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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 Dohshow
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dohshow, May 26, 2012
Photo of CarolinaKev
4/5  rDev +6.4%

CarolinaKev, May 19, 2012
Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +6.4%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of MClow
4/5  rDev +6.4%

MClow, May 10, 2012
Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Light brown that darkens as it masses to a darker mahogony with a nice 1.5 finger tan head that lingers and laces.

S: Malt, caramel/molasses sweetness, buttery bread.

T: Well balanced beer. Has the interesting sweet character mixed with malt toastiness. The aftertaste is somewhat buttery and bready.

M: I believe this is the perfect body for a bock. It is pretty much medium, but not too crisp and not too heavy. Good aftertaste and coating. By far the best part of this beer.

cagocubs, May 10, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Kunstman, May 07, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was courtesy of a coworker.

This beer pours a light bodied deep mahogany with a one finger off white head. The nose is typical of a bock, slightly sweet malt with a slight nuttiness. The flavors are initially slightly sweet but finish dry and malty. It's on par for the style. It drinks light and somewhat dry. It's ok.

aasher, May 05, 2012
Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JimGlonke, May 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking dark brown color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of this beer was really quite nice, the aromas of dark malts and bready yeast with some dark fruits in there too. A unique nose on this beer for sure. The taste of the beer wasn't as impressive as I had hoped for. The flavors seemed a little on the muted side, nothing really popped, there were some lager yeast-like flavors in there and mostly a dull dark malt base. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it was medium bodied with decent amount of bubbles to it. Overall I felt that this beer just needed some additional malts or something to boost the sweetness of the beer just a bit. Other than that I thought it was pretty good.

Knapp85, Apr 26, 2012
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev +6.4%

antoines15, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is #34 on the "Top Beers - Bock" list on beeradvocate.com. Bottle shared by Thorpe at Easter, served in a snifter.

Beer is on the light side for a bock but that doesn't bother me, plenty of blonde bocks out there, mild haze, lazy white head of small bubbles, some lacing.

Aroma is sweet and a little prune-y.

Beer is fine, I like it, medium to light in body, sweet but not overly sweet, a decent finish on the whole thing, enjoyable but not overly sweet or dry on the finihs. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a nice box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus tasting glass.

Pours a medium caramel color with a short white head and some nice lacing on the way down. The nose brings some very faint hops and a bit of bready plus a touch of caramel. Flavor is pretty similar. Body is medium with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish; just a touch of sweetness comes through. Not bad for an American Bock.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer appears a clear, light caramel shade of brown with over an inch of dense, off white. Excellent head retention and ample lacing. The aroma offers brown bread, malt, a faint hint of alcohol. Light in body. Simple and easy to drink. Not complex, per se but enjoyable and sessionable. A good pairing with brats and sauerkraut. I would have this again.

Huhzubendah, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of bergie331
4.25/5  rDev +13%

bergie331, Mar 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

jawneyt, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of Lolli1315
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A dark brown that can be seen through when held up to light. A thin tan head forms and becomes slightly patchy with a slightly thicker ring around the glass. Lacing clings to the top of the glass but becomes more sparse later on.

S- Toasted malt is the backbone of the beer with some sweetness of the malt expectantly coming through. Caramel arises with biscuit and bred accompanying.

T- A clean toasted malt flavor once again is the focal point with discernible caramel rising towards the middle. A biscuit and bread flavor also emerges in the middle. The toasted malt follows throughout the beer into its finish.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

O- Easy drinking beer and really brings out the toasted flavored malts without going overboard. Would certainly pick this beer up again.

Lolli1315, Mar 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

fuzzcherry, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of WhatAlesMe
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

WhatAlesMe, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ericjubeck
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ericjubeck, Mar 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

LDJ36, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

GripitandSipit, Mar 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

richkrull, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark cola brown with a good-sized dirty white head. Good retention.
S: Fairly clean smell to it, a bit of sweet brown malt and almost vegetal lager yeast smell.
T: Starts with clean low-intensity malt, followed by a brief hint of caramel sweetness. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of alcohol spicyness to it. Overall, flavor is pretty mild.
M: Body is light-to-medium with fine carbonation that’s dialed down somewhat. Pretty smooth for a light bock.

This is a quality bock. Next to Uff-da it’s a bit simple, but good for what it is supposed to be. To use the well-worn BA addage: Solid.

GeezLynn, Mar 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +33%

KC9LDB, Mar 05, 2012
Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.