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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2005

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

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 gsb22
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of curlybird
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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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Helles Bock from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 37 ratings