Special Edition - Bock Beer | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Special Edition - Bock BeerSpecial Edition - Bock Beer

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by rkuhnel on 03-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Mix of yellow and gold color, aroma was mildly grainy. Not much else going on.

Tastes like a breadier version of their lager, bock meets biere de garde type of stuff going on. Relatively light mouthfeel, minorly toasted pale malt. Hides the alcohol relatively well.

Middle of the road stuff.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of DarrellK
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Lemke10
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-clear, dark amber color with a fluffy beige head. The scent is mostly yeast and malts with no prelude of what to expect in the taste. The taste is a complex blend of yeast, citrus, malts, and bread that finishes with an ever so slight bitterness. There’s a lot going on here making it very tasty and enjoyable. It drinks smooth and has great volume. Quite well made.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of sbanacho
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Falcone
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Rocketman8911
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mix of dirty gold and light copper in the appearance. Aroma was fairly clean, not much to speak of.

Taste, reminiscient of just a regular lager, pretty clean body, light hopping, light toasting/roasting to it, mild sweetness. Probably a little more hops than in a traditional bock, but at least it keeps this beer mildly interesting by doing such a thing.

Didn't think there was as much caramel in this thing as many of the reviews mention it, the body and mouthfeel seem to be much lighter than a caramel reference. Just a lot of pale malt and noble hops maybe. A little cleanliness of the overall beer lets a little warming alcohol in.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a brown color, it had a good amount of clarity to it also. The head was foamy and tan in color. The lacing was decent but nothing too sticky on the glass. The smell of the beer had a good amount of malts on the nose and gave off some toasted caramel notes. The taste of the beer was sweet and had a nice lightly roasted finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer had a medium body with a good carbonation to it. Overall this bock wasn't too bad but it wasn't one I needed to have again.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:It has a red amber body. There was a lot of at head at first but this disappeared quickly. The lace was nothing more than an island in the middle.

Smell:I liked the aroma this beer. Very malty and traditional.

Taste:It has a very sweet taste but it was not as sweet as I thought it would be. It has a bit more hop traits than most Bocks. The after taste is minimal but a bit bitter.

Mouthfeel:As far as bocks go this one was on the lighter end when it came to mouthfeel.

Overall:I liked it. It is a very good heavy meal beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber. A good sized, three inch or more head formed on the top and actually had some very nice staying power to it.

Aroma was somewhat muted, not as strong as I would have thought. First impression was of a slightly cereal like graininess that was mixed in with a somewhat earthy, or grass like bite a touch of some banana like characters were noted. A touch of spice in the finish seemed to give it a little bite and helped to give it that little bit extra it needed to make it stand out. Some residual sweetness left over in the aftertaste lingered around for quite a few minutes before again being replaced by that earthy malt flavor

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Photo of codfeast
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass

A: nice amber color, 1/4" head that stuck around.

S: Malt, biscut, caramel, and a slight hint of red fruit.

T: Sweet malt, yeast, and bread that leads to a very balanced finish.

M: creamy, nice carbination.

O: I like this beer. I find it to be well balanced and a solid effort.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a rich caramel scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth caramel malt flavor along with a lingering maltiness and dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average bock. I love the malty character. It's bold without being over the top.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- The slightest shade darker than copper. The head is way to thin and lasts not long enough. Just the slightest touch bit of lacing.
S- Sweet malt, smells like pale and munich malt, but it's pretty subdued.
T- Solidly malty. Toasted bread, slightly caramelly. there is just the slightest touch of alcohol in the finish.
M- Pretty smooth with a decent body behind it. It verges on creamyness but does not quite reach that point.
O- A decent bock, but nothing I would consider much above average. Something of a pedestrian effort unfortunately. That being said, I'd like to try it on tap because it seems like one of those beers that could be so much better on tap.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous pour, with creamy thick head and a glorious golden to amber color. Nose is on the lighter side for me with some toasty grain and a faint hint of herbal hops. Palate offers a nice malt forward sweetness with light hops to balance, some dry bread crusty qualities are there, and finishes like a big spoonful of grapenuts cereal (in a good way). Medium bodied, drinkable, but also the alcohol is a bit too forward, even within the bock style.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Grapeshops for the extra. Poured from 12oz bottle (no date stamp) into snifter glass. Pours a glassy, honey-colored orange. Spotty lace, minimal watery head. A pale malt with a very mild, spicy hop. Roasted malt aroma with a naughty splash of liqueur alcohol. The aroma is very light but good. A hint of roasted toffee flavor in the malt, with a conspicuous layer of alcohol. becomes more burnt, more bitter as it warms. Pale malt blooms at bit at the end. A smooth, buttery feel. A mild sting on the way down. A mild, roasted bock overall. Average bock IMO.

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