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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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466 Ratings

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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The “Back Forty” is property commonly found on the outskirts of the Wisconsin family farm. Here uncultivated acres wait prime for adventure- forts, tree houses, rope swings and first kisses! A place to run away, to camp, to climb, to build, to play. Not actually home but not too far away. That’s the Back Forty. The beer you hold is similar both dark and adventurous still smooth and familiar. Here’s a beer you can enjoy without pretense or explanation. Every mind requires some acres of possibility, space for dreams, the great escape, everyone needs a Back Forty.

(Beer added by: Soneast on 10-16-2010)
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Ratings: 466 | Reviews: 140 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Stevedore:
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3.76/5  rDev 0%

A- Clear medium brown-amber body with a medium thickness off white head. Good retention. Thin, milky lacing.

S- malty toffee, grainy with a solid noble hop presence. Not complicated but nice enough to smell.

F- caramel, bread, a bit of tapioca and grainy sweetness that is complemented by a mild earthy bitterness.

M- medium body, just the right amount of flavour for the body. Good carbonation, a bit fizzy. Noble hops finish it out.

O- Solid, well executed example of a bock. No surprise here, are you surprised?

07-09-2014 19:16:52 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

08-17-2014 00:06:31 | More by MadScientist
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5/5  rDev +33%

11-16-2011 14:40:37 | More by mykd
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3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Stange glass. Bottle dated 2770 so it's very fresh.

It pours a transparent brown, just a shade lighter than cola. A off white, bordering on khaki 1 finger head tops the beer with medium retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma is all malt. It isn't too sweet and over powering like too much crystal malt is in there. Some bready toasty aromas as well as just a dap of roasted coffee. The nose seems pretty subdued but i enjoyed that to the overly sweet aroma of many bocks.

My first impression is that the flavor is pretty light and watery. A bit of toasted bread, lightly sweet with toffee, but ultimately ends pretty dry and crisp. The flavor profile is there it seems so dumbed and watered down that it's barely recognizable as a bock.

The body is to thin for my liking. I hate to say this but it reminds me of the beers some BMC companies used to put out in the winter which are basically their light lagers with some crystal malt or Sinamar added. The drinkabilty is very good mostly due to the light body and light flavor.

I had high hopes that they would have replaced Uff-da with a similar tasting bock although I almost lost hope after tasting Cabin Fever. I understand why New Glarus is making these least common denominator beers but it pains me to know this was at the expense of Uff-da. A real 'Wisconsin Bock' needs some body and bold flavor.

10-23-2010 02:52:01 | More by weatherdog
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #47 (Dec 2010):

The head graces the glass with a random patchy pattern of lace; muddled brown color shows some chill haze. Fresh-cut hay, ripe apple orchard and fresh-baked dark bread fills the nose. Lagered smoothness unleashes a re- freshing crispness in the medium body. Sweet, toasted, bready maltiness is the tune this brew is singing, a broad reach from caramel to toasted pie crust to biscuits. Modest hopping stretches far enough to balance and leaves some oily herbal flavor in the drying, malty end. "Wow" comes to mind; extremely drinkable with a tightly packed, toasted character that unfolds with each sip. A good hunt for any true lager lover out there.

03-04-2011 23:35:24 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Grabbed a single up at Riley's in Madison. Pours into my glass a nice deep brown with striking ruby highlights throughout and a quarter inch of foam atop the brew. Aromas of rich malts that are somewhat toasted with a light spicy undertone. Reminiscent of baked bread a bit...really nice!

First sip brings smooth maltiness upfront with some toasty accents again and bready undertones. Flows down with a slightly spicy kick. Just enough sweetness to wrap everything together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite a punchy carbonation. Almost a bit too bubbly for me but it still goes down nicely. Overall, just a solid bock from New Glarus and I'm not surprised as they've brewed plenty of great bock's in the past!

08-19-2011 01:34:51 | More by orbitalr0x
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-25-2013 01:10:03 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-27-2014 22:30:34 | More by 77apm
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

10-15-2012 20:31:22 | More by Twifiter
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-22-2013 22:15:16 | More by Jason
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, grass and some molasses. It smells about like a bock should. The flavor is toffee, grass and chocolate. The beer is also very dry, not sweet like a lot of bocks are. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but I expect more from New Glarus.

12-27-2010 06:06:17 | More by Mora2000
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-06-2014 17:35:23 | More by fenlop54
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade.

Apperance: Darker brown color with a thin off white that lingered. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells of mostly malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste is mostly malty with some bitter hops as well, almost breadlike too.

Overall: One of the better Bocks I have had. I would have this one again.

08-24-2013 23:54:06 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-28-2012 02:03:29 | More by bpfrush
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and toasty malt driven aroma. Toasted malts and wheat grains with hints of baked biscuit, cereal grains, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, hay, and nuts. Subtle fruity hints of apple and lemon. Also a little sugar. Hop presence is very light with a slight earthy scent. Decent bock aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a bready malt taste with subtle fruit notes. Toasted malts with a taste of bready biscuit, toasted bread, cereal grains, hay, caramel, toffee, and some nuts. Subtle fruit undertones of apple and citrus lemon. A little brown sugar adds a sweet kick. Light earthy taste of hops towards the finish. A pretty decent taste that you expect from the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a fairly drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid bock. Has the toasted malty flavor expected for the style.

01-02-2013 07:34:56 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2011 00:29:48 | More by tyleeis
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-08-2014 18:01:46 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-20-2013 22:18:01 | More by mrosenfeld32
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

Picked this single up at Flanagan's in Appleton, WI.
Pours a darker brown, translucent, with a thin white film of foam that slowly dissipates.
Aroma-very nice! Lighter roasted malt notes plus a hint of some crisp hops, smells like a lager with bonus malty aromas.
Mouthfeel-Medium carbonation coats the palate. A healthy malty body, but does not let any sweetness overtake it. The hops are even-keeled and provide a good balance. Similar to the aroma, this has a lager mouthfeel with an extra malt bump. A Bock at 5.5%..genius! This is satisfying and could be a bit of a winter warmer despite the lower ABV which makes no difference to me. Finishes clean. New Glarus has yet to brew anything I didn't truly love. Sessionable for a Bock. Yummy even.

11-24-2010 15:19:10 | More by ByTor2112
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-02-2012 08:21:57 | More by TimMack
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-12-2012 17:32:27 | More by richkrull
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-15-2012 02:07:16 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

08-06-2013 18:37:44 | More by roostor07
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

A - Rich carmel color. Clear. Real light brown head. 2 full inches of head. lasting head. 5+ minutes to dissipates.

S - German barley. Slight carmel. maybe slight chocolate.

T - Frothy malt. That german barley. Crisp. Got that Lowenbrau feel. But less than the Bock 40 cousin 'Cabin Fever'. Carmel with a touch of chocolate.

M- Malt is think. Viscosity is high. velvet on the way down. enjoyable.

O - was hopping for better scent. not a lot there. but the velvety carmel taste is real flavorful. Nice Maibock.

02-08-2013 01:08:35 | More by weonfire
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-16-2014 03:55:45 | More by Alex_Weinard
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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.