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 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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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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Narragansett Bock from Narragansett Brewing Co.
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