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Aass Bock | Aass Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good
39 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
64
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
16.33%
 
 
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Aass BockAass Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aass Brewery
Norway | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-18-2000

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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 64
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep clear garnet the color with the head voluminous and light tan in color, the lace a decent covering upon the glass. Nose is all malt with a sweet hint of caramel; start is inordinately sweet and the top light. Finish is delicately dry, benignly carbonated, leniently hopped, drinkable, but a little "Weak/watery for this "olde Strong Beer Lover".

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Photo of Suds
4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking amber/garnet color, with a fine, creamy head and nice lacing. Nose exhibited some malty sweetness, yet was restrained, while the mouthfeel was quite acceptable. Medium malty flavor, with some toffee and choco notes thrown in. Not overly strong on the flavors, though, with a somewhat bitter finish. Personally, I'd like to see the maltiness stronger, with less of a bitter finish, and perhaps more of an alcohol presence. Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for helping me score some Aass while in Philly.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light brown pour, earthy edge to it. Thin 1/5" head. Off white. Aroma of faint earthen roast.

Thin, but a hint of smoke and earth to it. Undercarbonated. I assume nobody gets this unless they're really into the style. Was like an English brown lager. That's how I'd describe it. With cola.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml custom green bottle. There's this little goat, with big horns, that appears to be either mounting or hugging a big 'ole stien of beer. Regardless, the little buddy looks excited.

Appearance: Dark amber/tarnished brown in colour with a nice, full tan lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel and grain aromas.

Taste: Smooth, full bodied beer with loads of upfront rich malt complexities. Ripe fruits, caramel, burnt raisin and faint hints of molasses. Some toasted flavours. Hops are there, but they are soft. Just enough to balance the malt sweetness with a floral flavour that is incredibly delectable. Alcohol is warming and mixes well with a light hop prickle/bitterness. Finishes with some residual sweetness and some grain dryness.

Notes: This is a formidable Bock beer. Truly inspired and addictive to the palate. Bottle conditioned.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear color. Head is a decent 1/4 inch for about 30 seconds, then a yellowish trace. Woody and chocolatey smell. Taste is decently malty, a little too sweet, some sense of walnut, toffee, and a bit of a sweetened tea impression. Touch of twang at the finish. Decent flavor, enhanced by aroma but too sweet and non-complex for me...the carbonation is on the fizzy side as well.

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Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and sticky, raisiny and caramelly, on the sweeter side of the scale, a bit syrupy. Beautiful red-brown colour, with nice off-white head, leaves a nice flavour in your mouth, slightly roasty and bitter.

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Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +6%
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!

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

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Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of Sigmund
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ABV in Norway is 6,5%. This is the best Norwegian beer you can get. Beautiful, very dark reddish brown colour, moderate carbonation. Complex aroma and flavour, hints of spices, oak and liqourice. Very well balanced. Great aftertaste.

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Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aass Bock Beer: Deep almost opaque brown/red color, with a sweet aroma and very sweet taste. Long lasting aftertaste of molasses, which kind of spoiled my enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle which highlights the brewery's proud heritage, dating back to 1834. The traditional 'bock' goat holds center stage on the label, enjoying a fine looking stein of beer.

The beer itself is ruby-colored, evenly carbonated, with a thin, lacy head. I've seen better heads on this beer -- perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

Aroma is crisp and lager-like, with rich, toffee-like malt undertones.

The beer itself is medium to medium-full bodied, with a heavy malt flavor. These flavors develop a bit of complexity as the beer warms, with raisin and nutty flavors coming out nicely. Hop flavor is negligible -- could perhaps use a bit more for balance.

Altogether quite drinkable. I'd like another soon.

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Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
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