SinH4 (2175) - Garching, GERMANY - APR 4, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Getränke-Oase. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma is sweet grains and citrusy and herbal hops. Hints of caramel, but really just hints (who could expect more considering the color?), and a bit of starch. Taste is sweet grains with a bit of herbal hops. Rather high carbonation, but not in a bad way. The ingredients are all there, you can taste some nice hops, but it just doesn’t work out properly. Tastes like a slightly stronger German Pils. A prime example of how easy it is to make a boring Heller Bock, even when you are a really good brewery. Not to be too mean, though - it still is perfectly drinkable, just nothing too memorable.
mercarood (13) - Capellle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good bock from Germany. The hops are perfectly integrated in this brew.
AaronTDubs (238) - - MAR 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden color. Very malty aroma with some nutty notes. Quite sweet beginning, but finishes dry and bitter. Lots of caramel flavor. Seems like the the sweetness and hops were in opposition, not harmony. Not bad though.
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle. Hazy light yellow-tan body. Foamy, frothy white head. Deep fruity lager notes, some oxidation, age. I had hoped this was freshish, but I’m guessing this is quite old. Deep fruity lager notes, bready. Earthy noble hop balance. Probably really nice fresh, but a little lackluster in this condition. Bottles should have born on dates.
aleksander9 (1194) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden with white head. Nutty, floral, vanilla and toffee. Sweet, round, hoppy and dry finish. Overall: Looks different than it tastes. Well done.
Inbreak (4086) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2016
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
05.02.2015, 0,5l bottle @ home:
Small creamy shortlasting head, light straw colored. Aroma is grainy, wet hay, wet grain, grass, yeast, sugar, nuts, paper. Taste is harsh mineraly, weeds, metal tank, sugar, grain, almond essence, paper, flowers. Medium bitterness, harsh metallic mouthfeel. Crap!
JoeinDahlem (1438) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well this was a treat. I will come out and say that I may be favorably biased, as I was eating a garlickly beef dish in an unexpectedly good Chinese restaurant in Berlin, and at the time it was hard to imagine any beer that would have been finer with that food and all those slithery fried noodles that my daughter didn’t seem to want. Fresh, nutty, sweetish, a bit of orange-zest in the taste, and enough bitterness (just) to balance that sweetness. Comforting alcoholic strength after a long day. I think this is where bock beers belong, and it’s important to remember this when we taste one and think "meh, sweet and too strong." Dinner, man. They belong at dinner.
kajser27 (1122) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden-copper colored, medium white lasting head. Aroma is of caramel, dried fruits and herbal grassy notes. Taste is medium+ sweet caramel malty, some sugar, fruity, some bread and herbal medium bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Surprisingly hoppy and bitter for a Bock!
biir (616) - Berlin, - JAN 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flasche und Hahn - Goldenes, klares Bier mit langlebieger Krone. Ausgewogener im Geschmack, voller Körper, bitter, leicht malzig-süßlich. Sehr süffig.
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Sample. It definitely has a grainy taste to it. Notes of caramel, bubbly and thin. It was just ok for me.