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Brother Benedict's Bock | Granite City Food & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granite City Food & Brewery
United States
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Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor.

Added by beernut7 on 08-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,820
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
170
pDev:
15.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with almost no head to speak of. No lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and toffee. A fairly sweet nose overall.

T - Sweet caramel and toffee with some fruitiness. Very, very slight bitterness from the hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager that was clean finishing.

O - This is an okay bock. A little too sweet for my taste.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very deep brown mahogany body is capped by a creamy head of off-white foam. The head dissipates shortly, but that seems to be fairly common for the style. Lacing is limited to spots and splashes left here and there. The nose is clean and expresses darkly caramelish malt with just a hint of hoppiness in the background. In the mouth it's medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is straightforward, darkly caramelish and lightly toasty malt with a thread of leafy hops and the suggestion of alcohol, although it never really shows itself. Very nicely done! Full-flavored and perfectly balanced. Perhaps the best bock I've ever had at a brewpub!

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnished dark copper (equal parts brown, amber, red and orange) with light easily visible on the opposite side of the pint glass. The head was small due to a gentle pour, lasted but a brief time, fell to next-to-nothing within minutes and left nada in the way of lace. The nose was minimally aromatic, with a slight roasted maltiness.

The flavor profile consisted of lightly toasty caramel malt with a touch of sweetness early on, some nuttiness and a little grain thrown in for good measure. The beer became a bit more bitter and more dry as the mouthful progressed. The body was appropriate for the style and was neither full nor thin.

Bennie's Mai Bock is one of the better bocks that I've had (not that I've had that many). Along with Duke IPA, it's one of Granite City's better brews.

*consumed at the West Des Moines location

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.21/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I did not like the GC Bock...I thought it was way to malty and grainy. The beer poured very dark red with thin white head that did not lace all that great. The smell was big on grain and sweet malt. The taste was to much malt and barley with slight sweetness. The beer had mediyum body not great carbonation. Overall not a great beer. Most is probably drank in the Two Pull variety.

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, and slight grain. Overall, weak in body, aroma, but again a great appearance.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a 1" head that falls apart quickly.

Smell: caramel and an earthy tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: moderate malt profile with caramel, ripe dark fruits, and a mild earthy tone. Bitterness is mild. Slight chaulky tone arrives late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp and somewhat thin throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: not an terribly strong bock by any means, but it is malt centric. Somewhat refreshing it is a decent beer overall.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/4/06 Update: While not an amaxing beer, it goes great with BBQ and other sweet sauces at Granite City. Give it a try with the BBQ Chicken pizza.

Had a pint over lunch at the quasi-brewpub. Brown with a bit of a white head and touch of lacing. Not bad, but it could look better. Smell and taste are heavy on the chocolate and not much else. There's a little bit of dark fruit and licorice, but its mostly chocolate. Simple taste, but the a lack of off-flavors still make it a satisfying drink.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of pat61
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brother Benedict’s Bock, Bright dark brown with white 2” lightly tan tinted foam collar. There is a little caramel and roast malt in the flavor and aroma. This is drinkable but the body is a little thin.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light brown with a light tan head -- strange for a Maibock so not sure what their intentions are here. I'll give it an average rating on appearance due to nice clarity. A nutty malt aroma and flavor; lightly sweet. No hops noticeable. Medium-light bodied with a dry malty finish.

Fairly drinkable, though not memorable, bock/maibock hybrid. Scored a bit lower due to style failures...

Tasted On-Tap 05/11/05 at the Cedar Rapids, IA location.

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3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Sioux Falls location. Served into a pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, chestnut brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: light toasted malt and caramel

Taste: caramel, sweet chocolate, and light hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, sweet with a slightly bitter backbne

Overall: Bock is not a style I drink a lot, but this was surprisingly one of the tastier versions I have had in some time. Sweet but not too sweet, smooth, and not overly complex. This one was the perfect pizza beer for me. I would get this again--and maybe a couple of glasses at that.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub.

A: The bock is a dark Cordovan leather brown color. There is no sign of head, save for an off-white band at the mouth.

S: The aroma is malty, thick with lots of grains and a touch of charred wood.

T: Mmm, malty. The bockbier is an homage to two-row barley. The grains are thick and meaty, full of figs and dates. As the beer sits in my mouth, a charred wood flavor, akin to the smell coming from a campfire, emerges. There is no smoke in the beer but the malts conspire to create this bigger element.

M: The bock is hearty and thick, a real treat that never overdoes it.

D: At under 6%, this beer is a great quaffer. I'd've happily had a few more pints.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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