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Brewed by Pivovar Náchod (LIF)
Style: Heller Bock
Náchod, Czech Republic
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Mid-fermented beer with full richness, soft distinct bitterness, strong relish and pure hop aroma.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Clear, golden coloring, creamy white froth, assuredly collapsing. Lager-y nose, not getting blonde bock impressions at all...I’ll sniff anew and see...there’s really not much here but grainy husk. Taste: buttery, malty, sweet a touch but drying in the end. starts odd and awkward, but essentially decent. Medium/light bodied, malt dominates the taste, slight toffee and butterscotch in the finish, which stays it’s ground on the palate for a while. I was unimpressed at the start, but by the pint’s mid-way, I liked this one better and better. Let’s say that I warmed up to it. Not bad, not bad at all.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Poured from a Primátor Blonde Bock Beer bottle. It pours to a thick white creamy, bubbly head that diminishes to a thin but still appealing head. The lacing is fairly decent. The body is a hazy straw color. The aroma is honey and "bread and butter" style pickle relish. Odd for a beer, but didn’t smell "bad". The flavor on this beer is not very good. Barley with more of the "bread and butter" pickles. No real pickle flavor, just imagine the pickle brine. Sugars, sweet butter. Not unappealing like the last beer I had, fortunately. I suspect this beer would make a pretty interesting bratwurst bath. If I had bratwurst to cook up, I’d try it. The palate is refreshing and light. About what I could hope to have on a hot/humid day. Overall, not a great beer. I’d rather use this one for boiling brats. This use is where I suspect this beer would shine. I reheated a hamburger in the microwave submersed in this beer. It was quite good. This beer is a cooking beer, not a drinking one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog (5627) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Copper color with 1/4 of the mass going to head. Alcoholy-malt aroma with a rigid sugar tone in the flavor. Pure strength in the malt-sugar base. Not for those with weak knees.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (8770) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAY 18, 2005
Bottle: Dark golden colour, thin white head, quickly diminishing; sweetish nose: honey, cookies, caramel with a tinge of hops; sweetish flavour, full bodied, slightly bitter aftertaste with distinctive alcoholic notes. Quite well quaffable, but not impressive, too much on the sweet side........

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MoritzF (8456) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 17, 2005
(bottle) Clear and pale amber body with a medium sized white foam. Slight sweetmalty nose with fruity elements of oranges, but also the alcohol comes through. Sweetbitter flavour, medium body, lively carbonated, slightly alcoholic hopbitter finish. All in all a decent Bock-like brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2005
Light amber color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet maple with some wood and vanilla. There are also some hints of almonds. The taste is a light toasted bread with some slightly grassy lemons. This is a decent brew that is good for a long summer night.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2005
Smells like an amplified Mexican Pale Lager. Color is pale orange and the beer appears to be very fizzy. Head is foamy and slightly off-white – borderline creamy, with some intense lacing. When the beer first touches the lips, the malts hit you right away. Very distinct taste - I’ll always be able to identify this one in a blind taste test. Malts give this blonde concoction a lot of wallop. The balance tends to lean more toward the aggressive malts while the hops help to elevate the bitterness. Some background vanilla and cedar elements hint at mellowing the beer, but they can’t make it seem less like what it is in my opinion: an Imperial Mexican Pale Lager. Surprisingly unique; definitely interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
I agree with RateBeer’s style assessment - Although it calls itself a blonde bock, it is a European strong lager. Golden with a large bubbly head, it smells of sweet grasses with an herbal hoppiness. The taste is a grainy malt with little of the sweetness associated with a bock. There’s a good snappy hop finish, quite crisp. This is a decent drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2005
Bottled. Clear golden colour. Big, foamy, lacey head. Flowery, sweet and malty aroma. Sweet, hoppy, slightly grassy taste. Pretty hop-bitter finiish. Mediumbodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This beer pair a nice hopbitterness with a good dose of malty sweetness. Good balance. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Nice golden color with bubbles galore making a solid cream head. Full flavor, nice beer taste with bittersweet aftertaste, leaving only the faintest hint of hops. Good bock, typical of these end-of-season beers with a richness that comes from fully ripe barley. Enjoyable alone, not timid with food.


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