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Bock Beer - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bamadog on 03-06-2010)
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Dark brass

SMELL: Sweet, malty, bready, grassy, taffy, herbal, faint alcohol, clean

TASTE: Crisp, slick, creamy, malty, fresh grain, figgy, nutty, toasted bread, mild husk, kiss of alcohol, very clean, herbal, dry toasty finish

Very much a bock in our glasses and not for much longer; even for its size, it presents itself as a very drinkable beer. The warmth does catch up after a while. A real treat to run into, we can really appreciate the deft hand(s) it took to create this malt bomb.

01-17-2013 03:49:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
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elBecko

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-27-2012 15:49:26 | More by elBecko
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norinco

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-17-2014 00:38:58 | More by norinco
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +14%

06-26-2014 05:35:28 | More by Jasoncolliver
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Beejay

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%

A: Reddish brown with an off white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, still nice looking.

S: Sweet and light. As well as some caramel notes. Perhaps a little maple syrup in there as well.

T: Lovely. Mild, slightly sweet and simple. Malty, with a carmel sweetness in the finish. Though I was hoping for a little more complexity.

M: Medium bodied, very clean appropriate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nice, clean and satisfying.

03-12-2010 04:25:39 | More by Beejay
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Rod_J

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-20-2014 02:35:07 | More by Rod_J
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Buckeye_Bill

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-09-2014 03:25:42 | More by Buckeye_Bill
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +2.3%

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a flute glass

A - I would have to call this beer a dark amber color. I got very little head with this beer. It looks off-white.

S - I smell some caramel, toffee, and toast. I can also pick out some floral hops.

T - There is a definitive malt presence. I get a lot of caramel malt initially, but the hops come in to balance it out a little on the finish.

M - Medium with medium carbonation.

O - It has been a while since I have had a bock. This is a decent beer. It has pretty good flavor.

08-11-2013 00:45:08 | More by buschbeer
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured from a bottle into a mug. The appearance is extremely disappointing. Nice color, but very little carbonation and practically no head at all. Bock is supposed to have a beautiful ``bloom'' and this stuff looks dead. The nose is just fine, though a bit faint due to the complete lack of carbonation. Nice bready, toffee-like notes that tell me, despite the lackluster appearance, this IS a bock.

The flavor is traditional and malt-forward. I get nice caramel, bready, malty notes and a nice medium-firm mouthfeel. Unfortunately, the hops are far too noticeable and I get a lemony tint to the flavor that comes in at mid-palate, making the beer seem slightly off-balance. The finish is kind of bland and nothing much lingers except for the lemony hop character.

A rather disappointing offering from a local brewery. Not bad, just nothing to write home about. I won't buy this again. It cannot even sit on the same shelf as a classic like HB Maibock.

04-22-2012 16:47:21 | More by deadonhisfeet
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev +0.9%

12oz bottle (no date) served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-amber with lots of bubbles coming up through the beer. Thin off-white head. Some small strands of lacing that would slide back down the glass to the original head.

Smell: Bit of caramel upon first poured, but then after awhile the smell goes away completely - almost odorless. With a very deep inhale I can pick up a tiny bit of noble hops and some of the caramelized malt again.

Taste: Up front a mix of toasted malt, caramel, and something metallic. Moves quickly to a burnt sugar, herbal/spicy hop finish with some lingering mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated - fizzy. Some stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmm....just okay I think. Maybe it would be better with food. By itself nothing special and I've had better bocks. Tasty enough, but everything together leaves something to be desired.

04-28-2014 22:45:05 | More by damndirtyape
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oline73

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a layer of head that goes away quickly and completely.

Smell: Sweet and malty with some caramel and dark fruit. Hints of raisins and grapes.

Taste: Sweet, bready malt is the dominant flavor. Some fruity notes, grapes and raisins. The finish is a bit bitter and doesn't compliment the rest of flavor very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a normal amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not a fan of this one. A bit too sweet and I didn't like the finish.

08-17-2011 00:15:08 | More by oline73
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angeepangie

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-01-2014 20:07:09 | More by angeepangie
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Zanico

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-09-2014 00:41:05 | More by Zanico
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BB1313

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a dark plum/amber, head fades pretty quickly, not much lacing. I like the aromas, lots of banana and dark fruits. Huge breadiness. There's also alot of caramel in the mix. I can really taste the caramel and lots of malts. There's a nice spiciness, but it's on the subtle side. Hops seem to take a backseat. Mouthfeel is fine, but very light when being told it's full bodied. Carbonation is fine, maybe on the higher side, but still smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'd put this in the Maibock/Helles Bock category.

Decent beer. It satisfied, nice for springtime, but isn't something to go crazy about.

04-21-2012 00:34:22 | More by BB1313
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-25-2014 01:24:14 | More by drdiesel9483
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.14/5  rDev -10.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Rivertown's Bock pours a beautiful dark amber with highlights of orange and red. The beer is mostly clear with a little bit of haze and has a two-finger head that quickly recedes to a cap of foam and leaves minimal lacing. The carbonation from the bottom of the glass indicates that maybe this beer is a little undercarbonated. Eh. Average.

Rivertown's Bock is a straight malt bomb on the nose. Descriptors that come to mind are toffee, caramel, dark bread, dark fruit, some grassy/spicy hops, and a little alcohol in the background. While this beer has a nice aroma, there aren't nearly enough hops to balance out the sweetness. The sweetness becomes nearly cloying as the beer warms. Overall though, a fairly nice smell.

The taste on this is very nice, but as mentioned, the sweetness is a little overwhelming - maybe that's because I've been on an IPA kick. The toffee and caramel, as well as dark bread and dark fruit are all over the palate with a very slight spicy hop note on the finish. There's only enough hop presence to stave off the crazy amount of sweetness in this brew. Not bad, but this is not a sessionable beer because of the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really struggles, I think. While it wants to be fairly creamy and medium-bodied, the beer is just a little uncarbonated and has a slightly thin and watery body. It's not too dry, and the sweetness in the finish makes this a bit of a sipper.

While not bad, this beer needs a heftier mouthfeel, more carbonation, and a little more hop presence to stave off the presence of the sweetness. Overall, this is a solid take on the bock style, and one of the better American interpretations of the style.

03-21-2013 21:51:18 | More by Groomsy
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JoeLacy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

07-12-2013 03:14:10 | More by JoeLacy
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -29.3%

Poured into a Celebrator glass on 9/13/12

The color is a watery looking caramel brown with light cloudiness. It poured a disappointingly weak head, just a brief flash of bubbles that skim out quickly. As the glass is tipped whilst drinking, some foam forms a half moon along an inside portion of the glass. Hardly any lace.

The aroma is pleasant enough with solid malt notes wafting about - dark grains, buttered bread, wisps of dough and a smooth candy caramel notion. Faint hints of earthiness. Smells pretty good, if a bit too sweet.

My first impression of the first sip is that Bock might shape up to be an uncommon Rivertown beer; you know, one that's actually good. The flavor was malty and rounded out with a very mild hop suggestion. Things turn a bit dicey mid sip, however; it's then that I noticed a body that desperately wants to be a robust medium, but it thinnish and watery. Carbonation isn't over the top in term of quantity, but the quality is far lower than it should be for such a deliberate beer as a bock. Similar to the body, the carbonation is thin, weak and lacks depth. As the first sip finishes, I detect something of a strange fruitiness in back. Overall, the first sip set me up to be disappointed.

Subsequest sips find the flavors to take a turn back toward "better than not good" territory. Thankfully, the malts pull rank over that of hops and fruity what have you, and, luckily, Rivertown managed to work up an acceptable malt bill.

Though the feel never recovers, I think Rivertown actually has a decent beer of a traditional style to tweak and improve upon. Tinker with the taste and nail down the feel and they'll have a pretty decent bock.

09-30-2012 23:53:11 | More by Ryan011235
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.5%

10-13-2012 17:06:28 | More by jaidenjb
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thin head that quickly fades.

S- Lots of caramel malt and some spice. Alot of sweetness in the nose.

T- Sweet initially with lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors. Falls a little flat in the finish with little alcohol flavor and a slight musty taste.

M- Light/medium bodied with low carbonation.

O- Overall a decent beer but probably not picking it up regularly.

04-17-2011 14:15:42 | More by projectflam86
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance - a murky caramel/brown brew. Extremely bubbly, three fingers at least. Fades back to a half-finger and holds there due to quite a bit of bead from underneath.

Aroma - powdery, grainy malts, not much more.

Taste - decent malts to start. A little sourish tasting but a bit of toast too. A mild brown sugar taste that comes across kind of funky. After a few sips, the malty side begins to dominate. The swallow has a nice abv warmth in the throat.

Mouthfeel - way too bubbly, interferes with the flavor, inhibiting the sweetness. I like the smoothness, though, and it has a good body on it.

Drinkability - not my favorite bock, but it drinks okay.

07-22-2011 04:13:59 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -23.1%

The beer was served chilled in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer has a copper coloration. The head was off white and shortly lived. A thin sheen of head remains on the surface of my beer.

Smell: Very sweet caramel with floral undertones. Fruity esters creep out as the beer begins to warm up. Note allow the beer to warm up.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is simple but well executed. The flavors are of sweet syrup caramel. A bit of spiceyness hit my tongue on the back of the taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a medium body with good carbonation. The beer was a little sweet for my taste. Not bad but I think I will pass on more of this Bock.

03-20-2010 00:53:47 | More by nlmartin
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BigPauly


4.56/5  rDev +29.9%

First time I had anything from RT. Drank 5 in a row, was very tasty! Usually never drink that many. Full flavored bock, not overly sweet, well balanced. It had a nice dark amber color, slightly ruby. Didn't pour it aggressively, but it still had a nice foamy head, Ok lacing. Will buy again! Good job Rivertown!

02-26-2013 02:43:12 | More by BigPauly
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +2%

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy reddish copper color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light roast, green apple, raisin, plum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity and decent balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. A bit too estery with green apple on the nose. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, fig, plum, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, raisin, fig, plum, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this a nice Bock style. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. If the nose wasn’t overly estery this definitely would have scored a bit higher. A nicely enjoyable offering.

07-26-2014 03:16:09 | More by superspak
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Rdc67

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-02-2014 23:10:49 | More by Rdc67
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