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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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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
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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1.25/5  rDev -64.7%

codymartin, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.03/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought as part of a sampler pack. Pours a hazy golden color, not much head to it. Very little in the aroma department. Taste is light to medium bodied, sort of boozy, some honey and strong malts. Mouthfeel is not great, very low drinkability. I'm not a big fan of bocks/maibocks to begin with, but this one is just not good, even hard to drink even. Way too much of an alcohol taste for only a 6.5% ABV and the taste is just lacking... I'll pass.

oriolesfan4, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jlivings757
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

jlivings757, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of ChadA83
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

ChadA83, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of speedvagen
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): pours a hazy amber orange with a foamy, off-white head. Decent head retention. The nose has notes of citrus, grass, wet paper, a bit of hay, and green apple. The flavor profile is light with notes of bread, a subtle fruity-honey sweetness, a bit of dough, and a slight earthiness. Not much in the way of bitterness. Medium to rich body that coats the mouth. The carbonation is minimal and soft. The finish is medium with a sort of odd maltiness lingering.

CuriousMonk, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of xgpt
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

xgpt, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of colinclovt
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

colinclovt, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
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 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.

sethstout, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

mvanaskie13, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Sonofalime
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Sonofalime, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-off longneck with clearly marked freshness date. Brewed with two-row, Munich, pilsner and caramel malts; hopped to 25 IBUs with Hallertau, and fermented with German lager yeast. Pours a nice amber color, fairly clear, with lots of carbonation and an off-white head that reduces to a dense cap and leaves a bit of lacing. Smells malty and toasty, with a few hop notes and yeast artifacts, and some distracting DMS. The flavor follows through, lightly sweet and bitter, with a breath of ethanol and some vegetal tones on top of a dry, highly-carbonated, moreish body. Definitely some off flavors on this one. It's a few months past the best-by date, but it isn't even a year old, and a beer like this should last at least as long fairly intact. However, the sulfury flavors don't necessarily develop during aging so it may have tasted like this from the get-go. I'd pass on this one.

mmmbeer, Jan 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Falcon2008, Apr 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

ROGUE16, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Boone757, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

cheapswiller, May 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Gregwa, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of rangerred
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a 1.5 finger head. Decent head retention.

Aroma is sweet grain. Pretty one dimensional.

The taste is much like the smell. Sweet grains dominate the palate with a bit of breadyness. Bitterness is fairly assertive but no hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full.

This beer is just ok. I thought the flavor was lacking and could have used more maltiness.

rangerred, Dec 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

bmjivi221, Jul 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

BMBeerhead, Jan 06, 2012
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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.