Dog Stalker April Bock - Grand River Brewing

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Reviews: 14
Hads: 31
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Derek on 03-11-2010

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Reviews by cfalovo97:
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Photo of cam477
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Single bottle from the brewery, brewed on March 25th 2013. Enjoyed on the patio on the first real hot day of the year.

Poured into a stein. Light caramel chestnut, with some ruby highlights. A half inch of head slowly recedes into nothingness.

Nose is both malty and spicy, with some caramel, chocolate, pumpkin, grape, cinnamon and dark bread.

Smooth, ligher bodied bock, that is both malty and well-spiced. Some berries in there, as well as - bizarrely - some pumpkin. It actually works with this (though it might be a similar taste that many a GRB brew has, and it just reminds me of the Highballer). Not bad at all. Carbonation is smooth, and the body is a bit too light for the style. Easy to drink though.

GRB has been hit and miss for me, and I think it's to do with how well their water source complements the style of brewing. The German style brews tend to do better, for whatever reason, so I rate this one higher than some of their others. Tastes good, mild but flavorful. Doesn't drink like a 6.5%er, which is odd, because of the mild nature of their regular fare. (1,084 characters)

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Peachy unfiltered coloured body with some white head, and later white lacing. Enjoyed on tap at the brewery with the brewmaster, day after their bock tasting. Very good mouthfeel, an easy drinker. Fruity aroma. Malt forward far more than I have every had from this brewery, and the best beer they have made. (307 characters)

Photo of Stocean1
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a couple of just brewed bottles from the brewery on the spring 2012 release. Very disappointed by the appearance. Half finger head that disappeared immediately with little in the way of lace. The body is a purplish light brown that is surprisingly clear and very watery.

Scent is sweet malt and dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose with raisins and figs, earthy floral hops, some toffee. Typical GRB mineral twang.

Mouth is light bodied with little carbonation, semi-sweet and dry. Little bitterness and again watery quality. Still very drinakble and refreshing.

I think by design GRB is brewing its seasonals to be light and drinkable but in my view it is a disappointing effort. Like their pumpkin ale, it lacks complexity and reminds me of the chinese food you find in a buffet: lacking spice and life. (815 characters)

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2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle: Poured a cloudy amber color bock with a medium size light brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of weird cereal and cookie dough with off grainy taste is also noticeable. Taste is a weird mix between some cereal and unsweetened cookie dough with somewhat of a grainy finish. Body is full with limited filtration and medium carbonation. I could not drink more then 25% of this beer as the weird cookie dough didn’t agree with me. I am wondering if this bottle was infected as this is not in-line with this brewer usual brewing standard. (570 characters)

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3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml. bottle, #freshbeer info is bottling date Apr/26/2013.

Appearance: A lopsided but full head, body is an amber-brown (semi-opaque) with average retention.

Smell: Bit of toffee, brown bread, raisins, brown sugar and a metallic twang.

Taste: Dried cranberries, bit of sour twang in finish, some artificial sweetener, malty. Not much depth.

Mouthfeel: Starts ok but gets a bit thin middle to end.

Overall: Not much depth, bit muddled and not much hops or other flavors to grab me. (501 characters)

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a clear brown/copper color to it. It has a white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of toasty caramelly malts, toffee, dark fruit and some bready notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has nice caramel/toffee sweetness with roasty and bready malts, dark fruit and light floral hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (528 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They brewed this on their pilot system for their bock tasting (a 100 L system from a brew-on-premise).

Unfiltered, but well-carbonated, a bit like a keller.

A: Very hazy (yeast hadn't settled), amber-brown with an off white head, thin ring of retention, light lacing.

S: Very malt-forward, toffee, bread, caramel, hints of dark fruit and a touch of noble spicing (very floral).

T: It's 40% Munich malt, which seems to be supported by a light amount of crystal (this isn't a sugary mess like many new-world versions, there's quality malt here). It's very bready, with toffee, caramel and hints of dark fruit. It's balanced by a very light noble spicing & bitterness. Alcohol is over 6%, but totally hidden.

I love fresh, unfiltered beer. This one still had a fair bit of yeast, which was a little out-of-character for the style, but did compliment the breadyness. Could certainly use a little time in the bright tank, but good stuff.

M: Silky smooth, moderate body with an off-dry finish.

D: Pour me a 1 L mug next time!

Hopefully they'll have some tank space by next spring. With their hard water, I've been itching for them to do a dunkel or Bock (their original Helles lager was phenomenal). (1,202 characters)

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/5/2015. Pours slightly hazy dark orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, light roast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, raisin, plum, light roast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice maibock style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,525 characters)

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3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/29/13 probably as fresh as I can ever get. Picked up from the brewery.

Crystal clear dark copper pour. Very short lived off white cap. Lacing is minimal.

Caramel, toffee, candied sugar, digestive cookies with some fresh baked bread. Very subtle and sweet.

Caramel, toffee, fresh baked bread, some figs and dates, with a touch of a metallic taste that comes with these types of styles for me. Slightly dry finish.

Light body, low carbonation. Slightly silky on the tongue. Very easy drinking.

I don't get a lot of Grand River in the area, so whenever I'm in Cambridge visiting family I make a point to stop in for a beer or two. Last two trips I've bought new beers to me and haven't been disappointed yet. (721 characters)

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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on April 10th 2012 and picked up at the brewery shortly thereafter. Label lists a 6% ABV (vs 6.5% ABV above). Not my personal favourite beer style, but think this is true to its Germanic roots in both aroma and flavour.

Although the bottle has aged much better than I expected, pours a hazy burnt amber with limited head and thin mouthfeel. Not terribly visually appealing. Aroma of caramelized malts and the yeast tang I can't properly describe (copper? dried blood?) that I associate with bocks. Taste begins sweet and malty before ending nicely dry, with the sour fruit flavour of the style.

A well brewed beer that I'd recommend to any bock fan.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dogstalker is much darker than you'd anticipate a spring bock to be; its colour is closer to that of a dopplebock than a maibock (though in fairness it claims to be an "April" bock). It turns out, however, that the muddied brown complexion does come to life in the afternoon sunshine, revealing flaming locks of auburn. Sadly, it remains flat.

The aroma smells of enticingly gooey, almost treacly notes of dark and dried fruits. It smells as though plums and prunes were drowned in butterscotch pudding. As a strong, rich maltiness is pretty much the sole prerequisite for any bock, I'd say this one meets the criteria.

That said, Dogstalker is not the kind of bock that you'll need diamond-tipped teeth to munch into it. This one is on the light end of medium (or even the medium end of light) when it comes to mouthfeel. Bitterness is limp - as it should be - and alcohol is negligible but the toastiness of the malts doesn't have the presence it should. Melanoidins never materialize.

Flavours of butterscotch, rum-raisin, dried apricot and prune are certainly tasty, if a bit more mild than I'd like them. It has pleasantness alright but not the muscle - this maltiness could stand to hit the gym. As is it could compete with classic German bocks, but it certainly wouldn't win.

Dogstalker doesn't have much bark or bite. It doesn't have what it takes to be anyone's best friend (especially not a German's) but it does make a decent spring-time companion. All in all, it is welcomed and respectable offering from a brewery still tinkering with lagers. A nice addition to their portfolio and one that we'll hopefully see again next spring. (1,648 characters)

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3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottles of this have been on the shelf of my LCBO for a while so I decided to finally grab one. Bottled April 6, 2013. From notes.

A - One finger of thick creamy off white head sat atop a burnt orange body with a slight haze. Good carbonation coming up with spotty lace and a good half finger of retention.

S - Peach, fruity, mild hop note. Meh.

T - Bready, peach, fruity, some orange.

M - Strong carbonation, light to medium body, and a non-existent finish which was disapointing.

O/D - The qualitative descriptor fits here. Just 'Okay'. Nothing particularly interesting with this one. Flavour was decent, but nothing really kept me interested. Decent but quite plain. (676 characters)

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Dog Stalker April Bock from Grand River Brewing
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