Winter Bock | Silver City Brewing Co.

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Winter BockWinter Bock

Brewed by:
Silver City Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Knuckles on 11-07-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Knuckles:
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Contrary to our best efforts, four BAs were actually able to meet up in Silverdale for a seriously good day of beer, food and just plain screwing around. The weather blew (as those of you who were in the Seattle area last Saturday can attest), but that made the consumption of nice warming beers like the Silver City Winter Bock that much more enjoyable.

Appearance: This gorgeous dark brown, like oak stain. Filtered, so the beer is transparent, but still gorgeous. Nice, fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while, leaving nice lacing down the sides.

Smell: No trace of hops or yeast at all in this one, just malt, malt, malt. I don't know what lager yeast Don Spencer uses, but I love the fact that it doesn't leave any nose behind whatsover. I appreciate yeast smells in some beers, but not in bocks, oktoberfests, etc. This one has a very nice sweet, syrupy nose, with just a hint (and I mean the barest hint) of roastiness at the end.

Taste: This is actually the beer that I was hoping the Oktoberfest would be. I realize my hopes for the marzen are misplaced, as they should never be this sweet and robust (and should be sessionable to a ridiculous degree, which the marzen most definitely is), but that doesn't change my mind. This is very sweet, but not too robust, beer. Brown sugar, a hint of dates, and a wonderfully clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Occupies a great middle ground between the lightness of the oktoberfest, and the heady fullness of a dopplebock.

Drinkability: I had two of these while we were there, but could have had two more. It's a splendid beer, and terrifyingly drinkable. I highly recommend it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DOCRW
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rfreed
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ThaCrax
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The color is amazing. Goes down smooth and malty. There is a complexity there too, but wished it had more carbonation.

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Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint at Quinn’s, seattle

a: served in a standard shaker pint, the beer is a brown-amber color with some reddish hues coming through in the low light, appears hazed, head light and mostly absent

s: the nose features a wide range of malt aromas - the slew of malts used really shows...caramel/toffee sugars and diluted roast stand above bready pale malt aromas, a light brushing of dark fruit, earth, grassy hop aroma

m: the body is around medium, with carbonation on the light end - a little slack for my preference in this style, but not bad

t: similar in structure to the nose - earthy diluted roasts and slightly sweet/nutty flavors of toffee layered on a bready body, grassy noble hop flavors with a mild bitterness

o: a nice if not particularly special bock beer, it’s done well enough to make for an enjoyable drink, but probably not one I’d go for again

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Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark dark ruby amber/light brown color with nice amber hues along the edges. Really no head what-so-ever which is disappointing. When I swirl the beer in hopes to adgitate some foam I get a small centimeter of light khaki head with some minimal bubbles that quickly recedes leaving some light spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with boat ton of toasted white bread and lesser amounts of caramel and toffee sweet maltiness. As it warms I get a little earthy, peaty or smoky quality, very light though. Kind of smells like a Scotch ale to be honest, minus any discernible dark fruitiness.

The tastes begin with a nice amount of lightly toasted bready maltiness and a decent amount of lightly roasted malts as well. Lots of Munich malt must have been used here. Light caramels and toffee join the party once again. The earthy, slight peaty roast in present once again in the finish and is the main lingering flavor on the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, which is a detractor for me. It semi-works for the style with the caramel and toffee maltiness, almost like a cask Scotch ale, but it could definitely benefit from a little more. Finish is fairly clean and semi-sweet/semi-dry thanks to the lager yeast.

Overall this is a decent winter beer and one I would definitely purchase every year if it was readily available because of the above average flavor profile, lower than average ABV for a winter beer and the low price point. Probably my favorite beer from Silver City I have had to date. Would get a higher rating with more carbonation to balance the medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of M477
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle split with a buddy.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy light brown with a few tan heads forming around the edges and then quickly fading.

S - Very sweet malts and sweet fruit.

T - Carmel, raisins, bready malts.

D - A touch thin in the mouth, but with decent carbonation.

O - A nice winter time beer, but I enjoyed it on a rare sunny Seattle April day. Not bad at all, but pretty average all around. I picked it up since it was on close out.

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Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of DogFood11
4.62/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to reebshorts for the bottle. gotta love the ultra local small time feel you get from this brewery. Bottle label has an area where they hand write the style of beer and its abv. This one is labeled winter bock 6.7%. Excellent handwriting btw.

Poured into a weizen style glass I was almost able to cram the whole 22oz but I had to finish a small pinger. Dark amber to brown color, slow rolling carbonation has a hard time supporting the one finger head. spider web lacing.

Decidedly malted smell, bready and meaty.

Malts tended to dominate the smell but the taste reveals some subtleties that make this what it is...a gem. rich, sweet malts have a toasted edge that rubs against a spiced, peppery aspect that tends to cling to the palate and is more evident in the finish and aftertaste. Hops cut down some of the sweetness but it really is there just as a supporting cast member. carbonation comes up a bit short in my opinion. would have loved to have a little bit of bite to finish up what is otherwise a smooth highly recommended brew.

Notes: what can I say, this brewery is remarkable and when I was living a short 5 miles from this establishment it was a regular staple in the weekly routine. It's actually a slight factor in my attempts to relocate there again eventually.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite a robust brew with lots of flavor. Color is a dark copper in the tall Blanche de Chambly glass. Smooth and sudsy mouthfeel. A perfumey note in the nose. The sweet and tangy flavors are an interesting variation on the more watery kinds of Bocks. Roasted malt in abundance. Reminds me of a roasted Maibock flavor, with the sweet and darkly fruity edge.

Hops are quite shy, as the style suggests. There is just a little bitterness with the dark resiny finish. Hints of honey and blackberries. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the Bellingham Food Co-op.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Deluxe in Seattle.

Appearance: rich brown hue with a clear body and a finger of creamy tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: quite sweet and malty. Not especially complex, but nice.

Taste: malty, toasty and sweet. Pretty much what a winter bock should be. Like the aroma, not especially complex, but quite competent.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a very smooth creaminess. Quite good indeed.

Overall: this is a very enjoyable bock. It's not overdone, and while it lacks complexity, it drinks real easy.

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Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of philbertk
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle Purchased @ The Ballard Market for $5.49. Thin wispy lace off white head. Clear dark bronze red color with dark ruby edges. No sediment. Mild roasted malt aroma. Smooth semi sweet roasted caramel fruit mellow flavored medium textured smooth rich Bock body. Mild hop lingering Roasted Black Cherry end. Fresh lively rich Dark Winter Lager. Much better than the Winter Bocks I tasted in my recent visit to Berlin.

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Photo of SeaAle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Geraurd
1.25/5  rDev -66%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of RedDiamond
2.09/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Silver City has a solid reputation for brewing quality beers. I don't know what's keeping that from happening lately (new brewing system?), but I endured a recent sequence of three bad beers in a row from them, of which this Winter Bock was the third. It begins with a hot, fusel-infused aroma like rubbing alcohol. The aroma isn't strong, but it's dangerously misplaced. This harsh, intrusive quality continues into the flavor making the beer difficult to enjoy. The lagering process fails to clarify or cleanse and the deep garnet body showed minimal head and no lace. Disappointing.

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Photo of adkieffer
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Winter Bock from Silver City Brewing Co.
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