Back Forty Bock | New Glarus Brewing Company

537 Ratings
Back Forty BockBack Forty Bock

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The “Back Forty” is property commonly found on the outskirts of the Wisconsin family farm. Here uncultivated acres wait prime for adventure- forts, tree houses, rope swings and first kisses! A place to run away, to camp, to climb, to build, to play. Not actually home but not too far away. That’s the Back Forty. The beer you hold is similar both dark and adventurous still smooth and familiar. Here’s a beer you can enjoy without pretense or explanation. Every mind requires some acres of possibility, space for dreams, the great escape, everyone needs a Back Forty.

Added by Soneast on 10-16-2010

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Photo of Gotti311
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Look is a clear, dark brown, with great retention. Smell is a lot of sweet malts, wheat, some pumpkin spice off in the background. Taste is wheaty and malty; caramel rolls and pumpernickel bread come to mind. Feel is light and smooth.

Another solid beer from New Glarus.

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Photo of weonfire
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Rich carmel color. Clear. Real light brown head. 2 full inches of head. lasting head. 5+ minutes to dissipates.

S - German barley. Slight carmel. maybe slight chocolate.

T - Frothy malt. That german barley. Crisp. Got that Lowenbrau feel. But less than the Bock 40 cousin 'Cabin Fever'. Carmel with a touch of chocolate.

M- Malt is think. Viscosity is high. velvet on the way down. enjoyable.

O - was hopping for better scent. not a lot there. but the velvety carmel taste is real flavorful. Nice Maibock.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of TheSSG
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a soft, off-white head that has surprising persistence. Sweet malt with a touch of floral hops in the background, which is almost astringent. Ruby-burnt umber color. Starts sweet and a bit tart, a flash of warming booze as a slight toasy malt flavor emerges. The finish comes on strong and biscuity. As it lingers, the toasted malt sneaks back in here and there.

This has a nice complexity. There is a flash of hop and toasted malt underneath the wall of malt delicious.
Bubbly and thin on the tongue, but smooth. Quite lovely.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of my sister-in-law when she came back from Wisconsin. Thanks!

A: Bubble-speckled brown with a slight translucence. Aggressive pour yields a dying head - all the carbonation remains in the body.

N: Malty bread. Some prune flavors in a Belgian vein. Brown sugar. Some banana and clove. This is really clean and tidy.

T: Very, very light. Biscuit and clove. There’s some earth and a balancing bitterness from the hops. Some prune sweetness shows up after it warms. Quite the let down after the delicate flavor the nose.

M: Crisp and clean. This has a great sit back and relax vibe.

O: I am more than willing to highly rate lagers (and am, in fact, happy to do so), but this one falls a bit short of the mark. Looking for more than what I got, and I do understand that it doesn’t need to be a malt bomb. Still decent in a pinch, if you need it.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tempest
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label does call this a "Wisconsin Bock," but the beer tastes a lot more like a dunkel lager than a bock. There's a smooth bread dark bread crust and light caramel malt character with a mild bready aroma to match. It's a very easy drinking beer, but lacks the earthiness and occasional fruit of a bock. Yeah, it's a nice dunkel, just don't pick this up looking for a traditional bock.

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Photo of 3agle87
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Naters333
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle

A-Pours a deep copper color that is murky. Almost a brownish red color. Really like the color of this beer. Nice slightly off white one inch head. As I drink this beer leaves a nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S-Fruit, breads, yeast.

T- I really get fruit on the front end. A little raspberry perhaps. Nice bread taste on the back end. Malts. Smooth, refreshing.

M-Love this part of the beer. Very nice medium body. Easy drinking.

O- I have not had many bocks, so I can't really compare to what the best is of the style. As for the beer itself, I really enjoyed it. Nothing exceptional, but overall just a solid beer in all categories.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Back Forty Bock from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 537 ratings.
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