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Carolina Spring Bock - Carolina Brewing Company

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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-27-2003

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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by cottonkoozie:
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper/amber color. Clear. Little head with not much retention or lacing

S - A fruity sweet smell is what I first notice. Undertones are more complex, corn malts, a toffee smell, some piney hops scents.

T - Sweet up front, reminds me of apple or berry flavors. Then turns to some heavier toffee flavors. Then the hops come through, not strong but enough of a hit to really notice them. The finish goes back to some of the upfront sweet flavors. Better as it warms a little, the complexity becomes more noticeable.

M - Very good carbonation levels. Not too light but still very refreshing.

This is a change from my usual go to styles, but it caught my attention and I decided to give it a try. While definitely on the sweet side for me, this is a pretty damn good beer. A lot going on here, nicely layered flavors, and something that I feel could be enjoyed and appreciated by many. While I don't think this will become a go to for me due to the sweetness, I would buy it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The liquid was a nice, shiny orange in color. The head was rather modest, as can happen with this style.

Smell – This is big for a Maibock. The malt aroma is very complex. There’s some nice caramel sweetness, a lightly-toasted backbone, and some good summer fruiting.

Taste – The hallertau hops manage to get a word or two in edgewise, but this one is all about the malt. Again, it is very complex, with many layers of malt flavors. The middle of this one especially will sit you back in your seat. The finish comes up with a really sweet but quick bite of sugary caramel.

Mouthfeel – Medium-bodied with a lot of interesting flavors to keep the taste buds busy for the night. There’s a bit of dryness to this one as well, but just a bit.

Drinkability – You should take your time with this one, although on this humid 90 degree Seattle day I had trouble sipping on this Maibock.

Comments – Thanks to Loki for sending me this in the BIF 8.0. Talk about a rare find. This is why I like trading beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a darker orange-gold in color, clear, with a nice foamy white head. Lacing is moderate.

S: Has a major aroma of sweet caramel malts with a touch of a bread type smell.

T: CBC puts out several seasonal and special brews but I think this is the one I look forward to the most each year. The flavors are largely a caramel malt, on the sweeter side, with plenty of robust barley flavors. Not much (if any) in the way of hops - just enough to keep the malts from running wild.

M&D: The heavy maltiness adds a good bit of mouthfeel but not enough to make it too heavy, just very satisfying. The carbonation is relatively light but lively enough to enhance the experience until the final pull. I might be a bit biased but I like this one a lot and find it highly drinkable.

Check it out on any Saturday in the spring when they have it on tap for free at the brewery on one of their tours. Beer is also available for purchase at the brewery but you won't find this one bottled for sale anywhere else. They do sell it at pubs and restaurants in the area.

Photo of sponberg
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a couple of these at the Flying Saucer in Raleigh NC. Deep amber with a vanilla-white head and a waitress who fell from heaven. Oh, yeah, wait, the beer. Outstanding aroma - sweet malt with hints of hop.

Yum. Starts out with a very true-to-style malty sweetness with just enough bitterness to balance. Fruity malt (pear notes) with some noble hop spiciness coming in at the end. Considering that NC law only allows them to go to 6%, this one must be 5.94999%. Chewy, filling mouthfeel. The low alcohol for the style means you can drink a lot of this one - you'll want to. To me, the best beer that CBC brews, and well worth finding. As is that waitress.

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Psberrier
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 4/28/12

A - Pours a pale amber with no head but has some faint white remnants

S - strawberries, pie crust, rhubarb, caramel

T - cake, fruit, strawberries, pie, grassy hops in the finish

M - medium bodied, a little thin at times, lightly carbonated, smooth

This has an odd characteristic to it. The strawberry notes are not at all what I would expect from a Maibock. There was no description at the bar so I don't know if this is what the brewers where aiming for or not. Overall, it was drinkable but forgettable.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 2/15/06, consumed 5/30/06 courtesy of Blackie, notes written on back of friend's job rejection letter

appearance: murky orange-amber, light beige head with no retention and absolutely no lacing to speak of

smell: apple, nectarine, quite nutty, buttery, a slight glimpse of the alcohol present in the nose

taste: fruity and nutty, sweet toasted malt, smooth caramel, light alcohol, sweet green apple, toffee

mouthfeel: medium-full body, quite smooth

drinkability: above average, alcohol presence high for the abv

Photo of silver0rlead
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a deep golden color with a nice eggshell head that retains OK. The aroma is intriguing with a nice turbinado sugar sweetness upfront, as well as some bready malt, and a green apple fruitiness that is not to style but certainly isn't unpleasant. The flavor is nice and complex, with notes of turbinado sugar, baked bread, and some dried fruit along with a spicy noble hoppiness that balances out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side and the drinkability is excellent despite the somewhat high ABV. A very good maibock, probably the best I've had.

Photo of lzepplin01
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nebula1999
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of EN27
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Q-Shack

Golden brown in color, with a thin, short lived head. Smells like a bock; malty, sweet, slight hops, a little fruity. Carbonation is low to moderate and the mouthfeel is nice. Tastes of malty sweetness and some bittering hops, and it seems a little dry. Finish is dry and bitter. The alcohol is not really evident in either the flavor or the taste, but it does produce a warming sensation. A good example of the style.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A 1' slightly off white head sits atop a deep brownish ruby body. Smells aren't much besides malty sweetness, though still not a strong smell. Taste is malty with no sign of hops in sight. Slight alcohol presence. Finishes with a roasted barley taste that is tobacco like. There's something about the taste that just doesn't please me. As I go through the pint, it does begin to be not so unpleasant to my palate. Mouthfeel is a medium body with some creaminess. The carbonation does a good job keeping the body from being too much. I am not too familiar with this style, but this beer isn't for me.

09 update
Tried this again on tap and after having several of this style since the first review I must say the beer is solid. Sweet malt in the flavor profile with some fruitiness as well. Slightly darker shade of amber in the look. Caramel and toffee in there as well. Some alcohol presence though this fits style.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Currently halfway through dispatching a sixer of this stuff I picked up today at the brewery right before they closed. I've had this at local restaurants a few times recently and its definitely grown on me; I didn't rate it at all the first time I tried it.

Pours a nice golden copper color without any lasting head but moderate lacing. Caramel and various malts are the backbone nose without much else.

Malts likewise dominate the flavor with a laid back, low carbonation mouthfeel that makes this go down super easy. A touch of honey shows up in the finish but this is a solid, basic, malty, spring brew. Pretty easy drinking for six percent, I guess that's why the pint glasses I saw at the brewery today said "fear the goat!" Strong.

Photo of NCLorax
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Shatter
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a slight, pure white head on top. Malty and somewhat toasted aroma. Soft malt flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. Slightly toasted flavor and a slight sulfur taste. Decent enough body. Enjoyable enough though doesnt really knock me out. Label could use some sprucing up-you can barely tell one of their beers from another.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium amber body with a small head and no lacing

Smell: Fruity aroma with light caramel malt tones

Taste: This maibock blasts your mouth with a fruity but not overly sweet malt profile; I kept trying to capture the fruit and finally landed on fresh apricots; it is balanced by a bit of floral hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; refreshing with good carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing fruity lager with lots of flavor

(While I enjoyed this beer on draft, I picked up a six pack at the brewery and must note that the finish has some phenolic off-flavors. I'm not going to adjust my score but I'll need to take another look at this brew.)

Photo of Talisker
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received as an extra in a great trade with atsprings.

Generic "Seasonal" label with machine printing reading: "Spring Bock Lager. Bot on 02/21/07 6.5% Alc by Vol".

Pours a deep orangish brown, clear, with very little head. Aroma is all sweet malt, almost candy-like. Taste is very well integrated, but sweet, sweet, sweet - more like a brown ale than a lager. Little to no hop bite, or even hop presence, with a bit of syrupiness that I really don't want even in a bock.

This beer certainly has personality, but just not one that I much enjoy. Some more crispness or edge would be welcome.

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Carolina Spring Bock from Carolina Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.