Great Lakes Rockefeller Bock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by irishmoss on 12-10-2003

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 27
Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Great Lakes pub during a road trip to Dark Lord Day

Smell, Big malt smell, sweet caramel, but my nose detects some underlying bitterness

Taste, Huge malt bill, very nutty, toffee tastes also. This one has a great underlying bitterness, mildly hoppy, but it all comes together for a great toffee/hop combination.

Overall, this is an American Bock at its best. A fantastic beer, and a great spin on the style.

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Photo of Briarbush
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap today at the brew pub. Dark amber beer with a small but frothy off-white head. Smell is great. Malt dominates but you pick up small fruity tones. Flavor is malty from beginning to end. There is a definite dried fruit taste in the finish. Finish is dry and the mouth feel is medium bodied which is great for the beer. Slight warming sensation in the finish as well from the alcohol (7.5%). Great beer but not a session beer.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a thick and creamy tan head and good stick that leaves some impressive lacing all the way down. Heavy roasted malt tones cocoa and coffee, and wafting vanilla nuttiness. Smooth slick mouthfeel with little carbonation except a tad crispness at the end of the swill. Roasted malts, molasses, big coffee tones, sugar sweetness, and smoke are the dominant flavors. Some fruity hop twang starts it off but fades to the heartier malt tones. Moderate to low bitterness and dry enough to make it highly drinkable. Finishes with dry cocoa powder and smokey roasted malts.

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Photo of bruachan
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed at the source. stopped in for a pint after my first foray into the Westside Market (i've been in the area since august. sheesh)

poured a dark reddish brown. mahogany? some lacing, but not much. great color though

at first it's real clean. malty, and not all that estery. flavors appeared as the beer warmed: some phenols, and a raisiny/dark fruit flavor, along with other (slight) fruit elements. the fruit was unexpected, though slight it was. very creamy mouthfeel

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby chestnut brown frivilous amounts of caramel colored lacing on the glass when the midsize head dwindles down. Aroma: Rich malty layers lined with deep over ripened fruit notes glazed with alcohol overtones excellent. Taste: Slightly vinous in character fruit edge with a big roasty malt profile mild chocolate tone with a hint of hops mild bitterness and alcohol comes through with the ripe fruit nice. Mouthfeel: Big textured lager even carbonation flows throughout, great. Drinkability: Excellent bock a bit addicting very flavorful had a couple before going to see a couple of my favorite bands from Southern California in Cleveland.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the GLBC.

The description states 35 IBU's and that it is a "traditional dark spring lager to take the chill off. Rich, strong, and malty."

Appearance: Dark mahogany in color. Bits of ruby-red peek through the edges. Thin layer of milky-white head. Good dose of lacing.

Smell: Malty sweetness covering dark fruits.

Taste: A well-balanced beer. The malt-induced sweetness wins out, but is well-supported by the hops. Finishes with a smattering of raisins on the palate.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and somewhat dry finish. Medium body and very, very drinkable. Great choice to start the day.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Great Lakes taproom. The color was a dark amber with a nice beige head with good retention. The smell was a sweet dark malt. The taste was a heavy sweet caramel malt, and finished with the hop bitterness in the mouth. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

This reminded me of the St. Nikolaus Bock, except with a bit more hopping. Not a bad beer at all, and certainly enjoyed the chance to drink it at one of the Meccas of beer, Great Lakes Brewery. Quite good, and hopefully I'll be in Cleveland again to drink this in the future!

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Photo of irishmoss
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany, hints of garnet, with a nice fluffy 2 finger head that stuck around for the remainder of the pint. The smell was caramel and faint hints of spice. The flavor was very complex in its maltiness: caramel, honey, plum & other fruitiness, and roasted malt flavors came through. Low hop presence that probably just aided in a clean finish. Mouthfeel was a little oily, which only helped it slide down the throat. This is aged for eight weeks and as a result it is very smooth. There was a slight alcohol presence that brought down the drinkability.
Originally sampled in the spring and liked it well enough to bring home two growlers.

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Great Lakes Rockefeller Bock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 27 ratings.
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