The Gift (WinterBock Lager) - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by sethstout:
2.63/5 rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
I had this at a bar, first time with any Satrr Hill brew. So I am not familiar with their way of brewing beers.
I got this on tap in a standard pint glass
The appearance was an amber. Would have thought it would be a little darker on account of it being a winter seasonal. Though there is a Starr Hill stout to cover that.
From the pint glass, there was no noticeable smell. So this is a strictly mouth-feel grading.
The taste was an apparent sugary tast.
The mouthfeel was nice. Though after a drink I could not help but think I had a coating of sugar around my tongue. Not saying this is a bad thing, but it is similar to what you would experience from cough syrup.
Overall, not having anything else from Starr Hill, I appreciate this brew. As a bock I would like something more.
Serving type: on-tap
01-19-2012 22:16:06 | More by sethstout
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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 145 ratings.