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
4.05/5 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
3.93/5 rDev -0.8%
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
11-05-2007 18:01:50 | More by Gusler
3.8/5 rDev -4%
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.
11-05-2007 13:16:34 | More by Jacobob10
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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 Kings 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 dont 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 dont see much Doppelbock or Rye in this beer.
Slightly sweet but not unbalanced, smooth, body and quite drinkable.
10-05-2007 18:29:23 | More by DaPeculierDane
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
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
09-23-2007 05:41:16 | More by Beaver13
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
08-27-2007 01:24:51 | More by phisig137
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
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
750 ml corked and caged bottle
I could NOT get this cork out. My friend couldn't either. It wouldn't budge. I even use a corkscrew but amazingly it just tore through the cork when I pulled it out...so all I could do was use a knife and dice the thing to death, cringing as pieces of cork fell into my beer...
...thankfully the beer foamed a bit when the last cork came out, which floated the cork chunks to the top and I was able to remove them easily. Anyway, the beer poured a nice dark amber color, with a very large tan head that recedes slowly and leaves sticky lacing here and there.
My second glass was better than the first, but I'd still have to call the aroma light. Bready malt, a bit of brown sugar, and a vague spiciness I assume is the rye are pleasant, just a little lighter than preferred.
Pretty decent tasting, and I enjoyed the spicy rye finish in each sip. I enjoyed this better warm, and I mean really warm: I was uninspired and forgot about this beer for a while, only to find the aroma had opened up and the caramel sweetness and rye spice seemed fuller at room temperature when I came back to a room temperature beer. Not overly sweet (thankfully) and perhaps I'm being a touch too hard on this beer, but it WAS $12.99, and I do love bocks and rye, so you'll have to forgive me for the high expectations. Mouthfeel isn't bad, but could be a bit more full, and initial carbonation was too spritzy before settling down nicely. I'd have it again, especially if it was cheaper, but I doubt I'll plunk down that kind of cash very often for something that isn't special. Still, I'm glad I tried it, and there is a shortage of both decent bocks and rye beers, so this is appreciated.
08-18-2007 21:33:33 | More by udubdawg
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-07-2007 22:53:12 | More by BeerSox
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
This beer arrived in in a corked and caged 750 ml. brown bomber that sported red and white painted on labeling similar to other Left Hand big beers. The glass ware chosen was a Paulaner flute. The beer looked amber to brown in color, which was pretty typical for a bock, but the large head towering above the rim of the glass was definitely not. The aroma was restrained and malty with a spicy rye edge. Hops were clearly German or influenced by them, as they were earthy and spicy with none of the citric flourishes typical to other Left Hand products. The taste was sweet and rich, to which the hops added a bitter edge. The rye added a spicy character, while the carbonation was quite prickly on the tongue. Mouthfeel was creamy and soft, and the alcohol was soothingly warm. This one did a lot of things right, and made this a memorable night of imbibing.
07-29-2007 03:27:02 | More by rajendra82
Left Hand Rye Bock Lager from Left Hand Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.