Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Spring Seasonal BockMendocino Spring Seasonal Bock

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: emmasdad on 04-17-2010)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of russpowell
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...

Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Photo of tobelerone
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

Photo of thagr81us
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.

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of emmasdad
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
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.

Photo of bubseymour
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.

Photo of generallee
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.

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nathanmiller
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of BucannonXC5
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.

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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.