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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 168
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Granite City Food & Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished dark copper (equal parts brown, amber, red and orange) with light easily visible on the opposite side of the pint glass. The head was small due to a gentle pour, lasted but a brief time, fell to next-to-nothing within minutes and left nada in the way of lace. The nose was minimally aromatic, with a slight roasted maltiness.

The flavor profile consisted of lightly toasty caramel malt with a touch of sweetness early on, some nuttiness and a little grain thrown in for good measure. The beer became a bit more bitter and more dry as the mouthful progressed. The body was appropriate for the style and was neither full nor thin.

Bennie's Mai Bock is one of the better bocks that I've had (not that I've had that many). Along with Duke IPA, it's one of Granite City's better brews.

*consumed at the West Des Moines location (836 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (395 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
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! (700 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (209 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in Fargo...also in St. Cloud..same beer..

Flat looking burgandy color...(aren't maibocks supposed to be pale usually?)..verydissapointing nose...nothing there....I strain and strian and barely come away with some sweet bready maltiness...interesting take on this style...a bready, coffee cake like flavor..maltiness is high...hops low...also a hint of sweet chocolate borwnies...I like the flavor but it seems to be more "bock" like than "maibock" like...roasted malts too....medium to full bodied...

Really a nice tasting bock...doesn't fit the maibock profile but whatever...I like the flavor a lot...they should call it a bock though.... (654 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of Bung
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouth–watering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor." – 4.8% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with an opaque look but held to the light it is easily noticeable that this is a clear brew, just that it is very dark. Tanned head which had a decent half-life. Reminded me of Newcastle Brown with its looks.

Nose: Dark malts, roasted, nutty and warm sweet dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate punctuated this Bock, along with caramel and a lingering sweet roasted malt thread that rises with a chewy nutty nuance. Dry with sweetness and a very soft bitterness. Light hop input seems to

Mouthfeel: Average feel. Middling body.

Drinkability: Nice enough, but I didn’t really get a lot of “Bock” from this, moreover it waned in that department to be perfectly honest. But this was a fine Pint nonetheless, a ‘so-so’ brew which did not impress or let down.

Overall: Enjoyable, just a little below the IPA in the overall marking stakes but a good effort that I had little trouble with. I think it exhibited more English Brown Ale tones than the ‘Bock” moniker would have you believe though – not that that is a complaint from me I have to say. (1,371 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Deep brown with a one finger off white head that has moderate/poor retention, but leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is caramel malt, a bit nutty, and a bit of dark fruit.
T- It's fairly sweet, with caramel being a big flavor. The nuttiness comes through, as does just a hint of chocolate. The one major criticism is that the finish is abrupt.
M- This is where the beer really lost points for me. Far too thin and light for a bock. Carbonation was assertive, but the body just felt thin and watery.
O- It has the right flavor profile for me, but the body just isn't there. As such, it's barely passable for me. (617 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (1,019 characters)

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

I got as part of a botmc, dark brown pour with a 2" white head, slight lacing. The aroma is very sweet, bready, caramel It is on the sweeter side, some carael malts, lingering sweet finish. The body is light, good carbonation, easy drinking. A decent easy drinking brew. (270 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
2.32/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (855 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer comes out with bright red color and small head. The body is relatively light and the finish clean which compliments the bready, biscuity flavors of the brew. Pretty good. (181 characters)

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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.