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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company

Mendocino Spring Seasonal BockMendocino Spring Seasonal Bock

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BA SCORE
80
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55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%


Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-17-2010)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Summer Brews pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a fizzy 1 inch whitish-orange head that fades to a thin film. Random foamy curtains of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of biscuit, honey, and slight floral notes. Taste is of biscuit-like malt, honey, and slight grassy tastes. There is also a slight metallic taste that I am picking up. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is bubbly and medium bodied with a decent carbonation level. Overall, this is a pretty good bock but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:54:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

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
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 20:11:22 | More by oberon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 14:24:48 | More by russpowell
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thos beer poured out as a clear golden color. The head was a little fluffy at first as it settled it was left some minimal lacing. The smell of the beer had some earthy caramel and grass notes. There was a touch of burnt aromas too. The taste was decent but nothing something that really shocked me. The flavors were of some grains and malt, a slight sweetness, a toasted metallic flavor was in there too. The mouthfeel was on the light side, overall it was just another beer to me. I could really find too much that really impressed me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 16:19:46 | More by Knapp85
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Halcyondays

California

4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 03:20:27 | More by Halcyondays
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DoubleJ

California

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What up bock? ...and Mendocino Brewing is also here, so let's go on to the beer:

Toasted orange colored, topped off by a tiny soapy head this dissipates quick and leaves just a tiny lace of itself. The nose is a lot of apple juice, but unlike that note that I've found in other beers, it's actually decent in this one. A little cracker is there to remind that this is beer.

The flavor is tolerable at first and seems to get better. It starts apple sweet before crackery malt comes into play. A drizzle of honey adds some jazz. It's still on the sweeter side, and there's a spring of alcohol that pokes its head into the profile. It's a medium bodied beer with a springboard of "zesty" carbonation.

It's been a LONG time since I've had a Mendocino beer that I've liked, mind you, I also have done little experimentation with the brand. That's something of an accomplishment with this helles bock considering that this style of beer is one of my least favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 07:31:29 | More by DoubleJ
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 19:26:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 17:37:45 | More by thagr81us
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 06:00:00 | More by DrDemento456
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Ratman. Pours from the bottle a nice golden amber color, with a good covering of white foam. Aromas of nutty caramel and earthy hops. Flavors of sweet malt and caramel, with a bit of sugar and hops. A decent effort, drinkable and not much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 05:08:50 | More by emmasdad
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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
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tobelerone

Connecticut

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
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BucannonXC5

California

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 06:57:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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generallee

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 18:17:34 | More by generallee
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 03:47:06 | More by Nerudamann
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:25:14 | More by bubseymour
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gkunkle

Oregon

2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 04:37:51 | More by gkunkle
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welldigger888

South Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle a copper hue with little head and lacing.

The malty aroma is quickly overtaken by butterscotch and a metalic twang.

Buttery bad homebrew flavs seem dominate.

carbonation is well represented on a medium body.

I find little redeeming with this beer, but hey what did I expect for $2.99 a six pack, right.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 18:39:36 | More by welldigger888
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep Red and Brown color. It has a nice cherry vibrancy which I appreciate. It sort of looks like a Kellerbier. Very nice presentation.

Smell: It's clean with a nice balance of caramel malts and fresh grassy hops.

Taste: This is a very unique tasting beer. It has an oaken cherry taste from the start. Tart. Then it begins to have a cola character. Bitter Cherry Coke. I hope it can't be described so simply but I am not super thrilled about this soda-like beer. That isn't helped by the heavy amount of carbonation. What is going on here? There doesn't taste like it is aged in a cave or cellar.

Mouthfeel: The beer doesn't taste bad. It is refreshing but it far too sweet for me to drink one after another. An average beer by an average brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 08:14:07 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:52:23 | More by dexterk1
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, high carbonation.

Not too bitter, nice flavoring considering the alcohol content. Not much body at all.

I don't taste the sugar that others tasted. It is a pretty good bock beer.

I think it is a nice spring/summer brew if you want to have a couple beers out in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 21:40:26 | More by righthereisay
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LaCoursiere

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 02:21:13 | More by LaCoursiere
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Topher78

California

3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 18:40:04 | More by Topher78
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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.