Bock Beer
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Style:
Bock - Traditional
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 16.71%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
95
From:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  2
SCORE
82
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a semi-dark amber color with a finger's worth of quickly dieing foamy white head. Sliding stringy lace.
The aroma had some strong sweet bready malts, light nuts, earthy to grassy hops and a mild earthy/semi-spicy hoppiness.
The flavor was moderately sweet with the malts take the foreground while the spiciness sat a bit further back. Delicate malty dry sweet aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Semi-smooth sort of bready malty sort of finish.
Overall, pretty nice bock that I would have again if I could get it.

Jun 27, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant amber with red highlights under a ½” white foam collar that provides light lace.
S: Primarily fresh whole grain bread aromas with some spicy hops.
T: Starts bready sweet with traces of caramel and malt spice leading to a moderate bitter finish and a slight tangyness.
F: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: An easy to drink bock.

May 25, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with a short-lived off-white head and crazy carbonation. Aroma is of fermented apple juice and hint of peppery hops. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is caramel malt and peppery hops. Finish is long and spicy. There is something wrong with this bottle.

Feb 22, 2013
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MadScientist from New York

3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The crown has some blistering under the plastic so this might be an old bottle. A medium copper with a slight haze. The light tan head dissipates after a minute, but that might be a result of this glass having gone through the dishwasher with the jet-dry, surfactants and all.

S: Moderate malt and dark fruit aromas of raisins and plums with moderate crust bread melanoidins. No hops and no alcohol aromas.

T: Moderately-strong malt flavor with moderate crusty bread and plum flavors. There is a moderately light hops bitterness that is about about even with the sweetness putting the balances in the middle. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is of malt and dark bread crust. There are no signs of oxidation but the flavors seem flat.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A middle of the road bock with muted flavors that might be due to this being a little old. The balance between the bitterness and the malt sweetness is nice.

Nov 04, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark reddish amber in the glass. Foam dissipates quite rapidly along with most of the carbonation. Aroma of old fruit crates left in the garage.

An overripe melon tossed in with the dishwater. Dosed with sweet vermouth. A touch of metal shaving. Maybe another splash of seawater with some seaweed. Ahhhh... perfect.

I can't believe how many years they've been making this swill and, to give Lakefront the benefit of the doubt, they still can't get the quality control figured out. Label says bottled in JAN in WK3, but they don't say what year. Purchased at Total Wine, thanks, guys.

Aug 31, 2012
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – red color, pretty clear, with about half a finger’s worth of creamy white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – hearty and malty in general. No particular notes of anything special, at least nothing very evident.

Taste – much like the smell, hearty and malty, with a tinsy bit of a bite in the late middle of the taste. Has almost an oatmeal type of quality to the taste. Interesting and nice.

Mouthfeel – very well-balanced. If anything, it leans a little on the creamy side.

Overall – nothing super special about this beer, at least nothing new or thought-provoking (that I can tell), but it is a very good-tasting beer overall.

Aug 02, 2012
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vw72 from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a reddish-brown, with no to very little head. I felt the taste, at the beginning, was crisp to slightly sweet. As the beer warmed slightly, crispness faded. The smell was honey-like. This beer had a full flavor, robust yet refreshing. Seemed lighter than other bocks I have had. I could not taste or feel the alcohol warmth, although the ABV is 6.7 percent. Overall, a beer that is on the upper end of good, and one that enjoyed and will try again.

Jul 17, 2012
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soju6 from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark bronze color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some caramel sweetness and bit of spice.

T: Flavor of roasted malt with caramel sweetness and bit of vanilla. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and somewhat creamy. As it warmed, it seemed to become more robust.

O: Nice beer, quite good for the style. Worth visiting again when I get a chance.

Jun 21, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/2012.

Pours a murky brown with a 1/2 inch dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some brown sugar aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, brown sugar, and some slight caramel flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing that really grabs my attention and would make me want another.

Jun 15, 2012
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Bottled during Mar Wk 2 (2012) notched on the label.

A - A tall pour created a massive tan head that ended up settling to a loose, soapy ivory pile. The color is a brilliantly clear and carbonation-less dark bronzy amber. A ring of thick clumpy lace was left.

S - Lightly toasted malts are primarily caramel-sweet with a hearty pilsner scent. Crisp and clean, there is a low hop noble hop aroma that follows as well as a touch of light, lingering alcohol.

T - Smooth, clean malts populate the taste buds with lightly dry pilsner flavor overshadowed by toasted caramel malts with a moderate sweetness. Noble hop spice gently prickles the tongue on the finish.

M - Like a nicely lagered bock should be, this medium-full bodied beer is ultra smooth and clean with a mild sweetness that turns dry in the end.

O - For the malt-lovers out there, this bock is another easy drinking, very well made lager from Lakefront that features loads of toast and caramel sweet malts with just enough balance to keep it from being cloying. Smooth and drinkable, there's a faint warming sensation of alcohol for those cooler spring evenings.

Jun 13, 2012
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Mahogany color with a flash-in-the-pan head and no real lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of a toffee malt with decent nuttiness and light presences of milk chocolate. Garnish levels of fruity yeast esters (stone fruit) exists in the background as well. Creamy, smooth medium-heavy body with gentle carbonation. It is difficult to find something to criticize but I do feel that it suffers somewhat from a lack of 'toasted' character. Other than that, it is a somewhat better than average Bock.

Jun 12, 2012
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yemenmocha from Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious bock! Golden to amber color. Good clarity. Medium head. Bready nose that is quite appetizing. Palate offers a pleasant malt sweetness, light toffee, smooth body, yet very drinkable. This is a winning combination. Balanced bock for the win. Like a light Salvator.

Mar 24, 2012
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep burgundy pour is topped off by a fizzy and spongy film coating that dissipates within seconds. A fine mist of micro-bubbles moves fast through the drink. Nice coloring, lame head, strong carbonation with no window dressing produces mixed results.

S: Boozy soaked apple peels first come to into being with some signs of cough medicine and some caramel grain sweetness deep down. Medium strength.

T: Boozy apple and caramel grains mixes together along with a sweet, almost syrupy malt base. Spicy flowery hops come on fairly strong with a good presence, noble like, almost like an octoberfest. Good alcohol warmth on the close ups the ante a bit.

M: Full bodied, good here, nice snappy carbonation presence brings some texture to a malty thick and lush mouthful.

O: Overall malty with a good show of hops and alcohol gives this a decent finish to an other wise stutter/mis-step at the start. You eventually warm up to this.

Aug 05, 2011
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown/caramel with a finger of tan head. No real head retnetion or lacing, merely the suggestion of the two...

S: Metallic notes & toffee

T: Toasty malt & bready/doughy notes, slight apricot & caramel notes as well up front. Fruittyness & a slight oxidation tinge as this warms, plus some doughyness & cherry notes. Finishes with apricot, bready notes & some woody hop notes

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation, become fairly chewy once warm

Not a bad bock, but has enough flaws that this would only be an option if fairly hard up for a bock

May 18, 2011
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gueuzeonhigh from Maine

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I knew this beer was/is a bock I expected as much.
Indeed it meet my first expectations.
Looked like a bock-- poured a dark amber. The head was small and short lived- mostly the look.
Nose produced some hints of malt and yeast.
Flavor- was OK for a start. But it never built up to what I expect from a Bock. It was what I'd call a "Bock-lite". The flavor profile wanted to get going and rev up, but the engine never responded to the gas pedal. And so the flavor RPMs were at "fast idle". Nevertheless it sis a satisfying beer.

Mouthfeel was quite cordial with a smooth finish.

Overall this beer is quite enjoyable and it might hit the spot as a "heavier" thirst quencher-- that is the beer and not the thirst.

I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more, it's just not a reference Bock-- but a drinker's Bock.

Apr 17, 2011
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew from the lakefront variety case from bella vista:

Poured a nice clear amber, nice 1/2 head when poured but dissipates quickly. light off white head laces, very light carbonation.

Smell is lightly toasted, caramel malt, hints of vanilla.

Taste is well done, smooth caramel and pilsner malt, just enough sweetness, a very feint notes of vanilla.

Great mouthfeel, just right for a bock, crisp flavors, good balance, just a enough residual sweetness.

Overall, very good brew and true to bock style.

Apr 02, 2011
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Greenlabel from New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pack during a trip to Virginia. Bottle dated as brewed in Jan 2011.

Appearance was somewhat disappointing - poured a nice ruby red but had basically no lacing to accentuate the coloring. However, the smell of malt, caramel and toffee made the beer inviting overall.

The taste lives up to the smell with sweet caramel dominating somewhat. Minimal notice of any hops. Didn't seem to be a 6.7% ABV brew based on the mouth-feel or aftertaste. Less carbonation than I would have anticipated.

Overall, a decent Bock but not one of my favorites among the ones I've tried this season. However, I'm perfectly happy to drink up the rest of the 6-pack.

Mar 09, 2011
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bob3701 from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades into a thin film with no lacing. A malty aroma with a vanilla scent behind it. Very malty flavor with a slight caramel finish. Easy to drink, not a bad bock.

Apr 11, 2010
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sweemzander from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled week 2 of Jan 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear reddish hued brown color that produced an off-white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A light roasted nuttiness with caramel & vanilla sweetness behind it.

(T)- Same as the smell. A good rustic flavor of nuts & light vanilla that almost has a maple sweetness to it.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance. Not overly sweet or rich. A slight dryness that is nice.

(D)- A solid bock that tastes good and doesnt try to be overly or ridiculously sweet, which I appreciate. I could have a couple of these no problem.

Mar 28, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in Jan. notched on label:

Pours crimson -reddish-brownish with a thin off-white head that becomes wispy and eventually vanishes. Nice color - too bad it lacks a nice head or lacing (which is minimal at best).

The smell is of caramel/toffee - towards chocolatey with an earthy and cherry-fruity accent. Some nutty/grainy notes come through.

The taste is sweet - caramel/toffee - malty/carmelized grainy with a cherry-like fruitiness. A subtle touch of earthy hops balances the sweetness in the clean lager finish. Alcohol covered well - with just a nod of "seasonal" warmth".

It is medium-bodied-towards full - for style - stops before entering "doppelbock" territory. Pretty creamy and certainly smooth.

A very drinkable bock with a nice sweet malty profile that doesn't become sticky. Alcohol well covered - just the slightest hint of warmth as it progesses...Has a nice malty taste - a "hearty lager" as described on the label, and one well-done. A nice "seasonal" to transition from the winter to the spring!

Mar 08, 2010
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish I had an interesting way to start this review. I don't so here we go. Poured into my glass the beer is a reddish amber color. Slightly cloudy. A thick inch of beige head sits atop my glass. The aroma is caramel malt. Some sweet fruit can be found if you really stick your snooter in there. The flavor is rich and malty. Sugar toast and a cracker like breadiness seems to greet my tastebuds. There's a bitter alcohol bite that hits you when you least expect it as well. Medium to full body that's rich and lightly carbonated. A nice bock overall.

Aug 21, 2009
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color didn't do much for me; only slightly darker than a mass-produced American light beer. Almost no head.

Almost no smell at all, maybe some floral hops but that's about it.

Despite the look and smell, surprisingly good taste. It's very simple, not much there; again, just some floral hops.

In the mouth, whatever is there balances out whatever else is there, so it's not too flowery and not too hoppy/bitter. Just a hint of carbonation.

Very drinkable, not sure of the alcohol, but it's a smooth drinking beer with no overpowering flavors.

Jun 13, 2009
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iceball585 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy head that lasted well, lots of bubbles rising throughout

S- Toasted grains, nutty, biscuits, caramel, light malts, hint of citrus hops

T- Nutty, toasted malts, slightly sweet, biscuits, butterscotch, hint of toffee

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, smooth, creamy

D- Great session beer

I was fairly impressed by this brew, I need to pick up more of this one.

Jun 05, 2009
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williamherbert from New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful dark, cloudy orange. Big creamy snow-white head. Leaves a thick, icy lace. Very nice for style.

The aroma has heavy notes of sweet caramel and milky butterscotch. Dark brown sugar and toffee. Darkly sweet overall in the nose. Some crisp lager malt breask thru as it warms.

The taste is heavy butterscotch. Dark toffee and molasses. Secondary caramel and brown sugar. Sweet but dark and pungent. Almost a bit too sweet but nice.

The feel is smooth and buttery, like a milky consistency. More watery at the end. Overall t's a tad too sweet; very malty. Could use a slightly bitter balance, but very drinkable.

May 30, 2009
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DiabolikDUB from Oregon

2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into Pint glass.

Pours a fair amber with a finger of off white head. Aroma is full of sweet malt, light caramel, a little earthy. The flavor is full of nuttiness, slight toffee and earthy hops. Its a medium bodied beer with a pleasant carbonation. Overall I'm not too big a fan of the aroma on this beer but the body and flavors are nice.

May 13, 2009
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