Flensburger Winterbock

Flensburger Winterbock, Flensburger Brauerei
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The use of special malts lends the Flensburger Winterbock its fine malt-aromatic note and its orange-golden color. It is lightly hopped and thus much smoother than other bock beers. The relatively high alcohol content is hardly perceived in terms of taste. The interaction of a variety of malts suggest the use of winter spices, which of course are not allowed in this Reinheitsgebot recipe.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
IBUs: 
20
Served at: 
48º- 50ºF
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
90
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Winterbock by Flensburger Brauerei is a bock beer and is being evaluated as a Helles Bock (category 4C in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). Helles Bocks are known as pale lagers of moderately high strength with a clean fermentation, rich maltiness and a slightly higher hop level than the other bock sub-styles. Flensburger continues to use swing-top bottles, which is a practice that has become increasingly rare.

Winterbock pours golden in color with a small, fluffy, cream-colored head and excellent clarity. The aroma is moderately toasty and bready with a light graininess; light spicy hops add a little contrast. The flavor is of rich bready and toasty malt with just a hint of sweetness, but again, a light graininess detracts. A light spicy hop flavor adds some contrast to the malt-driven flavor. The beer finishes with a moderately light bitterness and a lingering bready malt and light spicy hops in a semi-dry finish.

Winterbock has an excellent balance between the malt and hops for the Helles Bock style. The malt is appropriately rich for the style, but the light graininess detracts. Be sure to seek out this seasonal while it is available. Prost!