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Goats Peak Bock - Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.

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very good

32 Ratings

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Paper City Brewery Co., Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-04-2003)
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Reviews by joejost:
Photo of joejost
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle bought off the discount shelf at the local beer store.

A- Looks a light caramel color with a one inch head that stuck around for a minute. Not as dark as I expected.

S- Smells more like an Amber than a Bock. Nothing special.

T- This surprised me! Very good sweet malty start and then a surprise hop finish.

M- Medium-body.

D- I could easily drink 3 or 4 in a sitting. Nice job Paper City!

joejost, Jul 14, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for the chance to try this one. Pours from the bottle a clear dark copper with just a hint of red and a nice foamy inch of head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt that also exhibits an underlying bready quality. Hints of light fruits along with an herbally hop background that has some floral tones as well. Nice..but nothing really grabs me here.

First sip brings a rush of sweet caramel coated bready maltiness along with a helping of fruits and raisins. Falls down the back of the throat with some grassy, floral hops and just the slightest touch of bitterness. Interesting flavor...but it just doesn't grab me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy malt body that creates a full sensation. Not something I'd be looking for more than one of....but still a well built beer overall.

orbitalr0x, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bomber with freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Rich and vibrant amberish garnet hue, typical yet outstanding lace that I was expecting being that it is a bock.

Smell: A very soft and mellow malty aroma with a little bit of caramel malt twang as well as a touch of hop as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely aged lager smoothness in this full bodied beer. The maltiness is quick broad in flavour showing sweetness, toasted grain, hints of caramel and a little husk in the end. Hops drop in about mid way to provide of balancing backup.

Notes: Flawless as far as I can see, for a brewery that typically brews ales they sure can brew a bock. High regards to the brewers … this is a must if you can get your hands on one. This one gives the Germans a run for their money if you want to get down to comparing. A healthy plate of German sausages, kraut and spatzel would stand up nicely against this brew.

Jason, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of fdrich29
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6 fl. oz bottle off the shelf from Gordon's in Waltham. Best When Purchased By Date Marked (which I have totally disregarded on this bottle).

Pours a caramel-amber, almost looks like the color of red grapes. Sweet caramel, malty smell and tastes the same with some fruity traces. Smooth, unintruding feel in the mouth with some malt flavor lingering.

Very tasty and easy to drink, I would grab another bottle of this to have with a hearty dinner.

fdrich29, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 01:36 PM
Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Enriquehopnog, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one I noticed out of the corner of my eye at Ruggeri's in Greenfield.

Paper City seems to be beefing up their marketing scheme, as the generic labels of yesteryear have give way to a more clever scheme. To the beer...

Nothing outstanding, but nonetheless a pretty decent offering. Nice body, slight head, mild hop notes, and one hell of a Europeon pedigree. Slighty bitter finish, ultimaltey ending dry on the tongue.

Not a bad beer overall, but for the money, I'll be looking at another style next go round.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Nice caramel appearance...minimal head. Nice malty bouquet....Very nice taste....malty with a definite hop presence. Very smooth mouthfeel with a pleasantly dry finish. Very drinkable, due to smooth quality and a nice lighty hop finish.

edchicma, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - A copper/amber color. Lots of carbonation, nice head that stays with the beer but thins out considerably 1/2 way. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell - Sweet smelling malts, light grape smell, smells similar to an amber beer, a little dusky. Very pleasant.

Taste - I like it, I would say it is a tasty beer. The only thing is it's not much of a Bock, tastes more like an Amber beer. You can taste the hops and they work well with the beer. The hops aren't just there but they also don't take away from the flavor. Its a sweet beer. As much as I like the taste, it is a little too much like candy. Candy in the sense that its not a full or robust flavor rather its the sweet kind of flavor that stays with you like a Jolly Rancher. Its not a bad thing but something I'd expect from the more gimmicky beers to do like Shock Top.

Mouth feel - Pretty good overall. This beer is more on the light side. I'm not a big fan of the after-taste but in as far as when you are done drinking, between each sip its fine. I'm sitting with a kind of metallic taste in my mouth, which is very strange since I drank it out of the bottle. Its not the hop finish either like some of the other reviews are mentioning. When I had it on tap at the Paper City Brewery I didn't notice the strange after-taste but I also had 4 beers in the same cup before I tried it.

Drinkability - Great, a friendly beer for all. Anyone could pick this beer up and enjoy 2 or 3 no problem.

Serving type: Bottle for review but also tried on tap.

TheElusiveAlexT, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer from a six-pack purchased at Spirit Haus, MA.

Poured into a Paper City pint glass, formed a 3/4" very light brown head on top of a dark copper brew. Head is thick and foamy, doesn't retreat much over time, and laces with bits of foam all over. Slightly sweetish malty aroma, and the taste follows along, with a bit of a hops tang at the end, making for a good contrast at the end of the mouthfeel. An excellent bock from the Paper City crew.

ppoitras, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this on Saturday. THe beer is poured chilled into a pint glass. A clear amber color is evident and a small fizzy off white head foams up and fades rather quickly to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is caramel and some spicy hops, the malt profile is slightly grainy.
First sip reveals a fine yet prickly carbonation with average body.
The beer is clean and crisp, while the flavor is swee toffee up front then some grainy/husky malt, and a hint of roast comes through as well. Not a whole lot of hop profile here. A refreshing easy to drink brew. Not bad.

sulldaddy, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one-finger cream head that leaves a good lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied and medium-strong carbonation. Slight malty nose. Starts sweet from the malts, finish has a hint of hops but it is well balanced. Best by 6/29/05. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of currysage1
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1 inch white fizzy head that slowly creeps down. No real lacing to speak of.

Smells musty, dusty, like when you clean a dry attic. Slight floral hops, and almost a light fruit smell.

Grain and lots of it, cold green grapes covered in sweet malt.

Good clean feeling beer, nice for the spring, good selection by the Paper City crew.

currysage1, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of aquatonex
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had some of a growler. Pours slightly cloudy amber-red with a rich foamy head. Smell consists of weak malts with alcohol. Taste was mainly bitter at first, then slight caramel creamy sweet notes. Finish was lacking. It became a little sweeter as it sat, but the finish didn't balance. I've had better offerings from this brewery.

aquatonex, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of WesWes
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is less than average. It has a pale/pilsner malt scent with some light crystal malts as well. There is some kind of contamination here. It has an oxidized aroma that's fruity and dry. The taste is average. It has a grainy pilsner and crystal malt flavor that goes down with some reluctance and finishes with an oxidized off-taste. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This could be a good beer or at least a decent beer minus the flaws.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of necoadam
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a dark copper color with very little carbonation in this beer. Smell consists of lots of malts and some spiciness with a touch of hops in there. Perhaps some caramel in there, but there was very little of it. Taste was somewhat sweet, but it wasn't overdone, unlike their wee-heavy beer which was way too sweet. Toasted flavors mixed with some grain and some malts come in the beginning, then some hops lightly blend in the rest of the way. Very nicely done and balanced as well. Only complaint is that this was quite thin and lacking much carbonation. Perhaps an old beer, but the taste held up very nicely. Excellent seasonal.

necoadam, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of albern
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is very odd. The front label calls it a Spring Lager and the back label has it as a Goats Peak Bock. Well, this is a poor excuse for a Bock beer. Actually I was going to add this beer under the Spring Lager moniker and more appropriately label it a Vienna Lager.

The beer is a copper color, very clear, modestly carbonated, some foamy white head around the rim of the glass. The nose is slightly musty, some sweet malts, some citrus notes, maybe a bit of strawberry or apricot. This beer is very light, very refreshing, very watery, very smooth. There is no prickliness or bite to this beer at all. There are zero hops that I can detect. The beer doesn't have much taste, just a light kiss of floral, some light citrus, and then nothing more. The sweetness really comes out of this beer once it warms. As it warms up, it is taking on characteristics of a fruity beer. It's an okay beer, but this is no bock beer that is for sure.

albern, Jul 18, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Ecxeeder616, Jul 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a decent one-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation.

A good hint of sweet malt in the nose with a bit of a caramel feel to it. Crisp.

Talk about bursting with flavor. Very easy to drink and better than a few macro examples I've had.

Plenty of lingering sweetness on the palate. More of that crispness as well. Clearly nothing offensive.

Overall, this is a very nice example of the style. As I said, easy to drink as any good bock should be.

Brad007, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of UnionMade
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber, more on the golden side, with a frothy white head. Decent head retention, lasting most of the way through the glass.
Aroma is sweet and lagery clean, with big maltiness and little in the way of hops.
Flavor is sweet and mild, without much hopping, as is expected. Very well carbonated. Nice and clean, with very little extraneous flavors. Body is on the high end of medium. This brewery makes good beer, and I expect they'll get better with time. Some of their beers are the right idea, but something is missing. While it's a good brew, it's missing something in the way of character, something to set it apart from other beers in the style.

UnionMade, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of xgrigorix
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date is curiously absent.

Deep tawny copper, clear. Topped by a thin almond coloured head. Some spotty lace is left behind.

Nose is full of caramel & toffee malt notes, along with a touch of floral hops.

Smooth, malt driven, toffee, a hint of apple, & a light tingle of floral hops balances it out nicely. Smooth, medium bodied, robust carbonation. Thats good bock.

xgrigorix, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brown in color without any head. Nose is very slight, and only of malts. Taste is pretty nice. Malts take over the mouth with a slight hop bitterness at the end. Just enough to give the beer adequate balance. Very sweet. Mouthfeel is a little bit creamy too. Medium body, but not watery at all. Not very carbonated either.

MuddyFeet, May 28, 2005
Photo of markman
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paper City Goats Peak Bock:

Great stuff…everything a bock ought to be: a medium bodied and drinkable as hell showcase of toasty malt, with a crisp clean easy hop finish. Not enough of this style being brewed around these parts. A top notch brew that I look forward to every spring.


markman, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean dark amber/copper beer. Has a big foamy beige head. The aroma is a light sweet cereal with hints of caramel on the background. Nice and sweet on the tongue with carmel and licorice notes. A nice light and smooth mouth feel. Does not hit the tongue hard like some Bocks.

ybnorml, Jul 13, 2005
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Goats Peak Bock from Paper City Brewery Co., Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.