Formerly brewed at King Brewery
Style: Bock - Heller / Maibock
Nobleton, Canada
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
One-of-a-kind Pilsner/Bock Hybrid 6.5% alc./vol. The first of its kind in the world, and King Brewery’s newest addition, KING PILSBOCK is the unique hybrid creation of expert and award winning Brewmaster Phil DiFonzo. After years of homebrewing accolades, the nurturing of his very own craft brewery to fruition, two feature beers, and continuing acclaim and awards (including 3 consectutive Canadian Brewing Awards gold medals for King Pilsner), DiFonzo was destined to push the boundaries of brewing yet again, this time by blending two of his favourite recipes. This high-alcohol (6.5%), seasonal beer is a polished golden coloured lager that transcends beer styles, in effect defining a new one. Aromatic and crisp, with a hint of caramel, sturdy malt flavour compliments a definite hops presence, leading to a lingering and complex finish. In the works for the last few years now, KING PILSBOCK continues to solidify King Brewery as brewers of both world class lagers, and ultra-premium beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, - MAR 22, 2006
Bottle at Volo. Clear, bright gold with a small white head. Sharp herbal hops, sweet malt and mild alcohol on the nose. Flavour is quite fruity - some notes of sweet & tart orange, with good fresh hops to finish. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit heavy, my least favourite thing about the beer. The alcohol comes through a bit strong in the finish, I think it would benefit from some aging.

JoeMcPhee (10586) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2013
Deep golden pour with a tight white head. The aroma is quite malty with pils malt making up the majority of it. A little bit of soft pepper along with a bit of noble hop aroma. A hoppier aroma that is more notable than the majority of heller bocks I’ve had but this still isn’t my favorite style. I like this one better than most though.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
In short: A fruity blonde lager of some kind. A total mess
How: Bottle 341ml. Consumed fresh the day after a local left it at my place
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Off-putting nose of weird scented flowers that don’t want in a session beer like this. Taste of pop-corn, light butter notes, apricots, red grapes and other inappropriate lightly sour fruits, cookies, some cherries, a bit of honey and caramel. Some other stuff. Annoying floral finish that is neither bitter not dry. This beer is a totally mess. Another shitty beer from Ontario. The beer scene over there is so behind the rest of the planet that they are actually thinking of developing a web presence by promoting their beer through MySpace.

Spab (5102) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
341 ml bottle from brewery. Pours a deep, rich gold with small white cap. Mild aroma of sweet fruit and herbal hops. Flavour is big on the sweet fruit, some breadiness and some light herbal hops. Alcohol is quite well-masked. Finish is fairly sweet with just a hint of bitterness. Didn’t love it but liked it and respected it.

cyrenaica (1195) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
341ml bottle 6.5% ABV I tried this beer on November 5, 2008 at Bar Volo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a beautiful translucent dark gold (with reddish hues) in a tulip glass with almost no head. The aroma was bready malt, some maple notes, and yeast. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is malty, some yeasty notes, some caramel, and a little hops.

mnurda (1350) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottled sample via Piscator. A bit fruity for my liking, but quite enjoyable. Thanks to Piscator for this Heller Bock (never hear of it before).

piscator34 (2838) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 5, 2008
Bottled sample via lubiere. Dark gold in colour with medium carbonation. Aroma of sourdough bread, pitted fruit, and a hint of caramel. More sourdough in the mouth along with some lemony acidity. There is a bit of light apricot going on, as well as some diacetyl. Medium bodied. Medium bodied and fairly clean finishing. Not too shabby overall.

KyotoLefty (12060) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 20, 2008
On tap at Volo. Medium amber color with lots of orange. bohemian pils aroma: buttery, malty, decent hops, rich cereals, honey, some fruit. Big malt flavor with honey, butter, muscat grapes, cherry, alcohol. Strong alcohol finish with hops and fruity malts. A very interesting bock. Very complex, with nice hops and balance. The muscat flavor got on my nerves halfway through the pint, though.

Oakes (21759) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2008
Golden-amber. Fully malty, bready...nice nose. Kind of tart on the palate, with diacetyl. Whoa. At least it smelled good. Oh, and strong pilsner has been done before (see Europe, Eastern).

MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Tap-Golden pour with a foamy white head that laces and lasts. Leaves good lace. Heavy on the grass and lemon in the nose. Floral and also quite fruity with a good malt presence. Tastes are full on fruity caramel malts with floral bittering hops and some almost roast like qualities. Creamy int he finish. Pretty good.

Lubiere (16028) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2007
A golden beer with a thick creany white head. A clean malt aroma with crisp hops, very german, and nice fruity notes. In mouth, a rather good biscuitty malt, grassy, with notes of roastiness, a good german crisp hops, some light nuttyness. For the cold fermented beers, this is spot on. Bottle from Probstk.

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