Battlefield Bock | Red Oak Brewery

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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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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by BeerNoobNC:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
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 whitekiboko
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -19.6%
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 hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Kegatron
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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 thagr81us
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Bung
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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 OddTodd
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of chansta
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of gopens44
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 TheRougeBastard
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Leavittbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 dave317
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mcloud2
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 VaterRoss
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Keith27614
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BBS323
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MikeIN
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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 JamminJay1986
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slym
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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