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Saranac Bock - Matt Brewing Company

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Saranac BockSaranac Bock

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79
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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 12.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: shirfan on 10-25-2006

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its nice to see a few new things coming from Matt even if they are not great,poured a medium broze color with a thinner quick to fade head.Muted aromas mainly caramel malt with a light toastiness,pretty thin mouthfeel for even a "smaller" bock like this not quite watery but not where you would want it to be either,somewhat sweet up front flavor wise definent caramel malt flavors a decent peppery hop profile comes thru late.A decent but subtle stab at a bock here its drinkable but lacks alot of character in my mind.

Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer that came in the latest Saranac sampler. No freshness dating on any of 'em. Pours pretty tame almond amber, so much for being a "dark" lager. Dark tan, larger bubble head, that leaves a smidge of lacing. Malty nose as was expected, smooth malty brew, notes of bread, yeast, maple. Drinkable , serviceable little brew. Nothing special, pretty typical, middle of the road Saranac offering

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an amber hue with an off white toffee toned head hue leaves ample lacing all around my glass. Aroma has a nice warming biscuit malt with sweet caramel and evident herbal hops with a touch of metallic character. Flavor has a mild roasty caramel malt with more herbal hop flavors and light alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even smooth carbonation I'm diggin their take on the bock not a bad brew. Drinkability is quality with six percent abv it has some flavor with some nice drinkability going on.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac- Bock

Appearance- light reddish brown with a big thick, heavy lacing head.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt with a light nutty hop smell.
Taste- Sweet vanilla caramel malt. Light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a slight dry bitterness in the back end. Sight metallic aftertaste.

Overall- The metallic aftertaste brings it down a bit but otherwise not bad!

Photo of Metalmonk
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark rusty fall-leaf burnt orange color under a thin, unimpressive head.

Uh....hello? I don't smell a damn thing. And I just got done huffing a sweet Aventinus and got all kinds of aromas out of it. Don't know what's going on here.

At first the flavor is underwhelming. At best it's merely decent. A nice nutty sweetness prevails, reminding of a good, well-hopped English pale ale. Slightly bitter finish. Good balance between malt and hop. Only assertive enough against other bocks to squeak by with a 3.5 taste rating.

Mouthfeel is dull and thin, moderate carbonation. Leaves a kind of plastic-y coating too.

Sure, you could drink the hell out of this, you might even like it, but there's no reason to settle for such an average beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F.X. Matt has delivered a beautiful beer in their Saranac Bock. From it's glowing orange-chestnut body and creamy tan head, to it's lingering finish, it's a winner! It offers a very nice appearance of slightly hazy deep amber and chestnut, with a crimson-orange cast and glowing orange and gold highlights. Good head retention. Good lacing. The beautifully malty aroma expresses a bit of toastiness and dark caramel as well as some floral, leafy, and spicy hops. In the mouth it's smooth with a lightly dextrinous body; and just enough very-fine-bubbled carbonation to give a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor is well-balanced, and malty but not sweet. It's grainy, toffeeish, and caramelish; balanced by a firm bitterness, spicy and floral hops, and an underlying acidity. It finishes dry and floral with a spicy hop and alcohol accent. It's not the biggest, or the most malty, or even the most drinkable... but it is really well done and accessible with a decent amount of character. Worth trying!

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer considering Saranac's low price. Looks a touch light for a bock but still managed a pretty amber color with off-white head. I'm never quite sure how to describe bock flavor, but I know it when I taste it or smell it. The sweet, caramel and licorish-like malts are there, although not terrible rich. There's also a bit of a spicey, hot hops element to this brew. It seems Saranac has been uping their hops in a couple brews lately - awesome. Overall, not a bad beer for a the price. Tasty and very drinkable but no award winner.

Photo of Gmann
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a small tan head, dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. No real distinct aroma, slight malt not much hop detected. Slightly sweet malt taste, mild bitterness, again nothing distinct. This lager goes down easy, has a light body, moderately carbonated, crisp.

Photo of bierman2000
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark lager is the description and yes is a spring bock or doppelbock. It is closer to a doppelbock in color and a spring hybrid bock in flavor. Smooth chocolate overtones, malty nose, full body with very little IBU or hop bitterness. An adventurous enjoyable beer from Saranac.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2006 Winter Seasonal Case.

A: The bock is a deep amber/copper red, coming close to a brown color. There is no head retention, save for a small white ring.

S: The bock has a grainy malt aroma that is ramped up quite a bit, resulting in a slightly sweet malt smell.

T: Saranac seems to have the malt body component of their beers down pat and this is no exception. The malts are thick and well concentrated, giving the beer a sweeter, bigger malt flavor. Hops are an afterthought but that malts don't make me miss 'em.

M: The malts are big and chewy, finally allowing Saranac to really hit the mark.

D: Very drinkable with a moderate abv, this is a real star from the Winter case.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.47/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new-found variety to me. Not that I hadn't seen them before, but only recently have I bought (and enjoyed) traditional Bock beers. Most of the others from Germany. I'd tried another rather popular "Bock" style (from a US brewery) and found it drinkable, but nothing to write home (or write BA) about. So this was a pleasant surprise to try a version from one of my favorite breweries. Incredibly rich color and head retention, with a nice malty flavor and richness, augmented by subtle carbonation. Just enough hops (even a bit more than expected) to balance the flavor while not detracting from the malt. My sample bottle came from my 12 Beers of Winter variety pack, but I'd buy this by the 6-er or the case if I could.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a sweet husky grain with a solid noble hop presence.

The taste consisted of a lightly sweet biscuity malt with a very good grain bill. There was a very good hop spice as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very solid bock. Very drinkable and sessionable. A very nice offering from Saranac.

Photo of auxiliary
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this today with my dinner.
Appearance - Sorry I didn't pour it in a glass,but it did keep a nice head in the bottle lol.

Smell - Roasted malts mainly. Should of poured it in a glass to get a better smell.

Taste - Roasted malts are overwelm the taste. Hints of caramel too.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, worth a try I would say.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.34/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Sampler. So far this is the best of the bunch. I once tasted Wagner’s Sled Dog Dopplebock and really disliked the strong flavor and wasn’t sure how I was going to like this bock beer when I saw the dark color. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. It had a creamy mouthfeel, rich malty flavor and smooth finish.This was an excellent tasting lager and was much better tasting than Saranac’s Adirondack Lager. I would like to see Saranac add this one to their regular lineup as well.

Photo of kernalklink
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A watered down bock with some flavor, but lacking in overall presence. Copper pour releases some bready malt aromas- not much different on tasting only with a slight bitter finish rounding out the profile. Not much here, but it is drinkable. Like most of saranac's offerings, it is a good intro to the style for those scared of better tasting brews.

Photo of Phatz
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allowed to warm. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a thick off-white head that fades to a spotted cap. Then nice moderate lacing Stays just above the level of the beer as it drops.

Smell: Hints of caramel and maybe there is some grain in there. It is really hard to detect unless my nose is broken from all the bleach I was just using to sanitize homebrew bottles. Nope, I can smell the Corsendonk Christmas Ale I just don't get much of anything from Saranac Bock.

Taste: Honey caramel and toffee, with a fruity overtone but all the while thin with too much wateriness and dead space in the mouth. The peppery hop attribute in the aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant. Approachable and friendly- ? - YES. Impressive - ?- NO. Still, it is a suitable transition beer and a quaffable no thinker if that is in order.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Crisp and yet slick with some juicy malty substance and dry at the back. Better than I expected.

Drinkability: This may be a simple Bock, but it is certainly a sessionable easy drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of BBM
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a dark orange/brown color with a thin white head. Aroma was of sweet vanilla, some caramel. Not bad.

The taste is very malty, with notes of vanilla and caramel. There is also a hop bitterness to the finish, although it seemed more of a distraction than a compliment. As with many Saranacs, for some reason there is a metallic taste to the beer as well. Mouthfeel was thin and dry. Drinkability is pretty standard; you could drink more, but you'll probably want to move onto something else.

A fairly average Bock.

Photo of happygnome
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: amber color quarter inch worth of head doesnt dissapear fast leaves a little lacing
s: roasted malts caramel kind of interesting kind of floral hops
t: roasted malts, light hop presece nice
m: medium bodied not overly carbonated

overall this is an enjoyable beer not something i would seek out bet nice

Photo of sethmeister
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from winter 12 pack into pint glass

Clear, almost glowing amber / orange color with a minimal offwhite head which disappears almost immediately leaving zero lace. It is an attractive shade at any rate.

Scent is a mild fruity aroma and something herbal.

Taste is caramel with a lingering roasted flavor and an herbal hop note finishing with a hint of warming. As I sip more i seem to be picking up an off taste of some sort but I can't put my finger on it; metallic I suppose.

Mouthfeel is a nicely carbonated medium-thin.

Drinkability, at least for me, is not particularly good. I lost interest before I could finish the glass.

One of the better beers in the winter sampler 12 pack but still not a particularly notable one. I wouldn't search this one out.

Photo of maddogruss
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a glass mug. Nice, dark lager. Deep amber color, with almost a tannish head. The smell of the malt immediately rises to the top of the glass after the pour with the malt hitting your lips as soon as you taste it. German style beer, with almost a dubbel taste. Nice, thick mouthfeel. Saranac's description of a "rich full-bodied" beer is right on the nose. Highly recommended.

Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a winter 12 pack. pours a medium amber with a two finger light tan head that held for a while then faded to just covering the beer with some thin spotty lace. fruity floral aromas with a big bready malt taste with a touch caramel and a slightly salty tasting finish. light mouthfeel with good carbonation. good session beer

Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: very mild caramel sweetness is all the nose picks up.

Taste: caramel, mild nuttiness, ripe fruit sweetness, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall this was a bit sweeter and milder on the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: crisp start with a smooth finish. The finish was also quite dry. Caramel sweetness lingers long into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: another decent but not overwhelming beer from Saranac. A bit more maltiness in the flavor would bring it up a notch. Since it is milder this is an easy to drink bock.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy excited red color with a small head of tan / white foam. Some lacing in the glass. Medium level of carbonation.

S: Smells of freshly picked hops and cedar chips. Mild malty caramel note is present.

T: Mildly roasted caramel malts. Light hops. Some grain flavors are noted. A touch of sour leafy like quality toward the finish.

M: Lightly sticky and smooth. Goes down well. Little carbonation on the tongue.

D: Not bad. I'm usually not big on bocks, but I could do this again.

Photo of goblue3509
2.58/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is an amber brown color. The taste is malty with a little nutty taste. There is a very weak smell and the mouthfeel is very weak. This beer is like most other saranac beers, if it were a pitcher it would be todd wellmeyer. It's a solid but it will not overwhelm you. If you do not like a malty roasty bock this would be for you.

Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very light brown color that’s accented with a reddish hue. It’s very clear, with a nice, albeit thin, white head. The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. The beer presents a significant sweet malt smell, but its richness and depth could be a little more intense. The beer is modestly sweet with a clean fresh bread crust flavor. The finish has a slight herbal bitterness. Appropriately, there’s not much hop flavor in the beer. Medium body and fairly medium carbonation. This is a clean and drinkable bock. Although it’s respectable, there are a lot of better bocks out there.

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Saranac Bock from Matt Brewing Company
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