Brewed by Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch)
Style: Heller Bock
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Viter (27) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2014
(Draught) Average strong lager. Colour darkish yellow. I did expect the alcohol in the taste but it is not apparent. However the taste is pretty sweet, warming in the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
They call it a Strong Lager made with Pilsner malt and New Zealand hops, so it sits in well with Imperial Pilsner but given the low hop rate I changed this to Heller Bock since that is what it most resembles, subjectively. There are no adjuncts used, which is why I changed it from Malt Liquor, which it had been listed as for who knows how long. This is sweet and full-bodied, relatively low-hopped, has a syrupy and goopy consistency. Lemon and pepper hop acids up front turn to more general spice mix in the finish, though the hop acids make the "spice" character more evident, but it’s much more malt-driven giving off an aroma and flavor reminiscent of sweet biscuits with a softer hint of corn syrup. A smidgen of ethanol fumes in the nose suggesting the presence of fusels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 26, 2013
The head is medum, the body gold. It smells malty, intensive, sweet, bit alcoholic. The taste is maltaromatic, bit alcoholic bit bitter, flowery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Draft at the source. Clear yellwo color, white edge head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is peppery, fruity, bitter.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mutante (4) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2013 does not count
This is not to be toyed with. Supposedly it’s 7.2%? I’m not quite calling bullshit on that but I reckon the hops are hallucinogenic or otherwise adding to the alcohol buzz. One time I sunk a whole lot of this I ended up waist deep in the Pacific Ocean off New Brighton. No idea how I got there. One nasty wave and I could have drowned. Had to walk all the way back to Linwood too. No cab will take you when you smell like fish. Then there was that other time I found myself shirtless in the forest having scrawled indecipherable runes on myself in felt tip pen, carrying a sack of pine cones. That was an awful yet deeply spiritual experience. Anyway kids, drink responsibly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jake_heke (1) - CHCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2012 does not count
They call this the nectar of the gods, the perfect drop, the holy ale, but to me this is the shit that made me into the man i am today! No matter where ya at, da party, da park, da pub this shit is like 6ft of bullet proof armor in a bottle! No need for mates when hanging with Mr nga nga! and there is no Nga bros when i bust out the flagons of de old GOLD! Got me through my engineering degree and most of the bullshit highschool, BLOODY clasic. Encourage everyone to give it a go, serious drinkers and underagers. Although its not as potent as in the old days (use to be 8-14% depending on the batch) and even though you can’t order them in kegs no more. It’s worth the memmories! If only i could remember half of them HaHa!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nevasober (1) - CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 9, 2012 does not count
bra dis iz da m3anasst drop owt cuntz. opt ftp 6 dayz a week. sikkk az :) lol

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
omega (638) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2012
Never understood the fascination with this beer. It is high in alc and does not hide it well. Sweet and thin, with little interest in the back palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle 500ml. at Archive, Brisbane. Malty, tasty, but not so well balanced. Aromas of honey, vanilla, with hints of caramel and wet leaves. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jimthechap (1480) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2012
Straw gold colour with a white head. Malt aromas predominate along with vegetal alcohol. Nothing terribly alluring about the aroma. Sweet at first then a flood of unpleasant rawness. Fortunately the finish is short enough to move on before any lasting harm is done.

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