Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-08-2012 19:30:18 | More by Ryan011235
3.5/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Like much of what Mendocino does, this bock is fairly middling and unexciting. To say it’s one of their better beers is damning it with faint praise, I’m afraid. Decent clarity on an amber colored body, good sized cap of white foam, average retention and lace. Aroma of bready malt and some caramel sweetness. Light floral hops underneath.
Taste follows the nose; fair toasted bread malt character; lightly sweet caramel; noble-style hop flavor with aspects of grass and floral notes, although the hops are pretty deeply buried. Low bitterness, mildly lingering in the aftertaste. Semi-dry finish doesn’t clean up as nicely as it could. Medium-light bodied with fairly crisp carbonation that brings a little bit of refreshment to the beer. All in all it’s not bad but it’s very middle of the road, somewhat bland, and lacks the substantial maltiness of the better examples of this style. You could do worse with Mendocino and I have.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2012 14:54:33 | More by tobelerone
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2012 01:34:26 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-19-2012 02:07:00 | More by TheSixthRing
Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
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