Yule Bock | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yule Bock. Get your goat on with this holiday special. Nothing warms you around the Christmas fire better than this super smooth, malty lager. But supplies are limited so make sure you get yours early. 7% ABV.

Added by srrn on 12-20-2009

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Photo of jwclt
1.5/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of maccane
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evan35
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein a clear deep bronze with a thinner white crown atop.Grainy aromas with mild caramel sweetness and some doughiness.Not overly sweet on the palate but there is some buttery caramel notes but enough grainy dryness in the back end.A solid bock beer that doesn't get to sweet like alot of American versions.

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Photo of wedge
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish caramel color with a small head that disappears in short order. Sticky aromas of fruity grape, lots of dough, cherries, dried apples, and light peppery spice. Flavors of sweet bread, apples, and floral notes drying out fairly quick, but staying sweet. Slick and medium bodied. A well made Bock, but too rich for me to have more than one.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz.

Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color, white fluffy head dissipates to a lacing.

Aroma is of sweet biscuity malts and fresh grains. Slight fresh grassy hoppiness.

Flavor is of rich biscuity malts with some hop and cinnamon spice. Some brown sugar and a hint of citrus as well.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very good bock, great flavor and body and beautiful appearance. Truly a joy to drink and goes down very smooth. OMB consistently produces quality beers and this is no exception.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jpro
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle picked up at the brewery (Bottled 12-6-12). Poured into a .5L stein...

A: Pours a cherry-hued chestnut, with a light beige head; about half a finger of head dies down to zero retention.

S: Doughy; sweet malt; such a sweet malt / breadiness, its almost tangy.

T: Biscuit maltiness; almost has a biscuit with butter and molasses taste; bread crust; maybe a bit too sweet on the end with some syrupiness.

M: Full bodied and low carbonation; sweet.

O: A nice bock; a little too sweet on the finish, but other than that really tasty. I could have a couple of these, but the sweetness may get to me beyond that. Nice brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle (no not 750 [there is a sticker covering a blooper on the label). Bottled 12/2/11.

I could save this til Christmas, then again I cant. This bottle is extremely fresh and I want to enjoy it as a local would.

It pours a nice coppery/ruby/brown, crystal clear with a foamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Very properly colored, not too dark like some american bocks are.

The smell is classic bock. Really flowery hops, perhaps a bit out of characteristic but still this blows away the average american bock.

The flavor is pretty sweet, some sugar cane, a bit of bitterseet in the back end. It is like a doppelbock but it lacks that robust character and instead is mostly sweetness.

Maybe I should have aged it as it is a bit sweet out of the gate but pretty good.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a small head of off white foam on a hazy, amber-brown body. The foam fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A rich, malty nose with some caramel and a hint of dry molasses.

T - Brown, malty flavors up front with a bit of toffee. A little cherry and toasted bread in the middle. It finishes with more toasted malt and a hint of molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Lots of malt, but little depth. The same, bland toasted malt flavor seems to be present from beginning to end in this beer and it never develops any other flavors to speak of. It is fairly smooth and the aroma is alright, but it is really a pretty weak example of the style.

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Photo of movingtrain
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving size is one pint, nine ounce corked and caged brown bottle.

Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a light, soapy head. This seems a little light for a bock.

Aroma is quite malty, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, and banana. There are some other muted fruit notes in the nose, as well.

The flavor has some good, heavy (but not over done) spiced flavor. Cinnamon is present, clove, banana. I like the fruity flavor (which I assume is coming from the yeast strain) as it balances well with the spices used in this holiday brew.

The mouthfeel is quite clean and creamy, finishing clean across the palate.

Overall, this is a fine beer. I am glad I got a chance to sample it this holiday season.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery tasting room, served in a large mug.

Pours a clear copper/amber/ruby with a generous amount of foamy off-white head that recedes slowly, leaving behind a small amount of lacing.

The aroma is bready and spicy, with some fruity accents. A fair amount of caramel brings a nice sweetness to the nose. There are also some very subtle floral hop notes.

The taste is rich and sweet, with a nice balance of bready malts, dark fruits, and caramel sweetness. The hops are floral and spicy and just barely noticable among all of the malty goodness. Medium/full bodied and lightly carbonated with a lightly creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticably present but not hot in any way.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Unfortunately, way too chilled. Despite what the serving recommendation says, this beer doesn't open up until 55 F or higher, so don't drink it too cold.

Received in a group beer exchange from Uwftke26. Thanks Ryan.

A: Pours a clear amber body with beautiful ruby tone when held to the light. The head is weak; it's a light beige color, rising only to a finger and vanishing quickly. It leaves a small collar on the beer with a small (non sticky) disc of lace during sips.

S: Toasted grains and apple cider. There's a dried dark fruit component underneath, giving off aromas of raisins. Lightly spicy hops, reminding me of white pepper. Something in it also reminds me of cream of mushroom chicken soup, I shit you not. It's not unpleasant, but it is weird.

T: No cream of mushroom here. Instead, it's a delightful and tasty melange of toasted grains, apple cider, and raisin. It definitely has a winter spicy feel with cinnamon and nutmeg, but I pick up white pepper (hops?) as well as a mild earthiness in the finish.

M: Light-medium bodied. It has a mild sting in the finish that imparts some warmth. Not exactly what I need on a hot California summer day, but this is perfect for a cold, snowy day, I imagine. Could use slightly higher carbonation, as the taste gets a little syrupy by the end of my first glass.

D: A really tasty bock. Better than Shiner "Bock" for sure.

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (#773 of 950) into a Duvel glass.

A: Pours a bright, clear rich amber with a generous off-white head that slowly fades to a thin film that rests on the beer.

S: Sweet roasted caramel aroma with a nice, earthy hop presence.

T: Dark and malty with a prominent caramel sweetness. The bock characteristic up front but without the sweaty gym sock funk that some backs exhibit. Very nice.

M: The sweetness lingers for a few moments and fades away slowly leaving a very pleasant aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable and enjoyable. Goes down easy and draws you back in for another sip. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle that was split with some friends. Bottle # 47/950. Thanks go to my buddy Barscream for hooking me up with this first-time bottle release from the OMB.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a finger of off-white head. This stays quite foamy around the edges, throwing a frothy cascade of lacing up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral, with a spiciness to it from those Noble hops. Fruity accents fill out the middle portion of the nose, while maltier notes of bread and caramel fill out the back. Solid.

The taste is mostly chewy and sweet, with an even mix of fruit and malt sitting with some sticky heft on the palate. The spice and earth of the hops give some gritty balance, while also finishing this dry and zesty with some lingering fruit and earth sticking around as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a crisp creaminess to the carbonation that still stays smooth on the palate despite some obvious alcohol beef in the feel. Spot on 7% ABV here, having some presence but not being overly alcoholic by any means.

Sweet and fruity, with a festive feel from those Noble hops and a warming chewy body, it's no wonder that they released this one around Christmas time. Hey, I still enjoyed this one in May though as well! An all around solidly made Bock from the OMB.

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3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this 750ml on 5/15/10.

A - Poured a clear copper liquid with an orangey glow and specks of residue suspended throughout. On top sits a sliver of off-white head that disappeared completely and left no lacing whatsoever.

S - Bready malt and sweet caramel notes mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg, giving the aroma a spicy flair. Nose is balanced nicely and incorporates attributes of a malty Bock and a spicy Winter Warmer.

T - Spicy, herbal notes kick things off, giving the initial flavor a cinnamon character backed by bready malt notes as well as caramel and toffee sweetness. Some slight licorice and molasses bitterness emerges in the finish, imparting a slight medicinal character.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate carbonation resulting in a bristly mouthfeel overall. Finishes with a fair amount of bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid Bock with a spicy kick, although it is also quite bitter in the backend. Having said that, I would really need to be in the mood for something like this to drink it again.

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Yule Bock from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 29 ratings