Dockside Amber Lager | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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Dockside Amber LagerDockside Amber Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States
wagnerbrewing.com

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gusler on 07-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
39
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
16.06%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of CountryRock2001
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. Brownish orange, thin white head. Clean malty aroma, somewhat nutty. Flavor is very malty and clean. Nice munich carmel notes. Decent mouth feel. Light and drinkable, with plenty of flavor. This is very well done, and right to the Vienna style. Could use a bit better head retention, though.

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Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why I have to justify this with a review. Had this lager a few years ago and didn't care for it. Didn't care for any beer from Wagner Valley. After visiting the brewery today, I have to say I am a fan. Very good example of the style.

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of charlesw
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know... I'm pretty impressed. I drank this immediately after a barleywine and it held its own - it didn't seem, like so many brews from big companies, like there was nothing to it. So, yeah, that means that it's got some flavor and body to it. Nice. Even after eating a bit and waiting then having more I was still hip to it. Nice and malty, that's for sure. Mind you... We do have a few little comments... My wife said that it tastes a little like root beer! On really thinking about, I suppose I can see that a little. I'd attribute that to maybe low carbonation... Of course, for the style it might just be a little underattenuated...

Anyway... Without doing a horizontal tasting... It seems to be right along the lines of the sled dog - just on the lighter side. And that's fine. I'm sure I be drinking more of these - their prices are very reasonable for what you get.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly orange and clear. Tan head of creamy foam. Nose is breaddy with toasty melanoidins and a touch of earthy floral. A hint of sweetness on top. Excellent. Substantial malt with a crisp finish and moderate bitter. Toasty malt but no caramel. Drying int he finish. Clean and smooth. Excellent example of the style and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid offering in what generally is a rather uninspried catagory IMHO. This has some similarities to SA Boston Lager, but kicked up a notch or two. The malts are balanced nicely with spicey Hallertau and Tettnang. Finishes clean and beckons you drink more.

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Photo of doctor_dirk
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explodes out of bottle with a 5+ finger light brown head but fades quickly leaving only traces of lace. Murky brown/amber with a ton of chunky bits, ugliest beer I've seen in a while. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is raisin and yeast. Starts with sweet raisin & plum, there is a hint of yeast in the background, finishes smooth and is actually very drinkable. $1.00 for a 12 oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of cooch69
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a brilliant amber brown color with a very small head that stays to very well. It is very clear and it has a pretty brisk carbonation.
The nose shows caramel and biscuity malts light brown sugar and an ever so slight hop presence.
This brew is very caramelly on the palate with very little hops. Just enough to wave hello. I'm getting figs and some brown sugar as well.
There is a pretty smooth finish with some mildly assertive carbonation. It was another decent brew from Wagner Valley from whom I've never had a dud yet. Good job.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer. I tried it for the first time on tap at the brewhouse and got a mix a six pack with two of these. I must say I liked it better on the tap, but this was still pretty decent. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. It pours a nice hearty amber color, with excellent clarity. It has a nice frothy foamy head that initially looks great, but the beer provides no lacing or glass retention at all, I'd probably give it another full point on the appearance scale if that was the case, plus it clears up completely in maybe 2 minutes. The smell is pretty good too, very malty. Smells caramelized and toasted. The taste is much like the smell, generously malty and great on a cold night. The taste is initially sweet, roasted and caramelized malts. There's an additional sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on, maybe like a brown sugar or some type of brown sugar extract, pretty nice and well balanced though.***Let this beer warm up a little if it's in the refrigerator or don't refrigerate it at all. The flavor is dulled quite a bit when cooled off, more so than other beers I've tried*** I really can't taste the hops, but there is a bitter feel at the end so it's clearly noticeable as an ingredient. The mouthfeel is good, pretty full bodied and smooth. A very drinkable beer. I gotta say I was really in the mood for a malty beer when I drank this. So go for it if you're in the mood for a nice malty lager, but at the same token, avoid it at all cost when you're looking for something hoppy.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear medium copper color with virtually no head.
Smell is very light with some faint caramel notes to be found.
Taste Is strongly malty with caramel and much dark fruit essences to be found.
Finishes light, sweet and very refreshing.
An all around enjoayble beer. Very middle of the road.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a dry toasted aroma with a malty scent created with the use of pale, crystal, and vienna malts. The taste is decent. It has a bitter, dry, and toasted flavor that goes down easy, but leaves a grainy aftertaste. It has a nice malty core and suttle hop flavor. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker lager. It has a strange taste, but it's growing on me. It has a bit of an unsavory metal flavor.

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Photo of Wortman1998
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasing if somewhat raw beer. I had no problems with gushing or overcarbonation. Head rose high and lingered with lace over a maple syrup/sap colored amber, a very attractive lager. Nose fruity with strong hints of maple and brown sugar. Beer is not as sweet as all that, although the caramel underbelly is certainly sugary (and tasty). Bitter, piney hops and musty, fruity yeast do a nice job of evening out the woody flavor. An enjoyable beer although novices may be put off by the strong, unrefined flavor. Not me. Amber lagers are versatile with many different foods, but why not try this in the morning alongside a tall stack of flapjacks?

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Deep amber color with about one and a half fingers of tain head that dissipate quickly leaving isolated specks of lacing behind.

S - Grassy hops mostly, a bit of sweet malt and lillies. It's pretty nice.

T - Sweet caramel malt and grassy hops, The aftertaste is a dryer maltiness paired with a grassy flavor that has no bitterness in it. The flavor doesn't impress me a lot, but it has nothing to complain about.

M - A light, smooth beer with low carbonation. Very refreshing.

D - I finished this before I realized it. It is an ideal session beer. Great with food. It other characteristics are average for the most part, but it is the sort of beer you will drink five of before realize it.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another very nice brew by the Wagner Brewing Co. It pours a semi dark amber with this gigantic white plume as a covering. The body does not appear overly carbonated, nor does the affect, but this head seems to be a trademark of bottled products of this brewery.
The taste is by far its strong point with a mild malt background and a slight hint of caramel. Full bodied and impressive once you get by its heady weakness.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/19...pours amber medium with just a smidge of white foam on top. Light caramel nose, vanillas, colas. Smooth taste, clean caramel, light sweetness backed by a toffee bitter bite. Small. Just a little bit of carbonation. Simple, but hits the style nicely.

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vienna malt…roasted…nutty qualities…lightly hopped aroma. This beer is a mildly aeromatic, but very pleasant to smell. Subtle and understated, but very nice. It’s a dark, nearly ruby, reddish-brown color. The hue is more deep than what I’d call amber. It has no appreciable head. Moderately sweet up front with a nice bitter and lingering hoppiness by the finish. Enjoyable and average local brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber to light brown with a creamy head than settles to a thin, lasting creamy cover. Some thin lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild caramel with just a touch of woody, slightly spicy hops.

The taste is of sweet caramel with grainy, slightly nutty notes. A mild hop touch is enough to balance sweetness, leading to a semi-dry, somewhat abrupt, finish.

The body is light-to-medium, with carbonation on aggressive side, though maintaining a creamy smoothness.

A straight-forward, malty, easy drinking Vienna Lager.

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Photo of twillingthenoz
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer after dislodging itself from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass an amber color with a modest off white head that is frothy in texture as it dissolves the lace forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose has a sweet malted grain aroma, crisp and fresh to the senses with the start lightly sweet and pleasingly malted, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is middle0of-th-road as far as acidity goes, the hops delectable in their spicy bite, the aftertaste dry, and a nice change of pace.

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Dockside Amber Lager from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.3 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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