CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America)

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Ratings: 1,236
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 9
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our friends at Oskar Blues pioneered great beer in a can and, as mutual members of the canned craft club, this partnership was a perfect fit. CANfusion is a coming together—a fusion, if you will—of flavors from across the spectrum of brewing: spicy rye, tangy wheat and a bright citrusy hop aroma.

Oskar Blues is the granddaddy of canned craft beer. Like us, they have a fun-loving passion for the outdoors and bikes. It was a natural fit for them to adopt cans as a portable, durable way to tote their favorite beer on the trail, and in the process they paved the way for all other craft brewers to follow.
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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deep copper color with a sticky full one finger head atop that slowly settled into a frothy mass.some spicy rye and light caramel notes in the nose,faint leafy hops.A nice flavor profile with the spiciness from the rye mixed with almost a whiskey-like note,not overly sweet and a decent amount of leafy hop drying in the finish.This is a solid bock and the rye plays a real role,nice job here.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was poured into a pint glass. It was a dark amber color with a minimal head.

Aroma of spicy rye. Some citrus.

Spicy rye taste. A little grapefruit. Caramel and bread.

Sweet and malty.

Not bad, not great. In the meh category. I wouldn't want to drink this again.

Photo of Beaver13
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz can. Pours clear light copper amber with a huge creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is subdued - bready rye with a little fruit.

The flavor is rye and sweet nutty malts and a little sweet caramel and fruit. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid rye beer, but not much of a bock.

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +7.8%

This is honestly a solid beer, everything about it is fruity. The hops and the malt are great together and reminds me of a cigar city IPA. Not sure why this isn't rated higher

Photo of Beerswag
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can fresh pour. thick amber with some orange and red hints. head is not gone in 30 seconds. smells of pecan, spice, candied sugar, rye, and grain. Taste is quite sweet, plum wine flavor, with hints of spice and hops. This beer has floral hop tones, and a fairly boozy bock style. fruit character here with the hop profile. The rye is barely on the nose and palate, and rounds out the booze and light body. Mouthfeel is light, with a touch of spice and hops, on the back of the mouth. Pair with pretzels, smoked trout, smoked sausages, and horseradish.

Photo of bsp77
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from can into dimpled mug.

Appearance: Bright orange with okay off-white. Looks more like a Maibock.

Smell: Bread, wheat, rye, spice and citrus.

Taste: Lots of bread notes going on here, including more traditional bread notes, wheat and rye. Some general fruitiness as well. All of these malt notes are balanced but softer than expected for a Bock. Finish has a sharp kick from the spicy rye and some tangy citrus notes that are different from normal citrus hop notes.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

Overall: This is a unique and tasty lager that pulls in some elements from wide ranging styles. But this really isn't a Bock.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

The beer has a definite rye nose wrapped in earthy woodsy hops. It’s brilliant chestnut with an off-white foam cap. A very creamy palate features rye body and spiciness. The beer has a very nice balance between the barley malt and the rye with a big bitter hop finish. The beer has a medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation.

Photo of PSU_Mike
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%

Can poured into a tulip

A – Pours a clear amber with an off-white 2 finger head that dissipates but leaves nice lacing on the edge. 4

S – Some sweet and spicy malt, white pepper, very muted. 2

T – Sweet malt leads the way. There is some spice to it. Maybe some white pepper, brown sugar or molasses, no hop presence at all. 3

M – A little thin and watery. Low carbonation with a clean finish. 3

O – This is an easy drinker but it’s just very bland and boring. The nose was next to non-existent and the mouthfeel was very thin. My least favorite from the Beer Camp Across America. 2.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A toasty, spicy, and fruity malt forward aroma with hints of rye spice and fruit. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and a good dose of rye spice. Subtle citrus fruit hints of orange peel, apricot, and lemon. Also some pepper hints and subtle grassy hops. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty, spicy, and fruity malt driven taste with notes of rye spice and citrus fruit. Upfront toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, toffee, cracker, and lots of rye spice along with some pepper. Some citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and apricot. Subtle backing notes of grassy hops. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Bock. The rye spice and fruit notes add a nice kick.

Photo of Mantooth
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Popped open my beer camp box today prior to working in the yard... this is my first from the box. I hope to have it on draft at the Mills River beer camp fest next Sunday.

Pours a brilliant copper with a thick frothy head that disappears halfway through consumption, but it's easily revived with a swirl of the glass. Very nice combination of flavors going on here. The nose is amazing, loads of caramel. The malt presence is mild, but there. The hops are similarly present, but not overwhelming. Very well balanced beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Love the can concept from the two canned beer brewing companies, pours into my chalice a lighter shade of ruby with some copper added in leaves behind a thicket of light beige head, fine speckled lacing left behind evenly.

Aroma has vinous grape notes, earthy hops, fruit and grand malt base providing a whole lot of perceived sweetness. Hops are citric, but mellow and the spicy rye allows some nice give and take between the malt and hop profiles.

Flavor has semi sweet malts fruit layers spicy rye and a mix of other players I love these lagers they brewed during the Beer Camp collaboration sessions I think they came out pretty damn good. Sierra Nevada have been trailblazers since day one let’s make an explosive Cascade Pale Ale, let’s throw some fresh whole leaf hops in the beer and call it a Harvest Ale, let’s grow our own hops and call it an Estate Home Grown Ale!!! Back to the beer refreshing slightly tart malt base reminds me of a nice sourdough bread, with intricate honey notes, and herbal earthy citric hops in the backend.

Mouthfeel dreamy, smooth silky texture juicy malts/hops flows nicely with each sip even keeled carbonation comes across the palate easily without any effort. The lager mellows out any harshness this bock would have to offer.

Overall, incredibly easy to enjoy and I’m glad I was in line to catch this variety pack in the Pittsburgh beer market!

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz can with May 3 2014 canning date.
Superb looking beer has a durable bone-colored, creamy head that leaves the glass well coated. Lovely orange-amber body with excellet clarity. Flavor is a rather hoppy rye bock, perhaps as much like an APA as a bock. Excellent smooth feel with lively carbonation.

Photo of timontheroad
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, semi-hazy with a nice one inch head. Faded after a couple minutes to about a quarter inch, nice lacing. Aroma was sweet, with a bit of honey, wheat and some peppery rye notes. Taste was similar to the smell, with a bit of tropical fruit flavors as well. This was somewhat similar to the Yonder Bock, with the addition of the peppery bite from the rye. The mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth, quite nice. Quite tasty, I'd buy this one again.

Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous clear amber color with a nice bit of bubbles and a wonderful, fluffy, two finger off-white head. A very nice looking beer. Scents of rye toast, tangy sweet orange flesh, marmalade, apricot jelly, sweet malt and a bit of white wheat bread. A very nice, sweet, malty and bright fruity aroma profile. It is enticing and showcases the ingredients nicely. Flavor begins with a nice bit of spicy rye toast, mingling with marmalade, tangy wheat and a lightly bitter orange peel flavor. This moves into a middle with a more moderate level of bitterness with flavors of orange peel, more overt toasty rye, a bit of alcohol and hint of grapefruit peel and floral hops. Finish is lightly sweet but balanced with a light level of bitterness with notes of toasted rye, orange peel, a bit of wheat bread and tangy wheat malt and a bit of floral hops. Aftertaste is toasted spicy rye, bitter orange peel and a hint of white wheat bread. A good flavor profile that is quite complex in its overall makeup yet stays bright and refreshing. Very nicely done. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth, easy drinking feel. Very nice and quite refreshing in body despite the beer's ABV. Overall this is a nice beer that took some good ingredients and made a wonderful end product. It's malty and rich, yet also bright, fruity and refreshing. The aroma is also superb and the mouthfeel enhances the overall impression. Very well done.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12-pack Beer Camp Across America. From a 12 ounce can into a stein.

A- Huge frothy head with airy qualities, very reminiscent of what you'd see in a root beer float. Persists exceptionally well and leaves behind tons of lace. Body is amber-colored with a tinge of blonde. Some carbonation trickles upwards.

S- The smell took me for a surprise and I'm not sure why. Sweet, but also spicy from the rye, and the hops are prominent. Floral-like and almost a tad citrusy. I think I was surprised because the combination of citrus, rye, sweet malts and floweriness was all new to me. I like.

T- The taste is bready and malty, at least most obviously, but with a strong rye spice quality and some orange flavor. It's an interesting medley. The yeast, or maybe the hops, seems a bit intrusive, adding some lily-like flavors, floral and sweet, that I wouldn't expect. I can only reiterate that there's a lot going on here. It's interesting.

M- Carbonation is low-key. Medium-bodied mouthfeel that drinks smoothly and gives a decently bitter, grapefruit-like finish.

I give this beer credit for its uniqueness. I give SN and OB credit for the same. I wouldn't have wanted a 12-pack with a bunch of boring, uninspired beers I can find anywhere. For that I am very grateful. But I also feel this could have been a bit better executed. Good but not as great as many SN beers often are.

Photo of ZachHodgson
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into my Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a deep burnt orange with a thin head. No lacing to speak of. Clean.

S: Citrus, pine, and biscuit on the nose.

T: The taste follows suit. Citrus and pine. The malt is more subdued on the tongue but there's still a nice bite from the rye.

M: Really really drinkable. A little lighter than medium. Carbonation is spot on.

O: This beer is insanely drinkable and keeps me wanting more. I do not drink many lagers but I'm glad to be expanding my horizons.

On a final note, I'm thrilled with this sampler pack and am so glad that I picked it up. I'm looking forward to many more collaborations from these brewers in the future.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer Review #800!

Appearance - Pours clear and copper in color, with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention results in a broken layer of surface suds. Small, spotty lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Aroma hits on notable caramel and grapefruit character with touches of pineapple. Also some peppery spice sitting beneath.

Taste - Starts with a bit of caramel malt, backed by a strong presence of pineapple and orange hop character. Light peppery spice and citrus pith on the finish... and a vague watermelon in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - Delicious beer. Not sure it really fits as a bock style-wise, but American craft is gonna do its own thing. Frankly, drinks closer to your average modern Pale than anything. The other can in the SN mix pack, and frankly both were pretty close in flavor, with the rye being the big difference.

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours from the can a clean amber, with a massive, oversized head of off-white foam. Lovely and ornate lace.

Nose is peppery spice and some bright citrus notes around the edges. A pleasant mix.

Taste is both smooth and malty, with a citrus and tropical fruit hops followthrough. I get both a sharp rye malt bill and plenty of hops. Lovely, tasty, and very balanced!

Photo of Roguer
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very lively down the center of a translucent, slightly hazy dark copper brew with brown and red hues. Nice two-finger off-white head (from a careful pour) with excellent retention and long, thick lines of lacing.

Malty and musty aroma, with hints of dark fruit (raisins, prunes), fresh bread, and a hint of syrup. Not getting any rye spiciness in the aroma, or much hoppiness beyond a very faint, vague light citrus and pine.

Very odd presentation of flavors. Muted fruit and bread up front; huge notes of overripe fruit on the back-end. Perhaps the tiniest of peppery rye notes; a little citric acid after a while; and a bit of grapefruit peel lingers on. This is just an odd mixture of flavors.

Surprisingly thick and oily mouthfeel. Very smooth and drinkable. Bitterness is very well balanced with the sweet maltiness, and the alcohol is very well hidden.

I don't know if this experiment really worked out well. It's not a bad beer; just slightly confusing (CANfusing?). I don't think I'd order it if it came in a sixer; but neither do I think I'd turn it down if offered at a party.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Pours two fingers of dirty white head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is rye and lemon.
The taste has a coy sweetness throughout, but a lemon and pine bitterness come through in the end.
The texture is crisp.

Photo of HalfFull
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into pint glass. Medium copper in color and with a thin cap of off white foam, a bit hazed.

Nose of piney hops with warming, bit muddled cold, rye is evident. Taste is lightly sweet with coarse caramel notes and some spice. Feel is neutral though a bit sweet and seems a bit unispired though that doesn't surprise me given my experience with Oskar Blues. Coarse feel and finish, drinkable yet bock doesn't come to mind as much as amber lager does, and that diminishes with warming. Update: finish is sweet and malty with just too much caramel and not enough of clean Bock sense. In fact not bock like at all...Just too syrupy overall...

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours a dark almost orange golden yellow with a very thin head.

Pepper, rye, and booze.

Very peppery, and the rye adds another musty aspect that's not too appealing.

Very boozy and hot, thin, not good.

Overall this was pretty terrible

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/3...BCAA 11/12...pours bright copper orange, heavy high white foam. Very sticky lots of lacing. Bright floral nose with rye background. Taste is very different - tangy wheat with peppers. Bright hoppy taste with rye blended throughout. Clever.

Photo of dhannes
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

A=Medium copper color, perhaps a bit warmer and lighter than anticipated. Bright white head that reached two fingers and lasted nearly a minute.
S=Lemon and orange citrus with cinnamon and a hint of ginger or nutmeg.
T=Predominant malt with citrus hops way in the background; slightly creamy, a faint taste of alcohol...also cinnamon and nutmeg. The rye component makes this taste like a mix of a märzen and a bock.
M=Very smooth; very little carbonation.
O=Bocks are usually available in the spring, but this summer offering would likely pair well with barbecue chicken or pork or another slightly spicy or smoky meal. I enjoyed this and would consider purchasing for cooler spring nights if available again.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Billed as a Rye Bock this screams out Pale Ale in appearance and scent. What's interesting is that this is quite fruity to taste despite no evidence in aroma. Rye malt and tea leaf mix with lemon, lime, tangerines, floral perfume, honeysuckle and apricot to form a beer that is unconventional and off beat. I like it, despite it being unlike any Bock I've ever had or for that matter any rye.

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CANfusion: Rye Bock (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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