Bock Beer | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Bock BeerBock Beer

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TastyTaste on 04-26-2002

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of bob3701
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of iceball585
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of steveh
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
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 roadhouse
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pils glass.

Appearance is a crystal clear copper orange color with lots of active carbonation that forms a one inch off-white head on top. Quite a bit of lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is of caramel malt, a mild toasty character, and a bit of a light vague fruitiness.

Taste has some caramel up front, a bit of a buttery taste - perhaps a touch of diacetyl, light toasted notes, and again a vague fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, nice creamy texture and crisp finish.

Not a great bock, but it's fairly tasty. It's lacking overall.

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Photo of tjkurz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated second week of february aggressive pour into imperial pint glass a quarter head tight and nice lacing throughout. Reddish/Copper/Amber and clear carbs rise nicely in pillars. Smell mostly roasted malts with a touch citrus/fruit. Taste malty upfront a touch hop metal finish. Not very heavy rather light on the carbs. This beer really scratched my spring beer itch. Drinkable as always provincial I favor Lakefront a little - wish I had this sixer a couple weeks ago for the first round of the tourney.

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Photo of Spikester
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with one finger of white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is some fruitiness. Taste is bready sweet malts with just enough hop bitterness to make it interesting. Easy to drink leaves you wanting another. Decent spring offering. Much better beer than the last beer I tried from this brewer. To be fair I think it was quite old. This bottle tasted quite fresh and clean.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It poured golden yellow with a one finger head. Moderate carbonation was present. It was slightly chill hazed.

It had a nice malt and hop scent. Well balanced and slightly sweet.

It had a great balance of malt and hops. There was an equal aftertaste of malt and hops as well. It was medium bodied but lite at the same time. Great mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. The appearance, smell and taste are good but the mouthfeel really makes this a beer worth savoring.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from this spring. Bottle with a marking of 1st week of February poured into a mug.

A- It poured walnut/chestnut brown with light carbonation and a 1/2 finger tan head that fell to a thin lace.

S- Sweet caramel and fruit tones.

T- Sweet caramel and an interesting sour fruit flavor (almost like tart cherries).

M- Light carbonation and a sligt warming sensation.

D- It isn't bad at all, just missing some "wow" factor.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a small head and no lacing.

Smell has a strong malty aroma with some caramel, slight hop aroma.

Taste starts out malty, very slick and buttery like most bocks, stronger than usual bitterness kick to the sides of the mouth, not at all unpleasant but unexpected, decent caramel aspect.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hard pour yielded a good head, but as others have said, it didn't really stick around beyond a thin cover. Looks like a little yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle; is this bottle-conditioned? I poured it in and it made the beer slightly cloudy, so perhaps it is.

S - Some toffee, caramel, sweetbread.

T - Grainy orange-spice bread drizzled in caramel. Slight bittering hop balances.

F - Seems to lack a bit in crispness going in. It's not flat, it just doesn't come across as crisp as it should.

D - Not bad, it just strikes me as a humdrum bock. I'm glad to drink it, but bock really isn't my style, and I'm sure my deviation from the mean reflects this.

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Photo of akogrady
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice ruby color, very short head, didn't last long (the head, that is).

S - Sweet, malty, no strong undertones.

T - Sweet, with a bit of a bite. Not bad, but could use some balancing with other flavors, some rounding out, per se.

M - Medium carbonation, moderately smooth.

D - Not bad, but I don't think I'd have more than one in an evening. Not quite my flavor.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby hued brown with a decent creme head that doesn't really stick around. Flavor starts off nice and robust and kicks to a pretty super sweet edge. It's nice, but if only it were a bit more rounded and not so tangy, it's be much better to me. Smooth feel though. Overall a bit too much tang to make it how I'd want it to be.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 botham
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a fiery garnet amber color with a couple fingers of light orange head that remains for a couple minutes.

aroma is malty, with caramel malts and a grainy character dominating. subtle spices can be detected, alongside a very distant roasted malt note.

taste is malty, with the caramel base and the subtle spiced flavor here as well. there is a distinct nutty character here as well, which departs from the style a bit, but fits in nicely.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a nominal amount of CO2, and no alcoholic presence. finish is smooth with lingering caramel and nut.

drinkability is great. this is a very manageable bock, without high alcohol or malt levels. the subtle nutty and spiced notes give it a character that is unique to the style, but still remains a solid bock. cheers!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 cdkrenz
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$9.99 / 8 Pack
Variety Pack
Dan's Liquor
Plover, Wisconsin

Appearance - Brown to medium amber color with nice lacing. The white 1/4 inch of head is surface by a fair amount of rising bubbles.

Smell - Carmeled grains with a finish of something odd, clove perhaps?

Taste - Carmel and malt flavors with a finish of hops. Nicey nicey!

Mouthfeel - Watery texture and the flavor kind of runs straight back the center of my tongue before spreading out in the back with the hoppy finish.

~ This was the "Mystery Beer" in the 8 pack. I read through the reviews of other Lakefront brews to determine which beer it actually was. I did this once I had completed my review.

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Photo of pmcadamis
1.76/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - A small khaki cap covers this cloudy russet brew. Rhubarb highlights can be seen in the light, and the head dissipates to nothing but a thin collar and some smoke within seconds. Some lacing is left on the glass, but it slides back down into the brew. A quick swirl brings up the small cap again....for a few seconds.

S - Thin fruity malt notes waft on top of some vinegary grapey aromas. Not very assertive at all...I really had to stick my nose in this one to smell much of anything. I also notice a band-aide phenol smell in all of Lakefront's brews that isn't the phenol peaty note that I love in scotch, but more of a hospital sick-bed smell.

T - Dull, thin, wet malt. Some hops are there in small amounts, but this is just a weak, flimsy brew.

M - Moderate carbonation with a tight mouthfeel with some detectable alcohol.

D - Poor. I don't know what it is about this brew, but it just isn't what it could be. I'm starting to hate Lakefront. I keep giving them a chance, but they never deliver.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice brown color, reddish highlights. Tan head fluffs up over a finger, retention and lacing aren't too good. Aroma is toasty malt, definitely some alcohol, a hint of dark fruit, and a nutty fullness. Really nice.

Big malt in the mouth, sweet and caramel flavors and plenty of currant to back it up. A little slick, full in the mouth, medium-thin body. Alcohol is evident, but not a deterrent. The sweetness gets too much for me, but it's an easy-drinking bock.

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Photo of slyke
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Bock Beer from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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