Saxer Bock | Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company

Saxer BockSaxer Bock
28 Ratings
Saxer BockSaxer Bock

Brewed by:
Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 08-16-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper-brown color with a quite decent off-white head made up of fine bubbles. Unfortunately the head fades to a paper-thin layer within a couple of minutes. Carbonation is noticeably mild, fairly good lace. Aroma consists of bread notes and nuts. The taste is quite interesting, roasted malts dominate initially, followed by bread notes, with a little hops at the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, finish is a bit dry. Despite the relatively high alcoholic content of this beer (7.2% ABV), the alcohol flavors seem quite subdued. Quite potent and very drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive copper color but with not much head to speak of,aromas of fruity malt anda big whisky note hit me hard in the nose but it was nice I also got a toasted grain scent but it was faint.Taste is very toasted and fruity and the alcohol comes into play as it warms for sure.Malty thru out a solid bock beer but I think it is missing just a little something to make it really top notch.

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper in colour with a creamy looking frothy head. Caramel and candy like malt aroma, alcohol is evident also in the nose.

Very chewy malt up front with lots of sweetness and toasted grain flavours. The warming alcohol and slight hop bitterness help to balance. The malt really is packed in this brew tight. Best of the best as far as bocks go for me.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a clear but heavy orange and gold color with a quickly fading head. Lacing is minimal.

The smell seems a little off but is light in nature. It tastes pretty good and it goes down nicely. The flavor is crisp but not too light. It seems to taste a little better going down than in the mouth.

The alcoholic content is blended in very nicely.

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Photo of cokes
2.82/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Honey hued. Lightly hazy and without much head, but a skim of bone-colored suds exists.
Nose of raisin bread (without the usual cinnamon partner), glazed with brown sugar and caramel. Pretty solid up until the rusty iron that arrives next.
Begins sugary sweet, carrying notes of candied raisins laid in dilute vanilla-caramel nougat. Some honey traits, and touches of raw grain. And that's that.
This suggests a maibock, but even considered as such, it still falls short.
It's not atrocious, but it seems stunted and unfinished.
Meatless by bock standards. A liquid tofu burger.

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Photo of BKotch
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another very drinkable lager from Saxer, and at 7.2% abv, maybe too drinkable. On the light end of the color scale for a bock, but it has a nice light tan head that sticks around. A big malt presence and a medium-to-heavy body -- in the grand tradition of the top German bocks . It does, however, give away its Pacific Northwest origin with just a touch of a hoppy finish. I do wish my local retailer would carry more of the Saxer products.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a clear deep amber color, head is customary, the lace fair and clingy, both are beige in color. Nose is quite floral with malt under tones. Begins malt sweet, the top has a light mouth feel, finish is apropos to the style, the carbonation is intermediate, and the aftertaste is dry and long lasting. Decent drinking beer, well worth the sample for lovers of the "Bock".

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Photo of marc77
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear bronze hue, covered by a persistent dense off white creamy head that leaves Belgian lace. Sweet, caramelized nut notes upfront in aroma, yield to non - diacetyl buttery notes and toffee. A tinge of aromatic Mittelfruh hops adds a mild and pleasant floral hop nose that complements the nutty malt notes. Clean, somewhat one dimensional caramel sweetness hits the palate upfront, then fades into an understated combination of toasty Munich malt, brown sugar - like sweetness and dry breadiness. A bit lightly bodied and shy on residual dextrins. Hop bitterness is a touch above the norm for style, and prevents the malt profile from fully surfacing. Finishes dry, quite clean, with a hint of toast Munich lingering briefly and forgettably. A better than average US microbrewed example and certainly well balanced, but just too clean and tame. Neutral domestic basemalt didn't provide quite enough richness. It lacks the rich melanoidin character of the originals. The main strength in this brew is its drinkability.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never had any beers from this brewery until this one, from a sampler pack. This beer pours out an unfiltered amber-orange with a big head that fades quickly and leaves no lace.

On the nose I encountered carmel malts, metallic hops, and vanilla notes. My nose was right, that bitter/metallic taste was unshakable. Blame that on the transit.

This beer is well-balanced, and would appeal to those who are past Macros but have yet to have their taste buds blown away by the big-beer craftsmen. Personally, I felt like this beer was a meager craft brew because of the lack of any strong malt or hop character. The sweetness and hints of vanilla were also just not doing anything for me. The best part of the beer for me was the aftertaste. I had trouble even finishing this one.

The drinkability is decent, and I don't have too much to complain about this beer other than its lack of individuality. Moreover, this beer seems like a weak Dead Guy clone. Not one to hide from, but clearly not one to flock to.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok a beer I hadn't seen around my area for a few months at despite my slight dislike of the beers I have tasted from this brewery thought I would give it at least a single to convince me otherwise.
Comes in the 12 oz brown bottle..nice label with the goat on the front.
Nice looking bock beer here..dark golden almost tan brown coloured beer with a small white head that dissapates fast..but leaves nice lacing..attractive looking carbonation strings.
Now Maybe my nose is off but I detect nest to no aroma from this beer..some malts thats about all..average.
Very puzzling ..maybe my nose is "off" tonight, but the taste is much better than the aroma suggested lovelly malty sweet profiles at first..then a nice understated hopiness..followed by an attractive alcohol warming starting at the back of the throat.
Very nice feel indeed on my palate intresting yet smooth.
Very drinkable bock well done Saxer a beer I like from you..just still puzzled about the weak aroma!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a decent beige head and nice carbonation. Sweet malty almost honey-ish aroma with light spicy notes. All malt flavors; a bit on the sweet side but not balanced badly. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

A nice solid bock but nothing really jumps out at you ...

Per Portland Brewing website: Gold - 2002 GABF

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Photo of jdhilt
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a good head and leaves good lace. Nice amber color, very good body, excellent mix of malt and hops but nose is slightly hoppy especially after warming. No hoppy aftertaste and no noticeable alcohol, label says 6.2% abv even though their site has 7.2%.

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Photo of TPoling
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Saxer Bock pours amber to gold with a quickly disappearing tan head. The nose is mostly of sweet malt. There is a little tartness on the back of the tongue in the beginning, but it ends with a very nice malty finish and hop balance. Also a slight fruitiness and alcohol stepping forward.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beerguy101
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light to medium amber color, small head. A medium bodied hellies bock. Rich smooth malts, slightly sweet. Mild taste, extremely smooth. Nice hop flavor, very subdued. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some malt sweetness. No alcohol bite, despite a 7.2%. Very nice beer. Very different taste from the Saxer Dark Bock.

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Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first bock I ever tasted, and had the opportunity recently to revisit and reminisce. Pours a striking red-gold color with a frothy head dissipating into a delicate lace. Light on aroma witha yeasty crispness and a lemon zest. The inital flavor is lightly malty ontop of a smooth body and finishing with a zesty fruitiness and a delicate metallic lager twang.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a deep golden straw color with no foam. The smell had a hoppy/grainy aroma with a hint of floral fragarance. The taste was very mild and smooth with very little bitterness. Being 6.2% alcohol, this ale was very pleasant on the palate and in the after taste!

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Photo of nixhecks
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My second brew from Saxer, their Bock pours a deep golden color with a tiny head on top. Not much aroma, just a slight malty nose. The taste is very light and well balanced, with a good masking of the extra alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, with a carbonated tingle being left on the tongue. Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer with maximum drinkability considering the alcohol content, and is a perfect selection for any brewery's flagship.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An enjoyable Helles...the 7.2% is hard to detect...Nice malty, bready nose....mouthfeel is firm and tight for the style...Pours an clear orangish/amber....sweet flavor on the buds...bread...some caramel....very good maltiness...this is an above average bock in my book, and one I would buy again....Nice beer...

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Photo of genaro
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The amber/gold color was not bad. The head was small and short-lived and there was no lace. The aroma was undistinguished - grainy malt. The taste wasn't too bad, malty, traces of caramel and a bit coffeeish, but still nothing special. There was some hop bite and a doughy mouthfeel. The finish was dry, a little grainy, and slightly sweet.
Not a bad beer, nor an exciting one. I may try this again paired with a better choice of food. Something other than Wasa crisp breads which is all I had available at the time.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark copper/amber colour, with a sizeable, but quickly dissipating head. little to no lace. a sweetish, brown sugar and caramel roll malt aroma. hints of flowery hops. in the taste, the vienna/munich type malts shine through...very sweet and tasty with earthy tones. the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with hints of dryness in the finish. hard to detect the high ABV, but the warming in my belly quickly reminds me. extremely drinkable, hearty and quite delicious for a regular bock. all the aromas and flavours are highlighted as it warms a bit, making for an intensely rewarding bock experience. good stuff.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The hue of this beer is about the midpoint of your typical maibock and dopplebock on the color spectrum. In other words, a little darker than copper in color. A slight beige head sits on top. Lacing is minimal. The aroma of this bock really really invites me in. Clean malt accentualted with a nice herbal hoppiness and bready yeastiness. The body of this beer is lush and damn near full. The flavors are what I expected from the beautiful nose: Clean and almost sticky sweet malt. Perfume like hops. Doughy yeastiness. Some slight bitterness is even picked up. This is a well made bock. One of the better ones I've had in a while.

Thanks go out to Big ZAP (aka COOZE) for the nifty sample.

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Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of charlatan
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12oz bottle claims only 6.2% abv whereas the six pack it came in proudly claimed 7.2% abv. Figure that one out!

Amber in colour, this didn't have much of a head. It smells yeasty, with some plum and fig.

My experience of bocks (as opposed to more impressive doppelbocks) was hitherto limited to the desperately disappointing Shiner which I notice garners a mediocre rating here, but is a beer I've heard Portlanders who should know better raving about on quite a few occasions.

I suppose it's fairly rare to find an Oregon brewed bock, and this one is certainly a step up on the aforementioned Texan brew, packing a decent malt punch with a hint of brown sugar. It has a very pleasant aftertaste, but seems a little flat to me.

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Photo of beernbbq
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably a good American example of a bock. Nice malt flavor with a hint of hops. Nice body with a smooth sweet finish. My favorite of this genre right now is Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, which packs more caramel malt and hop flavors. But overall, the Saxer is enjoyable and if the setting is right, you can enjoy a few of these.

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Saxer Bock from Saxer Brewing Company / Nor'Wester Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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