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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Spring Seasonal BockMendocino Spring Seasonal Bock

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80
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55 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

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

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

06-10-2012 18:20:21 | More by Vlaminck
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tfsimpkins

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

05-27-2012 14:56:46 | More by tfsimpkins
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Jamstone714

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-25-2012 18:28:57 | More by Jamstone714
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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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grubefresh

Arizona

4/5  rDev +14.3%

05-15-2012 05:35:37 | More by grubefresh
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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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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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jj311

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 09:08:54 | More by jj311
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gleemonger

California

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

03-29-2012 01:51:40 | More by gleemonger
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jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +14.3%

03-29-2012 00:32:35 | More by jaidenjb
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AorakiMyEyes


2.33/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Head was clear and kept well. Light colored for a bock. Smooth on the tongue with a light fizz. Though it tastes watery and is hopped lightly it ultimately has a flavor of a malty beer. Sweet with off flavors. Balanced OK between malts and hops. This might be an alright budget beer but is obviously marketed as a craft brew: the advertising got me!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:45:04 | More by AorakiMyEyes
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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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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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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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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-14-2011 23:30:11 | More by ROGUE16
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-11-2011 21:23:05 | More by mhaugo
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caseyoharaa

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-03-2011 18:16:02 | More by caseyoharaa
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.