Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice color the aroma seemed kind of lightly malty nice hops in the taste a a slighlty bitter finish hmmm might have been the beer before might have to rerate at a later date again to be fair
DEbeer (192) - West Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was pretty good, but it is not the greatest by any stretch. I really like the label.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really like this beer. One of my first exposures to west coast micro beers, and still one of my favorites. Nicely malty, nicely hoppy ... seems hoppier than anything that could honestly be called a German-style beer; the hoppiness is more like an IPA but the taste is, well, roguish. Very nice beer with pizza or a sandwich.
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 4/17/14 re-rate: over 11 years since my original rating. Have had it a couple of times since, though probably not more than that. Not my favorite aroma. Overripe dark fruit. Murky orangish amber with a think mostly white head and very little lace. Interesting that ratebeer calls this a Heller Bock and Rogue calls it a German style Maibock in its description. Drinkable, with a softly bitter finish. Pretty good although nowhere near the 4.4 I rated it in 2002. 12/1/02: The label and name have always intimidated me, but I am glad I finally overcame what was misguided fear. Very malty nose, sweet. Reddish-orange in color with good head retention. Off-white head and great brussels lace. Quite bitter in flavor, the malt from the aroma doesn’t come out as much in the taste. This is one tasty brew. Can tell it is high in alcohol content. Another winner from Rogue! 8,5,9,4,18
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
kind of weak for a bock, but what can I say, It’s a classic & oh so drinkable.
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a great beer...it made me fall in love with the Rogue Brewery...the name is very cool and the aroma was powerful in a good way. Definentely give it a try.
radiomgb (2448) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red amber colour, long lasting fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity. Taste is initially malty, leading to a hoppy bitter finish.
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer. A little much on the hops for me, but overall very good bock. Slight cloudiness, and wonderful finish. Very light and cleansing.
Cartoonkhaki (1221) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Was 3.4 Its smooth for a dead guy. Cloudy orange amber with light orange white head. Which is really thick and slow to disappear. Strong hop aroma clean hop taste and no metalic notes. Creamy mouth feel with bitters on the back of my tounge. No alcohol notes great for a strong ale.
slimjim (106) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
An ok ale. Red in color. Not a bad Bock brew. Very Smooth with not much character. OK