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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 153
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 BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of teg8612
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden color. 1 inch head drops to a thin layer. Carbonation visible for duration of experience.

S- Sweat malty goodness. Tinge of honey. Slight alcohol aroma.

T- Smooth malt which sweatens as it warms. Thick honey on the tongue. No alcohol taste at all!!! No bitterness but very clean.

M- Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Loosens the tongue quickly.

D- Very smooth. If I wouldn't get hammered from drinking more than two, I would drink this all the time. Very big beer without being to heavy. Goes down too easy, watch yourself. I started to lose fealing in my legs. (595 characters)

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 Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is honey golden. Head is very small and has no retention. Aroma is weak and consists of a sweet grainy smell. Taste is moderately sweet, with a lightly toasted malt. An edge of grain is noted. A mild herbal hop flavor is in the mix as well. There is a faint hint of alcohol in the finish. The overall flavor here is pretty good, but a stronger malt body would improve this beer. (384 characters)

Photo of cartdan
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

German Style Spring Bock - 7.5% ABV

This beer pours a golden orange with a small off-white head that dissipates very quickly. It is very clear and bright. The aroma is malty, sweet, with no hops evident. The taste is once again malty, less sweet than I expected from the aroma. Not much else there in the taste. A little alcohol warmth is present, but not much. It has a medium body, and low carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not something I'll search out in the future. It's a pleasant easy drinking beer (even at 7.5%), but not very complex IMO. Could definitely use more carbonation, and probably more complex malt character.

- Dan (658 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 jwff
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (466 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 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 HardTarget
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Great label art, but no useful info.

Aroma: Almost none! Slight, SLIGHT notes of celery and toasted malt.

Appearance: Short lived white head on a pale, very clear, amber with wide yellow edges. Head dies quickly leaving only feeble carbonation streams to show any sign of life.

Flavor: Some sweet malt and firm grape/grape jam flavors. Overall very mild and clean, a good “crowd pleaser” but doesn’t do much for me.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a medium/medium light body.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable, but very mild. Needs some more malt, more carbonation, more flavor! The “Coors light” of bocks.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the first run of the label. I hope future versions step up. (731 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 sinistermadman
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear gold while emitting nay a trace of head.

Smell is malty and earthy, yet somewhat subdued. Not too bad.

This brew has an extremely clean finish to it. Mid to low carbonation and mild hopping only further increase the drinkability factor of this slippery, light bodied brew. This drinkabiliy comes at the expense of mouthfeel somewhat. Flavor is well balanced and nonintrusive. Supple hops are barely perceivable as the malt carries most of the focus. In summary this is an extremely drinkable beer. If it wasn't for the price this could be a staple in my session lineup. (597 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an orange-gold the color of sunset. Small white head that, unfortunately, disappears nearly completely in moments. Aroma is only faintly malty, though with some pleasant floral hops. Good toasted malt is the primary flavor, with light but noticible bitterness. Clean, dry finish. Body is perhaps a tad light.

Not a stellar beer from Rahr, but quite drinkable regardless. (384 characters)

Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Fort Worth Central Market.

Pours a clear gold color. Head starts out at about two fingers but has low retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty clean, sweet malt with little to no hop. Taste is fairly simple. Nice malt that lasts FOREVER in the aftertaste. Very slight hop shows up near the end. Like Paul I find it very hard to taste the alcohol in this one. Overall this is a very well put together beer, extremely drinkable. (446 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)

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