Früh Bock | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Früh BockFrüh Bock

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the Brewery website: Fruehbock (pron. "Froo Bock") - Literally "Early" Bock, Frueh is also short for Fruehling which is the German word for Spring. Try our Spring Bock as the cold winter fades and the warm spring winds begin to blow. This deep golden, slightly malty bock beer comes in at 6% ABV, which you'll find hard to believe because it's so smooth and refreshing. Don't wait to try it...because like springtime in Charlotte, this seasonal will come and go quickly.

Note: Früh = Frueh

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 83
Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, shaker pint, 55 degrees F.

A: Pours a slightly hazy burnished gold with just a tinge of copper, and forms a couple fingers of white foam that dies away quickly. Very honey-esque in color.

S: Caramel and warm bread, wreathed through with light-colored dense fruits - apple, pear. A touch of floral scent.

T: Floral perfume overlays the entire tasting process from beginning to finish, with the rest rolling along beneath. Caramel malt indeed, mingled with a honey sweetness and green apple / pear fruit notes. A grassy tone drifts by towards the middle and end of the sip. The finish lingers as wildflowers and a honeyed caramel apple.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied, with "butler carbonation" - just enough to be present and serviceable, without seeming obtrusive.

O: That's a good maibock. Pretty darned good, actually.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow. Clear. Whispy white head.

Sweet bready grains. A bit of lemon and pear juice. Some floral hops, but mainly malty and toasted aromas.

Excellent balance between the peppery Noble hops and the sweet bread. Tastes like a King's Hawaiian or Amish sweet bread. A little bit of grassy/floral notes. Some lemon,green apple, and honey.

Body is soft and fluffy, but finishes crisp.

A great example of a Helles and a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Nevbo
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clean and refreshing. The malts and hops are perfectly balanced. It's complex and simple at the same time. I'm very fortunate to live near this brewery!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amount of gentle visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy very light beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass, Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of light fruit sweetness (with apples and pears both being present). That is followed by moderate aromas of grassy/hay hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavors of bready, caramel, and toasted malts with lighter flavors of honey and light fruits (apple + pear). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of grassy/hay hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness. Hints of alcohol flavors in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very enjoyable and very nice example of the style by an American brewery (I have been fortunate to live in states with breweries that do great example of the classic German styles twice now). Easy to drink and definitely one to grab again.

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Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery on its 2015 release day. Very bright looking with just a finger width of head. Smells bready sweet. Tastes great. Sweet and slightly grassy. Nice biscuity flavor. Faint hops but just enough. Slightly dry finish. Very clean. Well done and on point for the style.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A generous gift from Mark! Dated 4/21/14 -Poured into a DFH Tulip

A - Pours a gorgeous, golden color with a thin, white head. Visibly well-carbonated and it leaves no lacing on the glass.

S - The nose reveals a doughy aroma upfront followed by some white pepper, lemon zest, and hint of grass. Smells very light.

T - The flavors that jump out at me right away are that of bread, sweet malts, and grass. There is a touch of sweetness and banana-like flavor on the finish.

M - Crisp and refreshing with a moderate carbonation on the palate. No bite.

O - This beer would be fantastic on a hot summer day! It reminds me of a pilsner, but with more complexity. I'm glad I had the chance to try this. Per the BA's request, I was to drink it with spicy food, but I was curious and it was almost time to hit the bed. Solid offering!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Carolina Beer Company in the Charlotte airport. Pours clear gold with a white head that disappears quickly, leaving a bit of lacing. Malty, bready with some grass. That carries over into the taste, but there's some really nice fruit and sweetness that comes through. Medium mouth. First of this style for me, so maybe I'm over-estimating this one, but it's really nice.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Carolina Beer Co. (Charlotte Douglas International Airport) in Charlotte, NC.

Gold color with a slight head. Very little lacing on the glass. Toasted malt aroma with a pilsner quality to it. Light peppery hop aroma. Some spiciness in the flavor. Dry mouthful but extremely drinkable. Overall, a good block that is on point for the style. Nice to see more American breweries attempting this style.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Exactly one month old today,bottled on 4/17/13.Poured into a half liter stein a clear light to medium golden with a great looking blooming white crown,almost specially made for the glassware used.The aromas are a little different than what Iam used to when it comes to a maibock,no big sweet doughy notes but a crispness with mild caramel notes underneath,it's malty but not alcoholic.Flavors of wet grain and some caramel sweetness,again the crispness is what stands out most to me.Not what Iam used to in a maibock...but it's well made and the crispness is a nice change of pace.A lighter maibock but it goes down easy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Growlers Pour House in Charlotte. Pours clear golden with an above average white head that leaves some sticky lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks and tastes much like a regular, but well-crafted, lager, with some spicy hops: a description of a typical maibock. The hops are less obvious in the nose than on the tongue. Still, the taste is mainly bready. The aroma is quite light, reminiscent of white bread with light citrus/herbal notes.

M: Light body; medium carbonation.

O: True to style if a shade light on the hops; well-crafted, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery.

Pours a light clear gold with a sugar white head.

Light bready malt flavor with a hint of grassiness.

Light bready and grassy malt with a hint of fruit sweetness.

Light body with a tingle of carbonation.

A very good lighter lager with great flavor, would definitely have this again.

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Photo of n2185
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: Clean biscuit and crystal malt aromas with light citrus and pine hoppy notes. There is also an underlying sweetness to the aroma, more reminiscent of Belgian beers.

T: Clean biscuit and sweet bread flavors here as well with a light piny bitterness from the hops. The finish is lightly bitter and clean.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer is clean, dry, and drinkable.

O: A solid beer overall. Nice, clean flavors and aromas with a light hoppiness.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a Sierra Nevada shaker. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, subtle banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, fruit, wheat, and grain. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. This one was quite refreshing and easy to drink but as far as the style goes it was in the middle of the road in my opinion. It did have a lot of nice things going for it, but it was close to all of the brews in this style and didn’t stand out at all unfortunately. I would suggest this one to non-craft drinkers or fans of the style without a doubt, but I would hesitate to recommend it to a hardcore enthusiast.

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Photo of cwguy5
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on 4.8.11. reviewed from notes.

A - clear, rich yellow color with slow streaming bubbles from bottom. one-finger white head reduced to a thin but consistent cap. lacing is present down side of glass.

S - sweet malts, light fresh-cut grass, slight floral notes, green apple

T - some hops in front that give way to a golden, malty base. a slightly drying, lengthy finish.

M - thin-medium bodied. slightly prickly carbonation.

O - very solid. good looks, good aroma, very good taste. might have to mix this one into the rotation.

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Photo of QCBeerGuru
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Mac's Speedshop. Pours a really nice golden color with a solid two fingers worth of head. The nose is clean and lightly floral with hints of apricot. Mouthfeel is light with a nice effervescent carbonation. Taste is bright and clean and finishes slightly sweet. Overall a really refreshing spring seasonal from a great local brewery.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
6.0% ABV, Bottled on 4-26-11

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this tasty treat with me!

A - Picture perfect, the faintly hazy golden yellow beer is topped by a relentless white head with great lace draped down the glass!

S - Crisp lager nose opens with refreshment abounding and smooth biscuity pils malts. Soft water and noble hops finish out the aroma.

T - Nice crisp pilsner malt has great balance with the noble hops. A bit of spice pulls through nicely and finishes with a mellow sweetness begging for another sip.

M - Crisp and clean, the smooth beer has a great feel with a faintly dry hop bitterness.

O - Awesome across the board, Früh Bock is perfect for spring and summer and would easily convert BMC drinkers to craft. A delicious gateway beer if I may...

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was sent to me in a trade. By who I simply can't remember. If you read this let me know. Split into tulips.

A: Lightly hazed orange amber. Solid finger of white head. Great retention. Thick lace rings left behind.

S: Great dark fruit laced nose. Plenty of nuts and bread crust. Some spiciness adds layers of depth. Hints of wet grass.

T: Malty biscuit and wheat bread. Modest hop bite. Earthy with a hint of chocolate.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: A very nice flavorful maibock.

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Photo of sommersb
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness: Bottled on 04-26-2011
Tasted On: 06-14-2011
Packaging: 74 oz. brown swing-top jug
Glassware: Pint glass
Purchased: Frugal McDougals, Charlotte

Mostly clear beer of dark yellow or light orange color. Good lacing on the glass follows the white head of 2 or 3 fingers. Nice aromas of soft malts, with also floral and lemony smells from the hops. Very good, clean lager taste on this one. The malts dominate and give it a slightly sweet flavor, but it is balanced with a light to medium bitterness from the hops. Body is medium and carbonation is moderate. Leaves you with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Overall a refreshing, clean, easy-drinking spring bock from OMB -- well done!

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Photo of beerdown77
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruehbock pours golden clear and has nice foamy head. There is a very heavy malt flavor. I taste a little more sweetness than I prefer, but there is a nice bitter bite...maybe some herbal and dirty aspects. I taste a little more booze than in other OMB offerings. This is a solid spring seasonal.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big growler of this spring seasonal.

Just enough head and lacing to get by, dissipates a bit quicker than I thought though the constant refills to my mug alleviated that problem. Clear pale amber golden color. Malty nose with a thick draw of fresh cut hay, hint of bread and a faintness of honey ... some hops make their way to the nostrils with a soft oily resin. Smooth fuller body with ample crispness that bring up the level of being "refreshing". Full malt jacket here, bread with a kiss of sweetness ... mild toastiness, a bit grassy and event a flash of biscuit. Hops ring in with a character for balance and flavor, bitterness is quick to sting but the flavor take much longer to unfold with herbal, leafy and vaguely minty flavors. Lets not forget about the alcohol, it brings some warmth to the table and stays clean. Malty semi-sweet finish that rounds out with the hops and alcohol.

Lovin this beer a lot, a well rounded helles bock ... more proof that OMB is one of the best breweries in the USA IMO.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden color with a big thick yellowish white head with a ton of lacing. Smells of sweet malts, yeast bread, a little hops. Tastes very sweet and grainy almost fruity. Mouthfeel is great, Olde Meck are the masters of this, and drinkability is pretty good. Good for a style I do not often care for.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz growler into a couple of pint glasses. Props to my buddy Barscream for keeping a growler of this chilled until I could get down there and split it with me. Thanks Greg!

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of rich and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of froth with a good flare-up to it, leaving back of robust cascade of lacing. The aroma is strong with diacetyl, bread, and caramel, giving the nose a rich butterscotch element. It's not necessarily unpleasant but just a bit unexpected. Luckily, this is wrapped up in some green smelling earthy and floral accents from those Noble hops, which helps cuts down on some of the sweetness.

The taste fairs much better, with a crisp bite of earth and spice that spreads green citrus out into the mouth. That same mix of toasted bread and caramel (this time with only a dab of butter to it) gives this some silky balancing sweetness across the back. This finishes with some parching dryness and leftover spicy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crispness to it that then smoothes out considerably as you swallow. I'm detecting no alcohol whatsoever here as well, as keeping ABV on the low end of the style really helps to keep this easy on the palate and enjoyable.

I don't know what was going on with that butterscotch effect in the nose (maybe something with the diacetyl developed from being stored in the growler) but for the most part this was a tasty, crisp, and easy drinking take on the Maibock. Another good effort here from the OMB.

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Photo of kkipple
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another very solid offering from our friends up at Olde Mecklenburg. I would categorize this as a Maibock and I believe that's what the brewers said it was... on the website it is listed as a "spring bock". Okay.

From notes:

A. Clear, rich gold. Big lacy head, brilliantly clear. Classy!

S. Sweet pale malt, light bready notes, obvious noble hop, crisp and tight and light.

T. Noble hop bitterness at the fore, then falls into a slightly metallic twang, followed by sweet, nearly fruity, pale malt sweetness with a hint of grain. Absurdly easy to drink, doesn't really get old.

M / D. Well nigh-perfect. Everyone loves this beer. Shared with 30 people and 5 gallons disappeared in a day at my house.

This is just good beer. Not as refined and delicious as the Copper, maybe, but better than the Dunkel and a good example of an under-brewed style. Highly recommended; most non-craft brewers seem to dig this just fine.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMB moved to a new, much larger, facility in the Summer of '14. Their beers are therefore brewed in a new, much larger brewhouse--hence the formulations have been tweaked--in order to keep or improve on quality.

Just wanted to add a 2015 take on the (new) Fruehbock: OUTSTANDING. Doesn't taste heavy, but has a light-but-substantial taste and feel, which you always find in the best of German beers. NOT a double-bock, but a light Maibock. LOVELY. Give it a try....

~~~~~~~~~ (review below from 2010)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yet another outstanding beer by Olde Meck.... This one is just so drinkable. Big frothy head, lots of lace left on the glass. Very well balanced, sweet, but with the noble hop bitter undertone of this style. A lovely bread aftertaste--like most all good German beers. These guys are 1st Class all the way...

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Photo of CBlack85
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap served in a large mug.

Pours a nice clear golden straw color with some nice bubbles keeping the foamy white head intact seemingly forever.

Lots of bready and grainy notes in the nose. Some bitter hop notes, but mainly malty and sweet. Very clean and smooth.

Clean, crisp, well balanced flavors seem to dance on your tounge. A fair amount of carbination keeps this beer feeling light even though it is full of flavor. Very nice, traditional german beer flavor.

I really enjoyed this beer. I am finding that nearly anything that I try when I am at Olde Meck, I will not be disappointed.

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Früh Bock from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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