Bucking Bock | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

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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Ratings:
163
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
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Photo of Atlas1
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a Fort Worth native, I'm always interested in what the Rahr brewers are doing. And while I've never been all that impressed with their beers, I still like to give them the benefit of the doubt. So when a buddy of mine returned to DC from a recent trip to Cowtown, and offered me a bottle of the Rahr maibock, I couldn't resist. And I'm glad I didn't.

It's a subdued golden color out of the bottle. Little head. Light, malty aroma, but not much else is discernible. However the taste is quite pleasant. Deeply malty with a light and crisp finish, the high alcohol content of this beer is very deceptive. Not a session beer, although you could easily want to make it one. I believe that Rahr may have finally hit the nail on the head with this one. It's a seasonal keeper. Nicely done.

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Photo of bluesyasian
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on notes from trip to TX

Pours a slightly hazed golden/bronze with 1 finger of white head. No head retention & not much lacing

S: A little sweet malt & some perfumy hops

T: Sweet bready malt & grainyness up front. As this warms, I pick up honey notes & some booze, finishes with grainyness, malt & booze

MF: Medium bodied with effervescence & some stickyness

Drink easy for the ABV, not a great Maibock, but a pretty good quaffer all things considered

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Photo of RickSawyer
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As a congratulations to another Texas brewery placing in the World Beer Cup (third place, German Style Helles / Maibock), I figured I should get around to reviewing this one. Pours a golden honey hue with a light, white head that falls to a thin film across the beer. Smells great, hints of apple, honey, and rounded, earthy buscuit malt goodness! Taste is spot on for a maibock, nothing overly offensive, even the earthy malt balances out with hints of red grape juice and sweet honey. Such a nice change from the dopplebocks of winter seasonal. Mouthfeel is ok, a bit overcarbonated but finishes crisp and dry. I wish the abv was a percent or two lower so I could drink a few more of these on a sunday afternoon, but a very solid offering from one of Texas' newest breweries.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug.

Easy feller! Pour that Bucking Bock gently, or ya'll end up with more foam than a whore in a bubble bath! Yeah, so there was alot of head with this pour, but that's okay. I like head. Especially when its tall, creamy, and leaves lacing along the insides of my beer glass. Extremely well-carbonated body sends torrents of tiny bubbles streaming upwards through a goldenrod body. The grain base smells adjunct-y, with sweet corn and pale malts propping a crisp mineralness. Thankfully, the hops are very well done, dropping delicate floral notes of lavender and freshly cut clover.

Slightly above average flavor, with a crisp, mineral maltiness that gives way to a prickly smack of alcohol and bitter hops. Finishes with sweeter notes of creamed corn doing battle with fresh cut grass clippings. Great body, with a medium mouthfeel that is nearly carbonated to the point of excessiveness, but pulls back just in time to achieve a smooth finish. Drinkability works well, too, and the 7.5% ABV is barely noticable. Could easily knock back a few of these in one sitting, and Bucking Bock definitely does the trick on an oppressively hot Austin afternoon.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Props to Rick Sawyer-Team sinister BIF race 2008 for this bottle!

A nice shimmering gold color with big carbonation, many quick moving bubbles rush to the surface and creates a 2" high, thin, lively white crown that dissipates pretty fast with all of the carbonation action.

The nose is very sweet, caramel-like malt scent, maple butter spread, overlly ripe and sour red fruits like red grapes and raspberries with a bit of tangy wheat.

The flavor is much more earthy and herbalized than the aroma will lead you to believe. It's a clean wheat flavored malt...slightly "malt liqour" like in the sweetness with a sour and tangy yeast bite and a mellow, earthy hop balance. The malt is really heavy in this one.

light look, medium feel, crispy bite thanks to the carboantion but finishes round and dry.

This one was very "all over the map" in flavor and aroma, and was a unique experience.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light gold color. One inch off white head which settles to a thin rim. Only a little lacing.

Bready malty scent with a little bit of honey like sweetness. Light alcohol scents.

Mostly malt flavors with some fruity/honey like sweetness. The alcohol can be tasted, but is hidden well considering its higher percent.

Light bodied with light carbonation, clean finish.

Not a bad beer but it has no special qualities. Slightly above middle of the pack, at best.

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Photo of tronester
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden with a touch of amber. Smells of clean malt, a hint of alcohol and a hint of diaycytal. Taste is rich and malty, clean middle, and a hint of bitterness in the finish. This is a malt oriented beer that is quite pale, somewhat rare to find. Mouthfeel is rich, slightly high carbonation. Good drinkability, I did not realize it was 7.5 percent ABV until I went to review the beer, the alcohol is nearly undetectable. I would get this again.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into maudite tulip

A- Pours light gold with a slight red hue to it. Very small head but it stays around and has a mid level of lacing.

S- Very malty smell, lots of caramel

T- Tastes very malty, bready and some caramel like the smell. The after taste is peppery from the hops but other than that there is not a lot of hop flavor.

M- Very carbonated. Almost has a spicy mouthfeel right up front.

O- A decent rendition of a bock. May not be the freshest at this point but still was decent. I will definitely pick some up next spring to compare.

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Photo of Premo88
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: orange ... kind of cool, a pale, light murky orange; small light white head of 1/8 to 1/4-inch foam that disipates quickly; slight lacing

S: weak grain with sliver of malt sweetness on top that adds a bit of character; hints of hops (citrusy) but mostly weak grain with the good malt

T: first sip is perfect, great sweetness with a slight spicy hop bite; it devolves quickly into the medicinal taste i keep finding in bocks, though it's not undrinkable or offensive; the hops often bite up front and there's an occasional note of grain, though the malt helps sweeten the finish nicely; a few citrus notes

F: crisp, clean, moderate carbonation for a solid midweight brew

O: not bad at all, not necessarily an award winner -- about 1/2 in the toasted barley sweetness really makes this beer a solid serving from beginning to end. it's good enough that I'll definitely try it some more and look for it when it first comes out next season. one of Rahr's better offerings.

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Photo of klub24
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdk1417
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kellypodz
3.74/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice Texas-brewed Maibock/Helles Bock. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fizzy head that fades fairly fast. Smells of toasted malts, light spicy Noble hops, and a little lemon peel. More spicy hop on the tongue with a light malt backbone. Slightly bitter aftertaste. 7.5% alcohol content is well hidden. I wish it were a little sweeter since the Maibock is supposed to be a paler version of the traditional Bock. Still a great beer though.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bmurray10
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of cam12
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of J_Dub
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I picked this up from Central Market in Fort Worth while we were staying with a friend. The beer pours an orange-gold coloring with a thick, light, foamy white head that quickly settles into a layer of film. Lots of carbonation bubbles present in the brew. Citrusy sweet smells with some light spicing. Flavors are dynamic, with slight citrus, caramel sweet, and light coriander spice characteristics. The beer has a semi-sour aftertaste, with a lingering finish. A little rough at the end, which is a hit to an otherwise decent beer.

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Photo of DCon
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of klmcmachen
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Stevotex
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of strangebrew1981
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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