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Narragansett Bock - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

270 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 25
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by BeerResearcher:
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

16 oz. can. No freshness date, except for some code stamped on the bottom.
Served in a tall Harpoon Nonic glass.
The color is a brassy amber with a fast-fading white head. Thin wisps of webby lacing cling to the glass.
A grassy, wet hay smell dominates, followed by a light peaty malty aroma. A mild citrusy smell is followed by slightly boozy white rum fuminess.
The malt and hop flavors are fairly evenly matched. Bready dough, honey sweetness, metallic and citrusy hop bite and a separate and unmistakable rummy alcoholic punch all greet the buds in random order. A very faint taste of orange zest peeks in.
It's an usual bock in that the flavor profiles remain distinct and apart, even as it warms.
This is definitely one of the better beer values ($6.50 a 16 oz.sixer, no less) in the New England area.

03-27-2011 22:13:37 | More by BeerResearcher
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

First off for my money the line of Narragansett beer are the best bang for their buck out there,six top notch 16oz cans of a good maibock for I paid can't be beat.Poured into a half liter stein a rich copper/bronze with a large billowing white head,just a great crown that settles into a creamy mass after a short time.Doughy with caramel notes in the nose,real defined sharp leafy hops really play a role as well.Caramel and tosted pizza crust flavors with a tinge anise meld into a quite a leafy hopped up finish.The drinkability of this spring bock is off the charts,I have paid as much if not more for a few beers of the same style that don't hold up to this,a great beer.

03-05-2012 21:11:42 | More by oberon
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Shakerman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-11-2012 01:05:55 | More by Shakerman
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-16-2014 16:06:23 | More by warnerry
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-17-2013 18:49:44 | More by SunDevilBeer
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-09-2014 16:52:21 | More by Doomcifer
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-16-2013 00:54:01 | More by JakerLou
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

16oz tallboy!! No freshness date.

Suds reach high and lacing is epic with a shiny copper clarity beneath. Subtle aroma of Oily, herbal and leafy hoppiness that rests on a fresh cut grass and bready maltiness. Just enough crispness to cut through the creamy medium body that seems to have a bit of heft to it but not too heavy to detract from its drinkablility. Wave of malt sweetness brings fresh baked shortbread and crackers to mind. Hops are a bit aggressive with a more drawn out bitterness rather than a quick sting, this later translates into a leafy herbal flavor. Hops stick to the palate just as long as the toasty character of the malt does even when the dry finish wants to end things.

Wow ... I'll be hunting for cases very soon. One of the best spring seasonals I have run into in years.

03-01-2011 01:39:37 | More by Jason
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csniezek

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-19-2013 01:17:54 | More by csniezek
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mctizzz

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-10-2012 13:10:10 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -30%

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and faint orange

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, and floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium-high carbonation, light body, very dry

Overall: In the cans I got, the hops actually came through a bit too much. This one is a one and done for me. I wanted a bit more balance. This almost tasted more like an English pale ale.

04-21-2011 13:06:25 | More by tigg924
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-12-2012 01:09:06 | More by wattoclone
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-26-2014 15:15:56 | More by Janeinma
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ufmj

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-05-2013 16:53:35 | More by ufmj
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2013 00:29:24 | More by skivtjerry
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

16 oz can into a pint glass. Cheap beer to boot!

Dead on amber color with nice carbonation, two finger white head that produces minimal lacing.

Bready smells with some sweet malt. Noble hops in the back.

Starts bready and malty, tastes like a lighter version of Hofbrau's Maibock. Caramel malts without much fruitiness. Transitions in the slightly spicy and herbal hop notes at the end.

Slightly wet and medium bodied. Carbonation tingles good.

One pint easily goes down on a moderately warm (50 degrees) spring day. Alcohol concealed and its basic enough where drinking it isn't a complication. Good job, 'Gansett!

03-29-2011 23:24:55 | More by BranfordBound
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glid02

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Can shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-brown color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with good amounts of light, earthy hops. Also present are slight hints of medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the sweetness is a bit stronger. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and quickly sweeten through to the midpoint of the sip. Slight earthy hop flavors come into play then, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer was very close to being a very good bock, it was just the tiny bit of sweetness that overdid it for me. Still, a solid beer for the style that’s worth a shot.

05-19-2011 14:55:47 | More by glid02
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dcbeers

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-20-2013 20:19:07 | More by dcbeers
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CloudStrife

New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-14-2014 17:53:49 | More by dmachado
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

16oz can into a standard pint glass. I'm quickly becoming very fond of Narragansett, and this one doesn't disappoint in the least.

A - 'Gansett bock pours a a nice and deep copper color with a slim foamy off white head. Nice touches of lacing along the glass as well.

S - A touch of hoppiness and a sweet malt background comprise most of the aroma. I'm picking up a slight hint of alcohol as well. All around a solid nose on this one.

T - Malt sweetness upfront with a nice hop profile in the back. Hints of what to me seems like buttered popcorn. Toasted grains with hints of caramel. Really, really digging this one.

M - Light to medium body with a nice dry finish. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

O - An outstanding spring seasonal from the brewers at Narragansett. A wonderful beer for such a good price, this one is a no brainer.

04-09-2011 05:02:33 | More by BennyL1
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

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

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-06-2013 18:19:02 | More by tenacioustomato
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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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