Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A clean and somewhat hoppy golden lager boosting freshness qualities. Simplicity done perfectly.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed super-fresh the day I received it, a few days after purchase, bottle from Loineshawn but it tasted as good as if the bottle was from someone nice.
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Nose has that true classic lager smell pushing forward bready cereals freshness surrounded by a hefty amount of leafy hops. I can never properly word that nice lager smell other than to say it is free of fruity esters and it is just plain pure basic freshness. Mouthfeel is spot-on, full body with plenty of soft bubbles, comfortable pillowy texture. In mouth the beer is even more expressive. A superb malt extraction that is bready, chewy, cookie dough and with an overall very fresh character. A solid leafy hopping that adds a dryness and a certain spiciness without a lot of bitterness. A superb execution of simplicity, great beer, underrated. .And what about that name, Maibock Hurts Like Helles, repeat after me, Maibock Hurts Like Helles, at this point I’d be happy if Jack’s Abby stopped making beer and they would just work for other companies full time naming things.
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep piss yellow brew. Good carbonation. Light biscuit aromas and flavors. Very nice hop balance. A very drinkable and tasty lager! Medium body and satisfying. Good job with this one.
Leighton (12668) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in NYC. Pours clear, muted gold with a small, white cream head. Pale, doughy malts on the nose. Medium sweet flavor with further doughy, bredy malts, light grains and hay, faint herbal notes. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet but not cloying finish with rich bread, hints of alcohol, mild cereal, touhes of bitter straw. Nicely balanced heller bock - which is an accomplishment.
Lukaduke (2444) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clean pale golden color with three fingers of sticky white foam. Bright focused Helles with nice honey kissed doughy malt to round out the noble hops crisp bitterness. Smooth flavorful and highly chuggable. Well done !
GenDV138 (2470) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 oz pour on draft at Jack’s Abby. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of malt, floral, citrus. Tastes of malt, floral, citrus, light caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
CamdenD (1110) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Immensely enjoyable and drinkable. Not malty-sweet like many american heller bocks. This has nice hop underlining and a beautiful hazy unfiltered yellow color. This brewery is to watch.
nimbleprop (5347) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #3,000. You hit these big milestones and you just can’t believe it. Hitting 3,000 beers is less about the number of beers ticked and is more about the number of people met, place seen and experiences had since #2,000. First and foremost, thanks to Ratebeer, which continues to be the most informed, most community oriented beer site anywhere. It has continually put me in contact with the best people and sent me to the best places everywhere I go, whether that be my home state of DC, Europe, Canada, Africa or plenty of other spots in the US. My life is continually enriched by the people I have met through this site and through beer. I am incredibly lucky to live in the District of Columbia, one of the best beer cities on the planet. Thanks to all the great beer purveyors who keep interesting, quality product in stock all the time. Thanks to my wife who repeatedly puts up with my desire to seek out new and obscure brewers and brewpubs. I would have never gotten to 3k without her support. And now... on to the rating! I love Jack’s Abby, I love almost everything they are doing. When a friend dropped some Jack’s Abby, I decided that this would be my 3,000th rate. 50cl bottle pours a totally clear gold with some lacing, slightly creamy white head. Nose has a lot of fruit, plenty of pear, some cooked corn, some apple cider, a little bit of hay, some candy sugar, a little papaya. Flavor is sweet, more tropical fruit, candy sugar, a little citrus kicks in, some very light grapefruit, some candied kumquat, slightly metallic, plenty of malt, a nice grassy-ness, hay. Medium bodied, sweet finish. Very true to style. Not my favorite Jack’s Abby, but another great example of the style they were aiming for.
johnnnniee (2559) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with my brother.
Pours a fairly clear deep golden color with a decent sized creamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aromas of sweet bready malty with hint of spice and fruit with a light spicy earthy hop aroma to round it all out. The flavor holds a creamy bready malty taste with lots of spicy earthy hops to balance it out. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Another great brew from Jack’s, but not one I would seek out again.
Marheb (2648) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Céréales croustillantes et mielleuse avec des tons de raisins verts. Une verdure terreuse et résineuse tranche les sucres avec vigueur et nous hypnotise vers une autre gorgée. Avec sa corpulence confortable et sa finale sèche, on doit se prosterner devant sa buvabilité.
_angst_ (3217) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Ølbutikken. Pours tiny hazy golden with a frothy offwhite head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty, floral and earthy with dark bread, biscuits, moist grass, dried flowers, soil and orange zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, slightly malty and slightly floral with dark bread, lilacs, moist hay, soil, biscuits and orange zest. Mouthfeel is soft, round and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter, slightly malty and floral with dark bread, buttered biscuits, moist hay, persimmon, lilacs, soil and lemon zest. Slightly too sweet which I suspect is part of the style. Exceptional as far as Heller Bocks go!