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Aass Bock - Aass Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%


Brewed by:
Aass Brewery visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-18-2000)
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RusImpStoLuv

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and creamy, Munich malt I believe. Unbelievable mouthfeel and taste, perfect if I could dare say. Very well done Dunkler Bock, lagered very well, for at least 3 months. Must try from Norways oldest brewery, dating back to 1834! Family owned for four generations now.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 17:44:01 | More by RusImpStoLuv
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice surprise! Got this bottle from a collegue of mine who was in north Europe. Thanks Diana!

Poured this one into my Struise chalice. Nice big head, very creamy with nice lacing. Deep darkred fluid with no carbonation. That's a pity...

Taste is good. A bit sweet with hints of salmiak. The mouthfeel could be better with some carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 18:55:06 | More by Brabander
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NilsFrisk

Norway

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful! Dark, dark red, almost black out of the light, a one inch head that lessens bit by bit, about a millimeter stays.
Smells a bit roasty or smokey, some caramel and some sweet, malty alcohol.
Fullbodied, malty, some roasty bitterness. pretty dry.

A really good looking, pretty good tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 20:20:14 | More by NilsFrisk
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A murky brown, not too viscous, not a lot of head on this one. Really, the beer is some weird combo of green and brown. Cool goat though. Not much aroma wise.

Beer was very different than most bocks I've had, this one was thin, lacked a fruit character, just seemed like someone chinced out on making a porter, went with 1/2 the malt and ended up with a thin brown ale, decided to call it a bock. It was a little undercarbonated, and just lacked taste. Newcastle-y at times. A little creamy, or maybe it just comes off that way because there is nothing else to pick up on.

Cool name though.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:06:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a translucent brown with red highlights. The head, which eventually settled at around a finger and a half, was the most...orderly I have ever seen. It began after a second or two after the pour, and rose steadily and uniformly, without any rockiness.

S: Not terribly strong. Malts are the most noticeable, with a definite raisin presence, and there is a backbone of pilsner-like straw cleanliness.

T: Starts off with a small burst of sweetness, with raisins stealing the show in the middle. The raisin flavor is also sweet, but not quite as much so. The end is less sweet, but still not bitter, and there is not much of an aftertaste.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but balanced and appropriate.

D: I could drink this all night.

An unremarkable, but enjoyable brew. Definitely better than the Juleol I had last night.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 04:15:19 | More by WorldWideStout
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .33L bottle into a pint glass. Bottle purchased in Norway. Shape does not match the picture, although label is similar. Bottle says best for 12:08. Not exactly sure what that translates into. Light lacing in the glass as I drink it.

A: Pours a rich caramel brown color with a foamy head about 2 fingers in width. Head gradually lowers after a couple minutes, but does not completely disappear.

S: Very inviting with notes of caramel, toasty malt, perhaps some chocolates? Overall a very sweet smelling beer.

T: Wow, this one is a winner. Caramel taste predominates, with a delicious sweet malt taste flowing throughout. There's something else there, a taste almost like cookie dough? Brown sugar? Whatever it is, it's fantastic. Barely notice the alcohol on this 6.5% bock, but it's faintly there in the background. Bottle recommends (in Norwegian) pairing with sharp cheeses or sweet dessert, I believe. I'll be doing that the next time I pick up a bottle of this delicious bock. Hops are faintly there, but this beer is a malt powerhouse.

M: Incredibly smooth and a little syrupy, but in a good way. Really coats the mouth with the caramels and sweet toasted malt flavors.

D: Top notch. At 6.5%, will likely catch up to you before long, but I could really sit down and savor several of these in a sitting. A truly great find.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 16:17:38 | More by JohnnyP3
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged bottle, similar but not identical label as pictured, also in a tapered brown bottle bearing the Aass brewery stamp.

It poured a deep crimson tone, with a thin ring of bubbles.

Molasses, raisin, and dried plum/prune aroma.

Flavors of sweet raisin, carob or cocoa in the finish, also nutty. It feels full, a little syrupy, with low carbonation.

Wish I had a fresh bottle to compare...considering the source, this one is probably 5+ years old.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:43:48 | More by emerge077
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, little bit of a head, no real lacing to talk about.

Very rich malt and 'plum like' fruit aromas, sweet smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells, sweet, malty, fruity.

Nice creamy sort of smoothness in the mouth, sweetness on the tongue, warmth of alcohol on the finish.

Drinkable?... yes, it's good and drinkable. 6.5% abv doesn't stop me from sessioning this one.

Happy Spring!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 03:18:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with not much head to speak of,big fruity aromas some orange peel along with some sweet caramel and nuttiness.Taste is dominated by a caramel sweetness with an underlying bread dough maltiness not overly sweet but not much if any hops to be found.Somewhat of a "modest" bock but not a bad brew I would drink again givin the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 00:42:56 | More by oberon
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear brown brew with no particular head on it.

Smell is big fruity and grainy with a fairly strong malty scent.

Taste is sweet and malty, as you would expect fair amount of plums and raisins in the flavor. No real hop flavor present this is a malt beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable bock beer, a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 02:05:04 | More by Zorro
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cbl2

New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal clear dark brown with 1/4" tan head

Smell:

Herbal and fruity

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sweet at first showing off its malty side which is soon followed by a smooth herbaceousness inherent to its hoppy side. A perfect blend of ingredients. Truly a remarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 15:29:54 | More by cbl2
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genaro

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aass Bock Beer came in a green bottle. The color was an opaque brown capped with a small head that dispersed quickly. The aroma was caramelly with some floral traces. The taste was caramelly and toasted with a hint of molasses. It was also sweet with some hop bite and a bit oily. The finish was semi-sweet, dry, and bitter. Over all it was a fairly smooth and well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2004 00:10:10 | More by genaro
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with amber tints throughout. Tan head forms and then just as quickly fades, leaving minimal lace on the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and wheat bread, yeasty note with a hint of alcohol.

Flavors of dark fruits, caramel, slight touch of molasses and a hint of smoke. Minor bittering on the finish but majority of flavor is sweet malt. Hops just prevent from becoming annoyingly sweet. Alcohol taste on the finish is very warming and a touch dry and spicy. Well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin but not anything to subtract from enjoyment. Drinakability is high, can imagine a few pints of this would do some damage to the grey matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 03:36:14 | More by CRJMellor
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a green, 12 ounce bottle. The color is dark brown with a big, puffy, off-white head. Aroma is a dominantly cereal maltiness, with a somewhat fleeting wort-like character. Very nice sweetness up front, and a nice, subtle hop finish keeps the beer from being cloying. Wonderful for sipping. Rich, intense, and marvelously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 17:04:34 | More by Suds
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a dark brown, with good head. The smell was very maltish. The taste was a very sweet, cerealish taste. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, with sweetness that wasn't cloying, I could definitely knock these back!

I had heard that this beer was going to be discontinued, but fortunately it wasn't. A quality bock, with a name that won't soon be forgotten, and hopefully I'll be able to have some more Aass!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 02:56:41 | More by beergeek279
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woemad

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the Viking in Spokane. Was surprised at how good this beer tastes, considering its coming in a green bottle - probably the first green I've encountered that wasn't at least a little bit skunked. Anyway, it poured a very dark brown, with tinges of red when held towards light. Smell of sweet, fruity malt. Tasted likewise, with very little hop presence. This beer is nothing without its malt. Had a dark yet fruity flavor to it. It was a little "heavy" to drink. This is not something I would have downed in any quantity, but it was nice after my meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 21:33:06 | More by woemad
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bobinverted

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been to Norway, it is a beautiful country and Aass Bock is an incredible beer. Aass (according to their website "A real Norwegian Viking would pronounce it 'Ouse'.") is brewed in Drammen Norway and comes in a green bottle with an image of little goat drinking from a stein on the label. It pours dark reddish brown with minimal head and leaves a little lacing as it's enjoyed. The smell is of sweet malt and a little carmel. The taste is exceptional. This is beer is the number two reason why I'd like to move to Norway, beat only by the number one reason, the beautiful Norwegian women! Aass is the best bock I've ever tasted. Full bodied and smooth at the same time, it's almost too easy to drink. Sweet malt, carmel, slight fruitiness and a little hops in the finish. Damn, why did I have to be born in the land of Bud and Miller? Do yourself a favor and try Aass Bock. Mmm...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2003 20:17:24 | More by bobinverted
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this from francisweisen today. Thanks and skoal! I sampled this beer a looooong time ago...before Michael Jackson began rating beer or dangling babies from balconies and it's just as I remembered it. Dark brown prune juice in color with a beige/tan head and slow-sliding lace. The aroma is particularly distinct with molasses, coffee, hops, and light alcohol fume. The molasses sweet malty body emits flavors of raisins and prunes and a hint of chocolate. The citrusy hops add just the right amount of bitterness for the style. Nice any season beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:38:38 | More by BeerResearcher
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ellman

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Bock beer, so I have nothing no compair to. With that said here goes.

The Pour: Pours an almost black brown the a thin tan head that disapperas quickly leaving a faint lace trim around the glass

The Smell: Chocolate coffee with the malt aroma coming through

The Taste: For my first bock i would have to say i will be drinking more. bitter chocolate and low on hops

The Mouthfeel: I would say a bit on the thin side.

I could see having this beer a few times in my life not and everydayer but on occausion.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 15:55:18 | More by ellman
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So there it was sat staring at me in the Beer Store, a lone distinctive looking green glass 11.2 fl.oz bottle embossed with the Brewery name & with a light-faded looking black & lilac colored labels – it so intrigued my beer genes that I had just had to pick it up & explore this offering further. A lovely Victorian style neck label that has a picture of an old port town, which together with the main oval label depicting a Goat on its hind legs drinking out of a frothing stein style mug, makes for something different.

I think this is the very first beer I have ever had from Norway. Aass Bock Beer, I am sure there are plenty of puns concerning the name Aass, but they will not be found in this Review sadly. Well the bottle says that they have been established since 1834, so this beer does have quite a pedigree. In fact, further reading reveals that this is Norway’s oldest Brewery.

The 11.2 fl.oz pours perfectly into my English Half Pint handled Mug. It is dark brown, almost totally flat, hardly any head whatsoever, but it does retain some carbonation such that a persistent but thin tan ring of bubbles clings tightly to the edges. No lace to be seen anywhere. When held to the light, the beer reveals a pellucid body which exhibits a lovely deep ruby red character.

Aromas are of sweet malt, molasses, sultanas, burnt sugars & dates. Tastes are quite sweet, but not sickly as I served this beer slightly chilled, this added a refreshing character to it - as it warmed it had stronger flavors, but was a little more cloying. Has a smooth & extremely silky feeling on the tongue. Tastes are malt dominant at first which crescendo into a very strong molasses dimension in the middle, finishes with a sweetish burnt sugar & caramelized end. Well balanced & very accomplished. This beer proudly states that it has “only natural ingredients” & that it conforms to Bavarian Purity Laws of 1516. The Aass Bock Beer is lagered for 6 months before bottling & I believe this adds to its very smooth, silky drinking appeal. Quite a beer I have to say!!!

I found this to be quite drinkable when slightly chilled to be honest & I would recommend that you drink it this way – I am not sure what the official recommendation is though. I wish I had more of this, never seen or heard of it before – I wonder if I will ever see it again? If I do, it’s a definite purchase – only $1.99 a bottle, very reasonable I think.

“Aass Good Aass It Gets”
I knew I would fail to miss a pun – Damn, and I tried so hard.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 17:40:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable bock beer that exemplifies character, robustness, and smooth flavors all in a single package. One of the oldest (perhaps oldest ??) breweries in Norway having been established in 1834. Brewed using a unique process called double-docoction which boils the brew for longer than normal and then they age it for upwards of 6 months. All of which make for a uniquely smooth bock beer.

Pours deep ruby brown with a reasonable size, off-white foamy head. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving little more than a midsize collar. Through the drink you won't find much lacing on the glass with this one.

An interesting, smooth and appetizing aroma with hints of toffee. Almost reminscent of something like Killkenny's without the tart bitterness hit. Flavorise, this is very smooth and very enjoyable and doesn't suffer from too much complexity or the heaviness that (I feel) plague too many bock style beers. This is a bock style after all, not a Porter.

I've only encountered 2 retailers selling this one within about a 500 miles radius of my place and after having this first time experience with it, I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more of this too. Very reasonably priced ($1.98USD for a 11.2fl oz green bottle).

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 17:40:24 | More by 49degrees
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BeerManDan

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with very little foam that dissapated quickly. The aroma was of a malty grainy smell. The taste was of a sour bitterness that really turned me off. I just don't care for this beer. The sour feeling in my mouth was the turn off!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 16:38:43 | More by BeerManDan
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony in color, the head dissipates quickly. Large bubbles of carbonation cling to the side of the glass like a soda. A malty smell is present. First sip reveals a brown sugar sweet taste with detectable bitterness. A hint of chocolate flavor is revealed too. A great brew for a winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 19:57:35 | More by mjohn27603
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red brown color. Medium foamy head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Full bodied bock. Malty and hoppy. Malts are slightly sweet. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Nice balance. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, a very slight alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 19:45:21 | More by beerguy101
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putnam

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with a creamy, tan-toned head. rich, resonant nose of old guitars, django rheinhart, dry, mellow, thick and fluffy with caramelized onions, nuts, roasted, blanched, Spanish almonds, good grip on the finish of refined grain fiber, hops and wood smoke.
Bock vs. 2xBock. This doesn't pretend to have the heavy malt of a 2x. For a regular Bock it is hard to top this one for integration, complexity and depth. Not a hammer. Class.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 13:16:53 | More by putnam
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Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.