Narragansett Bock - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett BockNarragansett Bock

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278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 35
Gots: 19 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2011

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
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Ratings: 278 | Reviews: 116
Reviews by billybob:
Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

narragansett continues to surprise me with their beer first their porter and now their bock. first is the packaging 16 oz can with narragansett and type of beer bock plain and simple no fancy smansy label thats better than the beer in the bottle.

pours a bright copper not quite two finger foamy head and light spotty lace. mild malt aroma with a light hint of caramel and herbal note. sweet malty taste of weak tea, some spice, some light herb taste smooth slick mouthfeel and no after taste.

very easy to drink with a not to sweet or hoppy balance and at a very good price

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  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.

Photo of BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heavy. Fizzy. Wheaty. Malty. Deep golden brown. 7+abv w/o a boozy afterbreath.

Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this!

Appearance - Big fluffy head, despite a careful pour. Amber body that is totally transparent. The head is gone quickly and some lacing remains, but that disappears quickly too.

Smell - Malt-dominant. Almost exclusively caramel. Not really a whole lot else going on.

Taste - Good caramel flavor to start. Not much sweetness, considering the maltiness. Certainly the malts are on display here, as they should be. After the malts is a hoppiness with a metallic flavor that is not pleasing. It's unbalanced at the ends because the malt flavor doesn't carry all the way through the finish.

Mouthfeel - I wouldn't say full-bodied, but it isn't light. It's a surprisingly refreshing beer, considering it's weight. Not a tremendous amount of carbonation, considering the display of a head it gave.

Overall - It was ok at best. The aftertaste really killed it for me. A stronger flavor and I could have forgiven it, but not my favorite bock by any means.

Photo of Gmann
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I never thought I'd search out a new 'Gansett offering. But here we are!

Tall boy pours nice deep gold into a pint with lots of big sticky head that slowly fades but retains a nice chunkiness for a while.

Nose of sweeter grass/grains and hops. Light carbonation and medium body, lots of sweet and slightly bready malt and solid crispness from the hops that finishes dry.

This is going to be really nice on a hot day - clean drinker that leave no unpleasant aftertaste.

Photo of Sharkophile
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a slightly hazed golden color with a huge, sticky white head. Takes forever for the head to recede. I like.

S: Smells sweet and bready, with a light floral hop aroma and a drop of alcohol.

T: Intense, bready and honey-like sweetness with a bit of toasty flavor as well. The resemblance to honey is assisted by the herbal and floral hops, a bit of warming, spicy alcohol comes into play as well. An astonishing dryness in the finish, with some sweet and herbal residuals.

M: Pretty heavy, with a medium to full body and a creamy carbonation. The intensely dry finish absolutely plows through the heaviness of the body, however. Very good.

O: Bought this with the intention of it being a session beer, but it's a bit to heavy to be employed as such again. Very tasty beer nonetheless and quite reasonably priced to boot.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is malts up front, a touch of caramel, the hops kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of DearthVader
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can served in a Spaten pint glass.

Thank you mschofield for the New England love!

Crystal clear bronze color with a big 2 1/2" white, fluffy head that has great retention. It lasted until the last sip.

All I really pick up is the malt aroma with hints of bread.

Relatively sweet with big notes of sourdough bread, and Earthy tones.

Very light body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

I'm glad I got to try this beer. Its a very good example of the style and a very sessional beer. Goes down very smoothly.

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

Thanks to woodychandler for the CAN!

A - Light autumn/amber color, translucent, with a light off white 3 finger head, puffy and throws lacing everywhere.

S - Smell is nice and malty, nutty, crisp, a tad spicy/herbal. Notes of caramel pop through.

T - More malt rich and nutty than aroma, with bits of caramel and a nice herbal hop backbone.

M - There's a creamy texture to it, nice and slick. Lighter in body with a good carbonation level.

D/O - Great drinkability. This was a very nice bock, would gladly drink more!

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

A real nice uniformly made head, off white, soapy but with some whipped up creamy texture. What a gorgeous body color on this, it's a great orange amber. Clear, just love this color.

Nose is a nice sticky malt, light sense of clove and toffee. Hints of brown spice cinnamon, very nice.

Taste seems like a let down. The nose gives the impression of a bigger flavor profile, but this is quite subtle. Light mix of malt and light toffee. Hints of crispness with a spicy finish, taking light airy cinnamon and an almost syrup body.

Overall quite interesting, very enjoyable brew.

Photo of musicforairports
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint glass. Amber and clear. Nice head.

Smells like sweet bready malt, honey notes.

Flavor is rich and sweet--nice biscuit and bread notes, hefty caramel, sweet honey, light hop presence. Tastes like a good bock, and not a light one.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is really a much better beer than I was expecting and definitely a good bock.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sneaky extra. Sneaky!

Ommegang anniversary glass, paired with some two day old supermarket sushi. Hmmm...

Clear, vibrant, light amber color. Off-white faltering head. Spotty lace.

Smells of caramel & a little tree bark. Touch grassy, touch buttery.

Taste is a pile of toast, minor amount of char, & plenty of bock-ish euro lager malt sweetness(without going overboard). Low, but noticeable leafy bitterness.

Carbonation is pretty crispy for a bock. Alcohol isn't completely transparent, but pretty well integrated. Not syrupy or overly rich on the tongue. Easy, but still missing something.

Pretty decent beer. :)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden in color with amazing clarity. Nice fine carbonation seemed to be leaking toward the surface throughout the session and really get a nice high head of white going from the very start. Aroma is full of bready grains, popcorn like aromas with hints of grasses and herbal hops. Well rounded, clean, concise. Just what you would expect from SN. As I take the first sip, clean, crisp flavor washes over the tongue. Rich notes of caramel, almost clove like spice and loads of grainy grasses wash over the tongue. Quick hitting as the flavor rolls on by a nice long, buttery like finish dries the palate and leaves you looking for another sip almost immediatly.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 3/21/11

Appearance: Pours an orange copper color, clear, fluffy off-white head, better than average lacing

Smell: Sweet biscuits, some light fruits - grainy - some malts that scream "Narragansett" and some herbal/spicy hops

Taste: A great example of a bock - malty, tastes like sweet toasted biscuits and bread crust - some sweetness, including some light fruits and some slight alcohol - hops are herbal, spicy - well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well-carbonated, a little sticky because of the maltiness

Overall: Another great seasonal from 'Gansett

I have to admit that I drank a lot of these this spring. It wasn't a breathtaking beer, but it was very good. It's a tasty bock that is excellent with food.

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