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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by assurbanipaul on 03-09-2006

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160
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3.43
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, caramel, toffee, and nut aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, and nut flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
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 mactrail
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome clear orangey golden color in the Crooked Line tulip. A nice aroma of melon and caramel with some phenols. Warm, smooth, and rich. On the sweet side, but a nice edge of hoppy bitterness and some tangy flavors. Spicy and a little sharp, like tangerines with some bitterish skin. Ends on a bitter note with some hoppy aromatics. Lingering nose of citrus and some warm grain.

I'm bucking the trend on this one. It's one of the best Maibocks I've had, though it's not my favorite German style. Very drinkable and just strong enough when you want a more substantial glassful. From the six pack bought at Depot Liquor in Brownwood, Texas.

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Photo of russpowell
3.59/5  rDev +4.7%
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 GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is honey golden. Head is very small and has no retention. Aroma is weak and consists of a sweet grainy smell. Taste is moderately sweet, with a lightly toasted malt. An edge of grain is noted. A mild herbal hop flavor is in the mix as well. There is a faint hint of alcohol in the finish. The overall flavor here is pretty good, but a stronger malt body would improve this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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 ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal 1/4" beige head over the light amber brew. Head is to a film in scant moments, with some bubbles here and there constituting the lacing. Aroma is some grain, with a lightly tart fruitiness. Taste exhibits a fuller depth of malt flavor, and the fruitiness I was worried about has moved on before getting into my mouth. No evidence of 8%abv in the flavor or aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice, but would benefit from a tad more carbonation, and drinkability is reasonably good as well. This brew left me a bit wanting for what could have been.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
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 gtermi
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.31/5  rDev -32.7%
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 msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My new beer o' the day, thanks to LarryKemp for lugging a couple of these on up to Portland. A 12 oz. bottle with twist-off cap; label portrays a bucking bock, er, bronc on a navy background. Side label shows a slightly lower 7.5% ABV than what's listed here. As it's the last weekend in May I figured it was the perfect time for this beer, despite cool and rainy temps in the 60's...

A: Light golden color with a very thin white head that vanishes quickly. Loads of carbonation rise and spin tiny trails around the glass - one of the busiest carbonations I can recall (and this to a regular pint glass, no etching or anything). Light haze of particulates and a few clunkier bits that sink to the glass bottom don't do this favors appearance-wise.

S: Sweet malt, a little 'popcorn & butter'. Light toffee aroma and some simple berry and apple fruits. Hopping is grassy and light; aroma overall isn't big, but is pleasant in its subtleties.

T: Sweet grain forwardness, like honeyed biscuits. Fruits have an apple and raisin sugariness. Enough spicy and grassy hops to dry this a little. It's barely bitter enough to contain those malts, but the end result is a fairly balanced, flavorful maibock.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. There's a nice zesty bittering and good carbonation. balanced very well, neither bitter nor overly malty and finishes very clean. Despite the active carbonation, this develops a creaminess and goes down rather smoothly. Mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of this beer.

D: OK, so there wasn't anything I truly loved about this one, but I did like it. It's a helluva drinkable brew, deceptive with its high ABV...I'd have believed this has 4-5% ABV as soon as I would 7.5%. Tasty, a little one dimensional, but one I'd have again.

Thanks again to Larry for bringing this to Oregon.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out an orange-gold the color of sunset. Small white head that, unfortunately, disappears nearly completely in moments. Aroma is only faintly malty, though with some pleasant floral hops. Good toasted malt is the primary flavor, with light but noticible bitterness. Clean, dry finish. Body is perhaps a tad light.

Not a stellar beer from Rahr, but quite drinkable regardless.

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Photo of Redrover
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden color with a modest white head, thick broken lacing, and numerous small streams of slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malts, mild caramel malts, and a slight herbal hop presence.

Taste: Opens mildly sweet, almost honey-like, with underlying toasted malts, and some grape skin as well. Midway through the taste a crisp tartness appears, followed by herbal hops and a lingering metallic note at the finish. The high alcohol presence is very well concealed.

Mouth feel: Reasonably full, with somewhat zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An interesting and drinkable example, well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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 HardTarget
2.89/5  rDev -15.7%
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 JDV
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy dusty gold color with a short lived white head. Smell is caramel and corn like malt. Pleasant. Taste is very sweet and corn like in flavor with not much else. Medium bodied and smooth with refreshing carbonation, but a bit watery in the finish. Not what I expected of the style, but very drinkable. Surprised that it was 7.5% and it's not noticeable. 1st drinkable beer from this brewery I've had so far.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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 deereless
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
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 BeerSox
3.67/5  rDev +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 nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mushroomcloud for sending this beer as part of The Little Guy Bif. The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear effevescent golden coloration. The head was a biege coloration with minimal retention. The head quickly resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel maltyness combines with floral grassy hops.

Taste: The taste very closely follows the aroma. The beer comes forth with a pleasing toasted caramel that gives way to grassy hops. Nothing extreme to this beer. This is just easy drinking pleasure.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The carbonation is active and pairs well with the beers overall character. This was a very easy to drink beer. If I could get it in Cincinnati this would be a staple beer.

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

thanks to assurbanipaul for yet another Rahr Brew.
Golden yellow with a full white head that melts to a quarter inch covering of sticky lacing. Very thick.
Aromas are pale amber malts and lager yeasts.
I'm drinking this while eating a grilled shrimp cocktail and the sweet fruitiness melts to a lemon citrus hops absolutely perfectly for my lunch.
Somewhere there is supposed to be 8% ABV in here but I definitely can't notice it...at least not in the tast or swallow.
Mouthfeel is moderately creamy.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.67/5  rDev +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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