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Hells Bock - Rock Art Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
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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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on't even know where this one came from but it popped up in my fridge yesterday so I decided to open it up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/21/2010.

The pour was decent, I should rephrase that for the style it was actually a pretty darn good pour. Nice bright golden color, almost a nice tea looking amber with a big head of white that towered up and over the top of the glass and settled down nicely with a decent amount of side glass lacing. Aroma was light, muted grains, hints of a musky alcohol, a touch of clove and light pear like fruit. Warming brought out tons of grains, and bready notes which washed across the tongue with the first chance they got. Huge notes of bready, herbal notes just sitting on the palate, waiting, cloyingly so to bounce. Light dose of caramel now coming through, rich with a bold, medium body that was more then adequately carbonated and really pushed through quite well. A little big for sure, but it seemed to work and I was able to easily muscle my way through the bottle.

Overall a solid effort as just about everything from Rock Art is. I would have no issue at all with trying this one or expanding my horizons with them in general.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown body with a wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, dough, and tart-smelling fruits.

Taste: Flavors of caramel and dough initially, but very little sweetness. Mild hints of dark, tart fruits. The bitterness is cutting, almost astringent, and throws the whole beer off balance. The alcohol is quite evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, I wanted to enjoy this, but didn't.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, honey, fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus fruits along with a touch of spice. There's a nice hops presence that comes in next and brings some balance. The malt character is hearty and provides a good breadiness in the background. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time. It's light enough to drink a lot, complexly flavorful enough to hold your interest and strong enough in ABV to pack a good punch without knocking you out.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours copperish orange with a thin, lasting, off-white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy, bitter, with some sour notes.

The taste is of caramel, grain, bitterness. A helles bock with a bitter, American-influenced kick, keeping a traditional underlying flavour.

This one made me long for brats with sauerkraut. A bit chalky, and alcohol isn't exactly covered, but it's a nice hoppy interpretation of a helles bock!

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very impressive off white head of five fingers. Dissolves into a mound of froth. Leaves ample chunky lace on the glass. Neutral amber color with the slightest chill haze.

Strong earthiness to the aroma. Dry and astringent, almost like sniffing dirt. I detect notes of nutmeg and pumpkin in the background with lots of cream.

This is a heavily hopped bock beer. Could easily pass for a Double IPA (although it is lagered). Not a speck of sugar in the glass--a very dry beer! The earthiness is muted by the generous hop level, which dominates the aftertaste. A decent chewiness that I'd associate with a bock.

An absolutely beautiful looking beer.

Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately to some surface bubbles. A spot or two of lace shows up during the session.

Smell: caramel sweetness and some light citrus comes through.

Taste: sweet bready malt is predominant. Some caramel, honey, citrus, and decent bitterness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth throughout. Long aftertaste as the sweetness lingers quite a while. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: ths one was a bit too sweet for me. Definite slow sipper but didn't improve as it warmed.

Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight citrus hops nose. Flavor is piney hops and caramel. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. Bottled Oct 2008.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bought somewhere during a Middlebury/Burlington visit.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the slightly cloudy reddish chestnut brew. Head holds on with a miser's grip, leaving incredibly thick layers of sticky froth. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Taste starts heavy on the sweetness, segues into the fruit, then comes on pricky hoppy at the end. Closes with a combination of the flavors, and maybe they all just shout a bit too loudly. Mouthfeel is is a bit overwhelming with the cacophony of flavor, and drinkability feels the same. A good beer, just probably not one to start the day's drinking, as I have done today.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear tangerine orange with a monstrous 2 finger + frothy light cream-beige colored head that left large ice-berg like sculptures after floating on the surface. Retention was extraoridinary and left a thick, clumpy and spongey coating down the glass walls. Visible effervesce was light and lazy.

S: limited in complexity and moderately strong in overall strength. Fresh oranges with fresh pine needles contributed to the huge hoppy nature this beer had to offer.

T: The flavor was as hoppy as the nose suggested with a big dose of dried grapefruit and dried orange peels. A generous amount of piney hops also coat the tongue along with some dry grassy notes. Dry, with a sharp pronounced hoppiness that leaves pine and grassy afterthoughts after the swallow.

M: a light medium consistency and was smooth in texture. Had a soft carbonation factor.

D: Generously hopped and overall a good experience that leaves quite the hoppy impression on your tongue. Definitly one of their better and bigger beers and worthy of checking out.

Photo of Viggo
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

Photo of DrJay
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange/gold with a frothy cap of yellowish/beige bubbles. Lots of spotty lacing, decent head retention. Aromas of bready malt, caramel, and a bit of citrus, a little floral. Not bad at all. Bitterness, while not overly strong, definitely overpowered the malt. Grassy hops stayed in the forefront, while a bit of malt hid in the background. Citrus filled out the middle and it finished with bitter resin and alcohol. Medium bodied up front, but thinned out at the end of each sip. Moderate carbonation with a little warmth. This really didn't work for me. It was way out of balance, even for a "big bock with twice the hops!" I went in hoping for good things, but not every experiment is a success.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice brown color with a decent head. The aroma has a caramel-ish malt character to it. The taste is smooth and malty with very subtle hints of roasted coffee in the mouthfeel. You almost cannot taste the alcohol in this beer. As I said, it's pretty smooth and I would say drinkable, if you can pair it up with something decent for food. A good interpretation of a bock. The only other bock that Rock Art has done is their annual holiday bock and I would say this is a better representation of that style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the prettiest beers I've ever had. In a pilsner glass, it was an amber color with a thick, off-white, whipped cream head. Beautifully carbonated, lots of lacing. It had a floral and malt aroma. Big malt, big pine flavor. Nicely balanced. Gotta have more of these.

Photo of Bierman9
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hells's Bock is from a 22oz bomber. Label is similar to most other biers in their "Extreme" series, save for the color (red, here) and the biers name. No freshness info found. Small side-blurb suggests having this with "bratworst". I suggest getting a proof-reader (their Infusco label mentioned "alchohol").

Pours a clear, rich, medium copper color. Very limited carbo within, and the head is short and tight, a fine, creamy light-beige layer. Lacing is good to good-plus. Nose is on the mild side, though evidence of florality and some toasty malt comes forth. Body is medium; no qualms there. Fairly smooth and creamy on the tongue, with a small bit of foamy/bubbly action.

Flavor has some more light sweetness, courtesy of the toasty malt action. This tastes pretty good, with subtle suggestions here of light caramel and a touch of butterscotch. Soon thereafter, hopping hits home, with an earthy, floral quality. It almost, almost has a hint of sour, green apple. Almost... The floral character lingers a bit, though this bier has a mostly dry finish. Not a bad bier, overall... in fact fairly drinkable. Though quite likely it will reside in the bottom 3rd, or so, of Maibocks I've had.

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

972

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was given to me by msubulldog25 during my last visit to Portland. Thanks for the freebie, man!

Pours a rusty color that looks very mildly hazed, and slow bubbles crawl up to a rocky, wonderfully creamy head that leaves plenty of lace on the glass.

Aroma is butterscotch, honey and somewhat rum-like, including a nice waft of supporting alcohol. Has a more hops-induced character than most others of the style. Something green and earthy in the background, though I can't put my finger on it.

Flavor is big round butterscotch taffy, honey, overripe pear, and some prickly orange-y hops. Juicy Fruit gum too, which comes into the finish along with the hops. Alcohol is only there to add a little warmth, really well-integrated. With warming something came in that reminded of seaweed, or maybe edamame -- sea-like, green, a little salty, of the earth...strange, but good-strange. There's such good balance here.

There are hardly any indications that this is a lager, as it tastes and even feels more like a big hoppy ale from the west coast or something. This is a bit gooey, big and slightly sticky, yet the carbonation tingle provides some balance and liveliness. Or maybe it just shows that lagers shouldn't be underestimated or looked down on.

Hell's Bock is on the sweet side but not overpowering, and I admit I didn't expect it to be quite this good. The "B" grade it currently has here on BA doesn't quite match what I'm tasting, and the other reason I didn't expect this to be very good was because the other Rock Art beer I've had, Ridge Runner barleywine, was one of the worst BWs I've ever had. So this was a pleasant surprise, and as much as I like a traditional maibock, I like Rock Art's big-craft twist on it.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped for $3.05 from Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars in Boonton... never heard of this brewery before I stopped in here, and they had a bunch of different samples for a pretty low price, so I decided to grab a few... "A big Bock with twice the hops" on the red front logo sticker... Pours a hazy and cloudy dark orange color with a modest head that soon receded... although this beer might be labeled as a Maibock / Helles Bock, the smell and taste really resembled a mellow IPA more than anything... nose was full of fresh hops, citrus, and nectarines... taste complemented the aroma, with fresh florals, tangerines, hops, citrus, lemons, grapefruit, and florals.. Overall, I was really impressed with this sample, it was very interesting, different, and unique, and for the price, I couldn't go wrong... really worth it, with a nice mouthfeel and very good drikability, especially due to the fact that the 8% ABV is hardly detectable behind fresh, rich flavors... good stuff... Recommended...

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Hells Bock from Rock Art Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.