Helles Bock | Wedge Brewing Company

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Wedge Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

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Added by kkipple on 11-25-2008

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by kkipple:
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4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Barley's in Asheville. Haven't seen this before, and am glad to review it.

A. Tarnished singed gold. A half-inch head boasts a tight, off white sticky cap. Solid retention. Gorgeous, even lacing down the glass as I drink this.

S. Unf! What a shock... this is superb. Ultra-clean and harmonious. Sweet, grainy malt shocks the nose. Cool, bitter, mildly grassy noble hops are used to great effect and it's all fully "there". This is not a complex beer, just a great smelling one. Damp summer evenings under the stars were made for drinks like this.

T. Superb balance of flavors going on here. First off, everything screams fresh, clean, fully fermented and perfectly crafted. The golden malt is sweet and rich, yet balanced out by the noble, bitter and mildly rough hops. Evident booze dances on the tongue. Reminds me of an imperial-pilsner, the hop flavor is quite similar. Honey, sweet delightful fermentation character, a touch of grain and... I guess I'm at a loss. It just works. You could hand this to a hundred people and they would all tell you it's "good beer".

M. Perfection! Medium body, smooth, full carbonation and a clean, crisp finish = ultra drinkable. I cannot think of a way to improve on this for the style.

This is seriously drinkable. Sublime. I want more, but have to drive back to Columbia. :(

The geniuses at the Wedge have crafted the best American example of this style I've had... heck, it just might be THE best I've had. What a delightful treat. The Wedge absolutely needs to make this a staple in their lineup.
Go find some.

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Photo of KingEdward
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really solid offering here. It is not everyday that you get this solid of a Maibock, but they friggin nailed this one.

Pours a soft amber color with a nice inch of white foamy head on top that has a good bit of staying power and leaves behind a nice trail of white lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is light cloves, honey and caramel, a touch of herbal, almost woodsy notes that blend together just damn perfectly. Carries over perfectly into the flavor which again is soft, well put together with a light honey and herbal flavor that balances with light grains and bready notes. Light body and smooth carbonation leaves it hanging just right on the palate and makes it incredibly drinkable.

Overall this is a stellar beer. one that leaves you looking for another almost instantly. Nothing but good things to say about this.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Wedge Brewing Company, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of herbal hops are present in the nose along with hints of caramel malts.
T: Flavors of herbal and spicy hops stand out in the taste in front of the backbone of caramel malts.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be very easy to drink compared to other beers in the style. It would definitely be a nice beer to sip outside when it's a little chilly.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, golden coloring, with a halo of white head. Nose of toasted grains, floral highlights, and fruity notes. Flavors are tangy fruit forward, with tropical fruit and berry notes, followed by a grainy backbone, and hints of booze. Oily and mid-bodied, with a tangy sweet and resinous aftertaste. The finish is oily slick, with a tangy hops linger.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a honey gold color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get an interesting combination of light honey and malt, some oaky vanilla and light citrus. Flavors replicate the nose in this fairly malty, fairly sweet beer. However, it's not the least bit heavy on the palate, and it has a creamy consistency that is attractive. Alcohol is quite well disguised, and despite the sweetness, this was a beer I could see myself drinking on a regular basis.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Alebird first geeked on beer in 1983. Alebird met and was drinking Larry Bell's brews in 1984, and Alebird has the photos to prove it. Alebird knows a good beer when Alebird drinks one and Wedge's Helles Bock is an excellent beer! Alebird would like to offer compelling, evocative words to entice y'all into drinking/liking this beer, but what has already been written by other reviewers Alebird cannot improve upon. Alebird would probably be content drinking this beer, and only this beer, the rest of Alebird's life. This is a mighty, mighty beer!

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Helles Bock from Wedge Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 25 ratings