Pretty Things Bocky Bier

Here we go. Another beer from Pretty Things that was picked up from Half Time. Let’s see how I liked it.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How did we do it? For after all, ‘Bocky’ began this journey as a real-live-human-being. To make this transformation, we first planted Bocky in the rich soils of Europe and North America’s barley growing regions. We have often heard that Bocky leads a busy life. Well, this project really took him to the limits of his free time! As Bocky the barley plant matured he was harvested and transferred to several malting facilities, most notably Weyermann in Bamberg, Germany. There he sprouted tiny white shoots as he lay in the warm germination boxes. This may have been a peaceful, even blissful start to the process. But the restful times didn’t last for long! First the dry heat of the kiln, then the violent tumble of the roasting drums. A small amount of Bocky was even smoked over an oak fire! Bejabbers, the lengths to which Bocky will go for a great beer!”

Random: The cat keep sliding on the hardwood floors. It’s hilarious.

This beer poured with a two finger, thin, tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark brown color with only some visible carbonation. The nose had caramel sweetness and toffee. The taste was nutty up front and then went into the realm of seriously malty. Honestly, it was a little too malty for me. It had a touch of hot booze. The body was thick with light carbonation. It had a long finish with sweet caramel. For $9.99 a bottle, this came down to $.45 per ounce, which wasn’t that expensive, but just didn’t do much for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yuengling Bock

This has definitely been a long week. I only have one more day of work before I get a day off, which I seriously need. This beer is one that I’ve wanted to try for awhile, but never bought. I saw a single of it in the pick-a-six section of the cold case. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Last year, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., celebrated their 180th Anniversary by re-introducing a late-winter seasonal classic, Yuengling Bock Beer. Available only in draft, it was the first time a Bock Beer was produced by Yuengling in nearly 40 years. The product was so well received, it will make a triumphant return in both kegs and bottles in January, 2010. ‘Local taverns and pubs in our distribution area will once again become a destination for customers to enjoy this product on tap,’ commented Lou Romano, Marketing Manager. ‘Last year, there were many loyal customers looking for Bock in bottles to take home and enjoy with family and friends, but it was not available. There’s a great deal of consumer excitement that it’s coming back in draft and package.’ With a deep amber color, pleasing malt base, and a refreshing hop aroma, Yuengling Bock Beer will be offered in 6-pack (12 oz) bottles, ¼ barrels, and ½ barrels starting January 18, 2010, and will last for approximately 10-12 weeks.”

Random: I need to try more Yuengling beers. I’ve only had a few.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark sienna color with little carbonation visible. The body was clear as well. The nose had notes of molasses and toasted malts. The taste was more towards the malt and bready side with a touch of sweetness at the very end with molasses. There was also significant nuttiness with a bitter note at the end. The body was on the thinner side with low carbonation. It had a long finish with hazelnuts and toasted malts and bread. This beer was okay for what it was. Given that it was probably older than recommended, it probably wasn’t the best beer to review. But, I would have it again, although I won’t be in a rush to do so.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

‘na Biretta Rossa

Have you ever responded to a text or email and think you’re responding to another one someone else sent you and you say something completely and totally inappropriate? I did that recently. Really, really not funny and I looked like an idiot. I guess if you aren’t me, it was pretty funny. Anyways, I’m back. Work has been crazy, so updating has not been an option. I had this beer a couple of weeks ago and am now trying to get through my never-ending backlog of reviews.

ABV: 6.3%

Style: Bock

Trivia: Apparently this beer pairs well with kangaroo skewers. Where exactly am I going to find those?

Random: All I have been listening to for the past two or three days is 90s music.

The first thing that I noticed about this beer was that it exploded. So, I lost about a sixth of it to the explosion. Wonderful. Once I actually got to pour it, the brew was about two fingers high and cream-colored. It was slow to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy mahogany color with high carbonation visible throughout. The nose had some bready malt and caramel as well. For the style, it was a relatively muted nose for the style. The taste wasn’t bad. I got some nutty caramel malts with some marked sweetness. The end of the sip was a miss for me. It was medicinal and just off-putting. The body was light for the style with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with the same medicinal taste. This beer just didn’t thrill me, although it does come in a cool bottle.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock

So we’re officially into summer. For most people, this means a reduced workload and vacations. For me, it means craziness because everyone is buying furniture for their summer homes and heavily increased workload. I can’t wait until September. One of the ways that I relax? Kicking back with a good beer. This is one from Sam Adams that I’ve heard is stellar. If you follow the blog, you know that normally I find Sam to put out mostly good beers that are best used for introductions to the style with a few stellar examples. Let’s see how this one fares.


ABV: 7%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to, “The cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy drupe (stone fruit). The cherry fruits of commerce are usually obtained from a limited number of species, including especially cultivars of the sweet cherry, Prunus avium. The name ‘cherry’ also refers to the cherry tree, and is sometimes applied to almonds and visually similar flowering trees in the genus Prunus, as in ‘ornamental cherry,’ ‘cherry blossom,’ etc. Wild cherry may refer to any of the cherry species growing outside of cultivation, although Prunus avium is often referred to specifically by the name ‘wild cherry’ in the British Isles.”

Random: I really need a new pair of sunglasses. I keep borrowing my sister’s and I’ll just say that they’re not a good look for me.

This brew poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated very slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a really dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose was teeming with fresh cherries and milk chocolate. It basically smelled like a chocolate covered cherry. The taste was even better. The cherry and chocolate notes married perfectly with each other and transitioned perfectly from the nose to the sip. I didn’t get any other notes to it, but it didn’t need anything else. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long, cherry finish. This beer was just delightful. It could be the best Sam Adams beer that I’ve ever had. If you see this one, order it immediately. You won’t be disappointed.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Lakefront Bock Beer

After all the typing that I did today, I’m back for one more review. I really should be in bed, saying that I have to be up around 0600 to go to an EMT refresher class, but I can’t sleep. I’m hoping a review will wear me out a little bit and make me feel like going to bed. I didn’t get much sleep last night because at 0700, I had a four-year old decide that she wanted to jump on me while I was in a dead sleep. So, tonight’s brew is another one from the bock six-pack.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A traditional bock beer, using 100% Munich malt and balanced with German Hallertau hops. Pours a fiery orange-garnet color with a thick, pale-orange head. The aroma is malty with a hint of the noble German hops. Maltiness dominates the flavor, but with a very complex background of hop bitterness, floral yeast character and a very intriguing nutty quality. Very drinkable!”

Random: I didn’t know that QVC had Apple products now. Interesting.

This brew poured with a two finger off white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on my pint glass. The body was a hazy mahogany color with lots of active carbonation visible throughout the body. The nose was a little different than I was used to for the style. It had this floral sweetness followed up by generous amounts of malt. The taste was the exact carbon copy of the nose. It was floral, then had a bit of nuttiness and sweetness and malt. The floral thing continues to throw me for a loop. I’m not exactly sure I like it or not. The booze doesn’t really play into this brew. The body is medium with higher than average carbonation. The finish was quick with that floral thing. For me, after a few sips, it was alright, but not something that I would seek out.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock

Yet another review that has been sitting in my notebook, catching dust. This was one from the bock six-pack that I got, although it was slightly out of season. I haven’t tried a lot of Breckenridge brews, so I was hoping that I would really enjoy this one.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bottom fermented at colder temperatures for a smooth yet assertive character.”

Random: I do like the name of this one. The artwork on the label is pretty cool too.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated at a moderate pace, but no lacing was left on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with lots of active carbonation. The nose was buttery and nutty. The taste was more of the same notes that were apparent in the nose. I got nuts, toffee and some buttery biscuit malt. The body was medium thickness and had a generous amount of carbonation. The taste also had a mineral quality to it. The alcohol wasn’t a big component to this brew. The finish was pretty quick with some malt. This wasn’t the best bock that I’ve had. It was alright, not great. I’d have it again. Final impression: it was a little simplistic and too thin.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

One more day left until the weekend! I’m headed down to South Jersey tomorrow for work. I like going down there. It’s a nice change of pace, plus I’ll be out of work by 1400. I don’t have any huge plans for the weekend. I have to go to Katie’s nephew’s First Communion on Sunday. Albeit, I’m not going to the church. I’m afraid it’s going to collapse on top of me if I go. So, definitely time for a brew. This is another one from the German sixpack.

(So, I took a picture of the brew, but completely forgot that I didn’t publish this one and then deleted it…oops)

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the German Beer Institute, “The prefix ‘ur’ means ‘original’ in German. Strictly speaking, the original Bockbier is an ancient northern German, not a Bavarian, beer, though many Bavarian brews nowadays also use the designation Urbock. Perhaps the best-known original Urbock today is the Bockbier of the City of Einbeck in Lower Saxony, whcih is also where the Bock beer originated in the Middle Ages. Though brewed today mostly as a barley-based lager, the original Bockbier—the real Urbock—was a stong, cold-conditioned brown ale from barley and wheat made by 13th-century brewers of Einbeck. These Einbeckers were early users of hops instead of the usual herbs or ‘gruit’ (see Gruitbier) as a beer flavoring. Plenty of hops combined with a high alcohol content gave these beers excellent keeping properties and made them suitable for long-distance shipping.”

Random: I’m watching “On The Waterfront” tonight. I forgot how much I enjoy old movies.

First of all, I love the shape of the bottle, even if it is green glass. Once I poured this into the glass, it was left with a half a finger’s worth of thick white head that took forever to dissipated and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, light brown with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had toasted bread, skunk, and a hint of caramel sweetness. I’m guessing that this brew is on the older side. The taste definitely had a lot of skunk, yeah, older beer. There was also some yeast to it, but no real pungent sweetness. I got a bit of fresh-cut grass flavor. Not at all what I expected. There was a hint of malt at the lengthy finish. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. I definitely would try this again because I didn’t think I gave this one a fair shake.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Lake Placid Winter Lager

Ah, the first brew of the New York six-pack. I haven’t really tried a lot of beers from this brewery. I think that this one may actually be the first. I tend not to be a lager person, and the one good thing about these themes is that it forces me to get out of my comfort zone. And, spring is typically bock season…so it’s seasonally appropriate. Let’s see how it goes down.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “It began, like many microbreweries, with a homebrew kit and a love of beer. Not just a love of drinking beer but a real respect for the craft, the history, the art, and the industry, as well as a love for the brewing process itself. Today, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has been brewing award-winning ales for 14 years and has expanded rapidly due to its popularity and quality, earning the respect of the brewing community.”

Random: I can’t believe that Iron Chef hasn’t used egg as a secret ingredient. It’s such a versatile ingredient.

This brew poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with moderate active carbonation. The nose was rich. It had notes of hazelnuts and maple and a definite sweetness to it. The taste was almost as good as the nose. The nuttiness carried the beer on the initial sip with some malt sweetness and a bit of biscuit and possibly even some molasses. The body was medium with average carbonation. As I sip the beer, I start to get a bit of hoppiness and the hazelnut flavor really came through a bit stronger than I initially got from the first sip. For a brewery I’ve never heard of, this is a pretty solid brew with a long, nutty, finish. I would definitely have this again. This was a pleasant surprise.

Samuel Adams The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock

I just finished watching Invictus with my sister. It was actually a pretty good movie. I don’t think they could have picked anyone else to play Mandela other than Morgan Freeman. So, since I’m relaxing for the night and I don’t have anywhere to go, I figure I’ll do another review. I mean, I’ll probably need it since my sister decided to bust out the old family photos. I really never needed to see my father in a speedo…onto the beer…

ABV: 8.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dark, rich and enticing with a spicy kick. The Vixen is smooth and rich with an enticing touch of sweetness that ends with a spicy heat. For this unique brew we used carefully roasted malts and dark cocoa nibs for a full bodied and slightly sweet flavor. To this roasty and chocolaty base we added an element of warmth and spice with cinnamon and chilies. Dark and alluring, this brew will keep you captivated.”

Random: This would be the second chili brew that I’ve had tonight.

First of all, the head on this beer was just insane. It was a thick, three finger tan head. It dissipated a lot quicker than I thought it would and really didn’t leave a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a deep brown that I couldn’t see through. As a result, I couldn’t see what type of carbonation was on the brew. The nose had a bit of chili and cinnamon and some roastiness. The taste started with a bit of chocolate, then some caramel sweetness, a touch of cinnamon and then the chili comes through. But, the chili wasn’t all that prevalent and there really wasn’t a lot of heat to it. The body was smooth with lower carbonation. The finish was pretty quick with some chocolate. Honestly, I thought that there would be more to this beer. There definitely wasn’t enough chili presence for me. I understand what Sam Adams was trying to do with this beer, but it just missed the mark for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Shiner Bock

Today was an interesting day. I ended up at a street festival in Pennsylvania and then drove back to New Jersey. I spent afternoon doing some things around the house and now I’m watching “Best In Smoke.” It makes me realize how much I love cooking. I seriously can’t wait to do ribs next weekend. It’s about 10 hours of prep and cooking, but it’s totally going to be worth it. Anyways, onto the brew for the night.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to, “Shiner Bock — Spoetzl’s flagship beer. Bock has been brewed since 1913, almost as long as the Spoetzl Brewery has been in business. However, it wasn’t until a few decades ago that Shiner began producing Bock year-round. Bock was considered a lent beer, and therefore was only made around that season. Today 80% of the beer made at the Spoetzl Brewery is Bock.”

Random: This is a brew that I’ve heard a lot about, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a brew with a lot of hype and not much follow up.

The brew poured with a one finger pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body is a dark, clear, mahogany brown with some visible carbonation. On the nose, I got some breadiness and a hint of sweet malt. There was nothing that was overly impressive about it. The taste is, well, pretty boring. I got a hint of brown sugar and sweetness, but that was it. It was incredibly watery and just under-whelming. I can’t believe that New Jersey waited so long for this. The finish was quick and nothing was really notable about it. I was expecting big things from this beer, but it was just flat for me. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0