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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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Added by shirfan on 10-25-2006

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of hero27
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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 yourunclewalt
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer has a nice golden hue with a nice sticky white head that has a nice lacing that sticks around. there is not a huge aroma from this beer but no unplesant aromas either. the flavor is very nice, not too hoppy and and has a nice almost smokey malt flavor. smoke may not be the right term but it has that feel. the body is medium and smooth very drinkable and enjoyable. This is a very solid very enjoyable beer to consume.

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Photo of billybob
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 happygnome
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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 sethmeister
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 auxiliary
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this today with my dinner.
Appearance - Sorry I didn't pour it in a glass,but it did keep a nice head in the bottle lol.

Smell - Roasted malts mainly. Should of poured it in a glass to get a better smell.

Taste - Roasted malts are overwelm the taste. Hints of caramel too.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer, worth a try I would say.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium amber with a one finger head, OK longevity and decent lace. Good caramel malt smells mixed with just enough hop aroma, although perhaps a bit much for a bock. Nice rich caramel malt flavors but a bit too much hop flavor/bitterness at the end - at least for a bock anyway. Good flavor though, better than the Black Diamond Bock IMO. A decent offering.

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Photo of ski271
3.06/5  rDev -11%
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 NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +14%
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 JimFalzone
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saranac came out with the coolest kind of sampler. A 12-pack with 12 different beers. Anyone who buys these sampler 12 packs knows that folks like Magic Hat and Shipyard, typically only give you three or four different beers.

The other cool, relatively unique thing about Saranac is that on the neck of each bottle is an accurate picture of how the beer will look in a pint glass. It gives you an idea of the darkness of the beer, that you wouldn't otherwise see in the dark brown glass bottle.

The bock is a nice malty winter brew. It's mostly sweet but it has a counterbalancing hoppiness that makes it very drinkable. The pure white head follows the beer down the glass. The head is light but still present to the very end.

It sort of reminds me of the Smuttynose Old Brown Dog ale. Now I wish my sampler didn't contain just one Bock!

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Photo of beerphan
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
2006 12 beers of winter

Pours a clear deep copper orange. A great color. A thin head settles quickly to some slightly rocky film, but leaves no lace. Carbonation is typical Saranac, bubbles all over the glass off the pour.

Malty nose.

Caramel malt and a dry bitter aftertaste. I really couldn't smell any hops but they show up on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-to full. But leaves a drying sting.

I could probably drink these for a night if my choices were slim.

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Photo of oelergud
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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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Photo of Metalmonk
2.89/5  rDev -16%
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 Stimack
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 arnulfooxblood
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance--Orange/amber in color, decent head retention.

Smell--sweet malts

Taste/Mouthfeel--Surprising sour taste off the bat followed quickly by sweeter malts. Interesting taste for a bock. Not unpleasant, but not what I was expecting.

Drinkability--Not bad, I'd have another.

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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 kernalklink
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 bjohnson
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Gmann
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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 RedChrome
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light coppery red colored beer. Small white head shrank almost instantly. Almost no carbonation can be seen at all despite crytal clear body. Lacing in thin ring all the way down.

Sweet malt aromas dominate the first whiff. A scent of toasted oats. A faint hops aroma gives the smell a slight but appropriate bitterness for the style.

A very light roasted oat flavor. Bittering develops in the back of the throat as the flavor shifts. A second sip had a faint caramel sweetness on the edges of the tongue.

Average thickness in the beer. A lack of carbonation made the tastes sit flat on the tongue.

Ovarall a decent bock. This one would go great with a pork roast dinner. A decent offering in the 12 beers of Christmas pack. Worth a try if you can pick up the mixed case.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear bronze with copper highlights. Dense two finger head, off-white in color and holds a cap well, leaving spotty lace. Crystal and lots of pale malt in the nose, with a light noble hop aroma. Toasty Munich and Vienna maltiness upfront, followed by caramel and slight dextrinous taste. Hop profile is perhaps more assertive than appropriate, but the bitterness in the aftertaste really balances out this malty beer along with plenty of floral Hallertau and spicy Saaz flavor. The medium-full body and light carbonation exaggerate the rich malt character creating a heavier mouthfeel and lingering sweetness without cloying. Finishes residual with an evenly matched german hop acidity, allowing a good drinkability.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.34/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in the Saranac 12 Beers of Winter Sampler. So far this is the best of the bunch. I once tasted Wagner’s Sled Dog Dopplebock and really disliked the strong flavor and wasn’t sure how I was going to like this bock beer when I saw the dark color. I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. It had a creamy mouthfeel, rich malty flavor and smooth finish.This was an excellent tasting lager and was much better tasting than Saranac’s Adirondack Lager. I would like to see Saranac add this one to their regular lineup as well.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark lager is the description and yes is a spring bock or doppelbock. It is closer to a doppelbock in color and a spring hybrid bock in flavor. Smooth chocolate overtones, malty nose, full body with very little IBU or hop bitterness. An adventurous enjoyable beer from Saranac.

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