Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Reviews by gkunkle:
2.78/5 rDev -20.6%
The body of this beer is a true amber color. The head stands 1/2 inch after the pour and is cream in color. Retention isn't spectacular, recedes to a film with rocky patches of bubbles. Aroma is of floral hops, light sweet malt, maybe a touch of citrus, honey. Taste comes in smooth and creamy. The slightly thik body rolls across the to hue without much complexity. A little bit of grassy hops. I really enjoy a good maibock, but this Was pretty mediocre. I don't think I'll buy it again.
05-03-2012 04:37:51 | More by gkunkle
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3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Not seeing as many maibock beers this spring as I normaally see this time of year.Poured into a stein a deep rich bronze with a fluffy one finger slight off white crown.Aromas of caramel,toast,and iron pretty traditional and true to the style.Big caramel flavors with underlying toast,German iron-like flavors underneath.It gets to be to sweet after a bit but its not really as bad as many others who have reviewed it think in my opinion.
05-05-2011 20:11:22 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date or abv%.
Appearance: Its body has a bright orange color with great clarity and some carbonation. This is topped by a just off white head about two fingers tall from the pour. This slowly settles to a thin cap that hangs on well and make for some slick lacing.
Smell: There is light bready malt sweetness here with hints of buttery toffee & caramel. I also pick up a bit of raw grain and some slight grassy/herbal hops way off in the background.
Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a medium bodied base of sweet bready malt that has hints of toffee and caramel. This is backed up by a light grainy character and a touch of grassy hops. The palate is fairly smooth and maybe a touch light but still quite enjoyable.
Notes: Overall I feel this is a decent beer and a good value for its price rage.
04-25-2011 18:17:34 | More by generallee
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
Kind of a hazy yellow beer, soft white head with lots of little bubbles, minorly impressive lacing on this beer. Aroma was largely muted, bready, no hop presence yet slightly metallic.
Taste, high carbonation, bready again, still metallic, but easy enough to drink, mild warming presence of alcohol. Grassy mouthfeel at times. High carbonation really drives this beer mouthfeel wise. No big off flavors, just a standard middle of the road beer, I think this would be more than palateable to people upgrading from adjuncts.
02-09-2012 19:26:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance - Pours a beautiful, clear deep honey with a fat, frothy 2 finger head. The retention is good, but the resulting lace is spotty.
Smell - Potent aromas of grass and lemon, along with a sweet caramel presence which rests beneath this.
Taste - Excessively sweet. Big, sugary caramel and toffee upfront with subtle hints of warm bread, and a spicy grass bitter hop. Faint notes of lemon as the aftertaste kicks in.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, with a bit of stickiness. Carbonation is a tad on the low side.
Overall - Solid offering from Mendocino, but it's just too sugary sweet for my palate.
05-19-2012 02:07:00 | More by TheSixthRing
3.13/5 rDev -10.6%
Pours caramel with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention
S: Bready & apricot notes, some leafy hops
T: Apricot, leafy & metallic hops up front. Pear, apricot dryness & faint caramel as this warms up, slight figgyness too along with a slight leafy hoppyness, doesn't blend well. Finishes dry & figgy
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation
A mediocre bock, this misses by a bit. Like most beers from this brewery it just doesn't measure up to the style or even a good beer to just enjoy. Thanks for nothing Mendocino...
01-31-2012 14:24:48 | More by russpowell
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
The previous review is pretty much spot on... Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. Pours from the bottle a nice golden amber color, light to no white head formation. Aromas of nuts and caramel. Flavors of sweet malt and a touch of sugar. Definitely a sweet flavored beer. No lacing at all throughout. Overall this was not a bad beer from Mendocino, however, I would have preferred it to be a have a little less sweet note that was countered with some bitter flavoring.
05-03-2010 17:37:45 | More by thagr81us
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
Color is a amber/copper and head was medium when poured out of the bottle.
Odor is good overall. Slightly sweet like toffee or caramel.
Taste was sweet as well. Toffee notes present as well as some malty or breadyness. Some floral and pine as well. Overall smooth and relatively pleasant taste. Mouth feel is good. Light carbonation and easy drinking. Overall not the best beer from this brewery, but a pretty good spring beer.
05-10-2012 01:52:23 | More by dexterk1
3.13/5 rDev -10.6%
This brew poured a copper color and left a ½ a fingers worth of a tan head that left some lacing. The aroma is one that is slightly bready with hints of toffee. The taste is slightly tart and has an earthy nuttiness to it that lingers on the palate. While not overwhelming the malt gives this Bock Beer a nice medium mouth feel.
02-21-2012 18:40:04 | More by Topher78
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of brown sugar, caramel, spices and toffee in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness that is followed by bitterness and spiciness towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink compared to others in the style as it isn’t as full-bodied. The flavors in the taste aren’t as complex as the aromas.
06-12-2012 01:34:26 | More by metter98
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Got this in a "mystery" six pack and was surprised to find that only 4 people reviewed and it's a Helles Bock. Hope it's good even though its a spring release...
A - Pours a dark amber hue with no head or lace. Age of the beer is showing...
S - Mild caramel malt and very little hops show light. The smell is faint at best.
T - Ow my. Tastes of mild caramel followed by a bit of warming alcohol and then faint grass hops in the end makes it have a bitter finish.
M - Medium bodied and pretty OK for a beer.
D - If I didn't know from the label I would think it was more of a sweet dopple bock than a Helles. I really enjoyed this and may have liked it better fresh. Still it made a nice addition to a mystery mix.
10-12-2010 06:00:00 | More by DrDemento456
2.55/5 rDev -27.1%
I was not very impressed with this beer. Appearance was nothing special. Smell was very spicy and taste was not very good. I'm not a big fan of the Maibock/Helles bock and didn't realize that is what this beer was when I picked up the sample. The other guy I drank this with had to drain pour his. I didn't find it quite that bad but not very good none-the-less.
07-02-2011 19:25:14 | More by bubseymour
4/5 rDev +14.3%
This is my first time reviewing a Maibock style.
A - Poured into a New Belgium globe. It formed a half finger cream color head and kept a nice collar throughout. The color is a beautifully clear amber. Not much lacing.
S - Aroma is pleasant. Has a yeast aroma with good fruity and spicy notes that are tough to decipher. These notes interplay with a fresh and clean malt aroma. A trace of hop citrus behind it all.
T - Nice here as well. Bready malts up front with slight caramel and brown sugar sweetness. There is a funky note up front that I can't place. It fades to light hop bitterness.
M - Light moutchfeel with lively carbonation and a dry finish. Make you thirsty for the next sip.
O/D - I liked this one quite a bit. There were some notes in the smell and taste that I could not place. None of them were unpleasant. It has a good clean fresh taste and smell that I would expect from a lager. I mentioned a funky note in the taste that I am not sure whether or not would be considered a flaw for the style, but I liked it.
05-13-2011 02:21:13 | More by LaCoursiere
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured into a New Glarus glass on 12/4/12
Fairly clear looking beer; sort of a dark honey / chestnut brown hue. The bubbles rises en masse and hit the two finger mark. Thin, lasting retention and a pretty good web of lace.
Rather grainy. Buttered biscuit and caramel account for most of the aroma. Bread notions run deeper while a hint of grass wafts about. Hefty aroma for a bock; smells similar to a dopplebock.
The flavor is equally robust. Bread and toasted grains are at the center of each sip. I like that hops are more assertive, providing a grass/floral/herbal blend that has a good pronouncement without going over the top.
In line with everything else, this has a plump medium-full body that is wont to linger. Carbonation is kept right in check as well; moderate with just enough movement for the feel of the beer. The finish has a bit of mustiness to it.
Mendecino Bock is surprisingly dopplebock-y. Nothing wrong with that. Picked up a leftover bottle on a whim; I'll have to keep an eye out for it next year.
12-08-2012 19:30:18 | More by Ryan011235
Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.