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Bucking Bock - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 154
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 13.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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: 154
Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new beer o' the day, thanks to LarryKemp for lugging a couple of these on up to Portland. A 12 oz. bottle with twist-off cap; label portrays a bucking bock, er, bronc on a navy background. Side label shows a slightly lower 7.5% ABV than what's listed here. As it's the last weekend in May I figured it was the perfect time for this beer, despite cool and rainy temps in the 60's...

A: Light golden color with a very thin white head that vanishes quickly. Loads of carbonation rise and spin tiny trails around the glass - one of the busiest carbonations I can recall (and this to a regular pint glass, no etching or anything). Light haze of particulates and a few clunkier bits that sink to the glass bottom don't do this favors appearance-wise.

S: Sweet malt, a little 'popcorn & butter'. Light toffee aroma and some simple berry and apple fruits. Hopping is grassy and light; aroma overall isn't big, but is pleasant in its subtleties.

T: Sweet grain forwardness, like honeyed biscuits. Fruits have an apple and raisin sugariness. Enough spicy and grassy hops to dry this a little. It's barely bitter enough to contain those malts, but the end result is a fairly balanced, flavorful maibock.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. There's a nice zesty bittering and good carbonation. balanced very well, neither bitter nor overly malty and finishes very clean. Despite the active carbonation, this develops a creaminess and goes down rather smoothly. Mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this beer.

D: OK, so there wasn't anything I truly loved about this one, but I did like it. It's a helluva drinkable brew, deceptive with its high ABV...I'd have believed this has 4-5% ABV as soon as I would 7.5%. Tasty, a little one dimensional, but one I'd have again.

Thanks again to Larry for bringing this to Oregon. (1,811 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 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 Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy apricot with a rim of off-white head.

Nose of grains and a bit of fruit.

The taste starts with milled grains, some plum and a bit of spicy hops (pepper) in the finish.

The mouth is just a good combination of medium thickness and a bit of slickness.

I liked it, the original WI roots of the brewery show. (353 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 mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome clear orangey golden color in the Crooked Line tulip. A nice aroma of melon and caramel with some phenols. Warm, smooth, and rich. On the sweet side, but a nice edge of hoppy bitterness and some tangy flavors. Spicy and a little sharp, like tangerines with some bitterish skin. Ends on a bitter note with some hoppy aromatics. Lingering nose of citrus and some warm grain.

I'm bucking the trend on this one. It's one of the best Maibocks I've had, though it's not my favorite German style. Very drinkable and just strong enough when you want a more substantial glassful. From the six pack bought at Depot Liquor in Brownwood, Texas. (650 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 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 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 brewdenver
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at The Flying Saucer in Dallas. It was poured into a pint glass.

This the first pale bock I have had and was pretty impressed with the style. It had a nice honey color with medium lacing and fingers. Definetly reminded me of a helles bock. Head was light with low retention. It had a nice aroma of grass, lemon and malts. First taste you get is citrusy followed with some earthy tones from the hops and finishes a slighty dry. Had a good feel in the mouth with light carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Was a tad thin but nothing to be disappointed about. A good overall beer for my first pale bock. (618 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (630 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (705 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 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 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 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 DarkAngel
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite bock beers. I still love Hoffbrau's Maibock the best, but this is a solid beer and shouldn't be missed. Bucking Bock is a smooth bock that is not too strong or too weak, which makes it a beer than can be enjoyed on a daily basis for just casual drinking. (282 characters)

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.48/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the flying saucer. It came in a pint glass with a 3 finger head. The color was a golden color with a white head. The smell was malty and the taste followed suit with just a touch of grassy hops in the end. The mouthfeel was very clean and had a little bit of carbonation in it. Overall this was a very good beer, I hope to be able to buy a 6er of this for enjoyment at home. (393 characters)

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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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