Bock Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight caramel flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing that really grabs my attention and would make me want another.
06-15-2012 03:44:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Dark coral mixed with orange; a molten lava-like look and a lovely color for beer. The compact, tight-bubbled head resembles orange juice mixed with butter and shows no signs of deflation, even minutes after the pour. This is a wonderful looking bock, no question about it.
The nose is low on power and is toasted malty, earthy and fruity sour. Once the beer warms, I hope to have more to go on. For those who care, the malt bill is 100% Munich and the hop bill is 100% Hallertau (at least as far as I was able to determine). That isn't my favorite set of ingredients, but we'll see what happens on the buds.
Bock beer is a decent bock beer, but I'm not doing cartwheels. As the nose hinted at, it's a wee bit too tart for the style. Munich malt is large and in charge, delivering a earthy, toasted nutty, dry caramel, leather-like flavor that is kinda, sorta enjoyable. If it wasn't for the unripe fruitiness, I'd be more of a fan. Warming helps and tempts me to nudge the flavor score higher... though I'm able to resist.
I hate to say it, but I think the 5.7% ABV might be a factor in my lack of enthusiasm. I like my bocks (when I like them at all) to be more malty, more substantial than this. Kicking the alcohol content up to the higher end of the bock range rather than the lower end is the first change I'd make. Of course, that would involve adding more malt, which was the idea all along.
There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It has an appealing lagery smoothness that barely fades, if at all, on the longish finish. Well done, guys, well done.
The happy little goat head on the label looks at me as if to say 'how could you not like my beer?' I do like it, it's just that I'm not exactly bowled over by what I'm tasting. Since I haven't been bowled over by too many bocks, perhaps you'd be better off seeking someone else's opinion.
09-30-2007 13:57:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a decent creme head that doesn't really stick around. Flavor starts off nice and robust and kicks to a pretty super sweet edge. It's nice, but if only it were a bit more rounded and not so tangy, it's be much better to me. Smooth feel though. Overall a bit too much tang to make it how I'd want it to be.
04-15-2008 04:56:47 | More by RblWthACoz
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
4.15/5 rDev +15%
Color, a rosy brownish hue, light and pink at the sides and foot, with a lush, toasty tan head, that nestles down to nothing with a quickness.
Aroma, nutty, fruity, a bit complex, full of malt, revealing just a hint of higher alcohol.
Rich and full in the mouth, with malt aplenty, and, again, awash with fruit, feeling even vinous, grapes, cherries galore.
Body is about medium, and the finish doesn't go as far as I'd like. This is the only flaw I find with this very tasty bock.
A joy to drink, with considerable flavor.
05-10-2004 02:55:55 | More by feloniousmonk
2.4/5 rDev -33.5%
Dark reddish amber in the glass. Foam dissipates quite rapidly along with most of the carbonation. Aroma of old fruit crates left in the garage.
An overripe melon tossed in with the dishwater. Dosed with sweet vermouth. A touch of metal shaving. Maybe another splash of seawater with some seaweed. Ahhhh... perfect.
I can't believe how many years they've been making this swill and, to give Lakefront the benefit of the doubt, they still can't get the quality control figured out. Label says bottled in JAN in WK3, but they don't say what year. Purchased at Total Wine, thanks, guys.
08-31-2012 06:18:51 | More by mactrail
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
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
4.35/5 rDev +20.5%
Crystal clear scarlet red/ amber orange appearance. The body is capped by a nice looking light brown head...creamy in nature. The lace is pretty full. Nice bready malt aroma. A little cakey and yeasty. Small hints of molasses on the nose as well. Nicely carbonated and almost a full body. For a straight bock, this has some pretty nice depth to it. Cinamon bread comes to mind when tasting this. And brown sugar. And molasses. And munich malts. Definitely munich malts here. This is a very solid Bock that could go toe to toe with some of the average Double Bocks.
03-31-2004 03:10:30 | More by Bighuge
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
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
Clear dark amber copper color with a thin, firm, dusted brown head. Soft, supple, clean, sweet bready malt nose with touches of brown sugar and molasses. Bold taste, firm grabbing sweet bready malt base thats lightly chewy with a light drying tang that keeps a nice sweet coating in the mouth. Bits of herbalness in a very light hopping sneak through nearer the finish. Close to full body, smooth and clean with a very present sweet tang coating the palate leaving some chewy, nearly cloying effects across the entire tongue. I usually don't enjoy the regular bocks due to having accustomedized my tastes towards the more hefty doppels. This brings to mind of something that Capital might put out, perhaps a cross between the Blonde, Autumnal Fire, and Dark could produce something similar to this; that said, this is a pretty straight up hefty bock that I can finally put some trust in for the style. A fine and tasty lager bock beer by Lakefront.
04-23-2004 02:10:28 | More by tavernjef
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours an impressive reddish brown...not quite as clear as I would like but not bad....nose is yeasty but soft....body is substantial for a regular bock...sweet flavors...bready and yeasty....some brown sugars and molasses....just a hint of dark fruits...very sweet and much better than some of the so called doppelbocks like Leinies and Schells....it does have a little yeasty soruness on the long finish....
One of Lakefronts better beers...if you like sweet, sticky bocks this is your beer....I enjoyed it and would buy a sixer of this each year...
06-25-2004 05:41:11 | More by ZAP
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Single obverse label that has a picture of a horned goat set in a brown triangle that has the word Bock in a red edged black Germanic font below it. No strength listed, but the label states that the beer was Bottled during Week 4, February.
Appearance: Dark brown chestnut body with deep ruby mahogany hue when held to the light. Lots of conditioning helps to create a creamy appearance in the body of the beer as it is poured. The head forms easily into a very smooth looking light tan cap that has good stability and leaves a light smattering of lacing.
Nose: Has a rather classic nose that I associate with the Bock style, sweet malts, yeasts, breaded dough and some light caramel with dark fruits.
Taste: Caramel fused into slick smooth creamy sweetish malts that also have a dissolved brown sugar and dark fig fruit feel to it. There is some bitterness in the middle which balances nicely but the dark fruits come through in the end.
Mouthfeel: Above average body that has a fantastic creamy feel and a lightly warming finish, possibly from the alcohol. The carbonation lends a smoothness that helps to give more feel to a body that has some light aspects to it.
Drinkability: The richness in this Bock makes it a pleasure to imbibe, the lightness that is exhibited assists the quaffability of this Bock also.
Overall: A jolly good Bock and another nice offering from Lakefront.
Thanks to the BadMonk for this one!
06-27-2004 06:19:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 2 of Jan 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!
(A)- Pours a clear reddish hued brown color that produced an off-white head that dissipated quickly.
(S)- A light roasted nuttiness with caramel & vanilla sweetness behind it.
(T)- Same as the smell. A good rustic flavor of nuts & light vanilla that almost has a maple sweetness to it.
(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Not overly sweet or rich. A slight dryness that is nice.
(D)- A solid bock that tastes good and doesnt try to be overly or ridiculously sweet, which I appreciate. I could have a couple of these no problem.
03-28-2010 17:57:23 | More by sweemzander
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
4.1/5 rDev +13.6%
This beer came in a variety eight pack in which all the beers were dated to the first week in March. So perhaps it is not retired afterall. It pours a black color that is clear around the edges of the glass and opaque in the middle. The head is one finger in height, creamy and recedes rather slowly into a thin cap that covers the entire glass. The aroma is very nice. Chocolate, burnt malt, very sweet overall. The taste of swweet burnt malt with a bit of chocolate and a nice lingeringly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice, relaxing brew.
04-07-2006 23:49:45 | More by KarlHungus
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a dark ruby-brown with a small white-gray head. Smells of toffee and bready malt. Some toasted notes. Taste is rich, rummy sweetness. Malt all the way. Some hop presence comes in to balance ( a little bit). Finish is lightly bitter with lingering sweetness and cooked veggies. Nice creamy mouthfeel too. Another good WI bock.
09-21-2004 17:23:57 | More by alexgash
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
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
3.83/5 rDev +6.1%
Nice brown color, reddish highlights. Tan head fluffs up over a finger, retention and lacing aren't too good. Aroma is toasty malt, definitely some alcohol, a hint of dark fruit, and a nutty fullness. Really nice.
Big malt in the mouth, sweet and caramel flavors and plenty of currant to back it up. A little slick, full in the mouth, medium-thin body. Alcohol is evident, but not a deterrent. The sweetness gets too much for me, but it's an easy-drinking bock.
05-06-2007 01:37:02 | More by BretSikkink
3.35/5 rDev -7.2%
Clear dark brown color, alost maroon. Not a lot of head, just a thin layer on top of the beer. Good amounts of visible carbonation. Smell is nice and malty, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is rich and full, very malty, but the body is too thin for the style. Alcohol traces and some hops on the finish. Not too bad, could use a little more body, though.
05-11-2005 16:43:22 | More by TastyTaste
Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.