AtronSeige (436) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Malty, dark fruit, light toasted,
Appearance: Clear dark ruby body. Thin off-white head.
Flavour: Malty, bread crust, crisp, Medium sweetness, light bitterness, dry finish, lightly toasted,
Palate: Medium body. High, smooth carbonation,
Overall: Very crisp, malty. Refreshing. Nice.
330 ml bottle, poured. Thanks Andre!
5A. Maibock/Helles Bock
rosenbergh (5978) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330 ml bottle. L2624631. BB 09/2014. (Alcampo) La Zenia, Torrevieja, Spain.
Clear deep amber colour with a tiny off-white head.
Strong malt, caramel sweetness, mild yeast and mild hops in the aroma.
The flavour is strong malt, flan, sweetness, mild hops and mild yeast. It’s like a Belgian Ale and German Heller Bock put together and then had it mass produced. Not bad, not good.
Beerhunter111 (3513) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, würzig, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack sehr malzig, würzig, leicht süß alkoholisch.
jmgreenuk (3283) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of Mr Hangover. Poured a clear medium amber with a round off-white head. The aroma is sweet malt. The flavour is medium sweet with a watery sweet malt palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Way too sweet and too watery.
deanso (4524) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with MrHangover.
Thin white head. Clear amber pour. A little sweet. Nice enough, nothing special
MrHangover (2078) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle brought back by a friend from Portugal. Pours a clear amber beer with a very small off white head on top. Aroma is vague, light malts and grains. Not much special going on. Flavor is light sweet, grainy and artificial sugars. Misses some texture and body here to become interesting. Not much going on here actually.
txolo (154) - SPAIN - JAN 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clásico aroma de tostada industrial con un porrón de azúcar predominante y caramelo. Entra con mucha burbuja, luego es aguada, dejando poco retrogusto y un dulzor cansino
Azazello (18) - POLAND - JAN 9, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poor lager. Watery, weak caramel aroma. Generally poor. Nothing interesting in this beer.
MarcoDL (1419) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I don’t really like heller bocks, this Portugese one isn’t good either. Sweet and boring.
GoufCustom (565) - HONG KONG - SEP 26, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty.
Clear ruby red brown colour; One-quarter finger head with soapy off-white foam which fades in 20 seconds; Very small lacing and active, quite fizzy carbonation; Very sweet aroma of malt, with sugar, caramel, very light toffee, light dark fruits, hint of red fruits, sweet bread, and faint citrus; Mid to light sweet taste of thin lager malt with faint ale malt, light bread, very light red fruits, molasses, very light alcohol, faint citrus and faint grass; Light body, close to watery palate; Mouth feel is thin, mostly lager taste well-mixed with shades of ale malt. Sweetness can be felt but really really low by Heller Bock standard, fruit taste is really light, with some red fruit a la ESA, and almost no dark fruits; Hoppiness is minimal citrus nose, very light hint of lemon taste. Hint of bitterness for Bockish sweet finish; Fairly dry after taste, very easy to mouth.
Comments: This one really feels like a much lighter version of Flensburger Winterbock, consider how lightweight the latter one is. It has tasteable but very light sweetness, watery body, and even lower character of lager-ale hybrid. Sometimes I think if a Heller / Mai isn’t strong and tasty enough, what’s the point of making it? In this case, a new country tick for me and what a coincidence!