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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
14.83%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
17
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0
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 71
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 DarkAngel
4.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite bock beers. I still love Hoffbrau's Maibock the best, but this is a solid beer and shouldn't be missed. Bucking Bock is a smooth bock that is not too strong or too weak, which makes it a beer than can be enjoyed on a daily basis for just casual drinking.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a very clear gold color, darker than most helles bocks, yet not as dark as regular bocks. Moderate white head fades fairly fast and leaves a light collar and sheen behind.

Nose is grainy and caramely with a grassy hop presence. Smells pretty fresh and has a nice lagery clean aroma.

Taste has a nice balance of grain, sweetness and drying hops. Light caramely sweetness is nice, pretty true to style. I am surprised by the low overall grade this beer has, I think it is a tasty helles bock, maybe a little lower on the hops than many of the American renditions, but I prefer that in a bock anyway. Freshness would be my major concern, but I seem to have a decently fresh sample here.

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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 brewdenver
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at The Flying Saucer in Dallas. It was poured into a pint glass.

This the first pale bock I have had and was pretty impressed with the style. It had a nice honey color with medium lacing and fingers. Definetly reminded me of a helles bock. Head was light with low retention. It had a nice aroma of grass, lemon and malts. First taste you get is citrusy followed with some earthy tones from the hops and finishes a slighty dry. Had a good feel in the mouth with light carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Was a tad thin but nothing to be disappointed about. A good overall beer for my first pale bock.

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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 JMad
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was a clear golden color with an average sized white head with tight bubbles. Smells very sweet, lots of malt, with some lemon and pepper. The taste is also very sweet, lots of bready flavor with some bitter lemon hops on the back of the tongue. The beer is kind of heavy, the alcohol is detectable, and it has a nice lingering finish. This is a well done bock, I enjoyed the balance how it started sweet and finished bitter.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is a mix of bready malt with a little bit of sweetness. It smells about like you expect a helles bock to smell like.

The flavor is a also very malt. There is a little bit of alcohol present and some sugary sweetness. I also get a little bit of citrus and grassy notes, possibly from the hop combination.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a great beer, but not undrinkable by any means.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 6/17/10

Thanks to mhewes

Hazy amber color. Tiny specks of sediment drift all over the place. Two finger head is reduced to a skim after several minutes. Minimal retention, ok lacing from the mid-point on.

The nose is malty with a pervasive grassy aroma. Biscuit, toasted bread & a minute hint of sweetness. Overtones of citrus hops via lemon zest.

Bucking Bock tastes similar to the the aroma; malts are in full force, manifest in a subtle sweetness. Toasted malts & sweetness make up the core flavors. Hops are used sparingly; a restrained bitterness appears toward the finish. Undertones of yeast.

Somewhere between medium & light bodied. Little bit of grittiness in there. Carbonation is low & quite smooth. Grassy & bitter residuals linger on the finish.

Bucking Bock is an easy drinker - not particularly complex, but rather tasty. It doesn't at all drink like 7.5% abv, though it's warming by the end. Not bad, not bad.

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a hazy apricot with a rim of off-white head.

Nose of grains and a bit of fruit.

The taste starts with milled grains, some plum and a bit of spicy hops (pepper) in the finish.

The mouth is just a good combination of medium thickness and a bit of slickness.

I liked it, the original WI roots of the brewery show.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 PEBKAC
4.11/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

7.5%ABV bottle into my slender & top heavy Rare Vos glass. Might as well get some use out of it before it falls over itself & shatters.

Big powdery head, though quite faint & not big on sticking around. Body is a glittery caramel amber with lots of floaties.

Nose is big on juicy melon & bitter orange. Spicy/sweet pungent hop notes, with a little bit of honey & straw. Really inviting.

Taste is sweet with lemon, orange, & honey upfront. Light leafy bitterness down the middle, with an easy, dry cookie finish.

Feel is thin & plenty carbonated. The malt is just barely a touch filling. Maybe just a bit lighter then it should be. Endgame is dry & just barely lingering with alcohol & hops. Really eager to see if BigTex sent me two of these.

Though it has been in the fridge most of the time, sitting on this one far too long apparently worked out for me. :)

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

More tangerine than goldenrod with a generous amount of large-bubbled carbonation. The ivory colored cap is fizzy, crackly and unsticky. As a result, it lasts no more than a few minutes and leaves the glass virtually untouched. Not a good start.

The nose is pale bockish. It features untoasted grain, musky hops and a mild fruitiness that most closely resembles tart apples. No great shakes, but not too bad either.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Company beer hasn't exactly thrilled me so far. Bocking Bock is no exception. It doesn't taste especially well-crafted and it lacks personality (for want of a better word). One small positive is that the 7.5% ABV is decently buried. That isn't an easy task in a beer with such a flavor deficit.

This bock is sorta malt liquorish. It isn't corny and it's fairly hoppy-bitter, but otherwise, a forty ounce bottle and a brown paper bag wouldn't be out of the question. Lightly sugary pale malt and (probably) German hops don't make for an interesting flavor profile. It's hard to tell if the bite on the finish is due to alpha acids or alcohol. Probably both.

There isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel. In fact, it's the highlight of the whole shootin' match. Let's go with solidly medium and smooth enough to be enjoyable. Despite fears that the carbonation would be off, it's fine.

Thanks to the label, I keep wanting to call this brew Bucking Bronc. It might be worth a look if you're crazy about the style, but this BA has no desire to get back in the saddle after this bottle has been drained. Thanks BeerZack.

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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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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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