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
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Photo of Bills453
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - as the name suggests, the color is amber! No head.

Smell - a bit sweet smelling. Not much else.

Taste - sweet at first, changes over to a bit of a bitter ending.

Mouthfeel - average.

Overall - average. There are plenty of other lagers I would drink.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear copper color with two fingers of head that quickly faded. The aroma was of caramel malt and nuts. The flavors were of caramel malt, sweet malt and a bit of nuts. It was very simple and though not bad it wasn’t much to talk about. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation a bit high.

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Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small tan head that fades quickly and no lacing.

S: Mostly a grain aroma with a hint of sweet malt.

T: A mild sweet malt & caramel taste. A very light bitterness with a mild sticky sweetness for an aftertaste.

F: Fairly light body, quite smooth.

D: Decent drinker, but a tad sweet to have more than 1-2. A nice unoffensive brew. Got as a 6-pack mixer.

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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 Franz4
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- nice dark amber color, small head that left quickly, no lacing to speak of.

S- slightly malty, grainy as well, not overpowering

T- Malt comes through more than I expected with a slight hop finish that balances it out well.

M- very lightly carbonated, just very slightly oily

D- very drinkable, seems to be a solid amber lager but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of JDH2000
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought some back with me after visiting family in Rochester, NY.

Pours dark amber--almost reddish--with a nice head that settles rather quickly. Decent carbonation throughout, but not much lacing.

Smell of caramel and chocolate and sweet malts. I also get a hint of woody, earthy hops.

Upon tasting, much of the sweet malt comes through. Later I get a bit of the root beer taste that others mentioned.

Mouth feel is light, yet creamy. Very smooth and perfectly carbonated.

Overall, I'd say it's a pretty decent beer. At first, the initial sweetness was off-putting to me, when I've taken the time to enjoy it, I actually like the balance of flavors. The six-pack I picked up will come in handy as a nice refreshment for a summer day.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
2.71/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/09. Bottle. Pours a dark, clear brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, bready malt, toffee, and caramel. Flavor of cola, sweet bready malt, some vegetal notes as the beer warms. Thin, watery, grainy body. The aroma/flavor composition are more like a doppelbock than a vienna to me. The flavor gets worse as you drink it. Not a fan.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a pretty amber color with a tall white head that recedes to lace. the aroma presents some light sweet malt and just a touch of those bottom feeders. the taste once again is just a bit of light sweet malt at the start, the odd citrus hop selection and the dry lager finish. the light body and aggressive carbonation make this a pretty easy drinker, but not nearly as good as the oatmeal stout...

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep mahogany amber with a nice off white lacing with eccentric bubbles floating around on top and low visible carbonation.

Aroma is a bit salty.. of Vienna malt and a touch of chocolate comes out modestly clean.

Taste also alternates between a bit of chocolate, slight biscuity Oktoberfest flavor, and a clean bittering hop. Almost seems like there's more alcohol in there than there really is. Actually it's the hops. There's something way off in the hop character here.. maybe my mind was set for an Oktoberfest or something more juicy like Brooklyn lager. This has a very spicy, acidic hop finish that ruins the beer really. In total contrast to the mellowness of the malt. Very sour and puckering. I think it's just a pure overdose of the bittering hops along with some harsh tannins. This is close to a drainpour for me.

Mouthfeel is decent though. Nice and smooth and round.

I was expecting a little more from this beer and it just turned out weird and offsetting. This was the first of a mixed six pack I got as a gift from this brewery so I'm hoping the rest are a little better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown. Candy nose. Flavor brings a bit too much of the same. Too much cotton candy sweetness. Too much tang. No balance. None of the earthy character I would hope would be delivered. Feel is slick and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is middle of the road, but what's there nips at the mouth. Too sweet. Too tangy. Pass.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper color with a two finger head that slowly falls. Some nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: light caramel is all that is detectable.

Taste: thin malt profile. Caramel, hints of brown sugar, mild earthiness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a touch dry at the end. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: so-so as this is a bit thin. Low alcohol gives this a bit higher nod, but overall this is a bit dull.

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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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