Saranac Bock | Matt Brewing Company / Saranac Brewery

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Saranac BockSaranac Bock

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 73
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its nice to see a few new things coming from Matt even if they are not great,poured a medium broze color with a thinner quick to fade head.Muted aromas mainly caramel malt with a light toastiness,pretty thin mouthfeel for even a "smaller" bock like this not quite watery but not where you would want it to be either,somewhat sweet up front flavor wise definent caramel malt flavors a decent peppery hop profile comes thru late.A decent but subtle stab at a bock here its drinkable but lacks alot of character in my mind.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

F.X. Matt has delivered a beautiful beer in their Saranac Bock. From it's glowing orange-chestnut body and creamy tan head, to it's lingering finish, it's a winner! It offers a very nice appearance of slightly hazy deep amber and chestnut, with a crimson-orange cast and glowing orange and gold highlights. Good head retention. Good lacing. The beautifully malty aroma expresses a bit of toastiness and dark caramel as well as some floral, leafy, and spicy hops. In the mouth it's smooth with a lightly dextrinous body; and just enough very-fine-bubbled carbonation to give a gentle zest to the tongue. The flavor is well-balanced, and malty but not sweet. It's grainy, toffeeish, and caramelish; balanced by a firm bitterness, spicy and floral hops, and an underlying acidity. It finishes dry and floral with a spicy hop and alcohol accent. It's not the biggest, or the most malty, or even the most drinkable... but it is really well done and accessible with a decent amount of character. Worth trying!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears an amber hue with an off white toffee toned head hue leaves ample lacing all around my glass. Aroma has a nice warming biscuit malt with sweet caramel and evident herbal hops with a touch of metallic character. Flavor has a mild roasty caramel malt with more herbal hop flavors and light alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with even smooth carbonation I'm diggin their take on the bock not a bad brew. Drinkability is quality with six percent abv it has some flavor with some nice drinkability going on.

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Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer that came in the latest Saranac sampler. No freshness dating on any of 'em. Pours pretty tame almond amber, so much for being a "dark" lager. Dark tan, larger bubble head, that leaves a smidge of lacing. Malty nose as was expected, smooth malty brew, notes of bread, yeast, maple. Drinkable , serviceable little brew. Nothing special, pretty typical, middle of the road Saranac offering

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: very mild caramel sweetness is all the nose picks up.

Taste: caramel, mild nuttiness, ripe fruit sweetness, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Overall this was a bit sweeter and milder on the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: crisp start with a smooth finish. The finish was also quite dry. Caramel sweetness lingers long into the aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: another decent but not overwhelming beer from Saranac. A bit more maltiness in the flavor would bring it up a notch. Since it is milder this is an easy to drink bock.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer considering Saranac's low price. Looks a touch light for a bock but still managed a pretty amber color with off-white head. I'm never quite sure how to describe bock flavor, but I know it when I taste it or smell it. The sweet, caramel and licorish-like malts are there, although not terrible rich. There's also a bit of a spicey, hot hops element to this brew. It seems Saranac has been uping their hops in a couple brews lately - awesome. Overall, not a bad beer for a the price. Tasty and very drinkable but no award winner.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with an offwite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, malty scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, yet malty flavor that boasts of a mild crystal malt and not much else. It goes down easy and finishes with some residual sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing too impressive.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy off white head. There was very good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a sweet husky grain with a solid noble hop presence.

The taste consisted of a lightly sweet biscuity malt with a very good grain bill. There was a very good hop spice as well.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a very solid bock. Very drinkable and sessionable. A very nice offering from Saranac.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2006 Winter Seasonal Case.

A: The bock is a deep amber/copper red, coming close to a brown color. There is no head retention, save for a small white ring.

S: The bock has a grainy malt aroma that is ramped up quite a bit, resulting in a slightly sweet malt smell.

T: Saranac seems to have the malt body component of their beers down pat and this is no exception. The malts are thick and well concentrated, giving the beer a sweeter, bigger malt flavor. Hops are an afterthought but that malts don't make me miss 'em.

M: The malts are big and chewy, finally allowing Saranac to really hit the mark.

D: Very drinkable with a moderate abv, this is a real star from the Winter case.

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Photo of Suds
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very light brown color that’s accented with a reddish hue. It’s very clear, with a nice, albeit thin, white head. The aroma is of lightly toasted malt. The beer presents a significant sweet malt smell, but its richness and depth could be a little more intense. The beer is modestly sweet with a clean fresh bread crust flavor. The finish has a slight herbal bitterness. Appropriately, there’s not much hop flavor in the beer. Medium body and fairly medium carbonation. This is a clean and drinkable bock. Although it’s respectable, there are a lot of better bocks out there.

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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 tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper color with moderate slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is noticable for sweet caramel malt
Taste brings more of the caramel taste, backed by a firm hop bitterness.
Nice and full in the moth with good taste retention.
A nice middle of the road beer. Easy to drink.

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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 NJpadreFan
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saranac- Bock

Appearance- light reddish brown with a big thick, heavy lacing head.
Smell- Sweet caramel malt with a light nutty hop smell.
Taste- Sweet vanilla caramel malt. Light hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a slight dry bitterness in the back end. Sight metallic aftertaste.

Overall- The metallic aftertaste brings it down a bit but otherwise not bad!

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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 NEhophead
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a clean-toned copper in color. Half-inch, creamy off-white head that lingers as an intact sheet. Scattered, webbed lacing down half of the glass' sides.

Sweet caramel and mild toffee malt aromatics. Powdered mustiness from the yeast; stiff, malted wheat and grains.

Creamy, sweet flavors of caramel and toffee. A lot of grain and wheat that is clean tasting, yet somewhat adjunctory with flavors of rice and corn. The sweetness is broken by the noble grain presence and is followed by an airy bitterness. The aftertaste is diacetyl-laden biscuit and a bit of sweetness.

A light, medium in body; more thin and watery than I'd like or expect from the style.

A Bock that is too thin and lacking in flavor and mouthfeel for my taste. Not a terrible lager, but not 'well crafted' stylistically.

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Photo of Phatz
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allowed to warm. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a thick off-white head that fades to a spotted cap. Then nice moderate lacing Stays just above the level of the beer as it drops.

Smell: Hints of caramel and maybe there is some grain in there. It is really hard to detect unless my nose is broken from all the bleach I was just using to sanitize homebrew bottles. Nope, I can smell the Corsendonk Christmas Ale I just don't get much of anything from Saranac Bock.

Taste: Honey caramel and toffee, with a fruity overtone but all the while thin with too much wateriness and dead space in the mouth. The peppery hop attribute in the aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant. Approachable and friendly- ? - YES. Impressive - ?- NO. Still, it is a suitable transition beer and a quaffable no thinker if that is in order.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Crisp and yet slick with some juicy malty substance and dry at the back. Better than I expected.

Drinkability: This may be a simple Bock, but it is certainly a sessionable easy drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy excited red color with a small head of tan / white foam. Some lacing in the glass. Medium level of carbonation.

S: Smells of freshly picked hops and cedar chips. Mild malty caramel note is present.

T: Mildly roasted caramel malts. Light hops. Some grain flavors are noted. A touch of sour leafy like quality toward the finish.

M: Lightly sticky and smooth. Goes down well. Little carbonation on the tongue.

D: Not bad. I'm usually not big on bocks, but I could do this again.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saranac Bock
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink # on the side of the bottle - 2696 0858
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a copper light-brown with a thin circular lacing around the glass. Wavy trails of sticky lacings along the side of the pint.

The nose is light, but sweet and malty.

Juicy caramel and toasted malts dominate the sip. Syrupy and sweet with a malty backbone. Smooth and a little creamy with a mini hop presence.

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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 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 Stimack
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is amber in color with a fair sized off-white head that has some retention and left a good amount of lacing. The aroma is mostly malt; caramel seems to come out the most but also a biscuit like property. The taste is mostly of malts, caramel again along with a roasted flavor that seems to go pretty well together and finishes with the lightest of hops as it is there a sec and gone the next. Over all this is a middle of the road brew, not something to write home about but not a bad offering, it is easy to drink.

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Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

out of a winter 12 pack. pours a medium amber with a two finger light tan head that held for a while then faded to just covering the beer with some thin spotty lace. fruity floral aromas with a big bready malt taste with a touch caramel and a slightly salty tasting finish. light mouthfeel with good carbonation. good session beer

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Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Golden-amber color...condensed head of beige foam.
Sweet caramel aroma..mild, but there.
Nuts really come out in the flavor, blended with a sweet, biscuity malt profile. Some dark fruits come out more as it warms as well. Not too bad.
Medium bodied...some medicinal qualities in the finish, but nothing too distracting to the overall flavor of the brew.
An interesting bock with enough flavor to satisfy my tastebuds.

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Photo of oelergud
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, lager clear, honey reddish body with low carbonation. Light tan creamy head with small bubbles irregularly dispersed. Falls to a thin even float without leaving much lace.
Mild clear typical lager scents of grasses and floral but more dominant is the faintly spiced honey scent that is then followed by a stronger caramel character.
Slightly burnt caramel and a toffee/molasses up front flavor over a very faint citric layer of floral notes. Aftertaste is lightly hopped and well balanced, the malts never letting the hops take over.
Full body and good coating even abit slick. Finish is fairly dry and there are some residual sugar making the lips stick.
This is a very drinkable offering from Saranac and a pleasant surprise. There is hope yet for this brewery.


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