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Bock Beer - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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81
good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

beerslushy, Jul 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

doctor_dirk, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Extrajoker00, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

grahamboudreaux, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

cmoses, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of elbit
4/5  rDev +13.6%

elbit, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Groomsy
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Groomsy, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Nick_Foltz, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

davemathews68, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of BigPauly
4.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

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!

BigPauly, Feb 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

crytion, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Kahmal
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Kahmal, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

KFrank729, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -14.8%

jaidenjb, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Ryan011235, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of M_Burkey
3/5  rDev -14.8%

M_Burkey, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of beergod1
3/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

beergod1, Apr 28, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

BB1313, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of mcorwin
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mcorwin, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of elBecko
3/5  rDev -14.8%

elBecko, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Kelly88
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the cock & bull in Covington. Served in their standard imperial pint

A- pretty much dead on for a bock, color of cherry wood with a thin head of ivory. Good amount of blanket lacing on the glass.

S- strangely reminded of moonshine when smelling this beer, lots of corn and a slight fruity aroma. Kind of in-line for the style but to much corn.

T- corny and fruity at the same time. Not bad but weird. A little less fruitiness would be good. I just think the corn is too much.

M- a little to under-carbonated which creates a heAvy feeling that really hammers home the corny flavors

O- drinkable but Flavors could be enhanced to increase drinkability
Flavors need to be enhanced to better show skill I have seen from Rivertown

Kelly88, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of murraymj
4/5  rDev +13.6%

murraymj, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of edfish
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a six pack at the Jungle for $9.
Poured in a pint glass, has a golden ruby color 1/2 head white with a light tan tint.
S- Not over powering,faint malt/bread not far off thought I smelled a berry ?
T- the taste was very suprising, I have not tasted a bock like this one. Starts with a bread/biscuit taste heavy on the biscuit lite carmel. Finishes with a malty fruit taste, plumb like. Crisp and light dry aftertaste.
M- Not to bad, not real big or full.
O- I like this bock because of its different taste, seems lighter that traditional bocks. Says it has a 7.2% ABV but there is no alchol taste. The fruit taste doesn't appear until the beer is 1/2 gone. I think I'll have another!

edfish, Feb 03, 2012
Bock Beer from Rivertown Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.