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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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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.

zeff80, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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+

BedetheVenerable, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of jrcolli22
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jrcolli22, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of SweJon
4/5  rDev +19%

SweJon, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -10.7%

NHSTEVE, Feb 28, 2012
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.

Gavage, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

PeteRiz, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MadTownDrinker
3/5  rDev -10.7%

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

blibby05, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mfigueroa713
3/5  rDev -10.7%

mfigueroa713, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of wagner617
3/5  rDev -10.7%

wagner617, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Chaz, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of JackieTH
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

JackieTH, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of mchorvath
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

mchorvath, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Ouroborus
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Ouroborus, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of NoBeerLeftBehind
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

NoBeerLeftBehind, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of phenomenologian
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening little smoke comes out. I poured this into a good beer glass. The head is thin and less than one finger. It laces a bit, but nicely. The color of the head is white and creamy. The body is dark and is brownish black. Its opaque.

I love the smell. It smells very sweet of caramel and malt. It has a nice overall sweet smell. I gave the smell a 5 because this is the most strong malty sweet smell I have ever smelled in a beer. I love this a lot. Its a great smell.

The taste is of caramel and malt. It tastes sweet but nice bitter turnaround also which makes a nice combination.

It goes down smoothly. I would like a bit more carbonation, but either way its a great taste and feel.

Overall, its a great sweet malty caramel beer. I enjoy this and will definitely buy it again. I bought it in a mix and match 6 pack at HyVee. Give this one a try if you like porters or stouts.

phenomenologian, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

jsprain1, Dec 21, 2011
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 bpfrush
3/5  rDev -10.7%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 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 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 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 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 henryd30
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
Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.