Bauern Bock - The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
This is not really a doppelbock- more of a dunkel. This is a seasonal brew of OMB that usually comes out around the Thanksgiving / Christmas holiday season. Given as a gift, I'm not sure this brew is available beyond the Charlotte area. Very malty, smooth and drinkable.
02-23-2014 01:43:44 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
Tap at Olde Meck
Pours a clear copper with a yellowish head, good retention.
Smells of light dry hops over biscuity malts along with some caramel, brown sugar, and maybe even a hint of whiskey.
Flavor is caramel malts, light floral hops, a hint of whiskey, and a touch of spiced apple.
Medium body with a sting of carbonation on the tongue.
This beer is really good, even great. Maybe my favorite from Meck yet. Very worth seeking out.
12-03-2013 23:26:12 | More by Cylinsier
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
A: Pours a clear copper with half a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.
S: Biscuit and crystal malts with aromas of sweet caramel, floral lavender, and some notes of dark fruits. There are some dark bread aromas toward the finish.
T: Biscuit and crystal malts here as well with burnt sugar, caramel, and light toffee notes. There are some date-like flavors underneath before a slightly bitter, bready finish.
M: Medium body with mid-low carbonation, this beer is nicely drinkable and avoids being watery.
O: A pretty enjoyable beer, overall. Tastes and smells great and is nicely drinkable.
11-27-2013 02:24:15 | More by n2185
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a crystal clear, amber coloring with a filmy, sparse, white head. Nose of caramel, sugar, and candied fruit. Subtle, but inviting. Flavors are heavily roasted and rich in caramel, toffee, and nut. Very rich and layered sweetness in the palate, on a robust and crisp body. The aftertaste is nutty and apple sweet, with a slightly cloying, lingering sweet finish. Very easy to drink, despite it's elevated ABV and robust flavor profiles. Great brew.
11-16-2013 02:48:07 | More by GarthDanielson
3.54/5 rDev -6.8%
Imperial pint on tap at the Carolina Beer Company CLT location. Brassy gold with visibly vigorous carbonation, but not much of a head.
Big fruity nose with apples, pears and a tarter element; cherries, maybe. Nutty and white chocolate hints, too. Lighter in color than expected, but certainly not light on flavor, this brew brings a hearty dose of husky/musty grains along with the fruity business. A touch thin in body, but with ample carbonation. The honeyish sweetness and my overall impression of this beer grew on me as it warmed.
04-28-2013 17:37:43 | More by PDXHops
3.1/5 rDev -18.4%
Tasted On: 03-07-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 11-06-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte
Color is a clear, copper beer with a small off-white head. Head retention is low and lacing is fair.
Aromas start sweet and malty with some caramel notes, plus nuts and a woody character. The smell is much like an English brown ale.
A malt-forward brew, but the taste has an unpleasant astringency to it that seems to dominate over the malt backbone. I also get some earthy bitterness, but the astringency is more than just that -- it seems more like an off-taste.
In the mouthfeel, I think this is a bit thin-bodied for the style. Carbonation is moderate. The dry finish features roasted malts and more of the astringent flavor. Some alcohol warmth is felt as I get into the bomber.
This was a disappointing beer for me. I'm a big fan of Olde Meck and their passion for German styles, but this just didn't cut it. Maybe I waited too long to drink it at 4 months, but given the style and 7.5% ABV I think it should have been fine. I'd like to give this one another try in a future tasting...
03-08-2013 03:57:47 | More by sommersb
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Was thrilled to pick this up in Hickory, NC. Bottled on 11/09/12
Pours an effervescent auburn with a thumb of sand colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing
S: Brown bread, metallic & leafy hops up front, some caramel notes, plus dryness. More brown bread & leafy hops as this warms, a touch of toffee/shortbread & a touch of pear. Finishes dry, fruitty & bready, with a bit of smokeyness
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & stickyness
A good, not great dopplebock. Could drink this all day, never the less. Will have to go try this on tap some time when I am back in NC!
01-06-2013 22:13:28 | More by russpowell
4.48/5 rDev +17.9%
Bought a bottle at the brewery (bottled on 11/9/2012) and drank it on 11/19/2012.
Poured a golden brown color with a small white head that left a little lacing as I drank. The smell was great to start and got better as it warmed a little. A bit of earthiness at first, and definitely some malty caramel sweetness - actually kind of like marzipan, which was surprising in the best possible way. The smell of this beer tells you that you are in for a complex and delicious treat. The taste was every bit as good as the nose. The most dominant flavor was dark fruit, cherry mostly, which presented a subtle sourness. Maybe a bit of apple or pear, but mostly cherry. Perfect balance with a little bit of spice and hops that offer a bit more of that earthy/herbal presence. The body was middle of the road for doppelbocks, and the carbonation gave it perfect feel.
Really hard for me to detect much alcohol here, as this beer is as smooth and drinkable as any doppelbock I've tried. I really wish this was available year round.
11-21-2012 17:26:58 | More by Daktah
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to wilwfu for the homeland hook-up!
Bottled On: 11/2/11
A: Pours a suprisingly clear, bright-golden brown. Retention was excellent with a healthy amount of bright white lace left behind.
S: Caramel, apples, and toasty malt. Very clean and simple.
T: See above. Light, spicy hops.
M: Crisp, clean, and with a hint of prickliness. Lingers on the tongue but isn't sweet or cloying.
O: Our first run-in with Olde Mecklenburg and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Wil!
03-09-2012 16:39:04 | More by GbVDave
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A - poured with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden-brown body. The head fades relatively quickly and leaves only light lace.
S - thick, rich malt with notes of caramel and red apple.
T - red apple and thick, dense malt up front. Some more fruity grain flavor in the middle and a touch of herbal hops in the finish.
M - a thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation and a slightly sweet finish.
D - very drinkable with a dense malt character and a smooth finish.
02-03-2012 03:26:28 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A: single finger head with little retention and little lacing. Crimson with golden hues clear body.
S: Malty with a slight fig and cherry note.
T: Strong malt backbone with cinnamon, fruity and spicey notes. More complex than I was expecting. Very rich overall
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
D: Very drinkable. Much more festive in the flavors than a traditional bock with fruits and a richness that makes this one one of their better offerings.
02-03-2012 03:20:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
On tap at the brewery. From notes:
A. Clear light copper with red highlights. Light in color for a doppelbock... but then this is Old Meck we're talking about here... the day they learn towards the deep end of a style will probably never come. Nice finger and a half tall head with excellent retention and lacing.
S. Quite sweet, sugar is the name of the game here. A miniature Samichlaus comes to mind. Light esters and more caramel-sticky blend with just a touch of heat. Quite clean otherwise. Not very complex, but bold.
T. Again: sweet. Thinner than I was expecting given the sticky nose. Lingering toasty malt and grain after the unfermented sweetness. A very good and flavorful bock, but calling this a doppelbock is pushing it in my opinion...
M / O. Usual, complete mastery here you've come to expect from Olde Mecklenburg. Crisp, excellent carbonation, clean beyond reason, a slight boozy kick and (for me) overarching sweetness are the only things keeping me from a second immediate pint.
Would prefer a little more yeast character and some roast malt here to add complexity - but this is still pretty solid. Recommended, especially if you like your German beer with a dessert bent.
07-19-2011 03:07:25 | More by kkipple
Bauern Bock from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.