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Special Edition - Bock BeerSpecial Edition - Bock Beer

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Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of beerthulhu
1.97/5  rDev -46.8%
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 MNJR
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Red Tail from this brewery was once a great beer, about 12 years ago. But, the quality has slipped and all the Mendocino beers have become lower rung "craft beer" offerings. This bock is sickeningly sweet, like drinking several table spoons of dark brown sugar in syrupy, carbonated water. There are some sharp flavors and a grainy mouthfeel that recall some idea of decent beer, but just barely. The richness and slight sweetness of good bock is replaced here by nothing but extreme sweetness. It's tough to get one down and affords little reward for the effort, except the 7% ABV which may be the best characteristic of this beer. Many better bocks (almost any other bock is better) are available. Leave this one on the shelf.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mendocino Bock is a very clear light amber beer with an off-white head that fades. It has a slightly boozy, slightly sweet aroma. It is medium-light bodied with a smooth, slick finish. It's a little sweet, resiny, grainy and funky. Yeah, it's a Bock. I can't help but noticed that this was actually brewed by the folks at Saratoga. There goes the neighborhood.

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Photo of drpimento
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty light colored for a bock, pretty bitter as well. Not a bad tasting beer, but not overly true to style with the bitter thing and paler color going on. That said, some head and lace. Decent body. Bitter aftertaste. Not sure Ilike that so much. Carbonated 'bout right.

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Photo of Br0
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a light amber to the eye, but the actual beer is seemingly darker than what was poured. The head was 2 fingers at its maximum, but wasnt too fond of hanging, so he bolted, leaving a lacy layer on the top.
S: A smidge of honey, some malts, A twinge of alcohol, nothing overpowering here, and a dissapointment.

T:taste is like a watered down honey with a sharp zing of carbonation biting at your tongue, followed by bitterness that I can only describe as what the company wants us to believe are hops.

M: Mouthfeel of this beer is actually quite exceptional. Its carbonation, sharp and fast, Play interestingly with the flavor profile, but would be better suited to a Framboise. It is light, not very sticky, very refreshing.

D: 7% is nothing serious, But It might be a bit too strong for a session beer, depending on your crowd. 7-9 plays well with my crew. This ale has no overly complex or bold tones that should make it hard to drink. Its actually kind of refreshing, I could imagine slamming one of these after a hot day in the sun
and then maybe 2 or 3 more.

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Photo of barleypopmaker
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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 wiseguy142
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up on sale in April without any freshness date.

Poured into a flute glass. Nice poofy, but shallow milky head on top of a nice, pumpkin orange color.

Smells strongly of Munich malt with a toned floral character.

I was a little confused about how to evaluate the taste of the beer. In the end I realized that it was the combination of Munich flavor and fairly high alcohol content (7% abv) that unnerved me at first. Not like in other strong stouts or porters where you have the bite of the alcohol in tandem with the bite of the roasted malts- here you have an exotic and delicate malt character combined with the alcoholic strength. They sort of tug at you from different directions instead of unifying into a coherent taste.

Nonetheless, from what I know this is in keeping with the style. A rich, malty, slightly foreign feeling beer that takes you to a new place in beer is ok with me.

Nice medium body and very smooth mouthfeel, despite the alcohol. It loses points for drinkability because of its general weirdness in my eyes but retains its taste points for maintaining such a unique combination of flavors.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A quarter inch fizzy white head. Transparent light copper color. Good carbonation. No head retention or lacing.

Has a sweet, unique aroma. I want to say burnt sweet candy or caramel, but I can't really put my finger on it. Sweet malts with little to no hop aroma or yeast.

Taste is the same as the nose.

Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery finish. Easy to drink.

A decent brew, but easily forgettable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Mendocino Bock is just an okay bock, really. It plays it quite safe and doesn't really do much for me, but neither is it offensive. Clear rich copper, some head, a rather pedestrian malt bill (is this even German malt?) and just... is. Doesn't really swing into the malt rich, lush-yet-drinkable and superbly crafted German category, nor does it tread into the over-the-top, sweet and approachable line that most US bocks take. It just stands there on the corner, chillin', hands in its pockets, not making eye contact. Maybe it'll give you a dollar to call your mom from the payphone, but it won't smile while doing it.

There isn't really anything WRONG with this bock beer, but there's very little to recommend it over your good local offering (for me, Olde Mecklenburg) or a fine German import. A pity, but then again, I got it on the cheap.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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 steveh
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saratoga Springs bottling.

A -- Clear, deep amber to near copper color with a delicate light tan head that thins fast, but revives well.

S -- To style? A bit too fruit estery, appetizing, but not Bock-like. Lots of caramel coming through too -- very much like an amber ale.

T -- Fruity with caramel, biscuit & nutty characters back and topped off with spicy & citric hops that aren't exactly in balance. Again, it screams Amber Ale.

M -- Not bad, slick but not quite syrupy mouthfeel with a medium body.

D -- This isn't a bad drinking beer, just not what I'd expect from a German-style Lager -- very ale-like in it's character. Maybe I found this too late in the season? I can't find any dating on the bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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 CuriousMonk
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is burnt caramel with a somewhat bitter finish. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One finger head of off-white foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is traditional reddish-brown with good clarity.

S - Bready malt with some spicy alcohol notes and a little bit of caramel. Spicy hops and a hint of toffee.

T - Rich, toffee malt with some spicy, earthy hops. Some toasted grain notes show up in the middle with biscuit flavors and more earthy hops. Finishes thick and malty with moderate hop bitterness and a little bit of alcoholic bite.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of malt richness here, and the hops do a good job balancing it out and keeping the beer drinkable. Unfortunately, it is a bit rough and the alcohol shows through more that I would have expected it to. There is a cloying burnt toast character to the malt in the finish and the beer lacks the smooth and refined character that I want to see in a good lager. A nice try, but I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of Trigcove
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a little bit of a surprise.

The pour was clear amber, with a tan colored, two finger head that vanished quickly to a ring of bubbles around the glass. Very little lacing that doesn't last long.

The aroma is dark, fruity, and sort of smokey sweet, with very little hop presence.

The taste is very heavily tipped in favor of the malt, which is caramel, dried fruit and smoke flavored, with a bit of alcohol bite. There are some hops present, but with so much malt, the bitter is almost buried.

The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for the style. It's not the beer for sitting on the porch on a hot summer day. This is a winter warmer, if ever I had one, which is odd, considering the bottle says it's a "spring seasonal."

This is a great brew if you're going for one or two, but the ABV and the heavy flavor will kill it for a session beer. I'm not a fan of fruity beers, but this one is very rich, malty and full bodied. It will stand against brown ales, stouts, and porters as a meaty "he-man" brew.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A - poured a clear orange/amber with 1/2" off-white head that quickly disappeared with scant lace in a pint glass

S - floral and fruity, plums, spices with balanced malt and hop overtones, hint of molasses

T - initial maltiness followed by immediate hop bitterness. Herbal, mild raisin taste and grassiness... like a malty IPA with an alcoholic finish. Bitter aftertaste

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - decent, alcohol impedes

Overall - Ok, I am not a fan. My taste buds were pissed off after this experience. No head retention? No lace? Didn't start off very good. The smell was pretty good. I was intrigued actually. After taking a sip, it became rather unpleasant. A 7% beer with prominent alcohol notes? Not good. Not completely horrible, I would not get it again though.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear light copper color with a small white head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and caramel malty with just hint of herbal hops.

Very slight sweetness upfront with a rich caramel maltiness. A rather bold bitterness hits midway along with a mild herbal hop flavor. Finishes with a slight lingering metallic bitterness.

Full body, mild carbonation.

What started off promising, ended up rather mediocre. Definitely better bock beers to be had this time of year.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
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 changeup45
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are displays of this stuff in more than one place in Total Wine so I figured I'd give it a try. Pours a dark gold or amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral with bready malts and perhaps a touch of caramel but most of it is rather subtle. Medium-bodied, clean and refreshing. The flavor starts with some caramel malt with hops staying in the background. It finishes with a touch of bitter hops. Didn't wow with flavor but there's enough there to make it a solid beer. I didn't know what to expect with this and in the end I am pleased. Give it a try.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant orange/caramel color, a half-finger of soapy, light tan foam on top. A few stray wisps of lace stick to the tasting glass.

Aroma - kind of a buttery malt smell. A light fruitiness on the edges, but this is dominated by the buttery character.

Taste - much better toasted grain presence in the flavor than in the sniff. Some butter in there too, but it works pretty well with the other flavors. A good dose of hops on the swallow, kinda busts up the malty momentum. The bitter dries out things without adding much flavor. Some appropriate abv warmth comes out with some warming.

Mouthfeel - smooth, good body, lighter carbonation.

Drinkability - a little too bitter, I imagine some aging could wait that out. The sixer disappeared readily enough, though.

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Photo of curasowa
3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper color with no head to speak of. Smells malty, slightly roasted, slightly bready. Taste is slightly bitter at first and then the malt dominates. Typical big malt flavor, but with bitterness throughout and a slightly harsh finish.

I'm a big fan of bocks and Mendocino, so I had high hopes for this beer. But there's something with the balance of this beer that I didn't love.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce, single bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a mediocore, dark-amber, deep-copper colored hue with no head at all and very little lacing to match...
Sweet, honey-laden smell with rich malts popping out...
Taste, as expected was heavy on the malts, with a slight suggestion of weak hops... Seemed pretty unbalanced and overly sweet without enough richness in flavor to match...
A decent stab at the style, but all in all, nothing to write home about... Definitely couldn't stand up to some of the more big-bodied, fuller German depictions of the style...
Average mouthfeel with a decent level of drinkability...

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of caramel with no real complexity. The taste is like the aroma. It is pleasant, but nothing special. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. I could drink it again, but there are so many better bocks out there that I won't be in a hurry.

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