Apr 2011

Reviews: CraftCans.Com Loving Gansett’s Seasonal Beers

Narragansett Bock review from CraftCans.com

First brewed back in the ’30s, Narragansett’s Bock is an ode to spring and their newest canned seasonal. This is a helles bock or maibock style beer so you can expect it to be a little easier on the palate yet pack plenty of flavor. These big, green cans certainly stand out on the shelf and at $7.99 for a six-pack its certainly hard to resist!

From the Narragansett site:

“Gansett Bock is a deeply flavorful beer with a rich golden color and a full body.  It is drier, hoppier, and slightly more bitter than a traditional bock, but still with a relatively low hop flavor.  It offers an extremely approachable craft experience not to be confused with the double and triple bocks out on the market.  The beer pours well, producing a large creamy, persistent white head, and moderate carbonation.  Despite its full body, the flavor is not overly malty and delivers an elegant spicy character from the hops that produces a balanced, smooth finish.

Here we go…

Pour – clear, dark golden to amber in appearance with a thick, biscuit batter-like head on top.

Aroma – caramel, raw sugar, a bit of sweet orange and plenty of maltiness.

Taste – first sip brings on malty sweetness and a sharp, firm bite. Some nice caramel and brown sugar flavors combine with slight hints of citrus and bread dough and all come together and face a nicely put together and altogether sharp lager finish. This is not a half-assed amber lager by any means. This is a very well brewed helles bock and needs to be experienced in order to truly be appreciated.

Overall – This is certainly a well put together lager with a very nice and very defined finish. Crisp and refreshing. Well done Narragansett, well done.

Would I buy more of it? – I would. A six-pack of 16 oz. cans is going for about $8 here in New England. Very affordable for a quality brew. Narragansett has done very well with all of their seasonal canned releases thus far.

Note – Narragansett has released a fall seasonal (Fest) as well as a winter seasonal (Porter) and now a spring seasonal (Bock) and will in fact also be releasing a summer seasonal in 16 oz. tall boy cans this year for the very first time. Cheers!