Lukaduke (2918) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a finger head that quickly dissipates. Complex aromas of bready pilsner malts, fruit heavy grassy hops and a touch of sweet caramel undertones. On the palate this is a great flavorful beer but remains highly drinkable considering the flavor complexity and the abv. Great mouthfeel with a fruity citrusy start that gets mellowed mid palate by the light malty flavors of bread and sweet malts... good carbonation and a nice touch of crisp bitter flavors on the finish !
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very caramely with mixed grains sweet fruit, spice, incense, and citrus hops. The appearance is hazy amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but has a slight paper like finish. The palate is average. Overall a neat beer to drink.
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 Pint bottle poured a golden if somewhat hazy color. Little or no head. Bright taste that refreshes and stays comfortable in the mouth and finishes nicely.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Clean golden hue (except for the last pour which has some small yeasties), nice fluffy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of orange blossom honey, herbs, dusty yeast esters. hint of lime and lemon, along with a pils malt overtone. For the genre, this smells really nice. The taste is malt forward with lot of grainy and bready notes. Some light fruitness and slight herbal hop bitterness. A very light handed alcohol finish. The mouth feel is smooth and heavier bodied than found in many bocks. Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Too bad it is a bit costly.
PorterPounder (6986) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Macon, Ga. - WineStyles Liquor Store - 500 ml bottle. Murky medium orange pour, light but persistent white head. Very sweet aroma - heavy presence of molasses, some brown sugar, some dates. Flavor is sweet as well with some molasses, raisins, a hint of chocolate and of apricots. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Not quite cloying, but 750 ml would have been too much.
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light malty aromas. Citrus and sweet malts. Overall a very interesting Heller Bock.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floaties in the bottle none in the glass weird, clear small white head straw colored body.... Very grassy hops light pale malty nice aroma... Lots of grassy flavor slightly sweet decent flavor... Medium dry finish lively medium body... Nice bock hops really make this good...
SanfordBrewer (1460) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Translucent gold with a thick beige head. Very effervescent. Lots of easily roused sediment. Soft medium body with medium-high carbonation.
Aroma: pilsen malt, iron minerality, and skunky herbal hops.
Taste: Soft sweet pilsner malt, floral hops.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pour is hazy orange gold with a thick off white head that fades to a lasting cap.
aroma is yeasty, grassy, pilsner maltiness with hints of banana like wheat tones, light mandarin orange as well.
Flavour carries notes of candied orange, grassy hop. biscuity maltiness.
Very drinkable overall, not too sweet. Fantastic twist on the style.
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a slightly hazed gold with a thick, frothy white head that recedes to some nice lacing.
The smell is pleasant. It is very much hinged on a honey meadlike scent that melts with some caramally malt. Te hops lend a big orangey citrus scent. This beer isn’t optimally fresh but still smells pleasant. Like an orange blossom honey cake.
The flavor is really nice. Not like most heller bocks. This one isn’t as sweet and the flavor and body both feel lighter and crisper than the typical helles bock. It has a nice honeylike flavor with a big malty punch, but the hops are still noticeable with some grassy bite, a mild bitterness, and some orange.
Overall not a bad one, it probably would be fantastic fresh.