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Special Edition - Bock Beer - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rkuhnel on 03-09-2008)
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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Glossy apricot that sparkles in the bright light from my sun-drenched front window. The firmly creamy cap, which is equal parts beige and pastel orange, is sticky enough to lay down a wide band of lace that looks like real lace. Hmmm... funny how that works.

The aroma is sweet and pale malty and lightly toasted and faintly fruity. Nothing really jumps out and shakes me by the T-shirt, but it's a decent enough sniffer for the style. Well, okay, better than decent, but that's as far as it goes.

Bock Beer is a solid bock beer. The only things keeping the flavor score from being one notch higher are simplicity and too much unmasked alcohol. Come on guys, 7.0% isn't *that* high. Then again, if you're used to drinking 40s of malt liquor, you'll be fine.

Flavors include lightly toasted white bread crust, a few dry-roasted peanuts, a splash of sugar syrup and two splashes of white rum. In the interest of full disclosure, bock is a difficult style for me to love since there's rarely a flavor hook. Nothing but pale malt and indistinct hops. And alcohol (in this particular case). Sometimes clean is a negative. Give me an estery ale yeast any day.

The mouthfeel gets it done in style and is the highlight of this whole shootin' match. If all that malt isn't going to engage the taste buds, at least it provides both a silky creaminess and a glassy smoothness.

Even though I'm not doing handstands and cartwheels, Mendocino Bock Beer is one of the better offerings from a brewery that is responsible for some pretty lousy beer. Bottom line: one cloven hoof (most of the way) up.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%

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

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz single from Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a dark copper body with a small, scattered, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasty, sweet-smelling maltiness and spicy Noble hops with minor hint of Red Delicious apple peelings and a waft of alcohol.

Taste: Toasted malts with a tiny kick of graininess along with a fair amount of caramel sweetness. There's a discreet Noble spicy hop character and bitterness. Slight touch of alcohol near the end. Still manages to finish fairly malty and sweet, though.

Mouthfeel: Just a hair above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A reasonably respectable bock from dear old Mendocino.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

Knapp85, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a creamy, soapy, tan, four-finger head. It left sticky, patches of lace.

S - It smelled of subtle malt and light grasses.

T - It tasted bittersweet and of light malt. It had an earthy quality.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good bock.

zeff80, May 18, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

Mendocino's Bock (this one brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY) delivers a clear orange-accented deep chestnut brown body beneath a short head of creamy, yellowed off-white foam. Head retention and lacing are fair.

The aroma is distinctly malty with bready, toasty and caramelish character backed by mild, floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows the nose, and it's really nicely rich and malty without being over-done, sweetish, or cloying. A brisk, solid bitterness helps to achieve that, as do some spicy and grassy hops. It could be slightly rounder, but it's very nicely balanced with the sweet malt appearing upfront and across the middle, and then the hops and bitterness cutting through it, leading to a dry finish.

Really nicely done with just a little bit of American attitude thrown into an otherwise very traditional German-style bock bier. Worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -14%

A - One finger head of off-white foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is traditional reddish-brown with good clarity.

S - Bready malt with some spicy alcohol notes and a little bit of caramel. Spicy hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Rich, toffee malt with some spicy, earthy hops. Some toasted grain notes show up in the middle with biscuit flavors and more earthy hops. Finishes thick and malty with moderate hop bitterness and a little bit of alcoholic bite.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of malt richness here, and the hops do a good job balancing it out and keeping the beer drinkable. Unfortunately, it is a bit rough and the alcohol shows through more that I would have expected it to. There is a cloying burnt toast character to the malt in the finish and the beer lacks the smooth and refined character that I want to see in a good lager. A nice try, but I wouldn't bother with this one again.

nickfl, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains down into a small creamy layer that leaves a decent bit of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is sticky caramel sweetness and light grassy hops. Not very assertive but still pleasant enough.

The taste is a mix of rich malt sweetness, tangerine citrus notes, and a dry hop bitterness towards the finish. The mouthfull is medium bodied with good carbonation that gives the overall flavor profile a full feel. 7%? Really? I would have never known.

This was a decent little Bock beer from Mendocino that has surprisingly full flavor and a easy drinkibility. I would imagine a couple of these would be quite refreshing on a warm, spring day.

Kegatron, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

WesWes, May 13, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours amber with a thin lasting head.

The smell is of caramel with a touch of vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel candy with an underlying melon-like fruitiness and a touch of earthy bitterness. Some alcohol shows through. It has a sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

The body is fuller side of medium with a smooth, creamy touch.

A pretty straight-forward brew. Caramely, but with some balance and booziness. A nice enough sipper.

jwc215, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%

05/23/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz pour with no freshness info. It is, however, a spring seasonal release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper blonde in color. Full one inch plus head on the pour. Slowly evaporates leaving very light lace patches.

Smell- Mild nose of sweet caramel malt and pils like hops.

Taste- Awful hoppy for a bock. That's the first thing I notice. Malty flavor is nice and caramely with a bit of a spicy chaser. Hops are more bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Different angle for a bock, but pretty well done. Flavorful and nicely hopped.

GClarkage, May 24, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is burnt caramel with a somewhat bitter finish. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +7%

Super strong head formation, there is NO reason to encourage this with a hard pour.

Very clear dark gold to light copper colored lager. Thick and strong off-white colored head.

Smell is very sweet and malty with a spicy Nobel hop aroma. Caramel candy with a slight melon aroma. Tried hard but I just can't smell the pepper that others have mentioned.

The taste starts out sweet and solidly bitter with a toasted bread aftertaste. Slight Carmel flavor but this is a solidly hopped bock that keeps the malt under firm control, it mainly shows up in the after taste. No hint of the alcohol level except the warmth this gives in your chest. Only fault might be the lack of depth but this might develop a bit after a bit of aging to reduce the hop bite a little. If you prefer a hop bite more than malt you will love this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Nice drinkability for a bock beer particularly if you like them hoppy. Probably will get more complex as this ages and the hop tone down a bit.

Zorro, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +7%

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass mug. Brownish with a slight yellow off-white head. Not much lace to speak of.

S. Smells bready and malty, slightly herbal.

T. Tastes of strong , earthy hops which dominate the flavor profile. Some sugary malt does little to balance but thats ok.

M. Mouthfeel feels loosely carbonated and a semi-dry finish. Beckoning for another sip, which I do.

D. Drinkability is excellent too. Getting hopped up on this beer makes me feel good inside. May be picking up a sixer of this.

Stinkypuss, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Latarnik, May 23, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
1.9/5  rDev -48.9%

A: Poured a marzen color with some coppery-orange hues. The head was bready with a sandstone color, sat 1 finger high before its quick demise to a patch covering. Visible carbonation started strong but quickly dimished to a light sporadic showing of micro bubbles. The lacing was poor leaving speckled small patches that was wishy washer in appearance. Only average regards here, it lacks about as much creditability as most banks during this recession. A deeper color and sturdy head would have been more appreciated.

S: The nose was fresh pine and an underlying dry buttery malting. Overly ripened apples and a pear fruitiness, almost pie like, add a overly sweet appeal that was uncharactestic per style.

T: The initial flavor was sour, fizzy turning to sweetly toasted malt with hints of buttered bread. A sour malting and sour citrus is found on the finish. A dry toasted backing with a blast of hot spicy fruit from the alcohol(Schnapps like) only makes things worse on the finish coming off like warm spicy apple cider and pear juice which lingers as well adding insult to injury.

M: wishy-washy, light bodied, aka watery, with a sour malt lacing for a finish. Yuk.

D: Drinkability, not on your life or your tongue. A horrible interpretation and struggle to finish. A drain pour. Perhaps the best thing about this was the label that read "limited edition" so it can only offend and disappoint a limited amount of people.

beerthulhu, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

harpus, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz single, snagged a number of spring seasonals at Steve's on University

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, big orange-amber body, light white froth that retains itself pretty well, clear body

smell: apple and bright red fruits, bready malts, caramel apple, toasted grain

taste: pretty consistent with expectations for a style i dont dislike but am rarely moved by...sweet caramel apple, big grainy and toasty malts, light metallic trait, nice hop compliment...pretty nice

mouthfeel: medium, slick and oily, touch metallic, mild booze

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

12 oz bottle split into a 7 oz sampler. No date. "Limited Edition" on the front label.

A - Light to medium amber color with a small, off-white head.

S - Very sweet malts with nice dark fruits and a caramel / buttered bread, twang to the finish. Smells like a doppelbock.

T - Sweet malts dominate the flavor with a dark fruityness on the finish. Tastes much more like a dopple than a standard bock beer. Crisp and light to the finish.

M - Smooth yet crisp light to medium body despite its rich smell.

D - This bock is all over the place. Lighter amber color, rich smell and robust tastes with a lighter mouthfeel and 7.0% male this guy one hell of a beer. Like most bock beers though, its drinkability diminishes with each sip as the malty sweetness begins to get overwhelming.

BeerFMAndy, May 16, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Light copper color, clear body, small dirty white foam appears briefly but keeps a solid collar and skim. A good amount of lace is placed about in some thick strings and few globby spots.

Nice sticky sweet maltified aroma of soft breads, apple jam, star fruit, pear, and a slight grainy toasty edge.

Flavors are much like what the aroma carries thru with a nice malty base of tender soft sweet breadyness mixing with a slight grainy toastyness on the edges and back end. The fruityness is quite light however with just a partial tone of pale apple and pear. The toasty factions really hold most of the flavor notes as the bready sweetness and slight warming splash of caramel liquer supplies a nice balance underneath.

Body is just about medium, rounded and fairly malty with a semi chewy, smooth, nearly silken, and tenderly sweet and toasty center with a slight edge to it. A slight belly and throat warming emerges as you get into it. Which helps add to a bit of bolder beefyness to the finish.

Pretty solid and very drinkable stuff. Gonna split some hairs here and say this seems to fit more of the Maibock style then just Bock?

tavernjef, May 08, 2009
Photo of ZAP
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

A-Pours out a somewhat grungy looking tan color....minimal head...

S-smells just like I like my maibocks to smell....lots of breadiness...also some very nice dark fruits more reminiscent of a darker doppelbock...really a nice aroma to this...

T-Taste is not quite as impressive as the aroma but it is still good...again some fresh baked bread and biscuits leads the way ...then some richer molasses notes....then a spicy splash of alcohol soaked dark fruits (black cherries, plums, black grapes).

M-A little syruppy....medium to full bodied...

D-I could see enjoying a few of these from time to time....not a classic or anything like that but a nice little bock that is kind of a blend between a tradition doppelbock and regular maibock....

ZAP, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +7.5%

2009. 12oz served at about 55º. Pours a bright brown color with hues of amber when held to the light. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Aromas of sweet malts and caramel fill the nose. Mouth-feel is more syrupy than expected and actually pleasant on the palate. Tastes are of caramel and toasted grains with some faint hints of weak coffee. Finishes sweet and crisp. Very well brewed Bock!

barnzy78, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

Durge, Jun 23, 2010
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Special Edition - Bock Beer from Mendocino Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.