Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle, dated 6/16/13. Pours clear straw gold with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is subdued - sweet biscuity malts, spicy rye and some slightly metallic, grassy noble hops with some stinky musty yeast.
The flavor is sweet malts and a little rye with a decent sized grassy peppery hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little thin.
Overall, a decent hoppy lager.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant and tasty bock. Light bodied, but it has an underlying richness. Malt flavors are crackery, toasty, spicy and nutty, with a honey-like sweetness at the core. Hops are herbal, earthy and meadowy. Moderate, balanced bitterness. Tastes like spring in a glass.
crossovert (6355) - Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitting this against a Capital Jacked. It is a gorgeous-looking brew, but perhaps to perfect-looking. It is a clear, brilliant gold with a frohty white head that lingers forever. They went kind of off the beaten path with the malt bill which includes rye and the hops including fuggles. Hallertauer hops seem to dominate. You can tell from the orangey marmelade scent that is highest in this one. There is definitely some earthiness and sweet breadiness form the fuggles and rye that develops as it breathes and warms. The flavor is actually quite tasty. Very much like a euro-ipa. Hallertauer and perle seem to dominate with spiciness but also that delicate citrus aspect. it has a medium to low bitterness which is a pleasant noble type herbal bitterness. There is a bit of sweetness on the palate and it is a bit thin in mouthfeel but a delicious beer and relatively inexpensive.
tnkw01 (956) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice golden color with a great head. Nice hoppy flavor thatís not overpowering. Light hoppy aroma. Really good.
dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was good. The hops are more in the body than in the aroma, but itís great in that they somewhat overpower the strong bock flavor I donít usually like in heller bocks. Nice.
Trev (1841) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber: gold pour with a thin white head.
aroma is grassy/herbal hop. light fruitiness and biscuity malt.
flavour is very close to a pale bock. Biscuity malt. herbal hop.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours light golden with a small white froth. Aroma is malty, biscuit, crackers, a crisp herbal hop character. Flavor has the same crisp hop character with the crackery malt backbone. Lots of the noble hop notes, spicy and clean with a dry finish. Medium body and a crisp carbonation.
3fourths (7799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
alright, new belgium, you finally have something here. the nose and flavor are clean, the hops arenít over done and nothing is too far out of balance except the Munich / pale malt honey / corn syrup character is a little strong (and sweet). the body suffers because of this; itís watery and "twangy" and limp, but still holds up well enough with the medium hop acidity. while clean, the nose is pretty simple, itís lightly sulfury with some dish soap / perfume esters (and some times a chlorine note), but these are all at a level low enough to work. yeast seems clean and absent is the husky harshness in most of their beers (including their pale lager). so overall, itís sweet but not too sweet, the hops aromatics and bitterness seem on-level, and the carbonation is low enough to allow the chewy Munich malt melanoidins to shine. it evens looks good, clear gold with fine-bubbled thick lacing. Iím surprised.
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate grass with a touch of bread and sweetness. It pours a transparent gold with a three finger soapy white head that has good retention. A good amount of sticky webbing is left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light-moderate honey. The finish has light-moderate grass, floral notes, orange peel, and some faint lemon. Itís light-medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
BigBeer45 (1210) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
this lager had a clear yellow-gold pour and gave a nice presentation with a foamy three finger white head that recedes to a cover and sticky ring, the glass had less than a medium flowing stream, it left nice rings, sheets and spots of lacing on the sides of the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle,
this beer had aromas of pale malt and bread with hops that are earthy, lightly spice and floral, faint malt sweetness in the background,
it had flavors of pale malt and light bread with grass, spice and light bitter hops, a little malt sweetness,
the finish had hop bitterness with a little hop resin that lingers for a moment, hops sort of dry the tongue a bit of the malt,
the mouth feel was less than medium on the palate and it gave a creamy feel, it had average to lively carbonation,
this beer comes across as the name implies, a hoppy Helles Bock, I would prefer the hops be more woodsy-earthy and not so spice and citrus, a little less bite and more malt to enjoy on the palate, I did not notice the Fuggel hops that much, it was more spice and citrus biting hops,
with the amount of hops in this beer and the lager malt recipe, this beer reminded me of the Imperial Pils Ė European Strong Pils beers that I have sampled over the years, it was nice but not what I would want from a Helles Bock style of beer.