Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark golden color, quite active, with a thin but sticky and bright white head of foam. The aroma is actually pretty nice, laced with sweet, musty malt. I was likewise pleasantly surprised by the sublime flavors of this beer ... sweet, and malty, to be sure ... but very well balanced and even-keeled, noticeably lacking any of that corny essence you sometimes expect from European imports. Quite good. (#4121, 5/24/2011)
hayduke (4462) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Strykzone. Pours a light amber with a robust foamy white head and lots of lacing. Nose is floral hops.. Medium body and clean mouthfeel. body. Flavor is a bit bready with the floral hoppiness dominating. Bitter finish. Decent.
Maverick34 (2876) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught from Ginger Manhattan. POured a cloudy yellow gold. SOme bread, a bit of maltiness. Ok but unspectacular.
mansquito (4966) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whole Foods Market, DC 500ml ($6): Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head; you can tell that it in unfiltered. Aroma of hops hops, fruit, sugar, and sniff of booze. The first thing I will talk about is whether or not the beer successfully covers the alcohol, which is a consistent failing of Heller Bocks: it does, so at least on those grounds this is a better beer than Holsten Maibock. There is a good amount of hops and as some other people have noted, this is an over-hopping iteration of this style. However, I don’t think that it is well balanced. There are some off flavors in there, and even a tiny bit of booze as it warms up. Not my favorite, although I knew that before I bought it, but I still did.
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex beer. Better as it warmed. Light orange dirty unfiltered look, with one-quarter inch of hd. Lacey. Yeasty and fruity, orange aromas. Smooth better than average mouthfeel, a tad acidic, with apple and apricot, and peach. A tad boozy.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really reminds me of a European pilsner. Like Leffe Blonde only hoppier. This is delicious.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, as fresh as we can possibly get it here in the States. The body is a clear, shining, almost metallic shade of gold. A small, smooth head of just barely off-white foam settles in as a thin, patchy layer, leaving sticky swaths of wavy ring lacing behind. Even at this relatively fresh juncture, the nose seems just a bit stale, showing notes of day-old sourdough, baked golden raisins, and sugar-heavy dessert bread yeast in the malt base. Despite all that sweetness, the hops do make a strong showing, touching on dried grasses, straw, and citrus blossoms. I venture to guess that I’d quite like this varietal in a pils or some other better attenuated beer. Flavors show more of the same, burdened by heavy golden raisin and blonde candy sugar, and touching heavily on super yeasty and sugary dough. Grassy, pithy hops do provide a nice bitterness on the back end, but it doesn’t cover for the gross under-attenuation that plagues this, and almost all other Heller Bocks. Predictably, the palate is sticky, laboring, and mouth coating. Moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation tries to cut through, but gets bogged down in the sugars. This beer is just a testament to the fact that you can’t take a poorly designed base product and load it with hops to save the day. Disappointing brew.
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
500 ml bottle from EZ. Poured a hazy gold body underneath a smaller to average sized foamy white head. Aroma of wet bread and green grapes and slight plastic notes. Flavor is the exact same as the aroma. Body finishes slightly dry, medium to full mouthfeel and average to slightly strong carbonation. Meh, Mendocino Spring Bock which I started the night with was far better.
italianjohn (2779) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden pour white foamy head .... aroma is of sweet fruits and light grassy hops with sweet malt .... taste is of light floral grassy hops, little bready, sweet malts and a little fruity definitely can taste honey .... light bitter hop finish with some honey and malt lingering in that finish a pretty smooth brew not bad abv hidden well
jtclockwork (13278) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose of lager malt and corn. Taste of light honey, lager malt and corn. Medium body. Crisp and smooth.