Broegel Bock Beer
Brouwerij Martens NV

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German Bock
Ranked #156
Ranked #44,797
3.25 | pDev: 19.69%
Brouwerij Martens NV
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 39
Photo of AudioFileZ
2.49/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cut to chase thoughts...Sweet bread-like tastes predominate. Carbonation is present and gives a decent mouthfeel. Will create good head and lacing when poured and consumed from pint glass. Reminds me of bolder wheat beer yet needs more hopping to offset honey biscuit thing. I wanted to love this beer but I could only like it. It's OK, it isn't world-class and since it comes from Belgium I expect better. It panders too much to American tastes of the 70's and 80's. We weren't too refined then as far as beer goes and the industry had forgot that beer should be complex and just a bit challenging. This brew is too homogenized and smoothed out to simply sweetness. Sweetness isn't complex and needs friends. Aldi needs to ditch this one and find something better since they have buying power and European roots. This is different but no better than a basic PBR which I find slightly more drinkable if you're going for a few in a session.

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Photo of hottenot
2.19/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

For starters this isn't anything like a true bock. Far too watery and tastes like soap.
Yuck. Why do they even bother making this.
Some people might like this but not me.

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look good, Nice tall head that lasts a long time
smells ok
taste; well not much flavor at first, about half thru you get hops, floral? maybe a bit of earth. it is smooth, just slightly sweet over all. seems like there might be micro amounts of caramel notes mixed in
Thin body
It is drinkable, might go good with food on a hot day

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Photo of Mrpython
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beautiful deep brown color with a tan foamy head. Laced nicely as it went down the glass.

Am I off to say this beer tasted too “young”? Shiner Bock isn’t my favorite, but I do like it. This tastes like it just wasn’t done. Almost tastes like lightly carbonated brown sugar.

Terrible? No. Good? Meh.

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Photo of mncoinman
2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Initial aroma does not convey any of the classic German malt scents that I would expect. Pours medium brown. Reasonable bite. So so taste. Nothing that indicates this is a bock done in the traditional sense. Has a funny mid-aftertaste that I couldn't attribute to anything other than maybe their use of Czech Saaz hops. As a bock, this is a poor representation. As a general purpose beer, there are alot of better choices out there. Seeing that this was imported from a Belgian brewer, maybe the problem is that Belgians don't traditionally brew bock beers. They should stick to Dubbels.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent bock pours a
very nice clear reddish brown with a very nice head of off white
foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and shows some
excellent lacing. Nose of light grains, brown sugars, and subtle
earthy malts. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars, earthy
malts, light cola with a touch of vanilla, and subtle breaded malt
notes. Nice mouth feel; medium light body, medium carbonation,
and a lightly sweet clean finish.

Overall a decent brew from a new to me brewery that has a niche
market at Aldi's which is owned by Trader Joe's. Is it excellent,
no, but it is a sessionable little brew that can hit the spot.


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Photo of leantom
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I've never purchased an Aldi beer before (still haven't; Dad bought it for me as a joke), but this *might* be alright, I guess. Here goes:

A: Beautiful, actually. Clear amber with a massive khaki head that leaves a lot of lacing. Body carbonation also looks great. Can't take any thing away from the beer's appearance, that's for sure.

S: And it immediately falls out from here. Sourdough bread and musty yeast - almost like a bad homebrew. Also very grainy.

T: A little better than the nose, but only because the sourdough is rather muted. Fairly grainy and somewhat musty (the aftertaste is not exactly pleasant). Also, the flavors are really, really muted. Not bad, as it's a very clean-tasting beer with few off flavors, but it's certainly not something to write home about.

F: Good.

O: Won't have again.

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Photo of BeardedWalrus
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only beer I've regretted buying. Sure it's not offensively bad, but it's a weak, pale imitation of the Bock style at only 4.40% and at $6.99 for a six pack it's not even a good value. Certainly not bottom of the barrel, but there's plenty of other beers that give a better experience at a better value.

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Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful clear deep amber gold color with substantial cap and lasting lacing.

Aroma of sweet, rich caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste on entry is malt forward which does strike me as caramely but not sweet. Rather dry actually with a sense of fullness without going over the top. The floral hops add a nice touch as they are present as a topping but don't add bitterness.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Another Aldi offering that's well priced and food friendly. A slightly more grown up version of Shiner Bock.

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Photo of Tone
2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear mahogany. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of floral hops, pale malt, slight bubblegum, citrus, and a hint of spice. Barely fits the style of a Bock Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of floral hops, pale malt, slight bubblegum, citrus, slight metallic, and a hint of spice. Overall, weak appearance, bubblegum/spice notes are odd, and the metallic notes are not pleasant.

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Photo of goodsuds
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not going to do a full review in this beer. It's a pretty basic beer that can be explained very briefly. This is a decent Bock if it's the only option you have available. Most definitely better than any yellow macro lager. It has a thin mouthfeel and a rather floral hop finish that isn't to style. Label says hallertau and saaz, but this is not a flavor I've ever experienced when brewing with either of those. Beyond that it is still enjoyable and easy to drink. It would be even better if they mashed at a litter higher temps to get more body.

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Photo of HouseofCarol
5/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely Bock!

Only one six pack was available at nearby ALDI.

long-lasting head. Malty and clean aroma. Enjoyed the balanced taste. Great beer!I enjoyed every bit. taste, look, effect.

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Photo of Zopiac
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Taste is a bit off for me. Sharp maybe? On a note that isn't too pleasant either. Behind that it's not bad, albeit a lighter flavour that its colour would suggest.

Still not too bad for an ALDI brew, and looks great in the glass.

REVISIT 2018: Maybe I'm getting more friendly with hops and tart bitterness, but this time around it felt much more enjoyable. Whatever I wasn't enjoying before didn't bother me.

REVISIT 2019: Loving it. Full of flavour, nice, deep reddish colour. Very refreshing while still being plenty robust.

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Photo of thekolnik
2.11/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No. There is something not right with this beer. Color is beautiful copper/caramel and aroma is mildly sweet but that's all this beer has going for it. This is supposed to be a bock? Where's the body in this beer? Flavor is not malty at all.... taste kind of reminds me of the smell of dry yellow grass. Too earthy. What kind of hops are they using? I can't find anything about Broegel Brewery or their methods.
I bought this beer from Aldi and have bought a few of their beers over the course of the summer and they all seem to have this flavor characteristic. Pass on this one.

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Photo of Trailboss76
1.99/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Big foamy head, Spicy, sweet aroma. Dark tea-like color. Taste is sort of "tinny" and thin - almost like it wasn't completely brewed. Not real bitter, not real strong - also, not real good! I don't need to have this beer again. Virtually exact label color scheme as Shiner Bock but this is nothing like a Shiner.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.17/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bock! Not as heavy as a double bock...and actually, a pretty rare style in the USA (by my experience), compared to double bocks. Has a nice long-lasting head (usually not to be expected in beer this cheap) and leaves generous lacing on the side. Aroma is clean & malty--reflecting the good balance of the beer. Taste is well balanced and that of a real European lager. At $6.99 a sixer, especially.....Great beer!

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Photo of jzlyo
3.44/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a bit of caramel and mild notes of fruit and sweetness. The flavor is caramel, fruit, slightly odd grainy malts and a mix of tart and mild sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange color with plenty of carbonation. Has a Marzen style smell. Initial taste is strong and flavorful but has a slightly metallic aftertaste. Has a creamy feel to it as well. Overall a good brew

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Photo of ciebie
2.47/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a six pack from Aldi's yesterday and had a few last night. Not a bad beer for the price. There is definitely something odd about this beer. Last night I thought it was maybe brown sugar and grain husks, but tonight I get a canned green bean aroma. The body is thin, and the mouth feel is watery. A beautiful amber in a glass.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear light amber in color, with a large, fine-beaded tan head, with excellent retention. Sparse, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. A few fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Slightly smoky burnt caramel and mildly earthy hops dominate the aroma, there are dark bread notes, also.

Taste: Opens with a slightly earthy, nutty note. Soon after there is some dark caramel sweetness and a little earthy hop flavor. As the taste progresses, the caramel and nuts vie for dominance with the moderately earthy hops. Finishes with a lingering note of home-made dark bread.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Overall, not bad. This was purchased at Aldi's for $6.49 for a six-pack. A decent beer for a decent price. Where else can you find a six-pack of Belgian-made beer for $6.49?

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) brown glass bottle with a pry-off cap, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OOH second review. Picked this one up at Aldi who has a bunch of Belgian Brews. Let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a waft of sweet malts and malty spices. Pours to a bronze brown with a thin multi size bubble tan head. On the taste this brew has a nice charred malt finish up front with some sweetness from the malt and a very tart middle followed by a clean aftertaste. A tasty brew and for the price point a definite winner. Better than any other known macro bock by far. I will return.

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Photo of steveh
2.69/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had heard that Aldi was offering this for the Spring season. Always enjoy a good Bock and since Aldi has had some good, economical offerings, wanted to give this one a try. A bit skeptical with the very Shiner-like label -- and then to find it's actually a Belgian-brewed take on the style, but the proof is in my Willi Becher.

L -- Clear, deep copper color with a cream-colored head that holds up well and leaves great lacing.

S -- Hmm. Is that canned peas? Or maybe even cooked asparagus? Some spicy hops back.

T -- I added this beer as Bock (opposed to Maibock or Doppelbock) because I'd already tasted it and knew it was far from big or rich. The flavor is actually pretty thin; some vegetal character up front with spicy hops in the middle and light bready malts in the finish. Hop bitterness lingers through the aftertaste. There's also some peppery notes up front, but it's not alcohol -- it's very earthy, so I wonder if it's hops -- label calls out Hallertauer and Saaz, so I wonder if the Saaz is adding an earthiness.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium (at best) body.

O -- This beer reminds me of the last Heineken Dark I had many years ago. Not one of Aldi's best choices in their beer section.

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