Rye-Bock - Cameron's Brewing Co.
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3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
650ml bottle. Perhaps a tad late for the Spring bock season, but that's apparently my happy problem to deal with, sigh!
This beer pours a glassy, medium bronzed amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of densely foamy, frothy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bushy vista of overgrown shrubbery lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of fruity apple and pear concentrate, bready caramel malt, a touch of hard toffee, faint spicy grain notes (wherefore art thou, rye of the grain bill?), a hint of muddled black fruit, and ethereal leafy, earthy hops. The taste is gritty bready, doughy caramel malt, toffee pudding, mixed orchard fruit - a bit of apple, some tart plum, and a suggestion of late-harvest red wine grapes - a still rather underwhelming rye grain spiciness (normally a pro for me, but here it seems like a con), more dry black peppercorn, and tame earthy, leafy, and mildly grassy hops.
The bubbles are definitely present, and in a pleasantly genial, frizzante manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, a slight flinty measure arising, one that seems ineffectual, and even copacetic to our current situation. It finishes off-dry, the still only rye-flecked caramel malt keeping up the bready biscuit guise, while the spice limps along, and the understated hops keep on keepin' on.
For a purported 'Rye-Bock', this falls unfortunately flat, as the rye informs oh so very little on both the general and specific bearings of this beer. So I guess that it's a good thing that I'm judging the proverbial book not by its cover, but by what's inside - this is a very enjoyable, biscuity, grainy, and well-balanced, um, bock, with more ESB leanings, as opposed to the typical Teutonic strong lager boozy notes. Works for me.
06-10-2014 03:27:53 | More by biboergosum
3.54/5 rDev -3%
22oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $7
Appearance – Clear gold colour with an above average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell – Malts, caramel, spices
Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some dry hops. There is also apples corn,, rye, and a bit of a herbal spiciness.
Overall – A decent bock, not a whole lot of scent, but a good flavour. Not the most exciting beer, but worth a try if you're a fan of the style.
04-09-2014 00:33:45 | More by spinrsx
3.78/5 rDev +3.6%
650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO and served slightly chilled; bottled Feb. 7 2014. I didn't hop onto the bock bandwagon for many years, until a few months ago when I started to gain more of an appreciation for the variants of this style.
Pours a bright golden-amber colour, topped with just over one finger of lumpy, sparkling off-white head that recedes gradually. It eventually settles into a thin cap and messy collar with lace. The aroma is quite subdued, with some bready malt sweetness, butterscotch and sultana raisin and a touch of rye spice.
Fairly light tasting for a bock, with grainy malts and bread crusts that lead into a light apple fruitiness. The rye is light but noticeable, providing an additional spice toward the finish, which is (unusually for the style) dominated by a grassy, peppery bitterness. Kind of dry and astringent, like nut/almond skins in the aftertaste; not lingering long but virtually demanding another sip to soak the palate. On the light side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides an appropriate bite.
Final Grade: 3.78, a respectable B+. Cameron's has had a lot of success with the use of rye in their beers, and Rye Bock is no exception. This is a straightforward, dangerously drinkable strong lager that nicely balances its malt sweetness with the use of spicy rye and hops. One of the first light (7% or less) bocks that I would consider worthy of regular re-purchasing. Between this, Amsterdam's Spring Bock and Creemore's UrBock, it seems Ontario is definitely not lacking in the serviceable bock department.
05-12-2014 05:11:48 | More by thehyperduck
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
650 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $6.45 CDN. Served we'll chilled into a pint glass.
Appearance- nice clear copper color with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Few bubbles rise to surface. Small amount of soapy residue remains.
Smell - slightly roasted aroma, but not a lot in terms of other aromas, noticeably bland in the nose.
Taste - pleasant light roasted rye flavour with some spicy flavors on the back end. Bit of a biscuity and slightly bitter mixture for the most part with some alcohol flavours too. Interesting but not as flavourful as expected. Some molasses sweetness there too.
Mouthfeel- smooth feel slightly dry finish and lowish carbonation.
Overall- it's a good beer, but I figured this would have a little more pop, flavour and be more exciting. Still work trying at least once.
04-18-2014 23:47:06 | More by DenisKolkin
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.
A: pours amber gold with a decent two finger head that has good retention. As the head broke it left some lacing behind and an island of bubbles.
S: malts and some spices. Pretty tame.
T: rye, malts, some spice and a bitter finish.
M: medium/low carbonation with a flat feel.
O: an okay beer, but not one I will revisit. I really don't feel the rye adds anything to this beer and may in fact take away from it.
04-28-2014 21:13:33 | More by polloenfuego
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours clear bright amber with lots of active carbonation bubbles. The chunky, offwhite head, is modest but long lasting. Toasty malts and subtle spicyness in the nose. Clean, doughy maltiness in the taste with a soft, spicy rye character and some herbal, eucalyptus hop character in the back. An alcohol kick is too prominent for the gravity. The mouthfeelis medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweetness and raisin soaked rum bread in the shortish finish.
A nice bock with noticeable rye character. Malty and refreshing, but a bit immodest in alcohol character. Still a good representation of the style worth a try. The spring style imo.
04-02-2014 03:33:10 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.56/5 rDev -2.5%
Pours a bright copper colour with small-bubbled effervescence. The minimal white head disappears quickly, but does leave some lacing down the glass. All in all this is a good looking beer.
The aroma holds a muted graininess that doesn't tie in particularly well with either the bock or rye elements. In taste the standard malt-forward "bock" is prevalent in the forefront, with a nice transition to the rye elements in the body and a respectable bitterness in the finish. The rye adds a nice balance and some depth.
04-19-2014 16:12:34 | More by hopsolutely
Rye-Bock from Cameron's Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.