Narragansett Bock Beer
Narragansett Brewing Co.

Narragansett Bock BeerNarragansett Bock Beer
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German Bock
3.61 | pDev: 16.34%
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Narragansett Bock BeerNarragansett Bock Beer
Notes: This has been discontinued and replaced with a new spring seasonal -
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was an amber color with a medium-sized white head that left a lot of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Toasty. Floral hops.

A caramel/toffee taste with some late understated hops.

A smooth and delicious beer. Who knew that something like this could come from 'Gansett?

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tallboy into a stemmed pilsner glass, the beer is a crystal clear, amber-tinted copper coloring with a thin, foamy, bubbly off-white head that clings to the glass as it settles. Aromas of sugary sweet malt, toasted grains, and a tangy, nutty sweet highlight. Flavors are rich and robust, with a strong caramel and toffee malt presence throughout, giving rise to a roasted and slightly peppery undertone. The aftertaste is sweet, and slightly cloying, with a slightly boozey and nutty highlight. The finish is surprisingly clean with all of the sweet characteristics throughout the palate. Decent Bock.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Another new kid on the block. (Get it? Kid = goat = bock. Never mind.) Seriously, Narragansett Bock is back, but there are probably only a handful of old-timers who can even remember when it was here the first time around.

Perfectly clear reddish-brown color glows in the light, the lace doing just fine as it leaves a few rings around the glass. Huge aroma of toasted biscuit from the malt, hint of caramel and chocolate in the nose. Solid medium body, sufficient crispness and a trailing smoothness. At first, the malt flavor seems over- whelming; but with each sip, as the flavors unfold and each layer comes through, it shows more complexities. Carob, toasted whole-grain bread and faint burnt sugar come to mind. Mild hop bitterness is just there to balance and leaves with a slight herbal flavor.

Not too shabby at all. Complex, yet still very drinkable. We're thinking it would go well with a big pot of Beer Beanie Weenies, just like Mom used to make--ex- cept try making them with a bottle of Bock in the pot.

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Photo of silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brownish amber with a small tan head that settles quickly to a ring.

smells malty with hints of nuts, toffee, and some fruits and maybe a bit of chocolate.

taste is similar to the nose. a bit light for a bock, i think. kinda like a bock mixed with an amber. it does have a decent malt character of tofee, nuts, and some chocolate. a bit of fruitiness and bread in the flavor as well. not your normal dark fruits, but maybe some sweetened dried banana or something like that.

mouthfeel is light with little carbonation and a watery finish.

goes down rather well. light for a bock, and with little to no detectable alcohol.

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Photo of mullenite
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks once again to discovolante65.

This beer pours out a molasses brown that is opaque in the center and just the slightest bit translucent around the edges. The head was a tall light khaki color that fell extremely slowly and leaves nothing but beautiful lacing on the glass. In fact, I poured this beer over 10 minutes ago to let it warm up a bit and for the most part the top of the beer is still completely covered.

Smell has alight hints of chocolate, some bread grains, and just a touch of roast.

Taste is much the same as the smell, chocolate and biscuit are the primary flavors with just a alight but of roasted coffee on the finish.

Body is on the lighter end of what I consider medium body.

A very easy drinker.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle A redish Amber in color. Smells of Malts light hops and caramel. It has a great refreshing sweet Malt taste to it with a nice smooth Hop finish to it perfectly Balanced. It is very freshing to the mouth and it is highly drinkable and once you have one you want another! I am so glad I got my friend my NY to bring me back a case of this from CT. It is so good that I am sending him up mid Jan for 3 more cases of this. I alreadly love the regular Narragansett and they have really done good with this one! Give it a try you will like it!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pours reddish brown with an light tan head that falls to a ring.
S - Roasted malt, a touch of hops.
T - Toasted malts, caramel, a touch of hop spiciness.
M/F - Light/medium body. soft carbonation and smooth.
D - This is a pretty tasty brew. An easy drinking bock could have several in a night.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 355 ml. bottle. It pours a decent mahogany-brown color with a puffy, tan head. Good lacing. The aroma smacks of yeast, breads, and malts and it tends to be overpowering. I wondered if I shook up the bottle by accident because the overflow was uncontainable. I had to set the bottle in the sink before pouring into the pint glass.

It is not watered down but not heavy. I would label it medium mouth feel. The taste mirrors the yeasty, malty aroma but with a weak hint of hops. I was not sure what to expect from a Narragansett speciality beer but ended up being moderately impressed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reddish brown coloring, big carbonation, many flecks floating about, under a stable, cream-toned head.

Ripe fruit in the nose, apples and grape. Sweet, but sharp, and winey. Not the typical malt aroma I'd expect from a bock. Nothing wrong with that, either.

Flavor reflects the aroma. Not a smooth, sweet, rich malty feel on the palate, but more of this sharp fruit flavor. Utterly acceptable in a Belgian style brew, or even a barleywine, but not quite what should come out of a bock. But, again, if it tastes good, who cares?

Does it tastes good? There's the rub, eh?
It's not bad, but it's got me wondering if this isn't an old bottle. Do they get like this over time? Not so sure...No date on it I can figure out.

Kind of thin, after all, but not unpleasant at all. Could certainly be better.
But, wait, I'm liking it better now...or am I ?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Don't approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side."

--Yiddish proverb

Modestly murky ochre with multiple streams of bubbles roiling and boiling off the bottom of the glass. It doesn't look as if things will settle down anytime soon. The pale caramel colored crown is stiff, airy and rocky, as is often the case with overbubbled beer. All things considered, though, this isn't a bad looking bock.

With the use of both chocolate and crystal malt, it's a little surprising that the nose isn't darker. Sour fruit dominates, but it's hard to be specific about which fruit. Fermenting, fallen apples for one. Lemon (juice) for another.

Narragansett Bock tastes like it smells. The usual malt sweetness is there, but it's paired with a tart fruitiness that should definitely *not* be there. Excess carbonation is usually bitter, so that can't be it. Age could be a factor, but there's no date. Maybe this is just poorly constructed beer.

A *slight* improvement with warming isn't enough to save the day. Caramel malt is the flavor focus, with no chocolate or cocoa notes in sight. Otherwise, flavors include sour figs, mushy apples and a spritz of lemon juice. This isn't a classic bock, that's for damn sure.

The mouthfeel is decent if you catch it after the frantic fizziness and before the bubbles go bye-bye. That equates to a window of about... oh... five minutes or so. The beer is also thinner than it should be.

My hope is that this bottle of Narragansett Bock is not representative. If it is, then this sorry little goat shouldn't be approached from the front, the back, the sides or the top. Not from land, sea or air. It might be bock, but I won't be there to welcome it.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle (that I purchased for $0.60!) this beer was a murky dark brown with some ruby highlights on the edges. The head was one finger thick and tan but short lived quickly becoming a thin skim. The aroma was both sweet and sour with a malty profile overall, caramel malt, toffee, hints of coffee and wood stood out. The flavors however, struck me as weird. At first I got a very nutty character but it then quickly went into roasted malt and then a very sour note and some bitterness at the end. It did not come together for me. The body was medium but the carbonation a little prickly throwing it off again. Not recommended.

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Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This showed up in my fridge unannounced after a party and I had never heard of it. Sat around for a while till I pulled it out on a whim at lunchtime.

Pours a clear burnt autumn brown. Head dies fast to next to nothing. Active carbonation. Looks alright.

Tentatively pleased by the nose. Toasty malt, sweet brown sugar and a touch of toffee. Metallic hops add a little punch and the nose is surprisingly clean and nice -- "lager-ish" if that makes sense. Hints of cocoa and slightly dry.

Taste actually delivers. Naarrgghh, never mind, I won't bother spelling it again, but anyway this Bock is pretty solid, decent, and drinkable. Nutty, toasted malts with a lingering sweetness and some fine hop bitterness is the order of the day here. Simple, but full enough to enjoy and actually seems to be a Bock, even if it is a tad light for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-thin, carbonation is lively and crisp, cleansing. Finishes roasty-malt and a little dry with a solid aftertaste. Nothing offensive. I could have a couple of these. Certainly better than macros, and I daresay I like it better than Sam Adams Bock, for what it's worth.

This was a pleasant surprise from a brewery I knew nothing about.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Molasses nose. Flavor is burnt molasses/caramel, seems a little thin for a bock. $1.55 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of sraimondi
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very attractive dark copper/ruby color with a small head. Some lacing ensues.

Slight toffee aroma with malt dominating. Pleasant.

Taste is medium malt with some definite sweetness, not quite cloying, but close. Hops not readily apparent. Very slight metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good with low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

This is overall a good attempt at a bock. Not totally on style but I enjoyed the overall experience. Nice to see some variety from this old line name; although this one is actually brewed in CT. Hopefully "Gansett will be brewing back in RI soon?


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Photo of geexploitation
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown with a light head that leaves only a slight collar. The aroma is chock full of malt, with some nice dusty chocolate notes, nutty Vienna malts and a touch of hops. On the palate, smooth and sweet, with a balancing hop element that comes out midway through. There's a bit of a cloying aspect to the malt sweetness which knocks the taste down a notch and also inhibits drinkability. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the style, especially at warmer temperatures where it should thicken up. Overall, this is an OK bock, nothing too special, but it is a surprisingly good effort for a brewery primarily known for its American macro lager.

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Photo of Rainintheface
2.92/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into SA glass

A: medium shade of brown with some red, minimal head which quickly disipates

S: faint plum, caramel lurking. malt. not much going on

T: things improve here. roasted malt, some fruit but mostly malt comes through.

M: medium in body but still a bit thin. sweet, bordering on syrupy

D: inoffensive, not bad but I won't be in a hurry to pick up more

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Photo of Dopplebock
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer deserves some recognition. With a gentle toasted flavor and a smooth medium-light body, a high level of drinkability is achieved. A wonderful blend of malt sweetness is balanced with the crisp nature of the beer. This bock is ideal for those who enjoy lighter lagers/pilsners and still want to expand their horizons into the realm of darker, more flavorful beers. After spending much of their history focused on a prominent lager, the Narragansett Brewery branched out very successfully with a very flavorful version of this classic style.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew had a one finger, loud fizzy head atop a clear brown body.

Aroma was of strong dark malts, hints of roasted malt thrown in for good measure, and a hint of sweet plums.

Taste was slightly sweet, with a good deal of roasted character coming out (although nowhere near a stout... more like a mild porter.) There was a light fruitiness that was hard to pin down.

Mouthfeel was a bit watery and thin. Didn't have the muscle to match up with the flavor, so it was out of balance.

Average drinkability for this one. Better than the other Narragansett beers, but nothing I would go out of my way to seek.

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Photo of albern
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm going to have to depart from the prevailing sentiment on this one. The beer pours a deep mahogany, brownish color with minimal head, lacing, or retention. The smell is a dead ringer that this beer is just not a very good one. The aroma is medicinal, sweet, cloyingly so, cheap caramel, maybe somewhat tinny. The smell is not enticing and the taste follows suit. The beer is light to medium bodied, the carbonation is modest, not flat, and then we get to the taste. This beer is just way too sweet, too caramely, too candyish. There is a touch of raisin or other sweetish fruit, such as dates, there is some chocolately flavors in the base too, but it all seems just cheaply made. The mouthfeel is fine, not too watery, not overly creamy either. The aftertaste is moderate, there is some tinniness in there, but not all that noticeable. This beer just isn't that good, and there are so many other fine bocks and dark lagers, why waste time on this one.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Light brown color, small head, with little bit of lace on the glass.

smell - Roasted malts, some hops, and chocolate.

taste - Nice malty sweet taste. Not too sweet, or overpowering. Has a nice balance.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with some carbonation.

drinkability - Very nice beer to drink. Good choice to add to the Narragansett line up.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a very thin head. Aroma is roasty, malty and there are hints of chocolate. Taste is very nice, very smooth and ever so malty. Reminds more of a porter than a bock. Tastes kind of thin towards the back of the throat but still, a decent bock. Smooth and drinkable. Definitely slightly above average here.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack to try out their new offering. Once poured, the first one had hardly any head. So on the second one, I gave it a long pour, which actually produced a nice head that stuck around for a while. This beer has a nice reddish brown color. The smell is of roasted malt. The taste is quite very good, with hints of chocolate and coffee coming through. Though tasty, this bock is more of a one and done beer. I like it, but I can't see myself drinking these for a session. Good local offering though.

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Photo of bigone4
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle. There is a deep reddish mahogany color when back lit. There was no freshness date anywhere on the bottle. The thin off-white head gave way to some slight lacing in the glass. The smell was quite nice. Chocolate and roasted malts were certainly present. There was a slight underlying hint of some floral hops but mostly the malt prevailed. The taste was of roasted malt and made for a strong malt character. There was a slight alcohol flavor with a mild hint of bitterness from some hops in the finish. This beer reminded me of an extremely light coffee porter. This one seems light for what it is. Certainly easy to drink and proves to be very smooth. It was nice to enjoy a more malt flavored beer since most of the summer beers are so much light and focus on hops, wheat, or pale malt in comparison. I will certainly like to have this one again and perhaps on tap if available.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very thin head into a thin glass. Deep ruby-brown when put up to a light. A lot weaker in the hop department than a lot of bocks. Also a lot weaker in alcohol at only 5.1%. Very drinkable,a great smooth mouthfeel. A somewhat coffee-but not really more like chock full-o-nuts instant coffee.

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Photo of Viggo
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of theManiacalOne for BC2!

Pours a pretty clear reddish/brown, thick off white head forms, a few lace spots, decent retention. Smell is sweet, malty, caramel, floral/citrus bite, a bit nutty, some sugars, nice balance. Taste is sweet and malty, nutty, floral, sweet caramel finish. Not much flavour but what is there is very pleasant. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation. Nice easy drinking bock, won't blow you away but is a solid choice. Thanks Mark!

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