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Narragansett Bock - Narragansett Brewing Co.

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260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 23
Gots: 8 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-26-2012 15:56:19 | More by mkondor8
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.

Serving type: can

02-25-2012 03:48:42 | More by tzieser
Photo of davey101


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:27:28 | More by davey101
Photo of nas5755


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-24-2012 18:14:09 | More by nas5755
Photo of RyanLigeia

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: can

02-21-2012 01:45:21 | More by RyanLigeia
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-20-2012 19:51:41 | More by amp138
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: can

02-18-2012 22:01:57 | More by nasty15108
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2012 20:06:26 | More by wdarcy77
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can date says 346 day of 2011, I don't know if this is when it was canned, when they lagered it, or what. Regardless it has only been in stores for a couple of weeks and I am drinking this one on Feb 17, 2012
A: Amber colored, pretty clear, small bubbles, and a beautiful white head for a lager.
S: Rich malt smell. Munich malt really jumps out. It's malty to the point of being somewhat spicy with a breadiness also apparent. Just a small bit of grassiness from the hops. Clean, as I cannot detect any yeast.
T: Taste follow the nose. Starts out with that rich munich maltiness. A get just a tad bit of graininess pre-finish. It might even have a slight astringency but it's very light. Hops are very drying in the finish. They have a slight herbalness. Breadiness lingers with the hops in the finish.
M: Light carb and solid medium bodied. Creamy to begin but that slight astringency cuts through the creaminess slightly.
O: I think I anticipate this beer more than any other seasonal. For less than 10 dollars for a six pack of tall boys this beer is ridiculous. It is just loaded with malt flavor and has a surprising bitterness to even it out.

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 15:54:10 | More by loftisCT
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New Hampshire

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

16oz can from Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal clear amber with a good half inch or so of khaki-colored head. sweet fruity and caramel malt wafts from the beer. Bread, biscuit, and caramel comprise the majority of the flavor with just a hint of hops. Medium in body and carbonation. A good solid bock, especially for the price. Awesome.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 03:00:51 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 22:37:50 | More by caseyf
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-11-2012 22:10:09 | More by Gregwa
Photo of Dools9


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tumbler pint. Love these pint cans that 'Gansett brews come in.

A: Pours an amber, copper color with a fluffy two finger off white head. Left some awesome, clumpy lacing all over the glass and retained very well all the way through to the end.

S: Bready, grainy caramel malts. Some type of sweet buttery quality, a bit of earthiness mixed in. Just a touch of spicy hops as well.

T: Toasted bread, sweet, buttery caramel malts, a spicy, citrusy herbal hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the throat. Tastes like spring.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on, smooth and creamy feel. Very easy to drink, goes down nicely.

O: Impressive offering here. Yet another solid seasonal from Narragansett. One of the better representations of the style and a point for being very affordable and in a pint can. Probably thier most complex beer in terms of flavor and feel, and a very nice spring time sipper.

Serving type: can

02-11-2012 00:10:50 | More by Dools9
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an attractive amber with a moderately sized white head.
the aromais biscuity and grainy with touches of hoppy grassiness. a bit of sweet corn with wamrth.
the taste is sweetly malty, toasty caramel and biscuit. reminds one a bit of the malts in a traditional ESB or something similar. a little bit of minerality and well integrated hop bitterness balances out the back end.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit finer carbonation. it's got a little bit of a slickness on the palate that only makes it go down that much smoother.
quite a nice version of the style. very much the same as just about everything else narragansett makes, in the respect that it's not going to knock your socks off, but is a damn solid, well put together brew, that's got a great quality to price ratio.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 01:26:16 | More by kmo1030
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can provided to me by the brewery.

Pours a pretty amber/golden in color with a big off-white head.

Smells of sweet bread like biscuits and malt.

The flavor is sweet, but with a notable hop twang. Slight sulfur notes. Nothing wrong here.

Smooth and glassy body. Light, but not watery.

Overall this is a fine beer. It's my second from Narragansett and I'm impressed so far with the quality versus price of these brews. Is this world-class? No, but it's a solid choice.

Serving type: can

02-08-2012 05:27:53 | More by Shaw
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-05-2012 20:06:28 | More by sevenmoist
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-05-2012 03:37:10 | More by deapokid
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy, wicked fresh.

A: Amber/pumpkin red ale in color, initially a frothy white head, dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing, not a ton.

S: Raisins, malty, some fruity sweetness (maybe lemon)

T: Initially whole wheat bread, light molasses flavor, malty but not roasted. Has a mineral/herbal/grassy light hop sharpness to cut through the malts. I'm guessing Noble hops. As I continue to drink a cinnamon/cumin like spiceness lingers on palette. Not overpowering but pleasant.

M: Highly carbonated, a bit creamy, a tad on the thin/watery side. Very sessionable, ABV is a bit surprising, drinks more like a 5.5% beer.

O: A pretty tasted brew, similar to marzens in my opinion, although a bit "fresher/lighter" in taste. Not mind blowing but an awesome beer to pair with some bbq or sporting event. Great Value from Gansett once again. You wont be disappointed as long as expectations are reasonable.

I like porter/summer better tho.

Serving type: can

02-04-2012 02:00:38 | More by BigCheese
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-30-2012 23:11:27 | More by Rekrule
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-29-2012 18:50:48 | More by kaelingirl
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden copper color with a huge 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing

S: Grainy yeast, buttery malts, slight floral/citrus hops and slight spiciness

T: Follows the smell; grainy lager yeast, buttery malts, and slightly bitter, floral hops. Slight spiciness as well. Finishes clean and leaves almost no aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, again very clean

O: Another nice surprise from Narragansett. I've had 3 of their seasonals so far (missing the summer), and they've all been a good-great representation of their respective styles. The bock is no different, and is very easy to drink

Serving type: can

01-13-2012 21:25:54 | More by BEERMILER12
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Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -47.8%

01-05-2012 00:18:22 | More by disemgrowler
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-04-2012 04:44:00 | More by whartontallboy
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-31-2011 07:44:10 | More by smithmd4
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-23-2011 23:44:19 | More by jophish17
Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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