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Brewed by King Brewery
Style: Heller Bock
Nobleton, Canada
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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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One-of-a-kind Pilsner/Bock Hybrid 6.5% alc./vol. The first of its kind in the world, and King Brewery’s newest addition, KING PILSBOCK is the unique hybrid creation of expert and award winning Brewmaster Phil DiFonzo. After years of homebrewing accolades, the nurturing of his very own craft brewery to fruition, two feature beers, and continuing acclaim and awards (including 3 consectutive Canadian Brewing Awards gold medals for King Pilsner), DiFonzo was destined to push the boundaries of brewing yet again, this time by blending two of his favourite recipes. This high-alcohol (6.5%), seasonal beer is a polished golden coloured lager that transcends beer styles, in effect defining a new one. Aromatic and crisp, with a hint of caramel, sturdy malt flavour compliments a definite hops presence, leading to a lingering and complex finish. In the works for the last few years now, KING PILSBOCK continues to solidify King Brewery as brewers of both world class lagers, and ultra-premium beer.


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Golden-amber. Fully malty, bready...nice nose. Kind of tart on the palate, with diacetyl. Whoa. At least it smelled good. Oh, and strong pilsner has been done before (see Europe, Eastern).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2007
A golden beer with a thick creany white head. A clean malt aroma with crisp hops, very german, and nice fruity notes. In mouth, a rather good biscuitty malt, grassy, with notes of roastiness, a good german crisp hops, some light nuttyness. For the cold fermented beers, this is spot on. Bottle from Probstk.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
on-tap at Volo. More head than body. Body light yellow. Very creamy head of lace. Sticky and tasty. Both sweet and Drying finish. Hops are there for some significant bitterness and then malted away. Interesting and worth trying again. Lagerish medium mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
Deep golden pour with a tight white head. The aroma is quite malty with pils malt making up the majority of it. A little bit of soft pepper along with a bit of noble hop aroma. A hoppier aroma that is more notable than the majority of heller bocks I’ve had but this still isn’t my favorite style. I like this one better than most though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8070) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 March 2007. Draft @ Volo. Bright golden yellow with a small white head. Big grassy, grainy aroma with funky noble hops. Flavour is similar, lots of grains and sweet pale malt. Moderate hoppy bitterness and grassy notes, straw. Average palate. Really did not care for this, I think largely because of the hop character which is just really not to my liking. If these kinds of hops are for you, then I expect you will like this more than I did. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 <P>May 2006. Bottle @ Volo. Crisp yellow body with a small bubbly white head. Sweet grainy aroma. Strong fusel (?) alcohol flavours not unlike some of the malt liquor from a few nights ago but without the alcohol burn. Sweet pale malt with very dry slightly alcoholic, herbal hop finish. Average palate. Pretty rough at times, it lacks the depth of flavour to cover the rough edges. Comparable to something like Holsten Maibock? 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6724) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2008
On tap at Volo. Medium amber color with lots of orange. bohemian pils aroma: buttery, malty, decent hops, rich cereals, honey, some fruit. Big malt flavor with honey, butter, muscat grapes, cherry, alcohol. Strong alcohol finish with hops and fruity malts. A very interesting bock. Very complex, with nice hops and balance. The muscat flavor got on my nerves halfway through the pint, though.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
[245-20070329] Tap @ Volo (Toronto, ON). Toasty grains and hops aroma with medium alcohol. Clear, deep golden yellow body with average rising small bubbles and a medium-lasting foamy white head. Flavour is still grainy hops with a bitter aftertaste. Medium body is pretty rough. OK togetherness but overly gravelly. Enh.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
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Good deep gold, clear lager . Medium fine creamy top, fine ornamental lace.
Light, clean malty aroma, light hoppy accents with fruity touches.
Medium bodied, grainy front. Rich malty middle spiced with gentle herbal hops. Think of Czech Pils powered up . Bock like fruity malts. Neat softness behind. Potent lager that is pleasure to have.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
Draught at Bar Volo. Pours a very bubbly clear gold with an average size diminishing foamy white head. Mild and sweet aroma of malt, sugar, some grain and maybe a touch of fruit. Flavour’s quite sweet as well, in fact it’s too sweet in my opinion -- it’s sugary and grainy and not much else. Palate’s a tad harsh and the alcohol is too prominent. This is unbalanced and way too sweet for me, glad I only got a half-pint.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6130) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Draught. at Volo. Poured clear gold with a decent lasting foamy white head. Aroma of grain, slightly sugary malt and a hint of alcohol. Taste was a bit harsh, grainy, with lots of sugary-sweet malt, hops and alcohol bitterness in an uneven finish. Mouthfeel was a little weak-bodied, harshly fizzy and a touch alcoholic. Not horrid, too sweet and harshly uneven though.


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