Special Edition - Bock Beer | Mendocino Brewing Company

Special Edition - Bock BeerSpecial Edition - Bock Beer
129 Ratings
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 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 ngeunit1
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy amber color with about a finger of head that fades quickly leaving behind some decent lacing.

S - Sweet carmel malts dominate the aroma. There is also a bit of floral hops mixed in, but the malts dominate.

T - Starts with very strong sweet malt flavor. The is a bit of bitterness and graininess that mellow the malt and give the flavor some depth. Well balanced overall. The finish is a bit sweet with a bit of a bite from the alcohol.

M - The beer starts off almost a bit syrupy, but the carbonation kicks in to smooth it out. OVerall it is medium bodied with a medium-light amount of carbonation.

D - Overall, a very tasty and well balanced beer. Combinations of flavors works well together and are well balanced and complex. Pretty drinkable overall.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Durge
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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 bort11
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Christoffel fluted tulip. Mild white head does not have much retention, but does lace nicely down the glass. Body color is a warm mahogany brown. The color is dark but has some clarity.

Smell is a brown sugar sweetness. Raw sugar has a little bite. The caramel malt is a little chocolaty with a hint of orange peel.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium body, very chewy.

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Photo of kkipple
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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 kwakwhore
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour into a Sam Adams Pint Glass. Small off white head doesn't last for long and there's not much going on in the way of lacing.
Sweet malty aromas mixed with a bit of hops.
Flavor is a mix of sweet malt with a pretty decent hop presence for a bock.
Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but acceptable. With 7% abv this is verging on doppelbock territory, but it's pretty easy to drink.
I only paid 4.99 for six of these, and at that price, I seriously like it. If I had paid more, I wouldn't be so overwhelmed, but you can't beat those numbers.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/10/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a nice coppery color with hues of ruby; starts with a 1/2 finger off-white/light tan head that fades quickly to a thin, incomplete, and uneven head; body is clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; a few loose spots of lacing are left here and there on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice, sweet caramel malts and a toasty graininess -- very simple and straightforward. Smell is fairly potent as well, which is nice as I don't have to sit there and pull so hard through my nostrils that it sounds like I'm trying to track a rabbit through scrub brush (yes, I stole that line from my step-dad, he's a little on the country side).

Taste: Very much like the smell, very sweet caramel malts that almost border on a tad syrupy; there is a very nice toasty graininess that works to balance out the sweetness of the malts too. Again, straightforward and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, mouthfeel is a little chewy, but it's definitely oily and slick; carbonation is a little soft and fades quickly in the mouth, leaving it feeling a bit flat; mouth is left pretty dry with a thin, sticky coating left behind.

Drinkability: Not too bad overall -- a nice spring beer with a great smell and flavor to accompany it; ultimately, the body isn't too heavy and the oily nature of it is the only real downfall that I came across with it; ABV is fairly moderate and I'd feel pretty good about getting through a couple of these in a sitting.

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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 MNJR
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
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 cnally
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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 GeneralZod
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark gold transparent color. Has good head retention.

Smells good. Has a hoppy aroma.

Very balanced. Slighty bitter, but in a good way.

A bit coarse. Well carbonated.

Would definitely have another one.

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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 malty
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully glowing orangish amber with a nice off white dense and creamy 1" standing head. No visible uprising carbonation to speak of. Nice constant sheets of lace all the way down.

Smells of fresh grinded pale malts and caramel apples. Macerated figs and various sweet & dark fruits. Very fresh and lush, almost syrupy. A little charred wood in there also. Smells spot on to any decent German Bock I tried.

The flavors are initially sweet and with a little alcohol warmth following right behind. The toffee and dark fruits are also well represented in the taste. There's a sulfur/mineralness flavor that play out nicely in the middle, while the finish is quick and clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation - lending itself to a 'watery' feel.

Drinkabilty is good. The alcohol warmth might be a little off-putting to some though.

Overall a decent domestically brewed Bock. The scent of this beer was the highlight for me. After that, it just kinda went flat. Nothing bad, just not much to write home about. Glad I tried it though

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Photo of 100floods
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clear, lil murky gold hue. No head whatsoever. Faint malty aromas. Definitely smells a like a dark lager, very pleasing. I'm definitely tasting more lager than bock. The caramel and sweet notes are there but faintly. I kind of feel like that this is similar to Anderson Valley's Crema Cerveza, which I LOVE. This is definitely a great, refreshing beer. perfect to match with some heavy, even spicy foods. I'm not quite sure it achieved what it wanted, or what I wanted, from a bock. This is definitely somethig in between a lager and bock.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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 nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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 mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow a 7.0% brew and a "Bock" no less. Never had a bock that I haven't enjoyed. Until now I see its an HG Bock. Let's give it a whirl. Upon opening the bottle smell is indeed malt. This smells like a dubbel or even a tripel. Some very dry but spicy hops linger in the background. Pours into a pint with a nice dark copper color and a thin head that is quickly gone. Taste is well, wow, sure this isn't a dubbel or a tripel? Very thick and almost syrupy. Sweet with only a hint of dry hops in the faint background. I could almost pour this on pancakes, I think. A good offering, a lager to knock off the socks. I like it for one, but for me too sweet, for more.

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Photo of wangbruins
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Deep caramel color with a thin head that vanished in a hurry

S- Flowery and lemony with some subtle pine. It reminds me more or summer than spring as it says on the label

T- Piney and slight hops taste that actually was pretty good. Way different from what it smelled like

M- Light for the taste with a little tinge at first but not much aftertaste

D- Good and surprising, but not great- It's a nice change of pace but not much more

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich, copper-amber hue with a nice, frothy light tan head with decent staying power.
Aromas of rich dark fruit, brown sugar, subtle baking spice, and something not unlike canned pumpkin, with a woodsy, dried leaf hop aroma in the back.
Rich on the palate and quite full bodied, with a pleasant earthiness, ever-so-slightly bitter, keeping things in relative balance, though this beer certainly lands on the sweet side. Round on the whole, with just a little bite.

Not a style I tend to reach for, but a pretty decent beer.

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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 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 Trigcove
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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 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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