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 Drew966
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Narragansett Bock pours an amber color with a thick beige head from a sixteen ounce tall boy can. The aroma is bready and malty, which is quite pleasant. A fair amount of hop bitterness hits me up front when I take my first sip. There is a nice malty backbone. There is nice lacing as the head collapses. Quite drinkable if not my favorite example of the style.

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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 Onenote81
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can. Had back in April of this year. Reviewed from notes.

My first Bock of the season as well. Poured most of the beer into a pint glass, but left just enough to drink the dregs straight from the aluminum. Always enjoy a good canned beer.

Pours a dark rusty amber with a small tan head atop. Nose is rich with syrup, faint molasses, and just a wallop of toasted malts. Great moderately-thick body. Not too rich, but nowhere near thin. Carbonation spot on. Tasty, chewy, sweet malts abound. Caramel, nuts, bread. Just an awesome beer here, and a great Bock for sure. This is one I will be sure to restock each and every spring.

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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 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 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 FeloniousDrunk
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a pounder can into a bigass pilsner glass. Tan in color, with a slight haze. 2-fingers of head appeard, and some nice lacing. The beer looks inviting.

S: Nice, round, smooth malts up-front, with mellow notes of cherries, bread in caramel fondu, a hint of apple peel, and an overall cleanliness that keeps it enticing.

T: Wow, much bigger taste than anticipated. Going to have to sit with it a minute... Fruity malt notes up-front with some caramel malts through the swallow. Lots of rich flavors in here: Some pear, apple, cherry notes, mixed with other fermented fruit odors, alongside the caramel flavors, and finishing with the flavor of dates in your mouth. A touch of hot booziness is in there, though it doesn't necessarily detract.

M: A touch syrupy, with an overall clean feel. This is a heavier beer than I initially expected, but it lacks the dinginess of some Bocks I've had. Overall a nice feel.

O: This beer will surprise you pleasantly! Its good to see 'Gansett branching out into some legit craft beer! This is not anything like picking up a Genny "Bock" beer, as this one genuinely reflects the style, and has a lot of complexity and flavor packed into a simple package. Keep it up!

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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 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 Goblinmunkey7
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for throwing me a can.

Appearance: Dusky gold. Head is off-white and drops to a thin cap pretty quickly. Some lacing. Creamy and spotty. Very clear.

Smell: Biscuit dough, cooked malts, and a slight grassy edge. Sweet caramel malts wrapped in bread crust. Sweetness almost comes across with a bigger edge than expected...I'm talking hints of chewy molasses. So very bready. Hops are herbal and a touch earthy. Has that distinct Narragansett aroma, with added sweetness.

Taste: Biscuits. Raw, cooked, the whole deal. Breadify me captain. Sweetness lingers and drops a big hit of caramel. Slightly earthy with a touch of grass for good measure. Bread crust. Apples and bread. This is sustenance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost creamy with a moderate body and carbonation. It's liquid bread.

Overall: This is food in a can. I was hungry, now I am satisfied. Nourish me.

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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 daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first bock of the season, I'm falling down on the job. Any tall boy can with a big ram on it is a good call anyway. The first thing that stands out is the massive head that caps after about ten minutes but for the style is excellent. A handsome dark golden hue and plenty of visible carbonation complete the picture. Nose is grainy with noble hops.

Lots of flavor with this, especially hop oils and citrus. Surprising bitterness for the style but it's welcome. The texture is a plus as well, with a light, creamy mouthfeel that fits the flavor well. The creaminess doesn't surprise me since the 'gansett lager has the same quality but it really just gels here with the stronger hop flavor. It doesn't taste like a maibock to me, but I definitely like it.

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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 JimKal
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a significant head. It leaves behind nice lacing as it dissipates. This is a much lighter color than I am used to seeing in a Bock beer but then it is described as a Helles Bock.

Aroma is malt/slightly sweet.

Tastes like a lager with some hoppy notes.

Mouthfeel has a pronounced creaminess to it, quite nice.

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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 musicforairports
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into an imperial pint glass. Amber and clear. Nice head.

Smells like sweet bready malt, honey notes.

Flavor is rich and sweet--nice biscuit and bread notes, hefty caramel, sweet honey, light hop presence. Tastes like a good bock, and not a light one.

Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy. Medium carbonation.

Overall, this is really a much better beer than I was expecting and definitely a good bock.

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Photo of Sharkophile
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can into a Hofbrau stein glass. Appears a slightly hazed golden color with a huge, sticky white head. Takes forever for the head to recede. I like.

S: Smells sweet and bready, with a light floral hop aroma and a drop of alcohol.

T: Intense, bready and honey-like sweetness with a bit of toasty flavor as well. The resemblance to honey is assisted by the herbal and floral hops, a bit of warming, spicy alcohol comes into play as well. An astonishing dryness in the finish, with some sweet and herbal residuals.

M: Pretty heavy, with a medium to full body and a creamy carbonation. The intensely dry finish absolutely plows through the heaviness of the body, however. Very good.

O: Bought this with the intention of it being a session beer, but it's a bit to heavy to be employed as such again. Very tasty beer nonetheless and quite reasonably priced to boot.

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Photo of horshack7
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From a 16oz tallboy it pours golden to amber with about two fingers worth of a bright white rocky head.

Aroma: Sweet bready maltiness, dry floral hops and a drop of citrus. Slight grassy notes but it's more towards the malt end.

Taste: Decent carbonation but the mouthfeel is still smooth. It does have a slight bit of a melted buter texture. Malts are bready sweet with caramel sweetness. Hops are lightly dry but still have a citrus note.

Notes: Very solid and very drinkable. Cheers.

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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 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 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 snilsen13
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey I read the great reviews here and elsewhere so I gave it a shot and wammo-blammo, its really good! I also enjoyed the heck out of is breweries porter.

Neither is special, like super duper good, but for the money you would be shocked at how good these are.

Basically this is a straight-forward bock. A sweet tan lager with an emphasis on drinkability, made from roasted rather than crystal malts. This is a good representation but because of the alcohol content tastes to me more like a double bock. No complaints, however not everybody will like the strength, especially considering its poured by the pint :-)

Serious drinkers take note, this is a bargain. Delicate palettes, look elsewhere (Celebrator for instance) but you can't match this much flavor for this much dollar.

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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 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 Kyrgyzbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color – Nice amber

Flavor This is a malt forward beer as it should be. It has a nice balanced flavor there are some roasted notes. There is not much hop flavor to it, but what is there does a nice balancing act.

Overall- I like this beer. It certainly exceed my expectations coming out of a tall boy can. It also exceeded by expectations given previous negative experiences with bocks. A beer as malt forward as this could, and many do, turn almost cough medicine tasting, but they do a nice job of letting the malt be the star without giving a syrupy sensation. This is a very successful beer, and in fact one I would encourage because it is good and because it breaks a lot of stereotypes.

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