Bock Beer - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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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
4.13/5 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
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
I suspect this had been sitting around since February or March prior to my purchasing a single bottle of it from the cooler in which it resided. I'm reviewing this in November and, as far as I can tell, time has not diminished this one bit.
Pours a dark reddish brown with a short-lived light tan head. Aroma consists of caramel malt, raisin and brown sugar. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. The taste exhibits most of the complex flavors you'd find in a decent bock beer. It starts off with a rich caramal malt flavor. Sweet molasses flavor coats the tongue midway and lingers into the long finish. It moves into some vinous tones and that sweet caramel flavor returns in the finish. Hops dry the tongue out toward the end. Lakefront's bock seems a little lighter on the raisin flavor typically found in most bocks. But there are strong vinous tones and you can taste the alcohol flavors appears slightly toward the back. Overall, this was an enjoyable bock and something I'll need to revisit next Spring.
11-28-2004 17:06:19 | More by Winter
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours out a deep reddish brown - more red than typical bronze coloration. There is a minimal tan head and no discrenible lace effect. The nose is somewhat sweet and toasted. The taste is a sweetish sour flavor that is disconcerting at first but becomes quite nice on the palate as the glass is emptied. The mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy. Good drinkability overall.
10-04-2004 17:50:14 | More by AtLagerHeads
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
4.1/5 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
3.88/5 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
4.15/5 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
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
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours the color of burnished copper. Clear, with a tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin solid layer.
Brown sugar and a touch of citrus rind are noted in the aroma.
The flavor is in step with the aroma. A mollasses sweetness and a bit of tang, like an orange rind would have. Becomes drier towards the finish as it leaves a bit of a toasty aftertaste.
Thinner in body & lighter than I would have hoped for, but still a decent bock.
04-13-2004 02:56:31 | More by cretemixer
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
This was a wonderful,malty, nutty tasting bock beer from one of my favorite breweries. The taste of burnt sugar and nuts was prominent and the finish was smooth and delightful. This is a WONDERFUL brew! This is apparently seasonal, but I sure wish it was available all year round
04-09-2004 00:34:18 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
A delightful seasonal offering from Lakefront.
This beer, poured from the brewery tap, had a nice and creamy, faintly tannish head that sustained well throughout the drink. The color was very dark, with an almost scarlet hue.
The smell was wonderfully 'bockish'--a malty sweetness, that characterizes a typical German-style bock. Very phenolic.
The initial taste was, of course, a nice caramel, burnt sweetness, but the real surprise came in the finish--a very nice bittering hop that balanced out the initial rush of malt. The body was right on target for a bock--not too dense, but just about what you'd want from a regular strength bock. The overall mouthfeel was nice, and had the nice mixture of a bread-y 'ryeness' coupled with a great and spicy bittering hop taste. Yum!
High drinkability factor here, especially on tap.
03-27-2004 20:32:08 | More by RedBaron
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
Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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