1516 Heller Bock
Red Oak Brewery

1516 Heller Bock1516 Heller Bock
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Red Oak Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Ranked #6
Ranked #8,385
4.15 | pDev: 10.6%
Aug 10, 2023
May 02, 2016
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Reviewed by JimKal from North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
L: Dark gold with impressive carbonation
T: For me this is overly sweet. It may be true to style but this is a one time purchase for me.
F: Medium body
O: I gave this a try but by the third can I only finished half the glass. At 7% ABV it is stronger than I like. Red Oak is a local brewery and I wanted to like this are than I do.
Aug 10, 2023
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jun 29, 2023
Rated: 3.95 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Jun 11, 2021
Rated: 3.59 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

May 23, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
1516 Heller Bock from Red Oak. Received on 25/3/21 in a LIF from nc41. 16 oz can. Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 28/3/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom stamped “CANNED ON 02/24/2021”. Served at 47.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pale Gold (SRM 4), clear.
Body – Gold (SRM 5), slight haze. When rear-lite, same but effervescence evident.
Head – Average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive center pour), white smoke, medium density, average retention, diminishing to a one to two mm crown fed by effervescence and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Sweet, lightly toasted malt and a bit of yeasty bread, no hops.
Flavor – 4.25 – Taste follows nose exactly. Again, no hops flavor but a slight bitterness that cuts the malt sweetness is apparent. No alcohol (7 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 An excellent heller bock! If I close my eyes and sip, I can see the skyline of Bamberg through the chestnut leaves. Who says a 600-year-old rule doesn’t still work?
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Drinking this at Red Oak Brewery in Gibsonville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice foamy head and lacing.
Smells floral, spicy, malty.
Taste follows the nose with carmel on the front.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very Maibock that I would definitely order again.
Mar 11, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Oct 03, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a nice golden color with a nice head and lacing.
A-Aroma has caramel hints.
T-Taste follows the nose with a creamy caramel flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated crisp beer
O-A good Maibock
Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Came a rich deep golden with a full one finger + white head atop,a nice looking pale bock.Mild caramel and bread dough in the nose with decent amount of toasted grain as well.Toasted grain and caramel flavors,slight vegetal notes came thru as I drank more.Red Oak did a fine job here,I'am a fan of spring bock's and am a fan of this one.
Feb 22, 2017
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Simply amazing! This bock is so drinkable, at 7%abv, one could find themselves in a bit of trouble ;). This is my favorite Red Oak offering, and of course it's only brewed seasonally, cest'la vie, enjoy it while you can!
Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Feb 08, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by frosty01 from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Limited release "Celebrating 500 Years of Purity" per the label to celebrate the Reinheitsgebot of 1516. Bavarian Heller Bock, unfiltered and unpasteurized. Purchased a 12 pack from local grocery near the brewery. Quite pricey at more than $3 a bottle, but I thought it was worth it to share at a special occasion event and it came with 3 metal tokens that can be exchanged for brewery tours valued at $15 each. Poured into a Preyer Brewing pint glass.
Look - deep golden caramel, nice creamy looking head that dissipated quickly. Very slight lacing.
Smell - Malty goodness
Taste - Malty on the front end then a hit of the alcohol which subsides into a malty aftertaste, hops not very noticeable at all.
Feel - Good mouth feel, took a drink, rolled it around, felt slight carbonation on the tongue, pretty smooth other than the short lived hit of the alcohol. The malt really comes through.
Overall - A very good lager beer, with more kick than their Hummin' Bird Munich Helles. Given the limited release and the price point, I'll stick with Hummin' Bird when I want a dose of malty lager goodness.
May 02, 2016
1516 Heller Bock from Red Oak Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 15 ratings