Maracuja05 (1206) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2017
28-05-17 // 500ml on tap at Biergarten Deutsches Eck, Koblenz. Clear golden coloured beer, solid white head. Nose is sweet malty. Taste is sweet malty malty, some honey, grains, cereals. Mild grassy bitterness. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Draught at Deep Ellum, 5/5/17.MrTipple (4782) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2017
Clear, bright golden-beeswax with a medium-sized white head showing moderate retention.
Rich malt notes in the nose range from well-extracted honey via Pils malt, while stronger notes of freshly baked baguette and very light sourdough notes add more layers and richness to the malty nose. Not a complete one-sided malt bomb, however, as peppery and herbal hop notes, light but fragrant for what they are, help restore some balance. There is some of the mineral, almost wine-like house character I’ve noted in their other beers and it does contribute some "dryness", as well, helping to further offset the malt; but this certainly remains a malt-dominated beer, as it should. No alcohol or flaw.
Rich honey and sweet bread in the mouth with low but fairly engaging carbonation helps to disperse the sweetness somewhat. Light bitterness from the hops with floral and herbal notes that work well against the pale malts. Light plaster and other mineral notes with gentle acidity on the finish (not hop-driven, most likely toasted malts). It’s malty, sweet and rich, but still has enough balance to keep it from seeming cloying or overly sugary, I think. Maybe not quite the finesse and elegance of some of their other beers, but it doesn’t have the dark malts that the doppelbock has to dry it out as much, so I think inherently suffers a bit. I sadly haven’t had very many true heller bocks, so my critique is quite uninformed. But for a malty beer, I quite enjoyed it.
Sweet grain and cereal malts, caramel, molasses, straw, hay, light smoked flavours. Clear gold, medium, creamy, white head. Light sweet. More sweet grain and cereal malts, molasses, caramel, sought carbonation, medium bodied. Nice Heller Bock, sweet and satisfying, one-dimensional, but that was completely expected. Bottle from Drinks of the World, Bern. dunklermessias (176) - Lüneburg, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2017
500 ml bottle. Pours with a bright golden color and a very nice white head. The nose is slightly sweet, with cereals and hay. Yeasty. Taste is sweet, some strawy malt, caramel, some bananas-yeasty. Sweet finish. Mortlach (2335) - Rome, ITALY - APR 9, 2017
On tap @Birrifugio Trastevere (Rome). Dorata viva, limpidissima, schiuma media non molto persistente. Al naso note di miele, fieno, pasta lievita. In bocca è sbilanciata sul malto, dolce, con luppolatura quasi impercettibile. Corpo medio, carbonazione media. Stanca già dopo qualche sorso.
tgrtnr (156) - Augsburg, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
500 ml bottle served in mug. Golden colour. Grain and hay malt aroma. Sweet taste with a bitter hint. Alcoholic taste not that dominant. Nice palate, very easy to drink for a Bock beer. Carbonation soft. Bittersweet finish. Not bad. LeoN_ (57) - Freiburg, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2017
Sehr klar, wenig weisser Schaum, gropporig. Aroma hefig, pils, leicht malzig. Kräftiger Malz betonter Körper. Im Abgang kommt der Malz richtig gut zur Geltung, minimal hopfig, Alkoholisch. Ein Tick zu süss. aleigator (945) - GERMANY - JAN 9, 2017
Pours a filtered golden color, with a noisy, big head.
Aromas appear to be pretty muted, there is a hint of wheat, toffee and dried grass.
Perfectly accentuated carbonation illustrates a bright maltiness, sweet and refreshing, expectedly easy drinking - pair with hearthy food.
Tastes of sweet, strawy malts, which get a generous caramel treatment. Develops a pleasant dryness, which only goes as far as adding more depth to the malts, by showcasing dried leafes and fresh cut grass. Finishes sweet, yet refreshing, since the carbonation of the beer develops a late effervescence with a nuance of the hops prevailing.
Well made, balanced and malty, not too much going on in this. hauxe (709) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2017
Pours clear and gold from the bottle. A relatively thin white crown forms then fizzes away. The aroma is dominated by the malt, though there is something floral present, and even mint. Taste is honey sweet and imparts a rich, buttery flavor that ends in a warming, lightly alcoholic finish. Decent, in unexciting. Would pair well with heavy, spicy, meaty winter dishes. anstei (2169) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 2, 2016
Bottle at Erzbierschof Zurich. Pours clear golden with a medium but shortlived head. Aroma is lightly hoppy and mostly malty, yet no particular aromas. Medium body, low carbonation, a bit flat and stale. Some cat piss. Light struck maybe? Palate is medium and doesn’t offer anything new.