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Left Hand Rye Bock Lager - Left Hand Brewing Company

Left Hand Rye Bock LagerLeft Hand Rye Bock Lager

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very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 7.58%

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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Photo of Monkeyknife


4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 22:06:28 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 00:26:42 | More by ByTor2112
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 22:50:12 | More by glid02
Photo of ruckzuck


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BSP as usual

A - poured a deep amber body with a khaki head. Some rockin lacing

S - a lot of rye in the nose (really?) with a distinct aroma to it. Some malty sweetness (caramel anyone?) and hop notes are present

T - the initial hit is of rye again, but there's some interesting malt flavor going on as well which is similar to the nose. There's also a tiny hop presence

M - medium bodied and smooth. A nice rye aftertaste

D - pretty enjoyable IMO. The flavor is interesting and totally good. Would drink again. I love my rye beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2008 21:15:26 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 07:21:16 | More by atsprings
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 00:54:54 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:59:54 | More by Gmann
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 corked/caged

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 04:03:35 | More by ATPete
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:50:22 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tmitch75


3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolatey brown with huge creamy head... it's too big. Bottle foamed over.

Bready caramel smell with a spicy musty funk. Distinct, but I'm a little nervous.

A good but unusual bock. Bready malt with a spicy kick and floral hop finish.

Nice medium body as needed for the style.

A good distinct beer, I like this one.

Tasted on 4/10/08.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:39:47 | More by tmitch75
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served at between cellar and fridge temperature in a Celebrator Doppelbock glass. Interestingly, this lager is bottle conditioned (Vintage 2007) with a nice dusting of yeast at the bottom. I thought it was hysterical that the cage twists off clockwise... I did chuckle to myself.

Appearance- After winning a good fight with the cork, bubbles race to the top of the bottle... and the head begins its climb up the neck. Color is consistent with most for the style, a medium to light caramel that's almost completely clear. The crown is absolutely amazing, billowing a full five fingers tall and reducing ever-so-slowly while never losing body. More than 5 minutes are behind us and there's still 3 inches of head. Wide trails of sticky lacing lie in the wake. A fantastic "5".

Smell- Immediately upon opening, huge scents of toffee and malts fill the air. Nougat, caramel, flan, all of which express themselves, are in abundance. After getting into the bottle though, all of these attributes diminish and the spicy rye elements and hops take over.

Taste- First thing I notice is the forward hop attack, much more American than German in its character. I'm also now getting the rye, which adds a zippy, whip-like, stinging sensation that accentuates the hops rather than rounding out the malts. The finishing bitterness is far more intense than any bock I've ever sampled. Bottle conditioning this for another year or two would most definitely be worth exploring.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Initially quite sharp on the tongue, this beer improves with a good swish in the mouth... but never to the point of being really enjoyable. There is a gassy, belly-filling quality that could use some taming.

The final pour incorporates all yeast sediment. The resulting beer regains its malty edge on the nose, tastes a whole lot more balanced, and has a smoother mouthfeel. It's still got the wicked bitterness, but the experience improves measurably.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 02:00:48 | More by yelterdow
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 05:37:34 | More by Sammy
Photo of sschliv

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 00:02:16 | More by sschliv
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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...

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 22:57:07 | More by dsa7783
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok this one was a bit of a foamer at first . A nice clean coppery brown beer Had a big foamy head that dwindled fast, but left a little bit of lace. A slightly sour cereal grain character followed by a hint of smoke. A light caramel malty note starts out the taste. But the mouthfeel is somehow lighter and drier than expected. Almost like an Alt, with a light fruitness on the finish drying out with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 22:56:18 | More by ybnorml
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:11:24 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 16:49:44 | More by Gavage
Photo of jwc215


4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 23:38:24 | More by jwc215
Photo of ppoitras


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 23:54:12 | More by ppoitras
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 18:01:50 | More by Gusler
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Publick House in Brookline, MA on 11.03.07.

My first trip back in a long time to what I believe to be one of the best beer bars/restaurants in New England, so I was wise to select my beers carefully. I previously had not tried any of the brews from Left Hand, but had heard lots of good things about the brewery so I was excited to do so.

Served in a pint glass, the pour was dark brown with a one-finger light tan head. Aroma was lacking slightly but I did get a decent whiff of dark caramel and toasted malt. Nice taste that leaned towards the malty side (as a bock rightfully should). Slight coffee and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was slightly chewy but still very good. Drinkability wasn't bad but I was ready to try something else when I was finished.

I was hoping this beer would have a little more oomph to it, but there is something to be said for its balance. It paired wonderfully with a main course of meatloaf and mashed potatoes with a dark beer gravy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 13:16:34 | More by Jacobob10
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2007 18:29:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
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

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 03:22:10 | More by russpowell
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 05:41:16 | More by Beaver13
Photo of phisig137


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, with a hard to remove cage, much like many of Left Hand's beers. Pours a deep brown mahogany color, with a 2.5 finger head. Good retention leaves behind decent lace and a thick blanket of foam on top of the glass.

Aroma is a bit on the mild side, with hints of toffee, toasted malt, and a bit of spicy rye. More balanced on the palate, with great toasted malt and biscuit flavors, well matched by the tangy, spicy rye. Dry from front to back, but only a tiny hint of hops on the finish. Moderate mouthfeel, and well carbonated. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, not bad. Usually, I'm not overly impressed by Left Hand's big bottle series, (aside from the Smoke Jumper), and this s no exception. It's good, but not great. This would almost be better labeled as a saison than a rye dopplebock. Not enough nutty flavors, dark fruit, sweetness, or thickness. The spiciness of the rye along with heavy carbonation and thin mouthfeel just don't add up to a dopplebock for me. That and the fact that it's a bit pricey, means that I won't plan on buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 01:24:51 | More by phisig137
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