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 (4007) - 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 (2337) - 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 (8429) - , 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.
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blonde pour into a glass at Pepperland. Aroma is clean, bready - some herbal hop notes are very subtle and fresh. Flavor is clean, crisp. Breadiness is light, but present, and the herbal notes come into their own. very crisp and refreshing maibock with almost no alcohol presence. Very Drinkable
bhensonb (11069) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours light amber with a creamy white head. Nice floral aroma above mild breadiness. Med body. Flavor is moderately bready, and the floral hoppiness is augmented by something just a little spicey. Drinks very nicely. Finishes bitter and somewhat astringent.
hair-old (185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very smooth mai-bock style beer.Alc/vol is well hidden for this style.Carbonated with micro-bubbles,so many they seem to clould the beer.
Yummy brew I would be happy to purchase again.
WMitty (17) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a well-balanced beer, but there is not much to get excited about. A hint of sweetness up front leads to a grainy middle that drops off quickly.
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dragy. Pours clear gold with a white head. Light bready malty aroma with earthy hops and light fruity notes. The flavor has bready and toasted malts, floral hops and a light sweetness. Not bad.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with visible carbonation that sticks to the glass. A soapy white head. A malty aroma with some European hops. Unexpectedly bitter from the hops. Malt, biscuit, fruit flavors. There is light honey, soap, corn, and grain. It has a fizzy feel. Unfortunately the hop profile doesn’t work and is over done.