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Narragansett Bock - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett BockNarragansett Bock

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very good

278 Ratings

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 33
Gots: 18 | 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
Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into nonick glass

Nice amber color and malty nose. Just a hint of hops. The taste follows suit. Decent amount of body.

This is a nice bargain seasonal beer and what I imagine regular 'Gansette should be.
Respectable ABV for the money and would be welcome addition to any BBQ, poker night or game day festivity.

Photo of Shakerman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Brian50Oshen1
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew.
People should pay more attention to what this brewery is up to.
Once known for great macro,, (In Red Sox country) this company is stepping up big time.
This is a craft beer operation.
If you can find this Rhode Island Beer anywhere , buy it

I Recommend the Octoberfest, Porter, Bock, and even its flagship Macro.
Pay attention to this brewery.

Photo of Bito401
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of snilsen13
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey I read the great reviews here and elsewhere so I gave it a shot and wammo-blammo, its really good! I also enjoyed the heck out of is breweries porter.

Neither is special, like super duper good, but for the money you would be shocked at how good these are.

Basically this is a straight-forward bock. A sweet tan lager with an emphasis on drinkability, made from roasted rather than crystal malts. This is a good representation but because of the alcohol content tastes to me more like a double bock. No complaints, however not everybody will like the strength, especially considering its poured by the pint :-)

Serious drinkers take note, this is a bargain. Delicate palettes, look elsewhere (Celebrator for instance) but you can't match this much flavor for this much dollar.

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 durkle
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of jphalloran
1.44/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't understand the reviews posted on this beer. Unless I got a bad batch for my six pack - this is one of the most atrocious beers I've ever had.

At first sip, and all the way through, I received a very off, skunky tasted. In two attempts, I could not finish the 16 oz. can. I enjoy the porter far more.

Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color – Nice amber

Flavor This is a malt forward beer as it should be. It has a nice balanced flavor there are some roasted notes. There is not much hop flavor to it, but what is there does a nice balancing act.

Overall- I like this beer. It certainly exceed my expectations coming out of a tall boy can. It also exceeded by expectations given previous negative experiences with bocks. A beer as malt forward as this could, and many do, turn almost cough medicine tasting, but they do a nice job of letting the malt be the star without giving a syrupy sensation. This is a very successful beer, and in fact one I would encourage because it is good and because it breaks a lot of stereotypes.

Photo of GatorBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeeGinner
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of greybeardloon
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on the 346th day of 2011

A: Clear golden brown with a thick white head that survives well and leaves sticky lacing.

S: Faint grassy hops and grains.

T: Sweet, honey, grainy, bready malts with less toastiness than I expected, followed by herbal hops. The hops cut the sweetness pretty nicely and are more prominent than I expected. The aftertaste is slightly medicinal. Pretty nicely balanced.

M: Nice and full.

O: Another good value from Narragansett.

Photo of bornridiculous
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 16 oz tallboy.

Appearance: A beautiful Copper color with a creamy white head that shrunk but didn't seem to completely dissipate. Good lacing.

Smell: MMmmm Caramel. The nose is almost completely malt focused.

Taste: A maltly toasty taste with just enough hop bitterness to keep it balanced. Has a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect level of carbonation, and a moderate amount of body. Almost creamy, reminds me a bit of a cream ale.

Overall impression. I bought a six pack of these on a whim, and they sat in my fridge for 2 weeks. My wife (not a big beer drinker) tried one and declared she liked it so I had to try one. I loved it. Due to its price point, the 16 oz cans, and taste, this beer is finding a spot in my regular rotation.

Photo of seanh99
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip; thanks to Vonschplieffen for tossing this one my way.

A: The oversized tulip proves to be the perfect size to contain the brilliant orange-amber body and its towering two-inch head of creamy, dense, long-lasting off-white head. Majestic.

S: Sweet, nutty malts balance nicely with light, spicy hops. Pretty straightforward and quite pleasant.

T: Sweeter than the nose, with lots of caramel, some almond, vanilla, and a bit of apricot starting things off; some mild minerality follows this up, but the overripe stone fruit returns on the finish in a rather awkward partnership with bitterness. It's all a little disjointed, but there are plenty of good things going on all the same.

M: Soft, creamy, highly carbonated. Almost nothing but foam, but it's not unpleasant.

O: I wasn't expecting too much, but this is a thoroughly solid Maibock. I won't be buying a sixpack or anything, but I wouldn't turn another one down if it were offered. I'd say it's comparable to the 'Gansett O-fest in being a step up from the Lager but a step down from the terrific Summer Ale.


Photo of tjeppaint
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 mkondor8
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty sure i reviewed this back when it first came out. oh well. guess it gives me an excuse to buy more.

a: poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. clear amber in color with a thick, fluffy white head that never wants to go away. looks great.

s: smells about as good as a well crafted lager could be. lots of bread and biscuit malt aroma with a noticeable sweet and grassy finish.

t: loads of malt flavor. aforementioned notes of bread and biscuits are there along with a caramel malt sweetness. this is all quickly subdued with a slightly grassy and peppery hop character. alcohol adds a very gentle warming character to the brew, but its by no means noticeable on the palate.

m: finishes nice and dry, which makes you want to have more.

an excellent bock, which happens to be one of my favorite styles. this one tends to lean in the Helles direction and isn't as sweet as the dopplebock-like bocks out there. gotta love what narragansett is doing....makes me proud as a new englander...even if they're canned in Rochester NY.

Photo of davey101
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber body with a massive off-white fluffy head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S - Sweet caramel malts and lightly bitter hops.

T - Starts off with some bready caramel notes which lead into some citrus and a very light hop finish. Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side.

O - A fairly one dimensional beer, which is both a negative and a positive. Its simple, clean and has a pleasant flavor profile. This makes for a very drinkable beer. I'd take a sixer of this over their standard lager any day.

Photo of nas5755
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- 4.0 Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with visible carbonation bubbles making their way to the top. Nice sized head on this one that turns into a pillowy thick layer of foam over the top of the beer.

Smell- 3.5 Sweet malts, a little bread and some bitter citrus hops at the end too.

Taste- 3.5 Similar to the smell but explodes way more. Those same sweet malts almost like caramel and buttered bread. The crisp bitterness of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- 3.5 A heavy smoothness invaded by carbonation bubbles. With a little less carbonation and a little more fullness to the body this would be almost perfect.

Overall- 4.0 I love that Narragansett serves these crafted styles in their popular 16oz size can and prices them very fairly. Perfect for the person with a rich mans taste and a poor mans wallet.

Photo of amp138
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nasty15108
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz Tall Boy

Poured a copper orange color with a nice head and good lacing.
Smelled sweet and biscuity. Well balanced with just enough flavor and alcohol to keep things interesting. Went down so well I think I'll have another. Narragansett doesn't dissappoint.

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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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