Battlefield Bock | Red Oak Brewery

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Battlefield BockBattlefield Bock

Brewed by:
Red Oak Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the brewery: Battlefield Bock is a smooth and creamy Bavarian Style Bock Lager. It is brewed with our proprietary blend of Bavarian Dark Roasted Malts giving it a distinct taste with hints of coffee and chocolate. We add Noble Czech Saaz Hops to balance the flavor of this rich full bodied lager. Battlefield Bock is slow cold aged for a minimum of 8 weeks.

Added by Todd on 05-19-2008

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 63
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark chocolate brown with little or no head. What head there is leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Chocolate tones everywhere, with hints of raisins.

Taste: Overly sweet up front, heavy chocolate tones, with hints of various fruits and raisins all over the palate. Finish with a hint of hop spice. Clean non lingering finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light beer, light carbonation, quite refreshing.

Overall: Suprising beer but not necessarily true to style. Lighter feel and much sweeter than other bocks I've had in the past. Not by any means a bad beer and I will have it again. Just not what I expected from a bock.

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Photo of Kirkman
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My Favorite Red Oak Beer. This reminds me of Home in Greensboro, NC. The slightly higher gravity followed up with the chocolate and coffee notes make it just the perfect beer.

***Cough*** - I wish they would bottle and distribute this beer!

Dreaming - If they weren't constrained to the German Purity Laws. I wonder what a smoked version of this or a barrel aged version of this would yield.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown; moderate size head has decent retention but leaves little lacing.
Aroma: markedly sweet with hints of cocoa and caramel.

Taste: sweet; a bit too sweet; dark malt builds to finally dominate by the finish. some spiciness and

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied; somewhat low carbonation.

Overall: A spicy, sweet and clean bock with a light feel.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a dark red brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, earth, spice, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, cream, nutty, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. This one really seemed quite bland if I am honest. All of the right notes were there, but they seemed to just mix together rather than work in unison to enhance each other. Really disappointed in this one. I suggest you try it at least once, but I would stop at that if it were me.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours dark brown, nearly black with a tan head. The head dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S-chocolate dominates, with hints of coffee and toffee

T-similar to the nose as the flavor is dominated by chocolate and roasted malts. No real hop presence to speak of.

M-not as thick as I would have guessed, but it has a nice full bodied mouthfeel

D-very drinkable as its not overly roast

Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I would recommend others to try. It has more flavor than the traditional Red Oak.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the brewery

Appearance is a very dark brown with a beige head,. Smell is lightly roasted malts and that unmistakeable lager smell. Roasted malt comes out again in the taste with the lager following up and finishing with some bitterness. A hint of alcohol as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy a bit creamy, and dry.

An obvious graduation of the brewery's other beers: darker, heavier weight, more flavorful... Not a bad bock at all but also not the best.

from notes: 1/20/12

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a dark brown with a thin lacing of white head. The smell is quite roasty but overall subdued and faint. The taste is faint roasted malt with some underlying coffee notes and some yeast. This is a medium bodied beer that is smooth and well carbonated.

This is a fairly simple, one-dimensional beer. It is a nice twist on your usual bock, but there's very little to get excited about beyond that. It was good to try once, but I probably won't have it again.

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Photo of ackleydg
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, will give you a big tan head if you pour it right.

Smells kinda nutty, kinda caramel.

Caramel and chocolate on the taste. MALTY without a lot of hops.

Pretty big mouthfeel, some lingering caramel, and a good amount of carbonation.

I picked this one because compared to Red Oak's other offerings, I thought it had the biggest taste/flavor.

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Photo of gopens44
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown and hazy with a rather thick head

S - Nutty with a hints of alcohol coming through. Sweet malts back up the initial smell.

T - Nutty, tobacco and sweet. Little tiny bit smoky, but not too much. Finishes a touch bitter.

M - Creamy and very much full bodied with a bit of a bitter and dry aftertaste.

O - Great beer by a smal local brewer that is really doing it right it seems.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate to deep brown color with a tan head. The nose brings some good roast characteristics as well as a bit of chocolate and coffee. The taste is quite roasty, especially for the style, but I think it works out here. Good body with solid dryness. Drinks fairly well. I'd never heard of them before but this was a decent brew.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep brown/near black color, minimal carbonation, and a small light brown head with very little retention (as I have seen as characteristic of most beers of its style) but overall a great appearance. Smells of deep dark chocolate, roasted malts, minimal alcohol notes, robust hops, and a dash of coffee. Taste of roasted malts with sweet chocolaty depth of a chocolate milk shake with some coffee undertones. Taste balanced with a touch of hop bitterness to offset the heavy sweetness. Mouthfeel is very thick (above the consistency of most beer) and very very smooth. With a normal ABV for its style it is going to be very strong for the modest beer drinker but perfect for those that believe in a good robust flavored beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I can hardly believe that this is a bock beer. The tap was simply identified as Battlefield and I did not realize it was another local Red Oak offering. I thought for sure that this was a stout. Never had a bock that was this creamy and sweet. None-the-less, this is a thick dark brown color brew, poured at the Greensboro National golf course clubhouse, with a velvetty thick light brown/tan head and gobs of lacing. The aroma is chocolate milshake with a hint of sweet coffee and hop bitterness. The flavor is a little more coffee but not terribly bitter, more like coffee ice cream, smooth, somewhat aqueous, lightly carbonated. Very easy drinking, just enough tartness to make this sweet brew quite satisfying. Well done.definitely opens the window a bit where bock beers are concerned.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pint draft is dark chestnut in color with a fine-bubbled cap of light beige foam atop. The creamy lid retains at a fluffy sheet, leaving thin drippy rings of lacing at the sip lines.

The smell is darkly malty with a whiff of caramel-laced mocha. Notes of black coffee grow stronger as the drink progresses.

The taste is surprisingly roasty with notes of cool black coffee and a pinch of hot cocoa mix. The drink is otherwise mild and malty, the dark grainy sweetness quite well-balanced by a dusty-dry earthy hop note.

Battlefield Bock is my first brew from Red Oak, and I'm looking forward to trying more. The beer in hand is medium in body with fine carbonation and a very easy drinker. Nice brew.

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Photo of Bung
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reminds of a Shwartz beer a little. I liked it better 2 years ago, something in the recipe has changed. Oh, here's the problem, the Battlefield Black turned into Battlefield Bock. Black pour, whitish head. Very smooth and drinkable. Dark chocolate, malt/molasses all very subtle, nothing jumps out. Could preobably drink quite a few of these. When I was in Germany, most of the beers were pretty tame, so all and all, this is not bad and representative of what I had there.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the First St. Draught House here in Winston. Came out a deep black with about an inch's worth of head on it. Retained pretty well, and left some decent lacing rings.

Smelled roasty, with some cocoa tones and slight grapiness. Good clean and crisp mouth on this one. Easily drinkable. Creamy smoothness characterizes this well. Tastes of slight almond, chocolate, roasted caramel.

I like this beer. Red Oak puts out some quality beers in my mind, and this one is quite the example.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Revolution Pizza & Ale House (Charlotte, NC) on 1/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (garnet shine through along the bottom) with a thin head of slightly fizzy light tan head. Retention seems good for the most part. Not much lacing is left behind and what is, slides down the sides pretty readily. The aroma starts off with some pretty strong notes of cocoa power behind sliding into additional tones of coffee, caramel, and some darker smelling fruity character. Fairly sweet overall.

The taste is similar, but seems more muted, with chocolate, caramel, some coffee flavors, fruit tang, and a touch of bitterness in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation and an overall smooth feel, even it it does come off a touch light.

Not bad. I liked the flavors at work here for a Bock beer but I wish that the taste and body had given up a little more. Overall, this still drank pretty good and complimented our meal well.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hmm not a bad beer from the Red Oak Brewery. I am not a fan of the rest of their stuff, but this one is pretty good.

It is a deep black, not much smell of hops, but not bad by any means.

Chocolate comes through right off the bat, not like a youngs, or a brooklyn chocolate stout but none the less a decent beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy but not overly heavy.

It is a drinkable beer that can be improved upon.

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see someone added this I had it a few weeks back at Backstreets here in Greensboro.Came to the table a deep dark brown with a thinner tan colore head atop,mainly chocolate malt aromas in the nose a bit of breadiness as well not much hop trace.Flavors also lean heavily in the chocolate category with some doughy notes and a light shot of spicey hop in the finish.Its pretty thin for the style in my mind the flavors are decent but all in all its pretty average.

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Battlefield Bock from Red Oak Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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