Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on tap at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL with hazy deep copper body and tall light tan head. The aroma is chewy sugary sweetness, brown sugar and apples. The taste has some spicy hops, floral hops, some apple like sweetness and sugary malts. It ends with lingering spicy hop bitterness. Interesting beer that doesn’t manage to come together too well.
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sized bright white head of fine bubbles. Light skunk in the beginning but once it airs out, a nice soft malty aroma with some lemon, dough and a bit of floral hops. Color is a hazy golden orange. Flavor is more malts, some oranges, dry floral hops and a bit of wheat. End with a bit of lingering dryness and some sickly sweet malts. Light alcohol presence. A decent bock.
argo0 (11888) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Large off-white head, hazy apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, bread, some grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some grape, grass, bread. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Hazy unfiltered golden-tan. Foamy white head. Nice noble hop and sweet pungent fruit laced aroma. Really clean mouthfeel despite the strength and complexity. This beer is quite phenomenal, the heavy hopping is quite refreshing. Sweet, sugary, golden malt backbone. Creamy, yeasty, smooth mouthfeel, well balanced by the hops. Full bodied, but very drinkable. Superb, world class example.
Terminus (3316) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle-clear orange with a small fizzy thei ehad. big spicy hop nose-hauertau for sure! big hop flavors up front with some grassy and leafy aspects. for some reason, this beer isnt coming together as i thought it would. it was highly recomended by vyvvy, but maybe my bottle was past its prime. finish is dry with also sweet. too much sweetness here. somewhat skunky hop flavors for lack of better words. noas a good as i was hoping for.
odinstyr (579) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color, pillowy white head. Smells of toasty bread, caramel. Tastes sweet, like a hoppy grape juice. Robust and floral.
Braudog (5962) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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 (3552) - 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 (2481) - 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 (3908) - 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.