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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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

S - served on tap into frosted pint glass

A - deep rich amber color with an exploding head of white foam. The head died down quick to a frothy ring around the edge of the glass with only minimal lacing.

S - slightly offsetting. Not offensive, but unusual for the style. Sweet smelling with yeasts taking center stage.

T - goes down very easy....biscuity malt flavor with little to no hop presence. Not an overly complex lager. Decent.

M - a little more than what I would normally describe as over carbonated. Mouthfeel gets lost in the fizz.

O - not a bad brew. My first from Starr Hill Brewery. Paired well with the Buffalo Chicken Salad I was enjoying. Good enough that I ordered another while I polished off my lunch. This is supposedly a winter seasonal brew, but I don't get it...i'd drink this in the summer / fall, but nothing about this beer says "winter". Cheers [ii]D

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Crystal clear light amber beer with almost no head. Actually had no head or lacing by the time I killed it.

Smell: Unremarkable. Light sweetness and bread-y grain.

Taste: Clean, crisp bock beer. Noticable hop flavor is missing, I barely taste any. This is pretty unremarkable beer. Lightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Points for drinkability and the clean crispness of the beer. However, overcarbonation keeps this from being a great mouthfeel. Light-to-medium body.

This was painfully average and nothing I'll ever have again unless given.

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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Swigged this one straight from the bottle at a holiday party. Apparently, this varietal is actually a special seasonal, but couldn't really pick that up from the label nor the taste. This came in a regular variety pack along with the northern lights, red ale and imperial stout. By the time I got to this one I didn't holdout much hope. In addition to the I don't think Maibocks bring much to the table in general. It was surprisingly light, with a sweet finish. The website states that is uses munich malts helping pacify my taste buds into thinking this is a german original. Seemed like a typical lager. Descent beer, best of the mixed case.

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The Gift (WinterBock Lager) from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 148 ratings