Jan 2012

Reviews: Men’s Health On Gansett Bock

Here’s a great review from Men’s Health online raving about Gansett bock. Pick some up today if you haven’t already. Drink the goat!

The Rotating Tap: Narragansett Bock

Posted by Michael Easter

If we were in college, this post would harp on the fact that Narragansett Bock comes in a 16-ounce can. “Dude. Tall boys? A six-pack of tall boys gives you, like, two extra beers for the same price, dude.” That is, unless we went to some East Coast, intellectual liberal arts school. Then we’d go all David Foster Wallace-like on you, and this post would probably be called “Consider the Tall Boy.” In it, we’d contemplate the ethical ramifications and societal inequalities of drinking a can of beer that contains 33% more beer than everyone else’s can of beer—and what that says about you.

Thank god we’ve grown up. We’re here to tell you about the beer, and only the beer.

Narragansett has brewed no-B.S., high-quality beer up in New England since 1890. Once the largest brewer in the area—and the official beer-provider of the Red Sox—‘Gansett struggled in the ’80s and ’90s, but in 2005 was purchased by a group of Rhode Islanders who are breathing new life into the company. They brew their flagship lager, a light lager, and a cream ale year round, and do four seasonal craft brews.

The one we’re drinking this weekend: Narragansett Bock—a 6.5% ABV beer originally created in 1931 to celebrate the repeal of prohibition. This spring-seasonal beer is a traditional helles lager brewed to bock strength with light and dark Munich malts, pilsner malts, and malted wheat. It’s hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops. From a tall boy can, it pours a copper color—lighter than your average bock—with a tall head and fantastic lacing. You’ll pick up herbal, oily hoppiness and some slightly sweet bready maltiness on the nose. The flavor is initially hoppy, and then you’ll taste toasted biscuit, some sweetness, and lingering hop bitterness. It’s a full-bodied beer that finishes dry.

Overall, this beer is a must-try and a killer value at about $8 for a six-pack of 16-ouncers. (Plus you get like, two more beers out of a six-pack of tall boys—and your beer is bigger than everyone else’s).