Left Hand Rye Bock Lager | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Rye Bock LagerLeft Hand Rye Bock Lager

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TexIndy on 03-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 63
Photo of vfgccp
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Great dark amber body with an off-white head that sits low, but hangs with a nice retention and lace.

S – Untoasted brazil nuts with light raisin and brown sugar.

T – Faint hazelnut with bready malt and with rolling notes of brown sugar, maple. Deeper in the profile the nutty flavors take center stage and drive a lightly sweet, roasted nut backend.

M – Touch of booze and rolling roast finish. Medium body. Touch watery at times.

O – While it's not a spectacular doppelbock, it’s not a bad beer. I definately enjoyed it.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up today at the recommendation of the guy at Hop City in Atlanta. I am not normally too big on Rye beers, but I really like DoppelBocks. Left Hand also brews some pretty good beer, so let's see what the Hop City guy knows about Rye Bocks:

Appearance: A bold pop from the cork when opened. The beer poured a pretty cloudy burnt orange color with a small head of tannish bubbles. There are quite a few bubbles rising as you can see from the active little islands on top of the beer.

Aroma: Man, the Rye is absolutely obvious in this beer! There is no doubt it is a Rye beer. Otherwise, I get some sweet caramel and some reserved toasty notes. Other than that...the Rye is king. No hops or anything else going on in the nose. As the beer is warming, the Rye is starting to soften up some, but there is some oxidation starting to show up. This isn't bad, but notable.

Taste: The flavor isn't dominated by the Rye as the aroma was. It is still a huge player, but there are other malty components co-existing with the Rye. There are sweet caramel and some toasty notes and bread crusts. The sweet malt and Rye are mixing together in the flavor to come across to me a bit like soggy bread...I don't know what that is, but that is what I think when I am drinking it. Overall the body is medium to full with a little bit of velvet in the mouthfeel which is nice. There is lots more caramel noticeable in the finish as the beer is warming up. After a few ounces, I am starting to get a little warmer, so the alcohol is reserved, but definitely present. The caramel and other notes are becoming a lot bigger player as the beer warms up further. There is some significant caramel coming out at the beer warms up further.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I was quite concerned from the aroma at first, but as the beer sat and stabilized and warmed up, it redeemed itself. I guess all things considered, this is probably the best Rye beer that I have tried to date, so it is among about 10 or more. That said, I am not sure if I would try this beer again, but I am glad that I did. If you really like Rye, by all means, try this beer if you can find it. Otherwise, check it out if it is convenient.

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Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of toasted malt and toffee, initially, followed by some figgy/date notes. Not picking up any rye of hops and wouldn't expect to on the hops since this is from 2008.
Taste follows the nose with excellent bock characteristics. Bready, doughy, toasted caramel malts, with sweet toffee to add a slight bit of bitterness. Could also come from the rye malt as well. Dark fruits really explode on the backend here; mouthfeel is slightly slick and sweet but the lager yeast helps to allow this to finish somewhat dry. No alcohol detectable at all. Overall a very good example of a doppelbock, not too thick or malty or yeasty (banana/clovey) at all, with I had sampled sometime closer to bottling so I could get more of the rye maltiness that I have come to enjoy a lot recently.

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Photo of JMforman
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy and deep amber with a nice fluffy head that settled down into very nice lacing. Not totally sure though, because its kind of dark in here. Oh well.

S- Buttery with cherries, bread, and toasted malt

T- Buttery in the taste as well with chocolate, cherries, caramel, toasty biscuit (try to say that and still sound manly), and some rye on the tail end. The rye gives it a nice slightly bitter finish. Very nice.

M- Medium and creamy.

D- Quite drinkable

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Photo of Amalak
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of a bottle that was corked and aged for three years.
A- It was very bubbly, with a good head a excellent lacing. Reddish brown in color. Relatively clear.
S- Very nice malt scent.
T- It has a very sweet malt taste and its quite carbonated. It has a very slight bitter, sourness to it. It leaves a dry taste.

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Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 version

Appearance: tan in color, huge 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, rye, and cherry

Taste: toasted malt, toffee, cherry and rye in the background that starts in the middle and lasts to the finish

Mouthfeel: sharp, very high carbonation, sweet start that gets slightly bitter in the middle as the rye starts in, and finishes sweet, medium bodied

Drinkability: I like rye beers and here the rye makes its presence known especially at the end. I will look for another bomber of this. It has the malty sweet edge that most Left hand brews have. I like the slight taste of fruit. A really interesting beer.

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Photo of silentjay
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle which was bottle conditioned in 2008.
pours a reddish-brown which you can barely see through. generous head, over 1" on the first pour. good looking brew!

The smell is kind of off-putting. I have had this beer before over a year ago on tap a few times. I remember really enjoying it, but never noted this. It smells like a skunky lager. Like a Corona with no lime left in the sun for a couple hours.

The taste is much better than the smell. The first sip shows off the malt. Smooth and caramelized. Not as much of the dry rye finish that I remember and expect on a beer with rye malts, though its not overly sweet like a lot of doppelbocks, so the dry, peppery rye helps to balance the barley. Hops show themselves subtly. As it warms, chocolate is picked up, though it shows on the tongue, rather than in the aftertaste like a chocolate stout or porter. The aftertaste is of caramel.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Bottle-conditioning is apparent and well done. Velvety on the tongue.

Drinkability is good. Not wowed by the beer, but before I notice the bottle is empty.

Not a fan of Bocks normally, though I do like Rye beers, so this balances out to a very decent beer for my tastes. From what i remember, it had a more pronounced rye finish on tap which I would have enjoyed a bit more. Don't know if that is due to bottle conditioning, freshness, or just my memory being inaccurate.

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Photo of grayburn
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a dark reddish brown into the glass with a big bubbly head shaded tan that fades into a well-lacing ring after a short while.

The smell and taste are both somewhat subdued in this beer, but the characteristics of both are exactly what was expected. The pepper from the rye really melds together with the bock sweetness to create an excellent smelling and tasting beer.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are the definite superstars in this brew, just enough body to carry the abv, which seems much lower than it is...insanely drinkable, excellent beer.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 batch. Poured from 750 ml bottle into dimpled mug:
A - Dark copper in color with tinges of red when held up to the light. Huge tan head that lasts a good while leaving fairly thick lacing.
S - Milky chocolate, toasty rye, grassy hops.
T - Malty flavor with notes of milk chocolate, rye followed by grassy hops.
M - Medium to full mouthfeel. Subtle carbonation. Lingers for some time.
D - This is much bigger than I expected. Very tasty. The fullness of flavor covers the 7.7% ABV quite nicely. For me, it's definitely not a session beer; but is worth a try.

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Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. This poured a clear dark copper with lots of tan head. It smelled like sweet milk chocolate powder and spicy rye and caramel, with some bready yeast. It tasted like roasted rye and milk chocolate malts with sweet caramel and some bready yeast, along with a bit of lemon hops. It was slightly thick with some smooth carbonation, and a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very well constructed and tasty beer! It had a clean and distinct rye taste with lots of other nice malts too. It had great bottle conditioned body too. It hid the alcohol well and was easy to drink. I'm curious how this tastes fresh, but at 2 years it was very enjoyable!

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Photo of HiAIPA
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SErved from bomber with cage/cork. Popped to champagne like bubbly explosion. Sweet nose of rye and malt. Poured a toffee brown. Light and sweet, but not overpowering with the malt. I'm not a bock fan but the rye/lager combination piqued my interest. Overall good.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ArrogantB for the hookup on this brew!

A - Poured into a Trumer Pils glass. Massive, somewhat rocky off-white head tops off the copper colored brew. Plenty of visible carbonation streams its way up the body of the beer. Good clarity.

S - Loaded with toasty malts, caramel, and melanoidins. Rich and malty. Slight prune character.

T - Mildly spiced. Again, maltiness is dominant. Caramel and toast. Slight grape-like fruitiness. Moderate bittering but hops aren't making themselves known. Enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying.

M - Medium-bodied, moderately-high bordering on high carbonation. Definitely too much carbonation for the style. Touch of creaminess.

D - A little too much carbonation is interfering with the mouthfeel and the malt character could be richer and more focused with melanoidins. Not the sort of brew I'd go to repeatedly but I won't be wasting a drop tonight.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle from 2007. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Glass, the beer pours a hazy red/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing at all. The aroma is sweet and spicy, I can smell caramel malt, rye, toffee, and a little bit of grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma. There's rye, caramel malt, grain, dark fruit and toffee all noticable in this brew. Mouhfeel/body is chewy and a bit slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was easy to drink. Aging hasn't hurt this beer at all, I thought it was good overall. I'd buy it again in the future.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hotel water glass.
The cork was really difficult. I almost gave up.

A - Pours a dark amber with TONS of creamy, foamy head. Retention is good. Clumpy as all get out. Vigorous bubbling.

S - Sweet malt and rye. MMMM. I want a patty melt.

T - Caramelly, rye is present, kinda a dry astringent component. Bitterness kind of overly rye in the finish.

M - Medium balance, plenty of carb, rye a little out of whack at finish.

D - Would tire after one.

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Photo of dhd1491
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork very difficult to remove. Had to resort to pliers that I was certain were going to break it off, but didn't.

Pours medium-dark, clear copper with ample head of fluffy tan bubbles.

Little aroma to speak of, what there is is sweet and yeasty.

Taste is malty and biscuity and slightly sweet with a bite of rye flavor. Little detection of alcohol, despite almost 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is a bit oily, but lightly so, and not unpleasant.

Not heavy or cloying, this beer is easy to drink. Rye notes give it an unusual flavor, but is not unpleasant. All in all, a good brew. Not overpowering, but with some interesting tastes.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of three bombers thrown in as extras during a fantastic trade with jtrockschalk. If you have never traded with or met this fine gentleman before, do so, if you have the opportunity. Hopefully someday I will be able to get him back for his generosity.

OK, on to the beer. I have a personal grudge against Left Hand that I won't get into, so I avoid buying their brews, but if I did, a rye would be something I'd dig. This is a velvety amber brew with a hellaciously sweet nose on it.

The taste is rather grandiose. The rye & a cascade of sweet malts are getting it on like a top-shelf Vivid flick, leaving an aftertaste of spice, sweetness, & a mild effervesence draped in a languid manner over my tongue. There is enough depth that sipping this little gem doesn't get old at all.

A touch overcarbonated, as evidenced by the gunshot that sounded as the cork popped (after it broke & I had to remove it like a fine Sonoma wine), but that's a minor complaint.

Excellent brew. Too bad I don't care for this brewery, because they make some good swill.

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Photo of Dantheman4162
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle conditioned (this beer was originally reviewed in my notebook on 9/8/07)

Very smooth, fantastic foam head, very rich smooth taste. I am not sure what the "rye" flavor taste like, but I would forget that I am drinking a bock. It is a very satisfying beer.

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Photo of ricke
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008.

Serving date: 2009-01-09.

Served in snifter.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness date to be found on bottle. Nice bottle artwork - no paper label, only print directly on the bottle - with a bock head with mesmerizing eyes. Some information on the beer and bock beers in general in the back.

Appearance: Dark and ruby color with a big 3-4 cm off-white head that very slowly settles into rather thick lacings. A good looking beer.

Smell: Grainy with hints of grass and weeds. Lots of caramel malts.

Taste and mouthfeel: Very sweet. As with all doppelbocks, this one packs a lot of malts. Caramel malts dominate. Some toffee notes are also present. The sweetness also has a fruity character, primarily blackberries and raisins. A gentle hop bitterness that balances the malty sweetness appears in the finish. Towards the end, when it heats up and the originally lively carbonation is reduced a little, the beer has a slight change of character: Its body - which is medium at first - becomes a bit more full and the taste of toffee becomes more accentuated.

Drinkability: The alcohol is well hidden beneath the malty sweetness. All in all, it's a very good beer, perhaps a bit to sweet for a full session though. I really like how it held up and developed all the way to the end. Would absolutely have one again if I was offered one. The price is a bit high though (in Sweden).

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a brown color with a towering tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted malt scent along with a light rye spiciness. It's rounded out with a mild caramel malt aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry roasted flavor that's complimented with some caramel malt sweetness and a fine rye spiciness in the finish. The rye and roast malts provide a weird bitterness in the taste. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with way too much CO2. This is a pretty good beer, although I'm not totally in love with it. The mouthfeel ruins it for me. It doesn't appear to be an old beer. Why so much CO2?

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dan for recommending that I go after this one. Went upstairs to grab it on tap at Barleys the other night. Served into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 11/28/2008.

The pour was nice, rich dark brown with a small, whispy light tan head on top. Smooth crown that hung around for a few moments before settling down into just a side glass clinger.

The aroma was rich with caramel malts. Smooth, earthy and complex notes of a rich nature. Nice touches of bready notes and a light, vinous hop note as it warms. Light touches of alcohol in the first sips, though the medium body and smooth carbonation, quickly warmed me to its presence. Rich caramel malts, bready undertones and a nice earthy hop palate were combined seemlessly into a very drinkable and unreal smooth beer. I sipped on this one for a good long time, as the deep malt notes just rolled across the tongue.

Overall one of the better beers I have had on tap recently. This one I would definetley have to recommed trying while it is still on tap. A quality offering and one I am glad I got to hammer out.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a cool bottle. It has a red body with a two-tone head that is very light at the top and tan towards the bottom. It has a roasty malt smell. The taste starts off grainy and beany. Then it becomes roasty and metallic. There is slight bitter aftertaste. There is a strange alcohol warmth with this beer considering it is only 7.6%. It has an has medium body with quite a bit of carbonation.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed vom Fass on 11/20/08 at Barley's Taproom in Greenville, SC.

Lucious and caramel brown in color with a lofty and stable head firmly sitting atop. Definitely a murkiness to this brew. Good head retention throughout. Aromas hefty with toasted malt/breadiness - hints of pumpernickel, perhaps? Flavors rich with malty goodness, some spiciness from the rye, and yet some slilght hints hops. A very, very good offering. I was floored to find out this was in our area. A good beer to say the least, although I do not think it will ring as popular as some of the more notable, "big" offerings available this time of year. Still, this one needs to be sought out.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Ljunkan
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle, thanks ton Bananaman for sharing this!

Very nice bottle! The beer looks amazing in the glass too. Redbrown color with a large foamy head.

Smell is very malty with notes of toffee and dried fruits (especially plums).

Taste is quite sweet and malty with notes of dried fruits ending with a decent bitterness. Good!

Mouthfeel is good. Very filling and smooth. A fullbodied beer.

A highly drinkable and well made bock from Left Hand!

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Photo of Bananaman
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow! I have not had very many beers from the Left Hand Brewers, but this one has to be the best one so far.

Looks great! The bottle must be one of the coolest and most original I've seen. The beer in the glass is not as beautiful, but still satisfying. A deep red/brown color with a large white head.

Smells nice! Some plums and sweet rosted malts. Overall a nice touch of dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is also chareterized by dark fruits, maybe plums and sweet rosted maltes with a touch of honey. Some nice hoppiness to it too.

Overall, a great beer, but a bit expensive. Around 14 USD or 98 SEK.

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Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep dark mohogany color brew served cold in a short stemmed glass at The Muddy Pig in Saint Paul, MN. It has a modest muddy colored head with great lacing. The aroma is brown bread and raisin with some sour apple cinnamon. The taste is a dry wheatie blend with sweet rye. It has a smooth finely carbonated feel but it is lively and refreshing. Almost a clove and smoke affect hits the tongue. There is a chocolate feel that evolves from the velvetty bodied innards of this beauty. Middle drinkability.

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