Narragansett Bock | Narragansett Brewing Co.

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Narragansett BockNarragansett Bock

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Light and Dark Munich malts, Pilsner Malt, and Malted Wheat. It is hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops. Northern Brewers is a clean bittering hop and Hallertau is a classic German aroma hop associated with Bavarian style lager beers.

32 IBU

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Photo of jrobidoux
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Solid amber color, poured with about 3 centimeters head.

S - Malty, spring, fresh, a touch of citrus, touch of floral, very crisp.

T - Clean, good balance with the hops/grains. All the flavors here just seem to blend together and complement each other very well. Nothing overpowers or comes up terribly short.

M - Good carbonation level to go along with the balance of flavors.

D/O - Every seperate aspect of the beer really comes together as a whole here. You get the impression that the folks at Narragansett set out to create something specific in this style and managed to achieve it. Very refreshing all the way around. Will be drinking more. Will in fact be having to stock up on what I can still get before what is left is gone and the summer ale takes over! O, and did I mention? Tallboys.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright copper color with a nice white head that slowly leaves leaving some nice lacing.
Smells of grass and herbel Hops and sweet bread.
Taste is very nicely complex with grassy herbel Hops and sweet bread and Malts. Very interesting as the hops kick in and out quickly giving a very nice balance. Very flavorfull and refreshing this is a very nice drinking Bock and a very well made one. Narragansett really has their act together on this one and I give it a overal of 4.5
Thanks to Eddie for bringing me a six pack of this from trader Joes in the NY area last weekend as this one does not make pa yet!

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Photo of Brian50Oshen1
4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding brew.
People should pay more attention to what this brewery is up to.
Once known for great macro,, (In Red Sox country) this company is stepping up big time.
This is a craft beer operation.
If you can find this Rhode Island Beer anywhere , buy it

I Recommend the Octoberfest, Porter, Bock, and even its flagship Macro.
Pay attention to this brewery.

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Photo of lou50rp
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich coppery color with active carbonation and off white head
Sweet malt aroma
Light malty taste with a nice touch of bitterness from the hops at the end
Mouthful is tingly, from carbonation, but light
Overall it is a nice spring beer - light, colorful, good carbonation.
Goes down easy and does give a taste of spring during this thaw.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pretty sure i reviewed this back when it first came out. oh well. guess it gives me an excuse to buy more.

a: poured from a 16oz can into a standard pint glass. clear amber in color with a thick, fluffy white head that never wants to go away. looks great.

s: smells about as good as a well crafted lager could be. lots of bread and biscuit malt aroma with a noticeable sweet and grassy finish.

t: loads of malt flavor. aforementioned notes of bread and biscuits are there along with a caramel malt sweetness. this is all quickly subdued with a slightly grassy and peppery hop character. alcohol adds a very gentle warming character to the brew, but its by no means noticeable on the palate.

m: finishes nice and dry, which makes you want to have more.

an excellent bock, which happens to be one of my favorite styles. this one tends to lean in the Helles direction and isn't as sweet as the dopplebock-like bocks out there. gotta love what narragansett is doing....makes me proud as a new englander...even if they're canned in Rochester NY.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprise from Narragansett firs the porter now this. The beer pours A orangey yellow color with a decent head and good retention. The smell is sweet malts with a hint of hops. This beer is sweet medium bodied and very smooth an excellent maibock.

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Photo of SeussMD
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed: 4-16-11.
Updated: 2-13-12

Poured from 16-oz. lovely green tall boy can with a handsome-looking ram on the front into a 12-oz. glass (two pours). Consumed with dinner (sausage, potatoes, veggies) that one might think would go well with a German style.

Appearance: Pours deep copper, almost orange, with fluffy white head that recedes from nearly two inches to about a half-inch. Great lacing. The color and color contrast with the prominent head make this beer a looker.

Smell: Honey, wheat, slight hints of citrus. More hop presence in this year's aroma than I noticed last time, some grassy/herbal notes as well.

Taste: Not as heavy on the malt as I remember from last year's batch. Slight sweetness in the front. Dry, slightly bitter at the back end but finishes clean, with slight creaminess, herbal notes that I can't quite place but seem very much in tune with the style. Still very delicious.

Mouthfeel -- head is creamy; carbonation not as assertive as first review, but still plenty dry at the back. Mouthwatering.

Overall: Exceedingly drinkable, not as sweet up front (perhaps a tad more hops?) but still very well balanced and sessionable. Not feeling the 6.5 ABV as much as last time, maybe drinking beer with dinner is why. I STILL love this beer and I've told that to anyone who'd listen.

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Photo of BigH75
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a log (1/6 barrel) for my home tap.

Love it. A great example of this style. Smooth, but flavorful, with a beautiful copper color and creamy head. Very drinkable session beer, but watch out because the abv will cach up with you.

Another nice seasonal from gansett. Get some while ou can.

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Photo of shigg85
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at the Old Engine Room in Mystic, CT. Wonderful sweetness balanced by some bitter grassy hops. What a pleasant herbal aroma that is perfectly matched in the taste. This has got to be one of the best low-cost beers available! Matches with damn near any appetizer or entree. Try it!

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Photo of nasty15108
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz Tall Boy

Poured a copper orange color with a nice head and good lacing.
Smelled sweet and biscuity. Well balanced with just enough flavor and alcohol to keep things interesting. Went down so well I think I'll have another. Narragansett doesn't dissappoint.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta hand it Narragansett - they sure are making fine beer nowadays. The lager won our 'Blind Lawnmower Taste Test' by far, the Porter is pretty good, now I'm lovin' the Bock.

Thinkin' this ain't yo' daddy's 'Gansett, not by a long shot. This one's outta Rochester NY, I believe Cottrell in CT brewed the others?

Anyways, here we go: a 16oz can poured into a 20oz Liberal Cup pint glass. Beautiful deep golden brew, strong enough to defend itself fer sure. The last half was poured down the middle, so a nice 3-finger head starts us off.

Smell - my nose ain't the greatest, but smells like a good lager, no icky-sticky here. A few swills, some sticky lacing... Slim like! Medium mouthfeel, some fine aftertaste, and yeah, this is shapin' up.

A fine brew, very well made. As someone pointed out, drinkability IS on the dangerous side as I've had 2 and am pleasantly buzzed. But a good Bock'll do that.

Narragansett Bock will find it's way to my frig.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another CAN from TheManiacalOne in return for some Kvass. I CANtinue to be impressed by what 'Gansett is putting out and I look forward to trying the Summer seasonal also. The CANQuest (TM) is alive and kicking!

From the (emerald green) CAN: "Hi-Neighbor! Narragansett brewed its first batch of this traditional Bavarian style lager back in the 1930s and we're happy to carry on the tradition today. The beer takes the German word for ram, as it has long been brewed in the springtime when the rams come down from the mountains. Narragansett's Helles Bock is crafted to be highly drinkable with a rich, golden color, an elegant, spicy character and a clean, dry finish. Enjoy!" I believe I shall. The mention of spring and rams reminds me of an old commercial for one of the big boys' version of a Bock from the early 1970's. Neither of my parents were big imbibers, but they used to get a sixer of Bock every spring. Here's to you Pops (RIP) and Mom-Za!

There is nothing like the audible Crack followed by the Glug to brighten my day! This time, it resulted in two fingers of thick, fluffy eggnog-colored head with good retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was rich with a malty sweetness underlain by a sharp peppery scent. Mouthfeel was full, not quite creamy, but close. I let a mouthful just roll around on my tongue, getting an initial caramel sweetness from it, followed by some black pepper, probably from the yeast strain. Finish was clean, as advertised, with a literally breathtaking dryness. Another winnah from the Ocean State! It might be a little big to take to the beach in the cooler, but it CAN definitely have some space in my cooler.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderfully sweet pilsner and munich maltiness that just smells like a fresh spring day after a rainfall.
lite gold and copper hues that are brilliantly clear with a off white creamy head that lasts forever with sexy lacing
tasty is nice and malty/ semi sweet, big munich flavors followed by some bready flavors that I will contribute to the yeast and finishes with a nice cohesive hop bitterness that's somewhat earthy.
a lagered mouthfeel that just feels full and slick in a good way....drinks real easy
overall a fantastic beer that is lite but still very soft and complex in flavor. Gansett just nails it every year with this one

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Photo of billybob
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

narragansett continues to surprise me with their beer first their porter and now their bock. first is the packaging 16 oz can with narragansett and type of beer bock plain and simple no fancy smansy label thats better than the beer in the bottle.

pours a bright copper not quite two finger foamy head and light spotty lace. mild malt aroma with a light hint of caramel and herbal note. sweet malty taste of weak tea, some spice, some light herb taste smooth slick mouthfeel and no after taste.

very easy to drink with a not to sweet or hoppy balance and at a very good price

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Photo of puboflyons
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the green can. Sampled on June 21, 2013

The pour is copper-brown with a very foamy off-white head. Good clarity and carbonation.

The aroma is malt forward and sweet with a slight grainy character.

The body is medium.

The taste has a semi-sweet grainy and caramel malty note with a solid bitterness tagging itself onto the end. The bitterness was what impressed me the most because it felt so well balanced.

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Photo of number1bum
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love me a pint can...have enjoyed 2 6ers of this and am finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy two inches of off-white head. It keeps quite well, creamy, thick and full, coating the glass nicely as well.

Smell is sweet and bready, with a big dose of caramel and some peppery spice as well. There is an earthy, slightly nutty aroma as well, and a floral quality to the hops too.

Taste is also bready with a grainy, almost toasty flavor plus some caramel sweetness. It's nutty as well, and maybe that's a better description than toasty. More like toasted nuts than toasted bread. There's a bit of an earthy, slightly bitter hoppiness in the finish with a touch of grass as well. It's very smooth and creamy, and very flavorful.

Mouthfeel is a chewy medium body, not really fuller than that but it feels a bit fuller because of the chewiness. Very smooth, although there is a metallic character to it as well that detracts just slightly.

This is one of the best maibocks I've had and just an excellent beer. The fact that it comes in tallboys and sells so cheaply only makes it better. I wish I bought a case because the 2 6 packs were so enjoyable. Very well done; a great spring beer.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce can received in trade with wmfskibum. Thanks Josh! This tall boy was poured into a pilsner glass. The pour yields about a 1:1 ratio of head to beer. Within a minute the head settles to about three fingers and stays put for a while. Fluffy lacing lines the wall of the glass. The beer is a deep golden hue and crystal clear. A lot of carbonation can be seen through the glass.

The aroma has that wet straw smell that I usually associate with Euro-lagers. It's sweet and grainy with a hint of hop bitterness.

The taste is a treat. This is a substantially sweet lager with a strong grainy presence. As the malt flavors fade to the back of the palate, alcohol becomes noticeable. The package is wrapped up by a moderately bitter hop finish. Each flavor is simple though well stated. What is astounding is the clear definition between each flavor and when it comes into play in the overall profile. You get one flavor at a time and as each one drops off another emerges. I quite like it.

In the mouth this is a medium bodied beer. The strong grainy character provides some chewiness. Carbonation is moderate to high, and altogether pleasant.

This beer is dangerously drinkable. It tastes great. It feels great in the mouth. In fact I drank it way too fast while reviewing and the 6.5% ABV is already being felt. As such I have to dock it slightly in the drinkability category. If I had a six pack of these it would be a short night.

Did I just give that score to this beer? Yeah, I did. Awesome!


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I do give two Schlitz for Narragansett Bock. If this were available year-round in Michigan it would be a permanent Schlitz replacement in my fridge.

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Photo of KnNashua
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass

Appearance: clear medium amber color with minimal white head

Smell: caramel

Taste: clean, but yeasty and sweet notes

Mouthfeel: clean medium body, then bitter

Overall - good beer for many occasions, good when hot but complex with a little bitter at finish makes it good with food or whenever.

low price cans

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a guiness glass, huge head develops right from the pour and really hangs around well color of head is light tan pretty dense nice lacing, overall color is copper, transparent very clean, no extra carbonation.

Smell is light toasted malt, some caramel hint of nuttiness, pretty good.

taste is great, a nice caramel flavor up front with some toast, light nuttiness --- straight up great bock taste.

Mouthfeel, very well balanced, nice sweetness with hop balanced that cleans up nicely.

Overall, wow, a great beer that I was impresed by, just a solid bock style, great caramel flavors with just enough hopiness to bring it back in balance

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Photo of Jason
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz tallboy!! No freshness date.

Suds reach high and lacing is epic with a shiny copper clarity beneath. Subtle aroma of Oily, herbal and leafy hoppiness that rests on a fresh cut grass and bready maltiness. Just enough crispness to cut through the creamy medium body that seems to have a bit of heft to it but not too heavy to detract from its drinkablility. Wave of malt sweetness brings fresh baked shortbread and crackers to mind. Hops are a bit aggressive with a more drawn out bitterness rather than a quick sting, this later translates into a leafy herbal flavor. Hops stick to the palate just as long as the toasty character of the malt does even when the dry finish wants to end things.

Wow ... I'll be hunting for cases very soon. One of the best spring seasonals I have run into in years.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a standard pint glass. I'm quickly becoming very fond of Narragansett, and this one doesn't disappoint in the least.

A - 'Gansett bock pours a a nice and deep copper color with a slim foamy off white head. Nice touches of lacing along the glass as well.

S - A touch of hoppiness and a sweet malt background comprise most of the aroma. I'm picking up a slight hint of alcohol as well. All around a solid nose on this one.

T - Malt sweetness upfront with a nice hop profile in the back. Hints of what to me seems like buttered popcorn. Toasted grains with hints of caramel. Really, really digging this one.

M - Light to medium body with a nice dry finish. Carbonation prickles the tongue.

O - An outstanding spring seasonal from the brewers at Narragansett. A wonderful beer for such a good price, this one is a no brainer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich golden in color with amazing clarity. Nice fine carbonation seemed to be leaking toward the surface throughout the session and really get a nice high head of white going from the very start. Aroma is full of bready grains, popcorn like aromas with hints of grasses and herbal hops. Well rounded, clean, concise. Just what you would expect from SN. As I take the first sip, clean, crisp flavor washes over the tongue. Rich notes of caramel, almost clove like spice and loads of grainy grasses wash over the tongue. Quick hitting as the flavor rolls on by a nice long, buttery like finish dries the palate and leaves you looking for another sip almost immediatly.

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Photo of BavariaYeti
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a great bier and a terrific surprise. A quality example of a maibock. Good flavor, right amount of hops, crisp taste, and a strong beer with no overpowering alcohol taste. Well done. This has got to be brewed by either trinity or cottrell. Delicious and well done example, this coming from a guy with some years living in Deustchland.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this guy into a pint glass from a tall boy can! Nice copper body here with a big white head to sit on top. Looks good so far!

Smells like grassy hops for the most part. Herbal floral aromas come through with a toasty backbone. The taste is again toasty malts with a grassy flavor. A little bit of a lemony zing to round it out.

The body is light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall a great canned seasonal. If any beer encompasses the flavor of spring it's definiatley this one. I will be grabbing more of these.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - clear, dark golden to amber in appearance with a thick, biscuit batter-like head on top.

Aroma - caramel, raw sugar, a bit of sweet orange and plenty of maltiness.

Taste - first sip brings on malty sweetness and a sharp, firm bite. Some nice caramel and brown sugar flavors combine with slight hints of citrus and bread dough and all come together and face a nicely put together and altogether sharp lager finish. This is not a half-assed amber lager by any means. This is a very well brewed helles bock and needs to be experienced in order to truly be appreciated.

Overall - This is certainly a well put together lager with a very nice and very defined finish. Crisp and refreshing. Well done Narragansett, well done.

Would I buy more of it? - I would. A six-pack of 16 oz. cans is going for about $8 here in New England. Very affordable for a quality brew. Narragansett has done very well with all of their seasonal canned releases thus far.

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