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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 08-01-2002

A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor.
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Ratings: 165 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by how much I liked this beer. The transparent mahogany body was a touch thin and watery looking but the head was creamy and pretty for a minute or so before it dissolved to nothing. I took in a heavy aroma of caramel malt with just a slight touch of alcohol sweetness. The taste is surprisingly robust considering the watery appearance and to a lesser degree, mouthfeel. Well balanced with plenty of sweetness as one would expect for the style but with a nice light touch of hops. Minute carbonation plays with the tongue. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, and leafy hops are all light and nice. Very drinkable. I am really impressed with this beer, mostly because of the low expectations I had for it, but impressed none-the-less.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sioux Falls location. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, chestnut brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt and caramel

Taste: caramel, sweet chocolate, and light hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbne

Overall: Bock is not a style I drink a lot, but this was surprisingly one of the tastier versions I have had in some time. Sweet but not too sweet, smooth, and not overly complex. This one was the perfect pizza beer for me. I would get this again--and maybe a couple of glasses at that.

Photo of pat61
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother Benedict’s Bock, Bright dark brown with white 2” lightly tan tinted foam collar. There is a little caramel and roast malt in the flavor and aroma. This is drinkable but the body is a little thin.

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a thick medium-dark brown that displays an orange-brown tinge to it in the light. A light brown head doesn't stay very long but never dies off, leaving a decently constructed foam that doesn't manage to leave very much lacing at all, but a bit.
There's a roasted maltiness to the aroma with a distinctly darker barley grains note and a prevalent sweetness. There's also wood with a strong nuttiness. It's difficult for some of the nuances to come out underneath the more prevalent yeast/sweetness mix, or the score would be a little higher.
It took me a moment to realize this is a Maibock, as it certainly wasn't behaving like a traditional bock; with that in mind, it's not off for the style. The mingling sweetness of dark fruits and caramel is strong without overpowering the palate, as hops come through to balance it out and a nutty flavor helps as well. That said, it does go just a little too sugary underneath. A woody flavor that's not so much earthy as one might expect helps further to dry it out but is so scant that it doesn't quite.
The body is medium but slides a little light, but it starts with a crispness that doesn't fade while transitioning to a fairly creamy feel.
Not bad; I'd like to try this on tap.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very deep brown mahogany body is capped by a creamy head of off-white foam. The head dissipates shortly, but that seems to be fairly common for the style. Lacing is limited to spots and splashes left here and there. The nose is clean and expresses darkly caramelish malt with just a hint of hoppiness in the background. In the mouth it's medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is straightforward, darkly caramelish and lightly toasty malt with a thread of leafy hops and the suggestion of alcohol, although it never really shows itself. Very nicely done! Full-flavored and perfectly balanced. Perhaps the best bock I've ever had at a brewpub!

Photo of Snow81
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark clear amber body

Head: Thick frosty light brown head

Smell: Rich caramel malts

Taste: Rich toasted caramel malts with a little sweet on the end and well not a lot going on

Weight: Light body with a low carbonation

Finish: Earthy and caramel notes linger

Photo of WoodBrew
2.21/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like the GC Bock...I thought it was way to malty and grainy. The beer poured very dark red with thin white head that did not lace all that great. The smell was big on grain and sweet malt. The taste was to much malt and barley with slight sweetness. The beer had mediyum body not great carbonation. Overall not a great beer. Most is probably drank in the Two Pull variety.

Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/4/06 Update: While not an amaxing beer, it goes great with BBQ and other sweet sauces at Granite City. Give it a try with the BBQ Chicken pizza.

Had a pint over lunch at the quasi-brewpub. Brown with a bit of a white head and touch of lacing. Not bad, but it could look better. Smell and taste are heavy on the chocolate and not much else. There's a little bit of dark fruit and licorice, but its mostly chocolate. Simple taste, but the a lack of off-flavors still make it a satisfying drink.

Photo of dbossman
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown (actually close to black_ with a foamy light brown head that dissipates rather quickly; not a ton of lacing

S: Sweet brown-sugared malts; a bit of a sour and musty grainy and grassy quality here with some faint nuttiness

T: Quite sweet up front; brown sugar and caramel followed by a touch of dirty, musty, grainy flavor, followed by a slightly roasted malt presence; the back end is just a bit off too--grainy and malty yes, but musty and dirty too

F: A touch too thin but some beer manages to cling to the mouth

O: Not the worst bock I've had but certainly nowhere near the benchmark for the style either; I've had this brew on tap at the pub and much preferred it that way, perhaps it is better when a bit fresher

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brother Benedict pours a dark red with a thin head that disappears quickly. A medium body, with the taste of roasted malts and somewhat light toast feel left on the palate. My personal Granite City favorite, can drink this one anytime! A rather tasty brew.

Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Granite City.

A- Poured a deep clear brown color. There was little head (1/4 finger) with it looking a light white/brownish color. There was no lacing at all with this beer.

S- Unlike some of their beers this one had almost no smell at all. It was sweet smelling (caramel malts) in the entire body. There was light alcohol notes to this but not much else..almost reminded me of a light smelling Amber Bock.

T- Very sweet body to this the entire beer through. There might be a light hopping in the back but it is hardly noticable. The alcohol comes through a little more in the taste than in the aroma but it is just sweet overall.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the style. This is a thin and watery beer in the mouth. Left a sweetbread taste in both the mouth and in the aftertaste.

D- This is a very "everyone friendly" beer. Nothing stands out in this one to make it a great beer. Almost reminds me of a sweeter Amber Bock. Didn't mind it but was expecting a little more.

Photo of Bung
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a knock on the beer, but served in a chilled glass...
Rusty brown pour, about a fingers worth of cream colored head.

Nose is mild. Toffee, bready yeast. Chilled glass has something to do with this?

Taste is an improvement on the aroma. Large malt, toffee, caramel and some cocoa. Finishes thin and watery though.

Lighter body with good carbonation. Goes down easy, but be in the mood for a maltier brew.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The bock is a dark Cordovan leather brown color. There is no sign of head, save for an off-white band at the mouth.

S: The aroma is malty, thick with lots of grains and a touch of charred wood.

T: Mmm, malty. The bockbier is an homage to two-row barley. The grains are thick and meaty, full of figs and dates. As the beer sits in my mouth, a charred wood flavor, akin to the smell coming from a campfire, emerges. There is no smoke in the beer but the malts conspire to create this bigger element.

M: The bock is hearty and thick, a real treat that never overdoes it.

D: At under 6%, this beer is a great quaffer. I'd've happily had a few more pints.

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While pleasant, it wasn't a stand out. Had an off aftertaste a little bit. Overall not bad though.

Probably would not buy again, they have better offerings.

Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours a rusty brown. It was topped with a couple inches of tan head.

S - I get some buttered toffee. I thought I got a few hints of chocolate but the toffee is the main aroma.

T - The taste is pretty much dead nuts with the smell. I get sweet buttered toffee. That's pretty much it.

M - Medium to full

O - This is a lot sweeter than most bocks that I have tried. It goes down smooth enough, but it just seems off.

Photo of Illtryit
4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm in trouble with this one as it is really good.

Black to red appearance. Ruby shows in light.

Smells sweet and caramel or toffee.

Taste of mellowed toffee. Almost buttery. Nutty finish. I'm almost getting a peanut brittle flavor.

Feels a bit thin and a bit watery. Nice carbonation.

This a a very drinkable bock. Damn good. Go try it for yourself.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.08/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This time poured a thin head, but usually has a nice light colored two finger head. No active carbonation. Thick black with a little reddish/brown light coming in the sides.

S: Roasts and malts dominate, with some hops, but that seems to be a weak smell from the bittering and not proper aroma.

T: Great, not at all coffee or burnt. Nice dark malts with just the right amount of bitter. Great for drinking while eating.

M: Thinner than one expects for a beer this dark. I would suggest this to someone who wants to try darker beers but can't stand the filling or "chewiness" as some put it.

D: Really good, mostly because of the things mentioned above.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stayed right across the street from Granite City. Just HAD to try their stuff:

A: Zero head. Only the thinnest film on the surface. Clear, maple syrup color.

S: almost no perceptible Color to this brew

T: Not Bad! Malty with a very, very lite touch of hoppiness.

M: Fizzy. Extra carbonation, foamy in the mouth. NO ABV bite.

D: supre drinkable owing to the lack of bite, drink em down! a bit on the pricey side though...
ADDENDUM:
found out later, this comes in at 5.5% ABV and
20 IBU's. just FYI

Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown with a light tan head -- strange for a Maibock so not sure what their intentions are here. I'll give it an average rating on appearance due to nice clarity. A nutty malt aroma and flavor; lightly sweet. No hops noticeable. Medium-light bodied with a dry malty finish.

Fairly drinkable, though not memorable, bock/maibock hybrid. Scored a bit lower due to style failures...

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

Photo of tykees88
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in Fort Wayne. 4.95 for a 20 oz. This one comes poured with about a one finger head. The head quickly fades after a sip or two. The malt is the overwhelmingly strong scent in this brew. A hint of chocolate also touches the nose. The taste is nothing exceptional either. The malts taste burned and the chocolate also is there much like the smell in just a hinted version. I get maybe a dash of hops in the taste. The mouthfeel feels light, it's almost as if it's a thin bock. I couldn't drink any more than one of these and wouldn't drink it again. Especially for the price.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am listing this as a bock, because it shows none of the characteristics of a Maibock. Dark brown color, looks much more like a bock. Roasted malt in the nose, very tame and slightly chocolatey, like a bock. Taste does not have the alcohol presence, rich maltiness, or the spiciness of a maibock. Mouthfeel was carbonated ok, but not that impressive. Good drinakability, but not very unique.

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: caramel and an earthy tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with caramel, ripe dark fruits, and a mild earthy tone. Bitterness is mild. Slight chaulky tone arrives late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and somewhat thin throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: not an terribly strong bock by any means, but it is malt centric. Somewhat refreshing it is a decent beer overall.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brother Benedicts Bock was a great beer. It is very dark, reddish brown. It has thick foamy head that lingers for a short time. The taste is very malty and rich. There is a slight hint of chocolate in the aftertaste, similar to a stout I would say. I really enjoyed this beer. I've been impressed with the beer that Granite City has to offer.

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, and slight grain. Overall, weak in body, aroma, but again a great appearance.

Photo of JackieTH
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of an 8-pour beer sampler at Granite City, St. Louis Park, MN. Pour was reddish brown with a bit of head that faded quickly with not much lace. Smell was sweet malty, slightly nutty, reminiscent of New Castle Brown Ale. Taste was mildly sweet malt, a bit earthy, nutty and some grain. Light body, moderately low carbonation. Okay, not great.

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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.