Elbeck/Norsemen Texas Bock

Reviewed by on July 20, 2017 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Elbeck Brews, Norsemen Brewing

  • Origin: Camrose, AB, CA

  • Rated On: July 20, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.4%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Bock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Texas Bock is a ‘Lonestar state style amber lager’.  Touted as a collaboration of sorts, and produced by Elbeck at Norsemen Brewing in Camrose, it is an ode to the brewer’s (Brewski!) experiences living in Texas.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud form lace around the glass as it very slowly and lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and bready caramel malt, clover honey, a bit of biscuity toffee, subtle pome fruity notes, and understated leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, dried toffee candies, a soft earthy yeastiness, hard to discern apple and citrus fruity esters, and more tame earthy, musty, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a minor indistinct edginess kind of lurking about, looking for a place to happen.  It finishes trending dry, the hops and alcohol starting to show the results of their long game.

Overall, this is a pretty true to style offering, the malt big and in your face at first, before ceding the floor to the old-school hops, and burgeoning, yet hardly invasive booziness.  A pleasure to drink, being that it comes from a pairing of two of the smallest Alberta brewing concerns (I mean no disrespect), and the mea culpa to the brewer’s Mom (for missing Mother’s Day, I presume) on the label was a nice touch.

Brady White

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