Helles Bock | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of claspada
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear deep golden color, very slight bit of haziness. Small, quickly dissipating white head, leaving a slight bit of spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with toasted bready, slight sweet honey and spice. Fairly muted overall. Some slight earthiness and yeast esters emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin with pilsner, grainy maltiness, with accompanying toasted bready maltiness. Earthy and herbal notes accompany the emerging German yeast esters. Finish is fairly clean with lots of lingering pils malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is bordering slick and sweet.

Overall, this was passable but not overly enjoyable. I wouldn't even call it good overall. Too much pilsner graininess coupled with sweet light bready pale maltiness. No defining characteristics. Flavors profile is bland and really bordering on unenjoyable towards the end of the pint. Not undrinkable, just not worth revisiting anytime soon or hopefully ever again.

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Photo of curlybird
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of RobertColianni
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm normally not a big bock fan, but I found this enjoyable. Body is almost translucent straw, with a thick and fluffy white head. Smell is a little off putting. Lots of estery alcohol notes, and a musty and vaguely fruity smell. Recognizable traditional German malt and yeast scent under all that. Taste is much better, thankfully. I got toasted bread, some clean white fruit (pear, apple, etc), and earthy hops. Reminded me a lot of a more herbal pilsner. Feel is light, good carbonation, and with a lingering sweet finish that eventually slowly dries out the palate. Some noticeable alcohol flavor, but not unpleasant. I have no idea how "authentic" to the bock style this beer is (being that it struck me as closer to a pilsner) but I enjoyed it and would drink again.

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Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Sly Fox for lunch on 03JUN11 during a break in the action at the Reading WWII Weekend. Since there were a number of tempting options on the menu here, I opted to go with 10oz servings to maximize my pleasure. I chose to lead-off with a Helles Bock for $3.75.

The slim flute was filled with a clear, medium golden brew. Slow carbo rose within, and a creamy, smooth, white head topped things off. Head lasted well, and the lacework was very nice. This sucka was quite smooth, and the body was a good medium. Aroma was mild, yet bready, with some floral hops showing up.

As for the flavor, bready, crackery malts are first evident, lending a light sweetness to the proceedings. Floral hops then show up, with light fruitiness tagging along. A bit more bitter than it should be, for me anyhow. Still a flavorful offering, though.


3.7 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty nice example of the style.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of victory4me
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of gsb22
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A stange served during the 2008 Bock Fest and Goat Races.

A: The bock is a golden straw color, quite clear, with an active carbonation that overflowed the glass. The 1.5 finger head nicely laced both in and outside of the glass.

S: The nose is light and malty, grainy with a vegetal and honey undertone.

T: Like the nose, this beer is light and refreshing even though it is rather meaty. The malts are cereally, bready with a sweet aftertaste. Apple and honey flavors underpin the malts and betray a stronger, boozier body. Great finish with a touch of hops.

M: Deliciously chewy, this lagerbier is a mouthful. Lots of malts are concentrated and melded into a thick, sweet concoction.

D: The boozier body is evident, putting some limits to the drinkability. A nice beer for a warm spring afternoon.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear deep gold with a finger and a half high white head. Minimal lacing but good head retention.

Malty and floral with some honey on the nose

Sweet and malty, a nice hop bite, the bitterness is a nice balance to the sweet malts. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A solid and well crafted beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this when I visited the place a couple of months ago.

A: Pours a golden body with a small, white head with ok retention and nice lacing.

S: A very sweet, malty smell with some sweet, fruity notes.

T: A sweet, malt taste with some sweet, fruit undertones. A slightly bitter, earthy aftertaste that actually did a good job of balancing out the beer overall.

M: A pretty full-bodied and silky beer that was nice.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combination that did a good job of complimenting each other. A nice drinking beer that was also slightly refreshing.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright Golden with a two finger head and pleanty of lace.

S: Fresh grains and sweet malt aromas.

T: Sweet malts, grains, and a hint of alcohol. All of the flavors meld well together.

M: Medium bodied with a crisp, dry finish.

D: A bit sweet but a good take on the style. It is something I don't mind having a few of.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Appearance: THe body was cloudy gold with a small white head which had great retention and lacing.
Smell: The aroma was mainly citrus hops.
Taste: The taste was hops of both pine and grapefruit flavors.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp.
Drinkability: Great.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a shimmering gold color with a small white head that lasts shortly. A few bits of lacing can be seen.
Smell is of blended flowers, honey, malt with a touch of pilsner malts in there.
Taste is of caramel and malt with a light flowery hop bite that seems pleasant.
Mouthfeel is slowly warming and moves to the back of the tongue.
Nicely done.

Finger Licking Good.

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep gold with a thin cap of white foam. Minimal lacing and decent retention. It had a pleasant maltiness with some floral noble hops. Mild (yet solid) bitterness with plenty of pils malt sweetness up front. Slightly toasted with floral hops throughout. Off-dry with a bit of alcohol warmth, medium body and carbonation. This reminded me a bit of some stronger euro-lagers, only with a rich malty backbone rather than a thin sweetness. Maybe even like a stronger, maltier helles lager. Either way -- tasty!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a citrusy hop and a husky malt.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt, a fuity hop and some light esthers.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and easy drinking bock.

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Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dextermcgurk
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Helles Bock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75.7% out of 100 with 37 ratings
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