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: German 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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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 115
Reviews by merlin48:
Photo of merlin48
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a slightly hazed, orange/amber body with a small offwhite head that quickly fades to a cap with scanty wisps of lace.

Nice aroma of toasted caramel, buttered toffee, and fruity red apple esters.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has an overly assertive hop presence for the style, with pine, earthy, and grassy bitterness that overwhelms the malt character. Toasty caramel flavors are certainly present, but simply too dry and bitter for a good bock. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Aroma is the high point of this one. I wish some of the fruity apple esters from the nose could've carried over to the palate.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly syrupy body with fig, caramel, and (rhubarb pie?). A touch of alcohol brings home the hearty finish. Sweet but drinkable.

A great example. If anything will make you a believer in pale bock this will. I'm not sure what more you could ask for, unless you don't like sweet beer. Give it a try, it might grow on you.

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this first at the brewery on tap 3/18/08. I must say that bock is one of mt favorite styles so I may be a bit partial. I ended up buying 2 cases $25.20/case at the brewery.

Medium amber, clear, decent head & lace.

Malt sweetness prevails.

Fairly sweet but balanced. Very decent product.

Full body.

This is a wonderful (IMHO) take on the traditional German Bock style. The best americanized version I can remember having in a long time. 7.0ABV listed on the bottle so a couple go the distance for me. Just wish I had bought more. I'm down to about 3 sixes having shared a few and enjoyed the rest.

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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 DarrellK
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Fuzzycuffs
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a copper-colored brew with a bit of a haze to it. A small, off-white head forms and sticks around for a while and leaves thin, spotty lacing down the glass.
There's a very nice balance of malts and hops on the nose. Breads and caramel mix with light floral and very gently earthy hops notes with a touch of pepper and just a hint of sweetness.
The taste follows, with the malts making a strong showing and providing a balance for a strong dose of hops. This is a flavorful bock. A white pepper-like spice and sweet/tart fruits mix in as well.
The body is medium verging on full, and this is pretty robust. There's a nice, thick smoothness to it as well. The feel is actually pretty lush, the malts bringing out lots of smoothness and body and the hops adding a touch of dryness that doesn't detract.

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Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber hued with golden highlights. It's on the darker side of the Maibock spectrum, beautifully clear and sports a lasting eggy head.
Aromas of caramel apples, all gooey and rolled in nuts. Along with a lesser grassy/metallic hop component.
In to the mouth, it starts with toffee and caramel, then travels towards green raisins, yellow apples, and brown pears, though still toting a hefty amount of caramel. There is a moment of stasis, with a white-water, well lagered notion of briskness. The hops carry dried herbal traits (almost Italian in nature, with hints of basil and oregano), and a reedier bitterness.
It sits a rotund medium-full in the mouth. Lightly carbonated and chewy in texture, but never ungainly big or sticky.
This is a solid version in every way. It's not particularly intricate nor complex, just a basic right-on-the-money rendition. And I like it more because of that fact.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mendocino's Bock (this one brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY) delivers a clear orange-accented deep chestnut brown body beneath a short head of creamy, yellowed off-white foam. Head retention and lacing are fair.

The aroma is distinctly malty with bready, toasty and caramelish character backed by mild, floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows the nose, and it's really nicely rich and malty without being over-done, sweetish, or cloying. A brisk, solid bitterness helps to achieve that, as do some spicy and grassy hops. It could be slightly rounder, but it's very nicely balanced with the sweet malt appearing upfront and across the middle, and then the hops and bitterness cutting through it, leading to a dry finish.

Really nicely done with just a little bit of American attitude thrown into an otherwise very traditional German-style bock bier. Worth trying!

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, snagged a number of spring seasonals at Steve's on University

appearance: pours into an imperial pint glass, big orange-amber body, light white froth that retains itself pretty well, clear body

smell: apple and bright red fruits, bready malts, caramel apple, toasted grain

taste: pretty consistent with expectations for a style i dont dislike but am rarely moved by...sweet caramel apple, big grainy and toasty malts, light metallic trait, nice hop compliment...pretty nice

mouthfeel: medium, slick and oily, touch metallic, mild booze

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel and toffee as well. Much like the aroma, the taste has a good dose of malts and caramel with a pleasantly hop finish that fits in perfectly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall, this is a well crafted bock that I enjoyed. I wouldn't mind purchasing this one again. Recommended.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of barleypopmaker
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a light amber and was slightly hazy, usually lagering the beer at cooler temperatures produces a nice clear beer, but this one had some haze to it. It did pour nice head that lasts long into the pint.

There is some fruityness in the nose which should not be in this type of beer. There is also caramel as well as some toast qualities and an off earthy muddy aroma. No hop aroma, unless the earthyness is coming from the hop variety which I can't say for sure.

In the flavor there is a Candy-like caramel flavor, and again there is some fruityness which should not be in the beer. there is a slight bitterness as well as a lingering sweetness but not a very rich malty sweetness. Not as rich in meleonodin flavors as it should. The mouthfeel is medium to lighter in body so is a touch thinner than what I would like to see.

Overall this beer is not bad, but it lacks any real depth or nice rich flavor. It is a mediocre beer that will do in a pinch.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this on sale for $4.99. Pours a lighter amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is mostly juicy malt, with some toasted bread and caramel qualities, along with green apples, coconut, and some mineraly and minty hops and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is a little less impressive than the aroma with some doughy bread notes upfront, along with some herbal and mineraly hops, ripe green apple, a little caramel and some booze. The mouthfeel is spot on for a maibock, and drinkability is good but not great due to the ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a 1 1/2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains down into a small creamy layer that leaves a decent bit of sticky lacing behind. The aroma is sticky caramel sweetness and light grassy hops. Not very assertive but still pleasant enough.

The taste is a mix of rich malt sweetness, tangerine citrus notes, and a dry hop bitterness towards the finish. The mouthfull is medium bodied with good carbonation that gives the overall flavor profile a full feel. 7%? Really? I would have never known.

This was a decent little Bock beer from Mendocino that has surprisingly full flavor and a easy drinkibility. I would imagine a couple of these would be quite refreshing on a warm, spring day.

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Photo of bashiba
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clean dark copper with a light bubbly head, some light lacing and moderate retention.

Had a nice lightly sweet caramel malty smell.

A big toasted grain flavor with a touch of sweetness. Has a light crisp grassy hop bill making this a very flavorful, yet even lager.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with a long dry finish.

A very solid drinkiable bock.

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

Pours a light honey brown color with an average white head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a honey doughy malt, light apples, and some wine characteristics. The taste is of buttery crackers, apple skin and a nice earthy bitter malt that brings this brew to balance. The feel is slightly chewy with crisp carbonation finishes with that earthy hop bitterness. A solid bock, perhaps a touch oxidized.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a dark amber, with good carbonation. The head is thick off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is nice thick bready malt and a nice hops with a light citrus aroma.

The taste follows nice bready malt. The hops are ok not real bitter but they add nice citrus flavor.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and good carbonation. The finish has a sight chalky feel.

The drinkability is good, All in all a nice mai bock, Prosit, MK

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.97/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a marzen color with some coppery-orange hues. The head was bready with a sandstone color, sat 1 finger high before its quick demise to a patch covering. Visible carbonation started strong but quickly dimished to a light sporadic showing of micro bubbles. The lacing was poor leaving speckled small patches that was wishy washer in appearance. Only average regards here, it lacks about as much creditability as most banks during this recession. A deeper color and sturdy head would have been more appreciated.

S: The nose was fresh pine and an underlying dry buttery malting. Overly ripened apples and a pear fruitiness, almost pie like, add a overly sweet appeal that was uncharactestic per style.

T: The initial flavor was sour, fizzy turning to sweetly toasted malt with hints of buttered bread. A sour malting and sour citrus is found on the finish. A dry toasted backing with a blast of hot spicy fruit from the alcohol(Schnapps like) only makes things worse on the finish coming off like warm spicy apple cider and pear juice which lingers as well adding insult to injury.

M: wishy-washy, light bodied, aka watery, with a sour malt lacing for a finish. Yuk.

D: Drinkability, not on your life or your tongue. A horrible interpretation and struggle to finish. A drain pour. Perhaps the best thing about this was the label that read "limited edition" so it can only offend and disappoint a limited amount of people.

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Photo of jsh420
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark amber brown with a 1+ finger head that left some spottedlacing

smells of watery malts some carmel some grassy hops

taste is much much bette - rich carmel nutty toffee malts - good amount of grassy earthy hops (could use some more but decent)

mouthfeel - good carbonation - light/medium semi crisp very smooth

drinkability is good - has plenty of flavor which some bock seem to lose

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Crystal clear deep honey amber hue. A one finger light tan frothy head slowly builds, then slowly settles to a foamy rim, leaving solid lacing in its place.

Light sugary malts with a bit of flowery hops.

Crisp and sweet malts, that have a cracker-like grain to them. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. The finish is pretty clean, not as much as a standard lager (all-malt).

Pretty much your standard malty beverage for the spring. Not too heavy, not too flavorless. A hearty bock for when it gets warmer. I feel this one is a good example. Well rounded with no off flavors. Certainly not Shiner Bock, the King of the Macro Bock. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split into a 7 oz sampler. No date. "Limited Edition" on the front label.

A - Light to medium amber color with a small, off-white head.

S - Very sweet malts with nice dark fruits and a caramel / buttered bread, twang to the finish. Smells like a doppelbock.

T - Sweet malts dominate the flavor with a dark fruityness on the finish. Tastes much more like a dopple than a standard bock beer. Crisp and light to the finish.

M - Smooth yet crisp light to medium body despite its rich smell.

D - This bock is all over the place. Lighter amber color, rich smell and robust tastes with a lighter mouthfeel and 7.0% male this guy one hell of a beer. Like most bock beers though, its drinkability diminishes with each sip as the malty sweetness begins to get overwhelming.

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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 HalenRush
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the North Coast Co-Op, Eureka, California.

A - Poured a deep golden, touching on copper, and with a nice moderately beaded head that dissipated over a few minutes. Poured into a Lobkowicz stemmed pilsner glass.

S - Moderate robust maltiness with a hint of diacetyl. Hop aroma was spicy and floral but well balanced for the style.

T - Malt profile is dominate here, but after a couple, a ether warming takes over.

M - Typical of the style, but I would categorize this as a maibock. Good, lingering warmth on the tongue. This brew is easily quaffable and at 7.0%, it will punish you for quaffing too much.

D - I found this highly drinkable, I am enjoying it very much. Mendo Brewery calls this a bock, but I'm thinking it fits the maibock category better. I first had this on tap at the tap room in Hopland, CA, the original location in a brick building and the first brewpub in California. They have just installed a gravity pump cask ale system, but sadly, they had no beer for it when I was there.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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