Bock Beer
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Style:
German Bock
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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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 95
Reviews by NEDmiller:
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive reddish brown...not quite as clear as I would like but not bad....nose is yeasty but soft....body is substantial for a regular bock...sweet flavors...bready and yeasty....some brown sugars and molasses....just a hint of dark fruits...very sweet and much better than some of the so called doppelbocks like Leinies and Schells....it does have a little yeasty soruness on the long finish....

One of Lakefronts better beers...if you like sweet, sticky bocks this is your beer....I enjoyed it and would buy a sixer of this each year...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear scarlet red/ amber orange appearance. The body is capped by a nice looking light brown head...creamy in nature. The lace is pretty full. Nice bready malt aroma. A little cakey and yeasty. Small hints of molasses on the nose as well. Nicely carbonated and almost a full body. For a straight bock, this has some pretty nice depth to it. Cinamon bread comes to mind when tasting this. And brown sugar. And molasses. And munich malts. Definitely munich malts here. This is a very solid Bock that could go toe to toe with some of the average Double Bocks.

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Photo of ADR
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and attractive dark coppery brown appearance, head is yellow ochre in color, flattish but adequate. Wide slipping loop laces. Nice aroma, malty with elements of sweetened cherry and maple syrup, almost like IHOP pancakes. Medium mouthfeel, lower carbonation, shows a thick backbone for an ordinary Bock. Full flavor, a berry sense fights through the brown sugar maltiness, gives a staunch and unchanging flavor profile. Slight burnt quality mid mouth. Finishes full. There seems to be a lot of unmemorable lighter beers in the Bock category, this one stands above them. I really like the aroma here, and stack this one on the list of Lakefront's notable brews.

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Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've finally found a store with a good Lakefront selection. My opinion of the brewery has changed greatly in the past week (now that I can get some of their better stuff).
Pours a mean-looking, dark brown/amber. This could nearly pass for a doppelbock. Off-white fluffy head fades quickly.
Big raisin and dark fruits on the nostrils...exclusively malts.
Malts are big on the tongue too. Sweet and somewhat chewy. Carmel, raisin, faint toastiness. Tasty!
Mouthfeel is a little light...but I keep wanting this to be a doppel...for a regular bock, quite robust....but still could use a little beefing up in the mouth dept.
But overall, a very nice bock, brewed once a year. A nice treat. Pretty big to boot....I am guessing the ABV is up there for the style.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown color, alost maroon. Not a lot of head, just a thin layer on top of the beer. Good amounts of visible carbonation. Smell is nice and malty, raisins and brown sugar. Taste is rich and full, very malty, but the body is too thin for the style. Alcohol traces and some hops on the finish. Not too bad, could use a little more body, though.

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Photo of yemenmocha
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. Single obverse label that has a picture of a horned goat set in a brown triangle that has the word ‘Bock’ in a red edged black Germanic font below it. No strength listed, but the label states that the beer was Bottled during Week 4, February.

Appearance: Dark brown chestnut body with deep ruby mahogany hue when held to the light. Lots of conditioning helps to create a creamy appearance in the body of the beer as it is poured. The head forms easily into a very smooth looking light tan cap that has good stability and leaves a light smattering of lacing.

Nose: Has a rather classic nose that I associate with the Bock style, sweet malts, yeasts, breaded dough and some light caramel with dark fruits.

Taste: Caramel fused into slick smooth creamy sweetish malts that also have a dissolved brown sugar and dark fig fruit feel to it. There is some bitterness in the middle which balances nicely but the dark fruits come through in the end.

Mouthfeel: Above average body that has a fantastic creamy feel and a lightly warming finish, possibly from the alcohol. The carbonation lends a smoothness that helps to give more feel to a body that has some light aspects to it.

Drinkability: The richness in this Bock makes it a pleasure to imbibe, the lightness that is exhibited assists the quaffability of this Bock also.

Overall: A jolly good Bock and another nice offering from Lakefront.

Thanks to the BadMonk for this one!

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Photo of Winter
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suspect this had been sitting around since February or March prior to my purchasing a single bottle of it from the cooler in which it resided. I'm reviewing this in November and, as far as I can tell, time has not diminished this one bit.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a short-lived light tan head. Aroma consists of caramel malt, raisin and brown sugar. Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel. The taste exhibits most of the complex flavors you'd find in a decent bock beer. It starts off with a rich caramal malt flavor. Sweet molasses flavor coats the tongue midway and lingers into the long finish. It moves into some vinous tones and that sweet caramel flavor returns in the finish. Hops dry the tongue out toward the end. Lakefront's bock seems a little lighter on the raisin flavor typically found in most bocks. But there are strong vinous tones and you can taste the alcohol flavors appears slightly toward the back. Overall, this was an enjoyable bock and something I'll need to revisit next Spring.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color, a rosy brownish hue, light and pink at the sides and foot, with a lush, toasty tan head, that nestles down to nothing with a quickness.
Aroma, nutty, fruity, a bit complex, full of malt, revealing just a hint of higher alcohol.
Rich and full in the mouth, with malt aplenty, and, again, awash with fruit, feeling even vinous, grapes, cherries galore.
Body is about medium, and the finish doesn't go as far as I'd like. This is the only flaw I find with this very tasty bock.
A joy to drink, with considerable flavor.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of burnished copper. Clear, with a tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin solid layer.
Brown sugar and a touch of citrus rind are noted in the aroma.
The flavor is in step with the aroma. A mollasses sweetness and a bit of tang, like an orange rind would have. Becomes drier towards the finish as it leaves a bit of a toasty aftertaste.
Thinner in body & lighter than I would have hoped for, but still a decent bock.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad bock from Lakefront. Pours out to a dark ruby red color with a short lived head of cream colored foam. Medium low carbonation, and a few rings of lace. Aroma is very malty and wreaks of roasted earth, with some sweet grain and wood elements. Solid. Taste is quaffable; toasted bread and malt smooth over to a raw grain note that presents a creamy element of sweetness. Mouthfeel is fair, mild and slightly smooth. Drinkability is average. I've had better in the style, but this isn't bad.

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

Pours out a deep reddish brown - more red than typical bronze coloration. There is a minimal tan head and no discrenible lace effect. The nose is somewhat sweet and toasted. The taste is a sweetish sour flavor that is disconcerting at first but becomes quite nice on the palate as the glass is emptied. The mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy. Good drinkability overall.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark amber copper color with a thin, firm, dusted brown head. Soft, supple, clean, sweet bready malt nose with touches of brown sugar and molasses. Bold taste, firm grabbing sweet bready malt base thats lightly chewy with a light drying tang that keeps a nice sweet coating in the mouth. Bits of herbalness in a very light hopping sneak through nearer the finish. Close to full body, smooth and clean with a very present sweet tang coating the palate leaving some chewy, nearly cloying effects across the entire tongue. I usually don't enjoy the regular bocks due to having accustomedized my tastes towards the more hefty doppels. This brings to mind of something that Capital might put out, perhaps a cross between the Blonde, Autumnal Fire, and Dark could produce something similar to this; that said, this is a pretty straight up hefty bock that I can finally put some trust in for the style. A fine and tasty lager bock beer by Lakefront.

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Photo of Greenlabel
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.

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Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby-brown with a small white-gray head. Smells of toffee and bready malt. Some toasted notes. Taste is rich, rummy sweetness. Malt all the way. Some hop presence comes in to balance ( a little bit). Finish is lightly bitter with lingering sweetness and cooked veggies. Nice creamy mouthfeel too. Another good WI bock.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark but clear and clean. Its got a very thin head which is wispy and gone within about 30 seconds. It smells at first a bit like vanilla, followed by malty sweetness and marzipan.

This tastes very smooth. Its not overly carbonated and has a nice sweet taste that makes it flavorful enough that each concurrent sip is appealing. I admit, I am an ale fan first and a lager fan second, but dark lagers like this are a nice change up.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
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.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful seasonal offering from Lakefront.

This beer, poured from the brewery tap, had a nice and creamy, faintly tannish head that sustained well throughout the drink. The color was very dark, with an almost scarlet hue.

The smell was wonderfully 'bockish'--a malty sweetness, that characterizes a typical German-style bock. Very phenolic.

The initial taste was, of course, a nice caramel, burnt sweetness, but the real surprise came in the finish--a very nice bittering hop that balanced out the initial rush of malt. The body was right on target for a bock--not too dense, but just about what you'd want from a regular strength bock. The overall mouthfeel was nice, and had the nice mixture of a bread-y 'ryeness' coupled with a great and spicy bittering hop taste. Yum!

High drinkability factor here, especially on tap.

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Photo of steveh
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -- Appearance is good to the style of a Traditional Bock, but the label says it's dark -- this ain't dark. Clear, deep gold to orange color with a massive, light tan head that settles slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

S -- Spicy and earthy hops in the nose, some vague caramel back. Not great to style.

T -- Wow, big diacetyl hit up front, malt and alcohol back and bready malt in the aftertaste, even some mild astringency. Some of that earthy, herbal hop quality present too and even some mild fruitiness. If it wasn't for the diacetyl and fruitiness, I'd rate this higher.

M -- Slick mouth-feel, almost buttery. Medium bodied.

D -- This beer is definitely drinkable, but the characters are far from what I'd expect in any style of Bock.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy copper/amber with a white head that fades away fairly rapidly leaving no real lace.
Aromas of a syrupy caramel and some yeast bread hits come through.
Flavor of caramel, some bubblegum (?) and a slightly bready note with some brown sugar on top.
Mouthfeel is sweet, almost sickly so with an almost a sour note present on the finish. Lack of decent carbonation doesn't help the syrupy type of feeling either.
Drinkability is slightly above average maybe. Has some potential but either some age or a little bit of miss in brewing this batch makes the sourness a bit off-putting.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a wonderful,malty, nutty tasting bock beer from one of my favorite breweries. The taste of burnt sugar and nuts was prominent and the finish was smooth and delightful. This is a WONDERFUL brew! This is apparently seasonal, but I sure wish it was available all year round

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

Dark coral mixed with orange; a molten lava-like look and a lovely color for beer. The compact, tight-bubbled head resembles orange juice mixed with butter and shows no signs of deflation, even minutes after the pour. This is a wonderful looking bock, no question about it.

The nose is low on power and is toasted malty, earthy and fruity sour. Once the beer warms, I hope to have more to go on. For those who care, the malt bill is 100% Munich and the hop bill is 100% Hallertau (at least as far as I was able to determine). That isn't my favorite set of ingredients, but we'll see what happens on the buds.

Bock beer is a decent bock beer, but I'm not doing cartwheels. As the nose hinted at, it's a wee bit too tart for the style. Munich malt is large and in charge, delivering a earthy, toasted nutty, dry caramel, leather-like flavor that is kinda, sorta enjoyable. If it wasn't for the unripe fruitiness, I'd be more of a fan. Warming helps and tempts me to nudge the flavor score higher... though I'm able to resist.

I hate to say it, but I think the 5.7% ABV might be a factor in my lack of enthusiasm. I like my bocks (when I like them at all) to be more malty, more substantial than this. Kicking the alcohol content up to the higher end of the bock range rather than the lower end is the first change I'd make. Of course, that would involve adding more malt, which was the idea all along.

There's nothing wrong with the mouthfeel. It has an appealing lagery smoothness that barely fades, if at all, on the longish finish. Well done, guys, well done.

The happy little goat head on the label looks at me as if to say 'how could you not like my beer?' I do like it, it's just that I'm not exactly bowled over by what I'm tasting. Since I haven't been bowled over by too many bocks, perhaps you'd be better off seeking someone else's opinion.

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Photo of slyke
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep red with a tan head that thins to a cap, then a ring. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet with hints of grain and alcohol

Taste: The sweetness is still there with a bit of a roasted quality.

Mouthfeel is good, nice and smooth

Drinkability: Good, but not great. I think one is enough.

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Photo of RickS95
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.

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Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 95 ratings