Brewed by Harringtons Breweries
Style: Heller Bock
Christchurch, New Zealand
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
A strong lager brewed with locally sourced pilsner malts using Canterbury’s purest artesian water and Nelson’s finest hops. A Holy trinity of ingredients creating a lager of international quality for Godzone enjoyment.

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Deserthops (2) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2017 does not count
I do not condone vioence of any kind, but this upped my friend Mat’s fightin prowess by +2

Skarecrow (747) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 31, 2016
330ml bottle Hazy pale straw with little head. Not much aroma. Mild bitterness followed by a sourness which lingers. Not great.

mpeacey (17) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 10, 2016
Very light gold in colour, with a thin head. Aroma is malty and lemony. Sweet, boozy taste, with pleasant malty finish.

tombutlin (313) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 7, 2015
Another poor effort from Harrington’s. The only differentiation from their other lagers is the higher alcohol, which is painfully obvious. Very bland.

Pdubyah (736) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 26, 2015
It’s hard to be nice about a beer that is only and just about alcohol hidden by malt sweetness, and you can buy that for a bout 1/3 the price in cans from Germany if you wanted. This isn’t good, and I’m not even sue that the name of the beer isn’t a hat-tip to beer to get smashed by. Oh and the brewer just changed the style to "Strong Lager" say no more.

waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2015 330ml botte, from the comments an interesting history, far more malty than hoppy & hides the alcohol well, not too bad

Mackeon (163) - - JUL 17, 2014
UPDATED: APR 12, 2015 Although it’s on the sweet side, and could do with more hops, it’s still a fair brew. It should be drunk well-chilled, though. Not the best effort of one of New Zealand’s better breweries. I liked the simplicity of their former label better than their latest.

GoufCustom (2003) - HONG KONG - JUN 22, 2014

330ml green bottle bought at Great Food Hall in Pacific Place, Admiralty during the ‘New Zealand food festival’ promotion.

Clear dull golden orange colour; Very thin head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Good sticky lacing and active carbonation; Pungent and sweet smell of lager malt which can be smelt a foot away, plus raisin, sugar, hint of nuts, bread, dough, lemon and very strong raw grass; Strong sweet taste of light Pilsener malt, with pleasant light syrup, honey, light raisin, light flower petals, biscuits, light yeast, faint lemon, light bitter hops and thin grass; Mid to light body. Thin but slick palate; Mouth feel is initially like an Imperial Pils - Pilsener maltyness is kinda thin but has no adjunct at all, with full round sweetness of nice light syrup and a bit of honey. There is also some underlying nuttiness and light raisin taste, booze is well hidden, but overall it’s very lager-ish, still very much an Imperial Pils with some extra dimensions of a Bock. Also quite biscuity and very low hops. Pretty interesting and tasty!... Hoppiness is strong raw grass in nose, light lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is very low in background, very Bock-like for a nicely sweet-and-faint-bitter finish; Slightly dry after taste, quite sweet to mouth.

Comments: This is an interesting hybrid of Imperial Pilsener and Heller Bock. Very much a strong lager at heart, with that strong and raw grass aroma which may be mistaken as light skunk. The Bock-ish sweetness, hidden booze, light nuts and low hops makes it very intriguing and quite enjoyable. Definitely worth trying if you see one!

Viter (34) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2014
(Draught) Average strong lager. Colour darkish yellow. I did expect the alcohol in the taste but it is not apparent. However the taste is pretty sweet, warming in the end.

3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
They call it a Strong Lager made with Pilsner malt and New Zealand hops, so it sits in well with Imperial Pilsner but given the low hop rate I changed this to Heller Bock since that is what it most resembles, subjectively. There are no adjuncts used, which is why I changed it from Malt Liquor, which it had been listed as for who knows how long. This is sweet and full-bodied, relatively low-hopped, has a syrupy and goopy consistency. Lemon and pepper hop acids up front turn to more general spice mix in the finish, though the hop acids make the "spice" character more evident, but it’s much more malt-driven giving off an aroma and flavor reminiscent of sweet biscuits with a softer hint of corn syrup. A smidgen of ethanol fumes in the nose suggesting the presence of fusels.

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