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 greybeardloon
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Canned on the 346th day of 2011

A: Clear golden brown with a thick white head that survives well and leaves sticky lacing.

S: Faint grassy hops and grains.

T: Sweet, honey, grainy, bready malts with less toastiness than I expected, followed by herbal hops. The hops cut the sweetness pretty nicely and are more prominent than I expected. The aftertaste is slightly medicinal. Pretty nicely balanced.

M: Nice and full.

O: Another good value from Narragansett.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 16 oz tallboy.

Appearance: A beautiful Copper color with a creamy white head that shrunk but didn't seem to completely dissipate. Good lacing.

Smell: MMmmm Caramel. The nose is almost completely malt focused.

Taste: A maltly toasty taste with just enough hop bitterness to keep it balanced. Has a very clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect level of carbonation, and a moderate amount of body. Almost creamy, reminds me a bit of a cream ale.

Overall impression. I bought a six pack of these on a whim, and they sat in my fridge for 2 weeks. My wife (not a big beer drinker) tried one and declared she liked it so I had to try one. I loved it. Due to its price point, the 16 oz cans, and taste, this beer is finding a spot in my regular rotation.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip; thanks to Vonschplieffen for tossing this one my way.

A: The oversized tulip proves to be the perfect size to contain the brilliant orange-amber body and its towering two-inch head of creamy, dense, long-lasting off-white head. Majestic.

S: Sweet, nutty malts balance nicely with light, spicy hops. Pretty straightforward and quite pleasant.

T: Sweeter than the nose, with lots of caramel, some almond, vanilla, and a bit of apricot starting things off; some mild minerality follows this up, but the overripe stone fruit returns on the finish in a rather awkward partnership with bitterness. It's all a little disjointed, but there are plenty of good things going on all the same.

M: Soft, creamy, highly carbonated. Almost nothing but foam, but it's not unpleasant.

O: I wasn't expecting too much, but this is a thoroughly solid Maibock. I won't be buying a sixpack or anything, but I wouldn't turn another one down if it were offered. I'd say it's comparable to the 'Gansett O-fest in being a step up from the Lager but a step down from the terrific Summer Ale.


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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 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 davey101
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz can into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber body with a massive off-white fluffy head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S - Sweet caramel malts and lightly bitter hops.

T - Starts off with some bready caramel notes which lead into some citrus and a very light hop finish. Mouth feel is a bit on the thin side.

O - A fairly one dimensional beer, which is both a negative and a positive. Its simple, clean and has a pleasant flavor profile. This makes for a very drinkable beer. I'd take a sixer of this over their standard lager any day.

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

Can date says 346 day of 2011, I don't know if this is when it was canned, when they lagered it, or what. Regardless it has only been in stores for a couple of weeks and I am drinking this one on Feb 17, 2012
A: Amber colored, pretty clear, small bubbles, and a beautiful white head for a lager.
S: Rich malt smell. Munich malt really jumps out. It's malty to the point of being somewhat spicy with a breadiness also apparent. Just a small bit of grassiness from the hops. Clean, as I cannot detect any yeast.
T: Taste follow the nose. Starts out with that rich munich maltiness. A get just a tad bit of graininess pre-finish. It might even have a slight astringency but it's very light. Hops are very drying in the finish. They have a slight herbalness. Breadiness lingers with the hops in the finish.
M: Light carb and solid medium bodied. Creamy to begin but that slight astringency cuts through the creaminess slightly.
O: I think I anticipate this beer more than any other seasonal. For less than 10 dollars for a six pack of tall boys this beer is ridiculous. It is just loaded with malt flavor and has a surprising bitterness to even it out.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz can from Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal clear amber with a good half inch or so of khaki-colored head. sweet fruity and caramel malt wafts from the beer. Bread, biscuit, and caramel comprise the majority of the flavor with just a hint of hops. Medium in body and carbonation. A good solid bock, especially for the price. Awesome.

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Photo of Dools9
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tumbler pint. Love these pint cans that 'Gansett brews come in.

A: Pours an amber, copper color with a fluffy two finger off white head. Left some awesome, clumpy lacing all over the glass and retained very well all the way through to the end.

S: Bready, grainy caramel malts. Some type of sweet buttery quality, a bit of earthiness mixed in. Just a touch of spicy hops as well.

T: Toasted bread, sweet, buttery caramel malts, a spicy, citrusy herbal hop bitterness. Extremely well balanced. Just a tad of alcohol warmth on the throat. Tastes like spring.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is spot on, smooth and creamy feel. Very easy to drink, goes down nicely.

O: Impressive offering here. Yet another solid seasonal from Narragansett. One of the better representations of the style and a point for being very affordable and in a pint can. Probably thier most complex beer in terms of flavor and feel, and a very nice spring time sipper.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an attractive amber with a moderately sized white head.
the aromais biscuity and grainy with touches of hoppy grassiness. a bit of sweet corn with wamrth.
the taste is sweetly malty, toasty caramel and biscuit. reminds one a bit of the malts in a traditional ESB or something similar. a little bit of minerality and well integrated hop bitterness balances out the back end.
the mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit finer carbonation. it's got a little bit of a slickness on the palate that only makes it go down that much smoother.
quite a nice version of the style. very much the same as just about everything else narragansett makes, in the respect that it's not going to knock your socks off, but is a damn solid, well put together brew, that's got a great quality to price ratio.

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

Can provided to me by the brewery.

Pours a pretty amber/golden in color with a big off-white head.

Smells of sweet bread like biscuits and malt.

The flavor is sweet, but with a notable hop twang. Slight sulfur notes. Nothing wrong here.

Smooth and glassy body. Light, but not watery.

Overall this is a fine beer. It's my second from Narragansett and I'm impressed so far with the quality versus price of these brews. Is this world-class? No, but it's a solid choice.

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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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden copper color with a huge 3 fingers worth of white head that leaves great lacing

S: Grainy yeast, buttery malts, slight floral/citrus hops and slight spiciness

T: Follows the smell; grainy lager yeast, buttery malts, and slightly bitter, floral hops. Slight spiciness as well. Finishes clean and leaves almost no aftertaste

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, again very clean

O: Another nice surprise from Narragansett. I've had 3 of their seasonals so far (missing the summer), and they've all been a good-great representation of their respective styles. The bock is no different, and is very easy to drink

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

A: Copper gold, vibrant white head with great retention, lots of lacing.

S: Strong, sweet malts up front, a touch of booze. Has a nice fruitiness to it. Earthy hops.

T: Aggressive malt attack, sweet; not very roasty, but has its smokey moments. Can pick up some notes of dried fruit, raisins; hint of tobacco.

M: Medium body, carbonation is exactly what I wanted, creamy mouthfeel.

O/D: It's a solid Bock, the old recipe was more complex, but I'll settle for this in 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 angrybabboon
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 3/21/11

Appearance: Pours an orange copper color, clear, fluffy off-white head, better than average lacing

Smell: Sweet biscuits, some light fruits - grainy - some malts that scream "Narragansett" and some herbal/spicy hops

Taste: A great example of a bock - malty, tastes like sweet toasted biscuits and bread crust - some sweetness, including some light fruits and some slight alcohol - hops are herbal, spicy - well balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium body, well-carbonated, a little sticky because of the maltiness

Overall: Another great seasonal from 'Gansett

I have to admit that I drank a lot of these this spring. It wasn't a breathtaking beer, but it was very good. It's a tasty bock that is excellent with food.

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Photo of mjrod2142
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. can poured into a standard pint glass

An aggressive pour produced a very thick head with obvious density and creaminess. I was impressed with how long it held firm. The color is a clear and clean looking amber.

The aroma is very malty and I got hints of sweet pineapple, but not of the citrus nature you get from hoppy beers. No signs of bitterness at all, as you'd expect with this style.

The taste is mild and malty and the mouthfeel is very soft and creamy. Bready is how I would describe the taste. The finish is clean with little aftertaste. This isn't my preferred style of beer, but this is obviously well-made. Recommended.

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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 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 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 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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