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Bock Beer - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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80
good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
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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oline73

Maryland

2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 00:15:08 | More by oline73
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 00:45:08 | More by buschbeer
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown with a billowing khaki head that leaves modest lacing as it slowly dissipates.

Floral hops, nutty, toasted malt, and light melanoidins form the aroma.

There's a metallic character in the flavor, which also has a malty, toasted backbone. Something's not quite right. Almost fruity.

Body is moderate, carbonation is light, and alcohol warmth is substantial.

The metallic character really kills this. Good toasted malt backbone, though.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2014 03:02:40 | More by barczar
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Lukass

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

03-09-2014 04:07:49 | More by Lukass
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one down at The Party Source in Bellevue, KY and thought to myself, "Hmm... Never even heard of Rivertown Brewing Co. from Cincinnati, so let's give it a shot." So give it a shot I did, and am pleasantly surprised by the find. Pour is from the bottle to a tulip and the review is from notes taken on 3/5/2010.

Appearance: Pour is a caramel/copper color; body has fair clairity and shows moderately strong carbonation; starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger off-white head that fades pretty quickly to a thin and full skim with a thicker ring around the edges; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: Wow - the syrupy caramel-sweet malts are strong up front at first and there is a light toasty graininess that offers up a bit of support -- overall it just smells "good"; as it warms a little bit, there is a bit of a mulchy and wet cereal/grainy presence that sneaks in, as well as a mellow banana-like aspect.

Taste: I've gotta say, this beer is really pleasing me. A little different from the nose, the palate is led by that mulchy, wet, cereal-like graininess and it's supported by a much lighter caramel malty sweetness; there is a faint sweet and mellow fruity banana-esque flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is of medium weight and thickness and it's a little slick; carbonation is strong but not quite sharp; a light stick on the roof of the mouth, but largely a clean finish with a bit of the wet grainy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Solid enough - the major aspects are pretty much what I would expect, and at $1.70 for a bottle, I feel the pricing is very reasonable for such a solid, yet largely unheard of (as of now), beer; the ABV doesn't feel that big either (although I have no idea what it is), and I feel that I could get through 2-3 with little problem.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 03:51:35 | More by bamadog
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

04-24-2013 05:21:10 | More by grahamboudreaux
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BB1313

Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 00:34:22 | More by BB1313
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a caramel-amber color with a thin, mocha head. The nose is malty sweet of darker notes with figs and dates, caramel and molasses. The taste follows suit and starts out very sweet, transitions to bitter just to balance and then there is a lingering of toasty, bready malt on the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter in body than I would normally expect but the carbonation is almost perfect. Overall, a drinkable beer, not bad but not memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:09:24 | More by gmfessen
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beergod1

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold/amber color with a small white head. Not what I expected this one to look like. Aroma of toasted malt and dark fruit, maybe molasses. Flavor of sweet malts, grains, grassy? Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a grainy mouthfeel. Not the best bock. Rivertown is starting to show up in my area, so I hope some of their other offerings are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:03:42 | More by beergod1
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davemathews68

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

03-07-2013 03:33:06 | More by davemathews68
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-25-2014 01:24:14 | More by drdiesel9483
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KFrank729

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

01-02-2013 19:49:06 | More by KFrank729
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

08-22-2013 14:08:28 | More by Chris77McGrath
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fellowrs

Ohio

1.75/5  rDev -50%

12-18-2013 22:20:45 | More by fellowrs
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this sitting out for $12.00 a case at one of my favorite beer stores! Saw my boy bamadog gave this a b+ last year so it's worth the investment.

A: Pours a nice clear orange/brown color with 1 inch head that dissipates to a nice skim and lots off bubbles purcolating off the bottom throughout the beer. Nice

S: Nose is malt, grapes, some faint citrus

T: Taste is malt, a bit of pepper, grape flavor, and some slight orange.

M: Medium-high carbonation - fits well -not overwhelming

O: Haven't had a good beer yet from Rivertown. This one is a good offering which is exciting. Glad to have a case of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:21:29 | More by beerman207
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JoeLacy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev 0%

07-12-2013 03:14:10 | More by JoeLacy
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Bock Beer from Rivertown Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.