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Engel Bock Hell | Crailsheimer Engelbräu

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Engel Bock HellEngel Bock Hell

Brewed by:
Crailsheimer Engelbräu

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 10-22-2003

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 18
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this for a few months, maybe too long?

Pours a honey amber tone, looks nice in the glass.

Smells like sweet honey and pale malt. Decent, not spectacular.

Tastes a little sweet and thin, not robust at all. Was hoping for more than this. No alcohol in the taste, just sweet honey and pale malt again, but almost cloying. It's good that this bottle is re-sealable. I'l try it again tomorrow.

In the mouth, it's about as typical as any sweet lager. Nothing exceptional. Easy to drink and forgettable, unfortunately. With a price tag of $8-9/.5L bottle, the value of this seems to lie in it's decorative bottle, and not the quality of the product.

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Photo of -DF-
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Globetrotter
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with blue, gold and white label featuring a very visibly MALE ram up on his hind legs and holding a big mug of beer. The word for beer appears in nine languages. Purity law applies, versteht sich (of course). Best before 11/4/03, I screwed off the cap on 10/21/03.

Poured a slightly cloudy gold under a snow white head that never got more than one finger thick, displayed some contour, and quickly settled to little more than substantial film across the top. This film made some attempts at generating lace, but remained largely unsuccessful. The nose is great - fresh, crisp maltiness. The mouth is fairly flat, but full. The strong malty taste hits immediately, chased by a solid hoppy bitterness, with that distinctive Bock edge to it. The aftertaste is a nice blend of malt and bitter, as it should be. Good product.

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Photo of drmeto
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear golden to light amber with a big,foamy,white head
-high carbonation visible
-grassy,citrus,spicy,doughy,white wine,peach
-honey,marzipan,slightly spicy,doughy,cooked potatoes,cereals
-finishes dry
-very sweet
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Decent one, but too sweet for me.

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Photo of janubio
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml.nottle with a rescrewable cap. Deep yellow with orange tones, pours a small head that doesn't hold long, tiny lace. Smell of citruses, honey and fruits. Strong enough body, not much carbonation here. Alcohol content is noticeable. Taste of honey, fruits, citrus, some hints of vanilla. I could have some of this one.

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Photo of EPseja
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at just above fridge temperature in a tulip glass, poured from a gray swing-top ceramic bottle.

A - Clean, clear honey golden color. Creamy, pillowy light tan head with fantastic retention and lacing.

S - Very prominent yeasty, honey-meade nose. Light fleshed, over-ripe fruit notes.

T - Reminds me a bit of Stoudt's Honey Mai Bock off the bat. Sweet, honey roundness up front and in the middle. Very bittersweet hoppiness in the finish that gives this beer a slightly drying character without any cloying. Alcohol is almost non-existant in the mouth.

M - Super smooth, round and slick. Only lightly effervescent, making the mouthfeel of this beer fantastic. I couldn't picture the mouthfeel of this beer being any better.

D - This one is "perilously drinkable" (to quote Michael Jackson's tasting notes which my friend and I reviewed *after* doing this rating). The amazing mouthfeel coupled with the well developed and super tasty character of this beer make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of Igoryasla
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thierrynantes
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : Here are the winning conditions are met: Here is a bottle that protects much beer (sandstone). Beer blond-peach creamy foam. Small bubbles, good effervescence.
Smell : alcohol
Taste & Mouthfeel : well present in the mouth, alcohol takes storming the palate. A sugar vanilla drills momentarily the mass of alcohol .. Which goes back taste.

Review added 10-17-2007, translated from french 3-7-2008.

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Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle with a screw-cork (you can rescrew it IF you want to). The label's got a picture of a goat with a small keg - the alps in the background - kind of funny.

A: The pour is golden with a medium somewhat uneven white head that slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacings.

S: Rich malt. A bit yeasty, in a good way. A bit buttery. Faint fruit - green apples amongst other fruits.

T: Malty, a bit sweet. Some bitter hops. Faint fruityness. Pretty well-balanced.

M: Fullbodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is mediumlong and holds a dry bitterness and faint sweetness.

D: A bock is most of the times a nice beer style. This is a nice exampel of a Bock, not the best one I've had but not the worst.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a gray ceramic swing-top 50cl bottle, an exclusive from Michael Jackson. Served in a tasting glass at just under fridge temperature.

Appearance- Beautiful golden honey, clear with just the faintest haze. Marshmallowy, pillowy head retains for several minutes, with nice lacing.

Smell- Reminiscent of Stoudt's Honey MaiBock, a honey meade scent is evident. A nice integration of fruit, yeast, and honey makes this a pleasure to smell.

Taste- Sweet, smooth, with the honey again making its presence known right away. Delicious, a slightly bitter hop finish is juxtaposed perfectly at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- As good as it can get! The carbonation is perfect, smooth and clean. For a 6.8% brew, the alcohol is nowhere to be found. Absolutely a joy to have tried this wonderfully crafted bock.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

dang, this is so so good. i wish this came to the states. a funny little bottle here, a screw top, one of the first beers ive seen in this format. pretty on the pour, truly clear and truly golden, with a clingy white head on it, perfect for the style. smells nice too, a hint of that banana yeast, but in the end clearly a german lager. i get the bread, but its way fresher than any other german yeast profile i know, nothing dusty or stale, its fully crisp. tastes great too, paler malt base, definitely a helles type. "bright" as they say, and it certainly is that. i taste fostered bananas, raw honey, confectioners sugar, breakfast shortcake, and the yeast that i smelled. its delicious and more robust than the most traditional examples of the style. strong too, which i really like, a hearty and satisfying beverage to say the least, especially for a pale lager like this. i sure wish this came around to the states a little more frequently, this is the kind of old world beer that i think would really stick and resonate with the modern day craft community. of impeccable quality, and drinkable in a way that a beer this strong and unknown just shouldnt be. i absolutely love it.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, with a white creamy foam, two fingers.
Pretty malty smell, on the style, some biscuit, and a hint of hop.
Malty taste again, but quite well balanced by a relatively fresh hop.
The hop increases a bit the drinkablity compared with an all malt bock.
Malty aftertaste in the beginning, then some back hop.
Pleasant and relatively drinkable, despite the 7.2 ABV.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous appearance.
Clear malty, no off-flavours.
Pros - excellent appearance & another characters for the style. Delightful.
Contras - no remarkable contras.

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Photo of wl0307
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A kind gift from my German flatmate, who brought this beer along with 5 others all the way from Stuttgart. Coming in a 330ml long-neck, brown, capped bottle, BB 03/07. Served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: dark golden, a 1cm thick off-white creamy froth sustains very well, on top of moderate and constant streams of tiny bubbles.
S: mildly honeyish, on top of a bed of lightly sour yeastiness and lager malts plus the softly floral smell of Hersbrucker hops. Not too complex, but the solid smell gives a hint of its weight~~
T: thickly honey-ish upfront, gradually the full-bodied hop-bitterness prevails along with an underlying touch of dryish, toasted malts/corns which tastes fullsome yet not heavy...(slightly reminiscent of the Chinese roasted corn-cake). Lingering at the back is the floral and slightly straw-ish touch of hop aroma, as well as superbly-balanced and soothing bitterness that creeps down the sides of the tongue, just like a good quality Bitter would do.
M&D: the mouthfeel is really really good and comforting, full of soft fizziness... A medium-plus bodied, Maibock-style lager with a solid profile, I really like it and only wish it came in a larger bottle, as the smooth texture ensures its great drinkability while the profound hop bitterness keeps the great balance. My sincere gratitude goes to Diddie my flatmate...

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Photo of Kiro
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BILF
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Engel Bock Hell from Crailsheimer Engelbräu
3.83 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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