TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma is spicy with sweet malt, soft floral hops and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, caramel, earthy hops, soft floral notes, fruit notes and softer rye notes. Body is medium with a dense, bubbly carbonation. Ends slightly bitter with more caramel, malt notes, soft earthiness, light floral notes, hints of fruit and light spiciness.
Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this more than I thought. It’s nicely filling beer, rich and satisfying, with a lot bready, hearty flavors mixed with a crisp. peppery hop finish. Nice notes of grass and pine in the finish, as well. I could actually see myself drinking more of this.
DrSilverworm (4728) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Clear orange golden color. Good thin white head. Little lace sticks. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Nice, grapefruity citrusy hoppy aroma. Some metallic notes of oxidization and lager bluntness in the nose and malt profile, but still a satisfying citrusy hoppiness. Moderate bitter, light sweet. Solid, hoppy bock, but nothing special or outstanding. Good bit of citrusy american west coasty hop
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light gold - soapy head - moderately honey sweet nose, with fairly potent fruity and floral hallertauer - some spicy and slightly husky rye kind of muddle things - light to medium body - moderate carbonation - medium sweet, but quite hoppy and spicy, especially in the finish, so it is easy to forget this is supposed to be a Maibock - quite a peppery bite to the hops, which I am digging - to some degree this tastes like an amped up version of Shift - however, that rye comes in near the finish - it is spicy and mildly husky, just like in the nose - it really does lessen the enjoyment - should have left the rye out and produced a cleaner product - still, it’s a decent beer.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Super clear and light golden or perhaps a very light copper coloured body with a thick, five centimetre tall off-white head that leaves a sloppy lace and a zillion bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of nice bright grapefruit hops with a kick of light malt and a bit of metal. Light to Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppy flavour up front with the grapefruit and a bit of herbal flavours and a little apple and pear sweetness too. Aftertaste shows a more refined flavour with a good malt balance with a light acidic and sharp metallic note. Overall, a good light-ish beer with some pleasant hop notes and a good crisp flavour. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 02-April-2013 for US$4.49 sampled at home in Washington on 10-May-2013.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Malty nose with notes of lemon and grass. Malty flavor with grassy hop accents before a piney finish. Tasted more like an ale than a lager and didn’t resemble a bock in any way (not even a heller bock), but I enjoyed it.
Strykzone (4383) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light golden beer with a soapy off white head. An aroma of hops and grain, rye maybe. I find the aroma to be more interesting than the flavor. Hops are lighter when tasted as is the grain. That being said, this is imminently drinkable and would make a great crossover beer. As it warms the hops grow and bring more bitterness, fruit, and tartness. The Hallertauer begins to come through.
Pailhead (4361) - 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. It’s light-medium bodied with somewhat soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
dwyerpg (4306) - 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 it’s great in that they somewhat overpower the strong bock flavor I don’t usually like in heller bocks. Nice.
nuplastikk (4088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Anndiesel. Filtered orange-yellow body. Soapy white head laces the glass. Really well done Heller Bock, no cheap tones often found in authentic versions. Doughy golden malt, nice incorporated fruity yeast tones. Not really so hoppy, more so than a classical European example I suppose. A little too clean and mineral dry, something most NB beers suffer from.