The Gift (WinterBock Lager) | Starr Hill Brewery

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The Gift (WinterBock Lager)The Gift (WinterBock Lager)
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The Gift (WinterBock Lager)The Gift (WinterBock Lager)

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bierman9 on 11-19-2008

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1.25/5  rDev -64.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

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2.03/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought as part of a sampler pack. Pours a hazy golden color, not much head to it. Very little in the aroma department. Taste is light to medium bodied, sort of boozy, some honey and strong malts. Mouthfeel is not great, very low drinkability. I'm not a big fan of bocks/maibocks to begin with, but this one is just not good, even hard to drink even. Way too much of an alcohol taste for only a 6.5% ABV and the taste is just lacking... I'll pass.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): pours a hazy amber orange with a foamy, off-white head. Decent head retention. The nose has notes of citrus, grass, wet paper, a bit of hay, and green apple. The flavor profile is light with notes of bread, a subtle fruity-honey sweetness, a bit of dough, and a slight earthiness. Not much in the way of bitterness. Medium to rich body that coats the mouth. The carbonation is minimal and soft. The finish is medium with a sort of odd maltiness lingering.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of tdm168
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - dark copper with a short, fizzy, bubbly head that fades fast

S - grainy, faintly metallic

T - caramel, grains, metal

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

This tastes much like an adjunct lager. It has off flavors presumably from poor temperature management during the lagering process. I definitely won't have this again.

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2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this at a bar, first time with any Satrr Hill brew. So I am not familiar with their way of brewing beers.

I got this on tap in a standard pint glass

The appearance was an amber. Would have thought it would be a little darker on account of it being a winter seasonal. Though there is a Starr Hill stout to cover that.

From the pint glass, there was no noticeable smell. So this is a strictly mouth-feel grading.

The taste was an apparent sugary tast.

The mouthfeel was nice. Though after a drink I could not help but think I had a coating of sugar around my tongue. Not saying this is a bad thing, but it is similar to what you would experience from cough syrup.

Overall, not having anything else from Starr Hill, I appreciate this brew. As a bock I would like something more.

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2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is gold to copper, head is bright white, presenting about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is of honey (?), pretty sweet smelling, malts may be a touch caramelly, but the sweet note is powerful.

Taste is way too sweet for maibock/hellles bock - sweetness is similar to a beer with honey added, maybe its caramel malt plus age? Matlt flavor is difficult to distinguish, but there appear to be some biscuit or breadyi flavors, the base malt seems to be over fermented and producing some sweeter off flavors. hops are hard to distinguish, but come through as muddled grass and earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is a touch crisp, may be overcarbonated, sweetness flavor is lingering and overpowering. Hops dont seem to balance.

Overall, this is not a good representation of a bock, helles or maibock. It is way too sweet. There are some spring bock features, maybe a touch of biscuit, but the hops are not balancing.

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2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-off longneck with clearly marked freshness date. Brewed with two-row, Munich, pilsner and caramel malts; hopped to 25 IBUs with Hallertau, and fermented with German lager yeast. Pours a nice amber color, fairly clear, with lots of carbonation and an off-white head that reduces to a dense cap and leaves a bit of lacing. Smells malty and toasty, with a few hop notes and yeast artifacts, and some distracting DMS. The flavor follows through, lightly sweet and bitter, with a breath of ethanol and some vegetal tones on top of a dry, highly-carbonated, moreish body. Definitely some off flavors on this one. It's a few months past the best-by date, but it isn't even a year old, and a beer like this should last at least as long fairly intact. However, the sulfury flavors don't necessarily develop during aging so it may have tasted like this from the get-go. I'd pass on this one.

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2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of rangerred
2.98/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a 1.5 finger head. Decent head retention.

Aroma is sweet grain. Pretty one dimensional.

The taste is much like the smell. Sweet grains dominate the palate with a bit of breadyness. Bitterness is fairly assertive but no hop flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to full.

This beer is just ok. I thought the flavor was lacking and could have used more maltiness.

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2.99/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As with all Starr Hill brews I have learned that getting ones hopes up can be dissapointing. However, this is by far their best. I buy it every year, because if nothing else it is certainly a sessionable bock.

A: Nice bold amber color. Very crisp and clear. I can hold it over my Game of Thrones book and read the print just fine. HAHA!

S: Still can't get on board with that Starr Hill aroma...I'm thinking it is thier yeast, but just not something I can get with.

T: Let it breath and warm for about fifteen minutes and you have a pretty darn good bock.

M: Nice malty flavor...a few of these and you could certainly skip dinner.

O: For the price, you could do much worse. And as I said this is Starr Hill at its best in my opinion.

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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
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