscuit malt sweetness. Herbal hops are minimal but evident. Flavors hit the sides of the palate with the sweetness, juicy fruit and honey tones. Ripened apples, spicy herbal background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied a bit of residual sugars could become cloying at times. Carbonation is soft even goes down easily. Drinkability overall is something I will look forward to each winter season, nice to see a Maibock that early in the season.

WVbeergeek, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jamiemottram
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jamiemottram, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ChadA83
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

ChadA83, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swigged this one straight from the bottle at a holiday party. Apparently, this varietal is actually a special seasonal, but couldn't really pick that up from the label nor the taste. This came in a regular variety pack along with the northern lights, red ale and imperial stout. By the time I got to this one I didn't holdout much hope. In addition to the I don't think Maibocks bring much to the table in general. It was surprisingly light, with a sweet finish. The website states that is uses munich malts helping pacify my taste buds into thinking this is a german original. Seemed like a typical lager. Descent beer, best of the mixed case.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - dark copper with a short, fizzy, bubbly head that fades fast

S - grainy, faintly metallic

T - caramel, grains, metal

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

This tastes much like an adjunct lager. It has off flavors presumably from poor temperature management during the lagering process. I definitely won't have this again.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, shipped by Bort - my source for winter lagers

appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass - nice bright straw-copper body, frothy beige cap with some spotty retention

smell: fresh southern biscuits, lightly toasted malts, grain, sweet apple

taste: Haven't had a straight-up bock like this in a while - pleasantly surprised by the doughy biscuit and toasted malt flavor profile, sweet apple, barley provides lots of flavor

mouthfeel: creamy and medium body

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

hyoung41, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

avisong, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper, with about a finger or so of bright-white head. This retains with a thin and fizzy, yet still sturdy, layer of froth, which leaves a smattering of spotty foam behind. Malts are thick and sweet in the nose (and a bit buttery), with a touch of fruit and just enough fresh spicy hop character to help pulls things back a notch.

The taste is beefy in the mouth with sweet, bready, and honeyed malts. There is a touch of fruity citric notes here as well, along with plenty of spice and earthy bitterness from the Noble hops. Buttery and sticky sweetness carries over in the finish, before a long lingering and steady dryness from the hops takes over. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big smooth creaminess to it that spreads out in the mouth and sits on top of all that beefy sweetness.

This was tasty little Bock from Starr Hill that had just enough hop character to nicely balance out all of those heavy malts. This was very smooth for the size which kept the overall drinkibility of this pretty good.

Kegatron, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of gilbert
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

gilbert, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +13.3%

zp6167a, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of BeastLU
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

BeastLU, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of goldbot
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchase before July 2011 notched on the label. Pours hazy copper, medium off-white head. Good head retention with a bit of lacing. Aroma is muted malt, bready with a touch of floral hops. Some more floral hop flavor up front, changing quickly to an intensely nutty, bready malt flavor. Not entirely pleasant actually. Some chocolate but lots of nutty flavor. On the sweet side, medium bodied.

goldbot, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange, slightly golden color with a small, white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of fruit notes and toasted malts.

Tastes of the fruits with some grainy sweetness. Apple and apricot notes lead off with a bit of tartness to them that leads to some citrus notes. Some grainy malts add in with a toasted bread character as well. Fairly sweet, but ends in a little hops with some herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, nothing special, but it is another solid part of the Starr Hill lineup.

ocelot2500, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. 6.5% ABV, Purchase before May notched on label.

Thanks to Onenote81 for this winter brewski!

A - Totally clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head with superb retention. Thin legs left on the glass hover above a bit of clingy lace.

S - Strangely, this has a very pilsner-like aroma. Crisp and clean lager attributes with pilsner malt and a light honey-drizzled toast. Noble hops are unmistakable giving the aroma a crisp floral hint. Nothing about it signifies winter.

T - While not noticeable in the nose, the flavor carries an interesting light yeast hint and mellow but pronounced spice. A touch of nutmeg perhaps? The honey comes out a bit stronger with the pilsner malts. Noble hops add a little to the flavor but give the finish a nice light, dry and bitter touch.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a soft feel and sweet, lightly carbonated finish. Light dry and bitter hints give a small bit of complexity to this beer.

D - It pulled through with the winter feel. A good "lighter" winter beer in a season bogged down (not a bad thing most of the time!) by rich, thick brews. I could do a six-pack of this on a session beer night.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Falcon2008
3/5  rDev -15%

Falcon2008, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass. Good till April 2012.

A very foamy off tan head is presented but falls fairly quickly, not much retention on this. Lots of rising carbonation, and LOTS of cola sized bubbles sticking to the glass.

Nose is nice small sticky malts and fiant crispness. Some slight spicy character as well. Not too bad.

Taste is kind of flat. On the palate are some soft malts, but some syrupy sugars. Mouthfeel also feels quite syrupy as well. There is no sense of crispness or carbonation at all, which seems surprising since it looks so carbonated in appearance.

Overall I am usually not a big fan of this brewery, but the Platinum made me want to try them again. This is not a dismal failure, it is certainly drinkable, but nothing I would want to have again.

smakawhat, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Oasis
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Oasis, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

IdrinkGas, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: deep honey-amber in color with a light head

s: cleanly sweet, malty nose, various lighter fruits, herbal noble hops

m: low-medium carbonation and a medium body, a bit flat and dull on the tongue

t: malts of slightly higher potency than your standard german lager with a light honeyed barley sweetness, light fruits, barley lingers with a crisp herbal and dried citrus finish

d: a simple yet flavorful malty lager, easy drinkability

pint at Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

blackie, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of hopsandstouts
3/5  rDev -15%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of wowbagger
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, pretty yellow. Thick head dissipates quickly. There are a number of flavors going on here. A little spice, a little sweet, some nutmeggy notes. It's both a blessing and a curse then that these flavors are very well balanced, so that it goes together well but also makes it difficult to detect any one. It finishes sweet and lingers.

wowbagger, Dec 02, 2011
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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
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