Narragansett Bock Beer | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Rhode Island, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This has been discontinued and replaced with a new spring seasonal -

Added by TheManiacalOne on 05-10-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a copper-reddish-brown, burnt sienna is a good description, with a very small white head that didn't last very long. Carbonation is not very apparent.

Smells of roasted malts, not much else can be detected.

Taste is mostly comprised of those roasted malts. Some caramel flavor is also noticeable along with the ever so slightest hint of some hops in there. This is a predominately malty beer.

This beer feels thin, though that could be due to the lack of carbonation. Upon a bigger gulp, I can feel tiny bubbles. It's not very impressive.

Notes: I have a feeling this bottle might be flat. Very little carbonation is seen in the glass, the head was very lacking on an aggressive pour, and bubbles are not felt in the mouth. This is the third bottle I've had from a 6-pack. The first 2 seemed fine. I will re-review if I have a different experience with the last few. All scores except taste took a cut, probably due to the flatness of this bottle.

On edit after having another one this afternoon:
The beer is definitely more carbonated than the last one and the head was bigger. I was able to notice some caramel malt smells in addition to the roasted malts. The flavor was slightly stronger, but it wasn't lacking in the last one. This one felt a little heavier as well. I changed the scores as follows: appearance 3.0, changed to 3.5; smell 3.0, changed to 3.5; mouthfeel 2.5, changed to 3.0; drinkabilitiy 3.0, changed to 3.5. I like this beer, it's a good easy drinking summertime beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 lordofthewiens
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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 Baileye3
4.92/5  rDev +35.2%

Photo of puboflyons
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 plaid75
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a slightly sweet caramel malt with some hints of chocolate and smoke. Light flowery hop as well.

The taste was upfront sweet malt with a gradual shift toward a smooth cocoa and husky grain.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very tasty bock. Good to see from a macro producer - very retro. Thanks to TheManiacalOne for the chance.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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 mullenite
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 johnnyola
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of geexploitation
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light orange/brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, caramel and roasted malt, with a decent hops background.

T: The taste is malty and starts out with flavors of chocolate and caramel, but isn’t very heavy. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good presentation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 dickieb
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poors mostly copper with a quickly disapating head. Smells really grainy, with perhaps the hint of a hop. Tastes mostly of grains, with even less hop in it, and just a tad bitter. This could be a session beer, nothing special, but quite drinkable. due to the legacy narragasett has around these parts im sure i will pick it up again at one point. Now they just need to put it in pint cans and drop the price

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Photo of jdhilt
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly foggy orange brown color with a short lived head of tan foam. Medium low level of carbonation.

S: Impressions of roasted nuts, grains, dark malts, a salty wood and earthy note.

T: Vaguely chocolatey taste blends with an otherwise roasted malt flavor. Mild note of grain. Afterthoughts of caramel and toffee. Not bad.

M: Nominal mouthfeel. Slightly bubbly, somewhat dull.

D: Average. Doesn't really do anything for me, but I dig the fact that a regional macro brewer has created a "retro bock" if you will.

Notes: Special thanks to themaniacalone for the sample.

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Photo of Rainintheface
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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 jvdineen
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 mquinn919
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 Viggo
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of albern
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
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 Schmidts
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Durge
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this from a pint glass at the Litchfield Brew Fest yesterday. It was a rosey dark brown with a fairly thin head. Had a nice aroma of roasted coffee beans, malt, hearty cereal stuff. It had good carbonation and first taste brought a lighter feel than you normally expect from a bock, but the flavor suggested chocolate and more of the coffee theme. Pretty tastey and a decent bock from a bottle. I liked it. Could drink quite a few of these, a fairly light bock yet with some character. Good show for the old label. Upon my second sampling of this at home I noted more grassy bitterness in both the aroma and the taste. Still liked it but found it to be just a little bit more ordinary.

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