Lenz Bock | Heater Allen Brewing

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Brewed by:
Heater Allen Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by DefenCorps on 05-14-2013

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 8
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 500ml bottle into Flute glass. No bottle or freshness date.

L: Slightly hazy yellow with a finger width white head with very good retention.

S: Honey and grains, with some floral hops. Something funky here.

T: Something doesn't taste right, I pick up some Pilsener malts, some grassy hops and an off flavor of soap. Could be my glass wasn't clean.

F: Light, crisp and clean.

O: I can't tell if the beer tasted weird or if it was my glass but something was definitely wrong.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Corson
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a lightly hazed pale copper with a lot of tight off white head that lingers for quite some time. Nose has honey up front, a nice grain bill very lightly mixed in with some floral hops. Taste is similar, lots of honey, herbal tea, grain, a hint of spice, sweet maltiness. Body is medium to full with a very assertive carbona tion and smooth silky feel.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of popery
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium glowy gold. Liquid is cloudy, which is pretty much always what I mean by glowy. Medium-sized white head. Dissipates after a minute, not very sticky. The aroma is all about pale malt. There's a mild grassy, spicy hop note, but this is a pilsner malt party. Simple sugary malt notes all over the place. Bready. Nice lager yeast flavor to it, like a ball of risen dough with a touch of earthy flavor, mushrooms and mud. Light toffee. Light caramel. Little bit of honey. Despite all of that, it's not a terribly sweet aroma. Heater Allen is obviously very good at lager brewing, and that yeast has dried things out and cleaned it all up while keeping flavors intact. There's a lot of the same flavor in the taste. It's all simple, rich pilsner malt without most of the stick sweetness that gives most bocks (and a lot of other lagers) a sort of sickly character. Honey, bread, earth, yeast. A touch of grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. It's fairly creamy. Fills out the palate well. Very solid helles bock, which is not a phrase that I use much. This is the fourth beer that I've tried from Heater Allen, and I'm extremely impressed. I understand why the American (and American-inspired) craft beer crowd doesn't celebrate lagers, but Heater Allen deserves acclaim.

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4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fantastic amber gold, with orange, copper and honey colored hues. perfect clarity and a small stream of bubbles coming up from the center. A beautiful head tops this beer. Cream colored and lasts well. Soft pillowy foam. The nose is rich malt. No hop character on the nose at all. Malty, honey and a depth that seems to extoll the very idea of sunshine. The taste is absurdly good. The malt is endless and resilient. Rich and deep but not heavy. It has a lovely sweetness on it like a warm breeze after a cold winter. The beer has a soft peach stone fruit quality in the drink. It tastes floral like sweet flower petals with only a touch of something bitter to accent it. Has a body that is decadently soft and creamy. Dry finish. it's like drinking beer cake.

Believe everything you have heard about this style. it is something I would love to have a lot more.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours a clear, bright, coppery, orange with a thick, foamy off white foam.

Grassy, floral hops upfront. Malty, biscuit backing.

Medium+ body with foamy carbonation.

A well done Maibock, pleasant hop character, with a solid malt backing.

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Photo of KDawg
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pours a solid gold color with a nice head.

Very well balanced with deep aromas of warm dough, malts, mint, and some citrus, with some fresh baked bread as well.

The feel is extremely smooth and medium bodied. There is very good depth with notes of baked bread, malts, citrus, and mint.

This is a gorgeous maibock. It's extremely smooth and polished and just as enjoyable.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Reidrover
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" in Salem Oregon. $4.99 Pours a hazy orange( almost like a trad IPA) in colour..large thick frothy off white head. Malty,caramel,toffee aromas..slightly boozy but not bad. Thick caramel,cream flavours also a little salty, very silky smooth and rich. Great smooth as silk mouthfeel on this like good quality chocolate..nice. A nice rich beer for the end of spring. Gets better and better as it warms.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

1.070 BG, 6.70%, 35 IBUs, 6.5 SRM
New Heater Allen lager? Sign me up. I'll be the first to admit that the helles bock is not typically a style that excites me, but that wasn't going to stop me.

Pouring a mildly hazy golden orange with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a thin disk leaving a little lacing, this looks good. The nose is excellent. Bready, honey with an earthy, minty hop character that's got an herbal tinge to it. There's a soft toffee note as well. The bread character brings to mind toasted whole wheat bread. Needless to say, this is exceptionally clean. Beautifully balanced too.

Served at cellar temperature, this beer shines on the palate. Too often, I find the style to be sweeter than I'd like, but with the benefit of drinking this within a couple of weeks of bottling, that isn't a problem, especially thanks to the robust hop flavor here. An herbal, minty bitterness, mildly oily and resiny, is present up front along with some lemon and dusty earth. This is followed by the malt flavors, delicately executed, with a blend of honey, toasted bread and a mild spice note. The blend of flavors here makes me think of something mulled (don't ask me why, I can't quite put my finger on it). Medium in body with a soft, creamy carbonation, this beer finishes with a long, lingering hop bitterness and flavor, along with a touch of honey-like sweetness. Beautiful stuff.

I imagine anyone who reads my reviews for this brewer's lagers is tired of how much I rave about (among other things) the mouthfeel of their beers. This beer is no exception and is a pure delight on the palate. There is absolutely nothing I would change about the mouthfeel (or too much else, really).

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Lenz Bock from Heater Allen Brewing
4.02 out of 5 based on 21 ratings.
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