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Winter Lager - Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

metter98, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

WesWes, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

smcolw, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.8%

wrightst, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

Brad007, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

DrDemento456, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

spinrsx, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

ngeunit1, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Boto
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.

Boto, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

thekevlarkid, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Kendo, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +10.8%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of deonreds
3/5  rDev -16.9%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

PicoPapa, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of phishbone23
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -10%

mjtiernan, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of GPHarris
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

GPHarris, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of sleazo
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

sleazo, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Dirtinabottle, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +10.8%

probert, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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!

FickleBeast, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
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

BigPlay1824, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of matty
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

matty, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

KornWallace, Nov 20, 2012
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Winter Lager from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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