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

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Photo of Doppelmax
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
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 Deus1138
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at Total Wine and More in Kennesaw. They had a display set up really pushing it. I bought a single for my six pack sampler.

I wasn't getting much head with the pour so I gave the last few ounces a good push into the glass. That did the trick. It's a nice, reddish amber color. Smell is mostly of malts with a smidgen of hops. Taste is excellent. I'm a big fan of Dopplebocks; this is my first Bock. It tastes similar to Brooklyn Lager with more hoppiness. I'm going to have to sample more of this style, because this is excellent. Really malty, smooth and a little sweet. The hops bitterness is balance perfectly with the malt sweetness. The hops stay with you leaving a nice after taste. If this really is 7% abv, it doesn't show. Nicely done.

Overall, an excellent lager. Very flavorful and enjoyable. This would be an excellent beer to give to someone you want to bring into the world of craft beers.

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice "loaner" from Rubby this brew is a clear copper color with a modest off-white head and good lacing. The aroma is a solid malt and deep sweet licorice and bayberry. Wow! The flavor brings toasted malt and light licorice like the aroma suggested. I get some apple fruit sweetness and maybe a hint of toasted almond. Very solid with a solid medium body and smooth, silky feel, that offers good drinkability for the style. There's caramel and molasses to be found. Drink at room temperature to fully appreciate this one. A great brew that should win over most bock fans. Not sure where so many low BA ratings are coming from on this one. I liked this bock as much as any I've ever had, though I'll admit that this is no typical bock.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color was a hazy amber with a golden hue with loads of lace on the side of the glass. The smell of roasted malts and spice, along with other components that I couldn't put my finger on was evident. But, upon the first couple of sip's, I could taste the roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel, semi-sweet chocolate, coriander, rye and a hint of orange peel, I think. This is a complex Bock. Nicely balanced and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of alexskovan
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Six-pack of 12oz bottles, purchased at the brewery in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Poured a medium copper with a slight head that dropped quickly. A lot of rasin and plum in the nose. Taste is stronger than the aroma would suggest, full and rich in the mouth, with a nice bitter finish. Hoppy but no so much as to overwhelm the malt. A robust and pleasing beer. Very nice.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good beer for getting somewhat drunk somewhat quick.

A- Dark, sorta grainy, sorta viscous and pretty transparent. Medium head and lace

S- Smells fresh and floral, very hoppy and spicy

T- Tastes a bit like it smells, but with some malt and clean alcohol taste

M- Feels somewhat full bodied and somewhat grainy. Sweet berries on the tongue

D- Drinks almost too smooth for a 7%ABV bock

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured this in a glass next to the excellent (and definitative standard) original bock beer, Einbecker Mai Ur Bock, and could discern no difference in color. Lovely light amber...darker than a pils, but lighter than a dunkel. Nice head.

S: Aroma is a mix of hops and malt, almost an apricot and dark raisin smell. Can detect alcohol, but not unpleasantly.
T: I tasted this along with the Einbecker Mai Ur Bock and honestly....I had a very hard time telling the difference. How a Maibock/helles bock is supposed to differ from a regular single-bock....I'm just not sure. Since Einbecker is one of my favs, this too is a delicious beer---full of flavor, well ballanced between malt and hops, and yet not overwhelming (as many hyper-hopped American craft beers are to my palate). Like I said, this is a dead-ringer for the first bock, Einbecker.

M: Balanced, not too thin, not too thick, just what you'd expect from this style. Gives a nice balanced quaff--and as someone said, a bit too easy to drink for 7%!

D: A lovely beer, not for the faint of heart, but easy to down--but recommended in limited quantities to avoid quaffing too much! Very classically German, and BALANCED...the key to bodacious brewing!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice interpretation of a Maibock. Great looking, rocky, white head on the pour, plenty of lacing all the way down the glass. Smells of sweet Munich malts, esthery yeasts and caramel. A bit sweet is the only drawback. Very strong bock, extremely dry and crisp on the finish with few hops. I have always liked Mendocino beers and was extremely satisfied with this one.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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 pwoody11
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber color with a 1finger antique white head.

Aroma contained toasted malts and caramel with floral hops performing touch and go's throughout.

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Toasted malts, caramel apples and bittering hops.

I noticed in a few of the reviews people noted the alcohol was too prevalent. I didn't get too much at all. Solid bock. Recommend to others.

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Photo of number1bum
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #13.

Pours out a copper color, good clarity, and about a finger of light beige head. Leaves just a thin lace and not a whole lot of stick.

Smells first of slightly spicy, noble hops, some bready and lightly sweet malt, and some light apple/fruit.

Taste is lightly sweet, smooth and pleasant. Bready, toasty grain and some light caramel sweetness. Some fruity, grassy and slightly spicy noble hops are fresh and prominent. Moderate level of bitterness and some fruity flavor through the finish, with more toasty malt flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth.

Not as rich and malty as I expected, but rather it has more noble hop characteristics. It works, though, and it's a nice drinker and a good solid brew all around. Very drinkable beer and a pleasant surprise that's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Lighter golden amber, lesser head, unimpressive lacing, especially for the style.

S – Big American-style caramel malt, German-style hops.

T – Tastes very good, albeit somewhat unusual: heavy caramel malt and a strong bitterness. This beer straddles the line between US and Euro flavors, and it does it well.

M – Creamy and rich, with a nice, clean, refreshing finish.

D – Very drinkable. Great beer for pairing with rich food. Also a candidate for Das Boot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a somewhat grungy looking tan color....minimal head...

S-smells just like I like my maibocks to smell....lots of breadiness...also some very nice dark fruits more reminiscent of a darker doppelbock...really a nice aroma to this...

T-Taste is not quite as impressive as the aroma but it is still good...again some fresh baked bread and biscuits leads the way ...then some richer molasses notes....then a spicy splash of alcohol soaked dark fruits (black cherries, plums, black grapes).

M-A little syruppy....medium to full bodied...

D-I could see enjoying a few of these from time to time....not a classic or anything like that but a nice little bock that is kind of a blend between a tradition doppelbock and regular maibock....

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Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 HalenRush
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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 tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color, clear body, small dirty white foam appears briefly but keeps a solid collar and skim. A good amount of lace is placed about in some thick strings and few globby spots.

Nice sticky sweet maltified aroma of soft breads, apple jam, star fruit, pear, and a slight grainy toasty edge.

Flavors are much like what the aroma carries thru with a nice malty base of tender soft sweet breadyness mixing with a slight grainy toastyness on the edges and back end. The fruityness is quite light however with just a partial tone of pale apple and pear. The toasty factions really hold most of the flavor notes as the bready sweetness and slight warming splash of caramel liquer supplies a nice balance underneath.

Body is just about medium, rounded and fairly malty with a semi chewy, smooth, nearly silken, and tenderly sweet and toasty center with a slight edge to it. A slight belly and throat warming emerges as you get into it. Which helps add to a bit of bolder beefyness to the finish.

Pretty solid and very drinkable stuff. Gonna split some hairs here and say this seems to fit more of the Maibock style then just Bock?

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Photo of blakesell
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a darkened gold with a decent finger thick head of foam that quickly dies down to tiny bubbles lacing the sides of the glass.

Smell- Fresh noble hops with a good amount of lager malt, sweet Munich malts, a bit of green apple, this smells to be a very solid bock. Smells pretty damn clean.

Taste- Malty and sweet but not over the top with sweetness. Hops come in and squelch the weasel of sweetness balancing the beer well and giving a smooth flavor. Munich and Vienna clearly stands out giving a caramel and toasted flavor in the finish. Hop bitterness may be just a tad high, but not too much that I would say the beer is out of style.

Mouthfeel- Not creamy nor astringent. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A bit high at 7% but not a warming beer. Very smooth and not harsh.

Drinkability- Very drinkable even with a considerable amount of alcohol. This very well could be my favourite traditional bock out of America. This one will have to have a head to head with Penn's St. Nik bock for the final verdict.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle is the last of my 6-pack purchase. No freshness dating. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Appearance: dark honey colored, almost copper orange body. The head, slightly off-white, quickly dissipates. There's plenty of carbonation at the surface which creates nice lacing. The beer carries a chill haze.

Smell: sweet honey and caramel along with very floral hops.

Taste: the flavors begin with sweet caramel and honey which are balanced out by a dry hop bitterness. Upon warming, the beer takes on a butterscotch note. Alcohol is definitely noticed, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel: slightly viscous and chewy. More than medium body with complimenting carbonation.

Drinkability: while at 7% alcohol, I probably wouldn't consider drinking the night away with a sixer of this, but the flavors are most enjoyable.

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Photo of cnally
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why is there a vulture on the label of this beer? Vultures creep me out.

The appearance is a really nice looking amber with brown tints, an off white head that fluffs up quick and stays put.

Aroma is a little like red wine, oaky...but with a twist of malt.

Buttery, grapey flavor, very mellow and balanced with really very little impact from hops, barely a bitterness at all. Really, the caramel/butterscotch malts take over the flavor. A bit of untamed alcohol on the finish.

Good mouthfeel, well balanced...maybe a touch watery but not distracting.

Really, a good beer...despite that freaky vulture.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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 DarrellK
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 BeerSox
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 PatrickJR
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark amber with about a finger of tan head. Retention is short but a thick collar remains throughout leaving some minimal lacing.

S - Huge caramel and brown sugar aroma with a great buttery background a slightly spicy element emerging as the beer warms.

T - I'm really liking this. A sweet, sweet caramel comes on strong with hints of stone fruit such as apples, pears, and peaches. I even detect a little bit of banana and citrus hiding in the background. As the sweetness dies down, there's a lingering citrus peel accompanied by an earthy and spicy flavor, similar to the aroma of a compost pile. Vegetal and spicy flavors linger breifly in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and low carbonation.

D - Although a bit on the sweet side, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer, perhaps one of the better bocks I've come across. Though this will probably be my only encounter with this brew, it is highly enjoyable, and definitely worth picking up if you should see it.

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