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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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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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Photo of ricke


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

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).

01-12-2009 14:35:45 | More by ricke
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

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?

12-02-2008 03:20:43 | More by WesWes
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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
Photo of MTNboy


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

11-22-2008 13:43:23 | More by MTNboy
Photo of goindownsouth


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.

Zum wohl!

11-21-2008 12:58:40 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Ljunkan


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
Photo of Bananaman


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
Photo of Durge


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
Photo of Monkeyknife


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2%

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.

08-26-2008 00:26:42 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of glid02


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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

North Carolina

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
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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
Photo of Gmann

New York

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
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -2%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of sschliv

New Jersey

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
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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...
Definitely recommended...

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

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-04-2008 22:56:18 | More by ybnorml
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-06-2008 16:49:44 | More by Gavage
Left Hand Rye Bock Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.