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Aass Bock - Aass Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -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 +6.7%
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 +9.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +19%
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 +3.4%
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 -6.4%
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 +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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 -22.4%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Gusler

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
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".

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 15:34:51 | More by Gusler
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 21:03:44 | More by rastaman
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mzwolinski

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 15:06:53 | More by mzwolinski
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 07:45:42 | More by ADR
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Jon

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Norwegian bock pours a deep amber hue with a sticky tan head that lasts nicely. The smell is rather nutty and presents a somewhat toasted malt aroma. The taste is rather similar with the nutty, malty flavors taking priority. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd expected. It wasn't as creamy as I'd imagined. As far as drinkability goes, I wasn't overly disappointed that I only had one bottle of this in the fridge. That's not to say it wasn't bad, however for the price I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 18:33:28 | More by Jon
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inebrius

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy and sticky tan head over deep mahogany liquid. Malty nose with a tinge of sulfur and grain. Sweet and nutty malt flavor is enhanced by sulfur and balanced out with just the right amount of bittering hops. Creamy and good and worth finding, but the steep price may make it a one-time treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2002 17:44:10 | More by inebrius
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
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

270

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 04:52:46 | More by Bierman9
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jackndan

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2002 12:49:47 | More by jackndan
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color, with a light tan, sticky head that dies pretty quick. Huge caramel malt aroma…emm so inviting. On the palate, you taste the caramel malts upfront, small bit of fruitiness, and toffee, and almonds in the background…very nice sweetness through out. The mouth feel is buttery smooth. Overall this brew very good. May be one of the finest brews from Norway…a must try...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2002 14:58:09 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Sigmund

Norway

4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2002 08:54:07 | More by Sigmund
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Andy

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn color. Creaminess in aroma. Spicy malt flavor, slightly nutty. Big mouthfeel (though not too full).

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2002 19:15:11 | More by Andy
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AaronRed

New York

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not that impressed with this beer. It had decent sweetness, but did not seem that complex to me. When it warmed slightly, it was better, but average overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2002 20:00:32 | More by AaronRed
Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.