Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5 rDev +21.4%
Great color (amber) with a really nice head. Quite tasty, but as Helles Bocks go, it's not the best I've had. Certainly not the worst either.
Feels great on the tongue, not flat, not too carbonated. Smooth like a good bock should be.
Smells great, of caramel and malt more than hops.
All in all, a good experience, and better than many of the other Mendocino Brews available.
03-19-2011 22:22:21 | More by nathanmiller
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
12 oz. bottle, a classic style on this Beltane night,
A: Pours a lovely amber with a firm medium white head, thick lace with good head retention.
S: Sweet caramel, sugar cane juice, sweet and inviting.
T: Strong maltiness, but contains itself in balance, never cloying. Brown rice syrup with hints of molasses, with some nice hop character on the back end keeping the sugar in check.
M: Medium to full-bodied, smooth, easy going on the palate, well done here.
O: This was quite a shock for me of how good this was. I've enjoyed Mendocino beers in the past, but they've never been great. This is a great effort especially in a style that's not been a favourite of mine throughout the years. Very balanced and good flavours and full-flavoured, I enjoyed this quite a bit.
05-02-2011 03:20:27 | More by Halcyondays
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
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Appearance: A medium copper-like caramel color. About a 1 finger foam head. Decent but not great foam retention. A significant amount of carbonation bubbles.
Smell: Malty, dark fruits, slightly metallic alcohol.
Taste: Sweet, malty, a touch of hops. A slight bitterness to compliment the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Slick, light mouth feel with a substantial carbonation tingle. Finishes dry.
Overall: This is a good beer worthy of the money spent.
04-30-2012 09:08:54 | More by jj311
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
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
3.65/5 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
3.65/5 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
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
3.6/5 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
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.
Look - reddish brown/dark amber in color, with about 2 fingers worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.
Smell - only very slightly hoppy, but not malty either. Maybe some nutty hints too, but also subtle.
Taste and Mouthfeel - Not a lot of the hop flavor, but the bitterness is there in the finish. The the beginning and middle have a bit of a nutty taste as well. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the creamy side.
Drinkability - not very complex, but a good-tasting beer. Quite drinkable.
03-03-2011 03:47:06 | More by Nerudamann
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Probably a tad more than an inch of head. Color was a dark caramel. Some lacing on the top and some uneven film on the sides, which was scattered throughout the glass.
A big mix of hops and bitterness on the smell. Also some pine and citrus (grapefruit). Pretty flavorful smell.
First taste is almost a honey flavor. It is then followed by a touch of bitterness, ending with pine and citrus.
Moderate-to-high carbonation. The flavor that kept sticking around was bitterness and pine/citrus.
A pretty good beer overall. I’d definitely try it again. I’d be curious to how it tastes out of the draft.
08-20-2011 06:57:39 | More by BucannonXC5
Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
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