Back Forty Bock - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

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BA SCORE
85
very good

530 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Soneast on 10-16-2010

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.
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Ratings: 530 | Reviews: 145
Photo of ByTor2112
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lightly cloudy caramel brown color with a tan head of foam that reduces down, but leaves some decent lacing.

Would like a little more from the nose. What I am picking up is some lightly nutty malt with a bit yeasty straw.

Pretty nutty on the malt. Also getting some hop bitterness and some noticeable alcohol towards the back end. Finishes very clean. The overall flavor is a little subdued.

Has a lightly chewy feel with plenty of soft and lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

Drinks rather easily and represents the style pretty well. However, it just doesn't have a real strong presence in the nose and taste department. Worth a shot.

Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, good head.

Smells of cereal grains, some caramel.

Malt and caramel forward in the taste. Some alcohol. Hints of toffee and even light fruit as it warms.

Crisp clean mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. I don't think this was quite as good as Uff-da, but a different beer altogether. Not complex, but well-balanced and pairs well with a cold winter night.

Photo of errantnight
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking beer, thick creamy, fluffy, craggy head with nice lacing and retention sitting atop a deep mahogany / burnt sienna. Aroma is a bit flat, some nuttiness and a little roast. The body, while substantial, seems pumped up with caramel and roasted malts. It's deceptively cloying, despite an initial nice balance. It doesn't really showcase the mid-palate malt. Leaving this almost like a bock by way of a brown ale. It is round, smooth, and full without being heavy.

It's gorgeous, easy to drink, but it's not what I'm looking for from a bock, at all.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a shaker.

Color is dark auburn to light brown, slight haze which may be the glass. Towering and tightly formed head looks like soft cream.

Nose is sweet malt with a bit of heavy cream. Slightly floral aroma. Smallish whiff of dark fruit and spice.

Flavor is sweet grain reminiscent of dark fruit. Malt is very present and not overly sweet. Middle brings dusty yeast. Slight flavor in the middle of a hefe weiss type yeast with the dusty slightly tropical flavor. Finishes with a nice little hit of bitterness mixed perfectly with sweet malt nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is very lush and the soft bubbles of carbonation make this full bodied and drink a smooth as silk. Probably the best aspect of the beer.

I'm surprised this one was able to retain as much flavor for the lower ABV, worth a try.

Photo of lester619
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat murky dark brown. Huge thick tan head. Malty sweet smell with a touch of maple and toffee. Used coffee grounds. The taste is slghtly sweet with more of a grainy corn flavor. I pick up something kind of like raw oatmeal. There is a clean toated malt flavor throughout. The bitterness from the hops makes the aftertaste a little fruity. I can taste a twang from the alcohol. The mouthfeel was a little thin and wet for something with this depth of flavor. Overall a decent beer. The flavor is complex and pretty well balanced. Good drinkability. It would be a good beer to warm you up on a ten degree night.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium to dark brown body with a huge 3 plus inch head. It looks great! The head is so firm and thick it rises over an inch above the top edge of the glass. There are few that can match this sheep's head; )

S - Slight caramel, kinda soapy and not all that intriguing.

T - Light caramel and freed malt makes for a very nice flavor. This is a finely crafted brew.

M - Light bodied brew with a wet finish and feel throughout. It goes down very smooth.

~ Thanks again to the crew at New Glarus. I don;t think this bock lives up to the Uff-da. That being said, Uff-da was a a much different bock.

Photo of daledeee
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a snifter glass.

It is a very nice dark brown with almost white head and good lacing.

Nose is grain, hint of band aid and maybe coffee? This is a tough one but it is intriguing and fresh.

Taste is sweet yet a little sour. Some malt and grain. Another one difficult to describe but tasty.

Easy to drink with nice mouth feel. Well done, but not my favorite style.

Photo of plfahey
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-A nice brownish amber color with garnet highlights. A bit hazy, which is surprising, as this style is normally cold conditioned. Decent sized beige head fades to a thin layer of foam, but never dissipates. Some nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma-Pleasant malt aroma consists primarily of sweet caramel and light toast from the vienna malts, but there are also hints of fresh baked bread and light melanoidin aromas. Light floral hops are barely perceptible in the background. No esters, No diacetyl.

Taste-Malty sweet up front, with hints of caramel and very light toast, which becomes slightly more apparent in the finish. As with the aroma, the hops are really only present enough to balance out the malt. The flavor is relatively thin, and malt complexity is certainly lacking.

Mouthfeel-Medium Body. Medium to medium low carbonation. Relatively smooth with a very slight alcohol warmth.

Well certainly not a bad bock, the flavor leaves you wanting more. That said, this is a very easy drinking beer, and I would have no problem knocking back a few of them. Enjoyable, but this one definitely won't blow your socks off.

Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Mild aroma with hints of caramel, figs, and raisins. Maybe a little charcoal as well. The first sip I thought I tasted some smoke but that did not come back as I worked through the glass. The flavor is mostly caramel with some faint hints of dark fruit. The flavor is just not very interesting or complex. The body feels bigger that it is and is nicely carbonated. New Glarus gets the mouthfeel right in just about every beer. Do not understand the need to introduce this bock when they already have one of the best, Uff-da, in the portfolio. Just bring that one back. This is just average, well made, but average.

Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown and cloudy. The aroma is slightly sweet, of caramel and pastry with a bit of sour tart in it as well. The taste is sweet, mostly malty with a slightly sour tart finish. It drinks very light, I was expecting something a bit deeper.

Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for this one!

(A)- Pours a very nice dark burnt sienna color with minimal reddish highlights. Produced a great fluffy eggshell colored head with great retention and tons of foamy lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice rustic nutty aroma like walnuts or almonds. Lightly creamy, with a smooth roastedness. Very subtle hints of vanilla.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A nice creamy profile combo of vanilla and nuts with a mild roasted aspect. Some raisin character in there as well that I like.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. Smooth as can be with a mild creamy profile. Mild roasted components. A rustic, but clean feel to it.

(D)- A fantastic Bock. Great flavor, balance, and feel without being too bold. A "clean" tasting and easy drinking bock. I still miss Uff-da, but this is quite good; easier drinking for the style.

Photo of mariposafan
4.66/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At cellar temperature pours a pretty dark orange-brown with a creamy head that fills my Duvel tulip to the very top. The head becomes rocky over the space of a couple of minutes but persists for the entire drink.

Sweet malt/caramel smell with some raisiny fruitiness. Very nice.

The taste mirrors the smell - slightly sweet and malty with some dried fruit flavors. Some balancing bitterness but it never gets in the way. Not overly complex flavor but what's there seems to be just right given what I was thinking a bock should taste like. Very little aftertaste, leaving a clean palate that's waiting for the next sip.

Light to medium mouthfeel, the carbonation provides creaminess and body.

Wonderfully drinkable. I never tasted the alcohol (something to keep in mind!) and the flavor almost begs me to have another.

Overall this seems to fit what I understand a bock to be to a T. It's certainly not a dopplebock but the family traits are there, if only at a less intense level. The one extreme virtue that this seems to have is its drinkability - pretty much par for the course for New Glarus.

Photo of nickd717
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as and unsolicited gift thanks to BeerFMAndy. Big thanks for this tick.

Pours a deep reddish-maroon color with a large lacey off-white head that lasts forever.

The aroma is pretty nice with caramel and roasted malts, slight earthy hops and nuts.

Good flavor, only mildly sweet, with big caramel and nutty malts, slightly bready and toasty. Not too much hop presence, just a little earthiness.

Medium-bodied with a nice crisp mouthfeel yet a slight smoothness nonetheless.

Pretty nice beer overall. Not outstanding in any way, but good.

Photo of cokes
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cherry cola dark brown, glinting garnet when held up to a light. A creamy rise of sandy suds stays and laces extremely well.
The nose is toasty, with a almond-esque bitter nuttiness. Vaporous dark fruits mingle with an increasing doughiness giving it a suggestion of raisin bread. Though on the whole, the nose seems a bit closed.
Doughy breadiness is the staple throughout the mouth. Caramel sweetness has a run, poking towards black cherry and plum, then drawing back. Well-lagered sense of briskness, as it goes ultra-clean through the middle. It brings a low-level earthy hop note on the close.
It's moderate+ carbonation gives it a whipped creaminess that helps hide it's overall lack of body. It's drinkable in gulps, but lacks a good deal of depth and intrigue.
Bring back Uff-da.

Photo of weatherdog
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy brown amber with several fingers of tan head.

S - Malty with fresh baked bread, biscuit and toasty malts.

T - Malty, toasted bread, caramel and a sweetness that lingers through the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation. Lingering sweetness that builds and becomes slightly cloying halfway through.

D - On the sweet side making me not want more than 1 in a sitting.

Photo of Lemke10
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7.

This new seasonal from New Glarus is a must try for New Glarus fans. It pours a dark brown color and has that familar bock smell to it. This beer starts out with a semi strong bock taste but finishes very nicely with little after taste. Pretty smooth and nice flavor, definetly a good taste for the price.

Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Wisconsin bock"

It pours a dark brown color with orangeish hues, the head is fluffy and off-white.

It smells honkytonkin fresh, and I've never had a bock this fresh so it is an experience. It has a nice subtle but noticeable hop character along with some fruitiness and nuttiness.

The flavor is pretty good, it is light and malty, with a hint of fruitiness and a little hop bite in the finish. It has a slightly cloying character in the finish as well.

Overall it is a solid beer, better than other "Wisconsin bocks"

Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, developing a thick and creamy, 2-finger thick cream colored head, with great retention, hanging on through most of the beer.

A nice clean aroma with a strong malt presence hits the nose, sweet maltose sugars, a touch of toasty melanoidens and some slight chocolate aromas.

The flavor is a complex combination of malty flavor, slightly burnt toast and sugar malt sweetness initially with some hints of chocolate (Not roasted flavor by any means, but more of a milk chocolate sweetness) and some caramel flavor as well. Nice clean finish. No hop flavor to speak of just enough to balance the beer, despite a mild lingering sweetness after each sip.

Moderately low carbonation, the mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice and smooth overall. Back 40 Bock is easy to drink, with very clean malt flavors and not it's not too strong making it a nice sessionable beer for fall. Much as I suspected: not as good as Uff-Da but far tastier than Cabin Fever.

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Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.