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 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 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 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 IntriqKen
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (426 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 Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (472 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 nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (795 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 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 Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (959 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 russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (472 characters)

Photo of RickSawyer
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (896 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 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 HopsKeepDroppin
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into maudite tulip

A- Pours light gold with a slight red hue to it. Very small head but it stays around and has a mid level of lacing.

S- Very malty smell, lots of caramel

T- Tastes very malty, bready and some caramel like the smell. The after taste is peppery from the hops but other than that there is not a lot of hop flavor.

M- Very carbonated. Almost has a spicy mouthfeel right up front.

O- A decent rendition of a bock. May not be the freshest at this point but still was decent. I will definitely pick some up next spring to compare. (565 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 kellypodz
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice Texas-brewed Maibock/Helles Bock. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fizzy head that fades fairly fast. Smells of toasted malts, light spicy Noble hops, and a little lemon peel. More spicy hop on the tongue with a light malt backbone. Slightly bitter aftertaste. 7.5% alcohol content is well hidden. I wish it were a little sweeter since the Maibock is supposed to be a paler version of the traditional Bock. Still a great beer though. (449 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours an orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, foamy white head that quickly settles into a layer of film. Lots of carbonation bubbles present in the brew. Citrusy sweet smells with some light spicing. Flavors are dynamic, with slight citrus, caramel sweet, and light coriander spice characteristics. The beer has a semi-sour aftertaste, with a lingering finish. A little rough at the end, which is a hit to an otherwise decent beer. (574 characters)

Photo of OdinMcHaggis
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, not much head retention and leaves a fizzy surface. Smells like hops. Taste hops dominate and an overall strong flavor, more going on here than a Shiner. Sweet malty long finish. Mouth is medium body with average carbonation. Overall, the beer has good taste, 7.5% abv and is $8 bucks a six pack (314 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)

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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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