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Heller Hound Bock Beer - Flying Dog Brewery

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143 Ratings

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was listed on the bottle as a bock, and I was pleased to see that it is a Maibock, one of my favorite styles. Pours a hazy gold color, with a small head, that fades to leave a creamy layer on top of the beer. Smell has a sharp alcohol presence, with some carmel scented malt. Taste is very smooth, even with the high amount of alcohol, shifts from dry to carmely sweet during it's progression. Good hops finish. This is the first Maibock I have had ths year (I am sure it was brewed last spring) It has held up well and is a very respectable showing of the style.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color and has a decent white head. The aroma is very hoppy and the flavor is a bit hoppy for a bock IMHO, but it is not bad at all. It is not the maltiest bock either, but it is a very interesting attempt at the style. I enjoyed this beer immensely.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle I picked up in CT in a pint glass at cellar temp.
The beer pours a clear gold color with a 2 cm fluffy off white head foaming up easily. Aroma is soft caramel malt with a bit of grainy husk as well. First sip reveals average rolling carbonation and medium body. The texture is a bit silky IMO.
Flavor is caramel malt up front and rolls to a spicy hop finish. A nice clean bock not very complex but well made.

Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fresh and almost fruity malt based. A slight hoppy quality like an amber lager.
Very light color. Golden-yellow and not quite amber. Fizzy short-lived head. Slighty cloudy.
Flavor also has the light fruitiness and a strong dryness. Farily simple in overall flavor characteristics. Alcohol seems low for style.
Medium feel and medium fullness from carbonation.
I like the fruity quality that includes an almost citrus taste that's not from the hops. Has a fresh light quality about it.

Photo of clvand0
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slight amber color with a medium white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly subdued, but there is a small fruitiness and a sweet malt there. The flavor is mostly sweet malts with a very small bit of fruit. Yeasty/doughy. The mouthfeel is a little light. Something about this beer makes me not want it again, but I can't place my finger on it.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and gold with a lacy pale beige head.
Nose full of flour, caramel apples and Hallertau dry grass spiciness.
Begins with caramelized malt base. Bready and lightly sweet. Fruity hues enter next with pear and red apple notes. Grainy through the middle. It's a bit rough and raw-seeming, but still enjoyable. Trickles of dilute brandy-ish alcohol are noted late. Assertive German hop flourishes finalize things. Modestly bitter, but full of dead flowers and parched spice hues.
Medium build, low but steady carbonation. This is a fine Maibock, and easily the finest Flying Dog brew I've had, aside from, perhaps, Horn Dog.

Photo of pezoids
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head, very clear and was an orangey iced tea color. The aroma is sweet and creamy with an orange fruitiness. Some soft candied spices come through, along with buttercream candies and small hints of warming and spicy alcohol. The taste is light and fruity with a mild bitterness sneaking in. Firm bodied, but light in taste. The finish is clean and ends with a sharp bittersweet malt bite. A creamy tasting hop is well incorporated into the beer. Nicely blended, very much drinkable and definitely worth a revisit.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog's Heller Hound delivers a beautiful looking helles bock in a crystal-clear, deep golden body with an orange-ish cast beneath a full-sized head of frothy bright white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves wide swatches of thin craggy lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained as it should be, offering up a whiff of yeasty sulphur; a short bouquet of floral hops; and hints of the maltiness that lies within. It's fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation works well with its medium-leaning-towards-full body to lend a gentle zest on the tongue before it warms and becomes ever-so-slightly creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers a well-rounded and nicely-balanced combination of clean and straight-forward mildly-grainy-sweet malt with a solid bitterness; some delicately floral and spicy hops; and a splash of alcohol. It finishes dry with some short-lingering malt and spiciness on the tongue. As it warms, it rounds even further; and although it doesn't quite match the insatiable drinkability of the best German examples, this is a great take on the style and quite possibly one of Flying Dog's best beers!

Photo of kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to leave a decent lace on the glass and a nice coating over the beer. There is a nice malty character to the beer with a spicy hop as well. The beer starts with a hop flavor with a nice balance of light caramel malts. There is a little too much offensive bitter left on my tongue after swallowing. The beer is a nice moderate feel in my mouth, with a moderate carbonation. Nothing special. This is not a beer I would want to sit down and drink many of. I think it is that the beer is not my favorite in the style that I've had.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour the beer after disassociating it self from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass tralucent gold with a bulky white head that is spumous in consistency and as it abrades the lace forms a thin white curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is mostly malt, crisp and clean with the start lightly sweet and a fair to middling malt presence, the top thin. Finish is merciful in its acidity, the hops placid, quite dry aftertaste, rather a disappointment as I expected more body


Photo of NEhophead
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle; "Anti-Spring"

Bright white, frothy 1" head, that gives way to a bit of lacing that doesn't hold all that well. A golden-yellow color that looks a tad on the light side.

Sweet malt nose with a dark fruit aroma: grapes and apple are the ones I can most readily pick out. Nothing overpowering though in terms of aromatics.

A burnt fruity quality that really encompasses the palate. A malty sweetness that really carries the bock to the point of being too much. A strange bitterness is present at the end of the sip that isn't flattering.

I just find this bock to be a bit unbalanced in terms of the sweetness and bitterness. IMO it just doesn't settle well on my palate.

The 5.6%abv would allow you to drink this all night, since it is a bit on the lighter side, but I wouldn't recommend this one to those looking for a good (mai)bock.

Photo of nortmand
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow pour, with thin white head.
Smells yeasty and doughy, a little hoppiness.
Tastes very thick and yeasty, with a doughy, bready, dominant yeasty maltiness. The best way to describe this beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, but too much, should be easy drinking, but truly isn't.

Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden color with a small white head (even with an aggressive pour.) A couple patches of lace left in the glass. Malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with maybe a little light fruit. Grassy hops, but not very strong. Light, but not bad, mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. I enjoyed this, but I don't think it will become one of my regular purchases!

Photo of yankeeheel
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow with a smallish off white head.

Smells faintly caramel in it's malt with not much else coming through.

Starts off slightly malty and then just turns in to a big wad of buttery goo. Diacetyl coming out of the woodwork. Now don't get me wrong, I like a little butter with my ringwood, but this is disgusting. Finishes with a little hop for your butter sauce.

This one was a pour out. Glad I didn't buy this 12 pack.

Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label carries the curious note "anti spring" - I guess because it is a seasonal spring offering in a style usually associated with the fall? Twisted. Poured a coppery chestnut. Vague caramel apple aroma. Nicely malty, with dark brown bread flavors. Hopping was right in there with some distinct German hops knocking about. Just a hare on the thin side for the maltyness. A good beer, not the best example of the style, but worthwhile.

Photo of BCMan
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color. NO foam from pour but left a ring of bubbles. It has a dry crisp aroma. Subtle malt flavor anf the taste became more bland as I drank. Initial flavor was good and seemed to have multiple levels but no other sip was as good as the first. Bland aftertaste. The Ralph Steadman artwork for the labels is the best thing about this beer.

Photo of ZAP
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little better than average....nice clear golden color....nose is bready....body is medium to light....taste begins with some O-fest like maltiness (Munich malt) and finishes on a dry note with some german hopping...I'd prefer it a little sweeter and fuller flavored but overall this is OK..

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By far the best beer from this brewery I have had,pours a nice clear golden color with a a nice head that leaves a light lacing.Aroma has a vegitable quality to it wich I have picked up in other spring bocks as well with a light sweetness.Taste is mildy sweet and a little soapy (but not in a bad way if posible) with a very appetizing toasted malt flavor in a lingering finish.I really like this beer I dont like any of the other offerings from the brewery to much but this is a winner in my book.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a just barely off-shite frothy head that clung to the glass and then smeared itself all over the sides in Belgian Lace (well done).

The aroma was malty with a definite fruity hop presence. The aroma was very aromatic and almost spicy.

The flavor was malty with a substantial hop bitterness background that keeps the malt from become overpowering. The bitterness then dries the beer out leaving a nice hop flavor long into the finish.

The finish was dry with a nice hop flavor which lasts into the aftertaste and the dryness makes you want to take another swallow. The body was medium.

Highly drinkable beer that I was not expecting much out of an I was surprized by it's depth of character and flavors. I did not pay much for the sixer, but now I wish I had purchased many, many more. Well done.

12 ounce bottle dated 230A04. Purchased in SC.

Photo of Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Flying Dog bier, suggested by VENOM to me. Has a medium-golden tinge, is clear throughout, and is crowned by a creamy, white head which shrinks to a thin, fine layer. Lacing is decent as well. Nose is a touch understated yet displays some toasty, bready malt with a hint of hops. Body was bordering on medium, and it had a fairly smooth feel on the tongue, albeit with a touch of foamy carbonation. Taste had some bready malt, as in the aroma, with a pleasing amount of sweetness. This leads into a light, floral hoppiness suggesting light fruits that lingers well yet also has a smidge of bitterness hanging around. Fairly good, though coming on the heels of some tasty Smutty I had last night, it'll have to take a back seat to it (and others). Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden amber body with a one finger, offwhite head that retains well. Moderate patch lace all around the glass.

Balanced aroma features grassy and lemony citrus hops atop a malty caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and a medium body.

Taste is dominated by caramel malt, tempered by a grassy hops edge. Well balanced taste, overall. Finish is crisp and dry, slightly bitter.

This is an enjoyable Maibock, but not the best around. Very solid effort from a brewery that, in my opinion, has been marketing some less than stellar brews. They're on the right course with this one.

Photo of Truh
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 5/7/2004. 12 oz. pour from a bottle into a shaker glass. Poured a crisply clear and clean muted golden hue. Dreary, wood-shaving thin initial head. Sweet malt, but otherwise muted bouquet, some clover and maybe sweet hay. Aspirin-like aftertaste, with some warming alcohol kicking in later. Overly wrought yeast presence seemed to mimic much of what I would refer to as the “Flying Dog style,” which is summed up in one word – ugh. I had hoped that this seasonal would be better than other Flying Dog offerings I am acquainted with, but this one was only a tic better.

The true saving grace of this, and the other Flying Dog products I have tasted, is the label art by Ralph Steadman. Given a chance, I would frame posters of these labels.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden with a small white head that leaves good lace behind.

A slightly carmel smell mingles with a strong malt presence.

There is a light sweet flavor that is followed by a touch of alcohol. It was not as good as the aroma, but not bad.

This beer is thin and crisp. There is actually a strong hop finish that lingers on the back of the tongue. This is a pretty well textured beer that has layers of sweetnees, bittereness and alcohol.

This is a prety good offering that could use a little tweaking to make it just a bit better. This wouldn't be my first choice but I would try it again.

Photo of JISurfer
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. It looks like any run of the mill macro, except for the nice head that stays around. The smell was nutty and malty, as well as citrus smells. The taste was kind of like Schlitz beer, but more depth, which made it better. It had the malty taste up front, and then quickly switches to a hoppy taste. The hoppy taste isn't too strong though, so that's a good thing for me, since I like my beer with big malt. Everything about it was just average, except for the taste, which had it's good points.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle, standard design with a dark blue crown cap with the Flying Dog logo and the words “Cut the leash”. The main and neck label both have the uniquely scary design of Flying Dog. Listed as a seasonal Flying Dog brew, it is called ‘Heller Hound Anti-Spring Bock Beer’. No strength listed, but a code of ’20 9A04’ is listed in the bottom right hand corner on the main label, which presumably is decipherable and can be used to determine the freshness of this bottle.

Appearance: A lovely clear golden body looks hazed at first but it is merely the condensation created on my Pint glass. Middling carbonation is decent in its attenuation. The head is a lovely thick white pillowy affair that lends a very impressive appearance. The head slowly thins but always leaves a decent enough thin collar with some nice lacing that is comprised of ‘each sip’ demarcation rings.

Nose: Sweet-ish grains, light toasty malts and some strange sweaty odors with light honey hints.

Taste: Very much a solid reflection of the aroma. A grainy start with some sweetish Munich malts mixed with a light honeyed biscuit feel. The latter third has intensive doughy aspects. Lingering honey toasted malt finish that coats the cheeks. Tasty number but not complicated at all.

Mouthfeel: Light feel, which is not detraction, but helps the Drinkability establish itself as one of the best assets in this offering, along with the appearance. Yet it has a solid enough presence to back up the light feel at times thanks to a thickness from the sweet malts.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice offering to start the nights beer drinking. Easy enough in the short term, but the light honey sweet malt ending maybe a little too much for me in the longer term. Decent enough.

Overall: I have to be honest and say that several of the Flying Dog beers are far from impressive for me. I initially thought that this may be another one of them, yet I was pleasantly surprised all round by this one. Thanks to BigHuge for this tasty Seasonal and re-establishing some faith in Flying Dog.

Heller Hound Bock Beer from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.