Saranac Bock | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
New York, United States
saranac.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by shirfan on 10-25-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
73
Reviews:
49
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Jim_DemonDeacon
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of goblue3509
2.58/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is an amber brown color. The taste is malty with a little nutty taste. There is a very weak smell and the mouthfeel is very weak. This beer is like most other saranac beers, if it were a pitcher it would be todd wellmeyer. It's a solid but it will not overwhelm you. If you do not like a malty roasty bock this would be for you.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark rusty fall-leaf burnt orange color under a thin, unimpressive head.

Uh....hello? I don't smell a damn thing. And I just got done huffing a sweet Aventinus and got all kinds of aromas out of it. Don't know what's going on here.

At first the flavor is underwhelming. At best it's merely decent. A nice nutty sweetness prevails, reminding of a good, well-hopped English pale ale. Slightly bitter finish. Good balance between malt and hop. Only assertive enough against other bocks to squeak by with a 3.5 taste rating.

Mouthfeel is dull and thin, moderate carbonation. Leaves a kind of plastic-y coating too.

Sure, you could drink the hell out of this, you might even like it, but there's no reason to settle for such an average beer.

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Photo of Gmann
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper color with a small tan head, dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. No real distinct aroma, slight malt not much hop detected. Slightly sweet malt taste, mild bitterness, again nothing distinct. This lager goes down easy, has a light body, moderately carbonated, crisp.

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Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Stockfan42
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Sellen
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of herrburgess
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TheRuss9585
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very clear copper color with a frothy one finger cream colored head. Nice retention with a bunch of bubbles at the sides of the glass.
S: Toasted grain with a slight dark fruit sweetness. Malt profile is more dominant than the grassy hops. Caramel sweetness when you swirl the glass a bit.
T/M: Roastyness to the initial flavors. Good crisp hop bitterness comes in also with a dry finish. More bitter than I thought it would be. Grass and leafyness to the hops. A bit buttery with a slight metallic flavor. Medium body with a slight smokeyness.
D: Drinkable, but I don't think this would be at the top of my list when ordering a brew. Nothing that blows me away--how come Saranac seems to be a pedestrian brewery?

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from winter 12 pack

A - pours a maple syrup light brown with a light tan head, with plenty of semi-sluggish carbonation

S - a rich malty aroma htis first, with slight vanilla/floral hints, a nice, but rather subdued aroma

T - bug maltiness up front, then the sweet darkness of a traditional bock kicks in and then at the end a dry bitter finish, doesnt have that dark raisiny, licoricey sweetness from most bock, pretty good though, decent balance

M&D - kind of flat, nice flavor and blend, but not completely satisfying, but not bad by any stretch of the imagination

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Photo of shirfan
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another new offering in the winter 12 pack, replaces last year's Roggen Bock.

Clear copper with minimal foam.

Aroma is of mild toastbread, a bit plain and vague.

Taste is caramel and toasty malt with a light bittering and some nutty tones in the finish. Some dextrin chewyness. Not bad as a medium-bodied lager, but it doesn't stand out.

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Photo of ski271
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium reddish-amber with a medium-sized, off-white, frothy, slowly-diminishing head. Some tiny particles floating around in it… and the case wasn’t old or mishandled, all other beers in the “12 Beers” case were fine. Smell is of mild malt and very light fruit. Taste is mostly bready malt, with caramel and some hops showing up on the finish but mostly just to impart some bitterness. It has a medium-full body, dry texture and low carbonation. Overall, it’s not bad, just nothing special.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from winter 12 pack into pint glass

Clear, almost glowing amber / orange color with a minimal offwhite head which disappears almost immediately leaving zero lace. It is an attractive shade at any rate.

Scent is a mild fruity aroma and something herbal.

Taste is caramel with a lingering roasted flavor and an herbal hop note finishing with a hint of warming. As I sip more i seem to be picking up an off taste of some sort but I can't put my finger on it; metallic I suppose.

Mouthfeel is a nicely carbonated medium-thin.

Drinkability, at least for me, is not particularly good. I lost interest before I could finish the glass.

One of the better beers in the winter sampler 12 pack but still not a particularly notable one. I wouldn't search this one out.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Deep red, brown, translucent, one finger head that quickly drops to minimal lacing.

S – Sweet, fruity (raspberry extract) maltiness, no hop presence

T – Somewhat bland balance, bitter aftertaste, faint berries.

M – A little too carbonated for me, medium body with a watery finish

D – Overall it’s a pretty average brew, the mouthfeel dropped a couple of points on this one, as did the ethereal taste. Still, a much better beer than most Saranac offerings, and most other offerings you’ll find on the rack with it at your local grocery store.

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Photo of BBM
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a dark orange/brown color with a thin white head. Aroma was of sweet vanilla, some caramel. Not bad.

The taste is very malty, with notes of vanilla and caramel. There is also a hop bitterness to the finish, although it seemed more of a distraction than a compliment. As with many Saranacs, for some reason there is a metallic taste to the beer as well. Mouthfeel was thin and dry. Drinkability is pretty standard; you could drink more, but you'll probably want to move onto something else.

A fairly average Bock.

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Photo of happygnome
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: amber color quarter inch worth of head doesnt dissapear fast leaves a little lacing
s: roasted malts caramel kind of interesting kind of floral hops
t: roasted malts, light hop presece nice
m: medium bodied not overly carbonated

overall this is an enjoyable beer not something i would seek out bet nice

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of kernalklink
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A watered down bock with some flavor, but lacking in overall presence. Copper pour releases some bready malt aromas- not much different on tasting only with a slight bitter finish rounding out the profile. Not much here, but it is drinkable. Like most of saranac's offerings, it is a good intro to the style for those scared of better tasting brews.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Saranac Bock from Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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