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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock | Mendocino Brewing Company

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Mendocino Spring Seasonal BockMendocino Spring Seasonal Bock

Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company
United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emmasdad on 04-17-2010

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: Its body has a bright orange color with great clarity and some carbonation. This is topped by a just off white head about two fingers tall from the pour. This slowly settles to a thin cap that hangs on well and make for some slick lacing.

Smell: There is light bready malt sweetness here with hints of buttery toffee & caramel. I also pick up a bit of raw grain and some slight grassy/herbal hops way off in the background.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a medium bodied base of sweet bready malt that has hints of toffee and caramel. This is backed up by a light grainy character and a touch of grassy hops. The palate is fairly smooth and maybe a touch light but still quite enjoyable.

Notes: Overall I feel this is a decent beer and a good value for its price rage.

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Photo of welldigger888
2.01/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle a copper hue with little head and lacing.

The malty aroma is quickly overtaken by butterscotch and a metalic twang.

Buttery bad homebrew flavs seem dominate.

carbonation is well represented on a medium body.

I find little redeeming with this beer, but hey what did I expect for $2.99 a six pack, right.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great color (amber) with a really nice head. Quite tasty, but as Helles Bocks go, it's not the best I've had. Certainly not the worst either.

Feels great on the tongue, not flat, not too carbonated. Smooth like a good bock should be.

Smells great, of caramel and malt more than hops.

All in all, a good experience, and better than many of the other Mendocino Brews available.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep Red and Brown color. It has a nice cherry vibrancy which I appreciate. It sort of looks like a Kellerbier. Very nice presentation.

Smell: It's clean with a nice balance of caramel malts and fresh grassy hops.

Taste: This is a very unique tasting beer. It has an oaken cherry taste from the start. Tart. Then it begins to have a cola character. Bitter Cherry Coke. I hope it can't be described so simply but I am not super thrilled about this soda-like beer. That isn't helped by the heavy amount of carbonation. What is going on here? There doesn't taste like it is aged in a cave or cellar.

Mouthfeel: The beer doesn't taste bad. It is refreshing but it far too sweet for me to drink one after another. An average beer by an average brewery.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - reddish brown/dark amber in color, with about 2 fingers worth of light tan-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - only very slightly hoppy, but not malty either. Maybe some nutty hints too, but also subtle.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Not a lot of the hop flavor, but the bitterness is there in the finish. The the beginning and middle have a bit of a nutty taste as well. The texture is pretty well-balanced, but leans a little more toward the creamy side.

Drinkability - not very complex, but a good-tasting beer. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a "mystery" six pack and was surprised to find that only 4 people reviewed and it's a Helles Bock. Hope it's good even though its a spring release...

A - Pours a dark amber hue with no head or lace. Age of the beer is showing...

S - Mild caramel malt and very little hops show light. The smell is faint at best.

T - Ow my. Tastes of mild caramel followed by a bit of warming alcohol and then faint grass hops in the end makes it have a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and pretty OK for a beer.

D - If I didn't know from the label I would think it was more of a sweet dopple bock than a Helles. I really enjoyed this and may have liked it better fresh. Still it made a nice addition to a mystery mix.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, high carbonation.

Not too bitter, nice flavoring considering the alcohol content. Not much body at all.

I don't taste the sugar that others tasted. It is a pretty good bock beer.

I think it is a nice spring/summer brew if you want to have a couple beers out in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mikedarookie
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, amber hue. Aroma has hints of butter & caramel, indicating the malt is out front, as should be the case w/a bock. Malts dominate the palate; it's sweet w/out being cloying. Mouthfeel is silky & creamy; spot on for a bock. Grainy, grassy aftertaste w/a slight hint of hops provides some balance; 7% ABV becomes more apparent as it warms. Overall, a solid bock; comparable to some of the better "helles bock"s I've tasted & a worthy spring effort by Mendocino.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The previous review is pretty much spot on... Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Spaten Mug. Pours from the bottle a nice golden amber color, light to no white head formation. Aromas of nuts and caramel. Flavors of sweet malt and a touch of sugar. Definitely a sweet flavored beer. No lacing at all throughout. Overall this was not a bad beer from Mendocino, however, I would have preferred it to be a have a little less sweet note that was countered with some bitter flavoring.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Ratman. Pours from the bottle a nice golden amber color, with a good covering of white foam. Aromas of nutty caramel and earthy hops. Flavors of sweet malt and caramel, with a bit of sugar and hops. A decent effort, drinkable and not much more.

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Mendocino Spring Seasonal Bock from Mendocino Brewing Company
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