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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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157 Ratings
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Ratings: 157
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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1/5  rDev -70.2%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of codsmith
1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: very dark red with slight very light tab head that stays slightly over the top with nice lacing on the glass 4

S: very sweet and overpowering. Very carmel and fruity tones

T: taste very metallic tasting and sweet. Same aftertaste as Budweiser

M: sits heavy and leaves your mouth dry

O: horrible beer IMO. The only good thing is the appearance.

codsmith, May 12, 2011
Photo of bigbeers84
2/5  rDev -40.5%

bigbeers84, Aug 13, 2012
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 Oxymoron
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff

Brothers Benedict Mai Bock is in my opinion not really a Mai Bock at all. Instead I would call it closer to a Nut Brown or English Brown Ale. Ok, yeast aside, Brothers Benny is a dark brown color, which typically should be a yellow to light amber color. It had a stronger roasted and nut smell to it. Nothing German in the malt per say. The taste also didn’t match as it really had limited sweet hop flavors but more of a earthy or English style to it.

The “so called” Mai Bock as a beer was a little watered down as well. The yeast was nothing exciting and difficult to pick up the yeast. Overall I was not impressed and more confused on this beer. Maybe add more English malts and fuller body and you have a decent English Brown Ale.

Oxymoron, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of simmons
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with no signs of carbonation & no head at all. Aroma of roasted malts & no hops. Flavor: malt is very complex with suddle roasted notes. Slight tangyness aftertatse & no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel: This beer is lightly carbonated, balance is ok but is missing something but unsure of what & no head at all. Overall this beer reminds me of a poor bown with no presence of alcohol. I feel this beer could be good but needs more work.

simmons, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Jimboe
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Jimboe, Oct 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

PeteRiz, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of goldennectar
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Rich deep dark brown with a brownish creamish head that quietly fades away.

Smell: Caramel & malty with some sweetness to it

Taste: Malt and caramel and sweet. Slightly too sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Light feel on the tongue and light carbonation

Overall: A different take on the style, and an OK beer but sweeter than I like. I would like to try it on tap but would not buy in bottles.

goldennectar, May 04, 2012
Photo of raveskdr
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle. Got this from my buddy Chris back in Illinois. He went to a beer exchange and isn't into beer, so he dumped a bunch of delicious craft beer on me. Woohoo!

A - Roasted dark brown color with an average white head.

S - A lot of super sweet nuttiness. Maybe some brown sugar in there. But a lot of sweetness.

T - Taste follows. Tons of brown sugary sweetness. There is some very faint smokiness in there along with some nuttiness in the background.

M - The definition of average mouthfeel. A bit too thin, but not undrinkable in terms of the mouth, at least.

O - This just isn't a very good beer. This is what scares me about American made Bock beers.

raveskdr, Mar 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

sgttibbs, Oct 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Listers, Apr 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

msquared36, May 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 04, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice reddish brown color with 1 thumb head.

S: Some sweet malt, with a metallic smell as well, was somewhat offputting.

T: Had some decent components, and wasn't offensive, but didn't necessarily come together as a whole.

M: Nice active carbonation.

D: Drank the entire growler in a couple of sittings, but was more of a chore rather than a motivation. I won't actively seek out again.

henryd30, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -10.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

BierAdvoNikk, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

HardWater, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

RBorsato, May 18, 2005
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

blibby05, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

AlexHess, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of wagner617
3/5  rDev -10.7%

wagner617, Feb 12, 2012
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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.