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Narragansett Bock - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%


Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co. visit their website
Rhode Island, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Light and Dark Munich malts, Pilsner Malt, and Malted Wheat. It is hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops. Northern Brewers is a clean bittering hop and Hallertau is a classic German aroma hop associated with Bavarian style lager beers.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2011)
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Hi neighbor! Have a "Gansett!" Remember that slogan? Then you're old, too! ;-) I first saw it in an add for 'Gansett on the back of a Red Sox Yearbook, around the late '60's.... Yikes! Anyhow, have seen 6-packs of these 16oz cans at Market basket for $7.99... Hmmmm... Seemed to be worth a shot, and I do like Maibocks.... So, wtf, eh?

Poured a can into an imperial pint glass.... It's a clear brew, with some slow, steady carbo, and a rich, medium-copper color. Head is a smidge off-white, foamy and fluffy, and sticks to the edges quite nicely. Aroma has some toasty malt and a bit of grassy hopping. Body is solidly medium, and it is mostly smooth going down, having just a touch of prickliness.

Flavor has some subtle sweetness, more toasty malt, some bready action, and a light hint of caramel. Afterwards it has some grassy notes plus a stab of spiciness. Some florality lingers a bit, but the finish is mostly on the dry side. Overall, not bad.... was hoping for a bit more of a pronounced malt profile, but this is still a good value. And, I believe, my first 'Gansett ever. How about that, neighbor?

Prosit!!

3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1635

Serving type: can

03-01-2014 20:49:49 | More by Bierman9
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shigg85

Japan

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Old Engine Room in Mystic, CT. Wonderful sweetness balanced by some bitter grassy hops. What a pleasant herbal aroma that is perfectly matched in the taste. This has got to be one of the best low-cost beers available! Matches with damn near any appetizer or entree. Try it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 18:15:28 | More by shigg85
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watermelon

North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Rusty orange body with a big frothy off white head. Lots of lacing and retention.

S: Light carmel malt on the nose

T: Follows the nose along with some skunking.

M: Light slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Its ok, maybe I don't like the style but this is one I wont revisit.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 20:54:52 | More by watermelon
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illpass78

Maine

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a glass tankard.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden brown with a pillowy one-inch white head that sticks around for about ten minutes. Lacing is observable. Attractive beer - looks like a classic bock.

Aroma: Nose is malty, somewhat spicy and vaguely boozy. Nothing off-putting in the aroma, but no one flavor stands out. There's some toast, caramel and hops in there.

Taste: This is a pretty tasty beer. It has the clean, accessible flavor of a dark lager and the zip of a big-ish beer. It's easy-drinking enough that it could be considered a session lager, but it also works as a slow-drinking companion to a good meal. I had this with tacos and it got the job done.

Mouthfeel: It's easy on the palate and has a dry finish. Some prickly bitterness, but not in a bad way.

Overall: This is a solid dark lager that should appeal to fans of a straight-up bock. It's accessible without being boring, and is definitely priced fairly (usually $9-$10 for six tallboys). I like this more than Narragansett's original lager, which I like. Would drink again.

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 03:10:22 | More by illpass78
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mostly drank from the can, a small amount was poured out to gauge appearance.

A: Golden orange in color with a fizzy off white head. Very clear.

S: Not too much here. Yeasty and bready. Just the slightest hint of malt.

T: Nice german hop presence. Slightly nutty and malty. Some bready yeast flavors.

M: Medium light body that is creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: Surprisingly good. It lacks some qualities, but this is a good beer for both you and your dad. Enough "oomph" for the craft beer drinker and plain enough for the casual beer drinker. Plus, it come in 16 oz. pounders and those are incredible.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 00:50:36 | More by mpedara429
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lou50rp

Maine

4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich coppery color with active carbonation and off white head
Sweet malt aroma
Light malty taste with a nice touch of bitterness from the hops at the end
Mouthful is tingly, from carbonation, but light
Overall it is a nice spring beer - light, colorful, good carbonation.
Goes down easy and does give a taste of spring during this thaw.

Serving type: can

01-16-2014 23:53:13 | More by lou50rp
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KnNashua

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass

Appearance: clear medium amber color with minimal white head

Smell: caramel

Taste: clean, but yeasty and sweet notes

Mouthfeel: clean medium body, then bitter

Overall - good beer for many occasions, good when hot but complex with a little bitter at finish makes it good with food or whenever.

low price cans

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 18:56:28 | More by KnNashua
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beergoot

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The pour produced a dark gold and amber body with a thick, frothy head. Aroma presented notes of caramel, some slight esters, and a faint hint of nuts. Taste came with across semi-sweet caramel flavor and nicely countered with a moderate bitterness. The body was medium.

This was a nice find and my first beer I've had in Maine. It was warming and very tasty with a good malt sweetness and body, all nicely complimented with a well-balanced hop presence. It was worth the two cans I had to wash down my lobster-stuffed haddock at Warren's Lobster Restaurant in Kittering, Maine. Ah, but this would be an excellent lager on its own merits!

Serving type: can

10-13-2013 02:22:52 | More by beergoot
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the green can. Sampled on June 21, 2013

The pour is copper-brown with a very foamy off-white head. Good clarity and carbonation.

The aroma is malt forward and sweet with a slight grainy character.

The body is medium.

The taste has a semi-sweet grainy and caramel malty note with a solid bitterness tagging itself onto the end. The bitterness was what impressed me the most because it felt so well balanced.

Serving type: can

06-22-2013 16:09:31 | More by puboflyons
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keithmurray

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a mug

Appearance - clear amber color with white head

Smell - bread and caramel

Taste - clean, bready flavor with a caramel finish

Mouthfeel - crisp and clean, medium bodied, high carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish

Overall - solid beverage, really refreshing beer, easily drinkable, enjoyable, good value, I would drink this again

Price Point - $1.89/ 16 oz can

Serving type: can

05-04-2013 00:29:19 | More by keithmurray
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just saw this one today at my local bottle shop. Poured into a Smithwicks Draught mug and was rewarded with a nice off white collar of rocky foam about 3 fingers high sitting over clear medium amber/gold beer. I get sweet malt, a nutty, and grassy note, fragrant and flowery yet subtle hoppiness in the nose. Average mouthfeel. Superbly balanced, neither very sweet or very bitter...layer of malt backing gives way to the hop bitterness, just enough to let you know it's there but not the dominant flavor. Finishes flowery-bitter with a biscuity flourish. Very nice take on the Bock style and well worth the effort to find it. Love the can graphics too. See it? Buy it!

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 22:37:46 | More by beerluvr
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magictacosinus

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to angrybabboon for sending me this a while back. Poured out of a 16oz can into a stange glass.

Pours a surprisingly hazy, cloudy reddish deep amber complete with a large 4-5 egg-white beaten finger of head, so much to the point that I had to do multiple pours of this (although that could be due to the glass I'm using). The head remains for a very long time, still remaining thick and creamy throughout. Lots of carbonation glide up this for a long while until the head eventually disappears. Pretty sure this was "can-conditioned" given the appearance and heavy carbonation with each bubble... But looks quite good, especially for a bock-style.

The aroma is a pungent, sweetened caramel flavor right at the front of the nose, followed by a toasted bready character, slight bitterness, and sadly, and off-metallic flavor that is quickly masked up by the relatively high ABV. This is most definitely a malt focused beer, with an alcohol-soaked caramelized flavor at the forefront. Slight earthy, grassy phenols appear. There's a little bit of yeastiness makes this slightly fruity and full-bodied, although that corn-like, near metallic flavor is really throwing off what's otherwise a solid bock offering. Hope this isn't affected in the aroma.

Luckily there's no metallic feature to be found in the flavor, and otherwise, it ends up being a tasty and well rounded bock! At the front of the tongue there's a sweetened, caramel focused malt flavor, with a slight toasted graininess, fruits ranging from apples to pears (maybe plums), and some spices such as clove and maybe rosemary. As soon as the malt flavors go away, there's a bittered, earthy aftertaste left behind, combined with slightly bittered notes, and a lingering sweetness left by the alcohol. Slightly grassy finish as well, if I may say. Very raw overall. Quite creamy at first, and eventually quite syrupy as the carbonation starts to die down. The sweetness never becomes cloying, but the extra alcohol does become a little too much over time as the body of the beer warms up.

Another solid offering from this brewery. Never had a canned bock beer before, and in spite of the metallic notes in the aroma, this is a rustic, raw, and satisfying take on the style and quite easy to drink even with its strong malt focus. For a style I barely drink, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 04:06:03 | More by magictacosinus
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fx20736

New York

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bought as a single 16 oz can from Beers of the World for $ 1.85 on 4/29/13.

poured into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: orangish amber with a thick dollop of shortbread khaki head. Great lacing.

aroma: sweet caramel.

mouthfeel: solid.

taste: nice bready malt, caramel, noble hops at the end provide the counterpoint to the sweetness.

notes: unbelievably tasty. I'm going back to the store tonight for more.

Serving type: can

04-30-2013 20:31:54 | More by fx20736
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured first in a balloon glass then in a stein. The stein is a better glass-
It gives the beer a fuller, more malty, less bitter taste.
The color was an attractive amber with a 2 f head which resolves itself to less
than 1/2 f.

The aroma intensifies with warming- a touch of sweet fruit and malt .

The mouth feel is smooth, and enhances the drinking experience of the beer.

The taste is fruity, malty, only slightly bitter.

It was difficult to find this beer. Excellent New England beer and rebrewing of a classic.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 00:35:17 | More by brureview
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet, bready, and cereal malts.

Taste: biscuity, bready, sweet, toasted oats, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, and alcohol is not even noticeable.

Overall: I am not too familiar with maibocks, but this is a good start. Very impressed with this canned beer from Gansett. Good stuff.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 02:15:27 | More by Flounder57
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a beverage store just off Monument Square in Portland, ME. The beer pours a crisp, clear amber color with lots of reddish notes. There is very little foam and minimal lacing. The nose is roasty malts and lots of warm bready, very nice example of the style. The flavor mirrors the nose in lots of roasty malt and bready goodness. This is a wonderful beer for the price and a not so common style. Big props to Narragansett for making a very nice example.

Serving type: can

04-09-2013 23:14:09 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - clear gold with a huge, off white had that is thick and dense; great retention

S - sweet, biscuity, grainy

T - bready, creamy, a bit diacetylic, sweet, grainy, faintly grassy, very mild hop bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated

I'm a bit disappointed in this beer. It has promise as most of the traditional bock characteristics are present, but it has some off notes that detract terribly from the overall flavor. It's still drinkable even if I am a bit distracted. I will probably avoid this in the future.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 01:27:56 | More by tdm168
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear darkish amber with a solid 2 finger off white head. Not very much visible carbonation. The head becomes a little rocky and slowly dissipates over the course of a few minutes leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and crackery, bready malts dominate the aroma. Just a hint of hops in the background.

T: This beer has quite an authentic German bock taste. Certainly on the sweeter side with loads of carmel malts. Also as with the smell there is a biscuity bready characteristic that is pleasant.

M: For the sweetness it really isnt too sticky. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Perhaps a tad thin but that adds to its drinkability.

Overall I was not expecting such a flavorful and easy drinking beer. Certainly want to pick up some more of these. Would recommend it to any bock fan.

Serving type: can

03-30-2013 22:43:10 | More by CloudStrife
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett’s Bock opens to a malty, yeasty nose with a fair bit of sugar for balance. Most noticeable is an overarching malt aroma, as of boiling grains and starches, the beer smelling much like the interior of a brewery. Wet wheat, yeasty wheat dough, toast, floury baguette, and Grape Nuts cereal dominate here, joined by brown sugars and a few light fruit esters, including berry, orange, peach, and lemon/lime, as well as a touch of fig. The grains also add the smell of grain silos, and the hops bring in light pink grapefruit. As a whole, the aromas are good, the thick grains adding a nice earthy tone that is matched by fruits and sugars. The nose is rather light, and does somewhat come off as a zesty fruit spritzer, the darker brown sugar and fig notes needing more oomph, but still savory.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sweet rush of brown sugar, pink grapefruit, and berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, as well as hints of fig. The grains come in next, adding a yeasty, malty undercurrent of rising bread dough, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, and wet wheat. The darker notes are larger here than on the nose, the fig and malt adding nice depth and complexity to what would otherwise be overly sweet and grainy. In subsequent sips, however, much of this complexity is lost, the flavors simply not strong enough, and what remains is largely grainy and yeasty, held back by straight brown sugar. The aftertaste is heavily grainy, with bits of lemony bitter hops, and at least the hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is decent fare, and for the price and size, not to mention the 6.5% ABV, good value. It’s also very drinkable and smooth, with nice layers of grains and sugars. In the end, however, it’s rather light, coming across not as watery, but simply weak, the flavors fading out quickly over the course of even a few sips. This is not to say that it’s bad beer, but that a few more handfuls of grains in the mash would have certainly gone over well.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 19:42:54 | More by jondeelee
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderfully sweet pilsner and munich maltiness that just smells like a fresh spring day after a rainfall.
lite gold and copper hues that are brilliantly clear with a off white creamy head that lasts forever with sexy lacing
tasty is nice and malty/ semi sweet, big munich flavors followed by some bready flavors that I will contribute to the yeast and finishes with a nice cohesive hop bitterness that's somewhat earthy.
a lagered mouthfeel that just feels full and slick in a good way....drinks real easy
overall a fantastic beer that is lite but still very soft and complex in flavor. Gansett just nails it every year with this one

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 23:25:56 | More by MRsojourner
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dasenebler

Maine

2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16oz can

Attractive dark gold with brilliant clarity. Head is ample, retention and lacing are very good.

The aroma is of sweet, bready malts and some medicinal hops.

Flavor is balanced, leaning slightly towards the bitter. Solid hop flavor is balanced by a grainy, toasty malt sweetness. The finish is clean, but mid-palate has some husky and dirty flavors that I'm not wild about. Mouthfeel is average, medium-low forced carbonation, not very creamy.

A decent Bock, though not a repeat purchase for me.

***EDIT 3/16/13
Just attempted to drink a can of this stuff and I could not do it. Had a harshness to it and a good bit of diacetyl. Metallic as well. Bleh!

Serving type: can

03-16-2013 23:56:15 | More by dasenebler
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. tallboy can.

Brilliantly clear varnished copper body. Tall, rocky, lacy, light beige head. Excellent lacing. Nose of caramel, light butterscotch, and cookie dough backed by spicy, peppery, noble hops. Not overly strong, but a nice mix of aromas.

Soft, sweet bready malts up front. Light toasted edge. Honey malt sweetness fills in with notes of cereal grains and light fruitiness. Spicy hop flavor early on disappears mid-palate, but then peppery hop bitterness returns for the finish. Slightly floral and perfume-y. Lingering honey. Medium bodied with a creamy, nicely carbonated feel.

Serving type: can

02-24-2013 02:41:59 | More by alexgash
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had 3 or 4 of these so far, great price for 6 tall boys.

A- Can poured into a pint glass for the review. Crystal clear amber body with a frothy, foamy off-white head that displays good retention. A puffy cloud and ring leaves nice thick and plentiful clouds of lace on the glass.

S- A mix of buttery caramel and raisin-like dark fruit mix and make up a bulk of the aroma for me. Hops are fairly strong as well with light herbal, grassy and spicy hints.

T- A pretty nice balance between hops, yeast and malts here, some of the flavors could come from any of these. The buttery light caramel feel still leads for me like it did in the nose as well as a nice yeast bread character and apple peel. Hops give off a noble flavor profile of spicy herbs, grass and some fruit. Beyond that I also get slight raisin, toast and nutty hints.

MF- Light body with a foamy feel that still retains some creaminess to it, a good platform for the flavors at hand. Carbonation is on the higher end but doesn't really kill the palate because of how the beer foams up. Slight herbal bitters in the finish.

Overall a pretty good beer. When you consider the price and ABV, it is a must try in-case you are looking for another beer for those kind of weekends/family gatherings/whatever.

Serving type: can

02-13-2013 04:22:43 | More by cbutova
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Gmann

New York

2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden amber/brownish color with a small but tight egg-shell colored head. The head has some staying power. Very "dirty" looking for a helles bock.

The aroma is slightly grainy but has a prune/raisin scent to it. Perhaps this is past its prime but in a can I would think it would hold up. Not much from the doughy munich malt which is typical for the style.

I get more fruity notes than the traditional doughy notes of a helles bock. I would expect these flavors from a dopplebock but not a helles bock. Noticable raisin flavor dominates the brew. Some honey notes but none of the spice/pepper that you get from the malt and hops.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Not as heavy as I would expect a bock to be but it is quite drinkable. Definitely sweet on the palate but nowhere near cloying. It has that lager clean finish.

I am usually pretty satisifed with Naragansett but they missed the mark with this beer. Doesn't really resemble a helles bock.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 01:30:30 | More by Gmann
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Drew966

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett Bock pours an amber color with a thick beige head from a sixteen ounce tall boy can. The aroma is bready and malty, which is quite pleasant. A fair amount of hop bitterness hits me up front when I take my first sip. There is a nice malty backbone. There is nice lacing as the head collapses. Quite drinkable if not my favorite example of the style.

Serving type: can

07-08-2012 19:20:43 | More by Drew966
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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.