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Special Edition - Bock Beer - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Reviews: 114
Hads: 128
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: rkuhnel on 03-09-2008

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Photo of Lemke10
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-clear, dark amber color with a fluffy beige head. The scent is mostly yeast and malts with no prelude of what to expect in the taste. The taste is a complex blend of yeast, citrus, malts, and bread that finishes with an ever so slight bitterness. There’s a lot going on here making it very tasty and enjoyable. It drinks smooth and has great volume. Quite well made.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mix of dirty gold and light copper in the appearance. Aroma was fairly clean, not much to speak of.

Taste, reminiscient of just a regular lager, pretty clean body, light hopping, light toasting/roasting to it, mild sweetness. Probably a little more hops than in a traditional bock, but at least it keeps this beer mildly interesting by doing such a thing.

Didn't think there was as much caramel in this thing as many of the reviews mention it, the body and mouthfeel seem to be much lighter than a caramel reference. Just a lot of pale malt and noble hops maybe. A little cleanliness of the overall beer lets a little warming alcohol in.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a brown color, it had a good amount of clarity to it also. The head was foamy and tan in color. The lacing was decent but nothing too sticky on the glass. The smell of the beer had a good amount of malts on the nose and gave off some toasted caramel notes. The taste of the beer was sweet and had a nice lightly roasted finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer had a medium body with a good carbonation to it. Overall this bock wasn't too bad but it wasn't one I needed to have again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:It has a red amber body. There was a lot of at head at first but this disappeared quickly. The lace was nothing more than an island in the middle.

Smell:I liked the aroma this beer. Very malty and traditional.

Taste:It has a very sweet taste but it was not as sweet as I thought it would be. It has a bit more hop traits than most Bocks. The after taste is minimal but a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel:As far as bocks go this one was on the lighter end when it came to mouthfeel.

Overall:I liked it. It is a very good heavy meal beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber. A good sized, three inch or more head formed on the top and actually had some very nice staying power to it.

Aroma was somewhat muted, not as strong as I would have thought. First impression was of a slightly cereal like graininess that was mixed in with a somewhat earthy, or grass like bite a touch of some banana like characters were noted. A touch of spice in the finish seemed to give it a little bite and helped to give it that little bit extra it needed to make it stand out. Some residual sweetness left over in the aftertaste lingered around for quite a few minutes before again being replaced by that earthy malt flavor

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Photo of codfeast
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: nice amber color, 1/4" head that stuck around.

S: Malt, biscut, caramel, and a slight hint of red fruit.

T: Sweet malt, yeast, and bread that leads to a very balanced finish.

M: creamy, nice carbination.

O: I like this beer. I find it to be well balanced and a solid effort.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich caramel scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor along with a lingering maltiness and dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average bock. I love the malty character. It's bold without being over the top.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The slightest shade darker than copper. The head is way to thin and lasts not long enough. Just the slightest touch bit of lacing.
S- Sweet malt, smells like pale and munich malt, but it's pretty subdued.
T- Solidly malty. Toasted bread, slightly caramelly. there is just the slightest touch of alcohol in the finish.
M- Pretty smooth with a decent body behind it. It verges on creamyness but does not quite reach that point.
O- A decent bock, but nothing I would consider much above average. Something of a pedestrian effort unfortunately. That being said, I'd like to try it on tap because it seems like one of those beers that could be so much better on tap.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour, with creamy thick head and a glorious golden to amber color. Nose is on the lighter side for me with some toasty grain and a faint hint of herbal hops. Palate offers a nice malt forward sweetness with light hops to balance, some dry bread crusty qualities are there, and finishes like a big spoonful of grapenuts cereal (in a good way). Medium bodied, drinkable, but also the alcohol is a bit too forward, even within the bock style.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grapeshops for the extra. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date stamp) into snifter glass. Pours a glassy, honey-colored orange. Spotty lace, minimal watery head. A pale malt with a very mild, spicy hop. Roasted malt aroma with a naughty splash of liqueur alcohol. The aroma is very light but good. A hint of roasted toffee flavor in the malt, with a conspicuous layer of alcohol. becomes more burnt, more bitter as it warms. Pale malt blooms at bit at the end. A smooth, buttery feel. A mild sting on the way down. A mild, roasted bock overall. Average bock IMO.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper-colored brew with a bit of a haze to it. A small, off-white head forms and sticks around for a while and leaves thin, spotty lacing down the glass.
There's a very nice balance of malts and hops on the nose. Breads and caramel mix with light floral and very gently earthy hops notes with a touch of pepper and just a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, with the malts making a strong showing and providing a balance for a strong dose of hops. This is a flavorful bock. A white pepper-like spice and sweet/tart fruits mix in as well.
The body is medium verging on full, and this is pretty robust. There's a nice, thick smoothness to it as well. The feel is actually pretty lush, the malts bringing out lots of smoothness and body and the hops adding a touch of dryness that doesn't detract.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color with about a finger of head that fades quickly leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - Sweet carmel malts dominate the aroma. There is also a bit of floral hops mixed in, but the malts dominate.

T - Starts with very strong sweet malt flavor. The is a bit of bitterness and graininess that mellow the malt and give the flavor some depth. Well balanced overall. The finish is a bit sweet with a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

M - The beer starts off almost a bit syrupy, but the carbonation kicks in to smooth it out. OVerall it is medium bodied with a medium-light amount of carbonation.

D - Overall, a very tasty and well balanced beer. Combinations of flavors works well together and are well balanced and complex. Pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy amber with a golden hue with loads of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and spice, along with other components that I couldn't put my finger on was evident. But, upon the first couple of sip's, I could taste the roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, coriander, rye and a hint of orange peel, I think. This is a complex Bock. Nicely balanced and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice "loaner" from Rubby this brew is a clear copper color with a modest off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a solid malt and deep sweet licorice and bayberry. Wow! The flavor brings toasted malt and light licorice like the aroma suggested. I get some apple fruit sweetness and maybe a hint of toasted almond. Very solid with a solid medium body and smooth, silky feel, that offers good drinkability for the style. There's caramel and molasses to be found. Drink at room temperature to fully appreciate this one. A great brew that should win over most bock fans. Not sure where so many low BA ratings are coming from on this one. I liked this bock as much as any I've ever had, though I'll admit that this is no typical bock.

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Photo of bort11
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Christoffel fluted tulip. Mild white head does not have much retention, but does lace nicely down the glass. Body color is a warm mahogany brown. The color is dark but has some clarity.

Smell is a brown sugar sweetness. Raw sugar has a little bite. The caramel malt is a little chocolaty with a hint of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body, very chewy.

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Photo of kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Mendocino Bock is just an okay bock, really. It plays it quite safe and doesn't really do much for me, but neither is it offensive. Clear rich copper, some head, a rather pedestrian malt bill (is this even German malt?) and just... is. Doesn't really swing into the malt rich, lush-yet-drinkable and superbly crafted German category, nor does it tread into the over-the-top, sweet and approachable line that most US bocks take. It just stands there on the corner, chillin', hands in its pockets, not making eye contact. Maybe it'll give you a dollar to call your mom from the payphone, but it won't smile while doing it.

There isn't really anything WRONG with this bock beer, but there's very little to recommend it over your good local offering (for me, Olde Mecklenburg) or a fine German import. A pity, but then again, I got it on the cheap.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour into a Sam Adams Pint Glass. Small off white head doesn't last for long and there's not much going on in the way of lacing.
Sweet malty aromas mixed with a bit of hops.
Flavor is a mix of sweet malt with a pretty decent hop presence for a bock.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but acceptable. With 7% abv this is verging on doppelbock territory, but it's pretty easy to drink.
I only paid 4.99 for six of these, and at that price, I seriously like it. If I had paid more, I wouldn't be so overwhelmed, but you can't beat those numbers.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a 1finger antique white head.

Aroma contained toasted malts and caramel with floral hops performing touch and go's throughout.

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Toasted malts, caramel apples and bittering hops.

I noticed in a few of the reviews people noted the alcohol was too prevalent. I didn't get too much at all. Solid bock. Recommend to others.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice coppery color with hues of ruby; starts with a 1/2 finger off-white/light tan head that fades quickly to a thin, incomplete, and uneven head; body is clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; a few loose spots of lacing are left here and there on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice, sweet caramel malts and a toasty graininess -- very simple and straightforward. Smell is fairly potent as well, which is nice as I don't have to sit there and pull so hard through my nostrils that it sounds like I'm trying to track a rabbit through scrub brush (yes, I stole that line from my step-dad, he's a little on the country side).

Taste: Very much like the smell, very sweet caramel malts that almost border on a tad syrupy; there is a very nice toasty graininess that works to balance out the sweetness of the malts too. Again, straightforward and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, mouthfeel is a little chewy, but it's definitely oily and slick; carbonation is a little soft and fades quickly in the mouth, leaving it feeling a bit flat; mouth is left pretty dry with a thin, sticky coating left behind.

Drinkability: Not too bad overall -- a nice spring beer with a great smell and flavor to accompany it; ultimately, the body isn't too heavy and the oily nature of it is the only real downfall that I came across with it; ABV is fairly moderate and I'd feel pretty good about getting through a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this on sale for $4.99. Pours a lighter amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is mostly juicy malt, with some toasted bread and caramel qualities, along with green apples, coconut, and some mineraly and minty hops and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma with some doughy bread notes upfront, along with some herbal and mineraly hops, ripe green apple, a little caramel and some booze. The mouthfeel is spot on for a maibock, and drinkability is good but not great due to the ABV.

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Photo of MNJR
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red Tail from this brewery was once a great beer, about 12 years ago. But, the quality has slipped and all the Mendocino beers have become lower rung "craft beer" offerings. This bock is sickeningly sweet, like drinking several table spoons of dark brown sugar in syrupy, carbonated water. There are some sharp flavors and a grainy mouthfeel that recall some idea of decent beer, but just barely. The richness and slight sweetness of good bock is replaced here by nothing but extreme sweetness. It's tough to get one down and affords little reward for the effort, except the 7% ABV which may be the best characteristic of this beer. Many better bocks (almost any other bock is better) are available. Leave this one on the shelf.

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Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why is there a vulture on the label of this beer? Vultures creep me out.

The appearance is a really nice looking amber with brown tints, an off white head that fluffs up quick and stays put.

Aroma is a little like red wine, oaky...but with a twist of malt.

Buttery, grapey flavor, very mellow and balanced with really very little impact from hops, barely a bitterness at all. Really, the caramel/butterscotch malts take over the flavor. A bit of untamed alcohol on the finish.

Good mouthfeel, well balanced...maybe a touch watery but not distracting.

Really, a good beer...despite that freaky vulture.

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Photo of GeneralZod
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark gold transparent color. Has good head retention.

Smells good. Has a hoppy aroma.

Very balanced. Slighty bitter, but in a good way.

A bit coarse. Well carbonated.

Would definitely have another one.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark amber brown with a 1+ finger head that left some spottedlacing

smells of watery malts some carmel some grassy hops

taste is much much bette - rich carmel nutty toffee malts - good amount of grassy earthy hops (could use some more but decent)

mouthfeel - good carbonation - light/medium semi crisp very smooth

drinkability is good - has plenty of flavor which some bock seem to lose

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Photo of malty
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully glowing orangish amber with a nice off white dense and creamy 1" standing head. No visible uprising carbonation to speak of. Nice constant sheets of lace all the way down.

Smells of fresh grinded pale malts and caramel apples. Macerated figs and various sweet & dark fruits. Very fresh and lush, almost syrupy. A little charred wood in there also. Smells spot on to any decent German Bock I tried.

The flavors are initially sweet and with a little alcohol warmth following right behind. The toffee and dark fruits are also well represented in the taste. There's a sulfur/mineralness flavor that play out nicely in the middle, while the finish is quick and clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation - lending itself to a 'watery' feel.

Drinkabilty is good. The alcohol warmth might be a little off-putting to some though.

Overall a decent domestically brewed Bock. The scent of this beer was the highlight for me. After that, it just kinda went flat. Nothing bad, just not much to write home about. Glad I tried it though

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Special Edition - Bock Beer from Mendocino Brewing Company
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