Left Hand Rye Bock Lager

Style and Glass: Dunkler Bock, Mug; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 7.7% in 25.36 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.79 (down from $14 ea — I picked up 6 for $15 — madmen there, and they better stay nutso)

Aroma: very nice, inviting, flowery, rye, bready, wheaty, grassy, meadow, rain.

Visuals: interesting label, like an aged iced tea, deep murky brown, cloudy, thick off white head, sticky lace.

Taste: very well balanced, brown ale, sage, onions, rye, roses, tea, chai, some hops, medium strength.

Palate: very nice, smooth oily texture, medium, light, tasty finish.

Overall: A summery brew, refreshing, very enjoyable. A repeat, 6x at least. Maybe my favorite bock so far. Amazing value — makes me wonder why the run on the price. well crafted.

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My only real experience with a Rye is a friends home brew. It was good, but I have to say I’m no huge fan of Bocks or German style brews. There’s just SOMETHING about the malt in the style. I also have to say that this is one of the best beer sites I’ve read. Great job! This is beyond “blog” and just a damn good www.

Keep it up.


Comment by Jason

Wow, Jason — I’m blushing. šŸ˜‰ I really have only had a few rye based brews, including Founders Red’s Rye Ale and Bear Republic’s Hop Rod Rye. I have to say I’m very enamored with the complexity and depth of the flavors it imparts. I imagine it would also be great for pairing with certain fare, like Ham, potatoes, cabbage, etc. Bocks, in general, and browns, in particular, are some of my least favorites styles, but this one ‘bocks’ the trend. šŸ˜‰ I agree that there’s something in the malt there that just seems flat, but this one sparkles, likely due to the rye. At any rate, I really appreciate your kind words, and wish you and everyone else very happy holidays. Cheers!

Comment by lemasney

Having this again tonight. Because of the very low cost, it’s quite possible I’ll learn how to open corked bottles properly by the time they’re gone. Luckily, it does not look like any of these will be gushers. I have some Victory Golden Monkeys that are all gushing right now. Anyway… a beautiful deep red, with its off white head. Rocky head and thick strong lace. The aroma is wonderful, if fainter. It tells of what’s to come. Unlike most of what I go for now, it’s not overwhelming in taste, but rather, very nicely balanced, with malt and hops, and other grains in a peaceable union. I’m looking forward to more from Left hand — seen them a lot — this is the first one I’ve tried. Very nice.

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