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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

495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
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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Photo of tempest
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label does call this a "Wisconsin Bock," but the beer tastes a lot more like a dunkel lager than a bock. There's a smooth bread dark bread crust and light caramel malt character with a mild bready aroma to match. It's a very easy drinking beer, but lacks the earthiness and occasional fruit of a bock. Yeah, it's a nice dunkel, just don't pick this up looking for a traditional bock.

tempest, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of 3agle87
4.25/5  rDev +13%

3agle87, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Naters333
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle

A-Pours a deep copper color that is murky. Almost a brownish red color. Really like the color of this beer. Nice slightly off white one inch head. As I drink this beer leaves a nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S-Fruit, breads, yeast.

T- I really get fruit on the front end. A little raspberry perhaps. Nice bread taste on the back end. Malts. Smooth, refreshing.

M-Love this part of the beer. Very nice medium body. Easy drinking.

O- I have not had many bocks, so I can't really compare to what the best is of the style. As for the beer itself, I really enjoyed it. Nothing exceptional, but overall just a solid beer in all categories.

Naters333, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of cosine
3/5  rDev -20.2%

cosine, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of eyemustard
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

eyemustard, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

brandoman63, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Timmyg128
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Timmyg128, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

BeerLover99, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MordorMongo, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of topheim
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

topheim, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of WankelEngine
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a copper mahogany color. Lightly hazy but still halfway transparent. A creamy light tan head fades quickly to a thin and spotty oily cap.

S: The aroma is a great combination of some sweet, bready malt and a fruit fermentation profile. Toasty malt and caramel meld with lightly tart apple and a hint of lemon. Minor hop content here.

T: Similar to the aroma but with enhanced hop aroma. Noble style hops give a mildly bitter, earthy flavor which complements the toasty malt flavors. The yeast and fermentation flavors are less sharp and tart than in the aroma, but still prominent. The finish is quick and refreshing.

M: Smooth and creamy. Pleasantly light bodied with low but effervescent carbonation.

O: A great, easy drinking bock. The fermentation profile adds a great fruity dimension to the beer.

WankelEngine, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

OldhouseRecs, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BRD14
4.25/5  rDev +13%

BRD14, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of dachp
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

dachp, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

hilgart1, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into New Glarus Signature Glass

A- Dark brown, off-white foamy head

S- Fresh bread and yeast- friutiness also evident. Appetizing

T- Rich, smooth, clean, slight oiliness. Finish has dark malt taste. Just really good.

M- Full and smooth, moderate carbonation

O- Very drinkable, balanced, and a little complexity. Similar to what it says on their six pack carriers, NG has a way of being "true to style", as well.

DubbelTrubbel, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with a frothy one inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving foamy lacing.

Nutty, toasted caramel malt and a hint of butter form the aroma. Lightly roasted breadcrust emerges.

Flavor favors a lightly roasted malt character, with walnuts, a hint of fruitiness, and a lightly bitter finish rounding things out. Hops are minimal, and floral in nature.

Body is on the full side, with moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable beer, but lacks the caramelization of most bocks.

barczar, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of ThePundsack88
4.25/5  rDev +13%

ThePundsack88, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Spartacus303, Jan 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DooshBagalow, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a solo bottle at Woodmans in Wisconsin. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours light/medium brown, some light gets through. Good fluffy white foam. Retains well. Smell is all malt. Maybe a slight cola taste. Otherwise, taste is thin - notes of cola, malt, chocolate. Very low carbonation, like a flat soda would be. Almost a sour finish.

I don't love the bock style but this beer sure does do it well.

KTCamm, Jan 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

cheviac72, Dec 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Loogs, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

OregonGrown7, Dec 30, 2012
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.