Vancouver Island Storm Watcher Winter Lager

Formerly brewed at Vancouver Island Brewing
Style: Premium Lager
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 2.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
With the ocean mist glistening in the air, huge swells rolling in from the mighty Pacific and the fury of the gales howling it must be storm season. Much like the storms of the West Coast, our Winter Lager rolls in with notes of caramel and finishes with a crash of malt. Pouring a warm amber-red, this lager combines honey, caramel and crystal malts to create a thirst quenching and slightly warming beer perfect for our winter storms.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, - JAN 18, 2013
(Draught) At Victoria’s Bard & Banker Pub. Pours a copper body with a thin, white creamy head. Nose of melon and slight tobacco. Flavour of cantaloupe, citrus hops and red malt. Some nice and enjoyable aspects to this fairly low-key winter seasonal.

mcberko (19880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at St. Augustine’s, pours a hazy amber orange with a small beige head. Aroma is fairly weak, with bready malt and a little cereal dominating the nose. Flavour is sickly sweet and artificial, with lots of fake caramel notes, along with bready malt. This isn’t pleasant at all. Not a complete disaster, but it’s not a nice one.

Ferris (17120) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
Draft - Toffee and a touch of cocoa. Clear Amber with a decent white head. Sweet toffee and nice long sweet finish. Although sweetness prevails it’s pretty nice.

vadie (1257) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2015
Marron pâle avec un petit col beige. L’arôme du malt caramel avec peu d’houblon. Le goût est pareille. Assez simple.

GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Brown with a pale head. Aroma is raisins, bubblegum, dates. Medium-full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate. Taste is bubblegum, caramel, marshmallow. Kind of sickly.

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Smell is sweet and yeasty and lager like. Taste is malty with very light spicing of some kind perhaps with a yeasty finish. Decent.

kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Tap, brewery. Pours a clear dark caramel with a minimal thin ring of white head. The nose is huge caramel and toasted malt, lots of toffee in here. Smells more like candy than beer. The flavor is just as sweet and sticky as expected. Sugar overload in this one. It’s like drinking thin light maple sugar. Sticky, clingy, fizzy carbonation. Can’t take too much of this one, might just induce me into a diabetic state.

Lagerboy (2239) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2013
341 ml bottle. Clear medium copper, small foamy tan head fades fast. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Tastes like a thin bready malty lager infused with caramel/toffee/vanilla flavoring.Sweet, but not cloying. Light carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Some faint bitterness. Winter lagers don’t generally work, leave it to the ales. LBW Lagerboys Be Wary)

fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 5.5% ABV
Amber color, with small head. The aroma smells a bit of dirty water, and light caramel. Some caramel flavor, with a papery and nutty character, a hint of generic spices, candi sugar touch, ordinary bitterness.
Not very good.

WheatKing (1351) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 18, 2012
On draft. I think this is a lager for ale lovers? Honey caramel and crystal malts don’t make a fresh crisp lager in this case apparently. Just a really sweet one, with no finish. Not terrible, but lacks character.

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