Heller Bock | Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

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Heller BockHeller Bock

Brewed by:
Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by TheSarge on 04-03-2009

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 46
Photo of stevoj
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very, very malty. Golden in color with tiny head, aroma is all malt as is taste. Alcohol is apparent, Just plain average, but good if you want to catch a buzz....

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Photo of drpimento
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Has a smallish off white head. Aroma is caramel, wet grain, fruit. Flavor's mainly sweet with a little carbonic tang and some medicine in the finish. One and done.

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Photo of jw4free
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: drank out of bottle. Classic stopper top.
Smell: mild nothing over powering.
Taste: malty medium hops low alcohol flavor relative to the abv. Smooth and extremely enjoyable.
Got this beer at a German festival at a Catholic Church. Good times!

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of SchwabenBraeu's Heller Bock last week for $3.99 at The Lager Mill. I was in the mood for a nice Helles Bock and I thought I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. I couldn't decode the bottling date. Poured from a brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a nice bright yellow color that took more of a golden orange color when held to the light with a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, but the head and retention could use some work.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness being the first to show up and it's followed by the malts which impart some grainy, pale malts, sweet malts and light bready aromas. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast followed by a light grass and herbal hop aromas. The aroma was nice and pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness with a light apple cider like flavor that goes right into the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the sweet malts sticking out the most. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast followed by a very light amount of hops which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it had a cider and sweet malt like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish it had just a little more flavor.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, well hidden alcohol, medium bodied with a light amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, I like how well hidden the alcohol is.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and I thought it was nice example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but in the end I just wish it had a little more flavor to it. This beer has nice drinkability, but I think one glass is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is how true to style it is and how well the alcohol was hidden. What I liked the least about this beer is that it didn't have just a little more flavor to it. I might buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and while I don't think it's a must try it's still worth trying if you really like the style. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love and I think with just a little more work this could be a pretty good example of the style. It isn't my favorite beer from this brewer and it's above average for the style. Nice job guys, this was pretty solid for the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Relatively clear with a light gold color. Little head and some small spots on the glass.

Smells of mild, lightly toasted malt. Very good.

The tastes mimics the smell. Full bodied.

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep saturated golden orange, momentary froth of the surface that subsides to a blank bubbling surface. No lace, just a thin ring around the edges. Good clarity. 3.5

Aroma is lightly sweet and doughy like biscuits and cereal grain. 3.5

Body is substantial, and it has a big malty presence, husky grains and rustic bread. Slight sweetness at first, slight bitterness lingering behind. At nearly 7% there's a trace alcohol presence but it's not distracting. Overall it's fairly pleasant considering it's undetermined age. 3.75/4/3.75

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a brilliant golden in color, and topped with an off-white, frothy head, which subsides after a minute or two.

Neutral nose, pale malts and rather like a big, dry, "Helles" on first impression. Not much in the way of hop profile on the nose.

Big, round first sip. Full-mouhtfeel and nice, full body.

It's on the sweeter side (see also: Strength and style) but there's enough in the way of hop bitterness to keep it in check -- partially. This one is a little long in the tooth, so I wonder if the hops would've been more up-front and aromatic, fresh?

Nice beer, and would like to try it again sometime.
Production Code: 02914

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hint of hop, pale malt, lager yeast, hint of wheat, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Maibock / Hellses Bock. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a good level of dryness for a Maibock. Tastes of pale malt, wheat, lager yeast, hint of hop, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, but aroma, body, and blend are a little lacking. This is probably due to being imported from Germany.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours medium gold with a foam head that does not last. Some bubbles rising. Nice golden brew.

This has the nose of a German beer. Grassy notes, with light sweet malt. A mild honeyed aroma comes thru, and you get a hint of alcohol.

Malt forward, with some moderate bitter grassy notes. Some light sweet malt, with the sweetness dissipating quickly. A little bite on the tongue from the alcohol, which sets the beer a bit off-balance. This is a beer that can sneak up on you. Finishes crisp and bitter with some residual malt on the palate.

Medium bodied and a little astringent.

Not something I could drink alot of. The alcohol amplifies the sweetness, even though there there are enough hops to mellow this out. A nice find for me. Years ago, I could find this brewer on a regular basis. Not anymore. Good to find something by them again.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden, effervescent, big head, dissipates quickly

Aroma: Hebal, strawlike, slightly malty

Taste: Fairly smooth, with slightly bitter finish; not bad, but no inspiring either.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of herbal and spicy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has hints of initial malty sweetness that are quickly balanced out by a light amount of hop bitterness. Hints of spicy hops are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Faint bits of warmth from the alcohol are perceptible.
O: I found this beer to be a little more drinkable compared to others in the style. It would still make for a good beer to drink outside because it has a decent amount of maltiness and bits of alcohol warming.

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Photo of plaid75
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured bready malts, a slight honey and an herbal hop.

The taste consisted of sweet round malts, a grassy and herbal balancing hop and was a touch metallic. There was a slightly overly sweet finish.

The mouthfeel relatively light and round.

Overall a clean tasting and enjoyable bock.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a deep brassy color and poured with a light frothy tan head. It has a grassy aroma. The flavor is grainy at first. It then becomes slightly and then sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and slick. The body stays carbonated but the head retainability is not that great. It also has a somewhat warm finish.

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Photo of smanders
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear gold with a medium head. Nice lacing.

Smell: light fruit with almost no hops. Malt, Malt, Malt - it is a Bock after all.

Taste: a tad sweeter than expected but with nice grainy notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: Good. I would recommend this Helles Bock to anyone interested in the style. It's not overpowering and won't turn anyone off due to one characteristic being too noticeable.

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Photo of stonesean
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a .5 liter Schwaben Brau Seidel.

Slight amber color, completely clear, expected from a Maibock.

Big giant head that dissapates quickly leaving a small (1/8th inch) foam for the whole drink.

Big malt aromas. There is a citrus quality to it as well.

Big malt flavors as well. Very, (almost too) sweet, reminds me more of a Doppelbock, but crisp, not cloying. You can tell the extra alcohol is there, but it doesn't get in the way of enjoying the beer.

Not an every day beer, but it's a nice seasonal brew, and I'm glad I got some before the season ended. I'll buy some next spring too.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heller Bock pours like a typical Maibock... Ultra clear body, lots of carbonation, good head production but little retention after a bit. Fine lacing does last all the way through.

Aroma is grainy and grassy with a slight hint of lemon.

The taste is a little more on the sweet side. I was expecting more of a cooked veggie taste. A small hint of caramel and cereal grain, but does quickly give way to a metallic like finish.

This feels light and crisp and surprisingly refreshing... The higher ABV content is nicely masked and this could sneak up on you.

Overall a very well balanced brew and surprisingly refreshing even due to the higher ABV than most brews available here in das Deutschland.

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Heller Bock from Dinkelacker-Schwabenbraeu AG
3.55 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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