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Voku Hila - Local Option

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Local Option visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 03-28-2013)
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Reviews by spoony:
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spoony

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev +1.7%

From a 500 ml bottle to a helles glass.

A-A normal pour produces almost a finger of short-lived white head. The airy foam doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The brew is honey-golden color with some champagne-like carbonation visible through the haze.

S-The smell is pretty grainy with an aroma that reminds me of corn flakes, i.e., sort of toasted and seml-sweet cooked veggies. There is also a whiff of mild honey-like sweetness and a fair bit of wheat aroma. It is decent, but a bit scattered.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a bit scattered. I get a little bit of that corn-flake graininess and slightly floral, honey-like sweetness, as well as some wheat on the front of the palate. The finish trends toward hops with a dull, lightly spiced straw flavor. The flavors, especially on the finish, seem a bit haphazard.

M-The feel is slightly creamy, with soft-but-active carbonation and a drinkable but moderately hefty body.

O-A Maibock review in November...oh well. As I mentioned above, this brew has a slightly odd and random assortment of flavors, some of which fit the traditional profile for the style, and some of which don't. There is potential here for a nice, interesting, drinkable Maibock, and this brew was worth a try, but Voku Hila isn't quite where it needs to be for mass consumption.

11-03-2013 15:41:54 | More by spoony
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oberon

North Carolina

3.56/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

07-07-2014 20:34:21 | More by oberon
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csmartin6

New York

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

01-23-2014 07:33:26 | More by csmartin6
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Rosethoj

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.5%

03-14-2014 22:39:14 | More by Rosethoj
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nikigava

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

07-15-2014 13:35:21 | More by nikigava
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

08-01-2014 18:30:21 | More by WoodBrew
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GRG1313

California

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

10-14-2013 03:24:22 | More by GRG1313
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

10-29-2013 03:31:00 | More by gillagorilla
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

11-24-2013 01:22:16 | More by bluejacket74
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

08-23-2013 23:29:38 | More by enelson
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-08-2014 04:42:25 | More by LiquidAmber
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

05-25-2013 01:32:22 | More by metter98
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

05-03-2014 22:45:10 | More by DMarlinJ
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

10-06-2013 02:16:21 | More by Canada_Dan
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aasher

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

05-18-2014 20:34:20 | More by aasher
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EuellGophar

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2%

03-16-2014 23:27:29 | More by EuellGophar
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sansho

California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

10-10-2013 23:09:57 | More by sansho
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

09-04-2013 01:03:11 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Cory_Brown

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-28-2014 07:52:50 | More by Cory_Brown
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y0tommyb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.6%

08-17-2014 22:28:55 | More by y0tommyb
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anhigdon

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

04-29-2014 13:33:26 | More by anhigdon
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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +2%

05-17-2014 02:47:43 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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stephaniehuey


3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

06-27-2014 22:01:59 | More by stephaniehuey
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geuze_gone_wild

California

3.16/5  rDev -7.9%

08-18-2014 04:13:37 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev +9.6%

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...

09-22-2013 07:12:25 | More by TMoney2591
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Voku Hila from Local Option
79 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.