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 keithmurray
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a mug

Appearance - clear amber color with white head

Smell - bread and caramel

Taste - clean, bready flavor with a caramel finish

Mouthfeel - crisp and clean, medium bodied, high carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish

Overall - solid beverage, really refreshing beer, easily drinkable, enjoyable, good value, I would drink this again

Price Point - $1.89/ 16 oz can

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Photo of beerluvr
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Just saw this one today at my local bottle shop. Poured into a Smithwicks Draught mug and was rewarded with a nice off white collar of rocky foam about 3 fingers high sitting over clear medium amber/gold beer. I get sweet malt, a nutty, and grassy note, fragrant and flowery yet subtle hoppiness in the nose. Average mouthfeel. Superbly balanced, neither very sweet or very bitter...layer of malt backing gives way to the hop bitterness, just enough to let you know it's there but not the dominant flavor. Finishes flowery-bitter with a biscuity flourish. Very nice take on the Bock style and well worth the effort to find it. Love the can graphics too. See it? Buy it!

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to angrybabboon for sending me this a while back. Poured out of a 16oz can into a stange glass.

Pours a surprisingly hazy, cloudy reddish deep amber complete with a large 4-5 egg-white beaten finger of head, so much to the point that I had to do multiple pours of this (although that could be due to the glass I'm using). The head remains for a very long time, still remaining thick and creamy throughout. Lots of carbonation glide up this for a long while until the head eventually disappears. Pretty sure this was "can-conditioned" given the appearance and heavy carbonation with each bubble... But looks quite good, especially for a bock-style.

The aroma is a pungent, sweetened caramel flavor right at the front of the nose, followed by a toasted bready character, slight bitterness, and sadly, and off-metallic flavor that is quickly masked up by the relatively high ABV. This is most definitely a malt focused beer, with an alcohol-soaked caramelized flavor at the forefront. Slight earthy, grassy phenols appear. There's a little bit of yeastiness makes this slightly fruity and full-bodied, although that corn-like, near metallic flavor is really throwing off what's otherwise a solid bock offering. Hope this isn't affected in the aroma.

Luckily there's no metallic feature to be found in the flavor, and otherwise, it ends up being a tasty and well rounded bock! At the front of the tongue there's a sweetened, caramel focused malt flavor, with a slight toasted graininess, fruits ranging from apples to pears (maybe plums), and some spices such as clove and maybe rosemary. As soon as the malt flavors go away, there's a bittered, earthy aftertaste left behind, combined with slightly bittered notes, and a lingering sweetness left by the alcohol. Slightly grassy finish as well, if I may say. Very raw overall. Quite creamy at first, and eventually quite syrupy as the carbonation starts to die down. The sweetness never becomes cloying, but the extra alcohol does become a little too much over time as the body of the beer warms up.

Another solid offering from this brewery. Never had a canned bock beer before, and in spite of the metallic notes in the aroma, this is a rustic, raw, and satisfying take on the style and quite easy to drink even with its strong malt focus. For a style I barely drink, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bought as a single 16 oz can from Beers of the World for $ 1.85 on 4/29/13.

poured into a mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: orangish amber with a thick dollop of shortbread khaki head. Great lacing.

aroma: sweet caramel.

mouthfeel: solid.

taste: nice bready malt, caramel, noble hops at the end provide the counterpoint to the sweetness.

notes: unbelievably tasty. I'm going back to the store tonight for more.

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Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured first in a balloon glass then in a stein. The stein is a better glass-
It gives the beer a fuller, more malty, less bitter taste.
The color was an attractive amber with a 2 f head which resolves itself to less
than 1/2 f.

The aroma intensifies with warming- a touch of sweet fruit and malt .

The mouth feel is smooth, and enhances the drinking experience of the beer.

The taste is fruity, malty, only slightly bitter.

It was difficult to find this beer. Excellent New England beer and rebrewing of a classic.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Sweet, bready, and cereal malts.

Taste: biscuity, bready, sweet, toasted oats, and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, chewy, low to medium carbonation, and alcohol is not even noticeable.

Overall: I am not too familiar with maibocks, but this is a good start. Very impressed with this canned beer from Gansett. Good stuff.

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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 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 CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear darkish amber with a solid 2 finger off white head. Not very much visible carbonation. The head becomes a little rocky and slowly dissipates over the course of a few minutes leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

S: Sweet carmel and crackery, bready malts dominate the aroma. Just a hint of hops in the background.

T: This beer has quite an authentic German bock taste. Certainly on the sweeter side with loads of carmel malts. Also as with the smell there is a biscuity bready characteristic that is pleasant.

M: For the sweetness it really isnt too sticky. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Perhaps a tad thin but that adds to its drinkability.

Overall I was not expecting such a flavorful and easy drinking beer. Certainly want to pick up some more of these. Would recommend it to any bock fan.

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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 MRsojourner
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderfully sweet pilsner and munich maltiness that just smells like a fresh spring day after a rainfall.
lite gold and copper hues that are brilliantly clear with a off white creamy head that lasts forever with sexy lacing
tasty is nice and malty/ semi sweet, big munich flavors followed by some bready flavors that I will contribute to the yeast and finishes with a nice cohesive hop bitterness that's somewhat earthy.
a lagered mouthfeel that just feels full and slick in a good way....drinks real easy
overall a fantastic beer that is lite but still very soft and complex in flavor. Gansett just nails it every year with this one

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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 alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. tallboy can.

Brilliantly clear varnished copper body. Tall, rocky, lacy, light beige head. Excellent lacing. Nose of caramel, light butterscotch, and cookie dough backed by spicy, peppery, noble hops. Not overly strong, but a nice mix of aromas.

Soft, sweet bready malts up front. Light toasted edge. Honey malt sweetness fills in with notes of cereal grains and light fruitiness. Spicy hop flavor early on disappears mid-palate, but then peppery hop bitterness returns for the finish. Slightly floral and perfume-y. Lingering honey. Medium bodied with a creamy, nicely carbonated feel.

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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 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 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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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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