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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor.

(Beer added by: grumpy on 06-20-2006)
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of SD-Alefan
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

SD-Alefan, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

tigg924, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -10.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +19%

tyleeis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

sgttibbs, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

LXIXME, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  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.

Brenden, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, May 27, 2013
Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

BamfBacon, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +28%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 10, 2007
Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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

Snow81, May 26, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of pourmeadrink
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

pourmeadrink, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

tempest, May 25, 2006
Photo of Vinmar
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Vinmar, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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

dbossman, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of downeyben
4/5  rDev +19%

downeyben, May 15, 2013
Photo of MNCruzn
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

MNCruzn, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

GeoffRizzo, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

alleykatking, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Bung, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

akorsak, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of troyvar
4/5  rDev +19%

troyvar, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of harty83
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

harty83, Jun 27, 2014
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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.