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Dockside Amber Lager - Wagner Valley Brewery

Dockside Amber LagerDockside Amber Lager

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%


Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 07-16-2002)
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John

New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering in what generally is a rather uninspried catagory IMHO. This has some similarities to SA Boston Lager, but kicked up a notch or two. The malts are balanced nicely with spicey Hallertau and Tettnang. Finishes clean and beckons you drink more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2002 14:00:49 | More by John
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Bills453

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - as the name suggests, the color is amber! No head.

Smell - a bit sweet smelling. Not much else.

Taste - sweet at first, changes over to a bit of a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel - average.

Overall - average. There are plenty of other lagers I would drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 23:50:22 | More by Bills453
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear copper color with two fingers of head that quickly faded. The aroma was of caramel malt and nuts. The flavors were of caramel malt, sweet malt and a bit of nuts. It was very simple and though not bad it wasn’t much to talk about. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation a bit high.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 12:55:54 | More by thekevlarkid
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soju6

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small tan head that fades quickly and no lacing.

S: Mostly a grain aroma with a hint of sweet malt.

T: A mild sweet malt & caramel taste. A very light bitterness with a mild sticky sweetness for an aftertaste.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth.

D: Decent drinker, but a tad sweet to have more than 1-2. A nice unoffensive brew. Got as a 6-pack mixer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 00:46:39 | More by soju6
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brilliant amber brown color with a very small head that stays to very well. It is very clear and it has a pretty brisk carbonation.
The nose shows caramel and biscuity malts light brown sugar and an ever so slight hop presence.
This brew is very caramelly on the palate with very little hops. Just enough to wave hello. I'm getting figs and some brown sugar as well.
There is a pretty smooth finish with some mildly assertive carbonation. It was another decent brew from Wagner Valley from whom I've never had a dud yet. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:59:31 | More by cooch69
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Franz4

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- nice dark amber color, small head that left quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S- slightly malty, grainy as well, not overpowering

T- Malt comes through more than I expected with a slight hop finish that balances it out well.

M- very lightly carbonated, just very slightly oily

D- very drinkable, seems to be a solid amber lager but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 22:26:20 | More by Franz4
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JDH2000

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought some back with me after visiting family in Rochester, NY.

Pours dark amber--almost reddish--with a nice head that settles rather quickly. Decent carbonation throughout, but not much lacing.

Smell of caramel and chocolate and sweet malts. I also get a hint of woody, earthy hops.

Upon tasting, much of the sweet malt comes through. Later I get a bit of the root beer taste that others mentioned.

Mouth feel is light, yet creamy. Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Overall, I'd say it's a pretty decent beer. At first, the initial sweetness was off-putting to me, when I've taken the time to enjoy it, I actually like the balance of flavors. The six-pack I picked up will come in handy as a nice refreshment for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 00:55:40 | More by JDH2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to light brown with a creamy head than settles to a thin, lasting creamy cover. Some thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild caramel with just a touch of woody, slightly spicy hops.

The taste is of sweet caramel with grainy, slightly nutty notes. A mild hop touch is enough to balance sweetness, leading to a semi-dry, somewhat abrupt, finish.

The body is light-to-medium, with carbonation on aggressive side, though maintaining a creamy smoothness.

A straight-forward, malty, easy drinking Vienna Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 17:00:06 | More by jwc215
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I tried it for the first time on tap at the brewhouse and got a mix a six pack with two of these. I must say I liked it better on the tap, but this was still pretty decent. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It pours a nice hearty amber color, with excellent clarity. It has a nice frothy foamy head that initially looks great, but the beer provides no lacing or glass retention at all, I'd probably give it another full point on the appearance scale if that was the case, plus it clears up completely in maybe 2 minutes. The smell is pretty good too, very malty. Smells caramelized and toasted. The taste is much like the smell, generously malty and great on a cold night. The taste is initially sweet, roasted and caramelized malts. There's an additional sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe like a brown sugar or some type of brown sugar extract, pretty nice and well balanced though.***Let this beer warm up a little if it's in the refrigerator or don't refrigerate it at all. The flavor is dulled quite a bit when cooled off, more so than other beers I've tried*** I really can't taste the hops, but there is a bitter feel at the end so it's clearly noticeable as an ingredient. The mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied and smooth. A very drinkable beer. I gotta say I was really in the mood for a malty beer when I drank this. So go for it if you're in the mood for a nice malty lager, but at the same token, avoid it at all cost when you're looking for something hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:43:52 | More by AndyAvalanche
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/09. Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bready malt, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of cola, sweet bready malt, some vegetal notes as the beer warms. Thin, watery, grainy body. The aroma/flavor composition are more like a doppelbock than a vienna to me. The flavor gets worse as you drink it. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 22:50:48 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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almychristopher

New York

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a pretty amber color with a tall white head that recedes to lace. the aroma presents some light sweet malt and just a touch of those bottom feeders. the taste once again is just a bit of light sweet malt at the start, the odd citrus hop selection and the dry lager finish. the light body and aggressive carbonation make this a pretty easy drinker, but not nearly as good as the oatmeal stout...

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 02:27:34 | More by almychristopher
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wiseguy142

New York

2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep mahogany amber with a nice off white lacing with eccentric bubbles floating around on top and low visible carbonation.

Aroma is a bit salty.. of Vienna malt and a touch of chocolate comes out modestly clean.

Taste also alternates between a bit of chocolate, slight biscuity Oktoberfest flavor, and a clean bittering hop. Almost seems like there's more alcohol in there than there really is. Actually it's the hops. There's something way off in the hop character here.. maybe my mind was set for an Oktoberfest or something more juicy like Brooklyn lager. This has a very spicy, acidic hop finish that ruins the beer really. In total contrast to the mellowness of the malt. Very sour and puckering. I think it's just a pure overdose of the bittering hops along with some harsh tannins. This is close to a drainpour for me.

Mouthfeel is decent though. Nice and smooth and round.

I was expecting a little more from this beer and it just turned out weird and offsetting. This was the first of a mixed six pack I got as a gift from this brewery so I'm hoping the rest are a little better.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 21:24:00 | More by wiseguy142
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown. Candy nose. Flavor brings a bit too much of the same. Too much cotton candy sweetness. Too much tang. No balance. None of the earthy character I would hope would be delivered. Feel is slick and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is middle of the road, but what's there nips at the mouth. Too sweet. Too tangy. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:03:21 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper color with a two finger head that slowly falls. Some nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: light caramel is all that is detectable.

Taste: thin malt profile. Caramel, hints of brown sugar, mild earthiness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a touch dry at the end. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so as this is a bit thin. Low alcohol gives this a bit higher nod, but overall this is a bit dull.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 16:23:50 | More by Gavage
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Newsman

New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I always try to hit Wagner every year when I vacation up in the Finger Lakes, and finally decided to properly review a few of their offerings. First up was the signature Dockside Amber Lager.

Poured the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Deep, deep amber color, somewhat cloudy, with good head retention and lacing. Smelled pretty nice too, with some malt and floral kick to it.

But the taste...hmmm. What IS this beer? Much fuller and maltier than I would've expected from a lager, amber or otherwise, and not in a good way. I found the sweetness overpowering and cloying. There's some hop bitterness in there somewhere, but overall I found the flavor profile a bit of a mess.

Mouthfeel, for what it's worth, was fine, nice carbonation, but again, the sweetness made it a difficult call overall. It's drinkable to a point, but I could only really handle just one.

It's a shame, because Wagner does some awesome brews, especially the Sled Dog. And maybe I got a bad batch. But overall, I'm not going with this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 20:02:53 | More by Newsman
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armock

New York

3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a amber color with a thin off white head

S - Is mostly of sweet malt

T - Much like the smell sweet malt with some caramel

M - Has light carbonation pretty smooth

D - his is a pretty easy to drink beer good taste and is smooth could session this beer

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 21:11:31 | More by armock
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charlesw

New York

4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know... I'm pretty impressed. I drank this immediately after a barleywine and it held its own - it didn't seem, like so many brews from big companies, like there was nothing to it. So, yeah, that means that it's got some flavor and body to it. Nice. Even after eating a bit and waiting then having more I was still hip to it. Nice and malty, that's for sure. Mind you... We do have a few little comments... My wife said that it tastes a little like root beer! On really thinking about, I suppose I can see that a little. I'd attribute that to maybe low carbonation... Of course, for the style it might just be a little underattenuated...

Anyway... Without doing a horizontal tasting... It seems to be right along the lines of the sled dog - just on the lighter side. And that's fine. I'm sure I be drinking more of these - their prices are very reasonable for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 01:46:17 | More by charlesw
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aquatonex

New York

3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

You don't just get wine from the Finger Lakes...

I must say this one is better on tap, as are all Wagners, but I did bring some back bottled and was a little disappointed.

Pours medium-dark mahogany amber with a light beige foamy head, quick dissipation, decent carbonation. Smells slightly like dried raisins or prunes with some malts and a bit of 'oldness'. I think it was sittin' in the bottle a bit too long. Taste followed well, medium maltiness, lightly sweet, and a good punch of hops. Rather well balanced but again tasted a bit outdated. Overall, OK, but better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 02:23:15 | More by aquatonex
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear medium copper color with virtually no head.
Smell is very light with some faint caramel notes to be found.
Taste Is strongly malty with caramel and much dark fruit essences to be found.
Finishes light, sweet and very refreshing.
An all around enjoayble beer. Very middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 00:55:58 | More by tgbljb
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber color with about one and a half fingers of tain head that dissipate quickly leaving isolated specks of lacing behind.

S - Grassy hops mostly, a bit of sweet malt and lillies. It's pretty nice.

T - Sweet caramel malt and grassy hops, The aftertaste is a dryer maltiness paired with a grassy flavor that has no bitterness in it. The flavor doesn't impress me a lot, but it has nothing to complain about.

M - A light, smooth beer with low carbonation. Very refreshing.

D - I finished this before I realized it. It is an ideal session beer. Great with food. It other characteristics are average for the most part, but it is the sort of beer you will drink five of before realize it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 01:17:12 | More by mrasskicktastic
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decidedly brown in colour with a medium amount of carbonation. It’s got a nutty / malty aroma with little hop influance. The caramel malt is the dominant flavor, along with some minor notes of vienna and munich malts and some clean bitterness. Still, it's a little too cloying to have more than one of these. It’s fairly average stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 21:49:28 | More by fisherman34
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vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Brownish orange, thin white head. Clean malty aroma, somewhat nutty. Flavor is very malty and clean. Nice munich carmel notes. Decent mouth feel. Light and drinkable, with plenty of flavor. This is very well done, and right to the Vienna style. Could use a bit better head retention, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 01:09:08 | More by vladtheimpaler
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger light brown head but fades quickly leaving only traces of lace. Murky brown/amber with a ton of chunky bits, ugliest beer I've seen in a while. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisin and yeast. Starts with sweet raisin & plum, there is a hint of yeast in the background, finishes smooth and is actually very drinkable. $1.00 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 00:04:36 | More by jdhilt
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vienna malt…roasted…nutty qualities…lightly hopped aroma. This beer is a mildly aeromatic, but very pleasant to smell. Subtle and understated, but very nice. It’s a dark, nearly ruby, reddish-brown color. The hue is more deep than what I’d call amber. It has no appreciable head. Moderately sweet up front with a nice bitter and lingering hoppiness by the finish. Enjoyable and average local brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 03:19:33 | More by Suds
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" creamy light tan head, which laces ok. A copper hued brew, with a prevailing aroma of slightly nutty malts. Taste is follows the nose, but just seems to be lacking in the flavor department. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability is okay. Not bad for a session, hanging-around-with-the-guys-watching-football brew, if that's what you're looking for.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 21:48:00 | More by ppoitras
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Dockside Amber Lager from Wagner Valley Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.