Flensburger Winterbock
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From:
Flensburger Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
Bock
Ranked #63
ABV:
7%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,857
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 12.4%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
29
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2022
Added:
Jan 09, 2005
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  4
SCORE
83
Good
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Ratings by rarbring:
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Reviewed by rarbring from Sweden

3.92/5  rDev +8%
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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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.02/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
330 ml swingtop bottle, bought in Germany. Golden colour, fizzy, large head. Fairly strong sweet and alcoholic aroma, notes of molasses and ammonium, hints of oak and fermenting fruits, not very pleasant. Flavour is malty, too alcoholic and sweet, low bitterness. Pale strong lagers rarely make me happy, and this one is no exception to the rule. Still drinkable - I’ve had worse.
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
11.2 oz bottle
Glassware: 12-oz footed pilsner/stange
Temp at Pour: 56.2 F

Look:
Clear medium copper topped by a 1" off-white head. The head dissipate to an almost nonexistent cover.

Smell:
Sweet and toasted grains. Bread. Dark raw honey. Hints of fruits like apples and raisins. No detectable hops.

Taste:
Follows the nose but with additional sweetness. Some hops show up to stop the beer from becoming cloying, but it finishes on a definite sweet note.

Feel:
Syrupy. Body is medium-light.

Overall:
While not a bad beer and definitely drinkable, this beer is not what I expect in a doppelbock. It is far too sweet and the color is too light. Maybe this should be in the standard bock category. The closest thing to it that I have had is Abita's Andygator.
May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Taster at Bittercreek. Clear golden, skin of head. Malty aroma, sweet, citrus. Taste circles back to the malts and rides them hard to the finish. Medium weight, Kind of sweet.
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
look: two finger bubbly white head which dissipates quick enough, beer is a totally clear light copper colour, lighter than maybe you would anticipate, slow moving carbonation in the beer.

smell: smells quite nice, lovely malt aroma, white and brown bread, caramel, toffee, hint of some dark fruit, fig, hint of some floral hops.

taste: not a bad strong lager, rich malt flavour, brown bread, red berry, fig, toffee, toasty, quite sweet, a hint of a floral character, light to medium bitterness on the finish, booze is not entirely hidden, not bad.

feel: medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, touch syrupy, sticky, hint of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, pretty drinkable

overall: probably not the best representation of the style, but a nice enough beer all the same.
Mar 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by Zylod from West Virginia

Jan 09, 2021
 
Rated: 3.93 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 330 mL bottle:

Pours a transparent amber color with a foamy, off-white head. Head retains around the circumference of the glass. Not much lacing at all.

Smell is sweet caramel and some yeast up front. I get a bit of malts and maybe some nuts too.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but a little bit watery. I’m getting more water and caramel than anything with yeast and malt showing up at the very end.

Feel is very light for a bock. Feels more like a 4% beer honestly. Pretty smooth and nice carbonation. I just wish it wasn’t so watery - that almost ruins the mouthfeel for me too.

Overall - certainly not bad but the beer itself wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the bottle itself was.
Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.54 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Sep 15, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by gvickery from Texas

Mar 14, 2020
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Reviewed by crenegar from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.83 by beerrat from Virginia

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Nov 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Sep 09, 2019
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Reviewed by Bluecrow from New York

3.74/5  rDev +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
 
Rated: 3.03 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Apr 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.67 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.38 by oberon from North Carolina

Feb 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Jan 20, 2019
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Reviewed by HardTarget from Texas

2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.54 by timmy2b from New York

Dec 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by cdwil from Texas

Dec 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.39 by JamarcusMarinovich from California

Dec 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by janubio from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.
Good.
Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by metalspice from Norway

Jan 30, 2017
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Reviewed by DanielCseklye from Belgium

3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by iftcoach from Germany

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by FLima from Brazil

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
L:
-pours a clear amber with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-sweet grain,hay,cinnamon,bready,faint smoke,caramel
T:
-honey,grainy,bready,caramel,phenolic
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-slight alcohol warmth
O:
Mediocre
Oct 29, 2015
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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
 
Rated: 3 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Feb 19, 2015
Flensburger Winterbock from Flensburger Brauerei
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 65 ratings