BigBeer45 (1230) - 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 – 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.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(tap) gold with white head. Malt aroma with some grassy hops. Flavor is sweet bock malt with some rye spiciness and grassy hops.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a small glass of this from a friend’s bottle and was impressed. Gold color, good head. Aroma was interesting bit of grassy hops. Flavor was this really good hoppiness taking over the lager, grassy, just great hop character. Might have to go buy another bottle while its still fresh, yum.
Serving type: bottle
HonkeyBra (3235) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Pale orange pour with a small, slightly off white head. Aroma of strong hallertauer and other leafy hops. Mild sweet bready malts, some sweet pale malt as well. Flavor is bright, nice and hoppy, with a strong rich malt presence. Some touches of rye peak out behind the flowery and citrus hops and sweet pale malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nice cascading carbonation. Finishes with some bitter hops. This is impressive. Overall, enjoyable, different bock.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial aroma is hoppy strong but then you take a sip of this super clear yellow hued beer and you get a really spot on helles. It took me aback that the aroma and taste could be on such different wavelengths. Then the hops fade off and it tastes like a solid American helles.
Concealer (728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear golden orange with a medium white head. Aromas of hops and sweet malt. This is actually a rather tasty, smooth, brew. It is also highly session-able for me. Tastes of a nice sweet malt, bitter hops and a little citrus-y. Solid.
umich03jm (1766) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours pale yellow with a big frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves lacing. Aroma is spicy and grassy, probably from the hops and rye malt. Taste is very lemony at first, then turns very spicy, grassy and bitter. Some clean pale malt comes through nicely and adds a light sweetness. Finish is very dry and grassy. I enjoyed drinking this as a nice change up.
Helibrewer (18) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice hop aroma, this beer uses Hallertau, Perle, and Fuggles hops. A noticeable citrus flavor, bitter orange maybe. A bit of sweetness on the back end. Crystal clear golden color, white head with lacing. All in all a very nice beer.
backdaft (200) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a good 2 finger head that leaves some moderate lacing. Aroma is of light earthy hops. Flavor is bitter earthy hops, some sweet grain, some lemon. Medium bodied Very nice example. I cant wait to see what else is in the Hop Kitchen.
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Jay on 3/9/2013.
Appearance: Pours a clear light yellow
Aroma: Aroma of light hop
Taste: Light lager style flavor with nice amount of hops.
Palate:Light body, quick finish, covers alcohol well.
Summary: My 1100th rating! I originally was going to rate Maine Beer Lil One for 1100th, but oh well. A nice take on a heller bock, has nice amount of hop flavor.