Lelles Eisbock | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Foxman on 05-02-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of akorsak
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Helles Eisbock (not Lelles) served in a wine glass during the 2008 Goat Races.

A: The eisbock is the color of the standard helles bock, a golden straw color. The notable exception is the lack of a head.

S: The nose is malty, fortified with a fruity, boozy body. The 11% is deceiving, it is stronger but doesn't come across as that strong.

T: The malt body has taken on a complex, herbal element that is touched by spots of intense fruitiness. The malts are fortified, concentrated beyond all limits of sanity. The result is lots of sharp fruity elements mixed with alcoholic warmth. The hops are also stronger, adding more kick to the already busy proceedings.

M: The mouthfeel is intensely strong, showing off all of the flavor of a regular bock with a darker side.

D: I'm glad this isn't served in anything larger than a wine glass. The flavors are intense and the alcohol is not afraid to rear its head.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the '06 goat race.
Apears a glowing orange gold with a small white cap that slowly fades into a small collar. Tiny bubbles slowly rise to the top. Little spots of lacing are all over the glass.
Smell is grassy, earthy, spicey, with notes of dough, honey, and citrus.
Taste is of the aromas listed above with a mild hop presence coming through.
Mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly on the tongue, and medium bodied.

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a crystal clear, bubbly golden yellow, sun glinting fetchingly, with a tight bright white finger of persistent head that clung stickily to the glass as it drained.

The aroma brought a nose of noble hops, slighty tangy, with a current of light malt sweetness and a very distant updraft of alcohol.

On first sip, the crisp sweetness of light malt played through, with a rock-candy character that lifted a melange of soft fruitiness and a note of yeast. The bite of the tangy hops carried the middle, maintaining the crispness established nicely by the malt. While not at all pervasive, the alcohol kept up a backnote reminder of its presence. The finish was initially expectedly sweet, but then shifted to the dry, lingering pleasant bitterness of the hops. While big, it balanced through the interplay of the components.

Medium bodied, it came across lighter than the sweetness and alcohol at first would have had me expect. The dry glow and touch of syrupy sweetness remained for a nice time.

As I said, it is big, sweet, and wonderfully biting as it evolves. It develops as you drink it, taking you across the lager flavor spectrum, but in a powerful manner. The overall taste and balance do their best to disguise the ABV, but only a fool would disregard it, knowing it lurks there. And yes, that ABV works against too many of these, and by design, but man, the way this went down and the punch of crisp, sweet malt and the regal bite of hops all go toward making this one thoroughly enjoyable quaff. I sincerely hope this one makes another appearance for next Spring's Bock Fest.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this entry is for the Helles Eisbock.

One of the two Sly Fox eisbocks produced.

Honey colored with come amber and yellow color in there. Nice head.

Lots of honey tastes as well. Very smooth mouthfeel.

Doesn't really knock my socks off like the Eisdoppelbock, but I can appreciate its quality. Quite nice.

Like the doppelbock, Brian, the brewer, mentione that since the alcohol produced is at lower fermentation levels, the type of alchohol in this beer will not be that noticeable, relative to its percentage.

Brian sure is spot on with his German lagers. His eisbocks are even more of a treat.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, the HELLES Eisbock poured a dark golden color with a medium sized, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet honey, earth, toasted dough, and citrus hops. Taste of sweet caramel and toffee malts, honey, nuts, and light bitter hops as well. Very light alcohol present, this was a very nice eisbock!

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Lelles Eisbock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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