Aass Bock | Aass Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Aass Brewery
Norway | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 11-18-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
65
Avg:
4
pDev:
16%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 65
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.83/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light brown pour, earthy edge to it. Thin 1/5" head. Off white. Aroma of faint earthen roast.

Thin, but a hint of smoke and earth to it. Undercarbonated. I assume nobody gets this unless they're really into the style. Was like an English brown lager. That's how I'd describe it. With cola.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A murky brown, not too viscous, not a lot of head on this one. Really, the beer is some weird combo of green and brown. Cool goat though. Not much aroma wise.

Beer was very different than most bocks I've had, this one was thin, lacked a fruit character, just seemed like someone chinced out on making a porter, went with 1/2 the malt and ended up with a thin brown ale, decided to call it a bock. It was a little undercarbonated, and just lacked taste. Newcastle-y at times. A little creamy, or maybe it just comes off that way because there is nothing else to pick up on.

Cool name though.

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Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep clear garnet the color with the head voluminous and light tan in color, the lace a decent covering upon the glass. Nose is all malt with a sweet hint of caramel; start is inordinately sweet and the top light. Finish is delicately dry, benignly carbonated, leniently hopped, drinkable, but a little "Weak/watery for this "olde Strong Beer Lover".

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Photo of AaronRed
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not that impressed with this beer. It had decent sweetness, but did not seem that complex to me. When it warmed slightly, it was better, but average overall.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with very little foam that dissapated quickly. The aroma was of a malty grainy smell. The taste was of a sour bitterness that really turned me off. I just don't care for this beer. The sour feeling in my mouth was the turn off!

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Photo of rastaman
3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and sticky, raisiny and caramelly, on the sweeter side of the scale, a bit syrupy. Beautiful red-brown colour, with nice off-white head, leaves a nice flavour in your mouth, slightly roasty and bitter.

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Photo of jackndan
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aass Bock Beer: Deep almost opaque brown/red color, with a sweet aroma and very sweet taste. Long lasting aftertaste of molasses, which kind of spoiled my enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear color. Head is a decent 1/4 inch for about 30 seconds, then a yellowish trace. Woody and chocolatey smell. Taste is decently malty, a little too sweet, some sense of walnut, toffee, and a bit of a sweetened tea impression. Touch of twang at the finish. Decent flavor, enhanced by aroma but too sweet and non-complex for me...the carbonation is on the fizzy side as well.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking amber/garnet color, with a fine, creamy head and nice lacing. Nose exhibited some malty sweetness, yet was restrained, while the mouthfeel was quite acceptable. Medium malty flavor, with some toffee and choco notes thrown in. Not overly strong on the flavors, though, with a somewhat bitter finish. Personally, I'd like to see the maltiness stronger, with less of a bitter finish, and perhaps more of an alcohol presence. Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for helping me score some Aass while in Philly.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Brabander
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice surprise! Got this bottle from a collegue of mine who was in north Europe. Thanks Diana!

Poured this one into my Struise chalice. Nice big head, very creamy with nice lacing. Deep darkred fluid with no carbonation. That's a pity...

Taste is good. A bit sweet with hints of salmiak. The mouthfeel could be better with some carbonation.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged bottle, similar but not identical label as pictured, also in a tapered brown bottle bearing the Aass brewery stamp.

It poured a deep crimson tone, with a thin ring of bubbles.

Molasses, raisin, and dried plum/prune aroma.

Flavors of sweet raisin, carob or cocoa in the finish, also nutty. It feels full, a little syrupy, with low carbonation.

Wish I had a fresh bottle to compare...considering the source, this one is probably 5+ years old.

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Photo of ellman
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my first Bock beer, so I have nothing no compair to. With that said here goes.

The Pour: Pours an almost black brown the a thin tan head that disapperas quickly leaving a faint lace trim around the glass

The Smell: Chocolate coffee with the malt aroma coming through

The Taste: For my first bock i would have to say i will be drinking more. bitter chocolate and low on hops

The Mouthfeel: I would say a bit on the thin side.

I could see having this beer a few times in my life not and everydayer but on occausion.

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Photo of Jon
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Norwegian bock pours a deep amber hue with a sticky tan head that lasts nicely. The smell is rather nutty and presents a somewhat toasted malt aroma. The taste is rather similar with the nutty, malty flavors taking priority. The mouthfeel was a little thinner than I'd expected. It wasn't as creamy as I'd imagined. As far as drinkability goes, I wasn't overly disappointed that I only had one bottle of this in the fridge. That's not to say it wasn't bad, however for the price I expected more.

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Photo of genaro
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aass Bock Beer came in a green bottle. The color was an opaque brown capped with a small head that dispersed quickly. The aroma was caramelly with some floral traces. The taste was caramelly and toasted with a hint of molasses. It was also sweet with some hop bite and a bit oily. The finish was semi-sweet, dry, and bitter. Over all it was a fairly smooth and well-balanced beer.

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Photo of NilsFrisk
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks beautiful! Dark, dark red, almost black out of the light, a one inch head that lessens bit by bit, about a millimeter stays.
Smells a bit roasty or smokey, some caramel and some sweet, malty alcohol.
Fullbodied, malty, some roasty bitterness. pretty dry.

A really good looking, pretty good tasting beer.

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Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the Viking in Spokane. Was surprised at how good this beer tastes, considering its coming in a green bottle - probably the first green I've encountered that wasn't at least a little bit skunked. Anyway, it poured a very dark brown, with tinges of red when held towards light. Smell of sweet, fruity malt. Tasted likewise, with very little hop presence. This beer is nothing without its malt. Had a dark yet fruity flavor to it. It was a little "heavy" to drink. This is not something I would have downed in any quantity, but it was nice after my meal.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with not much head to speak of,big fruity aromas some orange peel along with some sweet caramel and nuttiness.Taste is dominated by a caramel sweetness with an underlying bread dough maltiness not overly sweet but not much if any hops to be found.Somewhat of a "modest" bock but not a bad brew I would drink again givin the chance.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with amber tints throughout. Tan head forms and then just as quickly fades, leaving minimal lace on the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and wheat bread, yeasty note with a hint of alcohol.

Flavors of dark fruits, caramel, slight touch of molasses and a hint of smoke. Minor bittering on the finish but majority of flavor is sweet malt. Hops just prevent from becoming annoyingly sweet. Alcohol taste on the finish is very warming and a touch dry and spicy. Well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin but not anything to subtract from enjoyment. Drinakability is high, can imagine a few pints of this would do some damage to the grey matter.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear brown brew with no particular head on it.

Smell is big fruity and grainy with a fairly strong malty scent.

Taste is sweet and malty, as you would expect fair amount of plums and raisins in the flavor. No real hop flavor present this is a malt beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable bock beer, a good example of the style.

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Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red brown color. Medium foamy head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Full bodied bock. Malty and hoppy. Malts are slightly sweet. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Nice balance. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, a very slight alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice bock.

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Photo of cbl2
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal clear dark brown with 1/4" tan head

Smell:

Herbal and fruity

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sweet at first showing off its malty side which is soon followed by a smooth herbaceousness inherent to its hoppy side. A perfect blend of ingredients. Truly a remarkable beer.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a translucent brown with red highlights. The head, which eventually settled at around a finger and a half, was the most...orderly I have ever seen. It began after a second or two after the pour, and rose steadily and uniformly, without any rockiness.

S: Not terribly strong. Malts are the most noticeable, with a definite raisin presence, and there is a backbone of pilsner-like straw cleanliness.

T: Starts off with a small burst of sweetness, with raisins stealing the show in the middle. The raisin flavor is also sweet, but not quite as much so. The end is less sweet, but still not bitter, and there is not much of an aftertaste.

M: Nothing extraordinary, but balanced and appropriate.

D: I could drink this all night.

An unremarkable, but enjoyable brew. Definitely better than the Juleol I had last night.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle which highlights the brewery's proud heritage, dating back to 1834. The traditional 'bock' goat holds center stage on the label, enjoying a fine looking stein of beer.

The beer itself is ruby-colored, evenly carbonated, with a thin, lacy head. I've seen better heads on this beer -- perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

Aroma is crisp and lager-like, with rich, toffee-like malt undertones.

The beer itself is medium to medium-full bodied, with a heavy malt flavor. These flavors develop a bit of complexity as the beer warms, with raisin and nutty flavors coming out nicely. Hop flavor is negligible -- could perhaps use a bit more for balance.

Altogether quite drinkable. I'd like another soon.

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Photo of inebrius
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy and sticky tan head over deep mahogany liquid. Malty nose with a tinge of sulfur and grain. Sweet and nutty malt flavor is enhanced by sulfur and balanced out with just the right amount of bittering hops. Creamy and good and worth finding, but the steep price may make it a one-time treat.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony in color, the head dissipates quickly. Large bubbles of carbonation cling to the side of the glass like a soda. A malty smell is present. First sip reveals a brown sugar sweet taste with detectable bitterness. A hint of chocolate flavor is revealed too. A great brew for a winter's night.

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Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
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