Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pfaffen, Koln, 26/04/13.
Hazed golden amber with a good sized white head.
Nose is dark malt, caramel, light grass, dark fruit.
Taste comprises fruits, dark malt, light boozey tones, sugars.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, dry finish with a touch of alcohol.
Pawola22 (3096) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at the beer hall in Cologne. Pours a crystal clear, lighter amber colored body with a two finger-width, foamy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet corn and DMS with a bit of a bready caramel note, touches of fruit, and a light grass. Flavor is similar. Sweet DMS with some bready caramels, a light grassy bitterness, some fruit, and grain. Finishes dry and cloying before leaving a medium length aftertaste. Medium-light body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, another bad beer from these guys. Straight DMS and tough to put down. A bit better than their Kölsch, but not by much.
kermis (2484) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the beer hall. Pours clear brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, bread and ripe fruits. Flavour is over sweet with little bitterness. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
adnielsen (6187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ brewery. Hazy, dark golden orange appearance with a white head. Rye bready, chewy, yeasty aroma. Chewy malty, a bit boozy, caramel, bready flavor.
Dedollewaitor (12287) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Pfaffen Heumarkt, Cologne. Pours clear golden with a creamy white head and lacings. Fruity and sweet. Grain, grass and caramel. Vaguely sticky. Warmth from alcohol. Decent.
Dogbrick (6033) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Köln. The beer pours a clear orange-gold color with a medium thick and fluffy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Sticky small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt and ripe fruits. Medium body with a richly malty character and notes of grassy hops and sweet fruit in the background. The finish is sweet with a lingering malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
Nekronos (3184) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong. The beginning of the end that day. Very nice and cloudy. NIce foam and sweet aromas.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Brauhaus. Hazy golden with a big white head. Big malty aroma with bread crust character. Sweet bread and biscuit malty flavour with herbal hops and a good bitterness
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line :
Honeyed malts benefit from a firm grassy hop presence yet their residual sugars still succeed in lasting well beyond the green hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A dollop of foam decorates the misty dark gold.
-This Heller Bock is obviously brewed with the same ingredients as their Original (Kölsch).
-The flavor profile is balanced, if not completely cohesive.
-This brew is flavorful and pleasant, but it is not as polished as I would like it to be.
-The honeyed malts tend to smother the hops even though the latter’s bitterness is still quite decent.
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Ausschank in Heumarkt, Köln, as Bockbier
Beautiful golden color, generous head, compact. The aroma is mild, malty, but also some alcohol and glue. It has a good body strength; some malt flavor (not exceptional but better than the average bottled Bock), and enough residual sugars. The bitterness is correct, on the low edge. Good.