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Helles Bock - Wedge Brewing Company

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Helles Bock
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very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kkipple on 11-25-2008)
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South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barley's in Asheville. Haven't seen this before, and am glad to review it.

A. Tarnished singed gold. A half-inch head boasts a tight, off white sticky cap. Solid retention. Gorgeous, even lacing down the glass as I drink this.

S. Unf! What a shock... this is superb. Ultra-clean and harmonious. Sweet, grainy malt shocks the nose. Cool, bitter, mildly grassy noble hops are used to great effect and it's all fully "there". This is not a complex beer, just a great smelling one. Damp summer evenings under the stars were made for drinks like this.

T. Superb balance of flavors going on here. First off, everything screams fresh, clean, fully fermented and perfectly crafted. The golden malt is sweet and rich, yet balanced out by the noble, bitter and mildly rough hops. Evident booze dances on the tongue. Reminds me of an imperial-pilsner, the hop flavor is quite similar. Honey, sweet delightful fermentation character, a touch of grain and... I guess I'm at a loss. It just works. You could hand this to a hundred people and they would all tell you it's "good beer".

M. Perfection! Medium body, smooth, full carbonation and a clean, crisp finish = ultra drinkable. I cannot think of a way to improve on this for the style.

This is seriously drinkable. Sublime. I want more, but have to drive back to Columbia. :(

The geniuses at the Wedge have crafted the best American example of this style I've had... heck, it just might be THE best I've had. What a delightful treat. The Wedge absolutely needs to make this a staple in their lineup.
Go find some.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 06:40:13 | More by kkipple
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Pours a soft amber color with a nice inch of white foamy head on top that has a good bit of staying power and leaves behind a nice trail of white lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is light cloves, honey and caramel, a touch of herbal, almost woodsy notes that blend together just damn perfectly. Carries over perfectly into the flavor which again is soft, well put together with a light honey and herbal flavor that balances with light grains and bready notes. Light body and smooth carbonation leaves it hanging just right on the palate and makes it incredibly drinkable.

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Helles Bock from Wedge Brewing Company
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