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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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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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...

01-09-2008 02:35:34 | More by SixpointJMH
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%

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.

10-05-2007 22:06:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

05-28-2007 15:46:40 | More by ppoitras
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Brad007

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

04-28-2007 01:04:48 | More by Brad007
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

04-07-2007 23:51:43 | More by skivtjerry
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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

02-25-2007 19:23:24 | More by Bierman9
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scottum

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

02-07-2007 01:32:24 | More by scottum
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Hells Bock from Rock Art Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.