Elfego Bock | Rio Grande Brewing Company

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Rio Grande Brewing Company
New Mexico, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of tgbljb
3.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

selection of the beer of the month club (thanks to BA mtanji for the gift) Poured a deep amber color with modest head that quicjly feel to a slight ring. Smell is predominately caramel and light chocolate.Taste is of roasted malts with caramel. Nice finish with toasted malts. Peretty good beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany with a low beige head, low to light carbonation with a small ring throughout. Nice roasty munich malt aroma and flavor. Rich robust bready roasted malt character without being overly sweet. Medium bodied.

I must have had a different beer than everyone else here because this was one solid brew when compared to Shiner or Michelob Amber Bock.

Per label: "rare example of the Southwest's nearly forgotten Graff Vienna Lager"

Per B.O.M. notes:
26 IBU
6% ABV
Malts: Durst Munich
Hops: Saaz and Horizons

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Photo of beergeek279
2.04/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a dimple pint. The color is dark amber, with a quickly dissipating white head, leaving a ring and wisps. The smell is a sickly caramel, bready mixture and fairly off-putting. The taste is barely existant, but I detect just the slightest hints of a bready flavor and a slight caramel. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, once again I'm glad to add a new state but I wouldn't have another one of these beers.

Thanks to au1sec for another bottle for the NCAA tourney pool prize. I've added yet another state, which is always good, but sadly this beer just isn't. An offensive smell mixed with a lack of any real flavor in this just makes a beer that is generally not good. Well, at least I've finally found something that makes Shiner Bock look like St. Nick Bock!!

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Photo of Southernbrew
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-red. No real head, just a thin covering on the top of the beer.

Aroma is mostly sweet malt with a bit of chocolate and a fainted roasted quality.

Lightish body, I would say too thin for the style. No big flavors here, some chocolate flavor is most noticable with a faint off-tasting metallic flavor. Aftertaste is mostly a faint sweetness.

I have limited bock experience, but I was pretty unimpressed with this example.

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Photo of marc77
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear burnt bronze hue. Head recedes into a spotty layer. Wisps of foam remain. Light caramel and carob dominate the aroma. Toasty Munich and woody hop hints. Prosaic aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a caramel chew malt presence along with an odd, candyish marzipan notion. Trace herbal hop undertone. As the beer warms, dilute maple syrup notes arise. Thin in body, and only a notch beyond watery. A touch undercarbonated. Finishes with a snap of toasted malt, but otherwise bland and dry. In the vein of Shiner Bock, this is not an attempt at a true bock. Regardless, this is not at all a good beer. Innocuous at best.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The bock poured a very clear deep brown with a firm off white head that lingers as a layer of bubbles and leaves lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

The chocolate smell fills my nose as I prepare to sip. There is no smell of roasted malt nor any hop aroma. The aroma is clean with no off notes.

Although the malts dominate, I would not say this is a complex beer. There was no richness in flavor and the Durst Munich did not stand out. The hop bitterness was just high enough to support the malt. The sweetness idid linger into the finish but disappointed because it finished weak and watery.

Mouthfeel was too light for the style with a moderate amount of carbonation. It was smooth and not harsh but it was not bold either. Left me somewhat flat.

This beer came as a Beer of the Month selection. The label was catchy and might have got me to buy some but the beer was not up to expectations so I would not buy it again. It is better than Shiner Bock.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
1.15/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First off, can a knock a beer that was free...given to me by stubob from his beer of the month club????....You Know Damn Right!!!

This is a piss poor excuse for a beer. A Bock???....then they also say on the label...Vienna Lager...so what the hell is it....Not a good beer that is certain.

Pours clear copper, no head, no lace, no head. Aroma caramel malt...a bit of toasted malt. Flavor is caramel water.

No hops in aroma or flavor. This is like water...caramel colored water.

To be totally honest I'd rather have an Old Mil for its character and flavor.

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Photo of dgallina
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper-brown with minimal tan head and very slight lacing. Appetizing coffee and burnt bread malt smells. Understated and uncomplicated sweet malt flavor with almost no hop balance. No finish to speak of. Slightly too light in body. Easy to drink, but why would I want another?

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Elfego Bock from Rio Grande Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.87 out of 5 with 9 ratings