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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

494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 33 | FT: 3
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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1/5  rDev -73.4%

ryno2112, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
1.53/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. A generous extra from boatshoes. Thanks, Fletcher! I love New Glarus....

A: Pours a murky maroon body with ruby-orange edges when held up to the light. Its light beige foam retains well and leaves generous sudsing down hte sides of the tulip, maintaining a light film on the beer when all is said and done. Great appearance.

S: This is surprisingly lacking in aroma. I let it warm up, but at best I get vague hints of Staghorn-like toast, apple cider, and plums. Very poor presence.

T: The taste is much the same way. What's going on here? I pick up some bread, plums, and leafy hops, but they're all incredibly weak. Just a very watery experience.

M: Kind of a watery, foamy body. Weak flavor.

D: I'm hoping this is a bad bottle somehow. The beer had basically no taste. Wut??

Arbitrator, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -46.8%

spoonhawk, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -46.8%

kscaldef, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of BasementBer
2.1/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Hazy nut brown to amber in color. Minimal lacing from the light brown head. Best feature imo.

S: Sweet brown sugar if anything.

T: Not much here to describe. Water comes to mind, possibly the waters of New Glarus, WI? Bock in the nose but it just stops right there. Not only do i not believe its over 5% because of the thinness of it, but that its the back 40 ive heard about.

M: Slight fizzyness from solid head retention and a dryness in he mouth.

D: Not impressed. Wheres the body? Has little to no bulk at all. Could pass as a standard brown ale really.

BasementBer, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of HWood
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

HWood, Oct 03, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

LDJ36, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Kasie
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Kasie, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

vissai, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a New Glarus glass on 8/7/12

Medium dark brown with rust and crimson highlights. A two finger beige-colored head dissipates slowly leaving a pock marked layer of foam and scattered strands of lace.

Bread has a strong showing in the nose with a toasty grain bent backing it up. From there, milder floral and ripe apple notes round it out. Dusty yeast on the peripheries.

The taste is a bit of a let down compared to the aroma. Bread notes are minimized and there is a generic hop twinge that comes across as metallic. Light fruit tones blended in around the edges. Hints of earth and nuts.

The feel is a disappointment. The body is light with a juicy penchant and falls prey to an overactive carbonation.

My overall impression of Back 40 improves over time; swirling out some of the carbonation makes the beer easier to drink and as the beer warms, some of the roughish aspects are lessened.

Ryan011235, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of d5001986
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

d5001986, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of pooogy
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

pooogy, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A watered down, citrusy "bock" (so they say) with the classic New Glarus ultra-sweet blandness. The hops are almost nonexistent and the flavor leans towards that of a flat soda.

It pours beautifully, with a full head, but that's where it ends for me. A bock should be full and strong, and this is weak and mild, and very sweet. A lot of what New Glarus does, to me, is just Spotted Cow with a twist. And I am not a fan of Spotted Cow.

ArchaeoFiero_TheDelorean, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of samie85
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a clear dark brownish red color with a finger of off-white head.

S-Light hints of dark fruit and a spicy, herbal hop nose.

T-This one has hints of light malty dark fruit with a mild bitterness on the finish.

M-Very thin-bodied and a little watery with mild carbonation.

D-This one is a little disappointing for me; I'm left wanting more body and a bigger malt profile.

samie85, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of facundoCNB
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - thick creamy head constant throughout, nice lacing, deep copper

S - floral hops, malts

T - semisweet malts, not much there as far as taste goes, taste of barley

M - very refreshing and crisp on the mouth, downed half of a glass instantly.. which could be a bad thing!

O - a nice thirst quencher, but not much in other departments unfortunately.. this looked a lot better than it was which surprises me from new glarus.

facundoCNB, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of krazyboi
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Brown in color, with a two finger light tan head which dissipates rather quickly.
S: Slightly malty and sweet.
T: Malty with barely any other noticible flavors. Not very complex.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
D: This is very drinkable, but not anything I would go searching for. There's just nothing special about this beer. It's a bit tasteless. I love New Glarus beers, but this one just doesn't cut it. I do know a lot of other people like it though, so go try it out for yourself!

krazyboi, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed mahogany body. Thin off white head leaves sporadic patches of lace. Weak maltiness on the nose with allusions to adjuncts. Body is about medium. Moderate amounts of carbonation. Very easy going beer without a lot of malt depth or richness. It's just kind of there. Maybe a good crossover bock for the macro crowd, but this pales in comparison to the Uff Da Bock, which is exceptional IMHO.

Bighuge, Apr 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Mar 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photekut, May 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Fr0stb1te, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Eman17, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

smartassboiler, Dec 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Hugonaut13, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

dna1964dna, Dec 28, 2012
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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.