Bucking Bock - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 9.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: assurbanipaul on 03-09-2006

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Spec's on Jones road here in Houston. It was a new release.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow golden color with a 1/2" head of mixed size white bubbles. The head fell within about 30 seconds to a small ring around the top of the beer. There are very few bubbles rising, so the head is virtually gone after the pour.

Aroma: There is a very sweet malty and grainy aroma to this beer. I get lots of toasty malts with a very subtle floral hop presence.

Taste: The flavor is really malty with a very noticeable sweet balance. There is some hops here, but the contribution to the balance is really reserved. You can pick up Vienna malts along with a bit of Pilsner and Carapils. There is a very faint minerally presence which seems a tad out of place, and the hops accent this fact. The finish is firmly balanced toward the malt and doesn’t show the alcohol that this beer actually has in it.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I definitely think that it is the best so far to come out of the Rahr brewery. I am always shy of anything that has the words "Bock" and "Texas" on the same label, as this is normally a bastardization of an American Dark Lager at best. This beer actually fits the bill of a Maibock. I personally think that the mash was a little short on this brew as it has a bit of a bite that can be mashed out, but still it is a drinkable beer that is to style. I would try this one again. (1,441 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Feb 2008.

Pours with a medium sized foamy light tan head. Clear golden amber color. Aroma is malty sweet with a bit of salty sweet popcorn. Flavor is light, slightly sweet, somewhat mineraly. Slight hint of sweet lemon in the finish. Light body. Alcohol seems less than 8%.

Really want to like Rahr better than I do, but always seem like a little something is missing. (393 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nearly transparent golden yellow, swift carbonation streams feed a thin golden tinged white head

S - malts dominate, but not the roasted variety, honestly it smells like an american macro lager, not a BMC macro, but like a macro style minus the adjuncts

T - malty, rich flavorful malts, again not the roasted kind, not that i expected tham to appear in the taste, no real adjoining or accompanying flavors, not a bad flavor, just not very complex

M&D - easily drinkable, my girlfriend loved it, actually stole my glass, easy down and very smooth, just not complex, a nice session bock (597 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber in color, thin layer of tight head that dropped quite quickly, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Noticeable graininess, slight toastiness, faint hop aroma - mostly earthy and herbal - 3.25, T: Slight cream corn flavors, pale malts, mild hop bite, faint pepper and herbal tang - 3.00, M: Medium bodied and medium carbonated - 3.50, D: A decent beer, pleasing hop bite for those that enjoy the noble hops, significant malt, alcohol is nicely masked - 3.50 (459 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber color with a fizzy white head that soon vanishes completely. Nose is sweet grain up front with some fainter notes of herbal hops in the background. Taste is lightly toasted malty caramel sweetness followed by a touch of tart fruit and finally an herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Crisp and easy-drinking. (344 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden with a touch of amber. Smells of clean malt, a hint of alcohol and a hint of diaycytal. Taste is rich and malty, clean middle, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. This is a malt oriented beer that is quite pale, somewhat rare to find. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly high carbonation. Good drinkability, I did not realize it was 7.5 percent ABV until I went to review the beer, the alcohol is nearly undetectable. I would get this again. (451 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Citric and malty, spicy and sweet, it smells good.

Yellow/orange tangerine color, pretty good clarity, minimal head.

Great citric hop edge to the attack, followed closely by a rich malt character that balances the tartness with a soft sweetness and layers of malt flavor (nutty, buttery, somewhat toasty). Finishes clean. Body is of medium to medium-thin thickness and more carbonated than smooth.

Superb brew! I love it. (424 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thin, sudsy, white head that persists for a while as a thin film.

Smell: Light aromas of grains with a bit of grassy hops.

Taste: Light breadiness, some sweet malts, citric tartness with a hint of spiciness going down. The finish is a light, grassy, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Light in flavor, but pretty drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden. (449 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this one in a mixed 6-pack trade from brewdlyhooked13 on his recent business trip to Texas. Neat label of a bucking bronco on the 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Aggressive white, fizzy foam on the pour into my pint. After about a minute the head is reduced to an 1/8 inch on the surface. Body of beer is gold and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Mild citrus hops and lots of malts.

Taste: Bready malts trailed by a nice dose of mildly citrus flavored hops. Also, slight hints of butter & honey.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with ample carbonation. Slightly watered down, in my opinion. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, but watch out for the high ABV. Nice, but I've had better maibacks. Wish it was a bit more rich in flavor. (768 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
4.11/5  rDev +18.8%
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. :) (864 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Umm...seroiusly, I need a case of this beer for further review. Wow this is one tight lady. A strong bock that I didn't even know was 8% until it was buzzing around my head. Amber-brown with a dense white cap that laces the whole glass. Smell is a little muted but there is a nice toasty malt and sweetness there. The flavor is a kick that is full of potent toasty, bready malt flavors and it has a little underlying hop bite that brings it back. Nice melding and the aftertaste last a good spell without any really noticable boozy qualities. NIce med-full body, but very drinkable. (582 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a Fort Worth native, I'm always interested in what the Rahr brewers are doing. And while I've never been all that impressed with their beers, I still like to give them the benefit of the doubt. So when a buddy of mine returned to DC from a recent trip to Cowtown, and offered me a bottle of the Rahr maibock, I couldn't resist. And I'm glad I didn't.

It's a subdued golden color out of the bottle. Little head. Light, malty aroma, but not much else is discernible. However the taste is quite pleasant. Deeply malty with a light and crisp finish, the high alcohol content of this beer is very deceptive. Not a session beer, although you could easily want to make it one. I believe that Rahr may have finally hit the nail on the head with this one. It's a seasonal keeper. Nicely done. (790 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
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) (604 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear deep gold with minimal head. Aroma is faint, barely malty and sweet.

Taste is lightly malty, toasty and sweet with elements of light caramel. Just the mere hint of hop presence with that characteristic nutty, pungent bock flavor. Overall, a very clean, gentle flavor profile with no trace of alcohol, despite its uncharacteristic ABV.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, drinkability is extremely high -- deceptive, almost too smooth, as I downed a liter before realizing as it kicked me in the head. Would this qualify as an Imperial maibock? Another winner from Rahr.

[edit] After the first batch, Fritz tinkered with the recipe just a little. Slightly darker (more of a copper color), a touch maltier, maybe a faint metallic element. Good/bad balances out, so I'm leaving the numbers the same. (814 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed case of 6 packs I brought back from a trip to Ft. Worth. After the first couple of beers I thought that there was something seriously wrong with this beer. As I sit down to review it I notice it is a Maibock. Well, that explains a lot for me.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear and golden in color. I was getting ready to ding this for not being more brown, but for the style it is not too bad. My pour produces a white head near 1/2 inch. If I had used a pilsner glass I would have gotten much more.

Smell: Some light grainy malts. Nothing hop like. Perhaps a bit bready or maybe I am reaching just to find something.

Taste: Malty, not roasted malts. More grainy, bready, perhaps a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet. No hop presence with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected with some good carbonation. At around 8% ABV this one is a bit of an alcohol bomb, but the alcohol is well hidded. I get no bick warming wensation or alcohol burn in my throat.

Drinkability: Very drinklable for such high ABV, almost dangerous. I think this is so drinkable because it is kinda bland. At $8.99 (or was it $9.99?) a six pack I will probably not purchase again. It's not that great. (1,253 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1/4" off-white head goes immediately to a cap. Rich, golden honey color. Lots of visible carbonation long after the head is gone.

S - Super malty. Grainy. Honey. Hops? We don't need no stinking hops!!!

T - Tons of malt. Rich honey flavor. Almost the hop profile of some tripels. Simple and straightforward.

M - Full, round body. Between mid and high level of carbonation. Quick finish.

D - Good drinkability. Beer is fairly big in mouthfeel and ABV, two would be sufficient to knock off the chill. (513 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: orange ... kind of cool, a pale, light murky orange; small light white head of 1/8 to 1/4-inch foam that disipates quickly; slight lacing

S: weak grain with sliver of malt sweetness on top that adds a bit of character; hints of hops (citrusy) but mostly weak grain with the good malt

T: first sip is perfect, great sweetness with a slight spicy hop bite; it devolves quickly into the medicinal taste i keep finding in bocks, though it's not undrinkable or offensive; the hops often bite up front and there's an occasional note of grain, though the malt helps sweeten the finish nicely; a few citrus notes

F: crisp, clean, moderate carbonation for a solid midweight brew

O: not bad at all, not necessarily an award winner -- about 1/2 in the toasted barley sweetness really makes this beer a solid serving from beginning to end. it's good enough that I'll definitely try it some more and look for it when it first comes out next season. one of Rahr's better offerings. (1,010 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

A - Plenty of bright white head. Light and clear gold color. Looks refreshing. Some carbonation.

S - Smells malty. Maybe a little biscuity, possibly some citrus.

T - Strikes me as very similar to Shiner Bock, one of my more regular brews. Nothing really stands out, however.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink. Not too heavy and not too light – a good choice as a medium beer. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Summary - A decent beer overall. Good for parties with guests who prefer something other than the lighter junk out there. Not a bad beer, and one I would drink on occasion, but is basically a clone of Shiner Bock, so I'll probably stick with that. (697 characters)

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - golden color and a nice white head.
Smell - a very sweet and boozy hint.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - nothing really stood out about this beer, just a run of the mill bock style.
Drinkability - I went through my 6 in about 2 months so it wasn't something that I wanted to get through or got too excited about. They were nice while I had them but I might move onto something else from the brewery next time in Texas. (418 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.94/5  rDev -15%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of brurevu
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (516 characters)

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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.