Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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: 166 | Reviews: 55
Photo of codsmith
1.92/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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 Oxymoron
2.32/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of simmons
2.47/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of goldennectar
2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of raveskdr
2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of henryd30
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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 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 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.

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

Appearance: Amber/brown , with minimal head and lace. A little dark for the style.

Aroma: Malty and lightly fruity.

Taste: This is a decent beer. Nice malt presence for a beer that is not likely much more than 5% ABV. A bit of dark fruit comes through, and there is a somewhat unusual edge to the aftertaste - from the hopping, I assume. My guess is that there may be a smidgen of some non-noble hop in there. A little off for a Maibock. A bit more like an American microbrewery bock.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and perhaps a bit too carbonated for the style.

Drinkability. Another GC beer that, if you like to repeat beers and don’t require boldness in flavor, would be a good session brew.

P.S. - this beer was served waaaay too cold, in a chilled glass.

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

Pours a very clear (perhaps brilliant) dark brown in color, and appears inky-black in the glass. It's topped by a darker-tan head, closer to brown in color, which falls at an average pace and leaves behind minimal lacing.

The nose is somewhat nutty, with notes of ripe, dark fruit, but there are also lighter medicinal and metallic notes.

Rather sweet and soft across the palate on the first sip, and it's a very familiar type of sweetness. Truth be told (as I check the bottom of the bottle for the bottling code*) this beer is a little old, having been bottled ten months ago.

Knowing that Granite City's bottles are being produced on contract at Minhas Craft Brewery, and it's a new bottle and with Granite City's logo and label attached as well, but this is unmistakably Huber Bock. Oh, sure it's 5.10% ABV and a little bit sweeter than that crusty old "returnable bottle" beer, but it's so similar as to be the same thing.

Ah well. Maybe I'll have to try this one fresh at the brewpub.

*1084 = March 25, 2011.

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 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 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 bort11
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this growler from the Granite City tent at the Zona Rosa beerfest for only $15. I'm a sucker.

Poured into a pilsner glass. No head to speak of, which may have to do with it being a few days old. I would have thought it would have kept better. Color is a chocolate brown with mild clarity.

Smell is sweet and slightly chocolate. No hops to mention and pretty one dimensional. Taste is also mildly chocolate and dark grain character.

Mouthfeel is very light and even a little flat it goes down very quickly. Not horrible, but nothing worth going back for. So I guess I have a $15 growler for the shelf.

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 MarzenMan
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a slight head.

S - Nice malty smell but pretty plain. Still probably the best part of this beer.

T&M - Very sweet and a little bit of slightly roasty malt. Again, pretty one dimensional.

D - I almost never say a beer is too sweet but this one didn't seem balanced. Sweet and watery with a very slight malt.

Photo of sprucetip
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Talked to the "brewer." Apparently the wort is made at a factory and trucked to the various restaurants. The yeast is pitched and it is fermented on site. So I guess, depending on a variety of factors, the same wort could end up being a different end product at the various restaurants.

Very clear, light/medium brown, red highlights with light coming through. Flimsy white head fades fast, just a faint bit of lacing. SMELL is non-existent at first, as it was very cold. As it warmed, some grainy chocolate malt aroma, faint esters with a swirl. Takes alot of warming and work to find anything. TASTE follows nose. Grainy, vaguely roasty, faint hints of both sweetness and bitterness. FEEL moderate carbonation, thin body, just a touch of texture. DRINKS pretty easily due to thinness of body. The best one of the four they had. I wouldn't seek it out, but if you are there for dinner it'll do.

Photo of blackcompg
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - a clear reddish amber, barely any lacing

Smell - light roasted malt, light dark toffee, light crust

Taste - nice combo of light roast and light toffee, light minerals and crust in the back

Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, easy drinker, smooth, medium carb, nice edges

Overall - not a bad bock, nice flavors, a little on the lighter side, very drinkable.

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 zeff80
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with almost no head to speak of. No lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. A fairly sweet nose overall.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee with some fruitiness. Very, very slight bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager that was clean finishing.

O - This is an okay bock. A little too sweet for my taste.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle with rather simple label, which wouldnt be a problem except for the monk looks a bit creepy. A code stamped on the bottle, but no clue what it means. This was always surprisingly good back home at GC on draft, so it will be interesting to see what it's like in the bottle (or if my tastes have changed).

Appearance: Rich, deep chestnut hue. This is a very attractive beer, with lazy, steady carbonation. The only real downside is that the light tan cap fades to a thick ring and thin film a bit too quickly for my liking.

Smell: Smells like a bock! This sounds a bit redundant, but the rich, bready, malty, dark fruit notes are all there. Smells rich, but not quite sweet. This is refreshing, as the few 'bock' type beers we can regularly get in the US are so often not much more than a slightly darker colored American lager w/out the rich malt background typical of the style.

Taste: Not bad, but not as tasty as the aromas suggest. The first problem is that this is a bit too highly carbonated and that, coupled with too much sweetness, keeps the leather/tobacco and toasted, bready malt notes pushed out of the focus. Really, I think this is really hampered by the sweetness. This isn't something I remember being a problem on tap, as we used to put down a couple of 25oz mugs of this without any trouble whatsoever. Maybe a recipe change, or maybe a bit different in the bottle?

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy, but other than that, nice

Overall: Nice flavors, wondeful aromas, but way too sweet. I'll definitely give it another try on tap at the brewpub in Peoria, IL when I head back home next, but I won't likely be buying a sixer of bottles, which is sad, because I've been really keen to find a good, traditional, readily-available bock beer.

B- to C+

Photo of BigRedN
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent trip to the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Brown, slight orange/amber hue when held to the light. Small (about 1/2 inch) off white head, disappeared quickly, leaving a thin covering on top of liquid. Left slight traces of lacing down the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Slightly malty, nothing strong. No noticeable hops.

Taste: Some malt, not really hoppy, leaving more of a sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to light bodied. Easy drinker.

Drinkability: As stated, easy to drink, a nice beer. Pairs well with many of the foods served as it is mellow, without any strong flavor characteristics standing out.

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, almost chocolate brown in color. A bit of an off white head which disappeared fairly quickly.

Smell - Some malt with a bit of sweetness.

Taste - Malt and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable and accompanies the food nicely.

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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
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