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

Narragansett Bock pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small, fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the glass leaving only a few spots of lace behind. Multiple streams of bubbles rise steadily to the surface.

The aroma is malty and sweet with a touch of floral hops. Notes of caramel and bread with some honey are present.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is creamy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty and sweet with a taste of caramel, bread and yeast. It finishes dry and lightly bitter with some floral hop notes. Once gone the bready flavor and floral bitterness lingers on the palate.

This is an easy drinking beer that's fairly well balanced. Can be enjoyed any time of the year and especially with dinner. It's a nice malt alternative to all the hoppy beers out on the market today.

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

This is an excellent mild beer. Pours a clear orange/copper body with a thick ecru head, leaves some lacing. Smells like fresh raw dough, very mild malts and a subtle herbal malt. The taste is very bread, very mild and those hops are still subtle. I can see a lack of appreciation for the style, but I'll drink lots of this. Nice 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 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 DearthVader
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can served in a Spaten pint glass.

Thank you mschofield for the New England love!

Crystal clear bronze color with a big 2 1/2" white, fluffy head that has great retention. It lasted until the last sip.

All I really pick up is the malt aroma with hints of bread.

Relatively sweet with big notes of sourdough bread, and Earthy tones.

Very light body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

I'm glad I got to try this beer. Its a very good example of the style and a very sessional beer. Goes down very smoothly.

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

16oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear bright copper color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - starts out sweet and malty tasting with a sourdough bread flavor coming in finishing somewhat dry and sweet.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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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 PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lime green 16oz can. Pours a translucent golden color with a 1/2 inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of honey, spices, bread, and a bit of cut grass. Earthy. Flavor has a nice mix of hops and malts. More of those bread and honey flavors. Malty, earthy aftertaste. A bit thin mouthfeel wise but still tasty. Overall once again 'Gansett has made another solid brew in a tall boy. I hope they continue to make new styles. Worth buying again.

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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 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 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 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 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 Beatnik4913
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Narragansett Bock pours an amber golden color with a white head. The head lingers for a few minuets and then dissipates quickly.

This is a really good Bock. I love lagers and this is a great variation of the style. The beer is lacking in the smell category; A weak, sweet smell is all I'm getting from this beer. The taste and mouth feel, However, is exactly what I expect from a Bock. It's a bit on the sweet side but it's crisp and clean. It has a slightly spicy finish that lingers long on the tongue. The mouth feel is rich and creamy, which I like. This beer is very drinkable and will be nice when the weather finally warms up. I hope they continue to put it out well into the summer.

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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 Floyd12
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz Tall Boy into a 22oz mug.

A- A clear orange/copper color with an enormous sticky head that left superb lacing all down the side of the glass.

S- A strong smell of grassy herbal hops that finished with a slightly bready maltiness. Slight fruity floral undertones.

T- The grassy hops take over this beer with again a slight fruity undertone, but just as it smells it nicely finnishes with a sweet malty taste. The beer is almost creamy and even has a nice subtle alcohol pressence.

M- In between medium to full body with very ice carbonation. A slightly sticky head that finnishes off dry.

D- High, this is a great beer. The taste is great and the price is even better. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce tallboy can into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Bright, golden yellow in color with a creamy, three-finger head of white foam which fades to a bubbly ring, leaving a fine lace. Clarity is pristine and carbonation is ample.

S: Spicy, fruity and floral on the nose, with flower petals, white pepper, herbal hops and a nice toasted bread aroma. Muted whiff of alcohol and grainy metal.

T: Creamy, toasted sweet malty flavor up front with a rapid onset of grassy, floral, bitter hop and bracing alcohol. Smooth, buttery malt flavor glides across the palate with traces of dextrose and herbal, spicy, clean hop flavors. The aftertaste is lemongrass, crackers and a concoction of alcohol and bitter, floral hop resin.

M: Slightly creamy, medium-full bodied mouthfeel with excellent balance and a slight, spicy/sweet/alcohol pull.

D: Very clean, smooth, slightly creamy, well-balanced and dangerously drinkable at 6.5% ABV. Didn't notice this brew sneak up on me until the bottom of the can, but it's deceptively potent and flavorful enough to mask the alcohol with clean malt spices and hops. Gansett Lager is a standby, Fest impressed, but this Bock took it to a whole new level. What a great value spring beer; Hi Neighbor!

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

16 oz. can. No freshness date, except for some code stamped on the bottom.
Served in a tall Harpoon Nonic glass.
The color is a brassy amber with a fast-fading white head. Thin wisps of webby lacing cling to the glass.
A grassy, wet hay smell dominates, followed by a light peaty malty aroma. A mild citrusy smell is followed by slightly boozy white rum fuminess.
The malt and hop flavors are fairly evenly matched. Bready dough, honey sweetness, metallic and citrusy hop bite and a separate and unmistakable rummy alcoholic punch all greet the buds in random order. A very faint taste of orange zest peeks in.
It's an usual bock in that the flavor profiles remain distinct and apart, even as it warms.
This is definitely one of the better beer values ($6.50 a 16 oz.sixer, no less) in the New England area.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I never thought I'd search out a new 'Gansett offering. But here we are!

Tall boy pours nice deep gold into a pint with lots of big sticky head that slowly fades but retains a nice chunkiness for a while.

Nose of sweeter grass/grains and hops. Light carbonation and medium body, lots of sweet and slightly bready malt and solid crispness from the hops that finishes dry.

This is going to be really nice on a hot day - clean drinker that leave no unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of taez555
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear light orange/tan body with a white head.

Taste is very clean with a present bitterness and grassy at first, yet there's a very distinct big malty caramel sort of flavor that comes through after. You can really taste the heft of the 6.5% abv. It almost has a medium body to it. Grass, butter, very light cracker or toast flavor. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

I gotta say this may be one of Narragansett's best beers since the light and easily the best of the seasonals. Not a blow you away pure traditional German bock in any way, but damn, for $5 a 16oz can six pack, this is an amazing beer. True to the style still, but in a mildly macro lager sort of way. I know I said this with other Narragnsett's, but this is what cheap beer probably tasted like before prohibition. And I mean that in a complimentary way. I could easily drink this all day.

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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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