Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This growler was filled at the brewery in hershey -from the new counterpressure growler filler
Color is golden with a slightly darker shade than your average pils like straw.The cap is white and falls gradually. The smell is of hops and pils malt with a moderately spicy odor. The feel is good with nice balance, very dry and moderately bitter.
This tastes so good basically because it is lagered well the yeast gives a nice mineral quality and there is a mustiness from the floor malted pils, yet the hops give a nice noble spiciness to the bock which also balances the dry cracker-like taste well, it finishes dry clean and spicy with hardly a trace of alcohol -excellent maibock!
Ughsmash (7128) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Poured clear, bright golden with a nice cap of white head. The aroma picked up toasty bready malts and a pinch of honey, with light lemon and fresh leafy hoppage around.. just excellent! The flavor found similar malts, and picked up a little molasses.. fresh earthy and leafy bitterness around.. some peppery notes showed up on the finish.. everything worked well. Medium-bodied and a tad slick on the palate.. spicy where it needed to be, and the balance was perfect. This was awesome!
jsmerig (1238) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of light straw and hops. Pours golden yellow with thick white head. Obtained fresh from the new Hershey brewery. Taste is malty with a light grainy and organic hop flavor. Very crisp finish.
bth122 (1261) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft from a growler. Thanks Joel. Poured a golden color. Medium head. Aroma of bready malt, and some grassy like hops. Med light bitter finish, light sweetness. Med light bodied. Ave carbonation. Bitter finish bite. This beer is a joy to drink.
radagast83 (4566) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Brewery. Poured a golden color, carbonation - thick white head. Aroma was a bit citrus, grain notes, crisp and clean. Flavor was a bit bready, with notes of citrus. Pretty enjoyable.
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden with a nice frothy head, the beer has a citrusy hop aroma, and has a solid hop presence throughout with tons of citrus flavor. This has a solid alcohol presence which does not detract from the beer, but gives the palate some warmness. This was very solid and well brewed they should brew this more often.
orangesol (726) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the Brewery.
A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a dense two finger tall white head, dissipating quickly into a light film, leaving bubbly strings of lace down the glass.
S - Lots of biscuity malt up front, a bit of spice from the yeast, earthy hops, and a touch of sweetness. This one is straight forward and is fairly well balanced.
T - Starts off with a big dose of chewy malt that never really leaves the picture. Hints of earthy hop bitterness, light pepper spice, and some light sweetness at the end of each sip. All things considered this one has surprisingly good balance, maybe a touch too much chewiness but it is not oppressive.
M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full, chewy, feel that combines with a bit of hop bitterness to cling to the pallet long after the finish.
O - I haven’t really had a lot of Hells Bock’s but I have enjoyed the ones I tried, and this one is no different. It is very easy to drink and the flavors, while strong, are well balanced. Another winner in my book.