The Gift (WinterBock Lager) | Starr Hill Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
The Gift (WinterBock Lager)The Gift (WinterBock Lager)
148 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 11-19-2008

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 66
Photo of cuy50
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SlaughteredWolf
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of JK4Stout
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.

 737 characters

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber, with a towering golden-cream head (thanks, perhaps, to an over-aggressive pour) that lingered well, and left a small amount of lacing.

S: Very pleasant, although not too powerful. It included tart fruit, bready grain, and faint, spicy pepper.

T: A nice, sweet malt at first, that quickly yielded to a nectarine tang, which in turn yielded to a balancing bitterness of hops. Not a complex mix of flavors, but clean and to the point.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation as it first washes over the tongue, but with a late, creamy smoothness.

O: A good, solid lager, worthy of the winter season, but able to hold its own any time of year. Worth picking up a few more the next time I'm at the store.

 712 characters

Photo of EFR94
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pick up a single of this brew at my local establishment. Pretty excited to start the winter beer season.

Appearance: pours a nice, clear, golden and smooth color. Not much head, little lacing and retention. Pretty clear for a winter beer.

Smell: sharp scent of malty hops, and cider. Not too much to brag about, but still inviting.

Taste: first sip brings on sweet maltiness. Somewhat honey flavor and bread-like, somewhat strong flavor.

Mouthfeel: light to medium body, some cream. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: goes down kind of smooth. Not too bad. Pretty average brew, considering this is the first time I've had this style. Somewhat reminds me of a winter beer. Maybe I would have this again, but I would recommend it. Still goes down pretty smooth.

 763 characters

Photo of drt72
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of xgpt
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of jricharc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

 339 characters

Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Chaney
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow, this certainly doesn't look like a 6.5% ABV brew. Poured a crystal clear gold color, with a 2 finger head and was pretty sticky.

S: Nice, fresh scent of grain and yeast. Pretty subdued, but I dug it.

T: Much sweeter than I was expecting... kinda cloying and detracts from its gulpability.

M: Like I said sweet, but I didn't get any booze. The carbonation was low, which was appropriate for this style, and the lacing was substantial.

O: Not the most popular style in the world, but I dig it on occasion. This was nice, but one was totally enough for me.

 566 characters

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of docmoran16
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jsh5771
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ilkelma
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ghirsh
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BryanCarey
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/tan in color, this beer is cloudy in appearance and emits an aroma that combines caramel, toffee, and sugar. The body is fairly well carbonated but the head of foam is short- lived and fades with each passing sip.

This beer has a candy- like flavor with sugar syrup and sweet malts, along with the taste of alcohol in the finish to offer some bitterness. There are some toffee and toasted malt notes and a little bit of prune. The beer leaves a certain coating on the inside of the mouth that is like caramelized sugar with some added fruit. The carbonation, while it looks plentiful to the eye, is less apparent in the mouth and it makes the beer less refreshing than it could be.

This beer is labeled as a winter bock, but it’s a little lighter in color than I would expect for a beer with this designation and its taste is a little sweeter than expected. I’m not sure I would purchase this one again due to its candy- like character, but I can agree that it has some interesting things to offer.

 1,012 characters

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my crystal mug, this attractive beer is a hazy medium gold, with a bubbly tan head building about one and a half fingers high. It dissipates fast, leaving no lacing.
The smell is of caramel, malt, yeast and fruit.
Tasting the beer, yeast, and sweet caramel notes are the start, being combined with some more fruity notes like orange in the middle. The finish has a hint of hops.
Very nice Maibock! I like it.

 421 characters

Photo of Gww1864
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cheapswiller
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Beerfoot20
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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