Special Edition - Bock Beer | Mendocino Brewing Company

Special Edition - Bock BeerSpecial Edition - Bock Beer
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rkuhnel on 03-09-2008

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

A lighter amber in color with an off-white head that reduces to a ring in my glass.

It has a light malty aroma with notes of caramel.

The taste is nicely malty with grain and cereal notes and grassy hop flavors and the perfect amount of bitterness. This beer is big on flavor.

The body is substantial, almost chewy.

A very nice beer and well worth seeking out. It's been some time since I had a Mendocino brew, I'll have to re-visit this brewery.

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

05/23/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz pour with no freshness info. It is, however, a spring seasonal release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Deeper blonde in color. Full one inch plus head on the pour. Slowly evaporates leaving very light lace patches.

Smell- Mild nose of sweet caramel malt and pils like hops.

Taste- Awful hoppy for a bock. That's the first thing I notice. Malty flavor is nice and caramely with a bit of a spicy chaser. Hops are more bitter than expected.

Mouthfeel- Medium to higher carbonation with a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Different angle for a bock, but pretty well done. Flavorful and nicely hopped.

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Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a creamy, soapy, tan, four-finger head. It left sticky, patches of lace.

S - It smelled of subtle malt and light grasses.

T - It tasted bittersweet and of light malt. It had an earthy quality.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good bock.

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Photo of Br0
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
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 dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Blakaeris
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear burnished copper with a slight white head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is bready malt, earthy hops, light fruit and a bit of a metallic sting.

Taste is more robust than expected. Overall impression is sweet caramel maltyness. Very bready, with nice earthy nutty tones. Green apple citrus and peppery earthy hop rounds this one out in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very smooth with light carbonation.

Surprisingly full flavored. Overall it's the bready caramel malt that dominates this beer. However, there is a bit more hops than a traditional bock, but that is fine with me. I'll be drinking more of this seasonal.

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

Amber in color-a tad darker then I thought it should be. Noble hop aroma-a bit over done, it could use more malt in the nose. Decent malt flavor with an even balance of hop bitterness. Has a good malty sweetness across the board with a slight bite in the finish. Good, full body that a heavy hand of malt provides. Very close the almost "buttery softness" I have found over in Germany. Very good and enjoyable overall.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 wiseguy142
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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 riversider76
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a thin white hear,excellent retention,and lacing.Aroma is fruity,and malty. Body is medium,with some carbonation. Taste is bready,with a hoppy,fruity,edge as well.Some notes of honey in the finish?? ABV comes through nicely too. Very good.

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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 Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mendocino never wows me, but it's created a good, steady Bock. A thin finger of off-white foam lays over a red berry body. Nice nose, lots of berry an chocolate malt. Same with the taste, smooth and delicious. Again, not overwhelming, but nice, solid bock. A little more carbonation would do this beer a lot of good.

Good and solid, not one to turn down.

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Photo of phishgator
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a water goblet. Nice pale amber color with a good foam head, that dissipates very quickly to leave a thin ring for the rest of the session. The smell is the sweet malt and a faint alcohol on the nose. A touch of caramel in the aroma. Taste is a sweet caramel and a little unrefined sugars. The body is full and there is a slick coating in the aftertaste. There is a crisp afterbite, must be a touch of hops. This is one that I prefer to have a few per sitting.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +6.5%
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 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 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 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 Zorro
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +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 mrasskicktastic
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.2%
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 +9.7%
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 -20.5%
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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