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Rye Bock | The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cokes on 06-21-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would argue with the overall rating of this beer as I thought it OK, but not fantastic. It prompted a lot of comparisons in my mind to beers of other varied styles (Lagunitas Censored, Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest) which probably does not speak highly of the uniqueness of this beer, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I love rye beer, but I wasn't really disappointed by how different this beer is from favorites like Cane & Ebel, Red's Rye, Hop Rod Rye, etc as the "bock" in the name didn't lead me to expect something super-hoppy and sweet.

Color was a copper red with decent head formation. Aroma was a light caramel-ness with not a lot to distinguish it from quite a few other beers I've had. Flavor was a bit metallic (copper-y like sucking on a penny) and pleasantly cerealy. It was not extremely bock like in flavor (caramel with a ton of cereal-ness), which I appreciated, but I was left wishing for a little more flavor. Mouthfeel was smooth and soft.

Not bad, innoffensive, maybe even a crowd pleaser, but I doubt too many folks out there are counting this one as their favorite.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks, don, for the growler. bloody shame about the t-shirt. still, looking good.. feeling good.

64oz clear glass disaster.

pours a lightly luxurious orange, reminiscent of many german style brews that i have sampled forthwith. bubbles are free-flowing and head remains subdued.. some spots of white pleasure dot the side of my 22oz otter creek impy pint. looks.. wholesome?

aroma is comprised of rye malts, black pepper, overripe fruits and some honey accents. this is a bacchinalian beer, one that bleeds sweet, spicy excess from its indulgent nose. no hint of alcohol is a refreshing change from my double-whatever norm of late, and this beer is inviting me in for a big sip.

even spice haunts the first sip. the rye makes its presence known universally, but does not offend. the sweetness plays in the background, and that's unexpected. this apricotty, stale cherry thing happening actually creates a nice, smooth backdrop for the rye mastery here. the finish is rather dry and leaves me with a yeasty blast and some earthy hops. this beer is well conceived, if not a bit sloppy.

drinkability isn't a factor here, this thing goes down more like juice than beer. rye splenda juice. really not a bad beer and a bold one for a brewpub in the middle of backwoods nowhere. thank god the growler was still good and cheers to the mt. horeb brew of rye supremacy.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a standard pint glass. It is crystal clear bronze with a bone colored head.

The nose is nice, I got lots of malts and rye with a bit of apple.

The taste is slightly sweet and a little dry. There is some nice grainy taste with some caramel in the background. The rye is noticeable and reminds me a bit of that tiny rye bread people serve at holidays.

The mouth is silky & smooth. Easy enough drinker that is well crafted.

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Photo of expatsteve
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden orange color reminiscent of a Maibock. Low/medium viscosity. Light suds cover, but no real head. Medium clarity. Beautiful color - not dull at all.

Aroma: Initial soapy aroma that isn't helped by the cold temperature. Honey malt notes develop as it warms. Late orange and raisin notes.

Taste: Sweet honey and raisin malt finish, roughened a little by the rye. Good yeast hints, with a little bitterness. All the body and finish of a maibock, but with a refreshing slightly citrus-sweet finish. Develops lager finish while retaining complexity and balance between malt sweetness, yeast and lager bitters.

Mouthfeel: Light, but full-flavored. Smooth, mellow, with a pleasant back palate finish.

Drinkability: Nice rendering of the Maibock style - rivals Spaten and others for balance and smooth finish. Could drink this all afternoon. Develops complexity as it warms, and makes perfect use of lager finish.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dolomite makes for some killer caves. Mount Horeb has some killer Dolomite. Trolls live in caves (when bridges aren’t available for shelter and a steady supply of Billy Goats).

Therefore…Mount Horeb is just loaded with Trolls.

What do Trolls drink?

Hobbit Blood…and Rye Bock from the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub.


Because Rye Bock is damn skippy funk mastiff awesome dogg!

This rye bock stuff rocks the casbah more then mullah omar.

It’s a damned blend of Aventinus Weizenbock and La Chouffe. I speculate that the Chouffe aspect is there because Trolls love to mange on elves when hobbits and billy goats aren’t an option. The Aventinus aspect…well I don’t get that but hell, I love it.

Clove, bananas, wheat, Belgian yeasties, saaz hops, lemons, more Saaz, pepper, Duvel, and then a little saaz.

This is rocking stuff.

Tastes great, looks a little light (very transparent, Belgian strong Pale colour), excellent lacing, lasting thin white head, mouthfeel is perfectly balanced and well hopped. Slightly bitter. Hells yeah!

Great beer! Very unique. Sessionable as they come.

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Rye Bock from The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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