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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: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-08-2004)
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Photo of RBorsato


4.63/5  rDev +29.7%

Clear bright golden color with a decent white head and nice active carbonation. Nice big grainy malt aroma and flavor. Well balanced ... only lightly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry grain finish.

Very Nice Buy !

Per Label: "Anti-Spring"

Tasted: 07/05/07

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

01-26-2011 22:21:50 | More by RBorsato
Photo of BeerAdvocate


4/5  rDev +12%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

The label says it all: a Steadman illustration of what looks like a demented hellhound coughing up former sheep. Anti-spring it is.

Pours out to yield three fingers of white head that leaves a sticky trail of lace down the glass, with the golden-orange color of the brew showing perfect clarity. Herbal hop and cake-batter aroma, aromatic yet clean to the nose. Thick medium body is creamy with a moderate carbonation that provides a slick smoothness. Certainly enough malt to go around, with biscuity and rustic bready flavors. Also plenty of hops to balance with a clean semi-sharp bitterness and a long-lingering herbal flavor. Some warmth from the alcohol is evident from middle to end--definitely more in the drying finish.

Not too shabby at all; a bit rough around the edges, but interesting to say the least. So why is this just a seasonal? Nothing beats a flavorful strong lager, any time of year. Definitely one of the best beers Flying Dog brews. Pair it up with a plate of sauerbraten (with extra red cabbage).

09-27-2010 18:40:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%

12oz. bottle.

Poured a light amber color with a nice lacing cap.

Aromas of cooked cereals with a little toasted toffee and some grassiness.

Chewy malts in the front like a Marzen but the balancing hopping is woody-earthy like spalters and tattnangers...slick viscous mouth feel...finish is wet and warming with some sweetness and a strange taste like custard.

Not my favorite offering from this brewer.

05-03-2010 00:36:21 | More by pootz
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.63/5  rDev +1.7%

This beer poured a cloudy copper with a single-finger head. The smell is mostly toasted malt with some breadiness. The taste starts off with sweet malt that gives way to some dark fruitiness and floral hoppiness that lingers for a little while. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some thin carbonation. This is a nice little beer that's totally worth a try if you can find a bottle.

12-28-2008 22:57:29 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of erosier


4/5  rDev +12%

L: Pours a yellow-orange with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and some vinous fruit aromas at the end.
T: Taste is very sweet toasted malt upfront with a bit of a vinous fruity taste after which almost felt a bit like a barleywine.
M: Very smooth, crisp. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable bock. I enjoyed it as none of the flavors were too overpowering and the alcohol level was not able to be detected.

11-03-2008 11:32:42 | More by erosier
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.5/5  rDev -2%

Poured a clear golden straw with a dense, fluffy white head. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is light with grain and toasted malts dominating. Taste is also very light, with some grassy notes and toasted malts. There is not too much evidence in hops in this one. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body and somewhat creamy.

05-04-2008 20:36:39 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance is a hazy light orange. Clear and with some carbonation. Some good lace.

Toasted malt aroma with a darkly sweet undercurrent, like a mild barleywine. Full-bodied and nice.

Has an excellent sweet flavor, like a sour berry. Strong and nice. Mild barleywine-ish flavor and quite a good one. Sweet malt. Honey and red wine too. Also a blast of heavy alcohol.

Feels thick and a tad syrupy. Substantial, but definitely not chunky or overwhelming. It's really nice and strong. Sweet and bitter and everything else.

04-18-2008 22:06:23 | More by williamherbert
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.05/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy orange-gold with a very light white head.

Aroma of sweet malt, tangerine, apricots, and bread.

The taste is similar to the aroma with sweet malt, apricot, bread and caramel. The finish is quite clean.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A very nice and easy-to-drink bock from Flying Dog.

04-17-2008 18:29:28 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of Slynger


3.35/5  rDev -6.2%

Deep orangey-tangerine color with a good size white head leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is lightly sweet and grainy. I Detect light orange sweetness along with sweet floral hops and grain.

Medium bodied and slightly flat, which is odd since swishing it brings out some bigger bubbled carbonation (probably doesn't help that I dropped the bottle after opening it, whoops). The taste is one notch better than the nose. Sweet with a bit of fresh orange and animal cracker-like grains. Lightly bitter of grains and rinds with a bit of earthly spice in the finish.

Not bad overall. Can't remember a bock that I have had with a citrus fruit aspect to it, although I'm not too familiar with Helles Bocks. I definitely wouldn't mind giving this one another shot a little fresher since I think this may have been last years batch.

03-20-2008 04:28:10 | More by Slynger
Photo of jdmorgan


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

This beer poured a slightly cloudy dark gold hue with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was very faint and had notes of soft, sweet malt. The taste was crisp and very large in body and depth. There were many hop floral tastes present and a medium/high hop bitterness towards the finish. I detected a few slight spicy tastes as well. There are actually quite a few complex flavors going on here, but I haven't put my finger on them. The consistency is medium and the carbonation is medium/high.

This beer had much more complexity than I originally thought, and I think it is worth a try. I would probably drink some more of these. Not a bad Maibock.

01-12-2008 06:06:26 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear amber. No head really. Nose is sugary like the frosting to a cake, but fruity. Flavor is kind of odd. Sweet but with a weird bitter edge to it. Kind of seems rough around the edges. Feel is good on the liquid with a strong bubble that bites a bit. Overall I can’t say this one is overly worth trying. Rough around the edges and lacking any smooth edge to it. Seems like a miss to me and definitely stands as one of my least favorite Flying Dogs to date.

12-31-2007 09:37:36 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.85/5  rDev -20.2%

12oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a tight white head that went away in a hurry, leaving no lacing.

S - fruity aroma of apricots.

T - light malt and lightly bitter finish.

M - thin, light bodied with medium carbonation fizz.

D - I couldn't drink more than one of these, there are much better Maibocks out there.

12-10-2007 01:07:38 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of baos


3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Nice looking pours an orange-ish amber. 2 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly with a little patch of head in the middle and a ring around the glass. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Fresh grains, dough and clover. Maltiness. Smell kinda like Halloween. I'm having it at the right time.

T: Honey roll taste thats balanced out really well with malts and a bit-o-hops. Kind of like mead. Starts sweet, but the sweet doesn't stick with you long enough to be off putting. I like this one, also it gets better as it warms in your glass.

M: Not too bad but a bit light for me.

D: This beer starts rather differently, but it really grows on you quickly. I like this beer. I haven't had too many like this. Actually this is my first Maibock. Hey Mikey I like it!

10-16-2007 00:49:28 | More by baos
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3.4/5  rDev -4.8%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Steadman flying dog style labels. Date code is not obviously decipherable. Obviously this one has been around a while, but it has been well cared for.

Appearance: Golden color, average head and retention.

Smell: Very malty - some bready and cereal aromas, hust a hint of floral hops. Just a bit of cooked vegetables.

Taste: Medium bodied, the malts dominate here, with just a bit of DMS. Main flavors are bready malt.

Overall impression: Nice beer - drinkable, hides the ABV well.

10-12-2007 01:11:33 | More by rowew
Photo of JamesS


3.25/5  rDev -9%

Has a nice dark golden color (nice in light in general), almost liquid gold. Pours with a slight head, but not much, and almost no lacing. Has a nice crisp, spring time smell, with a touch of what I think is honey. Has a nice taste, clean and refreshing, with only a slight hoppy taste. Goes down nice. I wish I'd gotten more than the one single.

10-09-2007 22:34:19 | More by JamesS
Photo of goochpunch


2.93/5  rDev -17.9%

Pours out a honey colored body with a thinnish head and some solid sheets of lace left on the glass. Big, worty, Grape-Nut-like smell with a lot of over-ripe/rotten fruit all comes out in the nose. Flavor is sickly sweet. Very bready (good) but with abundant rotten fruit (bad). Lots of honey. There's a forceful bitterness that comes in midway and really sort of ruins the mood. Mouthfeel is rather thick and the carbonation manages to be intrusive. I'm not into this.

08-26-2007 03:32:33 | More by goochpunch
Photo of IPAcraig


4.15/5  rDev +16.2%

Having my second beer in the midst of a 3 episode long marathon of Big Love.

A - A very nice looking beer. It pours a light copper, that was slightly hazy. Poured a good foamy two finger head that faded a bit too fast.

S - The maltiness hit my nose immediately despite the glass being two feet away from my head. That is certaintly the dominant characteristic in this beer, but it also has a passing hop aroma as well.

T & M - Rich and malty but with that slight lager crispness. It has a noble spicey aroma of saaz, to balance the caramel sweetness. A bit f lemon in there as well. As it warms the hops really show up in this beer.

D - Very nice, this is a well crafted brew indeed. Possibly one of the hoppiest bock/maibocks I have had, but no overly so. If I can find this beer again I will be buying more than one.

08-25-2007 03:19:45 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: Solid vanilla cream head with sticky, sturdy spots and arcs of lace and very good retention. Body is a tea-stained golden amber that lets off a soft, warm glow. Slow-rising bubbles indicate a hefty body.

Smell: Oktoberfest-ish corny caramel malts with a pinch of spicy and floral hops. Lemony notes emerge after a swirl along with some nuttiness from the malts. Underneath it all lies a soft, cakey sweetness. The alcohol presence I expect in a Maibock is absent except for as a vaguely hot edge to the hops, like the smell of Limoncello.

Taste: Perfectly balanced but unfortunately, a bit underwhelming. Soprano hops sustain a tight, high note of citrus peel and oversteeped herbal tea from beginning to end; they are joined by a crescendoing sweetness of bright, tenor-range malts and a quiet yet sweeping flute section hitting a blue note of alcohol. Overall, fruity and fun but lacking the punch I hoped for. Think Cal Tjader rather than Lalo Schifrin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with very nice, soft, chewable carbonation. Loses points for being needlessly syrupy.

Drinkability: I still don't know if I'd call this a Maibock (Oktoberfest or even just a normal Bock seems more appropriate to me). But whatever it is, it's a good, strong lager that doesn't get cloying or overly boozy - in short, it drinks like a nice, robust pale ale.

08-12-2007 08:14:05 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.65/5  rDev +30.3%

appearance - Clear golden with a nice white head when poured. Then it settled down. Little bit of lace.

smell - Nice smell of malts here.

taste - Nice taste of malts, very little bit of hops here.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body, low carbination.

drinkability - Real nice Bock beer.

08-05-2007 21:47:00 | More by auxiliary
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Nice medium sized No retention or lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, caramel malts and hops with some mild vanilla.

Taste: Sweet honey and caramel. There is a nice buttery taste with some mild vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth and buttery. Nice active carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice beer but nothing overly exciting.

07-21-2007 21:06:57 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%

yellow with creamy head, that leaves some lace on the rapid summer drink down. Smooth, light but not watery mouthfeel. An understated slightly aggressive bitterness,shy of acidic. Appropriate understated carbonation. One of the better Flying Dogs, just don't smell it.

07-20-2007 01:54:16 | More by Sammy
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, some hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice touch of spices and caramel. Nice clean fresh finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice maibock, recommended.

07-20-2007 01:52:41 | More by Wasatch
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

2.73/5  rDev -23.5%

A - Very clear reddish pink body with light lacing

S - Smells very balanced; candy malts and floral hops share the scene here

T - Wasn't too impressed with this one; lots of pears that finish almost spoiled / sour, very malty

M - Similar to a Tripel, creamy and silky

D - I was disappointed by the sour aftertaste, definitely detracts from repeat drinking

06-23-2007 22:49:41 | More by yourunclewalt
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2.95/5  rDev -17.4%

pours a pretty clear amber and leaves a short creamy beige head. Does not last, but can be coaxed back up with a bit of a swirl. I don't really pick up a whole lot in the aroma, but that's not a slam - smell is my worst sense. Taste is a bit sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a lasting bitterness. Bitter beer face indeed. This is not a hoppy citrus / pine bitterness like you would find in an IPA. This is more of a lingering nasty bitterness that coats your tongue and sends you searching for another beer to get the taste of wet gym sock out of your mouth. On the plus side, this beer made me appreciate the hell out of the Holy Moses I followed it with.

Mouthfeel is fine. Drinkability is fine too. If you are comfortable with bitter beers, you'll like this one. It's not a repeat buy for me though.

06-19-2007 18:14:52 | More by Onibubba
Photo of Brad007


3.23/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a pale color with good head. Aroma is somewhat malty like the style normally is. Nothing fancy. The taste is much better though. Malty with some caramel in the background. Nothing too special. More like average but still a good example. Leaves a dry mouthfeel.

06-02-2007 03:32:07 | More by Brad007
Heller Hound Bock Beer from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.