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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 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 MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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 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 cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super strong head formation, there is NO reason to encourage this with a hard pour.

Very clear dark gold to light copper colored lager. Thick and strong off-white colored head.

Smell is very sweet and malty with a spicy Nobel hop aroma. Caramel candy with a slight melon aroma. Tried hard but I just can't smell the pepper that others have mentioned.

The taste starts out sweet and solidly bitter with a toasted bread aftertaste. Slight Carmel flavor but this is a solidly hopped bock that keeps the malt under firm control, it mainly shows up in the after taste. No hint of the alcohol level except the warmth this gives in your chest. Only fault might be the lack of depth but this might develop a bit after a bit of aging to reduce the hop bite a little. If you prefer a hop bite more than malt you will love this.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Nice drinkability for a bock beer particularly if you like them hoppy. Probably will get more complex as this ages and the hop tone down a bit.

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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 mrasskicktastic
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear copper color with a medium and shortly lived head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Very malty with the crisp and slightly peppery aroma of noble hops. Very bocky.

T - Very malty! There is a strong barley flavor. It is like eating the delicious core of malted barley. A touch of slightly peppery hops and a tiny hint of black currant. The aftertaste is of malt and is more bitter than I would expect from the foretaste. It is pleasant.

M - Smooth, medium bodied and very refreshing.

D - Pretty good, I had to buy this in a six, and I am not sad about that. I look forward to the other bottles.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

6-pac from Bel Air

A - Orange-red in color no head with nice carbo. Good start so far.

S - Pears, apricots, lightly roasted malts, and ginger.

T - Pears, apricots, and ginger.

M - Carbo, light breadiness, and very sweet. Second thought, way too sweet.

D - Probably a very good bock, but is borderline cider for my tastes. A really good complement to this batch would be to add belgian yeast for a golden belgian. The yeast should offset the sweetness with some sour.

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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 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 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 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 JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, released Feb. '08, served in a pilsner glass.

A - golden color with a small light tan head that fell to a ring, leaving some small spots of lacing.

S - sweet malt and hop aromas.

T - very good tasting, well balanced brew. Sweetness of malt is met nicely by the gentle bitterness of noble hops. Higher abv is hidden in the blend of flavors.

M - med./full bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - a little too easy to drink for 7.0% abv.

Final Note: a delicious seasonal at a good price, get it while you can.

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

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a clear and dark orange color with an off-white head and light lacing rings. Nose is of caramel malts and fruity and floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth on the tongue. Flavor is slightly sweet, with a light bitter finish that overall ends up delivering a very enjoyable and quite drinkable brew.

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