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Winter Lager - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

Winter LagerWinter Lager

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BA SCORE
82
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.65%


Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied bock beer, this brew uses biscuit and crystal malts as well as noble European hops. The resulting deep amber beer is dry and flavorful, perfect for a cold Lake Placid winter.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 12-12-2010)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown color; thick, smooth head that leaves plentiful ring lace with a solid blanket of minute bubbles in between.

Nearly no smell from a full bar pour. I detect a light melted brown sugar aroma.

Mildly sweet, too little for the style. The body is also a touch thin. Plenty of maltiness (reminds me of hazelnuts). Quite smooth. Overall, this beer falls just between bock, porter and a brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 16:48:33 | More by smcolw
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down rather quickly, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with hints of caramel and floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with notes of biscuits and hints of caramel, malty sweetness and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for the style and isn’t too heavy, especially when compared to other bocks.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 00:36:31 | More by metter98
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atr2605

New York

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark amber with a fluffy off white head, good retention
S-fairly low aroma, slight malt sweetness and a hint of spice
T-A slightly dry biscuit malt flavor up front followed by hop bitterness and finishes slightly sweet
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, not a lot to it but very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 04:13:17 | More by atr2605
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger creamy tan head into an english pub glass that left decent sheeting throughout. the body was a bright reddish-brown color.
s - floral hops with bready and caramel behind it.
t - sweet from the caramel, bready biscuit malts with something like a belgian twist going on here. hops are crisp and spicy.
m - slick, slightly thin.
o - good beer, pretty complex for a bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 15:33:49 | More by GPHarris
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice clear deep brown with amber tint and a half inch of opaque colored head that has moderate lace.

S - Smell is a nice bit of hops, caramel, and biscuit malts. Crystal malts also deliver a touch of grainy smell.

T - Taste is a bit muddled but it does have a nice bock lager taste. Slight hops and malts with really no level of sweetness. Straight up tastes "English" That's what it is dry and molasses eh...

M - Medium bodied and fairly hoppy.

Overall it pretty much delivers a nice hoppy profile and English malt flavors but in my opinion it could use some spice to even out the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 01:43:52 | More by DrDemento456
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a very nice clear amber color with a large number of carbonation bubbles, pours with two fingers of light tan head that is very fluffy in character and lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of spotty lacing
S: nice character in the scent, possibly like a darker kind of orange, and a nice spice note, kind of warming
T: nice taste, pretty consistent throughout, id call it nutmeg with a slight fruit note, lingers on the palate long afterward
M: gentle carbonation, smooth and crisp, leaves the mouth slightly dry but with a bit of a cooling feeling
O: a real nice representation of the style, not a big lager fan but this one is tastey and really stands out in my mind, love lake placid

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:40:07 | More by BigPlay1824
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, dark copper with thin head and lace that lasts. The aroma is of roasted malt with hints of nuts, and spices. The flavor is complex with ginger, root beer barrel, and toast with molasses in the finish. A soothing warmth shows through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Lake Placid Winter Lager is a good beer, perfect on a chilly fall evening, and very drinkable. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:12:50 | More by B967ierhunter177
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was clear, copper color with ruby highlights. The head was two fingers of beige foam that left lacing in scattered spots and the retention was as a thin collar. The aroma was only so-so I thought, semi-sweet notes of nuts, sweet breads and dry malt. The flavors were better with the same sweet breads and nuts as well as toasted malt, yeast, light figs and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:14:04 | More by thekevlarkid
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish auburn color with ruby hues and a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aromas of booze, caramel, malts, brown sugar and grains. Taste is more of the same. Boozey brown sugar and caramel malts. Hints of chocolate. A bit bready. This beer is obviously old but I saw it at my local beer store for $3.99 a six pack and couldn't pass it up. And I'm glad I grabbed it. Pretty decent beer that age hasn't seemed to harm very much. Overall, it's a good enough beer for what I paid but I probably won't be paying full price for it this upcoming Winter.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 17:44:18 | More by PicoPapa
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bgildea

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a purpleish amber color with a light white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S: Smells slightly of barely and yeast maybe. No overly hoppy or fruity notes.

T: Surprisingly nice flavor balance. Starts with malty hoppy notes then fades into a sweeter darker flavor. Maybe some background notes of fruit or some sweet spices.

M: Pretty good amount of chew to it. I wasn't disappointed.

Overall: Overall the beer was pretty good. It had a nice complex flavor that balanced well. The beer could have used some more distinct aromas but overall it was enjoyable. I'd recommend this beer to most beer drinkers.

Sidenote: I'm surprised this beer only has 12 reviews all from pretty far north. Glad I was able to get one of these in a case from PA.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:34:25 | More by bgildea
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer pours a clear auburn colour with an off-white head. the head doesnt last long however does leave some good lacing. I can see some carbonation in the glass.

Smell - i can pick up some malts, deep caramel/toffee like smells. there is a slight hint of some raisin nodes as well.

taste - this is a very dry beer, it comes through with some malt and caramel taste. I found there to be some metallic taste near the end, which made it dry.

mouthfeel - good levels of carbonation make the toffee some fwd and a little more bitterness. i found the dryness left too.

drinkability - glad i tried it, would not rate it high or anywhere near a top beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:59:48 | More by Swedes21
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BruChef

New York

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A stunning and brilliantly clear ruby brown lager poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The clarity and color make this beer super inviting. The aroma is caramel, burnt sugar, mission fig and some sherry too. If this beer tastes half as good as it looks and smells, its a winner in my book.

The first flavor i initially experienced were soapy, piney hops which i wasn't expecting based on the smell. A few sips later the flavor starts to shift more towards the malt. I'm half way through and it is warming up nicely. Strangely, for a lager, it reminds me of a dubbel with slightly more hop presence; it's very fruity for a lager, especially dried fruit with the fig and raisin notes. The hops are pretty well balanced and i think i detect some perle hops. Could be, the bottle says its brewed with German and American hops. Ah, okay, this is supposed to be a bock. The flavor profile make much more sense now. Did i mention how lovely this beer looks?

The mouth feel is just right for this beer. Deceptive for what one expects from a lager but overall great for this time of year, especially if you are looking for a full flavored yet medium bodied beer. Felt like i was missing a little warmth, especially what one would expect from a bock...ah, there it is, hiding in the last few, room temp. sips. Enjoyed this one, would drink it again, but not more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 00:33:38 | More by BruChef
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Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is dark reddish-amber with a 1/2-finger khaki head on top. Leaves behind nice sheets of lace.

S: First impression is cereal grains, but there's also some caramel malt and toffee-like sweetness.

T: Toasted bread, husky grain and some caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with a slight metallic bitterness; doesn't come off dry, however, as there's a lingering sweetness that seems almost fruity at times in the aftertaste. Still, it's not cloying at all. Warmth from the 6.5% ABV is felt in the belly after a couple sips.

M: Body is light in heft, carbonation is fine, creating an all-around smooth feel.

D: Very good. A nice, flavorful but (relatively)light beer that makes for a nice winter or early spring seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 00:36:53 | More by Kendo
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ngeunit1

California

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear reddish-brown color with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head has good retention and laces well.

S - Aroma has lots of sweet lightly-roasted carmel malts. There is also some dark fruit (raisins) and just a hint of booze blending in.

T - Starts with a blend of the sweet carmel malts, dark fruit, and a touch of hops in the background. The dark fruit taste becomes a bit stronger through the middle.The finish has a blend of the dark fruit and the malts with just a touch of booze taste noticeable. The dark fruit sweetness lingers nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Feels creamy overall, and very smooth. The finish leaves a bit of a syrupy feeling on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are fairly well balanced and mingle nicely. The overall mouthfeel is a little bit light, but still super smooth and crisp overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 03:36:49 | More by ngeunit1
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is malty.Taste is candied sugar and caramel malts.Tastes like a liquid lifesaver.Overall a relatively tasty and smooth beer that is pretty enjoyable,although the sweetness would probably prevent you from drinking too many at one sitting.I would recommend and purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 12:41:25 | More by matty
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hops, cloves, raisins, hay/straw, cookies

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. It has a lot of malt taste mixed with notes of hops and dark fruit. There are also notes of cloves and a cookie like sweetness. It finishes with a really pleasing sweet malty aftertaste.

Drink - This beer caught me by surprise, it was really tasty. I only purchased one bottle but I found myself not wanting my glass to end. It has a nice mixed bag of flavours and was highly drinkable. It's worth trying if you happen to see it at the store.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 18:12:17 | More by spinrsx
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Boto

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, coppery color. There was very little off-white head on it. What was there didn't linger long nor leave hardly any lacing at all. The aroma is a bit sweet. Mainly caramel malt and toffee, with a hint of raisin and maybe some other dark fruits thrown in. Nice malty taste. Just a bit sweet, with no real evidence of any hops at all, although I'm sure there were a ton of them in there to get the balance that they achieved. Slight toastiness in the finish. There don't seem to be any of the spices that many others put in their winter beers. A good solid drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 21:49:43 | More by Boto
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sleazo

New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a fairly dark brown but with enough light to flow through which shows off the ruby hue. The head is small and there is zero lacing. Not that attractive of a beer

S_Aroma is of sweet malt and a slight alcohol burn.

T_Sweet malts come at the palate with a good deal of mineral carbonated flavour. Not entirely complex but definitely drinkable

M_Light for the style but very refreshing with a nice level of carbonation.

D_Kind of a mixed bag. An enjoyable brew but there are some flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 08:14:12 | More by sleazo
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CountJustinian

New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost ruby red with a thick pale head that dissipates fairly quickly. Sugar, caramel, and malt makes for a sweet gravy sauce smell. Tomato is descernible. Taste is sweet and caramely, almost like an off-brand tomato ketchup. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with some chewiness at the end. Decent but not overpowering carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 01:00:55 | More by CountJustinian
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is good. It has a smooth, roasted and crystal malt flavor; dry with a light to mild caramel sweetness. It goes down easy with a crisp, lager yeast dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well balanced beer. It's delicious and easy drinking; a wonderful winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 01:03:03 | More by WesWes
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Part of a mixed 6 pack from Marketplace Wine and Spirits in Central Jersey

Pours a very dark ruby red, nearly brown. One finger of sticky foam coats the glass. Very nice looking. Aroma is dark crystal malts, plum, slight raisin aroma.

First sip is... thick, chewy, sweet, nice! I wish it said bock on the label - more appealing than winter lager. Either way this is a nice mini-malt bomb. Body is thick, mouthfeel chewy, and alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice find!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:55:03 | More by FickleBeast
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Brad007

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet red color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the color and it's usually a good sign.

The aroma is full of grainy malt with toffee standing out as one of the perceived flavors.

Very subtle with toffee, lightly toasted malt and just a kiss of hops to greet the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is subtle as well and basically, the flavors disappear without leaving any aftertaste.

This is certainly an enjoyable winter lager. I imagine that it would be excellent straight from a tap on a cold, blustery day.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:59:56 | More by Brad007
Winter Lager from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.