Left Hand Rye Bock Lager - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +16.2%
2007, bottle-conditioned, in a cage-corked bottle:
Pours bright tawny brown with mahogany hues with a thick (borderline gusher) creamy/foamy off-white head that soon becomes rocky. In its slow descent, it leaving trails of broken lacing on the glass.
The smell is of dark cherry fruitiness with tangy spices. Toffeeish and nutty with some peppery alcohol.
The taste is of a fruity tang with caramel and toffee - towards chocolatey maltiness. A nutty undertone adds to the complex, yet smooth, malty character. Rye comes through in a dry finish, as does a touch of warming peppery alcohol.
Medium-to-full-bodied. Very smooth with lingering flavor in a long finish.
Very good drinkability, especially for abv level, which is not aggressive, but noticeable.
This has an outstanding aroma with a great taste and smoothness. It is a good traditional representation of the Bavarian style with a nice blend of rye malt that is there, but not overly done- Traditional, yet unique. Highly recommended!
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing this treat! Another good one from Left Hand!
12-01-2007 23:38:24 | More by jwc215
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
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
10-03-2007 03:22:10 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
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...
02-25-2008 22:57:07 | More by dsa7783
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
Consumed vom Fass on 11/20/08 at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC.
Lucious and caramel brown in color with a lofty and stable head firmly sitting atop. Definitely a murkiness to this brew. Good head retention throughout. Aromas hefty with toasted malt/breadiness - hints of pumpernickel, perhaps? Flavors rich with malty goodness, some spiciness from the rye, and yet some slilght hints hops. A very, very good offering. I was floored to find out this was in our area. A good beer to say the least, although I do not think it will ring as popular as some of the more notable, "big" offerings available this time of year. Still, this one needs to be sought out.
11-21-2008 12:58:40 | More by goindownsouth
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
One of three bombers thrown in as extras during a fantastic trade with jtrockschalk. If you have never traded with or met this fine gentleman before, do so, if you have the opportunity. Hopefully someday I will be able to get him back for his generosity.
OK, on to the beer. I have a personal grudge against Left Hand that I won't get into, so I avoid buying their brews, but if I did, a rye would be something I'd dig. This is a velvety amber brew with a hellaciously sweet nose on it.
The taste is rather grandiose. The rye & a cascade of sweet malts are getting it on like a top-shelf Vivid flick, leaving an aftertaste of spice, sweetness, & a mild effervesence draped in a languid manner over my tongue. There is enough depth that sipping this little gem doesn't get old at all.
A touch overcarbonated, as evidenced by the gunshot that sounded as the cork popped (after it broke & I had to remove it like a fine Sonoma wine), but that's a minor complaint.
Excellent brew. Too bad I don't care for this brewery, because they make some good swill.
02-19-2009 03:09:31 | More by maximum12
4.28/5 rDev +8.1%
2007 vintage. This poured a clear dark copper with lots of tan head. It smelled like sweet milk chocolate powder and spicy rye and caramel, with some bready yeast. It tasted like roasted rye and milk chocolate malts with sweet caramel and some bready yeast, along with a bit of lemon hops. It was slightly thick with some smooth carbonation, and a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very well constructed and tasty beer! It had a clean and distinct rye taste with lots of other nice malts too. It had great bottle conditioned body too. It hid the alcohol well and was easy to drink. I'm curious how this tastes fresh, but at 2 years it was very enjoyable!
06-12-2009 18:00:19 | More by Pencible
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
01-13-2009 05:59:18 | More by Dantheman4162
4.25/5 rDev +7.3%
The beer pours a dark reddish brown into the glass with a big bubbly head shaded tan that fades into a well-lacing ring after a short while.
The smell and taste are both somewhat subdued in this beer, but the characteristics of both are exactly what was expected. The pepper from the rye really melds together with the bock sweetness to create an excellent smelling and tasting beer.
The mouthfeel and drinkability are the definite superstars in this brew, just enough body to carry the abv, which seems much lower than it is...insanely drinkable, excellent beer.
07-27-2009 05:28:20 | More by grayburn
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-01-2008 11:32:42 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev +5.6%
A- Cloudy and deep amber with a nice fluffy head that settled down into very nice lacing. Not totally sure though, because its kind of dark in here. Oh well.
S- Buttery with cherries, bread, and toasted malt
T- Buttery in the taste as well with chocolate, cherries, caramel, toasty biscuit (try to say that and still sound manly), and some rye on the tail end. The rye gives it a nice slightly bitter finish. Very nice.
M- Medium and creamy.
D- Quite drinkable
01-17-2011 03:06:36 | More by JMforman
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-19-2008 09:00:09 | More by Bananaman
4.13/5 rDev +4.3%
A deep dark mohogany color brew served cold in a short stemmed glass at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN. It has a modest muddy colored head with great lacing. The aroma is brown bread and raisin with some sour apple cinnamon. The taste is a dry wheatie blend with sweet rye. It has a smooth finely carbonated feel but it is lively and refreshing. Almost a clove and smoke affect hits the tongue. There is a chocolate feel that evolves from the velvetty bodied innards of this beauty. Middle drinkability.
09-19-2008 01:52:18 | More by Durge
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
04-04-2009 22:57:15 | More by bluejacket74
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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!
10-19-2008 11:16:25 | More by Ljunkan
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-30-2008 05:37:34 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-11-2008 02:59:54 | More by Gmann
4.08/5 rDev +3%
750mL corked and caged bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a crisp dark orange with a nice frothy khaki head that is slow to diminish and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is an inviting blend of rye and caramel. The taste is dominated by rye with caramel and dried fruits not far behind. The beer is crisp and well-carbonated with only slight alcohol presence. This one is certainly enjoyable, just a bit pricey.
07-31-2008 07:21:16 | More by atsprings
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
750ml bottle purchased at Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.
Poured in an imperial pint glass, a foamer, formed a 5" beige head over 1" of clear darkish amber brew. Heavy sticky lacing,with the head fading extra slowly, almost a problem for an impatient soul like me. Aroma is balanced and clean. Taste is also balanced, with ample biscuity maltiness battling the crisp hops. Mouthfeel is super smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Great stuff, get it if you see it.
11-28-2007 23:54:12 | More by ppoitras
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
PSA: yea, watch the cork on this one. once the cage is off this thing is lethal...
Rye Bock pours a murky amber/brown color and red highlights with a monster tan head. The nose is very nice, sweet toasted malts, rich dried fruits and a distinct yeast aroma. The brew is upfront and full, big roasted malts with a perfect balance of coffee, caramel, ash and spice. Slightly less than full bodied with a nice coating mouth feel.
06-29-2008 04:03:35 | More by ATPete
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
750 ml cork-in-cage bottle poured into a pokal yields a clear brown amber with a storm of active carbonation feeding a three-finger ivory cap that retains at a misshapen cloud-structure and leaves a few big foamy rings of lacing on the glass.
Smell is malty, spicy rye bread with a little caramel.
Taste is toasty and sweet with a spicy rye kick and a nice creamy dark malt note. A savory bitterness lingers with the spicy rye and a dry, husky, grainy note in the finish. A chocolatey flavor emerges as the drink warms a bit.
Great medium-bodied drink with smooth feel and a savory prickle of spice. Outstanding drinkability.
07-22-2008 00:54:54 | More by cvstrickland
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a simple pint glass.
Pours like a dopplebock, but a little lighter color, although a little more "meat" to it. Good healthy 2-3 finger head, and about halfway through the glass is still floating with about a 1/2 finger left.
Smell is like a malty dopplebock, nothing really sticks out.
Great great taste. All dopplebock up front, nice and malty, then when you're looking for the warming alcohol finish you get a little spicy bite of rye. The alcohol is evident at the end, but not that warm syrupy feeling you get with the big german-style bocks. Balanced very very well.
Mouthfeel is good. Heavy and malty, and even with the spicy rye bite it's still very smooth.
Drinkability feels so far like what a normal dopplebock would be. Can definately have a few glasses of this to relax after a long day at work...or in my case, law school :).
08-24-2007 02:17:12 | More by hawksfan82
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
2008 batch. Poured from 750 ml bottle into dimpled mug:
A - Dark copper in color with tinges of red when held up to the light. Huge tan head that lasts a good while leaving fairly thick lacing.
S - Milky chocolate, toasty rye, grassy hops.
T - Malty flavor with notes of milk chocolate, rye followed by grassy hops.
M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Subtle carbonation. Lingers for some time.
D - This is much bigger than I expected. Very tasty. The fullness of flavor covers the 7.7% ABV quite nicely. For me, it's definitely not a session beer; but is worth a try.
07-11-2009 21:21:13 | More by mcsquint
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-14-2008 00:02:16 | More by sschliv
Left Hand Rye Bock Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
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