Voku Hila - Local Option

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-28-2013

Voku Hila is a strong lager developed and brewed by Local Option Bierwerker. This helles bock is golden in color with a large, creamy, persistent white head; aromatically driven by robust toast and bread notes derived from continental European pale malts with moderate spice from noble German hops. Voku Hila will be appreciated by lager and mullet enthusiasts alike.
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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, floral hops, toffee, and some fruitiness. I think this taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some honey, nuts and light citrus flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, smooth and easy enough to drink. It's also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I'd buy it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Local Option beer.Pours into a half liter stein a chill hazed honey tinged golden with a large quick to fade crown atop.Aromas of sweet pizza dough and caramel with a tinge of alcohol,on the sweeter side for sure.Pretty sweet on the palate as well really with caramel malts and mild butteriness,light drying in the finish with a hint of sourness.I search out maibocks and love to find a good one,this is ok but to sweet for the style to be really good in my opinion.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Aromas of bread and spicy, earthy hops.
T: Malty, bready attack with a light sweetness and traces of caramel to toffee dries out somewhat on the finish with a moderate bitter accent.
F: Rich full body, medium carbonation.
O: A malt driven big full bodied beer that is easy to drink.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes).

A: Brownish copper with great lacing.

S: Interesting. Sweet with a lot of saison and farmhouse flavors.

T: Decent body. Light with slight pepper and farmhouse notes. Decent.

M: Smooth with light burst of bubbles.

O: It was listed as a strong lager there. Not bad.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, lemon and a tart vegetal element. Flavor of biscuit and mildly bready malt, wheat, lightly tart lemon and apple juice, finishing with biscuit and European hop flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied. An interesting take on a bock style beer, more similar in profile to a biscuity lager, but with light German bock flavors woven into the taste. At first the lagerish malt and hops are unexpected from a bock, somewhat drier, but the flavor is intriguing and pleasant. Although it is not really to style, this beer has suggestions towards the original maibock while presenting its own malty flavors. Drier and less sweet than a typical maibock, but an enjoyable beer. As the beer opened up in the glass, a pleasant floral element developed in the hop finish.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that eventually faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast and malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell except that it is slightly maltier. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems easy to drink compared to other maibocks because it seems lighter-bodied compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More new breweries to Indiana – next is Local Option. Cheers!

A: Hazy gold with an extraordinarily effervescent body, sending a fizzy white head up two fingers high. Webs of sticky lacing and foamy retention mark the top of the glass.

S: All grain: a mild aroma of wheat cereal and butter on white bread with a slight vegetal quality. Bit of grassy hops and banana-forward yeast, as well.

T: It seems like this palate is built around the traditional helles flavor, but enhanced to the point of being nearly an imperial lager. Tastes of lemon poppy seed, banana custard, and cooked pear provide a soft sweetness, with a mild fruit syrup flavor. Some graininess comes through, as well as a touch of honey and a lime peel hoppiness; it’s only lightly bitter, like many helles. Finishes with a minty taste, a lightly sweet, herbal dryness.

M: Rich and velvety body, a 6% lager that feels much more full than it should. This is mainly where it gets its imperial character.

O: Much more beer than I expected to come from this bottle; an imperial lager if there ever was one. Thankfully, it turned out to be a great example of a bold helles lager. I have a hard time comparing this to any other beers I’ve ever tried – maybe that’s one of the reasons I like it so much.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

If I ever own goats, I'm gonna make sure they have mohawks... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, mild grass, flowers, light honey, and a touch of sweet oatmeal. Honestly, there are certain sniffs that elicit memories of Honey Nut Cheerios (only positively, considering I dislike the cereal). The taste brings in more of the same, along with candied orange peel, light powdered sugar, and a light kiss of red apple skin. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying-ish finish. Overall, a solid, enjoyable helles bock, one that follows tradition to a point, then proceeds down its own path. We need more of that in our beer lives...

Photo of smcolw
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light amber/dark gold color. This was the end of the keg. Small head and absolutely no lace.

Leans to a malt nose with a touch of sourness.

First impression is of the carbonation which runs very high. Slightly soured pale malt flavor with a hop bitterness as a counterpoint. Easy to drink. No signs of alcohol.

Photo of champ103
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Closed for Business in Charleston.

A: Pours an opaque, hazed golden orange color. A bubbly white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Very sweet in the nose. Caramel malts and sugar. Dish detergent like soapy aromas. Not good.
T: Again, a lot of sweetness. Brown sugar like. Soapy, oily, and not good. This is very odd for a lager. A sweet, sugary mess.
M/D: A light body with low carbonation. A slick and oily constancy. While not hard to drink, there is nothing here I care to come back to. If they don't want to make anything resembling a lager.

Wow, this is a bad lager. Basically everything is wrong. I don't know what they were thinking when making this? Avoid.

Photo of KFBR392
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%

Appearance: Pours with a half finger of bubbly, crisp white head. The color is a darker then expected muddy orange. Active carbonation is bright, fitting for the style.

Smell: Crisp hops, freshly cut grass, and sweet amber malts greet the drinker. There are some subtle herbal, vegetal notes on the body which compliment the hops and malt well. Bread and sweet dough continue to come in waves and brings the aroma full circle.

Taste: Biscuit and bready notes are the biggest player on the front. Grassy hops slowly work their way into the body but continue to grow and intensify. The mid palate and finish is dominated but sticky amber malts with highlights of rich toffee and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Sticky malts really provide a more robust body then expected. Carbonation is fitting.

Overall: The malt body is leading the way no doubt. I would love that dialed back a touch so the hops could shine through a little brighter. An interesting interpretation on the style but I can dig it.

Photo of cvm4
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours golden in color with a one finger eggshell head.

S - Grainy, pungent, lemon and vegetal.

T - Still grain/wheat forward with light malts. A breadyness quality with slight floral aspects and a bitteresque finish.

M - High carbed and medium bodied, smooth as well.

O - It is what it is, nothing earth shattering or blind blowing.

Photo of avalon07
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy head that lasted a good amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A very much underplayed aroma of malt and wheat (these two elements dominated the smell).

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, a bready quality, and a sweet component (possibly honey). Not what I expected from a Maibock. This is an aggressive, powerful taste that actually gets better as you go along.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A bit uneven in spots, but worth a look. Drinkable.

Photo of dar482
3.36/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at Torst.

The color is a honey mix of yellow and light brown.

The aroma definitely has that maibock/smaller doppelbock. Lager effervescence, sweet malt, and honey.

The flavor continues, though at first, it's a bit confusing what style this exactly is. The does follow the aroma and surely eventually does taste like a maibock. There's a lot of nuttiness like Paulner Salvator. It can be an acquired taste that woody and nut flavor. It can be skunky or offensive to some.

It does taste quite authentic however. I've had much worse American lager attempts.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You know it's spring when Maibocks hit the taps! Unfortunately, the trend is to jump right past these delicate seasonal lagers and jump into the estery and hoppy taste of summer with the first +50 degree day to come along. It's great to see that Local Options sees thing in a saner light.

Mild honey-amber in its pour, the beer calmly releases a foamy white cap. Its head is steadfast and its lacing is light. But its ivory foam is charged by steady strems of carbonation rising from beneath. Slightly darker than your typical lager, this stronger version portrays a look of added gesto right from the start.

With honey and grain at the forefront, the beer shows more sweet character than the finesse charm of just sheer malt. Nearly caramelly in its scent, it takes a stronger hop spice and citrus character to balance the beer. Spice notes of mint, tea-like herbs, and a tinge of alcohol rise from the savory malt scent.

A blend of malt and grain align on the tongue and allow for a sweet that that's trapped somewhere between honey and caramel, but also brigdes into nutty taste, peanut brittle, and a touch of orange marmalade. The middle palate introduces the balancing agents of woodish, grassy, and minty hops, before taking a turn toward spicy bitterness to finish in somewhat balanced fashion.

Medium bodied, the beer carries a little extra weight along with those caramel flavors and leads to a somewhat lumbered and candied mouthfeel. Its slow to develop into the elegant textures and taste of more pilsner malt focused versions of Germany. A late finish of mint, alcohol, and fleeting carbonation keeps the throat both cool and warm at the same time.

Where the beer lacks the authentic taste of Bavaria, it seems rather inspired by those brewing traditions, but uses common grains and techniques that are known to U.S. microbreweries. But regardless of its authenticity, it's a welcome taste in my glass to usher in spring. Now bring on warmer weather!

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with well balanced earthy hop, bready malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, pear, apple, honey, toast, biscuit, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of earthy hops, bready malts, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good maibock. Robust and well balanced earthy hop, bready malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Lemke10
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a golden amber color with an average head. The aroma is mild with hops and yeast. The taste is unique and not what I was expecting. Certainly there is room for improvement but this is fairly decent and worth a try especially from a brewery you don't hear a whole lot about.

Photo of cpetrone84
1.89/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pour is dark golden amber with lots of white head and some larger bubbles with a fair bit of lace. Nose is heavily malted and a bit stale, lots of caramel malts, overly toasted, lots of sugar. Taste follows suit, a little less stale, way too much sugar, lots of caramel malts and toasted grains, very little hop profile and no clean grains. Syrupy feel, soft carb, too big and full.

Photo of Shikitohno
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

A nice light lager with a bit of taste. Very smooth mouth feel and slightly sweet, with a bitter aftertaste.

Photo of beergoot
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Big, creamy white head sitting atop a well-carbonated, golden body. Old citrus fruit aroma. Biting, bitter flavor with little distinguishable malt tones. Very dry, highly carbonated mouthfeel; medium body.

A nice looking beer that doesn't quite follow-up with taste, aroma, or feel. There is just there barest hint of toasted malt, but it's strongly overshadowed with a brazen bitterness. The mouthfeel comes across coarsely. Drinkable (barely) but definitely unbalanced and unrefined.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Barcade in Philadelphia, served chilled in a goblet.

A brilliant golden color with fine bead, light haze with lace that clings. The smell is midly vinous with toasted granola and nuts w/ vanilla-almond like nose. The feel is very good, complexity is high with light yeast texture and mild fruity texture and subtle spice with hop spiciness mid palate until a moderately dry alcohol feel toward the end. The feel has medium carbonation and body.

The taste is very good, nice crisp malt with white grape and peppery hop flavor with toasted notes and mild hints of raw almond and bread crumb flavors with nice grainy taste adding toasted accent with some hop spice lingering and a low amount of alcohol in the finish. Overall I really loved the taste, complexity and shear ease of drinkability.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.64/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Binny's.

I liked this beer overall because it was a decent lager and had some really nice bready, malty qualities, however, it was too hoppy for a traditional German-style bock bier. The alcohol level was decent for the style.

Photo of Florida9
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy copper-toned yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized white head. Reduces fairly quickly to a bubbly surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Some moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pungent. Grainy malts and some citrus forward hops with a hint of acetone.

T: Taste is likewise agressive and unfortunately the acetone comes through even stronger in the taste than in the aroma. There is an underlying breadiness and a bit of malt syrup with notes of grapefruit and lemon citrus. Finish is alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied, but the 6.5% alcohol shows through much stronger than it should. Mild bitterness and a lower carbonation.

O: As with most Local Option beers, I'm sure this beer is supposed to be a recreation of some long lost style or recipe. However, while this beer is drinkable, its not particularly enjoyable and probably should have been left to the ages.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is everything a bright bock should be, grain driven, clear pale golden in color, heady, dense, clean finishing, and bready as the authentic german editions, but it is also some things it shouldn't be, semisweet, overly filling, and expensive. lager yeast marries well with robust grain, maybe some wheat, but definitely german pale malt, and the result is a decidedly malty and heavy light beer, carbonated like its namesake literally demands, but still filling and heavy to drink a lot of. not as clean finishing as others, and while the lager yeast tries its hardest, the residual sugar is still there in enough concentration to make this even more filling. i like american made bocks, and this is a pretty good one as they go, with a nice nod to tradition, but its not quite as clean as it should be, and its rather pricey at 9 bucks a go.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Very good lager. Slight sweetness to it.

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Voku Hila from Local Option
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