Howl Brewing- Winter Bock


Howl Brewing- Winter Bock Review

In between the milkshake IPA’s and the pastry stouts that litter the BC beer shelves an authentic tasting bock style beer is sometimes hard to come by. North Saanich’s pico brewery, Howl Brewing have done an excellent interpretation of the German bottom fermenting style.

The Winter Bock pours very dark red with a tan head that lingers well. Like most of Howl’s beers, it has lively carbonation. It also has a malt forward aroma that highlights toasted nuts, cold brewed coffee and a hint of cola. It has a medium body with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel from the lagering. On the palate, it shows rounded licorice and cocoa notes. Secondary to this, there is some creamy, sweetened coffee and notes of both toasted and candied nuts. The finish is nicely dry for the style with some more coffee hints, this time more on the bitter side.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: Dark Red
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Bubbly/Lively
  • Clarity: Clear
  • Balance: More Malty
  • Drinkability: Goes Down Slower
  • Enjoyment: I would definitely seek this beer out again
  • Malt Characteristics: Coffee or Chocolate, Nutty, Toasty/Roasty
  • Hop Characteristics: Earthy
  • Palate: Full Bodied


Howl Brewing’s Winter Bock, like almost all malt forward beer styles, showcases the dark malts without being cloyingly sweet. The lagering helps create a smooth drinkable sipper.

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