Carolina Spring Bock - Carolina Brewing Company

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Carolina Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Todd on 03-27-2003

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Reviews by cottonkoozie:
Photo of cottonkoozie
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 +6.1%
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 +3.4%
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 +13.3%
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 tdm168
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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 +5.3%
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 +15.4%
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 blackie
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -14.9%
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 daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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 brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -17.2%
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.

Photo of DOrr924
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at 51 degrees

A: Amber to red, good head with decent retention.

S: Malt, malt and more malt. Slight nut aroma .

T: Delicious malt flavors, right in line with the typical bock style. A slight hop bitterness in the middle, with a nice sweet finish.

M: Lighter bodied, with a prickly sensation to start, but mving toward a nice smooth finish.

This is a delicious beverage, especially when served a bit warmer to enhance natural flavors.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, bottled on 1/23/08

A: Pours a very clear copper under a small white head. No lace, spotty retention.

S: Smells of a sweet caramel malt with a grassy and slightly peppery hop, reminiscent of the CBC pale ale. Slight fruity tones as well, with a little bit of apple standing out. A bit like raw honey.

T: Grainy malt and much of the same hop profile as the nose, grassy and slightly peppery. Some residual sweetness that sticks around but also a slight hint of alcohol dryness. Again, slight raw honey taste. The sweetness is very redeeming in this beer.

M/D: High carbonation, slightly thin medium body. Drinability is alright. This one reminds me a lot of their Pale Ale as far as hope profile, but darker and with more aromatics. Ultimately, the sweetness plays a large part in making this a good beer rather than an average one, like I feel the Pale Ale is.

Photo of sholland119
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to warriorsoul for the chance to try this one.

A-Pour is a slightly hazy amber gold with a very thin white head.

S-Malty with some corny sweetness.

T-Sweet corn, creamy and malty. More cream ale than maibock to me.

M-Medium bodied, rather slick and sweet.

O-Glad to try this one but not a fan.


Photo of MuddyFeet
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at 42nd St. Oyster Bar in Raleigh.

Poured a clear, crisp honey orange color. Almost thin looking in appearance (but not so in flavor). Thin whispy ead that dissolved quickly. Fairly flat but I find that is common for on-tap examples of the style.

Flavor is very rich. A whole lot of sweet malts. Picked out a bit of honey and even a litle bit of peat. Very light hop character that was more cloverish than bitters. Light mouthfeel and not quite crisp but rather moist-ish mouthfeel. Enjoyed several of these beers. Definitely becoming impressed with CBC's seasonal offerings.

Photo of fingolfin72
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Sawmill Taproom.

Appearance- Clear, deep amber with a fine-textured white head.

Nose- Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity

Palate- Clean, with flavors of fruit (berries?). It is crisp, but with a good bit of malty sugary body. The finish is somewhat brief.

It's delicious, but the sweetness would be a tad cloying after more than one. I thoroughly enjoyed it, though.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured crystal clear medium amber. The head was small and disappeared quickly to the edges of the surface. No real lacing on the glass so the ABV might be much higher than reported.

The aroma was sweet and malty with caramel.

The flavor was balanced toward malt with enough hop presence to keep the beers sweetness from becoming cloying. Caramel and maltiness rule the day. No diacetyl.

The finish was just off dry and malty. The body was just below medium full and almost chewy.

Pint glass poured by myself on the brewery tour. (Two actually)

Some years this beer has had a pronouced hop aroma and flavor, but this year the balance is all malt.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draft at Tyler Taproom in Apex NC.

Poured into 14oz pint glass with 1F off white head over hazy golden body with a touch of lacing.

Aromas of sweet corn, apple juice, and some caramel malt sweetness.

Creamy on the palate but flavor hits you hard with DMS and sour mash. Some of the caramel malt tries like hell to save it, but the cauliflower aftertaste just kills it.

Drinkability suffers from the aftertaste, but after seeing other glowing reviews, just wondering whether they rushed the first batch out this year.

Photo of porterwoobie
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: light amber/orange color, minimal head with a little bit of lacing. clear.

S: moderate malty aroma.

T: heavy on the malts. its like eating the malt grain. munich, victory malt? the malt flavor is fantastic. has a sweet finish.

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation. smooth finish. slight alcohol warming at the end.

Drinkability: this is one of my favorite seasonals that CBC puts out. after the purchase, i will store the bottles for a month or two, i think they taste better after aging for a bit.

Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A recent visit to Holly Springs and the free tour at CBC, I was able to sample their Spring Bock. One of my favorite NC beers. Pours a clear and yellowy color that is rather light for style. The head retention was good as was the lacing for most of the tasting.

The smell is has sweet malt aroma with pilsner touches and a somewhat yeasty afterglow.

The taste has a more fruiter taste then the nose would tell. The malt is well represented with a sweeter twinge but a smaller hop flavoring taste limits the sweetness not to go overboard. The fruity side has more of a tropical indication with mango and a lighter note of tangerine (at least for me). The hops are more noticeable at the end with more of a flavor finish that has a touch of German flavor.

The body is mid to full feeling. Very smooth and easy to drink. I nice finish with a somewhat dry feeling and a fruity aftertaste. Overall a good beer with plenty of taste and appeal.

Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle fresh from the brewery for the 2009 vintage, only two days old.

Pours a light gold with a one finger head that disappears quickly.

Nose is all about malt. Very sweet with a slight hint of ripe bananna. Taste and mouthfeel echo the malt content of the beer. Stays thick but does not get syrupy.

Finishes sweet with no real indication of hops involved.

Photo of atsprings
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crisp pale orange with a thin off white head that lasted very thinly on the surface. The aroma was of caramel malts with a slight fruitiness. The taste lives up to the aroma with a good caramel malt flavor complemented by a good light fruit flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden and carbonation is not aggressive at all. This is a very enjoyable beer and I know I'll be drinking a lot of it in the months ahead.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep orange body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma of honeyed bread, lightly toasted grains, a pinch of spice, and a faint whiff of fruits.

Taste: Bready, honeylike maltiness with a medium, candyish sweetness. Touch of toasted grains. Vague fruitiness. Light hop spiciness with a mild bitterness. Still finishes sweet with a bit of that warming alcohol sneaking in.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, quaff-minded maibock.

Carolina Spring Bock from Carolina Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.