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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Reviews: 54
Hads: 63
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TexIndy on 03-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of jwc215
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted malt scent along with a light rye spiciness. It's rounded out with a mild caramel malt aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry roasted flavor that's complimented with some caramel malt sweetness and a fine rye spiciness in the finish. The rye and roast malts provide a weird bitterness in the taste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with way too much CO2. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm not totally in love with it. The mouthfeel ruins it for me. It doesn't appear to be an old beer. Why so much CO2?

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear reddish copper in color with a thick fluffy head that lasts quite a while. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel candy and a general earthy tone are easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel and fruit sweetness is nicely balanced with a hint of nuttiness and earthiness. Alcohol provides some mild warming and bite. Bitterness is brings it to a nice balanced level. Dryness arrives near the finish.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout - a bit too much so for the style. Aftertaste is brief but bold. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: nice flavors make this an interesting and enjoyable beer. More than one bottle can be consumed in a session. Definitely worth picking this one up.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Great dark amber body with an off-white head that sits low, but hangs with a nice retention and lace.

S – Untoasted brazil nuts with light raisin and brown sugar.

T – Faint hazelnut with bready malt and with rolling notes of brown sugar, maple. Deeper in the profile the nutty flavors take center stage and drive a lightly sweet, roasted nut backend.

M – Touch of booze and rolling roast finish. Medium body. Touch watery at times.

O – While it's not a spectacular doppelbock, it’s not a bad beer. I definately enjoyed it.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  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

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hotel water glass.
The cork was really difficult. I almost gave up.

A - Pours a dark amber with TONS of creamy, foamy head. Retention is good. Clumpy as all get out. Vigorous bubbling.

S - Sweet malt and rye. MMMM. I want a patty melt.

T - Caramelly, rye is present, kinda a dry astringent component. Bitterness kind of overly rye in the finish.

M - Medium balance, plenty of carb, rye a little out of whack at finish.

D - Would tire after one.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep clear amber color with a big foamy tan head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of honey and vanilla. Faint alcohol is also present.

The taste is lightly toasted along with rye, sweet malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a nutty finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, slightly dry, and lightly carbonated.

Drinkable? Yes.
Enjoyable? Yes.
Will have again? Definitely.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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...

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Photo of atsprings
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Left Hand Rye Bock Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
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