Bucking Bock | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
160
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 160
Photo of brurevu
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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 northaustin
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 sinistermadman
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear gold while emitting nay a trace of head.

Smell is malty and earthy, yet somewhat subdued. Not too bad.

This brew has an extremely clean finish to it. Mid to low carbonation and mild hopping only further increase the drinkability factor of this slippery, light bodied brew. This drinkabiliy comes at the expense of mouthfeel somewhat. Flavor is well balanced and nonintrusive. Supple hops are barely perceivable as the malt carries most of the focus. In summary this is an extremely drinkable beer. If it wasn't for the price this could be a staple in my session lineup.

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Photo of MASPuros
2.51/5  rDev -26.8%
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 RickSawyer
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jwff
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like it was dripped off a honeycomb. Smell is grainy with some mild fruit undertones. I think I get some lemon or citrus. Taste is grainy, almost malt liquory, and leaves a sugary taste on the back of my tongue. I feel bad for comparing it to malt liquor but the grain is so strong I can't help but find the comparison. Mouthfeel is light and syrupy, but not in a sickly way considering the abv*. This is very drinkable.

*This is the 7.5 version.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at the Fort Worth Central Market.

Pours a clear gold color. Head starts out at about two fingers but has low retention and no lacing. Smell is pretty clean, sweet malt with little to no hop. Taste is fairly simple. Nice malt that lasts FOREVER in the aftertaste. Very slight hop shows up near the end. Like Paul I find it very hard to taste the alcohol in this one. Overall this is a very well put together beer, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of gnemesis
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Melchizedek
2.78/5  rDev -19%
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 skillerified
1.68/5  rDev -51%
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 KodyBrannon
4.48/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the flying saucer. It came in a pint glass with a 3 finger head. The color was a golden color with a white head. The smell was malty and the taste followed suit with just a touch of grassy hops in the end. The mouthfeel was very clean and had a little bit of carbonation in it. Overall this was a very good beer, I hope to be able to buy a 6er of this for enjoyment at home.

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Photo of teg8612
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden color. 1 inch head drops to a thin layer. Carbonation visible for duration of experience.

S- Sweat malty goodness. Tinge of honey. Slight alcohol aroma.

T- Smooth malt which sweatens as it warms. Thick honey on the tongue. No alcohol taste at all!!! No bitterness but very clean.

M- Medium to full bodied. Good carbonation. Loosens the tongue quickly.

D- Very smooth. If I wouldn't get hammered from drinking more than two, I would drink this all the time. Very big beer without being to heavy. Goes down too easy, watch yourself. I started to lose fealing in my legs.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -12.5%
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 brewdenver
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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 HopsKeepDroppin
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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 cartdan
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

German Style Spring Bock - 7.5% ABV

This beer pours a golden orange with a small off-white head that dissipates very quickly. It is very clear and bright. The aroma is malty, sweet, with no hops evident. The taste is once again malty, less sweet than I expected from the aroma. Not much else there in the taste. A little alcohol warmth is present, but not much. It has a medium body, and low carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not something I'll search out in the future. It's a pleasant easy drinking beer (even at 7.5%), but not very complex IMO. Could definitely use more carbonation, and probably more complex malt character.

- Dan

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
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 OdinMcHaggis
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, not much head retention and leaves a fizzy surface. Smells like hops. Taste hops dominate and an overall strong flavor, more going on here than a Shiner. Sweet malty long finish. Mouth is medium body with average carbonation. Overall, the beer has good taste, 7.5% abv and is $8 bucks a six pack

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Photo of kellypodz
3.74/5  rDev +9%
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 DarkAngel
4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
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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Bucking Bock from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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