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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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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 129
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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Photo of KI9A
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured hazy copper into a tulip glass. Off white head, nice lace.

S: Sweet toffee malts.

T: Sweet, malty as hell, dark fruits-prunes, apples, toffee. Slight citrusy hop finish.

M: Sticky sweetness coats the mouth, a very, very slight warmth of the 7% abv.

D: 7% keeps it from being a session beer, but, easy to drink. This beer approaches a smell/taste of a German Doppelbock, than most any American "bocks".

I'll buy this again..

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A - poured a clear orange/amber with 1/2" off-white head that quickly disappeared with scant lace in a pint glass

S - floral and fruity, plums, spices with balanced malt and hop overtones, hint of molasses

T - initial maltiness followed by immediate hop bitterness. Herbal, mild raisin taste and grassiness... like a malty IPA with an alcoholic finish. Bitter aftertaste

M - medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - decent, alcohol impedes

Overall - Ok, I am not a fan. My taste buds were pissed off after this experience. No head retention? No lace? Didn't start off very good. The smell was pretty good. I was intrigued actually. After taking a sip, it became rather unpleasant. A 7% beer with prominent alcohol notes? Not good. Not completely horrible, I would not get it again though.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Dark copper in color, slightly cloudy, with 2 finger off-white head.
S - Malty with notes of toffee, dried figs and a little bit grassy.
T - Lots of flavor. Malt, toffee, dried fruit. Some grassy hops and a bit warming on the finish on the finish.
M - A bit slick. Low carbonation.
D - This is very tasty. Has a fresh quality about it. You don't really notice the slightly higher (7%) ABV.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.59 for a loose 12 oz bottle from Monument Liquor in Concord, CA. Poured into a Pilsner Glass.

A quarter inch fizzy white head. Transparent light copper color. Good carbonation. No head retention or lacing.

Has a sweet, unique aroma. I want to say burnt sweet candy or caramel, but I can't really put my finger on it. Sweet malts with little to no hop aroma or yeast.

Taste is the same as the nose.

Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Watery finish. Easy to drink.

A decent brew, but easily forgettable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light honey brown color with an average white head that settled into a light cap. The aroma is of a honey doughy malt, light apples, and some wine characteristics. The taste is of buttery crackers, apple skin and a nice earthy bitter malt that brings this brew to balance. The feel is slightly chewy with crisp carbonation finishes with that earthy hop bitterness. A solid bock, perhaps a touch oxidized.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark amber with about a finger of tan head. Retention is short but a thick collar remains throughout leaving some minimal lacing.

S - Huge caramel and brown sugar aroma with a great buttery background a slightly spicy element emerging as the beer warms.

T - I'm really liking this. A sweet, sweet caramel comes on strong with hints of stone fruit such as apples, pears, and peaches. I even detect a little bit of banana and citrus hiding in the background. As the sweetness dies down, there's a lingering citrus peel accompanied by an earthy and spicy flavor, similar to the aroma of a compost pile. Vegetal and spicy flavors linger breifly in the finish.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and low carbonation.

D - Although a bit on the sweet side, I have thoroughly enjoyed this beer, perhaps one of the better bocks I've come across. Though this will probably be my only encounter with this brew, it is highly enjoyable, and definitely worth picking up if you should see it.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a nice lofty head that was slightly tan colored. The beer was kinda orange looking. The beer was sota fruity tasting with a distinct maltiness to it. Thick tasting. Head decayed quicly but lacing was great. I would buy again.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber with a half finger head.

S- Sweet rich caramel.

T- Full rich caramel taste balanced from being too sweet by a slight alcohol dryness. A light touch of hops comes through in the middle to bring a little more balance and then help carry the ever present caramel through the finish.

M- Full and rich.

D- Not bad at all.

A pretty solid bock beer, worth a try.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dull coppery amber. 1 finger head settles to a cap, leaves rings of lace
invitingly abundant malt, caramel and molasses smell
tastes of caramel, ripe dates and raisins. there is a strong hop presence underneath that lets you know its there but is generally careful not to dominate. still it's a touch hoppier than i expected and the bitterness lingers more than i'd want for this style.
feel is full and creamy. this is a pretty big bock. almost a california style double maibock.
very enjoyable, although i might dial back the hops by about 1/3.
this is the best mendocino beer i've had yet. (red tail ale was pretty good, eye of the hawk not for me at all.)

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Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hope this isn't too old. It is Sept. and the bottle is listed as a spring seasonal. On the other hand it's listed as 7% abv, that should hold it for a little while.
Mmmm a bock. I haven't had one of those in awhile.
Aroma is nice malty, caramel, and a touch of alcohol.
Somewhat cloudy, lots of rising bubbles. Amber of gold/brown. Smallish off-white head with decent stamina.
The touch of alcohol again in the taste, not strong just enough to get noticed. These really pushes towards dopplebock territory. Tasty malty sweetness that's almost fruity. Mildly rich. Smooth almost slick texture. Soft carbonation. Yet it all goes down easily with enjoyable lager feel and cleanliness. Above moderate feel. A bit dry for my liking. In the end it seemed a bit shallow and lost some of it's full body. Anyway, it was good and enjoyable and hit the spot tonight.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a thin lasting head.

The smell is of caramel with a touch of vague fruitiness.

The taste is of sweet caramel candy with an underlying melon-like fruitiness and a touch of earthy bitterness. Some alcohol shows through. It has a sweetish, pretty clean, finish.

The body is fuller side of medium with a smooth, creamy touch.

A pretty straight-forward brew. Caramely, but with some balance and booziness. A nice enough sipper.

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Photo of changeup45
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are displays of this stuff in more than one place in Total Wine so I figured I'd give it a try. Pours a dark gold or amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. A lot of lacing on the glass. Aroma is floral with bready malts and perhaps a touch of caramel but most of it is rather subtle. Medium-bodied, clean and refreshing. The flavor starts with some caramel malt with hops staying in the background. It finishes with a touch of bitter hops. Didn't wow with flavor but there's enough there to make it a solid beer. I didn't know what to expect with this and in the end I am pleased. Give it a try.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is burnt caramel with a somewhat bitter finish. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange-cider like hue with one finger head that left a lace ring around the glass. Spring-like, earthy citric hops hit my nose and were mixed with caramel and some other light malts. The alochol is somewhat noticeable, giving this beer a little bit of an edge and a drying backbite. Still, I thought it was medium-bodied and a mix between smooth and sticky as it seemed to be a little syrupy. Good hop taste, definitely some lemon peel and other citric notes in the hops, along with caramal and something like cinammonesque as there was a sweet malt taste in this beer. Not the most complex bock out there but it has a little bit of everything for most drinkers and I could sit around and have a couple of these here and there.

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