Bucking Bock - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 03-09-2006

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by beerdiablo:
Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rahr continues to surprise with their brewing prowess and one of their key strengths is hiding the alcohol's prescence in mouthfeel and taste.

At 8%, you don't know where the heck the "punch" is.

I would like to see more of a roasted malt taste as this comes across as a general lager but I think Rahr's will move forward as they continually improve their beers.

Keep an eye out for this yearly.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear brassy bear with little head. It smells of sweet grain and light fruit. It has a musty grain, Imperial Pilsner kind of taste that puts it on the brighter and cleaner side of the malt liquor spectrum. There is a slight fruitiness and just a touch of hop bitter before it is pushed out again by grain sweetness. There is a slight twang in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium weight and the beer is pretty flat. It is an alright beer, and if you are looking for a beer with alot of booze that you can't taste, this is it for sure. I'm just not into this as maibock.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with a little bit of sweetness. It smells about like you expect a helles bock to smell like.

The flavor is a also very malt. There is a little bit of alcohol present and some sugary sweetness. I also get a little bit of citrus and grassy notes, possibly from the hop combination.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great beer, but not undrinkable by any means.

Photo of skillerified
1.68/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sort of sunset orange that fades a little lighter toward the bottom and edges of the glass. No head, no cap and no lacing whatsoever. Couldn't even agitate to make it happen. But there is plenty of visible carbonation, so it's not dead.

Not much on the scent. Slight cola and medicinal qualities. After much agitation, a faint and quite undesirable (in my opinion) sour scent makes its way to the surface.

A bit grainy and bready. Nothing special here.

Really strong carbonation bite. It pretty much overpowers everything else. Very remeniscent of a soda. Easily the most carbonated (or maybe I should say over-carbonated) beer I've ever had. Slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste. It is, however, pretty impressive that the high ABV is so well hidden. I didn't catch a hint of it at all.

No reason to want another of these. Plus the 8% ABV really sneaks up on you. I guess that could be one reason to have another, but I'll pass.

Photo of Melchizedek
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden, looking almost pils-ish. Smell is pretty clean and all toasted grain - not a lot to say about it.

In the mouth, light and effervescent, with an obvious toasty side, then a slight, slight sweet-malt undertone and a sort of honeyed aftertaste. Not picking up a whole lot of hop... maybe a touch of bitterness in that finish, maybe some mild floral stuff... Puckering dry finish.

Well... it's wayyy easy to drink for an 8% ABV beer, and you could hurt yourself if you're not careful. I might recommend this as a gateway brew - there are certainly no off flavors, but this is probably Rahr's weakest effort.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to assurbanipaul for yet another Rahr Brew.
Golden yellow with a full white head that melts to a quarter inch covering of sticky lacing. Very thick.
Aromas are pale amber malts and lager yeasts.
I'm drinking this while eating a grilled shrimp cocktail and the sweet fruitiness melts to a lemon citrus hops absolutely perfectly for my lunch.
Somewhere there is supposed to be 8% ABV in here but I definitely can't notice it...at least not in the tast or swallow.
Mouthfeel is moderately creamy.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to Rick Sawyer-Team sinister BIF race 2008 for this bottle!

A nice shimmering gold color with big carbonation, many quick moving bubbles rush to the surface and creates a 2" high, thin, lively white crown that dissipates pretty fast with all of the carbonation action.

The nose is very sweet, caramel-like malt scent, maple butter spread, overlly ripe and sour red fruits like red grapes and raspberries with a bit of tangy wheat.

The flavor is much more earthy and herbalized than the aroma will lead you to believe. It's a clean wheat flavored malt...slightly "malt liqour" like in the sweetness with a sour and tangy yeast bite and a mellow, earthy hop balance. The malt is really heavy in this one.

light look, medium feel, crispy bite thanks to the carboantion but finishes round and dry.

This one was very "all over the map" in flavor and aroma, and was a unique experience.

Photo of MASPuros
2.51/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a PIF from GregSVT. Thanks brother!

Appearance - poured into a Rahr Ugly Pug Pint Glass a clear gold color with a thin creamy half inch of white foam. A closer look shows lots of tiny stuff in suspension.

Aroma - nice grain bread smell. Not overwhelming but pleasant

Taste - Very water and a bit sour ... very acidic. Was not expecting the sourness from this style and did not leave a great taste in the mouth. After taste was a bit unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a bit of smoothness.

Drinkability - Is this a bock? It was way watered down and the flavors that were present did compliment very well.

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on notes from trip to TX

Pours a slightly hazed golden/bronze with 1 finger of white head. No head retention & not much lacing

S: A little sweet malt & some perfumy hops

T: Sweet bready malt & grainyness up front. As this warms, I pick up honey notes & some booze, finishes with grainyness, malt & booze

MF: Medium bodied with effervescence & some stickyness

Drink easy for the ABV, not a great Maibock, but a pretty good quaffer all things considered

Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is from the older stock when it was 7.5%.

Pours a dark honey with a foamy, thin head. Head dispates quickly. Smells extremely sweet, grainy, and malty. Not terribly impressed. Pleasant malt and grain in the taste with hints of honey and, I think, white grapes. Mouthfeel is slightly dense from the alcohol and not overly carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

Photo of BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light gold color. One inch off white head which settles to a thin rim. Only a little lacing.

Bready malty scent with a little bit of honey like sweetness. Light alcohol scents.

Mostly malt flavors with some fruity/honey like sweetness. The alcohol can be tasted, but is hidden well considering its higher percent.

Light bodied with light carbonation, clean finish.

Not a bad beer but it has no special qualities. Slightly above middle of the pack, at best.

Photo of gtermi
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This pours a clear golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: Really not much there.... There is a bit of malt and some lager yeast. Other than that its very weak.

T: There is a strong amount of malt that lingers on the palate for a long while. Still not much there..

M: This isnt too bad and goes down pretty smooth. It leaves a full feeling in the mouth and has a bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and throat.

O: This is just an average beer. Really nothing I would crazy about and not worth the 9.50 I paid.

Photo of PEBKAC
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5%ABV bottle into my slender & top heavy Rare Vos glass. Might as well get some use out of it before it falls over itself & shatters.

Big powdery head, though quite faint & not big on sticking around. Body is a glittery caramel amber with lots of floaties.

Nose is big on juicy melon & bitter orange. Spicy/sweet pungent hop notes, with a little bit of honey & straw. Really inviting.

Taste is sweet with lemon, orange, & honey upfront. Light leafy bitterness down the middle, with an easy, dry cookie finish.

Feel is thin & plenty carbonated. The malt is just barely a touch filling. Maybe just a bit lighter then it should be. Endgame is dry & just barely lingering with alcohol & hops. Really eager to see if BigTex sent me two of these.

Though it has been in the fridge most of the time, sitting on this one far too long apparently worked out for me. :)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very clear gold color, darker than most helles bocks, yet not as dark as regular bocks. Moderate white head fades fairly fast and leaves a light collar and sheen behind.

Nose is grainy and caramely with a grassy hop presence. Smells pretty fresh and has a nice lagery clean aroma.

Taste has a nice balance of grain, sweetness and drying hops. Light caramely sweetness is nice, pretty true to style. I am surprised by the low overall grade this beer has, I think it is a tasty helles bock, maybe a little lower on the hops than many of the American renditions, but I prefer that in a bock anyway. Freshness would be my major concern, but I seem to have a decently fresh sample here.

Photo of Kromes
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with fluffy white head. There are white chunks floating in the beer. Smells like sweet honey malt and a little alcohol. There is also a slight barnyard odor. A sweet malt, buttery flavor and a little bitterness in the finish. The flavors are not very strong. There is a wild yeast flavor in the background. Definitely tastes better than it smells. The beer is watery and thin. Drinkability is ok.

Photo of jwff
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it was dripped off a honeycomb. Smell is grainy with some mild fruit undertones. I think I get some lemon or citrus. Taste is grainy, almost malt liquory, and leaves a sugary taste on the back of my tongue. I feel bad for comparing it to malt liquor but the grain is so strong I can't help but find the comparison. Mouthfeel is light and syrupy, but not in a sickly way considering the abv*. This is very drinkable.

*This is the 7.5 version.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden color with a modest white head, thick broken lacing, and numerous small streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malts, mild caramel malts, and a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, almost honey-like, with underlying toasted malts, and some grape skin as well. Midway through the taste a crisp tartness appears, followed by herbal hops and a lingering metallic note at the finish. The high alcohol presence is very well concealed.

Mouth feel: Reasonably full, with somewhat zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting and drinkable example, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of stumac
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours up a rusty orange color woth a nice big frizzy white head. the nose is composed of orange peel, lemon peel, pale German malts, a lttle yeast, subtle raspberries. Wow. Better than I expected it to taste! The taste is pretty much the same characters as the nose except more intense on the orange peel. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden. Very crisp beer, medium bodied, heavy carbo up front then low carbo as the beer warms. One of the few beers that I would actually buy from this brewery....

Photo of brurevu
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From my tasting notes: It poured a golden amber with a large white head. The initial taste of the Bucking Bock was bracingly bitter as I was expecting nothing but heavy malts. As the beer warmed the bitterness faded but was still present. I am not sure if they were going for a hoppier Maibock but in terms of the style, the bitterness could be tamed. In the end the Bucking Bock was still an enjoyable beer although overly bitter for the style, and the higher than usual ABV made me forget all about the bitterness.

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a local4local trade from ramielschild

While I've been on a big beer kick as of late, it's nice to venture back to the German styles from time to time.

The alcohol is masked fairly well in this brew. I don't know what else to say about it, unfortunately. Is it horrible? No. Is it great? No. Pretty run of the mill for a bock.

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head over the light amber brew. Head is to a film in scant moments, with some bubbles here and there constituting the lacing. Aroma is some grain, with a lightly tart fruitiness. Taste exhibits a fuller depth of malt flavor, and the fruitiness I was worried about has moved on before getting into my mouth. No evidence of 8%abv in the flavor or aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, but would benefit from a tad more carbonation, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. This brew left me a bit wanting for what could have been.

Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was a clear golden color with an average sized white head with tight bubbles. Smells very sweet, lots of malt, with some lemon and pepper. The taste is also very sweet, lots of bready flavor with some bitter lemon hops on the back of the tongue. The beer is kind of heavy, the alcohol is detectable, and it has a nice lingering finish. This is a well done bock, I enjoyed the balance how it started sweet and finished bitter.

Photo of jmbranum
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty bright colored golden amber color with smallish head.

Aroma is pretty subtle with some hops.

The flavor is different. Lots of alcoholic warmth with some malt and a bit of hop bite. The negative is a bit of a strange aftertaste that I couldn't get into.

Tons of refreshing carbonated mouthfeel.

A pretty good beer but a lousy value. Everywhere I have seen this beer has it very expensive, and I just don't think it is good enough to merit the price. ($2.19 for a single bottle or $9.99 for a six pack at the beer shop I was at in Austin. Other locations I've visted had similiar prices)

Photo of gnemesis
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved as extra from JJFoodie. Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. Pours golden with 2 finger almost white head with fine beads. Smells of sweet honey malts, citrus and piney hops. Taste is the same with less hop bitterness. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinkability is so-so.

Photo of RickSawyer
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a congratulations to another Texas brewery placing in the World Beer Cup (third place, German Style Helles / Maibock), I figured I should get around to reviewing this one. Pours a golden honey hue with a light, white head that falls to a thin film across the beer. Smells great, hints of apple, honey, and rounded, earthy buscuit malt goodness! Taste is spot on for a maibock, nothing overly offensive, even the earthy malt balances out with hints of red grape juice and sweet honey. Such a nice change from the dopplebocks of winter seasonal. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit overcarbonated but finishes crisp and dry. I wish the abv was a percent or two lower so I could drink a few more of these on a sunday afternoon, but a very solid offering from one of Texas' newest breweries.

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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.