Flensburger Winterbock - Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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United Kingdom (England)
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
A 330ml swing-top bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. It's certainly the right time of year - snow is falling outside.
Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with good clarity and low carbonation. Produces an enormous head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of husk, caramel, nuttiness and stewed hops. A warming alcohol note in the background.
Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of husk, stewed hops, faint nuttiness, and a hint of sugar. Slightly sweet, with a pervasive harsh quality. A mild bitterness upon swallowing, accompanied by a background whiff of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth; almost creamy, with light, tingly carbonation and good body. There is also a mildly spicy solvent sensation on the palate. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of acrid husky grain, stewed leaves and booze.
Rather so-so; the malty character is there but it's a bit one-dimensional and uninspired. There is an unpleasant harshness in the flavour and a fair whiff of booze as well. It doesn't come across as badly brewed or lagered, but perhaps it needs something more to mask the alcohol. Nothing to write home about - no need to seek it out.
01-18-2013 23:22:45 | More by jazzyjeff13
2.98/5 rDev -17%
This poured to a nice looking amber color with a small head that lasted well. There's no lacing.
The smell is pretty good, giving heavy malt content along with a hint of the alcohol within. There's something off about the taste, though. It has rich malt but a lack of sophistiction or complexity. It's strong but plain, and not the best of flavors.
The mouthfeel is full while the drinkability takes a small hit for some flavor that missed the mark. Still, it is a decent beer.
01-09-2005 11:55:08 | More by watermelonman
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
The brew is clear amber, has small off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.
The smell is floral and fruity, grass, hay, flowers, a summer meadow, some black currant leaves and a hint of perfume.
Upfront a brown bread sweetness, then much dried fruits, figs, dates, a light bitterness.
Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, soft and smooth.
Nice, aromatic and well balanced bock.
05-29-2011 12:38:27 | More by rarbring
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
This beer delivers a ton of frothy white cranium that sticks up well above the glass, and has a golden clear body.
Aroma is very metallic upfront, with some huskiness amd herb in the finish. Altogether, it reminds me of tobacco.
Taste wise, the tobacco flavors are detectable. There are metallic like flavors too, and a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel wise, its crisp and clean. However, the warming alcohol finish is detectable.
This is a good beer overall, but I wish it were a little more on the sweeter and warmer side, for this being a winter beer. Nonetheless, a good bock beer.
12-22-2009 16:27:58 | More by TheSarge
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
330ml swingtop bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin...
Poured a rich coppery amber colour. White head poured big, thick and fluffy then faded slowly to wispy coating with thick edging. Barely any carbonation... some faint lacing...
Aroma - Lots of sweet overripe alcohol soaked fruits (plums, raisins, apples, some cherries), marzipan / almond notes, some light Christmas spices, quite bready, wet and maybe slightly rotten grass, pepper spiciness, treacle / golden syrup notes, some toasted bread...
Taste - Quite a lot of sweet (slightly sickly ?) bready and grainy malts, spicy dried fruits (raisins, currents, figs), honey sweetness, some metallic notes, definitely some marzipan, salty hints, some peppery and grassy notes, some bitter dark sugar (muscavado ?) notes...
M&D - Sharp initally then becomes slightly cloying... medium bodied... a little sickly for my liking to be very drinkable...
Overall - A pretty average bock... a bit on the sickly side - one is more than enough... worth a try once...
08-01-2008 13:53:09 | More by mdagnew
4.91/5 rDev +36.8%
This is by far the best beer I have tasted in Germany. Surprising that I was unable to taste it at the brewery.(wrong time) It is remarkably precisely balanced malt to hops so the alcohol is hidden and it is overly drinkable. The aroma and flavor are extremely complex with hints of nuts and fruits. I am still detecting new flavors every bottle. And of course this beer comes in the famous bottle with the patented plop'.
It is remarkable to go through the brewery and watch them reuse the swing top bottles and the number of workers that it takes to keep the bottling plant working. If you get the chance please reserve a spot and take the tour it is well worth it.
05-27-2013 21:30:04 | More by jesseejames
4.04/5 rDev +12.5%
A- reddish brown, creamy colored head with a nice lace that clings to the glass. Small slow carbonation. Very appetizing.
S- Perhaps the best part of the beer. It smells nutty and fruity. Also spicy and fresh like a garden and a high alcohol smell.
T- Tastes great except for a tiny bit of metallic aftertaste but that goes away fast to a bready aftertaste. Tastes nutty and sweet, quite sweet but with bitterness that sits in the back of the throat. Really good actually.
M- Not too unique. Creamy overall but with stronger carbonation that the appearance would suggest.
O- Pick it up, I like it.
06-18-2013 03:31:21 | More by cambabeer
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
300ml Serving in a food court bar off Rathaus square in Hamburg, In January in freezing weather.
Appearance - Amber golden with a full creamy head.
Smell - Sweet malts with hints of christmassy spices
Taste - Sweet malts overpower any hop profile, and alcohol is very apparent in the finish.
Mouthfeel - medium body, goes down silky smooth.
Drinkability - I sampled this in near freezing conditions so i saw this on tap for a good price and jumped at the oppurtunity. Dont know whether this biased my opinion. Silky smoothness and low carbonation allows this bock to go down easy but i didnt feel any appetite for a second. Worth a try at least
08-23-2006 10:18:21 | More by seanyfo
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
BB 01-11-06. Nice head and a golden beer. Nose is quiet yeastspicy and maga malted with some alcohol in the back. Overall litle pale thoug and miss some good hops. Taste is also well bodied and malty with alcohol and only litle hops in the ending but again litle pale IMO for a winterbock. Well balanced though and carbonisation that is normal and fits the brew. Easy drinkable beer but IMO misses some caracter.
12-12-2005 17:13:23 | More by paterlodie
United Kingdom (England)
3.54/5 rDev -1.4%
330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Pale amber, small fast disappearing head, minimal lacing, clear. S: Clove, banana, quite agreeable. T: Molasses, clove, banana, notes of hay,wheaty finish. M: Low carbonation, chewy texture, smooth. O: Initially I was slightly concerned by the absence of the trademark Flensburger "plop" (no sniggering) but this was pretty decent, although lacking multiple layers. Seemed more Bavarian than far northern German, I should have picked up a few more.
11-29-2013 19:24:52 | More by jonb5
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Pours pale bronze with an amber-pink tinge and fast-fading white head. Sickly sweet nose - smells like straight malts extract out of the can, with a hint of floral hops to save it. Clover honey on graham crackers and stewed apricot malts with some nectar and cedar oil at the end that may have nothing to do with hops. Finishes surprisingly clean with a perfumed linger. Thin, fizzy, some chew.
Strange mix of cloying sweetness and thin body. Not especially wintery. There are better bocks out there.
03-05-2011 20:42:51 | More by StJamesGate
3.28/5 rDev -8.6%
Appearance: Light amber color, thick head with nice lacing.
Smell: Strong malt aroma with slight alcohol followed.
Taste: Mild malt sweetness, then nice hop bitterness, alcoholic at the finish.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Medium bodied, smooth to drink, but not impressed. The brewery say they use very old Ice Age melting water coming from Scandinavia. I can not tell the difference between glacier water and normal water, just a selling point I think.
12-18-2009 06:34:44 | More by cnozzy
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Pale bronze, almost dark gold. Fizzy – not a great head.
Fresh grain aroma – FRESH. GRAIN. Pure caramel malt, Crunchy Nut, sweetcorn. Is there anything else? Nah, not really. This is obviously all about the malt.
Flavor wise: it's toast with marmalade, but a little bit angry. Bread with coarse flour, kneaded by someone with troubles at home. Marmalade made by someone who isn't getting paid enough to harvest oranges. Tangy, bittersweet, lip-smacking. This is for drinking with people you'd rather not be with.
Fizzy, boozy, tangy, angry, grainy. To be honest this is almost in the same category as something like Carlsberg Special Brew – but it's a little more refined than that. This is a white collar crime beer.
01-29-2014 00:54:22 | More by soulgrowl
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
from jenny lou's in beijing
slightly tan honey color, not really amber because the red tones aren't there. clear, with moderate head that soon fades to wisps and thin ring. some lacing, although minimal.
caramel and phenols in the nose, maybe a slight buttery hint. whiff of malts. weak overall however.
malt on the palate, some earthy hop notes and very mild bitterness go into a semi-dry, semi-medicinal finish. still, overall a bit watered down.
at least the feel isn't watery. it's decently smooth with a moderate carbonation.
drinkable, but nothing impressive enough to have me seek it out again here and pay the premium price.
05-15-2008 14:44:40 | More by tai4ji2x
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
Purchased at the Breeze Center supermarket in Taipei; BB 18/06/2010, served chilled in a straight pint glass.
A: pours a dark orangey amber hue, good clarity, coming with relatively mild streams of medium-large sized fizz and a frothy off-white head with good retention.
S: pretty dense, sweet and aromatic in terms of maltiness, but a mild lemony edge, floral hints of German hops and semi sour-sweet pale prunes are not too far away. A good swirl brings out sweet nuts, honey, and some grassy notes of hops, but at the same time the sweetness is also thus underlined. Somehow, the nose comes too sweet on the balance, IMO.
T: better than the nose, the flavour is not that sweet at all - the lightly fizzed, semi-light bodied foretaste of sour-sweet maltiness with a touch of raw nuts(?) and hays precedes a mixed fruitiness as of marinated Chinese pale prunes with a touch of kumquat, then bringing onboard a light but lingering aftertaste of dry-ish & mildly spicy hoppiness. A faint but welcomed touch of sourness, like the doughy edge that a good lager should have, also lingers briefly in the end along with the mild bitterness.
M&D: to be frank, the palate is slightly less fizzy than ideal, but this is at least better than any overly spritzy strong lager. This medium-bodied bockbier is easy to drink but really fails to bring the lackluster flavour profile up to a different level. Hence an average stuff, at best.
12-22-2009 17:45:22 | More by wl0307
Flensburger Winterbock from Flensburger Brauerei GmbH Und Co. KG
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