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Hells Bock - Rock Art Brewery

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82
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
We felt that lagers are being left out of the new revolution, so try this one! This spring, break out a bottle or three on that first sunny warm spring day when you get that itch.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2007)
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Reviews by skivtjerry:
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, with a nice white head. It has a very clean malt aroma, with no perceptible hops. Hits the tongue with a nice malty flavor that is appealing but not overpowering and demands another sip. Noble hop flavor is barely there. Extremely drinkable; could be a product of Germany.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:51:43 | More by skivtjerry
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Mini4x

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -10%

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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10%

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Jacob007

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3%

08-24-2013 23:30:42 | More by Jacob007
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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tnbeatty

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

05-15-2013 13:37:22 | More by tnbeatty
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mactrail

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

01-15-2013 15:33:42 | More by mactrail
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden/amber color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a touch of ethanol, and sweet almost herbal aromas wafting from the glass. The flavor is sweet and dark sugary and caramel like the aroma promised, but with a solid shot of dark sweet fruits as well. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Decent enough beer, but seems caught somewhere between a bock and a barleywine. Confusing but drinkable I guess.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 04:59:04 | More by johnnnniee
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middletonman2001

Maryland

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went to the Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville, Vermont and got a case of 12 bombers for 50% off, which came out to about $22. I poured the beer into my Long trail glass and it was very carbonated and had about a 3 inch head on it. The beer is light brown and looks like a glass of apple juice. It has a very sweet smell with a touch of hops. I am very surprised with out it tastes. At 75 IBUs i was expecting it to be alot more bitter than it is. And at 8% alcohol you really can't taste that either. It does have the sweetness of a bock, but I think that the hops gives a nice balance so isn't as sweet as most bocks, which i'm not usually that big of a fan of. As for mouthfeel i'm not really sure how you charactize it, but it has a light feel to it. Like I said I'm not usually a fan Bock's but this one is pretty good, if you like bock's I would recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 00:53:21 | More by middletonman2001
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge fluffy and fizzy 2.5 finger head that fades fairly quickly as it seems to collapse from within, but leaves almost no lacing, pretty much what I would expect from an 8% beer that is over carbonated... the beer is hazy slight sediment laden cranberry reddish tan colored beer. The head disappears to a very slight head covering fairly quickly.

Nose is malty as expected, and a bit fruity. Dark wheat like aromas add the bock feel, with some caramel and molasses sweetness and slight maple, with juicy stone fruits, like a fig and plum like blend, hint of bananas foster, and a reddish stone fruit like aroma.

Taste comes with more bock flavors, dark wheats, dark malts, caramel and molasses sweeteners again, candy like that reddish candy on candied apples, light biscuity and nutty toffee, reddish malts, etc. Fruits again, bananas foster, reddish stone fruit again, fig, hint of candied raisin and craisin, etc. Light earthy hops bring some bitterness, and come through with spicy hops towards teh finish. The sweetness comes on fairly strong at first, bringing some warming booze with it, but dries slightly on the finish, which is also a bit syrupy and sticky, fairly bitter as the spicy hops ramp up a bit and bring some earthiness, as well as more lingering wheat, fruits, and caramel molasses sweet flavors.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, some warming booze.

Overall not bad but not great, nice malts and wheat flavors but too sweet, a decent bitter hop addition, but nothing really special overall. The booze balances the sweetness well, and it has some bock flavors but not as much as I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 23:31:57 | More by jlindros
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ixodus

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber with reddish hues, off white head with poor retention. Small traces of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet citrus, slightly grassy, some plastic like phenols. Not as hoppy as I was expecting knowing Rock Art and having the label say "twice the hops".

T: Sweet caramel, biscuits, toffee, grape, orange peel, grass, has a nice moderate bitterness to finish it up. Almost tastes like a sweet pale ale. Alcohol is non-existant.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation has a slight bite to it. Pretty good drink ability.

O: Overall it's a decent beer. I can't see myself seeking it out but I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered. Alcohol is hidden extremely well so that's a big +.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 20:58:14 | More by ixodus
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2012 11:31:34 | More by rkcrozier
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – amber color, a bit hazy, and with about two fingers’ worth of dark khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Very high carbonation.

Smell – a bit sweet smelling, almost like a soda, but with a hop-like edge to it.

Taste – definitely more of a hop-like taste than I expected. You taste the hops, and then you feel them via the bitterness. There still is an air of sweetness about it, mostly around the middle of the taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced, but does lean more toward the watery side.

Overall – not a bad brew at all, but at the same time not terribly interesting to think about.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 03:47:26 | More by Nerudamann
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy clay red/tan, finger khaki head,
good lacing

S: malt, fig/raisin, biscuit, hint of spice

T: sweet malt, biscuit, hint of pine, short crisp finish

M: med/light body, hint of oily
mostly crisp/semi-dry mouth

O: Enjoy Rock Art beers, but
this fell short for me. Needed little
stronger flavor. ABV well hidden.

SOLID, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 17:55:47 | More by BeerLover99
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-01-2011 19:52:00 | More by djrn2
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.8%

12-01-2011 17:05:43 | More by Satchboogie
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white head that doesn't look like its going anywhere. Very bubbly with a hazy golden copper color. Soapy lacing clings to the glass.

Bread, crisp clean lager aroma that I get with lagers. Hops are noticeable -- I hope so with 75 IBU's but nothing crazy.

Tastes like a Bock meets a Pale Ale. Bread and a doughiness up front with a clean crisp taste that I get with Lagers and some hop bitterness at the end.

Medium body with medium Carbonation. No alcohol burn at all. Nothing really that great about the body.

The 8% abv. with no evidence of alcohol in taste or warmth -- 75 IBU's and its only slightly noticeable. A whole lot of high numbers but nothing to show for; this is only a decent number in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 07:07:36 | More by 9InchNails
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3%

11-28-2011 03:35:10 | More by brandoman63
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BrewinHeadBanger

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-27-2011 23:13:00 | More by BrewinHeadBanger
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SMason

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.9%

11-20-2011 11:55:51 | More by SMason
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

11-18-2011 18:37:17 | More by nmann08
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased this summer on a trip to vermont. sampled oct 2/2010.

pours deep orange, not quite red, with a big fluffy off-white head. the pour is pretty clear until the last 10% of the bottle when the chunks start to appear. the head drops fairly fast and leaves plenty of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. big caramel nose. bit of toffee. light honey. light orangey citrus, but no harsh grapefruit or pithy bits. white bread and cracker. hint of biscuit. touch of alcohol.

taste is good. slightly sweet candied orange and tangerine quickly gives way to a lightly biting hop bitterness and fades into slightly toasted whole wheat bread, cracker, and a bit of biscuit. bitterness is just above medium level, slightly resinous.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well and balancing out the bitterness. i've had mixed reviews of some past rock art brews, but i'm fond of this one. you definitely get a nice malty bock character and a pleasant hoppy bite. the citrusy hops and candy sweetness go well. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:24:55 | More by grub
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Big thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a mostly clear orange, some golden highlights, very thick and rocky white head forms and settles down to a medium layer And ring around the glass, huge lace sheets stick to the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty but somewhat plain, a bit of honey and brown sugar sweetness, solid biscuit, alcohol is present but well hidden, light floral and some toast, clean and quite nice.

Taste is similar, very clean, lots of biscuit, some caramel, a touch of apple cider, bready, some alcohol, big and malty, a bit of orange peel and some light floral/herbal hopping.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some alcohol warmth but well hidden. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 01:24:04 | More by Viggo
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark to medium golden yellow/straw color with a good inch or so of fluffy lacy white head.

Aroma reminds me of a hoppy brown ale or amber ale and not something in the lager category. Some definite grassy and citrus smells along with a good dose of caramel malt.

Flavor is reminscent of a malty pale ale with some caramel and brown sugar notes. It also has some peppery and spicy flavors as well.

I love it. At $3.99 in VT, Rock Art is by far the best value as far as craft beer goes. Solid and very drinkable at 8%.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:22:18 | More by indiapaleale
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a killer malt profile that boasts of Munich as well and bisquit malts. It's sweet with some bready notes. The taste is decent. It has a nice Munich malt flavor with plenty of hop bitterness up front as well. It goes down with a bit of warmth and a very dry bready finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinker, although it's one of their weaker offerings. I probably will avoid buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 00:07:33 | More by WesWes
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Hells Bock from Rock Art Brewery
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