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Left Hand Rye Bock Lager - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Rye Bock LagerLeft Hand Rye Bock Lager

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BA SCORE
88
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TexIndy on 03-05-2007)
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Reviews by Ljunkan:
Photo of Ljunkan
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle, thanks ton Bananaman for sharing this!

Very nice bottle! The beer looks amazing in the glass too. Redbrown color with a large foamy head.

Smell is very malty with notes of toffee and dried fruits (especially plums).

Taste is quite sweet and malty with notes of dried fruits ending with a decent bitterness. Good!

Mouthfeel is good. Very filling and smooth. A fullbodied beer.

A highly drinkable and well made bock from Left Hand!

Ljunkan, Oct 19, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer and I must say that I am thrilled to be able to drink this on tap at Maduro for $3 a pint since the bottle has been selling for quite the King’s ransom around here.

Attractive dark, almost porter like body with a thin dark head that dissipates rapidly to nearly nothing at all. Lacing is very minimal.

Aroma is sweet with brown and candied sugar, a vague nuttiness, and unspecific dark malt. Oddly, I don’t find anything very rye or doppelbock like in the aroma.

Flavor is pleasantly lacking in the fruity (strawberry like) esters that I have found in many Left Hand beers on tap. Sweet dark malts dominate with touches of cherry and breadiness here or there too. Generally speaking, however, the beer is very focused on just big dark malt, Munich and otherwise. Once again, I don’t see much Doppelbock or Rye in this beer.

Slightly sweet but not unbalanced, smooth, body and quite drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of ricke
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008.

Serving date: 2009-01-09.

Served in snifter.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness date to be found on bottle. Nice bottle artwork - no paper label, only print directly on the bottle - with a bock head with mesmerizing eyes. Some information on the beer and bock beers in general in the back.

Appearance: Dark and ruby color with a big 3-4 cm off-white head that very slowly settles into rather thick lacings. A good looking beer.

Smell: Grainy with hints of grass and weeds. Lots of caramel malts.

Taste and mouthfeel: Very sweet. As with all doppelbocks, this one packs a lot of malts. Caramel malts dominate. Some toffee notes are also present. The sweetness also has a fruity character, primarily blackberries and raisins. A gentle hop bitterness that balances the malty sweetness appears in the finish. Towards the end, when it heats up and the originally lively carbonation is reduced a little, the beer has a slight change of character: Its body - which is medium at first - becomes a bit more full and the taste of toffee becomes more accentuated.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden beneath the malty sweetness. All in all, it's a very good beer, perhaps a bit to sweet for a full session though. I really like how it held up and developed all the way to the end. Would absolutely have one again if I was offered one. The price is a bit high though (in Sweden).

ricke, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours a beautiful brownish ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass. There's lots of sediment in the last pour.

The aroma is metallic alcohol (rye trying to come through?) initially with some sweet nutty grains and tobacco and cinnamon and dark fruits.

The flavor is sweet nutty caramel malts with a dry, slightly bitter rye finish. The alcohol is tinny and medicinal and becomes a little overbearing as it warms. The mouthfeel is pretty fully and creamy.

Overall, a decent beer. The flavors just don't do it for me. I'd much rather have an FCB doppelbock.

Beaver13, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 version

Appearance: tan in color, huge 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, rye, and cherry

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, cherry and rye in the background that starts in the middle and lasts to the finish

Mouthfeel: sharp, very high carbonation, sweet start that gets slightly bitter in the middle as the rye starts in, and finishes sweet, medium bodied

Drinkability: I like rye beers and here the rye makes its presence known especially at the end. I will look for another bomber of this. It has the malty sweet edge that most Left hand brews have. I like the slight taste of fruit. A really interesting beer.

tigg924, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Dantheman4162
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle conditioned (this beer was originally reviewed in my notebook on 9/8/07)

Very smooth, fantastic foam head, very rich smooth taste. I am not sure what the "rye" flavor taste like, but I would forget that I am drinking a bock. It is a very satisfying beer.

Dantheman4162, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of ByTor2112
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brick Store. A very dark copper color, opaque, not quite brown. head dissipated quickly leaving some fine spotty lacing behind.
Aroma-roasted malt notes with a slight smokiness.
Mouthfeel-A medium bitterness is first, then gives way to some sweeter malt flavors. The rye malt squeezes in a nice bite as well. A very big spectrum of flavors are tasted as I took my time with this one. Sweet, bitter, smokey. This brew finishes with an astringent bitterness that lingers-cool! As this warmed up, the sweeter flavors became more prevalent with a taste of sherry or port.

ByTor2112, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Brickstore Pub.

Pours a good dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. Somewhat cloudy with decent lacing.

Smells pretty good. There's a lot going on: some hop aromas, some sweet malt, and some toastedness. Some grassy notes as the beer warms up.

Tastes good. I really taste something different almost every sip, and they're all pretty nice. There's some toastiness in there, a hint of chocolate, some sweet malt, and some hop bitterness at the end. When the beer is freshly poured the sweet taste is up front and the hops finish, but as it warms it changes, with the hoppy taste up front and a sweet/roasted/chocolate taste at the end. Really interesting.

Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation is just right, and it really coats your mouth. Smooth on its down.

Overall this is pretty drinkable. Could be better if the very good flavors were as consistent as the good flavors.

Overall a very interesting beer. If you see try it out and see what you think.

glid02, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of sschliv
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper brown with a lot of head. Malty with a slight but not overwhelming alcohol taste. This one will sneak up on you. At 7.6%, the alcohol hides behind the heavy malt. Finshes malty with a slight amount of bitterness. Only slightly noticed the rye malt but like the novelty of it. Would definitely purchase again.

sschliv, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malt and dried cherry aroma and sublimal taste.Vanilla toffee colour with beige head. Above average mouthfeel full of complex malting,the toffee and caramel, and constrained in the chocolate malt,a bit of toastiness, and re that rocks with a dinner.Quite tasty. A great bock.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml corked/caged bottle was a bitch to open, used vise grips. Opened with a resounding pop!

Pours an effervescent (to the point of cascading) caramel/brown with 4+ fingers of sand colored head. Slight hazeyness at the end, along with superior head retention & lacing.

S: Rich toasty/bready notes with some pumpernickel peppery notes.

T: Bready, peppery with brown sugar up front. Rich toasty malt notes, pecans, slight fruittyness & grainy notes show as this warms. Slight cherry, vanilla & dry notes in the finish; along with peppery rye notes, & a whisper of fruitty yeast

MF: Medium-bodied, spritzy & chewy along with more peppery notes & boozey warmth. Stickyness shows as this warms

Drinks pretty good, you can feel the heft for better (mostly) or worse. A good variant of the style & the first high dollar beer I've purchased from Left Hand in a while. Worth it? Maybe, there are plenty of better dopples cheaper than this $12+ a 25 ozer to be sure. Still nice, none the less. If cheaper, I'd stock-pile

russpowell, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a dirty ruby color with a huge fluffy tan head that dissipated slowly into a ring around the glass. The aroma is of caramel malt, candied cherries, and a hint of spice. The taste starts of chocolately, a bit rusty, which is followed by a caramel/honey sweetness and finishes off with a candied cherry flavor. All throughout there is a light rye spiciness and hoppy bitterness. Very nice flavor profile. The feel is moderate with very prickly carbonation, finishes slightly bitter from the hops but with an overriding sweetness. Its a bit sticky but not cloying. Another great big series beer from Left Hand. Very interesting doppelbock and quite good.

Gmann, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy cranberry color with a dirty white head. 7%abv.

S: A little spiciness on the nose with some light rye, caramel sweetness and dried fruit.

T: The flavor is very spicy and not as dry as I was expecting. Theres some burnt caramel, toffee, and rye bread. The palate is very clean for a lager. Some spicy caramel, light woody notes and a dry finish round out this beer with a slight smokiness in the end. Overall a very good and drinkable rye and definitely one of the better lagers ive sampled with the rye giving the beer a distinct crispness.

M: medium body, slighty chewy, with a warming alcohol and viscose caramel nature

D: good drinkability with a unique flavor makes this a curious try.

beerthulhu, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2007. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Glass, the beer pours a hazy red/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. The aroma is sweet and spicy, I can smell caramel malt, rye, toffee, and a little bit of grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma. There's rye, caramel malt, grain, dark fruit and toffee all noticable in this brew. Mouhfeel/body is chewy and a bit slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was easy to drink. Aging hasn't hurt this beer at all, I thought it was good overall. I'd buy it again in the future.

bluejacket74, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into goblet.

Ruby red w/ a touch of brown. A one finger head starts off then settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

The aroma is a light dark candy smell, along the lines of brown sugar. Hops are limited, and the grain aroma is light.

Light flavor w/ a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Mostly smooth malt with a bit of hops in the very end. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The alcohol can be tasted in the end, especially as it gets a little warmer.

BeerSox, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dan for recommending that I go after this one. Went upstairs to grab it on tap at Barleys the other night. Served into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/28/2008.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown with a small, whispy light tan head on top. Smooth crown that hung around for a few moments before settling down into just a side glass clinger.

The aroma was rich with caramel malts. Smooth, earthy and complex notes of a rich nature. Nice touches of bready notes and a light, vinous hop note as it warms. Light touches of alcohol in the first sips, though the medium body and smooth carbonation, quickly warmed me to its presence. Rich caramel malts, bready undertones and a nice earthy hop palate were combined seemlessly into a very drinkable and unreal smooth beer. I sipped on this one for a good long time, as the deep malt notes just rolled across the tongue.

Overall one of the better beers I have had on tap recently. This one I would definetley have to recommed trying while it is still on tap. A quality offering and one I am glad I got to hammer out.

mikesgroove, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a bottle that was corked and aged for three years.
A- It was very bubbly, with a good head a excellent lacing. Reddish brown in color. Relatively clear.
S- Very nice malt scent.
T- It has a very sweet malt taste and its quite carbonated. It has a very slight bitter, sourness to it. It leaves a dry taste.

Amalak, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer vacates the bottle and takes up residence in the glass a cloudless deep mahogany color with the head super-sized and light tan in color, the texture creamy, with the residual lace a thick blanket to cover the glass. The nose has a touch of sour mash aroma hints of caramel, and a touch of yeast, quite crisp and pleasing to the senses, start is sweet, nice malt and rye profile, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stinging in its acidity, the hops kind-hearted in their spiciness, quite dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate

Gusler, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a brown color with a huge head (lots of carbonation). The smell is mild but malt, grain and rye are noticeable. The taste is malty and sweet with grains noticeable. There is an undertone of bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. This beer is well balanced and smooth – goes down easy.

barefootbrewer, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a cool bottle. It has a red body with a two-tone head that is very light at the top and tan towards the bottom. It has a roasty malt smell. The taste starts off grainy and beany. Then it becomes roasty and metallic. There is slight bitter aftertaste. There is a strange alcohol warmth with this beer considering it is only 7.6%. It has an has medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

MTNboy, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of claspada
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of toasted malt and toffee, initially, followed by some figgy/date notes. Not picking up any rye of hops and wouldn't expect to on the hops since this is from 2008.
Taste follows the nose with excellent bock characteristics. Bready, doughy, toasted caramel malts, with sweet toffee to add a slight bit of bitterness. Could also come from the rye malt as well. Dark fruits really explode on the backend here; mouthfeel is slightly slick and sweet but the lager yeast helps to allow this to finish somewhat dry. No alcohol detectable at all. Overall a very good example of a doppelbock, not too thick or malty or yeasty (banana/clovey) at all, with I had sampled sometime closer to bottling so I could get more of the rye maltiness that I have come to enjoy a lot recently.

claspada, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Bananaman
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow! I have not had very many beers from the Left Hand Brewers, but this one has to be the best one so far.

Looks great! The bottle must be one of the coolest and most original I've seen. The beer in the glass is not as beautiful, but still satisfying. A deep red/brown color with a large white head.

Smells nice! Some plums and sweet rosted malts. Overall a nice touch of dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is also chareterized by dark fruits, maybe plums and sweet rosted maltes with a touch of honey. Some nice hoppiness to it too.

Overall, a great beer, but a bit expensive. Around 14 USD or 98 SEK.

Bananaman, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton for $12.49...
After popping the cork, pours a beautiful, dark-brown, mahogany brown hue with an enormous frothy and foamy head that exhibited truly impressive staying power and ligered on for a bit...
Very subtle smell full of dark, dehydrated fruits, malts, and toffee...
Very rich and thick taste bursting with nuances of dark malts, grapes, prunes, figs, dates, and noticeable rye...
Creamy and filling mouthfeel and an amazing level of drinkability due to the non-cloying taste and the hardly detectable 7.6% ABV which is well masked behind a rich conglomeration of flavors...
Excellent stuff from Left Hand and worth the price...
Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 25, 2008
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Left Hand Rye Bock Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.