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 jphalloran
1.44/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't understand the reviews posted on this beer. Unless I got a bad batch for my six pack - this is one of the most atrocious beers I've ever had.

At first sip, and all the way through, I received a very off, skunky tasted. In two attempts, I could not finish the 16 oz. can. I enjoy the porter far more.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16oz can

Attractive dark gold with brilliant clarity. Head is ample, retention and lacing are very good.

The aroma is of sweet, bready malts and some medicinal hops.

Flavor is balanced, leaning slightly towards the bitter. Solid hop flavor is balanced by a grainy, toasty malt sweetness. The finish is clean, but mid-palate has some husky and dirty flavors that I'm not wild about. Mouthfeel is average, medium-low forced carbonation, not very creamy.

A decent Bock, though not a repeat purchase for me.

***EDIT 3/16/13
Just attempted to drink a can of this stuff and I could not do it. Had a harshness to it and a good bit of diacetyl. Metallic as well. Bleh!

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Photo of Gmann
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden amber/brownish color with a small but tight egg-shell colored head. The head has some staying power. Very "dirty" looking for a helles bock.

The aroma is slightly grainy but has a prune/raisin scent to it. Perhaps this is past its prime but in a can I would think it would hold up. Not much from the doughy munich malt which is typical for the style.

I get more fruity notes than the traditional doughy notes of a helles bock. I would expect these flavors from a dopplebock but not a helles bock. Noticable raisin flavor dominates the brew. Some honey notes but none of the spice/pepper that you get from the malt and hops.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Not as heavy as I would expect a bock to be but it is quite drinkable. Definitely sweet on the palate but nowhere near cloying. It has that lager clean finish.

I am usually pretty satisifed with Naragansett but they missed the mark with this beer. Doesn't really resemble a helles bock.

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Photo of tigg924
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and faint orange

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, and floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a slightly bitter backbone, medium-high carbonation, light body, very dry

Overall: In the cans I got, the hops actually came through a bit too much. This one is a one and done for me. I wanted a bit more balance. This almost tasted more like an English pale ale.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the can into a stemmed glass. Dark orange colored body, plenty of carbonation, and a thick head. A promising start. There is a bit of sweetness to the aroma. Then it all goes downhill from here. Flavor was pretty mediocre. Malty, with nothing else showing. The mouthfeel on this beer is nasty. Sticky and medicine-like. Leaves a gross vegetable flavor on my palate that I cannot remove. Not a pleasure at all to drink. Struggled with finishing just half a can. Not good.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with an off-white, almost tan head. Decent lace but crap retention.
Smell is malt, apple and light hops. Balance is alright.
Taste is malt, apple, light citrus, vanilla (light). Decent balance. Decent complexity.
Medium full body with middle of the road effervescence. Somewhat warming. Pretty smooth, too. I'd have again, despite the can though the porter is better.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is golden and there is a large off-white head. Lacing = very sticky.

The aroma is citrusy with some spice. A hint of malt sweetness is detected.

The taste is mildy sweet, with light malt flavor leading into a slightly punchy finish.

The body is medium, with soft carbonation.

I like the aroma, but the flavor is middling (though inoffensive). I would politely drink this when offered, but nothing I'd pick up again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BennyL1 for this!

Appearance - Big fluffy head, despite a careful pour. Amber body that is totally transparent. The head is gone quickly and some lacing remains, but that disappears quickly too.

Smell - Malt-dominant. Almost exclusively caramel. Not really a whole lot else going on.

Taste - Good caramel flavor to start. Not much sweetness, considering the maltiness. Certainly the malts are on display here, as they should be. After the malts is a hoppiness with a metallic flavor that is not pleasing. It's unbalanced at the ends because the malt flavor doesn't carry all the way through the finish.

Mouthfeel - I wouldn't say full-bodied, but it isn't light. It's a surprisingly refreshing beer, considering it's weight. Not a tremendous amount of carbonation, considering the display of a head it gave.

Overall - It was ok at best. The aftertaste really killed it for me. A stronger flavor and I could have forgiven it, but not my favorite bock by any means.

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Photo of watermelon
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

A: Rusty orange body with a big frothy off white head. Lots of lacing and retention.

S: Light carmel malt on the nose

T: Follows the nose along with some skunking.

M: Light slightly creamy mouthfeel.

O: Its ok, maybe I don't like the style but this is one I wont revisit.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the 6-pack I bought a while back.

Pours into my Heady Topper glass translucent orange, big ol off-white head retains pretty well as a good cap and leaves some lace.

Big bread+butter in the scent, caramel, butterscotch. A light fruity+earthy hop presence there too.

Taste also brings on the sweet and bready malts - buttery, caramel, crackery, toffee malts come to mind. Getting less hops than expected from the nose, hints of earthy hops and grassiness. Sweetness gets tiring pretty quick, a little astringent at times.

Not much complaints for the mouthfeel, full-bodied and well-carbonated, hints of alcohol.

Not bad, an enjoyable spring bock, I wish the sweetness was balanced with more crispness or hops. As usual for Narragansett, good price for a 6-pack of tallboys ($9 I believe).

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Photo of tdm168
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - clear gold with a huge, off white had that is thick and dense; great retention

S - sweet, biscuity, grainy

T - bready, creamy, a bit diacetylic, sweet, grainy, faintly grassy, very mild hop bitterness

M - medium bodied, a bit thin at times, well carbonated

I'm a bit disappointed in this beer. It has promise as most of the traditional bock characteristics are present, but it has some off notes that detract terribly from the overall flavor. It's still drinkable even if I am a bit distracted. I will probably avoid this in the future.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sneaky extra. Sneaky!

Ommegang anniversary glass, paired with some two day old supermarket sushi. Hmmm...

Clear, vibrant, light amber color. Off-white faltering head. Spotty lace.

Smells of caramel & a little tree bark. Touch grassy, touch buttery.

Taste is a pile of toast, minor amount of char, & plenty of bock-ish euro lager malt sweetness(without going overboard). Low, but noticeable leafy bitterness.

Carbonation is pretty crispy for a bock. Alcohol isn't completely transparent, but pretty well integrated. Not syrupy or overly rich on the tongue. Easy, but still missing something.

Pretty decent beer. :)

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Photo of PrimScrewhead
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can poured into nonick glass

Nice amber color and malty nose. Just a hint of hops. The taste follows suit. Decent amount of body.

This is a nice bargain seasonal beer and what I imagine regular 'Gansette should be.
Respectable ABV for the money and would be welcome addition to any BBQ, poker night or game day festivity.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett’s Bock opens to a malty, yeasty nose with a fair bit of sugar for balance. Most noticeable is an overarching malt aroma, as of boiling grains and starches, the beer smelling much like the interior of a brewery. Wet wheat, yeasty wheat dough, toast, floury baguette, and Grape Nuts cereal dominate here, joined by brown sugars and a few light fruit esters, including berry, orange, peach, and lemon/lime, as well as a touch of fig. The grains also add the smell of grain silos, and the hops bring in light pink grapefruit. As a whole, the aromas are good, the thick grains adding a nice earthy tone that is matched by fruits and sugars. The nose is rather light, and does somewhat come off as a zesty fruit spritzer, the darker brown sugar and fig notes needing more oomph, but still savory.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a sweet rush of brown sugar, pink grapefruit, and berry, orange, and apricot fruit esters, as well as hints of fig. The grains come in next, adding a yeasty, malty undercurrent of rising bread dough, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, and wet wheat. The darker notes are larger here than on the nose, the fig and malt adding nice depth and complexity to what would otherwise be overly sweet and grainy. In subsequent sips, however, much of this complexity is lost, the flavors simply not strong enough, and what remains is largely grainy and yeasty, held back by straight brown sugar. The aftertaste is heavily grainy, with bits of lemony bitter hops, and at least the hops linger on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up on the tongue.

Overall, this is decent fare, and for the price and size, not to mention the 6.5% ABV, good value. It’s also very drinkable and smooth, with nice layers of grains and sugars. In the end, however, it’s rather light, coming across not as watery, but simply weak, the flavors fading out quickly over the course of even a few sips. This is not to say that it’s bad beer, but that a few more handfuls of grains in the mash would have certainly gone over well.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to Shogo for this can. I've been wanting to try to Narragansett stuff, I think Phil can read my mind.

Poured into a New Glarus pils glass.

Wow, this glass REALLY showcases this beer perfectly. I love how the taper in the glass makes the color of the beer fade gently from sunflower yellow, through burnt orange and on to a crystal clear amber. Lots and lots and lots of rising effervescence stream up and feed a frothy white head. This beer has superb clarity and the intense stream of bubbles create a mouthwatering visual effect. Off to a really great start.

They really are shooting for balance here, which should be the name of the game when brewing any German style. Lighter, sweetly toasted malts. It smells like biscuits and honey. The aroma is nice, but a touch weak.

Indeed, this is balanced, but it allows both sweetness and bitterness to have their turn. Things start off very sweet with a wild flower, honey and melon combination. Then things get very grassy and finish with a bite of bitter hops.

Medium bodied. The carbonation is both low and prickly. Its a strange sort of carbonation, its tame unless provoked. Fairly clean finish, only honey sweetness and grassy hop bitterness linger ever so faintly.

This is a mighty fine example of a Maibock. It sure does got a purdy mouth.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head on a golden with amber hues body.

S: caramel malts and musty hops with a mildly sweet note.

T: A lot more malty than I expected from the appearance. Breads, honey and earthy notes. Not getting the citrus others describe.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Not too bad for a Helles. The body was more full with a solid flavor throughout that doesnt seem watered down.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz. green can with no freshness date. Brewed with pilsner, light and dark Munich, and wheat malt; hopped to 32 IBUs with Northern Brewer and Hallertau. The beer is crystal-clear, somewhere between gold and amber, with medium carbonation and a fluffy tan head that is easily teased above the rim and leaves a bit of lacing. Smells very "lagery" - clean and malty, with a dash of hops and distinct yeast. Quite malty on the palate, grainy and lightly sweet, with notes of biscuits, fresh bread and a bit of husk. Full-bodied as well, dry and crisp, with some apple esters, light hops and a dash of alcohol that leads into a malty finish. This is a very approachable beer that is solidly in the hellesbock profile. It's easy-drinking, pleasant, affordable and somewhat local to Boston. Well-worth picking this one up - it could be a nice alternative to your standard lawnmower beer this summer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.

From a can, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, hazy copper color with a one finger of frothy, creamy khaki colored head. Head recedes rather quickly but leaves nice wispy lacing along the glass.

S: Nose is a big dose of caramel malts, lots of bready notes, and a hint of grapefruit citrus.

T: Taste is lots of caramel and toffee through the forefront. Big sweet blast at the front. Then lends to a bready, doughy middle. Finish has some lingering toffee notes before the grapefruit comes through and really hangs on in the back of the throat.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slick oily, with a bit of a chewy finish.

O: Goes down easy, pretty tasty, somewhat filling, mild kick, decent representation of style.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look- 4.0 Pours a clear dark golden/amber color with visible carbonation bubbles making their way to the top. Nice sized head on this one that turns into a pillowy thick layer of foam over the top of the beer.

Smell- 3.5 Sweet malts, a little bread and some bitter citrus hops at the end too.

Taste- 3.5 Similar to the smell but explodes way more. Those same sweet malts almost like caramel and buttered bread. The crisp bitterness of hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel- 3.5 A heavy smoothness invaded by carbonation bubbles. With a little less carbonation and a little more fullness to the body this would be almost perfect.

Overall- 4.0 I love that Narragansett serves these crafted styles in their popular 16oz size can and prices them very fairly. Perfect for the person with a rich mans taste and a poor mans wallet.

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Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very malty, a bit on the sweet side. Taste is malts up front, a touch of caramel, the hops kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass. Cheap beer to boot!

Dead on amber color with nice carbonation, two finger white head that produces minimal lacing.

Bready smells with some sweet malt. Noble hops in the back.

Starts bready and malty, tastes like a lighter version of Hofbrau's Maibock. Caramel malts without much fruitiness. Transitions in the slightly spicy and herbal hop notes at the end.

Slightly wet and medium bodied. Carbonation tingles good.

One pint easily goes down on a moderately warm (50 degrees) spring day. Alcohol concealed and its basic enough where drinking it isn't a complication. Good job, 'Gansett!

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say, 'Gansett has really nailed it with their seasonal cans. Maybe I'm a sucker for bright colors, but the Fest, Porter and now Bock all perfectly capture the beer season and look great in my fridge. The new Bock pours a bronzy-orange, and the foam has some heft to it. 16oz can poured into a big ass mug.

Aroma is of dark bread and I detect a little spice as well, almost like you'd find in a winter warmer. First sip is deceivingly sweet (more in a fruity way than a malty way), and from there flavors go dry and toasty. I like that the hops are not completely hidden, and the balance really keeps the drinkability reasonable (abv notwithstanding).

If you're looking for a beer that throws its weight around a little more than your typical spring seasonal, this is it. I'll have to wait for a longer session to see if it carries the same hangover problems I had with the porter, but this is a vast improvement over the original Narragansett Bock.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a beverage store just off Monument Square in Portland, ME. The beer pours a crisp, clear amber color with lots of reddish notes. There is very little foam and minimal lacing. The nose is roasty malts and lots of warm bready, very nice example of the style. The flavor mirrors the nose in lots of roasty malt and bready goodness. This is a wonderful beer for the price and a not so common style. Big props to Narragansett for making a very nice example.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall boy, wicked fresh.

A: Amber/pumpkin red ale in color, initially a frothy white head, dissipates quickly. Leaves a little bit of lacing, not a ton.

S: Raisins, malty, some fruity sweetness (maybe lemon)

T: Initially whole wheat bread, light molasses flavor, malty but not roasted. Has a mineral/herbal/grassy light hop sharpness to cut through the malts. I'm guessing Noble hops. As I continue to drink a cinnamon/cumin like spiceness lingers on palette. Not overpowering but pleasant.

M: Highly carbonated, a bit creamy, a tad on the thin/watery side. Very sessionable, ABV is a bit surprising, drinks more like a 5.5% beer.

O: A pretty tasted brew, similar to marzens in my opinion, although a bit "fresher/lighter" in taste. Not mind blowing but an awesome beer to pair with some bbq or sporting event. Great Value from Gansett once again. You wont be disappointed as long as expectations are reasonable.

I like porter/summer better tho.

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