shoulderbroken (1986) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Helles malt and softness, light grassy hops but the extra booze gives it a bit of a creamy feel somehow. Light funkiness which I like. Not sure if it is supposed to be there. Honey and fruit. I like it.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1850) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This bottle was brewed on my birthday which was a nice surprise. 6.5% bottle from the brewery via Rakuten. Anniversary 3-pack. It pours a dark gold with a quickly dissipating head. Nice sweet malt aroma. Rich thick malty sweet body, kind of one dimensional but good. Dry mild bitter finish. Reminds me of a golden ale I had yesterday... but it is better.
faroeviking (10291) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella at a family/friends Golden Week gathering in Obatake. Nice deep golden colour with a big white head, steady, good lacing. Sweet nice fruity hoppy malty caramel pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel indee3d. Flavour of toastish malt with nicely fruity hops and caramel, good above medium bitterness. Nice!
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Lightly hazy golden, small head. Aroma of bread and butter. Sweet and soft, medium to full bodied with solid malt backbone. Perhaps overly sweet, but packed with good alt flavours. Fruity with notes of wheat malt. Low bitterness.
TEJA (1278) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big white head. Sweet malty arom with some wheat caractair. Taste is malty with a big body and a litle warming alcohol. A realy good bock.
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Q-Brick.
Fruity malt aroma with peaches, oranges, and honey. Rich malt flavor, with the same fruits as in the nose. Hoppy, with a rather bitter finish. Nice contrast between hops and fruits; good balance. Pleasant and flavorful, but nothing at all like a traditional maibock. Tastes like a strong blonde ale.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This Heller Bock is able to offer as much fruity honey sweetness as grassy hop bitterness, all in a crisp and delicate vehicle. Another good German-style creation from Baeren!
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy honeyed blond.
-Sweet cereals are cooked up into a spicy bread.
-Hops are also herbal and quite authentic.
-The soft effervescence pushes all flavors onwards.
-Alcohol is not a factor in the flavor profile.
Bottle; thx Tim!
TimE (3120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 I looked at the ratings before, I had this beer and didn’t have much expectations. WOW, nice surprise to say the least. Deep golden color with a fruity nose of apricots, strawberries. Fully body of apricots, strawberries and oranges. Rich malty finish with a lingering orange taste.
Tried six years after the original rating and it isn’t quit as good as what it once was. Still not a bad brew, but just above average and lacking depth.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mild sweet berrylike fruitiness is somewhat doughy and lactic to the nose. Cloudy golden-beige coloured body with plenty of yeast in suspension is topped by a light cover of white head that lasts. Berries and raisins in the flavour with some banana esters also apparent and some light notes of alcohol. Medium light body has some alcohol astringence with crisp, lively carbonation and light alcohol warming. Bottle sampled at DenverLogan’s GABF 2005 wrap-up.
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark straw colour. Rich bready aroma notes with alcoholic spiciness. Somewhat light - the rich, bready goodness promised in the nose is obscured by a fresh mountain waterfall. Slightly malty and alcoholic finish.