Bock Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.3/5 rDev -8.6%
A: The crown has some blistering under the plastic so this might be an old bottle. A medium copper with a slight haze. The light tan head dissipates after a minute, but that might be a result of this glass having gone through the dishwasher with the jet-dry, surfactants and all.
S: Moderate malt and dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums with moderate crust bread melanoidins. No hops and no alcohol aromas.
T: Moderately-strong malt flavor with moderate crusty bread and plum flavors. There is a moderately light hops bitterness that is about about even with the sweetness putting the balances in the middle. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is of malt and dark bread crust. There are no signs of oxidation but the flavors seem flat.
M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A middle of the road bock with muted flavors that might be due to this being a little old. The balance between the bitterness and the malt sweetness is nice.
11-04-2012 01:38:17 | More by MadScientist
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
Clear and attractive dark coppery brown appearance, head is yellow ochre in color, flattish but adequate. Wide slipping loop laces. Nice aroma, malty with elements of sweetened cherry and maple syrup, almost like IHOP pancakes. Medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation, shows a thick backbone for an ordinary Bock. Full flavor, a berry sense fights through the brown sugar maltiness, gives a staunch and unchanging flavor profile. Slight burnt quality mid mouth. Finishes full. There seems to be a lot of unmemorable lighter beers in the Bock category, this one stands above them. I really like the aroma here, and stack this one on the list of Lakefront's notable brews.
03-02-2005 16:26:34 | More by ADR
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
I've finally found a store with a good Lakefront selection. My opinion of the brewery has changed greatly in the past week (now that I can get some of their better stuff).
Pours a mean-looking, dark brown/amber. This could nearly pass for a doppelbock. Off-white fluffy head fades quickly.
Big raisin and dark fruits on the nostrils...exclusively malts.
Malts are big on the tongue too. Sweet and somewhat chewy. Carmel, raisin, faint toastiness. Tasty!
Mouthfeel is a little light...but I keep wanting this to be a doppel...for a regular bock, quite robust....but still could use a little beefing up in the mouth dept.
But overall, a very nice bock, brewed once a year. A nice treat. Pretty big to boot....I am guessing the ABV is up there for the style.
04-26-2002 00:08:25 | More by cokes
1.73/5 rDev -52.1%
A - A small khaki cap covers this cloudy russet brew. Rhubarb highlights can be seen in the light, and the head dissipates to nothing but a thin collar and some smoke within seconds. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it slides back down into the brew. A quick swirl brings up the small cap again....for a few seconds.
S - Thin fruity malt notes waft on top of some vinegary grapey aromas. Not very assertive at all...I really had to stick my nose in this one to smell much of anything. I also notice a band-aide phenol smell in all of Lakefront's brews that isn't the phenol peaty note that I love in scotch, but more of a hospital sick-bed smell.
T - Dull, thin, wet malt. Some hops are there in small amounts, but this is just a weak, flimsy brew.
M - Moderate carbonation with a tight mouthfeel with some detectable alcohol.
D - Poor. I don't know what it is about this brew, but it just isn't what it could be. I'm starting to hate Lakefront. I keep giving them a chance, but they never deliver.
08-20-2007 05:13:30 | More by pmcadamis
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
Color didn't do much for me; only slightly darker than a mass-produced American light beer. Almost no head.
Almost no smell at all, maybe some floral hops but that's about it.
Despite the look and smell, surprisingly good taste. It's very simple, not much there; again, just some floral hops.
In the mouth, whatever is there balances out whatever else is there, so it's not too flowery and not too hoppy/bitter. Just a hint of carbonation.
Very drinkable, not sure of the alcohol, but it's a smooth drinking beer with no overpowering flavors.
06-13-2009 15:16:19 | More by RickS95
3.4/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours brown/caramel with a finger of tan head. No real head retnetion or lacing, merely the suggestion of the two...
S: Metallic notes & toffee
T: Toasty malt & bready/doughy notes, slight apricot & caramel notes as well up front. Fruittyness & a slight oxidation tinge as this warms, plus some doughyness & cherry notes. Finishes with apricot, bready notes & some woody hop notes
MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, become fairly chewy once warm
Not a bad bock, but has enough flaws that this would only be an option if fairly hard up for a bock
05-18-2011 02:52:50 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
A: Deep burgundy pour is topped off by a fizzy and spongy film coating that dissipates within seconds. A fine mist of micro-bubbles moves fast through the drink. Nice coloring, lame head, strong carbonation with no window dressing produces mixed results.
S: Boozy soaked apple peels first come to into being with some signs of cough medicine and some caramel grain sweetness deep down. Medium strength.
T: Boozy apple and caramel grains mixes together along with a sweet, almost syrupy malt base. Spicy flowery hops come on fairly strong with a good presence, noble like, almost like an octoberfest. Good alcohol warmth on the close ups the ante a bit.
M: Full bodied, good here, nice snappy carbonation presence brings some texture to a malty thick and lush mouthful.
O: Overall malty with a good show of hops and alcohol gives this a decent finish to an other wise stutter/mis-step at the start. You eventually warm up to this.
08-04-2011 23:06:11 | More by beerthulhu
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a hazy copper/amber with a white head that fades away fairly rapidly leaving no real lace.
Aromas of a syrupy caramel and some yeast bread hits come through.
Flavor of caramel, some bubblegum (?) and a slightly bready note with some brown sugar on top.
Mouthfeel is sweet, almost sickly so with an almost a sour note present on the finish. Lack of decent carbonation doesn't help the syrupy type of feeling either.
Drinkability is slightly above average maybe. Has some potential but either some age or a little bit of miss in brewing this batch makes the sourness a bit off-putting.
05-15-2005 02:48:30 | More by CRJMellor
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
Dark amber with one finger of white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is some fruitiness. Taste is bready sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to make it interesting. Easy to drink leaves you wanting another. Decent spring offering. Much better beer than the last beer I tried from this brewer. To be fair I think it was quite old. This bottle tasted quite fresh and clean.
03-15-2009 20:20:54 | More by Spikester
4.05/5 rDev +12.2%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Bottled during Mar Wk 2 (2012) notched on the label.
A - A tall pour created a massive tan head that ended up settling to a loose, soapy ivory pile. The color is a brilliantly clear and carbonation-less dark bronzy amber. A ring of thick clumpy lace was left.
S - Lightly toasted malts are primarily caramel-sweet with a hearty pilsner scent. Crisp and clean, there is a low hop noble hop aroma that follows as well as a touch of light, lingering alcohol.
T - Smooth, clean malts populate the taste buds with lightly dry pilsner flavor overshadowed by toasted caramel malts with a moderate sweetness. Noble hop spice gently prickles the tongue on the finish.
M - Like a nicely lagered bock should be, this medium-full bodied beer is ultra smooth and clean with a mild sweetness that turns dry in the end.
O - For the malt-lovers out there, this bock is another easy drinking, very well made lager from Lakefront that features loads of toast and caramel sweet malts with just enough balance to keep it from being cloying. Smooth and drinkable, there's a faint warming sensation of alcohol for those cooler spring evenings.
06-12-2012 23:37:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
Pours a clear amber color with a small head and no lacing.
Smell has a strong malty aroma with some caramel, slight hop aroma.
Taste starts out malty, very slick and buttery like most bocks, stronger than usual bitterness kick to the sides of the mouth, not at all unpleasant but unexpected, decent caramel aspect.
06-12-2008 02:21:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades into a thin film with no lacing. A malty aroma with a vanilla scent behind it. Very malty flavor with a slight caramel finish. Easy to drink, not a bad bock.
04-10-2010 23:25:25 | More by bob3701
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
Bottled in Jan. notched on label:
Pours crimson -reddish-brownish with a thin off-white head that becomes wispy and eventually vanishes. Nice color - too bad it lacks a nice head or lacing (which is minimal at best).
The smell is of caramel/toffee - towards chocolatey with an earthy and cherry-fruity accent. Some nutty/grainy notes come through.
The taste is sweet - caramel/toffee - malty/carmelized grainy with a cherry-like fruitiness. A subtle touch of earthy hops balances the sweetness in the clean lager finish. Alcohol covered well - with just a nod of "seasonal" warmth".
It is medium-bodied-towards full - for style - stops before entering "doppelbock" territory. Pretty creamy and certainly smooth.
A very drinkable bock with a nice sweet malty profile that doesn't become sticky. Alcohol well covered - just the slightest hint of warmth as it progesses...Has a nice malty taste - a "hearty lager" as described on the label, and one well-done. A nice "seasonal" to transition from the winter to the spring!
03-08-2010 22:53:57 | More by jwc215
2.45/5 rDev -32.1%
This might be the darkest bock ive had in a while. I dont mind dark beer but I feel they over did it on this one. It might have been the store's fault but I bought this beer and it was already over a year old. Having said that, the beer tasted a little funny. The head was very small but really dark for its size. Almost no lace at all, not that I expected a lot from a bock. Over all just kind of a weird placed beer. It says its for spring but its not a seasonal. Taste more like an ale then anything. I ve tried four lakefront beers now and none of them have impressed me. On the other hand none have been really horrible. In the end I say for the money you could get a good local micro for the same price as a lakefront. Go with the local brew. If lakefront is your local brew... sorry.
03-27-2005 12:08:16 | More by RoBotGod
4.55/5 rDev +26%
A- Golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that lasted well, lots of bubbles rising throughout
S- Toasted grains, nutty, biscuits, caramel, light malts, hint of citrus hops
T- Nutty, toasted malts, slightly sweet, biscuits, butterscotch, hint of toffee
M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, smooth, creamy
D- Great session beer
I was fairly impressed by this brew, I need to pick up more of this one.
06-05-2009 21:31:17 | More by iceball585
Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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