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Saranac Bock - Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac BockSaranac Bock

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49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: shirfan on 10-25-2006

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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 72
Photo of goblue3509
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear copper color with a frothy one finger cream colored head. Nice retention with a bunch of bubbles at the sides of the glass.
S: Toasted grain with a slight dark fruit sweetness. Malt profile is more dominant than the grassy hops. Caramel sweetness when you swirl the glass a bit.
T/M: Roastyness to the initial flavors. Good crisp hop bitterness comes in also with a dry finish. More bitter than I thought it would be. Grass and leafyness to the hops. A bit buttery with a slight metallic flavor. Medium body with a slight smokeyness.
D: Drinkable, but I don't think this would be at the top of my list when ordering a brew. Nothing that blows me away--how come Saranac seems to be a pedestrian brewery?

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from winter 12 pack

A - pours a maple syrup light brown with a light tan head, with plenty of semi-sluggish carbonation

S - a rich malty aroma htis first, with slight vanilla/floral hints, a nice, but rather subdued aroma

T - bug maltiness up front, then the sweet darkness of a traditional bock kicks in and then at the end a dry bitter finish, doesnt have that dark raisiny, licoricey sweetness from most bock, pretty good though, decent balance

M&D - kind of flat, nice flavor and blend, but not completely satisfying, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination

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Photo of shirfan
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new offering in the winter 12 pack, replaces last year's Roggen Bock.

Clear copper with minimal foam.

Aroma is of mild toastbread, a bit plain and vague.

Taste is caramel and toasty malt with a light bittering and some nutty tones in the finish. Some dextrin chewyness. Not bad as a medium-bodied lager, but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of ski271
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium reddish-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, frothy, slowly-diminishing head. Some tiny particles floating around in it… and the case wasn’t old or mishandled, all other beers in the “12 Beers” case were fine. Smell is of mild malt and very light fruit. Taste is mostly bready malt, with caramel and some hops showing up on the finish but mostly just to impart some bitterness. It has a medium-full body, dry texture and low carbonation. Overall, it’s not bad, just nothing special.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.08/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Deep red, brown, translucent, one finger head that quickly drops to minimal lacing.

S – Sweet, fruity (raspberry extract) maltiness, no hop presence

T – Somewhat bland balance, bitter aftertaste, faint berries.

M – A little too carbonated for me, medium body with a watery finish

D – Overall it’s a pretty average brew, the mouthfeel dropped a couple of points on this one, as did the ethereal taste. Still, a much better beer than most Saranac offerings, and most other offerings you’ll find on the rack with it at your local grocery store.

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Photo of BBM
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
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

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Photo of kernalklink
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of sacfly
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Part of the winter seasonal pack
Pours a clear amber/orange color with a thick, creamy head of tan bubbles. Light, sweet aroma. Noble hops come out more as it warms. First thing noticed upon sipping was a rather thin body. Flavors were on the light side as well. Biscuits and honey; grainy. Light bitterness in the aftertaste. Boring bock. Nothing offensive, but not up to the standards of others in this category.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

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Photo of Hibernator
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Bock
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink # on the side of the bottle - 2696 0858
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper light-brown with a thin circular lacing around the glass. Wavy trails of sticky lacings along the side of the pint.

The nose is light, but sweet and malty.

Juicy caramel and toasted malts dominate the sip. Syrupy and sweet with a malty backbone. Smooth and a little creamy with a mini hop presence.

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Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Golden-amber color...condensed head of beige foam.
Sweet caramel aroma..mild, but there.
Nuts really come out in the flavor, blended with a sweet, biscuity malt profile. Some dark fruits come out more as it warms as well. Not too bad.
Medium bodied...some medicinal qualities in the finish, but nothing too distracting to the overall flavor of the brew.
An interesting bock with enough flavor to satisfy my tastebuds.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of rhythmguitartz88
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance was slightly above average but nothing special. It poured a clear brown with a little red mixed in and the head was rather significant.

The Smell was rather hoppy but had a warming clean smell to it also.

The taste was in a word "good". Sweetness that finished off with a bitter end.

The mouthfeel was crisp-esque but still managed to go down fairly easily.

The drinkability was about average but i would have a few if i felt the need.

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours maple syrup caramel brown. no head at all. you can definitly smell some kind of caramel sweetness. the taste is kind of as expected. very smooth, definitly some caramel notes. lacks a little in the mouthfeel, slightly flat tasting. but overall really good. of the three beers i've tried out of the sampler so far ( black forest, beligian ale, and bock) i would definitly rank this one second. the black forest is awesome. all in all decent, would like to maybe get a sixer of this.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--Orange/amber in color, decent head retention.

Smell--sweet malts

Taste/Mouthfeel--Surprising sour taste off the bat followed quickly by sweeter malts. Interesting taste for a bock. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting.

Drinkability--Not bad, I'd have another.

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Saranac Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.