Flensburger Winterbock
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Bock - Doppelbock
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3.62 | pDev: 12.71%
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep shiny bronze colored appearance, a mix of brass deepy yellow, dark copper and red. Slight amounts of fine carbonation, and a real creamy three finger off white head, with super fine bubbles. Nice looking dollops of cream like lacing and real staying power. Lighter than most doppelbocks and really beautiful.

Aroma is on faint caramel, a bit pasty sensing yeast character too, which takes aways from some of the clean sensations on the nose. Hits a little mineral like as well too. Not much diversity but a solid simple aroma in bock land.

Palate seems to go an easier route. Light bodied almost helles like but also a touch wet in flavor and mouthfeel. Still some light caramel and a bit of grass like hop quality. Finish with more of a malt bitterness than hop bitterness strangely, almost a tannic dry grain aftertaste. Still some nice simple caramel like flavors, but also hits a bit unexpectedly bitter.

Not a bad doppel but not a great or really good one unfortunately either. Perhaps this is more in the lighter bock range that would make sense. Either way I'd score it the same.

Oct 16, 2020
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crenegar from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely wonderful beer from one of the few northern German breweries that makes beer like the Bavarian's. On tap from a 30L barrel here at my house, lighter and crisp, perhaps a tiny bit less malty than one might expect from the style but upon warming does tend to fulfill. At 7% it's a very nice, smooth, malty easy drinking beer. Americans haven't quite learned how to make things like this yet, hoping we'll get there soon.

Mar 11, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

for something dubbed a winter beer, this is astonishingly light in color, perfectly clear deep golden, if this is a doppelbock as listed here, its the lightest one i can ever remember seeing in the flesh. high white head on it, airy looking and well refined beer, high shine. aroma and flavor are somewhat understated, especially on the grain side and especially compared with their other beers i have had before, the yeast also seems really light and mild to me. i think with winter in the name, i was looking for a bit more of an intense and malt driven brew, maybe a stronger and stronger flavored specimen, but once i figure this out, i like it a lot. the malt is fresh to me, particularly for a european import, and i can immediately appreciate the lager yeast, its full of minerals and earthiness and remains really pale through the whole drink, oddly light and dry for what its supposed to represent. i think this is more of an all season drink than something specific to winter, unless there is some german bock type and tradition i am not hip to yet, but this just seems like solid lager beer, without anything specific to tie it in to the winter season. that said, its flavorful, lightly bitter, well carbonated, real clean, and dangerously drinkable. good beer, a little confusing to me, but good.

Dec 30, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, one finger white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit and mildly dry caramel malt, apple and mild nuttiness. Flavor is biscuit and dry caramel malt, brown bread, light dates and nuts; finishes light with a mild bitterness and husky grain. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nicely presented bock that starts out pretty well with solid malt and bread flavors, but kind of thins out into the finish with grainy bitterness that somewhat overwhelms the bready malt. An authentic tasting, but rather light doppelbock.

Nov 28, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber body under a coupla fingers of off-white foam... Lots of sweet warmth and gentle spice, toasty brown bread and molasses with clove and nutmeg... Light and smooth, little shellac across the palate lingers... Too easy to drink at 7.0% abv... 9/6/19 bottling...

Oct 31, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark bread, clove, and tart berry. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an interesting, clean and tasty German lager. A little dry and not as sweet as most doppelbocks though. Really like Flensburger's beers and this one did not disappoint. Will get this again.

Jun 02, 2019
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Bluecrow from New York

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-clear mahogany bottle pour with a thin, tan foam ring. Theere is a bit of candi sugar in the aroma and a bit of allspice. The flavor is honey malt with some caramel. The body is light, but some richness persists on the back of the tongue. -an enjoyable brew

May 24, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 3.18(Including tax and discount)/330 mL bottle ($ 0.284/oz) from Spec’s #100, DeZavala, San Antonio. Reviewed 3/9/19.
“09.06.19” on label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Gold, clear.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, controlled center pour) off white, average density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin, complete layer.
Lacing – Poor – a few pieces of skinny rings of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Yellow, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Malty.
Flavor – 3.5 – Begins malty and slightly sweet with just a touch of caramel. No alcohol (7 % ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – A very nice bock.

Mar 08, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Neat smallish flip top bottle

Appearance: Bright amber gold glass holds a wispy almost cover of white. Excellent clarity.

Aroma: Apple, some corn notes, some wheat and grain notes under that.

Taste: Some mild spice notes, bit of clove, bit of DMS, a mild sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Low medium carbonation is a bit gritty, medium body, clean finish.

Overall: A little light for a doppelbock, a little under spiced for a seasonal, drinkability is a little iffy, I'm going to give it a try but there's an off note that didn't sit well with the spices.

Jan 06, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden colour, medium head and retention, irregular lace.
Aroma of honey, citrics, cinnamon.
Medium body, creamy texture, fizzy carbonation.
Taste of cinnamon, honey, vanilla, fruits.

Feb 18, 2018
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DanielCseklye from Belgium

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml swing-top bottle, accompanied by a stem glass.

L: pale amber color, thick head, spectacular carbonation

S: little bit metallic for me, fruity hints

T: sweet, malty, banana, clove, i liked it

all things considered the swing-top style, the label and the "Winterbock" title lured me to slack the ghost from the bottle and taste it. I liked it, only the mentioned metallic notes in the smell and the taste disappointed me, though it is an excellent brew, i would buy it again,

Mar 04, 2016
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FLima from Brazil

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with interesting amounts of honey, bread and mild herbal and floral hops.
Flavor with notes of lager yeast, some herbal hops, lots of bread crust, some pepper and a bit of caramel. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7% could not be better disguised.
Well executed Bock with clear Maillard notes. Malts predominating as expected for the style, feeling it a bit sweet. All in all, decent but with no much thrills.

Dec 12, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear amber with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-sweet grain,hay,cinnamon,bready,faint smoke,caramel
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol warmth

Oct 29, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml, swing-top bottle. A bit early to be bringing out the winter brews, but I get it, this was part of a swath of this brewery's offerings recently introduced to my alcohol-swilling jurisdiction.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with one zaftig finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves a bit of low-lying snow rime lace around the glass as things slowly subside.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale and caramel malt, a certain nail polish remover-esque booziness, a twinge of banana and clove, hovering phenolic yeast, and weak earthy, weedy, and floral noble hops. The taste is bready, slightly doughy caramel malt, a further wet graininess, bruised banana, muddled white pepper and clove spice, still testy and morose yeast, a pesky acetone character, and more underwhelming earthy, dead leafy and floral hop, um, 'bitterness'.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their wan and shy-seeming frothiness, the body a decent enough middleweight, and mostly smooth, just a wee pithiness coming out of those aforementioned and still unwelcome phenols. It finishes well off-dry, the grainy maltiness (neither particularly pale or caramel in its bearing) trying to take back the reins.

While the preceding words make this one out to be something of an ogreish affair, it really falls right in line with the style - a (further) boozed-up German lager, where the extra alcohol can manifest in many different ways. Sometimes it's very well integrated, and in others, the esters aren't the ones you're probably looking for - the latter predominates here.

Oct 16, 2015
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Copper amber clear filtered with lot of fine bubbled carbonation, a finger of off white head fades fast to a foam.

S: I’m getting lager like a pilsener quality, almost a Pabts Blue ribbon, as well as some dark toasted creme brule character. A slight wood glue quality.

T: A dark toasted note, clean linen, the wood glue, clean finish.

M: Smooth and clean, again like a lager, but a little more weight than a pils. A medium amount of fine foamy carbonation adds to a fuller body, and a clean finish.

O: Its got a great mouthfeel, but everything else is below par in my opinion. I love the bottle and label, and to think that I found a winter beer in Asia made me happy. But the aroma and taste lacked. First drank in CNX Feb 3, 2014.

Sep 18, 2014
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soulgrowl from England

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale bronze, almost dark gold. Fizzy – not a great head.

Fresh grain aroma – FRESH. GRAIN. Pure caramel malt, Crunchy Nut, sweetcorn. Is there anything else? Nah, not really. This is obviously all about the malt.

Flavor wise: it's toast with marmalade, but a little bit angry. Bread with coarse flour, kneaded by someone with troubles at home. Marmalade made by someone who isn't getting paid enough to harvest oranges. Tangy, bittersweet, lip-smacking. This is for drinking with people you'd rather not be with.

Fizzy, boozy, tangy, angry, grainy. To be honest this is almost in the same category as something like Carlsberg Special Brew – but it's a little more refined than that. This is a white collar crime beer.

Jan 29, 2014
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EmperorBevis from England

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled with fliptop lid
The strongly spicy Bock with pleasant mildness. A full-bodied specialty for dark days and frosty nights. Seasonally available only in winter.

Jan 01, 2014
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jonb5 from England

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Pale amber, small fast disappearing head, minimal lacing, clear.

S: Clove, banana, quite agreeable.

T: Molasses, clove, banana, notes of hay,wheaty finish.

M: Low carbonation, chewy texture, smooth.

O: Initially I was slightly concerned by the absence of the trademark Flensburger "plop" (no sniggering) but this was pretty decent, although lacking multiple layers. Seemed more Bavarian than far northern German, I should have picked up a few more.

Nov 29, 2013
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cambabeer from New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- reddish brown, creamy colored head with a nice lace that clings to the glass. Small slow carbonation. Very appetizing.

S- Perhaps the best part of the beer. It smells nutty and fruity. Also spicy and fresh like a garden and a high alcohol smell.

T- Tastes great except for a tiny bit of metallic aftertaste but that goes away fast to a bready aftertaste. Tastes nutty and sweet, quite sweet but with bitterness that sits in the back of the throat. Really good actually.

M- Not too unique. Creamy overall but with stronger carbonation that the appearance would suggest.

O- Pick it up, I like it.

Jun 18, 2013
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jesseejames from Montana

4.91/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far the best beer I have tasted in Germany. Surprising that I was unable to taste it at the brewery.(wrong time) It is remarkably precisely balanced malt to hops so the alcohol is hidden and it is overly drinkable. The aroma and flavor are extremely complex with hints of nuts and fruits. I am still detecting new flavors every bottle. And of course this beer comes in the famous bottle with the patented plop'.

It is remarkable to go through the brewery and watch them reuse the swing top bottles and the number of workers that it takes to keep the bottling plant working. If you get the chance please reserve a spot and take the tour it is well worth it.

May 27, 2013
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml swing-top bottle with a BB of March 2014. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York. It's certainly the right time of year - snow is falling outside.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich golden-amber hue with good clarity and low carbonation. Produces an enormous head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy malt with hints of husk, caramel, nuttiness and stewed hops. A warming alcohol note in the background.

Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of husk, stewed hops, faint nuttiness, and a hint of sugar. Slightly sweet, with a pervasive harsh quality. A mild bitterness upon swallowing, accompanied by a background whiff of booze. Mouthfeel is smooth; almost creamy, with light, tingly carbonation and good body. There is also a mildly spicy solvent sensation on the palate. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of acrid husky grain, stewed leaves and booze.

Rather so-so; the malty character is there but it's a bit one-dimensional and uninspired. There is an unpleasant harshness in the flavour and a fair whiff of booze as well. It doesn't come across as badly brewed or lagered, but perhaps it needs something more to mask the alcohol. Nothing to write home about - no need to seek it out.

Jan 18, 2013
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rarbring from Sweden

3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is clear amber, has small off-white head, little lacing but some curtains.

The smell is floral and fruity, grass, hay, flowers, a summer meadow, some black currant leaves and a hint of perfume.

Upfront a brown bread sweetness, then much dried fruits, figs, dates, a light bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, small bubbles, soft and smooth.

Nice, aromatic and well balanced bock.

May 29, 2011
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StJamesGate from New York

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale bronze with an amber-pink tinge and fast-fading white head. Sickly sweet nose - smells like straight malts extract out of the can, with a hint of floral hops to save it. Clover honey on graham crackers and stewed apricot malts with some nectar and cedar oil at the end that may have nothing to do with hops. Finishes surprisingly clean with a perfumed linger. Thin, fizzy, some chew.

Strange mix of cloying sweetness and thin body. Not especially wintery. There are better bocks out there.

Mar 05, 2011
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wl0307 from England

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Breeze Center supermarket in Taipei; BB 18/06/2010, served chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a dark orangey amber hue, good clarity, coming with relatively mild streams of medium-large sized fizz and a frothy off-white head with good retention.
S: pretty dense, sweet and aromatic in terms of maltiness, but a mild lemony edge, floral hints of German hops and semi sour-sweet pale prunes are not too far away. A good swirl brings out sweet nuts, honey, and some grassy notes of hops, but at the same time the sweetness is also thus underlined. Somehow, the nose comes too sweet on the balance, IMO.
T: better than the nose, the flavour is not that sweet at all - the lightly fizzed, semi-light bodied foretaste of sour-sweet maltiness with a touch of raw nuts(?) and hays precedes a mixed fruitiness as of marinated Chinese pale prunes with a touch of kumquat, then bringing onboard a light but lingering aftertaste of dry-ish & mildly spicy hoppiness. A faint but welcomed touch of sourness, like the doughy edge that a good lager should have, also lingers briefly in the end along with the mild bitterness.
M&D: to be frank, the palate is slightly less fizzy than ideal, but this is at least better than any overly spritzy strong lager. This medium-bodied bockbier is easy to drink but really fails to bring the lackluster flavour profile up to a different level. Hence an average stuff, at best.

Dec 22, 2009
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer delivers a ton of frothy white cranium that sticks up well above the glass, and has a golden clear body.

Aroma is very metallic upfront, with some huskiness amd herb in the finish. Altogether, it reminds me of tobacco.

Taste wise, the tobacco flavors are detectable. There are metallic like flavors too, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel wise, its crisp and clean. However, the warming alcohol finish is detectable.

This is a good beer overall, but I wish it were a little more on the sweeter and warmer side, for this being a winter beer. Nonetheless, a good bock beer.

Dec 22, 2009
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