Voku Hila | Local Option

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Brewed by:
Local Option
Illinois, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Voku Hila is a strong lager developed and brewed by Local Option Bierwerker. This helles bock is golden in color with a large, creamy, persistent white head; aromatically driven by robust toast and bread notes derived from continental European pale malts with moderate spice from noble German hops. Voku Hila will be appreciated by lager and mullet enthusiasts alike.

Added by BEERchitect on 03-28-2013

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by DMarlinJ:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Local Option beer.Pours into a half liter stein a chill hazed honey tinged golden with a large quick to fade crown atop.Aromas of sweet pizza dough and caramel with a tinge of alcohol,on the sweeter side for sure.Pretty sweet on the palate as well really with caramel malts and mild butteriness,light drying in the finish with a hint of sourness.I search out maibocks and love to find a good one,this is ok but to sweet for the style to be really good in my opinion.

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Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours hazy gold under a 2” white foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Aromas of bread and spicy, earthy hops.
T: Malty, bready attack with a light sweetness and traces of caramel to toffee dries out somewhat on the finish with a moderate bitter accent.
F: Rich full body, medium carbonation.
O: A malt driven big full bodied beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into lager glass. No bottle dating found.

Pours lightly hazy, amber-orange in color, with a good bit of visible carbonation. The body is topped by a moderate size, dense off-white head with good retention. Some streaks and spots of stickly lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma: grassy, herbal and lightly earthy hops mix with some yeasty spiciness and other aromatics. Hints of apple juice and baked bread.

Taste: towards the bold end of the spectrum for style. Aromas carry over to the flavor to which some honey and light pepper are added. Mild bitterness even on the finish More malt than the aroma reveals.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body; Smooth, with a somewhat crisp finish.

Overall: a good, relatively robust and earthy, maibock.

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Photo of Rosethoj
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle in a DFH snifter. This nice helles pours a hazy golden amber with a slowly dissipating head of white foam that fades to a thin layer and thick ring of foam with very nice lacing. Nose of sweet breaded malts, light floral hops, and light honey. Flavors follow the nose with sweet breaded malts to all sides, sweet honey and light caramel malts to the middle and back, and a lightly spicy floral hop note with a light sweet bread aftertaste. Smooth and highly quaff-able mouth feel is aided by medium high carbonation that keeps the mouth feel lively with a subtle dry finish with a touch of a grain note. Very nice. ...even if I do not sport a---ahem----mullet.


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Photo of gillagorilla
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Max's during BBW 2013 (from notes).

A: Brownish copper with great lacing.

S: Interesting. Sweet with a lot of saison and farmhouse flavors.

T: Decent body. Light with slight pepper and farmhouse notes. Decent.

M: Smooth with light burst of bubbles.

O: It was listed as a strong lager there. Not bad.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bready/grainy malt, floral hops, toffee, and some fruitiness. I think this taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some honey, nuts and light citrus flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, smooth and easy enough to drink. It's also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I'd buy it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, lemon and a tart vegetal element. Flavor of biscuit and mildly bready malt, wheat, lightly tart lemon and apple juice, finishing with biscuit and European hop flavor and bitterness. Medium bodied. An interesting take on a bock style beer, more similar in profile to a biscuity lager, but with light German bock flavors woven into the taste. At first the lagerish malt and hops are unexpected from a bock, somewhat drier, but the flavor is intriguing and pleasant. Although it is not really to style, this beer has suggestions towards the original maibock while presenting its own malty flavors. Drier and less sweet than a typical maibock, but an enjoyable beer. As the beer opened up in the glass, a pleasant floral element developed in the hop finish.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bronx Ale House, Bronx, NY

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that eventually faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast and malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell except that it is slightly maltier. A light amount of bitterness is noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems easy to drink compared to other maibocks because it seems lighter-bodied compared to other beers in the style.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of EuellGophar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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