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Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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very good

507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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: 507 | Reviews: 144 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sommersb:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 01-07-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown color, like a dark cola. Big rocky head is 4+ fingers high and features excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: Malty, with caramel notes. Also some yeast smell, but overall not a lot of aroma.

Taste: A strong and rich malt character with a clean lager feel. Sweet, but not cloying, with a touch of hops but no bitterness. Very impressive taste.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and crisp, with a medium body. The finish is malty and slightly sweet.

Overall: Very refreshing and easy drinking. My mug was empty quickly and I would love to have had more!

Thanks to Crass3000 for this one!

sommersb, Jan 08, 2012
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mykd, Nov 16, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

weatherdog, Oct 23, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Mar 04, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

orbitalr0x, Aug 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

csmartin6, Jan 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TTripp725, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

77apm, Mar 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Jason, Jan 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Torey, Nov 10, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Dec 27, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Cavanaghty, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

bpfrush, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

MattyG85, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ByTor2112, Nov 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.