Brother Benedict's Bock | Granite City Food & Brewery

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Brother Benedict's BockBrother Benedict's Bock

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Granite City Food & Brewery
United States

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

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brother Benedicts Bock was a great beer. It is very dark, reddish brown. It has thick foamy head that lingers for a short time. The taste is very malty and rich. There is a slight hint of chocolate in the aftertaste, similar to a stout I would say. I really enjoyed this beer. I've been impressed with the beer that Granite City has to offer.

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Photo of Tone
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
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 tykees88
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in Fort Wayne. 4.95 for a 20 oz. This one comes poured with about a one finger head. The head quickly fades after a sip or two. The malt is the overwhelmingly strong scent in this brew. A hint of chocolate also touches the nose. The taste is nothing exceptional either. The malts taste burned and the chocolate also is there much like the smell in just a hinted version. I get maybe a dash of hops in the taste. The mouthfeel feels light, it's almost as if it's a thin bock. I couldn't drink any more than one of these and wouldn't drink it again. Especially for the price.

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Photo of Josievan
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-brown color. Small head but lacing sticks around awhile. A little thin looking but still looks appetizing.

Smell: Grain and malt, nothing really jumps out at me.

Taste: Prototypical bock malt flavors. It's on the sweet side. The menu mentions grapenuts. Don't think I would have come up with that myself, but I can maybe taste it a little with the prompting. Not detecting the advertised chocolate as much, though.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin with a hefty amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's not terribly exciting, but that's doesn't mean it isn't easy to drink.

Notes: This was the first beer I've had from the "brewpub" chain Granite City. I'd say this at least met my expectations, which weren't enormously high. The slight deceit of calling Granite City a brewpub may irk some (I'll admit it does me), but I can't disparage this decent bock.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Granite City.

A- Poured a deep clear brown color. There was little head (1/4 finger) with it looking a light white/brownish color. There was no lacing at all with this beer.

S- Unlike some of their beers this one had almost no smell at all. It was sweet smelling (caramel malts) in the entire body. There was light alcohol notes to this but not much else..almost reminded me of a light smelling Amber Bock.

T- Very sweet body to this the entire beer through. There might be a light hopping in the back but it is hardly noticable. The alcohol comes through a little more in the taste than in the aroma but it is just sweet overall.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the style. This is a thin and watery beer in the mouth. Left a sweetbread taste in both the mouth and in the aftertaste.

D- This is a very "everyone friendly" beer. Nothing stands out in this one to make it a great beer. Almost reminds me of a sweeter Amber Bock. Didn't mind it but was expecting a little more.

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Photo of simmons
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark brown with no signs of carbonation & no head at all. Aroma of roasted malts & no hops. Flavor: malt is very complex with suddle roasted notes. Slight tangyness aftertatse & no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel: This beer is lightly carbonated, balance is ok but is missing something but unsure of what & no head at all. Overall this beer reminds me of a poor bown with no presence of alcohol. I feel this beer could be good but needs more work.

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Photo of bort11
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this growler from the Granite City tent at the Zona Rosa beerfest for only $15. I'm a sucker.

Poured into a pilsner glass. No head to speak of, which may have to do with it being a few days old. I would have thought it would have kept better. Color is a chocolate brown with mild clarity.

Smell is sweet and slightly chocolate. No hops to mention and pretty one dimensional. Taste is also mildly chocolate and dark grain character.

Mouthfeel is very light and even a little flat it goes down very quickly. Not horrible, but nothing worth going back for. So I guess I have a $15 growler for the shelf.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This time poured a thin head, but usually has a nice light colored two finger head. No active carbonation. Thick black with a little reddish/brown light coming in the sides.

S: Roasts and malts dominate, with some hops, but that seems to be a weak smell from the bittering and not proper aroma.

T: Great, not at all coffee or burnt. Nice dark malts with just the right amount of bitter. Great for drinking while eating.

M: Thinner than one expects for a beer this dark. I would suggest this to someone who wants to try darker beers but can't stand the filling or "chewiness" as some put it.

D: Really good, mostly because of the things mentioned above.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Talked to the "brewer." Apparently the wort is made at a factory and trucked to the various restaurants. The yeast is pitched and it is fermented on site. So I guess, depending on a variety of factors, the same wort could end up being a different end product at the various restaurants.

Very clear, light/medium brown, red highlights with light coming through. Flimsy white head fades fast, just a faint bit of lacing. SMELL is non-existent at first, as it was very cold. As it warmed, some grainy chocolate malt aroma, faint esters with a swirl. Takes alot of warming and work to find anything. TASTE follows nose. Grainy, vaguely roasty, faint hints of both sweetness and bitterness. FEEL moderate carbonation, thin body, just a touch of texture. DRINKS pretty easily due to thinness of body. The best one of the four they had. I wouldn't seek it out, but if you are there for dinner it'll do.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of giblet
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at the gc food and brewery. i was told it was brewed on premises there in kansas city. it was a very good crisp bock beer. dark in color light shined barely through the opaque. nice rich aroma. good taste that was crisp and fresh. excellent lacing down the glass. if you are in the area, give this place a try.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown, almost chocolate brown in color. A bit of an off white head which disappeared fairly quickly.

Smell - Some malt with a bit of sweetness.

Taste - Malt and a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - medium body

Drinkability - Very drinkable and accompanies the food nicely.

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a slight head.

S - Nice malty smell but pretty plain. Still probably the best part of this beer.

T&M - Very sweet and a little bit of slightly roasty malt. Again, pretty one dimensional.

D - I almost never say a beer is too sweet but this one didn't seem balanced. Sweet and watery with a very slight malt.

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Photo of Atron67
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$5.00 2 Liter growler fills on tuesday, fill me up and hold on tillthe weekend

A- came out of my growler a clear brown, peppery color, build up of a slightly thick tight knit head, lasted a short while, but not longer than it took for me to drink the glass

S- sweet maltiness, a little bit of hops in the back but not too much

T- A pretty solid malty flavors, sweet light caramel flavor but not too much decently complex, a nice finish with a bit of hops, tastes pretty good,

M- lightish body, medium carbonation

D- a solid bock, 2 people finished the 2 L jug in a little over an hour

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Photo of SargeC
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Chocolate brown with a tan head. Minimal movement.

Smell: Sweet malt notes.

Taste: Has some bock qualities. Decent flavor but something seems to be missing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Tasty yet really seems to be trying to be inoffensive. They did not take many chances with this brew.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was really surprised by how much I liked this beer. The transparent mahogany body was a touch thin and watery looking but the head was creamy and pretty for a minute or so before it dissolved to nothing. I took in a heavy aroma of caramel malt with just a slight touch of alcohol sweetness. The taste is surprisingly robust considering the watery appearance and to a lesser degree, mouthfeel. Well balanced with plenty of sweetness as one would expect for the style but with a nice light touch of hops. Minute carbonation plays with the tongue. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, and leafy hops are all light and nice. Very drinkable. I am really impressed with this beer, mostly because of the low expectations I had for it, but impressed none-the-less.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
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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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the Granite City Food and Brewery in Fargo, North Dakota.

Listed on the Beer Menu as "A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouth–watering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor." – 4.8% ABV. 20 ounce Pint.

Appearance: Dark brown with an opaque look but held to the light it is easily noticeable that this is a clear brew, just that it is very dark. Tanned head which had a decent half-life. Reminded me of Newcastle Brown with its looks.

Nose: Dark malts, roasted, nutty and warm sweet dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate punctuated this Bock, along with caramel and a lingering sweet roasted malt thread that rises with a chewy nutty nuance. Dry with sweetness and a very soft bitterness. Light hop input seems to

Mouthfeel: Average feel. Middling body.

Drinkability: Nice enough, but I didn’t really get a lot of “Bock” from this, moreover it waned in that department to be perfectly honest. But this was a fine Pint nonetheless, a ‘so-so’ brew which did not impress or let down.

Overall: Enjoyable, just a little below the IPA in the overall marking stakes but a good effort that I had little trouble with. I think it exhibited more English Brown Ale tones than the ‘Bock” moniker would have you believe though – not that that is a complaint from me I have to say.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's been over a month since I last checked out Granite City so I thought it was time to give it another try. I was much more impressed with the Bock this time than I was the first.

A - Just like the first time I tried this beer. It really looks good and tasty, but it's not a Maibock, it's a Bock. A great dark appearance with a just slightly off-white head that sticks around and leaves some nice lace.

S - Again, bread and sweet malt, but much more pronounced than the one I had a month before. Also some faint smokiness.

T - This is where the beer really stands out from the last time I checked it out. Sweet caramel, bread, raisins and much like the aroma a hint of smokiness. The taste could be a bit more complex but there is a marked improvement over the first time I tried this beer.

D - So far this is my favorite beer from Granite City, but it could be hit or miss according to the batch it came from. If you have a chance, give this one a try and I doubt you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of grumpy
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber/brown , with minimal head and lace. A little dark for the style.

Aroma: Malty and lightly fruity.

Taste: This is a decent beer. Nice malt presence for a beer that is not likely much more than 5% ABV. A bit of dark fruit comes through, and there is a somewhat unusual edge to the aftertaste - from the hopping, I assume. My guess is that there may be a smidgen of some non-noble hop in there. A little off for a Maibock. A bit more like an American microbrewery bock.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and perhaps a bit too carbonated for the style.

Drinkability. Another GC beer that, if you like to repeat beers and don’t require boldness in flavor, would be a good session brew.

P.S. - this beer was served waaaay too cold, in a chilled glass.

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Photo of tempest
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of Oxymoron
2.32/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Granite City is a brewpub in a variety of different locations. I went to the Sioux Falls to sample their stuff

Brothers Benedict Mai Bock is in my opinion not really a Mai Bock at all. Instead I would call it closer to a Nut Brown or English Brown Ale. Ok, yeast aside, Brothers Benny is a dark brown color, which typically should be a yellow to light amber color. It had a stronger roasted and nut smell to it. Nothing German in the malt per say. The taste also didn’t match as it really had limited sweet hop flavors but more of a earthy or English style to it.

The “so called” Mai Bock as a beer was a little watered down as well. The yeast was nothing exciting and difficult to pick up the yeast. Overall I was not impressed and more confused on this beer. Maybe add more English malts and fuller body and you have a decent English Brown Ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -11%
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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Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am listing this as a bock, because it shows none of the characteristics of a Maibock. Dark brown color, looks much more like a bock. Roasted malt in the nose, very tame and slightly chocolatey, like a bock. Taste does not have the alcohol presence, rich maltiness, or the spiciness of a maibock. Mouthfeel was carbonated ok, but not that impressive. Good drinakability, but not very unique.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on a recent trip to the Lincoln, NE location.

Appearance: Brown, slight orange/amber hue when held to the light. Small (about 1/2 inch) off white head, disappeared quickly, leaving a thin covering on top of liquid. Left slight traces of lacing down the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Slightly malty, nothing strong. No noticeable hops.

Taste: Some malt, not really hoppy, leaving more of a sweet taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to light bodied. Easy drinker.

Drinkability: As stated, easy to drink, a nice beer. Pairs well with many of the foods served as it is mellow, without any strong flavor characteristics standing out.

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