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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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Photo of malty
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -5.4%
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 +10.5%
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 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 mooseisloose
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -4.9%
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 +8.1%
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 -46.8%
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 brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -11.4%
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 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 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 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 merlin48
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a slightly hazed, orange/amber body with a small offwhite head that quickly fades to a cap with scanty wisps of lace.

Nice aroma of toasted caramel, buttered toffee, and fruity red apple esters.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has an overly assertive hop presence for the style, with pine, earthy, and grassy bitterness that overwhelms the malt character. Toasty caramel flavors are certainly present, but simply too dry and bitter for a good bock. Just a hint of alcohol warmth.

Aroma is the high point of this one. I wish some of the fruity apple esters from the nose could've carried over to the palate.

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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 ATPete
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a transparent amber/red color with a small white head that leaves some soapy sticking. Sweet candy apple, caramel, small whiffs of alcohol, toffee and subtle chocolate. Sweet in flavor but quickly drying on the finish, no real bitterness to note, very fruity and yeasty for the style. Medium/light mouthfeel, low carbonation, very drinkable. Overall this is a damn nice bock from the states.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mendocino's Bock (this one brewed in Sarasota Springs, NY) delivers a clear orange-accented deep chestnut brown body beneath a short head of creamy, yellowed off-white foam. Head retention and lacing are fair.

The aroma is distinctly malty with bready, toasty and caramelish character backed by mild, floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows the nose, and it's really nicely rich and malty without being over-done, sweetish, or cloying. A brisk, solid bitterness helps to achieve that, as do some spicy and grassy hops. It could be slightly rounder, but it's very nicely balanced with the sweet malt appearing upfront and across the middle, and then the hops and bitterness cutting through it, leading to a dry finish.

Really nicely done with just a little bit of American attitude thrown into an otherwise very traditional German-style bock bier. Worth trying!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009. 12oz served at about 55º. Pours a bright brown color with hues of amber when held to the light. Thin white head dissipates quickly. Aromas of sweet malts and caramel fill the nose. Mouth-feel is more syrupy than expected and actually pleasant on the palate. Tastes are of caramel and toasted grains with some faint hints of weak coffee. Finishes sweet and crisp. Very well brewed Bock!

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a personalized lager glass.

Pours a deep golden hue, bright and clear, showing off a full, thick two-fingers of off-white foam. The head meanders down to a splotchy, broken cap, holding on well to the sides of the glass with nice, thick legs.

The nose is intensely malty, without the presence of much hop aroma at all, but a bit of DMS does show itself, which is appropriate for the style but not wholly desirable.

A rich, medium body holds a moderate level of carbonation, just enough to provide the tongue with a bit of a tingle. A nice and richly malty palate is balanced by a slight noble hop bitterness that leads to a pleasant dryness toward the middle and back of the palate, with a touch of spiciness evident as well. Finish is mostly dry, with a slight hop presence and a touch of sweet malt lingering.

Clean and easy-drinking, but hindered slightly by its somewhat lofty 7% ABV, which is not overly elevated but does serve as a hindrance to quaffing. Overall, though, a superb example of the Maibock/Helles Bock style, and a great, refreshing, and appropriate brew for the warm month that lends the style its name.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a dark, golden copper color. Almost two-finger head of tan colored foam. Retention is quite good. Lacing is spotty and pretty slipperey.

Beautifully slight nose. Mostly sweet maltiness. Serious hints of butterey caramels. Hints of dark fruits and grains.

Big sweet malts combined with a big yeastiness. Hints of buttered caramel bread. Very mild hints of some dark fruit presence.

Smooth and easy to go down. Medium body. A light crispness. A nice one for spring, to be sure.

I say it's pretty darn drinkable. In fact, it may be my choice for most drinkable from this brewerey. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of Kendo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a weizen glass. Body is coppery-amber with a small (1/2-finger) whitish head. Some splotches of lace left behind at the top.

S: Mostly fruity with a bit of cereal-type grains evident as well.

T: Fruity and sweet malt up front -- caramel malt and even ripe apples. Slightly drying finish, I think more from the alcohol than any hops, but sweetness dominates this one.

M: About medium in heft, feels OK on the palate.

D: Too sweet for my tastebuds, but not cloyingly so and not entirely unexpected for the style.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split into a 7 oz sampler. No date. "Limited Edition" on the front label.

A - Light to medium amber color with a small, off-white head.

S - Very sweet malts with nice dark fruits and a caramel / buttered bread, twang to the finish. Smells like a doppelbock.

T - Sweet malts dominate the flavor with a dark fruityness on the finish. Tastes much more like a dopple than a standard bock beer. Crisp and light to the finish.

M - Smooth yet crisp light to medium body despite its rich smell.

D - This bock is all over the place. Lighter amber color, rich smell and robust tastes with a lighter mouthfeel and 7.0% male this guy one hell of a beer. Like most bock beers though, its drinkability diminishes with each sip as the malty sweetness begins to get overwhelming.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this week at my new local Harris Teeter since I moved within the same zip code a few weeks ago. I've always found this brewer to be solid but never spectacular. This is not a departure from that expectation.

I missed most of the bocks over the last few months, I was catching up on stouts and porters I guess. This is dark amber with thin off white head and a decent malt yeast nose.

Satisfying, yeast tinged malt is your basic ingredient here. Not spectacular by any means, but I can see the fifteenth century monks digging on it. Sweet, thick, biscuity, barley indeed. That abv has got a little kick to it as well. Slight finishing bitterness is welcome but not quite enough.

Drinkable but not... well, see above

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