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Bucking Bock | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by assurbanipaul on 03-09-2006

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70
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
22.38%
 
 
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Photo of skillerified
1.68/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Sort of sunset orange that fades a little lighter toward the bottom and edges of the glass. No head, no cap and no lacing whatsoever. Couldn't even agitate to make it happen. But there is plenty of visible carbonation, so it's not dead.

Not much on the scent. Slight cola and medicinal qualities. After much agitation, a faint and quite undesirable (in my opinion) sour scent makes its way to the surface.

A bit grainy and bready. Nothing special here.

Really strong carbonation bite. It pretty much overpowers everything else. Very remeniscent of a soda. Easily the most carbonated (or maybe I should say over-carbonated) beer I've ever had. Slightly bitter on the finish and aftertaste. It is, however, pretty impressive that the high ABV is so well hidden. I didn't catch a hint of it at all.

No reason to want another of these. Plus the 8% ABV really sneaks up on you. I guess that could be one reason to have another, but I'll pass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.31/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - pours into a tall Beer & Sweat sampling glass with a pleasant gold color accompanied by a thin but creamy and long-lasting head of white foam. A closer look shows lots of tiny stuff in suspension. From a distance they are not even noticeable.

Aroma - a standard graininess at first, but shows some greater grain depth as it sets up. Still fairly conservative, but respectable.

Taste - again, kind of plain out of the gate. Nothing out of the ordinary grain-wise. The swallow brings out some sour, perhaps even acidic hoppiness. I imagine it's the hops but it doesn't taste hoppy per se. Just kind of metallic and mildly medicinal. That carries into the aftertaste, kind of undoing this beer for me.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a bit of smoothness. Could be smoother and with less bounce.

Drinkability - doesn't taste like a bock, more like a weak Berliner Weiss without the wheat.

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Photo of MASPuros
2.51/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a PIF from GregSVT. Thanks brother!

Appearance - poured into a Rahr Ugly Pug Pint Glass a clear gold color with a thin creamy half inch of white foam. A closer look shows lots of tiny stuff in suspension.

Aroma - nice grain bread smell. Not overwhelming but pleasant

Taste - Very water and a bit sour ... very acidic. Was not expecting the sourness from this style and did not leave a great taste in the mouth. After taste was a bit unpleasant.

Mouthfeel - crisp with a bit of smoothness.

Drinkability - Is this a bock? It was way watered down and the flavors that were present did compliment very well.

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

My favorite, local brewery, Rahr and Sons, have produced this bock that smells good (a bit of dried fruit) and looks dark and promising, but the taste and feel leave me as flat as they are.

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Photo of chickencoop
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - golden color and a nice white head.
Smell - a very sweet and boozy hint.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - nothing really stood out about this beer, just a run of the mill bock style.
Drinkability - I went through my 6 in about 2 months so it wasn't something that I wanted to get through or got too excited about. They were nice while I had them but I might move onto something else from the brewery next time in Texas.

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Photo of Melchizedek
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden, looking almost pils-ish. Smell is pretty clean and all toasted grain - not a lot to say about it.

In the mouth, light and effervescent, with an obvious toasty side, then a slight, slight sweet-malt undertone and a sort of honeyed aftertaste. Not picking up a whole lot of hop... maybe a touch of bitterness in that finish, maybe some mild floral stuff... Puckering dry finish.

Well... it's wayyy easy to drink for an 8% ABV beer, and you could hurt yourself if you're not careful. I might recommend this as a gateway brew - there are certainly no off flavors, but this is probably Rahr's weakest effort.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Great label art, but no useful info.

Aroma: Almost none! Slight, SLIGHT notes of celery and toasted malt.

Appearance: Short lived white head on a pale, very clear, amber with wide yellow edges. Head dies quickly leaving only feeble carbonation streams to show any sign of life.

Flavor: Some sweet malt and firm grape/grape jam flavors. Overall very mild and clean, a good “crowd pleaser” but doesn’t do much for me.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a medium/medium light body.

Overall Impression: Enjoyable, but very mild. Needs some more malt, more carbonation, more flavor! The “Coors light” of bocks.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the first run of the label. I hope future versions step up.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nearly transparent golden yellow, swift carbonation streams feed a thin golden tinged white head

S - malts dominate, but not the roasted variety, honestly it smells like an american macro lager, not a BMC macro, but like a macro style minus the adjuncts

T - malty, rich flavorful malts, again not the roasted kind, not that i expected tham to appear in the taste, no real adjoining or accompanying flavors, not a bad flavor, just not very complex

M&D - easily drinkable, my girlfriend loved it, actually stole my glass, easy down and very smooth, just not complex, a nice session bock

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.94/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear brassy bear with little head. It smells of sweet grain and light fruit. It has a musty grain, Imperial Pilsner kind of taste that puts it on the brighter and cleaner side of the malt liquor spectrum. There is a slight fruitiness and just a touch of hop bitter before it is pushed out again by grain sweetness. There is a slight twang in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium weight and the beer is pretty flat. It is an alright beer, and if you are looking for a beer with alot of booze that you can't taste, this is it for sure. I'm just not into this as maibock.

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Photo of beachbum1975
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I acquired this one in a mixed 6-pack trade from brewdlyhooked13 on his recent business trip to Texas. Neat label of a bucking bronco on the 12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Aggressive white, fizzy foam on the pour into my pint. After about a minute the head is reduced to an 1/8 inch on the surface. Body of beer is gold and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Mild citrus hops and lots of malts.

Taste: Bready malts trailed by a nice dose of mildly citrus flavored hops. Also, slight hints of butter & honey.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with ample carbonation. Slightly watered down, in my opinion. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Easy drinker, but watch out for the high ABV. Nice, but I've had better maibacks. Wish it was a bit more rich in flavor.

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Photo of gnemesis
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recieved as extra from JJFoodie. Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle. Pours golden with 2 finger almost white head with fine beads. Smells of sweet honey malts, citrus and piney hops. Taste is the same with less hop bitterness. Light to medium body with good carbonation. Drinkability is so-so.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rahr continues to surprise with their brewing prowess and one of their key strengths is hiding the alcohol's prescence in mouthfeel and taste.

At 8%, you don't know where the heck the "punch" is.

I would like to see more of a roasted malt taste as this comes across as a general lager but I think Rahr's will move forward as they continually improve their beers.

Keep an eye out for this yearly.

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Photo of northaustin
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

every single thing about this beer is average. living in texas this beer did not impress me as i have had about a zillion texas bocks before. its about the same price as shiner but a little thicker and alot more drinkable. nothing special but i would recommended it over shiner and ziegen. for others who like bocks it is certainly worth a try and a good outside drinking bock beer. hope they can fare in the flooded bock market of texas....my beer prayers are with them.

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Photo of gtermi
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This pours a clear golden body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: Really not much there.... There is a bit of malt and some lager yeast. Other than that its very weak.

T: There is a strong amount of malt that lingers on the palate for a long while. Still not much there..

M: This isnt too bad and goes down pretty smooth. It leaves a full feeling in the mouth and has a bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and throat.

O: This is just an average beer. Really nothing I would crazy about and not worth the 9.50 I paid.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a local4local trade from ramielschild

While I've been on a big beer kick as of late, it's nice to venture back to the German styles from time to time.

The alcohol is masked fairly well in this brew. I don't know what else to say about it, unfortunately. Is it horrible? No. Is it great? No. Pretty run of the mill for a bock.

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Photo of ranger7
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

A - Plenty of bright white head. Light and clear gold color. Looks refreshing. Some carbonation.

S - Smells malty. Maybe a little biscuity, possibly some citrus.

T - Strikes me as very similar to Shiner Bock, one of my more regular brews. Nothing really stands out, however.

M - Very smooth and easy to drink. Not too heavy and not too light – a good choice as a medium beer. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Summary - A decent beer overall. Good for parties with guests who prefer something other than the lighter junk out there. Not a bad beer, and one I would drink on occasion, but is basically a clone of Shiner Bock, so I'll probably stick with that.

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Photo of Kromes
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with fluffy white head. There are white chunks floating in the beer. Smells like sweet honey malt and a little alcohol. There is also a slight barnyard odor. A sweet malt, buttery flavor and a little bitterness in the finish. The flavors are not very strong. There is a wild yeast flavor in the background. Definitely tastes better than it smells. The beer is watery and thin. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed case of 6 packs I brought back from a trip to Ft. Worth. After the first couple of beers I thought that there was something seriously wrong with this beer. As I sit down to review it I notice it is a Maibock. Well, that explains a lot for me.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is clear and golden in color. I was getting ready to ding this for not being more brown, but for the style it is not too bad. My pour produces a white head near 1/2 inch. If I had used a pilsner glass I would have gotten much more.

Smell: Some light grainy malts. Nothing hop like. Perhaps a bit bready or maybe I am reaching just to find something.

Taste: Malty, not roasted malts. More grainy, bready, perhaps a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet. No hop presence with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected with some good carbonation. At around 8% ABV this one is a bit of an alcohol bomb, but the alcohol is well hidded. I get no bick warming wensation or alcohol burn in my throat.

Drinkability: Very drinklable for such high ABV, almost dangerous. I think this is so drinkable because it is kinda bland. At $8.99 (or was it $9.99?) a six pack I will probably not purchase again. It's not that great.

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Photo of deereless
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber in color, thin layer of tight head that dropped quite quickly, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Noticeable graininess, slight toastiness, faint hop aroma - mostly earthy and herbal - 3.25, T: Slight cream corn flavors, pale malts, mild hop bite, faint pepper and herbal tang - 3.00, M: Medium bodied and medium carbonated - 3.50, D: A decent beer, pleasing hop bite for those that enjoy the noble hops, significant malt, alcohol is nicely masked - 3.50

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Feb 2008.

Pours with a medium sized foamy light tan head. Clear golden amber color. Aroma is malty sweet with a bit of salty sweet popcorn. Flavor is light, slightly sweet, somewhat mineraly. Slight hint of sweet lemon in the finish. Light body. Alcohol seems less than 8%.

Really want to like Rahr better than I do, but always seem like a little something is missing.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is from the older stock when it was 7.5%.

Pours a dark honey with a foamy, thin head. Head dispates quickly. Smells extremely sweet, grainy, and malty. Not terribly impressed. Pleasant malt and grain in the taste with hints of honey and, I think, white grapes. Mouthfeel is slightly dense from the alcohol and not overly carbonated. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy golden with a thin, sudsy, white head that persists for a while as a thin film.

Smell: Light aromas of grains with a bit of grassy hops.

Taste: Light breadiness, some sweet malts, citric tartness with a hint of spiciness going down. The finish is a light, grassy, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Light in flavor, but pretty drinkable. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a dark clear gold with an off white head. Good retention ok lacing.

The aroma is light malt with wheat, but mostly skunk.

The taste is ok but to much like an American macro lager with a stronger feel.

The feel is warm with a bitter finish.

Overall, this was pretty bad.

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Photo of brurevu
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From my tasting notes: It poured a golden amber with a large white head. The initial taste of the Bucking Bock was bracingly bitter as I was expecting nothing but heavy malts. As the beer warmed the bitterness faded but was still present. I am not sure if they were going for a hoppier Maibock but in terms of the style, the bitterness could be tamed. In the end the Bucking Bock was still an enjoyable beer although overly bitter for the style, and the higher than usual ABV made me forget all about the bitterness.

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Photo of stumac
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours up a rusty orange color woth a nice big frizzy white head. the nose is composed of orange peel, lemon peel, pale German malts, a lttle yeast, subtle raspberries. Wow. Better than I expected it to taste! The taste is pretty much the same characters as the nose except more intense on the orange peel. The 7.5% alcohol is very well hidden. Very crisp beer, medium bodied, heavy carbo up front then low carbo as the beer warms. One of the few beers that I would actually buy from this brewery....

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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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