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
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 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 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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 Kelp
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 buzzy
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 animal69
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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 cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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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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