Saturday, March 1, 2014

Narragansett Bock

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1061) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2014
I poured a 16oz can into a lager. It was canned on 12/10/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.16 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark copper/brown proper hue. Clear with visible carbonation. Pours to a large, off white, foamy head which laces and retains fairly well.

Smell: Sweet maltiness with confectionery notes, though there is a generic lager aroma at the core.

Taste: I’ve never been all that impressed by Narragansett beers. I had high hopes for their bock, since this is a stronger brew with more malt it’s almost assuredly more flavorful, right? Not really. While there’s nothing particularly wrong with Narragansett Bock, there’s not a whole lot right about it, either. Only the faintest traces of authentic malt character and even fainter traces of authentic Helles Bock lineage.

Since this is technically a macro lager I was worried the beer might taste cheap or flawed, but it does have some real craftiness to it (though just barely). The nose indicated a strong malt presence, but the palette did not deliver. Very mild notes of toffee and caramel with a touch of dry hop bitterness. Perhaps a tad spicy, but mostly just mild bitterness (I’m sensing a theme, here). Some nuttiness comes through on the backend, which is nice, but there’s a little bit of astringency or tanginess in the aftertaste. I think there’s a great beer struggling to get out, but what’s here is only alright.

Drinkability: I was quite surprised to see Narragansett Bock weighs in at 6.5% ABV, since there isn’t much flavor to support that weight. This drinks like something much lighter and more overtly sessionable. I do like the delivery as the mouthfeel is soft, smooth and calm to create for a comfortable presence and smooth finish. The aftertaste isn’t as clean as it could be, though, and I wouldn’t consider the beer refreshing. 
Grade: 5/10

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