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

Added by Jason on 03-01-2011

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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 metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear deep orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel malts along with hints of initial sweetness; notes of bitterness and spices persist through the finish.
M: It feels on the high end of being medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This is a very good representation of the style that is relatively easy to drink despite being a little fuller-bodied.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off for my money the line of Narragansett beer are the best bang for their buck out there,six top notch 16oz cans of a good maibock for I paid can't be beat.Poured into a half liter stein a rich copper/bronze with a large billowing white head,just a great crown that settles into a creamy mass after a short time.Doughy with caramel notes in the nose,real defined sharp leafy hops really play a role as well.Caramel and tosted pizza crust flavors with a tinge anise meld into a quite a leafy hopped up finish.The drinkability of this spring bock is off the charts,I have paid as much if not more for a few beers of the same style that don't hold up to this,a great beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and a little fruit come in. The hops presence is mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark golden orange to amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a film covering the majority of the beer with a much thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There is a nice caramel maltiness along with some spicy hops.

T: The beer starts out with quite a bit of sweetness from the caramel malts along with some bready malts. There is a touch of spiciness from the hops. Very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.

O This is very good example of the style and a very enjoyable beer. I found the beer to be quite delicious and definitely a great value. I would definitely get this one again.

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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 smcolw
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive head: Starts over four fingers thick and leaves excessive chunky lace as it recedes. The broth is deep, dark gold and crystal clear.

Mild malty aroma--caramel without any sweetness. Slightly metallic.

Full bodied as would be expected. There is a light sweetness, but the finish has a good hop bitterness. Well-balanced.

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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 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 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 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 smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a pilsner style glass.

A real nice uniformly made head, off white, soapy but with some whipped up creamy texture. What a gorgeous body color on this, it's a great orange amber. Clear, just love this color.

Nose is a nice sticky malt, light sense of clove and toffee. Hints of brown spice cinnamon, very nice.

Taste seems like a let down. The nose gives the impression of a bigger flavor profile, but this is quite subtle. Light mix of malt and light toffee. Hints of crispness with a spicy finish, taking light airy cinnamon and an almost syrup body.

Overall quite interesting, very enjoyable brew.

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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out toTheManiacalOne for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice quick/foamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some slight bananna note, and caramel. The taste is malty, sweet, a slight bananna note, and caramel. Medium Body. A nice brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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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 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 rudzud
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to this one for a while. Stuff is good, though I think the Octoberfest is my favorite so far.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark golden copper colour with a fluffy, creamy two dinger head that while it leaves no side lacing it does leave a heack of a cloud/halo.

S - Nothing special here, typical bready/grassy aromas with some light, sweet malts.

T - Overall not too bad here. Some light bready flavours along with the nice light grassy hops. Good light spicey finish to it as well.

M - Good clean mouthfeel. Light/medium carbonation helps this remain nice and crisp. Great springtime beer.

D - Quite drinkable. Narragansett continues to pump out great seasonal beers. Very shocked by this, and pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can with the code 0531 1341 on the bottom of the can.

The pour is of a 24k golden colour, 2 .head of foam. A great looker.

The smell is on the weak side but from what my nosebuds can gather, some sweet maltiness in the background and some light hoppiness(grass?) at the forefront. Interesting for a Bock.

Some sweetness in the taste, grain perhaps, and a hop bitterness that does smack of grass. Quite the tasty little brew. Ummm, 6.5%abv..not so little.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation, nice mouth feel and and easy drinker. I'm pretty impressed.

Oh and the foam lasts throughout the session. Well done, brewery in Rochester NY.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a copper color. A rather full head grows from the pour then gradually dies down to a skin on top of the beer. Not murky at all. Lazy bubbles rise from the bottom to the top. Lace is minimal.

S-A crisp, clean nose. Light caramel combines with fresh grassiness. Breadiness is evident too. Faint spicy aroma. Smells smooth and subtle but the more attention you pay to the nose, the more you begin to love it. A small metallic undertone I detect as well.

T-Bready flavor is mellow but tasty. The grassy hoppiness is modest in intensity and it compliments the bakery aspect of the beer well. Spicy hints found in the nose are detectable in the taste too. Tastes like leaves a bit. Nice balance.

M-Refreshing and rather light despite the ABV. This is a spring beer, and the feel hits the season perfectly. Light carbonation.

O/D-Easy drinker. ABV hidden well; drinks like a 4% beer. I paid a considerable amount more for a 6-pack of pounders than I would have if I had bought the lager. That being said, I won't be buying it as much because of the price jack. Nevertheless, I find most spring seasonals to be pretty lame. This one is quite good. Gansett is a great company, and this one is evidence. A 6-pack of this would be ideal for a warmer spring day.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can purchased as part of a six-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" beige head above the clear coppery amber brew. Pillowy head falls very gradually, with ample lasting lace. Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste is sweet to start, with a peek of fruitiness in the middle that promptly gives way to moderate hoppy bitterness and a clean close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is great. Good stuff.

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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 Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how I missed this but might as well try it since their Fest lager is out as well.

Pours a nice copper color with a foamy head into my glass. About right for the style. Not as dark as I thought.

Lots of sweet malt with a hint of caramel and grassy hops. Has that "macro" aroma to it (hard to describe) but otherwise no problem.

Very sweet and chewy. Good hop presence. Surprisingly, no off flavors or anything.

Ditto on mouthfeel. It's somewhat dry too but good finish. Perhaps a bit of cooked vegetables but nothing that stands out too much.

A decent example of the style that should hook mainstream drinkers. I'm hoping for a stout from Narragansett to complete their seasonal lineup. Otherwise, check this out if bocks are your forte!

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Photo of cbutova
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had 3 or 4 of these so far, great price for 6 tall boys.

A- Can poured into a pint glass for the review. Crystal clear amber body with a frothy, foamy off-white head that displays good retention. A puffy cloud and ring leaves nice thick and plentiful clouds of lace on the glass.

S- A mix of buttery caramel and raisin-like dark fruit mix and make up a bulk of the aroma for me. Hops are fairly strong as well with light herbal, grassy and spicy hints.

T- A pretty nice balance between hops, yeast and malts here, some of the flavors could come from any of these. The buttery light caramel feel still leads for me like it did in the nose as well as a nice yeast bread character and apple peel. Hops give off a noble flavor profile of spicy herbs, grass and some fruit. Beyond that I also get slight raisin, toast and nutty hints.

MF- Light body with a foamy feel that still retains some creaminess to it, a good platform for the flavors at hand. Carbonation is on the higher end but doesn't really kill the palate because of how the beer foams up. Slight herbal bitters in the finish.

Overall a pretty good beer. When you consider the price and ABV, it is a must try in-case you are looking for another beer for those kind of weekends/family gatherings/whatever.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tallboy served in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent copper with a slightly golden hue and a rocky, three inch cream-colored head that exposes dense, concentric rings of lacing as it slowly dissipates. Nose expresses candied, fruity esters, a faint herbal or grassy quality and a trace of noble hops towards the back. Taste is less sweet than suggested by the nose - a slightly spicy character intersperses itself throughout the flavor profile, along a light malty backbone, culminating in a residual earthy hops finish. Mouthfeel is light with a lively carbonation and a slightly oily quality. Definitely one of my favorite Bock beers and you can't beat the price at $7.99 a sixer. A great spring seasonal.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can shared by Joe – thanks!

Pours a clear golden-brown color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet light malts with good amounts of light, earthy hops. Also present are slight hints of medium fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the sweetness is a bit stronger. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and quickly sweeten through to the midpoint of the sip. Slight earthy hop flavors come into play then, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn’t have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer was very close to being a very good bock, it was just the tiny bit of sweetness that overdid it for me. Still, a solid beer for the style that’s worth a shot.

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