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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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!

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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 harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of ZAP
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
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....

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.