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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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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry toasted aroma with a malty scent created with the use of pale, crystal, and vienna malts. The taste is decent. It has a bitter, dry, and toasted flavor that goes down easy, but leaves a grainy aftertaste. It has a nice malty core and suttle hop flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker lager. It has a strange taste, but it's growing on me. It has a bit of an unsavory metal flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 23:41:19 | More by WesWes
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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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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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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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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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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.53/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is one charged up beer. Carbonation is huge. Must have been a mistake in QC or something. My pint glass has more head than beer. Smells of solvent and soap. Mouthfeel is so gaseous it's almost hard to swallow. Inevitably a burp follows every sip. This is not enjoyable. Let me rephrase....this is just plain bad. Only faint hints of malt flavor emerge through the solvent and soap. I will not finish this one.....and that is a rarity indeed.

Thanks to Davo for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 20:24:11 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The beer after dislodging itself from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an amber color with a modest off white head that is frothy in texture as it dissolves the lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a sweet malted grain aroma, crisp and fresh to the senses with the start lightly sweet and pleasingly malted, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is middle0of-th-road as far as acidity goes, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, the aftertaste dry, and a nice change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 13:00:56 | More by Gusler
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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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Brent

Kentucky

2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

For a Vienna style, this had a rather faint, roasted malt with a rather odd, smokey aspect. Perhaps it is the yeast strain being used here, but the beer had an off flavor that threw the beer out of balance. Not bad, but I do not find myself wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 15:54:40 | More by Brent
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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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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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Boto

Connecticut

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

12 oz. bottle: Yes, it is amber in color, just like the name. It pours pretty clear, with a little head. The aroma is malty sweet, with some caramel. The taste contains some roastiness to balance the sweetness. Some hops there in the background. Not too bad. It gets better with each sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 21:43:09 | More by Boto
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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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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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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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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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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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cbl2

New York

3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:

As the name implies, this pours a nice amber brown with a faint lacing of white head on top.

Smell:

Fairly mild with some nice malt flavor to it, but nothing that jumps out and says drink me.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Nice and smooth with a smoked aspect to it. Sweetens by midsip, and ends with an off bitterness to it. Probably the weakest offering from Wagner I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 17:07:49 | More by cbl2
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another very nice brew by the Wagner Brewing Co. It pours a semi dark amber with this gigantic white plume as a covering. The body does not appear overly carbonated, nor does the affect, but this head seems to be a trademark of bottled products of this brewery.
The taste is by far its strong point with a mild malt background and a slight hint of caramel. Full bodied and impressive once you get by its heady weakness.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 19:53:26 | More by Shiloh
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nomad

Kansas

2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a dull orange-ish amber color, with a very thin head left from a boring foamy pour. Had spotty but constant lacing. Smell was malty and spicy, with the slightly sticky sweet of a Vienna red lager. Simple and without the grainy pleasure of fine German malts. Combined with pepper, cinammon, and a mediocre hop leaf scent. At times smoky – strange.

Taste of hops touche me quick, with oily and green, almost chewy hop flavors, pretty much noxious. Had a long drying finish, parching and almost chalky with prominent hop oil flavors - a bit too much. Moderately thin mouthfeel, washes over with an easy but nicely full body.

Where is the malt flavor? A mediocre vienna lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 16:04:31 | More by nomad
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing if somewhat raw beer. I had no problems with gushing or overcarbonation. Head rose high and lingered with lace over a maple syrup/sap colored amber, a very attractive lager. Nose fruity with strong hints of maple and brown sugar. Beer is not as sweet as all that, although the caramel underbelly is certainly sugary (and tasty). Bitter, piney hops and musty, fruity yeast do a nice job of evening out the woody flavor. An enjoyable beer although novices may be put off by the strong, unrefined flavor. Not me. Amber lagers are versatile with many different foods, but why not try this in the morning alongside a tall stack of flapjacks?

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 15:00:34 | More by Thrasher
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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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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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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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Dockside Amber Lager from Wagner Valley Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.