Bayou Bock | Covington Brewhouse

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Bayou BockBayou Bock

Brewed by:
Covington Brewhouse
Louisiana, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This full-bodied lager is our interpretation of a classic Bavarian Heller Maiboch, a style known for its well balanced, easy-drinking character. Distinguished by its rich medium-to-dark golden color, sweet, malty aroma, and delicate, flowery hop finish, Bayou Bock makes for a perfect accompaniment to a wide range of cuisine.

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 76
Photo of RjLange
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I was very excited about this beer. Being a medium to dark beer lover from Louisiana, I was ecstatic to see a Covington Brewhouse Bock in my local supermarket.

A- Pours from a 12oz. bottle a beautiful hazy golden color with serious carbonation, quite contrary to the other reviews of this brew, it poured a 2 to 3 finger head in a standard tulip. The head didnt last long and left medium lacing. I do have a 3 week old batch.

S- Very malty and hoppy. I'm not getting any fruit or citrus notes, but maybe a slight corn or grain scent.

T- On the forefront is a very enjoyable malt flavor followed with the ever slightest bitterness. There is a hint of sweetness, perhaps even a touch of citrus. Not getting the corn flavor I was on the scent.

M- The mouthful on this beer screams drink me. A very smooth medium weight with a hair of dryness at the end. Very carbonated, but not to the extent of feeling the fizz-burn.

O- I'm rather pleased with this brew. For 7.99 on a 12 pack I don't feel robbed. I was originally expecting a darker more robust flavor, but after that wonderful mouthfeel, all my expectations were useless. Anyone looking to getting into the darker beers from say a pilsner will find this a perfect gateway.

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Photo of Squire123
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can call it light gold or polished copper but either descriptor works for this very appealing color tone. Moderate cap and very little lacing, much like some British Ales.

Aroma is on the richer side of the malt spectrum without stepping over into cloying sweetness territory. Little hops apparent, just a hint, but at 15 IBU that's to be expected.

Taste is ahh, that's good. Having been let down by earlier versions of this label this new one from their revamped brewery is in the WOW category. Rich malt on entry but it's a clean malt without over sweetness or the slight bitterness of mid roasted malt. Rich like a perfectly made pastry that doesn't go overboard in any direction. Just one hop variety is used, German Perle, and just enough of that to offset the malt while still presenting a mild hit of spicy, floral background. Much like the painted backdrop in the one room set of a one act play, it's ever present without intruding into the main action taking place on stage. Promoted as a food beer by the brewery I believe they have a winner.

Texture is full. Over the years I've had some Maibocks that seemed sorta lumpy in their heaviness but this one is full while singing the high notes.

This is far, far better than the earlier versions put out by Covington Brewhouse. It is so much better in fact that it's not an exaggeration to say it's a different beer entirely. I understand this one is gaining in popularity in the local places as a good accompaniment with food and can see why. It simply works that way on so many levels in that it won't be overcome by hearty, smoky bbq dishes, spicy Cajun or Asian, nor will it dominate a simple Fettuccine Alfredo. I can confidently state it works well with hickory smoked bacon cheeseburgers. I rank right it up there with Bells Amber with a bit more flavor and a lot more punch.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, dark fruits. Taste is the same. Malty, sweet, dark fruits, just a touch of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a light golden hue with a nice one finger thick head that fades to leave a nice creamy quarter inch head. Very light lacing.

S - Sweet malts, light corn, the citrus/hops is super, super faint.

T - Light nutty qualities, corn, sweet malts. No real hops, light caramel, faint tinny/metallic notes.

M - Mouthfeel is light, decent carbonation. Feels slightly thin.

O - Overall, bit of a let down. Its easy drinking, sure, but on par with a macro.

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Photo of theboozecruise
2.31/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Re-reviewing... out of a bottle at home.

App: Very light, clear golden color.

Smell: Grassy, earthy, a little noble hops.

Taste: Finally more like a beer, a little malts but nothing special.

MF: Thin with a lingering funk.

Overall: Not good, not one I would try again.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brewery recently underwent a shakeup in management so I tried it again after not liking it a few years ago.

Appearance: Clear golden with small head. No lacing.
Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with light carbonation.
Aroma: Malty sweet with a little graininess.
Flavor: Initial maltiness followed by light grain flavors. Finishes with a clean bitterness and slight sweetness.

Overall I enjoyed this though it's a bit on the lighter side for a bock. It isn't a super complex Bock if you're looking to really go big, but makes up for it with good balance and being very drinkable so is a good change of pace from pale ales and lagers for a everyday drinker. Check the inside of the six pack for a date after Nov. 2012 though to make sure you get the newer batches.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a white head which quickly dissipates.

Smells nutty and malty with some earthy yeast notes, some citrus and floral notes as well.

Taste was fairly mild. A nice malty nutty bock presence with slight bittering from citrus and earthy yeast notes. This is an easy drinking beer with more flavor than the bmc, but nothing overwhelming. It is pretty weak in flavor for a bock.

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Photo of acevenom
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours golden with a two-finger length white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, indicating this beer is very carbonated. The aroma is sweet with malt and fruity esters. It's bready and clean smelling. There are flavors of sweet, bready malts. There are minor fruity notes with some mildly bitter hops in the finish. There is a minor bitter aftertaste. The body medium to full with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It is definitely worth a try if you're looking for beer made in Louisiana.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Malty, bready - sweet but not overly sweet. Some minor notes of dark fruit, mainly raisin-like. Herbal and mossy undertones. Earthy. Balanced. Mainly dry finish with some residual musty-earthy-herbal notes. Interesting and easy to drink. An unusual take on Bock.

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Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at Rouses. I was hoping for a traditional bock, but I'll takes a helles. But is this a helles? There's a mild cookie note, that actually reminds me a lot of Heiner Brau's Oktoberfest, but cleaner. There's a little lemon in the finish, but the typical sweet fruit and big malts are missing. This is just pale lager with a little extra malt.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.26/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The pour is a fairly hazy golden color with a short lived white head.

S: The nose is absolutely sickly sweet. There is a ton of corn and a fair bit of straw. Definitely some grass with only a light bread character, possibly a little bit of garbage.

T: The intense sweetness carries over to the palate. Plenty more corn and other vegetables with some of the same straw and grass notes. Just a light bread and malt flavor, and minimal yeast notes.

M: This is light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Way too sweet and way too much corn/vegetables.

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Photo of bmwats
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, into a standard pilsner.

A: Medium golden hue. Medium carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. Effervesence continues to rise throughout. No lacing to speak of.

S: Malt, yeast, nutty. Pungent with bits of citrus and floral notes.

T: Really nutty and pungent malty flavor. Just a touch of sweetness, and a citrus note.

M: Full but light body. The flavor is pretty constant from start to finish here. There's a slight bite to cap it off, but otherwise nothing really differentiates the finish. Has kind of a thick, syrupy sense to it.

D: Decently full body, but relatively light. Not so-much so that's it's washed-out or anything.

Atmosphere is ok. Body characterized by constant carbonation, a quickly dissipating head, and no lacing though. Nose is really nutty, with a pungent malty tone and just a bit of citrus and floral hints. Flavor is very nutty with a bit of a floral sweetness, and syrupy body. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a golden color with a smallish white head. Aromas of sweet malt and corn. On the palate, this one was light bodied and boring, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and corn.

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Photo of bayougutter
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured to a snifter a yellow gold that was clear with a small white head that left quickly and little lacing.

Aroma was some malts, the next thing that hit me was a medicine smell kinda like smelling an empty asprin bottle.

The taste wasn't like the smell, whew, mostly just sweet malt and a little bland.

Light/medium mouthfeel

Wasn't a drain pour. I couldn't get past the asprin smell, the taste was better. Not your typical bock in any way. I don't recommend.

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Photo of jlindros
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to duff247 for this one.

Pours with a very fizzy almost 2 finger head that fades pretty quickly over crystal clear pale yellow golden tan colored beer.

Nose of light malts and wheat, lots of yeast, a big yeasty aroma, light dark wheats and a light lager like crisp lager yeast aroma.

Taste... bleh, not so good... some cheap adjunct or extract malt flavors, lots of cheap DME like flavors, some dark wheats but not much, a light spicy feel, some yeasty flavors, a light lager like yeast too with a crisp flavor, mostly dry, a light creamy malt flavor. Finishes with a light bitterness and spicy taste, a bit of a metallic taste as well.

Mouth is lighter bodied with lots of carbonation.

Drink is not so great, the yeasty flavors, as well as metallic on the finish and adjunct like flavors overpower so much it gets tough to drink. No real booze and smooth, but just not so tasty.

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Photo of K7M
1.8/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Looks like a light pilsner, yellow in color, large head, fizzy.

Smell: Not the smell I would associate with a Bock, a little smell of hops, not impressive.

Taste: Nothing like a Bock at all.

Mouthfeel: Little dry with a bitter aftertaste, not pleasant.

Drinkability: No thanks, however I am sure that there are plenty of folks would would chug this down if it were offered at no charge. I will be testing this theory soon as I just happen to have four bottles that will be used in the test.

Covington Brewhouse is a good Brewery and this is the first Beer by them that has disappointed me. I would like to see them make another attempt and create a good heavy dark Double Bock, I know that they are capable.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a trade. 12oz bottle...

A: Murky copper color with a 1/2 in white head that fades at a decent pace. Good.

S: Some sugary / boozy malts upfront with some hints of dark fruits in the middle and very faint hops on the backend. Decent.

T: I get some watery rye malts upfront. Blended with some blackberries. Some dirty dish water taste. Eh.

M: Light bodied with a heavy carbonation. Decent.

D: Goes down very easy, some for the wrong reasons. Good.

All in all, don't worry about this brew. Not much for you here. Maybe a good / cheap sixer if you have access. Don't hunt, not worth your effort.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Covington Brewhouse Bayou Bock

Appearance: Clear golden, some lacing, and a medium-small head.

Smell: Malts and slight fruit (apple/pear?).

Taste: Pleasant malts and subtle fruits such as apples.

Mouthfeel: Light and slight thickness.

It tastes similar to a kolsch. It isn't very strong flavored and is best suited to sessions. However, it isn't really watery. It isn't bad, but is just a step above the typical American macro brews.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Covington Brewhouse's Bayou Bock has a small off-white head and a very cloudy golden color. Aroma is fruity and sharp, but not strong. Taste is very fruity and corny, with an alcohol tinge. This beer has a very carbonated aspect, stinging the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium. All in all, this is a pleasant beer to drink, but it is not exactly what I was expecting from a bock. This beer is similar to Dixie, I find, especially its sour aspect. I liked it.


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Photo of theghost3
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a translucent, light straw color with a 2-finger white head. Lighter in color than I would expect. Some sparkling lace.

Smell is yeast, sweet caramel malts, and...corn. The taste is slight toasted honey malts along with faint herbal hops. Aftertaste is metallic and sour. Mouthfeel is light-bodied; too light. Very carbonated, almost like a soft drink. Burns the palate.

This is not very drinkable. Heiner Brau puts out some good beers, this is not one of them. Pass on it.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fairly thick white head that recedes to a thin half-finger thick cap.

The smell is sweet and malty, but with odd metallic and corny aromas.

The malty taste comes through nicely, but there is this harsh alcohol taste, as well as the metallic quality from the nose. Not very pleasant IMO. Drinkability is not very good at all.

Medium-thin bodied with appropriate carbonation and a nice grainy texture.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Snagged a six-pack of this in Slidell, LA, a couple weeks ago; took two with me to Portland and am enjoying one now in a pint glass. Twist-capped 12 oz. brown bottle.

As stated in my review of Pontchartrain Pilsner, I believe 'Covington Brewhouse' is just another name for 'Heiner Brau'; regardless, the tagline on this one is: "Lively as a Cajun Two-Step". Aiii-eee, cher!

A: Honey-golden that's almost clear; finest haze and nicely built head of creamy whiteness. Strands of lace in gentle arcs, droopier bands of cobwebbing.

S: Meh, really not much to latch on to. An excessive sweetness at times, maple syrup or honey-sugar; it's not unlikable for a malt-lover like me, just not quite the type of 'bock' complexity I'm looking for.

T: A malty and ably-spiced mouthful: golden cereals, cleansing hops and sweeter finish. Sweeter and sweeter, in baby steps, as it warms...hmmm, just enough green hops to give some balance.

M: Light and crisp enough, smoothest creaminess after a sip or three. Forgettable body and a little gummy lip-smacking in the finish.

D: Drinkable enough, but not crave-worthy. Unlike the pilsner, I could pass on another of this one, though the sessionable weight and good-enough flavor makes this a better option than much of the local options in SELA. Still Abita and upstart NOLA probably could best this brew.

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Bayou Bock from Covington Brewhouse
3.1 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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