Hells Bock - Rock Art Brewery

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Rock Art Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-07-2007

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.
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Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Pours a hazy, dirty straw in color. Finger's length, densely foamy white head that plasters and cliings to the nonic's sides. Walls of ringed lacing with very good strength.

Bright citrus hops profile: lime and grapefruit with mild pine notes. Malted wheat with a noticeable grainy base; consistent with a Helles Bock, but with a hefty hop addition and slick alcohol presence. The malted sweetness is a little excessive.

Sweetened, grain-filled malt character. A lingering astringency makes its way to the forefront along with a dirty, pine-filled hop flavor. Very phenolic as the wheat and grains turn almost burnt. A moderate, brief bitterness, filled with pine and burnt floral hops, mark the finish with a citrus and phenolic aftertaste.

Medium bodied; smooth until the hops kick in at mid-sip and the texture turns rough. Not quite on target for the style; but then again, this one is in a stylistic category all on its own.

Unique across the board. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy this one, but it's tough to judge within a particular style. Good flavors, mildly unbalanced, but worth a try for the novelty. (1,167 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bomber of Maibock (Helles Bock) poured out a light amber/gold color with a one finger head of eggshell white foam. Mediocre lacing and retention but great clarity. The nose was a little unusual, slightly sweet, pale malt, white grapes and citrus. The flavors were more malt based, sweet honey and caramel malt at first, then wheat bread, yeast and dry grains with floral hops and hints of grapefruit at the end. Rather complex though they don't all flow together in my opinion. Good mouthfeel is slightly fizzy which helps bring all the flavors out. For a rather difficult style this is a good interpretation and displayed nice depth in the palate. If you see it, try it. (676 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of Iceman77
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a finger of creamy head which recedes fairly quickly, decent lacing. The aromas are a mix of hops, yeast and fruit, after initial smell these are not as prominent. Up front the flavor is slightly fruity, the hops are definitely noticeable but more for their bitterness, not so much their flavor. There is a faint hint of malts behind that. It is a little sharp on the tongue and the hoppy bitterness remains in the aftertaste. Decent bock, but I think the extra hops advertised on the bottle actually detract from the overall flavor of this brew. (572 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look - Extreme red artwork on the bottle. Pours pale yellow and settles light amber in the glass. Clear, very little carbonation. Impressive, frothy head.

Smell - Hoppy and fruity, smells like it could have some bite to it.

Taste - Immediate fruitiness, smooth, even for the advertised "heavy on hops", I would say the hops are unfortunately minimal when it comes to the taste. Surprisingly smooth for an 8.0%.

Mouthfeel - Hops is about all that sticks around, but it fades rather quickly, in perhaps three to give minutes or so, not that impressive.

Drinkability - Not impressed, a bit rough on the stomach and just not that overall appealing.

Decent beer, but definitely not one of Rock Art's finer moments. I wouldn't buy this beer again. (746 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

Ok, it's Maibock season, let's see how this VT brewery does it.

Pours a mostly clear medium copper hue with full one finger head that dies down to thin layer of foam. Stickiness is pretty good with a fair amount of lacing on the sides. Smell is different, but I like it, sorta. Creamy malt, white grapes, and light grassy hops. There also seems to be an interesting pepper and spice aroma in the nose too. Taste is a bit medicine like with a syrupy sweetness. Toasted grains, floral hops, and fresh pine with a solid caramel malt backbone. The spice flavors come out in the aftertaste with a some alcohol as well. Pretty big carbonation with a medium body. The syrup characteristic is present which isn't the most appealing. I think this is a style of beer that needs to stay low in the abv department. Good attempt, but not for me. (877 characters)

Photo of DrJay
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden amber color, semi-clear, one finger thick white fluffy head that faded slowly to a thin cover, tons of tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Earthy hops, citrusy, grains, wheat, slightly sweet malts smell

T- Grains, flowery hops, light malts, honey, citrusy, hint of caramel, slightly bitter bite

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, light dry bite then semi-oily finish

D- Definatly worth trying

This is an interesting beer to say the least. The auroma and taste are fairly average but the appearance definatly gets two thumbs up from me. (558 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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... (1,013 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of vtjim
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I was expecting more body given the alcohol content, but was pleasantly surprised by the nice hop character, which wasn't as "in my face" as the label seemed to suggest. Very drinkable. If it had a bit more body, I'd give it a better taste rating. (247 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a gorgeous looking beer from start to finish. Pours extremely fresh, bubbly effervescent, lacing throughout, aggressive carbonation but not over the top, nicely balanced.

Taste interpretation is very true to the European style. Bug yeast, flowed my starch hops, and a slight malty, bitter finish.

At 8%, this is a very drinkable beer. Rock Art is on its way up. There extreme line of beers are bringing them to the forefront…at least in Vermont. (457 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty good looking crisp light amber colour with a medium to smallish white frothy head that has moderate retention time and leaves more residue on the glass than expected.

The aroma is a blend of floral hops, a bit of bread, some caramel and maybe a touch of fruit sweetness. Perhaps even a bit of grass.

The flavour is similar to the aroma, but a bit harsher, I'd say. Bread come through a lot more along with a bit of dirtiness. Sweetness from caramel, floral notes, etc is much more subdued here. If anything, the grassy hope notes shine through the most. This one has a good amount of bitterness throughout. There might even be a touch of spice here and there. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and has a bit of a bite to it.

Pretty good overall. I'd have liked to have see the more balanced, sweeter notes from the aroma come through a bit more in the flavour but said flavour was still good regardless. It also doesn't help that I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one represents it well overall. I'd probably put it toward the end of my list of Rock Art brews sampled thus far, but with that said, I haven't had a bad one from them yet so that's not a negative in the least. If you like the style, you'll certainly enjoy this one... (1,260 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of scottum
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark hazed redish color with a huge off-white headskie that doesn't quit. Full body and sweet bock malt bill are balanced by an extreme 75IBU hopping. I've never had a beer like this. Certainly in the Helles Bock category, kinda sorta. A big beer in every way. Extreme series ain't no lie. Worth checking out. (322 characters)

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Hells Bock from Rock Art Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.