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Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%
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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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-28-2012 23:25:20 | More by NHSTEVE
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 22:13:34 | More by Gavage
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

02-21-2012 21:06:42 | More by PeteRiz
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MadTownDrinker

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2012 17:11:34 | More by MadTownDrinker
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blibby05

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2012 03:03:15 | More by blibby05
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mfigueroa713

New York

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-18-2012 18:15:45 | More by mfigueroa713
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wagner617

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-12-2012 18:00:40 | More by wagner617
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Chaz

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 23:28:46 | More by Chaz
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 04:04:07 | More by JackieTH
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mchorvath

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

01-02-2012 14:48:35 | More by mchorvath
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Ouroborus

Iowa

1/5  rDev -70.2%

01-02-2012 00:46:01 | More by Ouroborus
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-30-2011 15:56:01 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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phenomenologian

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 07:38:25 | More by phenomenologian
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jsprain1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 19:44:00 | More by jsprain1
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:24:02 | More by dbossman
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -10.7%

11-14-2011 19:43:18 | More by bpfrush
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 01:05:38 | More by WoodBrew
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 16:33:19 | More by Brenden
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Snow81

Minnesota

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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:58:25 | More by Snow81
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codsmith

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 00:37:27 | More by codsmith
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henryd30

Iowa

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.

Serving type: growler

03-10-2011 03:21:37 | More by henryd30
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Bung

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2010 19:29:08 | More by Bung
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burnerfinger

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stayed right across the street from Granite City. Just HAD to try their stuff:

A: Zero head. Only the thinnest film on the surface. Clear, maple syrup color.

S: almost no perceptible Color to this brew

T: Not Bad! Malty with a very, very lite touch of hoppiness.

M: Fizzy. Extra carbonation, foamy in the mouth. NO ABV bite.

D: supre drinkable owing to the lack of bite, drink em down! a bit on the pricey side though...
ADDENDUM:
found out later, this comes in at 5.5% ABV and
20 IBU's. just FYI

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 21:32:58 | More by burnerfinger
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brother Benedicts Bock was a great beer. It is very dark, reddish brown. It has thick foamy head that lingers for a short time. The taste is very malty and rich. There is a slight hint of chocolate in the aftertaste, similar to a stout I would say. I really enjoyed this beer. I've been impressed with the beer that Granite City has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 5270 Utica Ridge Rd, Davenport

04-25-2010 02:04:48 | More by Cubsfan1087
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Granite City Food & Brewery, 8461 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City

04-12-2010 23:50:27 | More by Tone
Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.