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Helles Bock - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Helles Bock
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BA SCORE
86
very good

20 Ratings
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005)
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david18

New York

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-06-2014 18:29:49 | More by david18
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Drknight

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-30-2014 02:38:30 | More by Drknight
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

04-27-2014 19:35:08 | More by ShanePB
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RobertColianni

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

11-06-2013 14:21:42 | More by RobertColianni
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-22-2013 20:39:18 | More by zillo043068
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-06-2013 22:13:02 | More by st9647v3
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-25-2013 00:43:45 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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CreightonSM

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-22-2013 02:45:49 | More by CreightonSM
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-16-2013 16:31:55 | More by Slatetank
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-26-2012 03:21:27 | More by rolltide8425
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claspada

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep golden color, very slight bit of haziness. Small, quickly dissipating white head, leaving a slight bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with toasted bready, slight sweet honey and spice. Fairly muted overall. Some slight earthiness and yeast esters emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with pilsner, grainy maltiness, with accompanying toasted bready maltiness. Earthy and herbal notes accompany the emerging German yeast esters. Finish is fairly clean with lots of lingering pils malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is bordering slick and sweet.

Overall, this was passable but not overly enjoyable. I wouldn't even call it good overall. Too much pilsner graininess coupled with sweet light bready pale maltiness. No defining characteristics. Flavors profile is bland and really bordering on unenjoyable towards the end of the pint. Not undrinkable, just not worth revisiting anytime soon or hopefully ever again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 15:12:20 | More by claspada
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maddogruss

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this when I visited the place a couple of months ago.

A: Pours a golden body with a small, white head with ok retention and nice lacing.

S: A very sweet, malty smell with some sweet, fruity notes.

T: A sweet, malt taste with some sweet, fruit undertones. A slightly bitter, earthy aftertaste that actually did a good job of balancing out the beer overall.

M: A pretty full-bodied and silky beer that was nice.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination that did a good job of complimenting each other. A nice drinking beer that was also slightly refreshing.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2008 23:07:07 | More by maddogruss
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Appearance: THe body was cloudy gold with a small white head which had great retention and lacing.
Smell: The aroma was mainly citrus hops.
Taste: The taste was hops of both pine and grapefruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2008 21:42:26 | More by treehugger02010
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and a husky malt.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt, a fuity hop and some light esthers.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking bock.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2008 19:05:35 | More by plaid75
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this wonderful beer for the first time at the Sly Fox showcase at Union Jack's on the Manatawny on 23 May. Can't say that the aroma was all that great but the taste is superb. Great malts well balanced with the hops and a delicious lingering finish. I'm not sure what the seasonal availability is on the Helles Bock but this is one that should be made all year round. Certainly the standout of the night of some truely fine beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 11:48:00 | More by BeerIsland
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A stange served during the 2008 Bock Fest and Goat Races.

A: The bock is a golden straw color, quite clear, with an active carbonation that overflowed the glass. The 1.5 finger head nicely laced both in and outside of the glass.

S: The nose is light and malty, grainy with a vegetal and honey undertone.

T: Like the nose, this beer is light and refreshing even though it is rather meaty. The malts are cereally, bready with a sweet aftertaste. Apple and honey flavors underpin the malts and betray a stronger, boozier body. Great finish with a touch of hops.

M: Deliciously chewy, this lagerbier is a mouthful. Lots of malts are concentrated and melded into a thick, sweet concoction.

D: The boozier body is evident, putting some limits to the drinkability. A nice beer for a warm spring afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2008 23:58:59 | More by akorsak
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very bright ingot gold, and is about as clear as it could possibly be. A finger of fluffy, puffy sheer white head settles out swiftly. Very fine lacing scrolls along the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a very light malt, sweet like sugar and honey, slightly grassy, and with bright, spicy noble hops. A distant glimpse of vanilla swings around the outside.

Upon tasting, the malt is mellow sugar sweet and the toast brings about a touch of caramel. The edgy hops are mildly floral and peppery, with a glow that slides into a very clean and crisp bitterness. The pale malt lays out a soft honey sweetness toward the close, with the finishing crisping further into a lingering dry, comfortable bitterness. It's refreshing, tasty, and enjoyable.

Light bodied, the malt nonetheless has a rounded, slick presence that compliments the hoppy tingle.

There's nothing wrong with the parts, as they're across-the-board good and high quality, but the whole is even greater, and delivers a great drinking, bright natured beer. There's no time I can think of that I would not enjoy having the in front of me. In fact, I'll do what I can to get it back there soon.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2007 18:46:36 | More by Foxman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a shimmering gold color with a small white head that lasts shortly. A few bits of lacing can be seen.
Smell is of blended flowers, honey, malt with a touch of pilsner malts in there.
Taste is of caramel and malt with a light flowery hop bite that seems pleasant.
Mouthfeel is slowly warming and moves to the back of the tongue.
Nicely done.

Finger Licking Good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2005 17:04:58 | More by weeare138
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep gold color, very slight chill haze. Fluffy white head, fades fairly fast, leaving a slight film on top.

Aromas of honey and sugar, spice and soft toasted malts, perhaps even a touch of vanilla. Taste is smooth, firm, mouth filling rich with pils malt, tons of it. Very full flavors of honey and clean German malts start things out, noticeably sweet but not over the top. Mid pallette opens up a bit with some really nice bitter notes, herbal and quick. Cleaning the malt from the tongue slightly. Towards the end returns a slightly syrupy sugar sweetness that clings to the back of your throat. Finishes clean with lots of lingering pils malt flavors.

Carbonation was medium and mouthfeel was intensely slick and very very full.

Overall - A bock that is just so drinkable it is almost ridiculous. Have had several pints at both Fox locations, and have been through 2 growlers as well. I just keep going back, it's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2005 13:11:33 | More by bmills1608
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An exceptional, exceptional brew, consumed on tap on 05.01.05 at Sly Fox Phoenixville...

A radiant golden brew presented before me with a light and pillowy head. Effervescent, to be sure... Aromas of freshly cut grains whafted through my sinuses, not to mention some lovely maltiness. A middle of the road brew in terms of the body, this brew was nowhere near as bitter as I expected... In fact it was sumptuous, crisp and clean. So very refreshing. The finish really brought out the balance between the maltiness and hops... Beautiful, at that...

Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2005 20:06:36 | More by goindownsouth
Helles Bock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.