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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #27 - Helles Blond Bock - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #27 - Helles Blond BockHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #27 - Helles Blond Bock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

72 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 72
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 7.35%


Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

The 27th offering of Harpoon’s 100 Barrel Series is Helles Blond Bock. This light amber beer has a bready aroma, creamy smooth mouthfeel, and a clean, lingering sweetness at the finish.

Brewer Jaime Schier set out to create a beer with a robust body that was light in color and delicate on the palate. Jaime combined Pale Ale malt, Munich malt, and Black malt to give the beer its intense malt flavor. A German Bock yeast accentuates the malt character, yielding a slightly sweet aroma. German Noble hops add a touch of bitterness to balance the malt.

This Helles Bock recipe comprised the most malt per 120-barrel batch ever brewed at Harpoon. Enjoy it on a warm, sunny day, with a big basket of pretzels and mustard.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2009)
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light orange with a bit of foam that quickly faded leaving no lacing at all.
S - light grain and yeast aroma, probably let this one sit too long but it still has a nice aroma
T - light grains along with some lemon, and the malts coming through, turning a bit syrupy
M - medium bodied, still crisp carbonation, the finish is a bit syrupy
D - I should have consumed this a long time ago, but the cellar swallowed it up and I only found it now. Its still good but if you have one around, do it now or drain pour it later.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 05:28:25 | More by mikereaser
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a couple of fingers' worth of head; decent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Cakey malt with a hint of herbaceous hops

Taste: Cakey malt. up front, with hints of vanilla and toffee; by mid-palate, a touch of apples and herbaceous hops arrive; after the swallow, while some bitterness lingers, the vanilla cake malts carry through into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though this is far from my favorite style and one I rarely seek out, Harpoon has done a very nice job with this one; while it is not as hoppy as was reported in reviews when the beer was younger, the flavors have mellowed out nicely and, after 18 months or so, the beer is drinking very nicely

Thanks, VanillaMike, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 01:54:04 | More by brentk56
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a slight white head no lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and maple syrup.

Taste was leaning to a sweet fruit, caramel and the maple syrup.

The mouthfeel was dominated by the carbonation very fizzy. Medium body, smooth and I felt as it came to room temperature it was much better.

This is a good drinkable beer, I would allow it to move towards room temperature then enjoy. It wasn't a typical maibock but good.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 13:59:32 | More by dtivp
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a copper tinged amber, clear, slight stream of carbonation, thin head which was much like old dish water in bubble appearance which left slight lacing.
Smell is very sweet, caramel, a touch of maple syrup maybe, about right for a helles bock
Taste is dead similar but with a bread like back bone and a earthy after note, hint of alcohol jumps out as beer warms
mouthfeel very full feeling
Drinkability is real good on this one I could drink this all day long but I love bocks in their varying forms

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:58:45 | More by sliverX
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laituegonflable

Australia

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

Pours a clear, golden colour with white head, visible small bubbles, slow bead and lacing that is dense and quite sticky, falls slowly down the glass. Looks drinkable, but fairly standard.

Nose is quite hoppy, fairly phenolic in character, but with a pleasant cakey malt aroma underlying that. Hops are quite bitter, with hints of lemon rind and grapefruit; some grain husk and soil as well. Not bad, just a little heavy on the bitter side.

Taste is an interesting one, very malty for the most part with cakey, caramel notes all over that, a hint of orange zest, and some tangy notes resembling sherbet almost. Finish is quite bitter and ever so slightly phenolic, but doesn't have any astringent bitterness, just a clean bittering off balanced very well with amber maltiness, with an almost raw sugar character at the back. Simple but surprisingly pleasant, it has a very enjoyable sweetness, slight hints of spicy sourness and zest throughout.

Mouthfeel is quite thick, aids the sweetness, but nothing clunky or syrupy, still manages to go down smoothly.

A pleasant drop, although I prefer Dead Guy as far as Maibocks go. Am quite enjoying this.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:52:38 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely gorgeous colour, a vibrantly clear orange-gold colour, with a thick and fine head of white foam leaving some good lacing. Tine finy lacing around the edges, but it looks pleasantly full-bodied. Really looks excellent.

Crisp grains and noble hops on the nose, vegatative slightly green notes, with a type of cereal sweetness. Quite refined, if not incredibly complex.

Crisp palate, redolent with hoppy phenols, and perhaps just a whiff of solvent-like booze. Grain notes are present around the edges, and fill in the back of the palate, lending a bit of depth. Carbonation is fine, but assertive - stylistically rather good. It's really quite pleasant altogether - it's not the most complex beer - but the style is not the most complex style either.

There's things to like about it - it comes across as slightly too heavy, a little too boozy for the style, but otherwise it's surprisingly crisp and drinkable. In any case, it's an excellent American example of a non-American style, which for me once again proves that the US can not only do extreme beers that push brewing to their boundaries, but can brew really good traditional styles as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 04:19:50 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BeerDawg1

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma-not very potent smell at first/slightly hoppy and fruity

Appearance-golden blond color/1 finger head/no retention/no lacing

Flavor-light/crisp/clean/smell and taste don't really match but compliment each other nicley

Mouthfeel-Small bubble carbonation/clean/crisp/refreshing/doesn't sit on pallette long and leaves you wanting more

Drinkability-Could easily session this beer/very easy to drink/very light

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:13:36 | More by BeerDawg1
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, clear bright gold with a tremendous three finger head, pours like a pils. This beer has a nice amount of active carbonation. After several minutes, the huge three finger head subsides to a nice consistent creamy almost rocky-like head across the top.

Smell is maple syrup, very tamed hop aroma, sweet honey malt. The aroma is extremely mild and not overly distinctive, a little dissapointing.

Taste of sweet carmelized honey, over ripe apples, with very mild amount of hopping. Finishes mainly sweet and has traces of some vanilla also.

Mouthfeel is prickly and lively, heavy medium body. Drinkability for this beer is high and the alcohol never once surfaces in any way. This is a style I would normally not go for but I'm glad I went out on a limb and purchased this, definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:56:12 | More by jzeilinger
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice drinkable beer, nothing outstanding. Pours blonde with some white head. An aroma that would be best described as neutral. Medium plus mouthfeel, a bit of bitterness but more sweetness there. Carbonation is right there. OK, but nothing I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 00:55:55 | More by Sammy
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$4.99 @ Nikki's Providence RI

Clear, dark gold with a thin white head. Constant bubbles migrating from glass bottom to top. Weak retention at first but looked better the second time with a forced pour.

Dry, sweet biscuit aroma with a light floral mist. Pleasant and clean. Sweet poundcake malt dominates a timid floral hop spice. Again, pleasant and clean. Carbonation is a little weak.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 19:27:26 | More by donkeyrunner
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden bodied beer with a thick full white head that sticks pretty well. Aromas of sweet pale Munich malts along with an herbal hop bitterness. The flavor is cereal that grain sweetness with along with noble hop character that keeps things in check. Full and lush mouthfeel along with ample carbonation. At 7.5% this one is a good drinkable helles bock and probably the best I've tasted brewed in the States.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 20:32:57 | More by rtratzlaff
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Boppar

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass.

A: Beautiful golden color with glorious two fingers of head, large soap bubbles, and excellent retention.

S: Honey, sweet malts, mild hop spice.

T: Honey and slight hop bite right off the bat. Sweet malts and biscuit mid-palate. Subtle hop character on the finish.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy.

D: Excellent, even for the style. I'll definitely pick up a few more next time I'm in the store because the one bottle I bought wasn;t nearly enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 03:25:52 | More by Boppar
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emsroth

New York

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

22oz bottle with gold foil cap

App: True amber with wonderful clarity. Slight head with nice lacing.

Smell: Honey and sweet pale malt. No hop aromas present.

Taste: Starts with a nice tight carbonation that leads way to a dominant honey sweetness. Dries quickly. Very herbal hops from the middle to end. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 20:50:50 | More by emsroth
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CavePainter

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear lackluster copper. Clean and clear. Well carbonated. Descent sized head that quickly fades with a nice bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet, bready Vienna malt with touch of graininess. Some citric hop aroma.

Taste: Smooth, sweet malt with a citric hop bitterness that asserts itself toward the end. The hop bitterness does not overwhelm and the beer finishes on the malty side.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and malty. Hop bitterness and adequate carbonation keep this beer from weighing down the tongue too much. This is right at the limit of what I would consider a light bodied beer. Refreshing.

Drinkability: You'd never guess that this beer weighs in at 7.4% ABV. Very refreshing - very drinkable - quite enjoyable.

The beauty of this beer is its simplicity. No frills, no gimmicks - just simple, well-balanced tastes.

Harpoon's 100 barrel series has wowed me. The Harpoon label tends to make pretty standard beers - good but not attention grabbing. But there 100 Barrel Series seems to have given them room to play. The result, so far as I have tasted, has always been great.

If you can get your hands on a bottle of this beer - do it.

And Harpoon - if you are listening - brew your helles bock on a regular basis. The only good lagers we tend to get are Oktoberfest. There is definitely room for this style of beer on the shelves and taps of our local brew havens.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 14:45:04 | More by CavePainter
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 22oz pours golden in color thin white head. Aromas are sweet and citrus. Tastes pretty sweet pretty decent. Finishes dry with average carbonation. Not my favorite 100 barrel but for a helles vs krampus it stood up. I'd have this again if offered

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 00:22:59 | More by Cakanator
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BeerTrader

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a first time taste of this Harpoon 100 Barrel Series beer for me.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my prized Allagash glass.

Very clear and inviting amber, with little head which quickly dissipates. Smell is very nice, bread/biscuit malt with some frutiness in aroma from yeast. Malt forward with a slight touch of hop bitterness in the background, very much to style. I would characterize mouthfeel as smooth, medium bodied. Carbonation is on the light side to what I prefer. Overall, drinkability is nice... no problem enjoying this full 22 oz bomber. I will definately go back and stock up from my source for this at $4.99/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 22:17:23 | More by BeerTrader
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass with a thin, white head which left a whisp or two of lacing throughout the drink. Aroma is bread, caramel, some fruitiness from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium, soft, less dense than expected, with lots of carbonation. Taste is bread, toffee, caramel, with some well-balanced spicy, fruity hoppiness. As it warms, more of the smooth malt character becomes pronounced. Drinkability is moderate-high due to ABV only. Overall this is a great brew and one of the better bocks I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 18:07:53 | More by ljbrisson
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augustgarage

California

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

Obtained in trade from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from
a 22oz, gold foil topped bomber into my Ayinger Celebrator
doppelbock glass.

Brilliantly clear, pale amber liquid with 2-fingers-receding-to-half-a-finger of creamy, persistent, soft white foam riding the surface.

Pleasant malt and toast aroma along with buttered bread
(not diacetyl though), and a sweet, almost hay-like aroma
from the hops. Some melanoidin notes surface as the beer
warms a little. Smooth, subtle, and enticing.

Light sourdough, rich yet light (Vienna?) malt, and just a
touch of bitterness to round out the flavor profile and keep the finish fairly dry though the sweetness seems to pick up after the beer warms a bit. A flavorful, clean, refreshing, and pure tasting lager - no adjunct, chemical, or off notes whatsoever.

Medium bodied, but not sticky - moderately high, steady
carbonation. Slightly warming by the second glass.

I'm tempted to rate the drinkability higher, but it is a bit heavy and slightly sweet for the style...

I never thought I liked lagers until I started tasting some of the bavarian styles, and Harpoon did a fantastic domestic rendition with this release.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 15:10:33 | More by augustgarage
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD. Poured chilled from the 22oz bomber into a cervoise.

A - A gentle chill haze in the medium amber lager w/ 3/4 inch of light tan cap. The bead is fine w/ a smooth topography to the head. A thin film of lace develops. There is plenty of visible carbonation evident after the pour

S - A mildly sweet aroma w grainy malt nose w/ light pils scent which is mellow. The aroma has a mellow honey-like scent. Gentle herbal hop notes add to the very pleasant aroma of the bock

M - Very crisp, grainy smooth and toasty malt texture w/ mild bitterness in the middle. A very gentle alcohol tinge is noted w/ a subtle dry malt finish

T - A dry toasted flavor carries over from the aroma w/ light woody tinge in the hops w/ mild sugary taste of malt. The bock has a mild creamy mineral taste w/ a light nut and biscuit note. The flavor has mild herbal accents, the hops provide good balance to the pleasant granola and peanut grain flavors w/ mild lemony hop accents.

D - A very good bock, which is really easy to drink - especially for a 7.4% one, watchout! I found the high level of malt nuance went well with the ham & brie pizza for lunch

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:31:18 | More by Slatetank
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Unibroue tulip. This bottle traveled with me to Florida from a liquor store in Delaware recently. Aroma is dominated by malts, not smelling any hops. Taste is biscuity, a bit toasty and a bit sour. Not the most pleasant taste in the world bot certainly a respectable beer. Dry finish but maybe too sour on the tongue. Glad to have experienced it but also glad it is only a one time offering from Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 06:35:40 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light orange in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks down to a spotty surface foam quickly.

Smell: malt sweentess is big as the nose can easily pick it up.

Taste: big bready malt base with some ripe apple sweetness, some soft alcohol warming, and a pretty nice bitterness to try to bring the sweetness back in check.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, almost creamy at the finish. Dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this one is a slow sipping beer and a bit sweet overall. I found one pint to be sufficient in a session.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 17:45:56 | More by Gavage
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CHickman

New York

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured gold amber in color with a small light head, and a light smell of malt and bread, but not much in the way of any strong aroma.

Tastes of malt, honey, bread, a touch of hops and has a slight roasted flavor. Very light and crisp with little carbonation that finishes bitter and sweet with a hint of spice and/or citrus (couldn't decide). The 7.4% ABV did not come through or influence the taste, which made this brew enjoyable.

Overall a good beer that was easy to drink, but it lacked the excitement of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series and what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 05:00:37 | More by CHickman
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

These bottles will probably be gone from the shelves soon, so I grabbed one before that happens. Poured in to a pint glass a very fizzy orange color, with a quick to fade white heading. An almost immediate perfume of malt escapes from the glass upon pouring. When i put the glass up to my nose, I get butterscotch, butter cookies, strong biscuit like malt, and a tint trace of mint leaf. Lots of doughy character comes from the taste, with some definite vanilla notes pushing through as well. Mouthfeel is large, however not nearly as big as I would have expected. It is surprisingly clean, which is unusual for this style. I like that clean aspect of it, because it highlights the fact that it is a ger beneath that heavier body. Drinkability is very good. This is a hit for me in Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Hopefully they will decide to brew it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 23:29:41 | More by jamie2dope
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a pokal the beer was a penny copper color with about one finger of just slightly off-white head that looked suprisingly creamy. The head was quick to fade but a sliver remained and was constantly fed by a steady stream of carbonation.

The nose is bready and doughy with hints of gingerbread and sugar cookies. A slight sugary sweetness.

The taste is suprisingly hoppy up front but not necessarily overly bitter. A floral hoppy character grabs the back of the tounge but this gives way to a maltly backbone but with correspondingly little sweetness. Lots of doughy, cookie-like flavors. Hints of cookie dough and sugar cookies with an ever so slight bitterness in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation.

An interesting take on the style. I expected more sweetness and less hoppiness. Different and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 21:06:48 | More by Sycodrummer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

Once again Harpoon delivers with their 100 Barrel series!

Helles bock can be a difficult style in that it really needs balance to remain drinkable. Quite often too much malt is used, or too much residual sweetness is left behind - or on occasion, the opposite is true and too much malt is converted into alcohol and it becomes 'hot', or at least readily evident. None of that is true here, and it's pretty much right on with a bready, but not overly sweetish malt, that's balanced by floral hop flavors and a stiff bitterness from within. It finishes dry, and quite clean, with just a hint of subtly toasty maltiness left behind, and some lingering floral hops.

On to the not so great, the body is a beautiful crystal-clear amber with an orange cast, but the head retention is limited, and it leaves only spotty lace behind.

The aroma could be a little more bready, but that's OK, it's still quite nice. It's grainy, toasty, bready, and even a touch buttery (I'm not suggesting diacetyl). And the floral hops that are there are very welcoming.

The body is a little bit lighter than perhaps it could be, but I feel it also works. It's smooth, and just a touch crisp, lending to mass drinkability.

And the alcohol never shows, even after a full glass! It's remarkably drinkable! Kudos! for a well-rounded, and well-balanced rendition of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 14:10:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #27 - Helles Blond Bock from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
86 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.