BucannonXC5 (665) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. glass into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. Decent amount of head, probably 1 ½ ounces. Healthy amount of frothy, white lacing on the top. Very little film on the sides.
Smelled pungent fruit right up front. Seemed to be plum, pears and raisins. Also a touch of honey and caramel malts. Had some mint in there, too, maybe candy cane?
Not much like the nose in the initial taste. I got caramel up front with a dark fruit backbone. Honey seemed to be in there in all aspects. Feel it all on the tongue after, just slightly bitter.
Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Lively (moderate) carbonation. Long finish.
Everything about this beer says, “Good.” Not my favorite Sierra Nevada, but one I’d definitely recommend.
ben4321 (3353) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 12/24/11
Aroma: The nose has some caramel, burnt sugar, and toast, with floral and earthy hop notes too
Appearance: This one pours a slightly cloudy reddish-orange color with a frothy, foamy white head
Flavor: The taste is moderately sweet, with toast and caramel flavors, and a crisp, lightly bitter finish
Palate: The body is medium, it is sticky on the mouth, with a long duration, and a fairly soft carbonation
I thought that this one was pretty solid. The hops may have faded a touch due to a little bit of age on the bottle, but they still do a nice job of balancing out the more dominant malts. The overall components of the flavor profile seem to weld together pretty well. There’s a little boozy heat present in the aroma and flavor, but it doesn’t overwhelm the beer. This was a nice variation on the traditional Heller style.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle on new years eve. Pours amber-orange in colour, nice slightly off white head, big and frothy. Slight haze. Initial mild aroma, sweet and slightly hoppy. A little bit of alcohol as the beer warms.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Charlie Fred and Ken’s Bock
Date: August 06, 2010
Appearance: clear orange, creamy off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of malt candy, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, rich malt, touch of candy sweetness, light earthyness keeps it balanced, light bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured orange-amber, medium bodied, three finger cream head, with malt, light bitterness and honey sweetness to it. I cellared this a little longer than planned over a year and the result was no better of a Heller Bock if I drank it six months ago.
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I so wanted to like this more as it is a very well presented bottle from a very good producer. Malty caramel on the palate with no bitterness at all, this beer has good length.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap Sierra @ Sierra, from notes. Pours a decent hazy golden color, fluffy white head. Aromas are citrusy, but nothing over the top potent. Palate is decently balanced, a little malty up front and the citrus coats the mid right to the finish, slight bitterness in the finish. I can’t say that I’ve had a heller this strong, nor do i think they should be up over 8. This one could have been less clean, but also wasn’t too cloying. Decent.
kuphish (378) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of the Cubes. Pours a lightly hazy, golden body. Haze might just be the temperature contrast of the beer and outside air. Medium, frothy white head clings like a beast. Bready malt dominates the aroma with a little floral & earthy hops coming through. Grainy flavor with a touch of toast. Noble hops complement. Moderate bitterness is clean and complementary. Fairly light body for the gravity with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is lightly warming, but otherwise absent. Finish is a touch minerally and chalky. Overall an enjoyable beer!
Ernesto987 (3021) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very drinkable and light. Bottle has some age on it so I don’t know if the floral hops have faded. Not much of a finish.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[4003-20110930] 1pt9.4floz bottle. Mild evergreen candy cane notes underlying a lemon herb base aroma. Clear, amber orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Medium body. Good but something in the flavour is throwing me off. (8/3/6/3/14-) 3.4
(c/o blackboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)