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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 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 55ยบ. 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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Photo of yelterdow
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at fridge temperature in a tasting tulip. No freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance- Pours a rich, clear burnished gold with a mustard-yellow tinted head. Terrific structure, lots of bubbles... the head is 2 fingers of fluff, great looking beer.

Smell- A slightly smoky malt character, with the hops quite noticable.

Taste- Full, clean, rich malt backbone... the hops are clear in the middle and through the swallow. Grassier as opposed to citric. Lots of flavor...

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Really creamy, very slick and viscous but light in the mouth... fantastic texture. A great example, enjoyable on this beautiful early Spring day.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color, clear body, small dirty white foam appears briefly but keeps a solid collar and skim. A good amount of lace is placed about in some thick strings and few globby spots.

Nice sticky sweet maltified aroma of soft breads, apple jam, star fruit, pear, and a slight grainy toasty edge.

Flavors are much like what the aroma carries thru with a nice malty base of tender soft sweet breadyness mixing with a slight grainy toastyness on the edges and back end. The fruityness is quite light however with just a partial tone of pale apple and pear. The toasty factions really hold most of the flavor notes as the bready sweetness and slight warming splash of caramel liquer supplies a nice balance underneath.

Body is just about medium, rounded and fairly malty with a semi chewy, smooth, nearly silken, and tenderly sweet and toasty center with a slight edge to it. A slight belly and throat warming emerges as you get into it. Which helps add to a bit of bolder beefyness to the finish.

Pretty solid and very drinkable stuff. Gonna split some hairs here and say this seems to fit more of the Maibock style then just Bock?

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

Appearance is a brownish copper with a thick head. Good retention on it

Aroma: Bready sweetness, malts.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Malt, some sweetness following. The sweetness seems to have some honey to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium and creamy. Its got a little "honey" texture to it, but maybe thats just me mixing the mouthfeel with the taste

Drinkability: Pretty good bock

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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a tasty, solid bock that definitely is very German or Central European in character. To me, it is closer to a maibock, specifically.

Light copper, it has a medium, off-white head slowly shrinking to a thin, wispy top and a hint of lace.

The aroma is bread, herbs, sweet raisiny alcohol, bread crust - overall very nice and smelling like a German bock or maibock.

The taste is similar, nice, raisiny alcohol, a bit spicey, with bread, bread crust, herbs, light toasty hint and light bitterness at the finish after the sweetness. It is moderately oily and full bodied with light carbonation, giving a nice feel to go along with the taste profile.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a large glass mug. Brownish with a slight yellow off-white head. Not much lace to speak of.

S. Smells bready and malty, slightly herbal.

T. Tastes of strong , earthy hops which dominate the flavor profile. Some sugary malt does little to balance but thats ok.

M. Mouthfeel feels loosely carbonated and a semi-dry finish. Beckoning for another sip, which I do.

D. Drinkability is excellent too. Getting hopped up on this beer makes me feel good inside. May be picking up a sixer of this.

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

A: A vaguely translucent brownish-orange color with a decent-sized, creamy off-white head. Retention is average, with decent lacing.

S: Some robust malt sweetness - vaguely toasty pale malts. Quite fruity - white grapes especially. Some light leafy hop aroma. A bit nutty as well.

T: Some nice malt flavor up front. A bit sweet. Sugar and white grapes feature prominently, along with some darting notes of dry alcohol. A bit bready and actually a strange, faintly lactic note at times. Some leafy hop flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-firm in body. Creamy and soft, with a touch of alcoholic dryness at the very tail end.

D: Pretty nice, although nothing amazing. I enjoy the maltiness and this is a solid all-around beer.

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Photo of HalenRush
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the North Coast Co-Op, Eureka, California.

A - Poured a deep golden, touching on copper, and with a nice moderately beaded head that dissipated over a few minutes. Poured into a Lobkowicz stemmed pilsner glass.

S - Moderate robust maltiness with a hint of diacetyl. Hop aroma was spicy and floral but well balanced for the style.

T - Malt profile is dominate here, but after a couple, a ether warming takes over.

M - Typical of the style, but I would categorize this as a maibock. Good, lingering warmth on the tongue. This brew is easily quaffable and at 7.0%, it will punish you for quaffing too much.

D - I found this highly drinkable, I am enjoying it very much. Mendo Brewery calls this a bock, but I'm thinking it fits the maibock category better. I first had this on tap at the tap room in Hopland, CA, the original location in a brick building and the first brewpub in California. They have just installed a gravity pump cask ale system, but sadly, they had no beer for it when I was there.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle is the last of my 6-pack purchase. No freshness dating. Poured into a tulip pint glass.

Appearance: dark honey colored, almost copper orange body. The head, slightly off-white, quickly dissipates. There's plenty of carbonation at the surface which creates nice lacing. The beer carries a chill haze.

Smell: sweet honey and caramel along with very floral hops.

Taste: the flavors begin with sweet caramel and honey which are balanced out by a dry hop bitterness. Upon warming, the beer takes on a butterscotch note. Alcohol is definitely noticed, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel: slightly viscous and chewy. More than medium body with complimenting carbonation.

Drinkability: while at 7% alcohol, I probably wouldn't consider drinking the night away with a sixer of this, but the flavors are most enjoyable.

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

Part of a Christmas offering from a good friend.

Poured it aggressively into my pint glass with a little off white head that dissipated quickly. Aside from the lack of head, this is a pretty decent looking brew. Held up to a bright light it was a pretty clear copper color with mild to moderate carbonation. Left almost no lacing down the inside of the glass.

The volatility was underwhelming at first pour but progressively got more pronounced as it warmed a bit and breathed from my pint glass. The odor was predominantly malty.

Creamy mouthfeel, malty and full bodied. A little hoppy and bitter on the swallow.

This is a tasty and highly drinkable little brew. ABV is at 7% but you coulda fooled me with that fact. I'm a big fan of Mendocino and will be buying their brews for a very long time to come!

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Special Edition - Bock Beer from Mendocino Brewing Company
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