Bucking Bock - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | 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: 152 | Reviews: 69
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 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 tronester
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug.

Easy feller! Pour that Bucking Bock gently, or ya'll end up with more foam than a whore in a bubble bath! Yeah, so there was alot of head with this pour, but that's okay. I like head. Especially when its tall, creamy, and leaves lacing along the insides of my beer glass. Extremely well-carbonated body sends torrents of tiny bubbles streaming upwards through a goldenrod body. The grain base smells adjunct-y, with sweet corn and pale malts propping a crisp mineralness. Thankfully, the hops are very well done, dropping delicate floral notes of lavender and freshly cut clover.

Slightly above average flavor, with a crisp, mineral maltiness that gives way to a prickly smack of alcohol and bitter hops. Finishes with sweeter notes of creamed corn doing battle with fresh cut grass clippings. Great body, with a medium mouthfeel that is nearly carbonated to the point of excessiveness, but pulls back just in time to achieve a smooth finish. Drinkability works well, too, and the 7.5% ABV is barely noticable. Could easily knock back a few of these in one sitting, and Bucking Bock definitely does the trick on an oppressively hot Austin afternoon.

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.

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 Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/17/10

Thanks to mhewes

Hazy amber color. Tiny specks of sediment drift all over the place. Two finger head is reduced to a skim after several minutes. Minimal retention, ok lacing from the mid-point on.

The nose is malty with a pervasive grassy aroma. Biscuit, toasted bread & a minute hint of sweetness. Overtones of citrus hops via lemon zest.

Bucking Bock tastes similar to the the aroma; malts are in full force, manifest in a subtle sweetness. Toasted malts & sweetness make up the core flavors. Hops are used sparingly; a restrained bitterness appears toward the finish. Undertones of yeast.

Somewhere between medium & light bodied. Little bit of grittiness in there. Carbonation is low & quite smooth. Grassy & bitter residuals linger on the finish.

Bucking Bock is an easy drinker - not particularly complex, but rather tasty. It doesn't at all drink like 7.5% abv, though it's warming by the end. Not bad, not bad.

Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of cartdan
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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 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 nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mushroomcloud for sending this beer as part of The Little Guy Bif. The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear effevescent golden coloration. The head was a biege coloration with minimal retention. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel maltyness combines with floral grassy hops.

Taste: The taste very closely follows the aroma. The beer comes forth with a pleasing toasted caramel that gives way to grassy hops. Nothing extreme to this beer. This is just easy drinking pleasure.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The carbonation is active and pairs well with the beers overall character. This was a very easy to drink beer. If I could get it in Cincinnati this would be a staple beer.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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 JDV
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dusty gold color with a short lived white head. Smell is caramel and corn like malt. Pleasant. Taste is very sweet and corn like in flavor with not much else. Medium bodied and smooth with refreshing carbonation, but a bit watery in the finish. Not what I expected of the style, but very drinkable. Surprised that it was 7.5% and it's not noticeable. 1st drinkable beer from this brewery I've had so far.

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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More tangerine than goldenrod with a generous amount of large-bubbled carbonation. The ivory colored cap is fizzy, crackly and unsticky. As a result, it lasts no more than a few minutes and leaves the glass virtually untouched. Not a good start.

The nose is pale bockish. It features untoasted grain, musky hops and a mild fruitiness that most closely resembles tart apples. No great shakes, but not too bad either.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company beer hasn't exactly thrilled me so far. Bocking Bock is no exception. It doesn't taste especially well-crafted and it lacks personality (for want of a better word). One small positive is that the 7.5% ABV is decently buried. That isn't an easy task in a beer with such a flavor deficit.

This bock is sorta malt liquorish. It isn't corny and it's fairly hoppy-bitter, but otherwise, a forty ounce bottle and a brown paper bag wouldn't be out of the question. Lightly sugary pale malt and (probably) German hops don't make for an interesting flavor profile. It's hard to tell if the bite on the finish is due to alpha acids or alcohol. Probably both.

There isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel. In fact, it's the highlight of the whole shootin' match. Let's go with solidly medium and smooth enough to be enjoyable. Despite fears that the carbonation would be off, it's fine.

Thanks to the label, I keep wanting to call this brew Bucking Bronc. It might be worth a look if you're crazy about the style, but this BA has no desire to get back in the saddle after this bottle has been drained. Thanks BeerZack.

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 EPICAC
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold with an off white head. Good retention ok lacing.

The aroma is light malt with wheat, but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok but to much like an American macro lager with a stronger feel.

The feel is warm with a bitter finish.

Overall, this was pretty bad.

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.

Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.