Bauern Bock | The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

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Bauern BockBauern Bock

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This limited release holiday special "country bock" beer is sure to instill the harvest season spirit in you. A German-style doppelbock lager, Bauern Bock is rich and malty with a deep amber color to match the changing colors of the fall season. It is also OMB's "biggest" beer at 8% ABV.

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of dgfair
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

25.4 oz corked bottle (#201) poured into Samuel Adams pint glass. One note, this cork was nearly impossible to get out. Normally, I can just tug them right out of the bottle, but I needed a corkscrew and all the leverage I could muster to get this one out. Now, to the beer.

Appearance - burnt orange body with a soap sudsy slightly off-white head that dissipates rather slowly to a thin layer on top.

Smell - some sweet, spicy breadiness balanced with some undertones of nuts and fruit (maybe apple and walnut)

Taste - very sweet without much sublety, sugary sweet bread soaked in booze and an aftertaste that is slightly metallic

Mouthfeel - very thick, almost syrupy. It almost feels like you need to take a couple chews to get through. Wouldn't expect a light body, but this is a little too thick.

Drinkability - a little too heavy to be able to have more than one of these. Glad that Olde Meck made an attempt at a higher ABV brew, but don't think that I will need to revisit this one. I preferred the Yule Bock from last year, and would choose Duck Rabbitor as a local doppelbock over this and Celebrator as a German import.

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Photo of Jslay77
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Looks good. Nothing too impressive. Reddish amber--Perhaps a bit lighter than other bocks I have had.

S. Fairly bland smell for the most part. Maybe a bit of Carmel?

T. Sweet. Very sweet, even for the ABV. I get cherries. Not very good in my opinion. Don't want more than one.

M. Not bad. About right for the style. A bit heavy.

D. Admittedly not my favorite style. Comparing to spaten Optimator im not impressed. Would only drink one.

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Photo of sommersb
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 03-07-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 11-06-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

Color is a clear, copper beer with a small off-white head. Head retention is low and lacing is fair.

Aromas start sweet and malty with some caramel notes, plus nuts and a woody character. The smell is much like an English brown ale.

A malt-forward brew, but the taste has an unpleasant astringency to it that seems to dominate over the malt backbone. I also get some earthy bitterness, but the astringency is more than just that -- it seems more like an off-taste.

In the mouthfeel, I think this is a bit thin-bodied for the style. Carbonation is moderate. The dry finish features roasted malts and more of the astringent flavor. Some alcohol warmth is felt as I get into the bomber.

This was a disappointing beer for me. I'm a big fan of Olde Meck and their passion for German styles, but this just didn't cut it. Maybe I waited too long to drink it at 4 months, but given the style and 7.5% ABV I think it should have been fine. I'd like to give this one another try in a future tasting...

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Photo of samtallica
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked bottle into a goblet.

A: Nice crystal clear copper color with 1 finger of fluffy white head.

S: Caramel malts and tart apples, very sweet smelling. Bready.

T: Much of the same. This is a very sweet beer, but not cloying.

M: Medium bodied but the sweetness makes it seem thicker than it actually is. Carbonation is just right.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for being so sweet but 1 bottle is enough.

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Photo of Bung
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml.
Orangy amber pour, good amount of white head.

Aroma was malty and fruity. Caramel covered apple.

Fruitcake is the first thing that came to mind. Some malt, toffee, caramel. Finishes a bit ashy, harsh and boozy. Like a boozy fat tire to sum it up.

Alcohol was too present for my liking and for the relatively low 7.5 abv. Carbonation was a bit high which probably didn't help. Not the sticky meal in a bottle I expect from a Doppelbock.

The Yule Bock was far superior.

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Photo of GABrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GehenHerzog
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brauseboof
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of PDXHops
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint on tap at the Carolina Beer Company CLT location. Brassy gold with visibly vigorous carbonation, but not much of a head.

Big fruity nose with apples, pears and a tarter element; cherries, maybe. Nutty and white chocolate hints, too. Lighter in color than expected, but certainly not light on flavor, this brew brings a hearty dose of husky/musty grains along with the fruity business. A touch thin in body, but with ample carbonation. The honeyish sweetness and my overall impression of this beer grew on me as it warmed.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jpmclaug
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Got this at the brewery last week.

A - copper colored,clear, body with a small white head resting on top.

S - Light bready aroma with a hint of spice that might be from the hops used. Not especially pungent.

T - The malts dominate this one which is in line with the style. Mostly sweet bread like malt flavors come through. Has a nice clean finish. Not much hop presence. Kind of light on the flavor compared to others in the style.

M - on the heavy side of medium bodied, slightly syrupy with a light amount of carbonation

D - A decent doppelbock but not a mind blowing one. Really sweet which is typical for the style but doesn't really bring as much flavor as the tops in the style. Worth trying for sure but not worth going nuts to obtain.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Admittedly, bock is not my favorite style of beer, and apparently not dopplebock either. There is something for everyone when it comes to beer, and this just isn't what I'm after. Right now there is a guy in Charlotte drinking Bauern Bock from a "shtine", contemplating the injustice of the 16 oz. "pint"...and loving this beer.

I had it on-site, which brings you half way to enjoyment if you ask me. It poured dark amber, and smelled very sweet. Not surprisingly, it was sweet. It had strong malt, dare I say malt liquor, flavor. There was some lacing, little head to speak of...blah blah blah, Copper is better.

I am a huge fan of the idea of fresh local beer. I am a huge fan of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. As previously noted, Copper altbier suits my fancy. No secrets here, I prefer ale over lager.

If you like Spatan Optimator, you will like this. I would actually say that Bauern Bock is less pungent than Optimator, making it more drinkable.

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Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. From notes:

A. Clear light copper with red highlights. Light in color for a doppelbock... but then this is Old Meck we're talking about here... the day they learn towards the deep end of a style will probably never come. Nice finger and a half tall head with excellent retention and lacing.

S. Quite sweet, sugar is the name of the game here. A miniature Samichlaus comes to mind. Light esters and more caramel-sticky blend with just a touch of heat. Quite clean otherwise. Not very complex, but bold.

T. Again: sweet. Thinner than I was expecting given the sticky nose. Lingering toasty malt and grain after the unfermented sweetness. A very good and flavorful bock, but calling this a doppelbock is pushing it in my opinion...

M / O. Usual, complete mastery here you've come to expect from Olde Mecklenburg. Crisp, excellent carbonation, clean beyond reason, a slight boozy kick and (for me) overarching sweetness are the only things keeping me from a second immediate pint.

Would prefer a little more yeast character and some roast malt here to add complexity - but this is still pretty solid. Recommended, especially if you like your German beer with a dessert bent.

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Photo of NCBrewmaster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of CBlack85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery served in a stange.

Pours a clear orange/copper color with about two fingers worth of white head that recedes quickly leaving behind a thin white cap.

The aroma is sweet and bready with a just a hint of spicy hops. Somewhat subdued, but appealing none the less.

The taste is sweet caramel and toasted bready grains. Just a hint of floral hops, and has a slightly earthy quality. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, fairly easy to drink

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ChristiBerli
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was thrilled to pick this up in Hickory, NC. Bottled on 11/09/12

Pours an effervescent auburn with a thumb of sand colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing
S: Brown bread, metallic & leafy hops up front, some caramel notes, plus dryness. More brown bread & leafy hops as this warms, a touch of toffee/shortbread & a touch of pear. Finishes dry, fruitty & bready, with a bit of smokeyness

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & stickyness

A good, not great dopplebock. Could drink this all day, never the less. Will have to go try this on tap some time when I am back in NC!

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

This is not really a doppelbock- more of a dunkel. This is a seasonal brew of OMB that usually comes out around the Thanksgiving / Christmas holiday season. Given as a gift, I'm not sure this brew is available beyond the Charlotte area. Very malty, smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a standard pint glass a crisp dark orange with a thin slowly diminishing head. Aroma is a decent amount of caramel malts. The taste is smooth caramel malts and sweet fruit. The beer is medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. This is an enjoyable bock, one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a pilsner glass, the beer is a crystal clear, amber coloring with a filmy, sparse, white head. Nose of caramel, sugar, and candied fruit. Subtle, but inviting. Flavors are heavily roasted and rich in caramel, toffee, and nut. Very rich and layered sweetness in the palate, on a robust and crisp body. The aftertaste is nutty and apple sweet, with a slightly cloying, lingering sweet finish. Very easy to drink, despite it's elevated ABV and robust flavor profiles. Great brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Big thanks go to Barscream for providing me with yet another OMB offering.

Pours a clear copper, with 1 ½ to 2 fingers of rich off-white head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy froth which maintains a nice looking robustness and leaves back thick lacing that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a rich malty nose on it with sweet and toasty notes of caramel, bread, and a splash of butter. Light underlying hop character adds some soft fruit and earth. This is nice.

The taste also has that soft malt sweetness, with caramel tones and buttered biscuits melding into a more assertive herbal bitterness and citric fruit character from the hops. More of a toastiness comes out along the back and lingers there along with some finishing dry earthiness. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a good chewiness in the mouth and some outlying sharpness to the carbonation which lends this some needed crispness on the palate.

Another really decent Bock here from the OMB. Lots of citrus at work here in the profile, which worked well with those malt flavors to give this a bit of a festive cookie or fruit cake type character at times. This was pretty darn smooth for an 8% beer as well. Keep it up guys!

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