Winter Lager | Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Winter LagerWinter Lager

Brewed by:
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium-bodied bock beer, this brew uses biscuit and crystal malts as well as noble European hops. The resulting deep amber beer is dry and flavorful, perfect for a cold Lake Placid winter.

Added by Brad007 on 12-12-2010

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by B967ierhunter177:
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, dark copper with thin head and lace that lasts. The aroma is of roasted malt with hints of nuts, and spices. The flavor is complex with ginger, root beer barrel, and toast with molasses in the finish. A soothing warmth shows through as it warms. It's mouthfeel is light-medium. Lake Placid Winter Lager is a good beer, perfect on a chilly fall evening, and very drinkable. Recommended!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Swedes21
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass.

Appearance - beer pours a clear auburn colour with an off-white head. the head doesnt last long however does leave some good lacing. I can see some carbonation in the glass.

Smell - i can pick up some malts, deep caramel/toffee like smells. there is a slight hint of some raisin nodes as well.

taste - this is a very dry beer, it comes through with some malt and caramel taste. I found there to be some metallic taste near the end, which made it dry.

mouthfeel - good levels of carbonation make the toffee some fwd and a little more bitterness. i found the dryness left too.

drinkability - glad i tried it, would not rate it high or anywhere near a top beer.

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of mdtnelson
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Thunderchief
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that died down rather quickly, but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts in the nose along with hints of caramel and floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted malts along with notes of biscuits and hints of caramel, malty sweetness and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for the style and isn’t too heavy, especially when compared to other bocks.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A nice clear deep brown with amber tint and a half inch of opaque colored head that has moderate lace.

S - Smell is a nice bit of hops, caramel, and biscuit malts. Crystal malts also deliver a touch of grainy smell.

T - Taste is a bit muddled but it does have a nice bock lager taste. Slight hops and malts with really no level of sweetness. Straight up tastes "English" That's what it is dry and molasses eh...

M - Medium bodied and fairly hoppy.

Overall it pretty much delivers a nice hoppy profile and English malt flavors but in my opinion it could use some spice to even out the flavors.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a slightly hazy reddish brown colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some really nice lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, hops, cloves, raisins, hay/straw, cookies

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. It has a lot of malt taste mixed with notes of hops and dark fruit. There are also notes of cloves and a cookie like sweetness. It finishes with a really pleasing sweet malty aftertaste.

Drink - This beer caught me by surprise, it was really tasty. I only purchased one bottle but I found myself not wanting my glass to end. It has a nice mixed bag of flavours and was highly drinkable. It's worth trying if you happen to see it at the store.

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Photo of atr2605
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark amber with a fluffy off white head, good retention
S-fairly low aroma, slight malt sweetness and a hint of spice
T-A slightly dry biscuit malt flavor up front followed by hop bitterness and finishes slightly sweet
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad beer, not a lot to it but very drinkable

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish auburn color with ruby hues and a thin layer of head. Some lacing. Aromas of booze, caramel, malts, brown sugar and grains. Taste is more of the same. Boozey brown sugar and caramel malts. Hints of chocolate. A bit bready. This beer is obviously old but I saw it at my local beer store for $3.99 a six pack and couldn't pass it up. And I'm glad I grabbed it. Pretty decent beer that age hasn't seemed to harm very much. Overall, it's a good enough beer for what I paid but I probably won't be paying full price for it this upcoming Winter.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JayMillerWild
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown color; thick, smooth head that leaves plentiful ring lace with a solid blanket of minute bubbles in between.

Nearly no smell from a full bar pour. I detect a light melted brown sugar aroma.

Mildly sweet, too little for the style. The body is also a touch thin. Plenty of maltiness (reminds me of hazelnuts). Quite smooth. Overall, this beer falls just between bock, porter and a brown ale.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of BruChef
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A stunning and brilliantly clear ruby brown lager poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The clarity and color make this beer super inviting. The aroma is caramel, burnt sugar, mission fig and some sherry too. If this beer tastes half as good as it looks and smells, its a winner in my book.

The first flavor i initially experienced were soapy, piney hops which i wasn't expecting based on the smell. A few sips later the flavor starts to shift more towards the malt. I'm half way through and it is warming up nicely. Strangely, for a lager, it reminds me of a dubbel with slightly more hop presence; it's very fruity for a lager, especially dried fruit with the fig and raisin notes. The hops are pretty well balanced and i think i detect some perle hops. Could be, the bottle says its brewed with German and American hops. Ah, okay, this is supposed to be a bock. The flavor profile make much more sense now. Did i mention how lovely this beer looks?

The mouth feel is just right for this beer. Deceptive for what one expects from a lager but overall great for this time of year, especially if you are looking for a full flavored yet medium bodied beer. Felt like i was missing a little warmth, especially what one would expect from a bock...ah, there it is, hiding in the last few, room temp. sips. Enjoyed this one, would drink it again, but not more than one at a time.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a touch of caramel sweetness. The taste is good. It has a smooth, roasted and crystal malt flavor; dry with a light to mild caramel sweetness. It goes down easy with a crisp, lager yeast dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well balanced beer. It's delicious and easy drinking; a wonderful winter seasonal.

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Photo of matty
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is malty.Taste is candied sugar and caramel malts.Tastes like a liquid lifesaver.Overall a relatively tasty and smooth beer that is pretty enjoyable,although the sweetness would probably prevent you from drinking too many at one sitting.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garnet red color with a one-finger head into my glass. I love the color and it's usually a good sign.

The aroma is full of grainy malt with toffee standing out as one of the perceived flavors.

Very subtle with toffee, lightly toasted malt and just a kiss of hops to greet the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is subtle as well and basically, the flavors disappear without leaving any aftertaste.

This is certainly an enjoyable winter lager. I imagine that it would be excellent straight from a tap on a cold, blustery day.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Part of a mixed 6 pack from Marketplace Wine and Spirits in Central Jersey

Pours a very dark ruby red, nearly brown. One finger of sticky foam coats the glass. Very nice looking. Aroma is dark crystal malts, plum, slight raisin aroma.

First sip is... thick, chewy, sweet, nice! I wish it said bock on the label - more appealing than winter lager. Either way this is a nice mini-malt bomb. Body is thick, mouthfeel chewy, and alcohol is nicely hidden. A nice find!

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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is dark reddish-amber with a 1/2-finger khaki head on top. Leaves behind nice sheets of lace.

S: First impression is cereal grains, but there's also some caramel malt and toffee-like sweetness.

T: Toasted bread, husky grain and some caramel malt sweetness. Finishes with a slight metallic bitterness; doesn't come off dry, however, as there's a lingering sweetness that seems almost fruity at times in the aftertaste. Still, it's not cloying at all. Warmth from the 6.5% ABV is felt in the belly after a couple sips.

M: Body is light in heft, carbonation is fine, creating an all-around smooth feel.

D: Very good. A nice, flavorful but (relatively)light beer that makes for a nice winter or early spring seasonal.

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Winter Lager from Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 41 ratings