Rye Bock | Michigan Brewing Company

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Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TheManiacalOne on 11-29-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 Oz Handbottle - Dec 24, 2007. November 2007. Light nose of peppery malt tang. Certain pumpernickel and caraway. Restaurant Musk. Pours a mid amber, with nice carbonation and thin greasy rim of white. Flavor combines a bit of Munich malt, with some tangy multi-grain bread, a lot of rich creaminess and some fading bitterness. Hops comes across as largely generic. Light spicy rye qualities merge well with the deep grain texture of the bock base. Lightly sweet. Hop character could be a little better, but this is a nice rare gem. Thanks Sean

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Photo of dfillius
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4 finger of creamy white head with good retention. Clear amber liquid. Good looking, nice head.
S: Little aroma but some rye bite at first. Gentle hoppiness has elements of herbal and citrus.
T: Mild with a rye tanginess. Some hops come in later with slightly green, off/amber ale flavor.
M: Bitterness and astringency grow as beer warms and is a positive as this adds depth. No heat.
D: I'd order another and would order again. I wouldn't buy 6. Feels like 5%, waitress said ABV was 9-10% ABV!

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Photo of FrognutUnl
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear pale amber in color with a single finger of white head. Not much retention, not a bit of lacing.

S - Smells very "earthy" with notes of pine and a slightly pepperiness.

T - Lots of rye, piney and resinous! The finish is slightly sweet with a fair, but not overpowering, hop bite. Crisp and earthy to the very end.

M - On the heavier side of light in body and slightly sticky.

D - I loved it. A very well balanced brew.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up three bottles from the MBC pub. Pours a nice copper color from a 12oz bottle. Nice thick head at first that falls into a thin white head. Good carbonation and lacing.

Slightly hoppy aroma blende with the rye.

Sweet taste at first that finishes into a grainy/rye taste. Very smooth.

Coats the mouth with the sweet flavor.

Very drinkable beer. Nice, smooth, and refreshing.

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Photo of joe1510
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Hand Labeled Bottle

I was lucky enough to receive this from hoppymeal, thanks again Derek! Michigan Brewing's Rye Bock pours a deep golden with a highlight here and there leaning toward copper. Light sediment is suspended throughout. A finger worth of bubbly slightly off white head formed on the pour and as the bubbles burst fell to a thin cap that left some small spots of lace after each drink.

This beer smells like there's a good deal of rye used in the brewing. I'm hit right off the bat with lightly toasted malts and a touch of sweet bread. There's a touch of orchard fruit, such as peach and pear, flashing through quickly before the spicy rye and alcohol hit the nose. This bock smells really nice.

The flavor follows exactly what the aroma suggested. Lightly toasted grains start things off and are quickly met with a hint of tripel like orchard fruits before the spicy rye and alcohol mixture kick in. The rye is unique enough but the fruitiness really adds a great depth. I'm really enjoying the flavor of this beer.

The body is moderate but feels lighter with the decent amount of carbonation present. This beer really flows through easily. The carbonation is smooth and subtle but pushes this brew through easily.

This is a very good, flavorful, sessionable beer. I would love to be able to pick these up down the street; they'd be a mainstay in the fridge.

This is a tasty rye bock. My first from Michigan Brewing Co. and definitely not my last. They will be a new stop on my next trip up North. Thanks for the treat Derek!

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Relatively pale with a touch of amber, very light haze. Virtually no head on the pour but a light ring of bubbles. Slight lacing climbs the glass.

S: Interesting smell seemingly from the rye; a nice earthy grain aroma.

T: Mellow malt sweetness envelops the tongue on a good pull. The flavors stay tight for the duration and do not separate. There is very little bittering but somehow it doesn't seem out of balance. Finish is lightly sweet and lingers for some time.

M&D: Medium bodied leaning toward the heavier side. Carbonation is light and well matched. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit,its great to see hard to find Michigan brews here in the Buffalo area!This poured from the tap a clear rich bronze with a thinner but pretty well sustained white head,aromas are heavy on the rye quite sharp with a little pepper and earthy hop.Theses guys did not chince with the rye in this beer flavors are sharp and almost lactic with a slight hard wood smoke elemant to it,somewhat grainy in the mouth and sharp.Big flavors it could become to much after awhile but its nice to see a bold flavorful rye beer in my opinion there isnt enough of them.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready but light malts, rye and spices along with some hops.

T: The taste is likewise bready, malty and smoky with flavors of rye and spice. There's a good hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style. I usually find beers in this style to be either hit or miss. This beer definitely seems to fall on the hit side. It's well-worth drinking for a while.

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Rye Bock from Michigan Brewing Company
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