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Heller Hound Bock Beer | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 04-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 119
Photo of RBorsato
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear bright golden color with a decent white head and nice active carbonation. Nice big grainy malt aroma and flavor. Well balanced ... only lightly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with a nice dry grain finish.

Very Nice Buy !

Per Label: "Anti-Spring"

Tasted: 07/05/07

($1.49 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of auxiliary
4.62/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Clear golden with a nice white head when poured. Then it settled down. Little bit of lace.

smell - Nice smell of malts here.

taste - Nice taste of malts, very little bit of hops here.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body, low carbination.

drinkability - Real nice Bock beer.

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottel to a heavy glass mug. The liquid id pale yellow, nice carbonation, looks like beer. The head is white 2 finger, small bubbled, Quite a nice lace.

The smell is classic helles. Strong light grainy malt right up front and some strong hops for balence. I love how this style says 'I'm Beer, and a good one'!

The taste is killer helles bock, Big grainy malt, fresh baked bread, pronounced bitter hops. This is whole beer not skim.

The mouth feel is spot on baby, full, grainy, just like fresh bread. Nice.

The drinkability could not be better, yes you could chug these all night lone. Beer like this beg to be order by the full measure.
Sprechen "Mass Helles, Dank" Prost und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty nice pour for a bock. Bright orange with a big head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, though, and it eventually looks like ice tea.

Smells of sweet caramel bock malt and a strange zip of fruit and alcohol.

Remarkably smooth alcohol and ripe fruit up front, falling into caramel malt, ending on smooth, simple hops.

The hops in the flavor are a welcome addition to a style I usually don't much care for. If you see this beer you should pick up a sixer, especially if you're looking for something tasty to pound in the summer.

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Photo of stirgy
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head, very clear and was an orangey iced tea color. The aroma is sweet and creamy with an orange fruitiness. Some soft candied spices come through, along with buttercream candies and small hints of warming and spicy alcohol. The taste is light and fruity with a mild bitterness sneaking in. Firm bodied, but light in taste. The finish is clean and ends with a sharp bittersweet malt bite. A creamy tasting hop is well incorporated into the beer. Nicely blended, very much drinkable and definitely worth a revisit.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shimmering orange in color, with some deep golden colors revealed in the direct light. Thin, yet creamy white head. Yeast, floral hops and hints of lemon peel are all reserved, but nicely noticeable. Zesty and powdery malts, touches of honey and dark fruits across the palate. Grassy hops are later revealed and carbonation is near perfect. Munich/bready malts are present as well; overall nicely flavored and very easy to drink. Well above average, at the top of my maibock list! Another winner, and perhaps there best offering, from the Dog! Bottoms up.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a just barely off-shite frothy head that clung to the glass and then smeared itself all over the sides in Belgian Lace (well done).

The aroma was malty with a definite fruity hop presence. The aroma was very aromatic and almost spicy.

The flavor was malty with a substantial hop bitterness background that keeps the malt from become overpowering. The bitterness then dries the beer out leaving a nice hop flavor long into the finish.

The finish was dry with a nice hop flavor which lasts into the aftertaste and the dryness makes you want to take another swallow. The body was medium.

Highly drinkable beer that I was not expecting much out of an I was surprized by it's depth of character and flavors. I did not pay much for the sixer, but now I wish I had purchased many, many more. Well done.

12 ounce bottle dated 230A04. Purchased in SC.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear light shade of golden. Minimal carbonation is noted. A one finger ivory white head recedes to a thin film in a minute. Lacing is sporadic and oily. Crisp nose laced with straw, munich malts and herbal hops. Mouthfeel is thick. Full body. This one's got some viscosity. Flavors are clean. Bready malts and earthy hops are present in a nice ratio. Just a bit of a dry finish that leaves me yearning for more. Nice solid maibock.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first example of a Maibock, so I really have nothing to compare it to.
12 oz bottle
Pours a golden yellow with a slight orange tinge, with a small white head that leaves a nice lacing behind.
Smell, light malts, some hops, very nice.
Taste: This is a great tasting beer, very smooth with just a little hops and quite malty for a light lager. Very sweet and pleasant.
I could drink this one all night. I must admit that I am not usually a fan of Flying Dog's brews but this is an exceptional beer and I will definitely be buying out the store when I get a chance.

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog's Heller Hound delivers a beautiful looking helles bock in a crystal-clear, deep golden body with an orange-ish cast beneath a full-sized head of frothy bright white foam. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves wide swatches of thin craggy lace throughout the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained as it should be, offering up a whiff of yeasty sulphur; a short bouquet of floral hops; and hints of the maltiness that lies within. It's fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation works well with its medium-leaning-towards-full body to lend a gentle zest on the tongue before it warms and becomes ever-so-slightly creamy and smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers a well-rounded and nicely-balanced combination of clean and straight-forward mildly-grainy-sweet malt with a solid bitterness; some delicately floral and spicy hops; and a splash of alcohol. It finishes dry with some short-lingering malt and spiciness on the tongue. As it warms, it rounds even further; and although it doesn't quite match the insatiable drinkability of the best German examples, this is a great take on the style and quite possibly one of Flying Dog's best beers!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was listed on the bottle as a bock, and I was pleased to see that it is a Maibock, one of my favorite styles. Pours a hazy gold color, with a small head, that fades to leave a creamy layer on top of the beer. Smell has a sharp alcohol presence, with some carmel scented malt. Taste is very smooth, even with the high amount of alcohol, shifts from dry to carmely sweet during it's progression. Good hops finish. This is the first Maibock I have had ths year (I am sure it was brewed last spring) It has held up well and is a very respectable showing of the style.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this Flying Dog Bock. Not an easy type of beer to find and/or never produced properly. Shiner Bock, Michelob Amber Bock,etc..all garbage. Flying Dog does a good job here of creating a very tasty, full flavored, and drinkable MaiBock. Pours a deep golden color, has decent head, disappates quickly. The taste is of a sugary vanilla(very pleasant) and a slight hoppy, clean finish. Very enjoyable can be a pleasure any time of the year.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having my second beer in the midst of a 3 episode long marathon of Big Love.

A - A very nice looking beer. It pours a light copper, that was slightly hazy. Poured a good foamy two finger head that faded a bit too fast.

S - The maltiness hit my nose immediately despite the glass being two feet away from my head. That is certaintly the dominant characteristic in this beer, but it also has a passing hop aroma as well.

T & M - Rich and malty but with that slight lager crispness. It has a noble spicey aroma of saaz, to balance the caramel sweetness. A bit f lemon in there as well. As it warms the hops really show up in this beer.

D - Very nice, this is a well crafted brew indeed. Possibly one of the hoppiest bock/maibocks I have had, but no overly so. If I can find this beer again I will be buying more than one.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to see this on tap tonight at a Pizza Pub I frequent weekly. One of the best of the Flying Dog brand. Great head and lacing. Great taste of vanilla, banana, and clove. Excellent session beer for the summer. Had no problem downing two of these in a rather short period of time.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a quickly disappearing head. The smell is very clean and malty. The tasty is very malty and slightly sweet. This gives this beer a very balanced taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation bite. What can I say – Delicious!

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Photo of rabsten
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My folks picked up a six of this for me vacationing in sunny Florida. They know I like beer and that I'd probably appreciate this more than a t-shirt. They were right.

Poured into a pint glass, tille head, no lacing, Dark gold with solid carbonation. Looks like a good AML.

Malt aroma with no hop or anything. Just middle of the road malt.

Tastes like a solid, above average macro lager, times two. Almost as if they took a good, craft brewed version of an AML (no extracts or ajduncts) and doubled it. Malted barley with slight alcohol tang.

Smooth, easy drinking beer. Easy going down, pleasant to drink.

Smooth and refreshing. Exceptionally drinkable.

Bottom line: a craft brew that even my (and yours) Bud Light swilling friends would appreciate.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy orange-gold with a very light white head.

Aroma of sweet malt, tangerine, apricots, and bread.

The taste is similar to the aroma with sweet malt, apricot, bread and caramel. The finish is quite clean.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderately carbonated.

A very nice and easy-to-drink bock from Flying Dog.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

The label says it all: a Steadman illustration of what looks like a demented hellhound coughing up former sheep. Anti-spring it is.

Pours out to yield three fingers of white head that leaves a sticky trail of lace down the glass, with the golden-orange color of the brew showing perfect clarity. Herbal hop and cake-batter aroma, aromatic yet clean to the nose. Thick medium body is creamy with a moderate carbonation that provides a slick smoothness. Certainly enough malt to go around, with biscuity and rustic bready flavors. Also plenty of hops to balance with a clean semi-sharp bitterness and a long-lingering herbal flavor. Some warmth from the alcohol is evident from middle to end--definitely more in the drying finish.

Not too shabby at all; a bit rough around the edges, but interesting to say the least. So why is this just a seasonal? Nothing beats a flavorful strong lager, any time of year. Definitely one of the best beers Flying Dog brews. Pair it up with a plate of sauerbraten (with extra red cabbage).

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and gold with a lacy pale beige head.
Nose full of flour, caramel apples and Hallertau dry grass spiciness.
Begins with caramelized malt base. Bready and lightly sweet. Fruity hues enter next with pear and red apple notes. Grainy through the middle. It's a bit rough and raw-seeming, but still enjoyable. Trickles of dilute brandy-ish alcohol are noted late. Assertive German hop flourishes finalize things. Modestly bitter, but full of dead flowers and parched spice hues.
Medium build, low but steady carbonation. This is a fine Maibock, and easily the finest Flying Dog brew I've had, aside from, perhaps, Horn Dog.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had the chance to pick this one up a the store in a mixed sixer recently. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

pour was strong amber color with a nice head of white that reached a height of around an inch and half before settling back down to earth and leaving just thin lacing in its wake, but for the style nice and a classic look. aroma of sweet bready malts and a classic caramel aroma that was cut with a touch of grain. nice and clean with a semi crisp feel and an overall nice balanced body that really seem to let the taste pop. creamy malts finish the show with a really nice clean finish..

overall it was damn drinkable with a super smooth and really just awesome profile.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the Flying Dog brews I've sampled have been fairly good but can't crack the "4" barrier. The Heller Hound does just that, and actually was one of those 4's in every category beers, for me.

The appearance is a nice crisp orange colour with a somewhat soapy medium sized head that has a faint amount of stickiness to it.

The aromas are juicy and floral but cut with a healthy dose of malt. Simple, but effectively good.

Flavour here is well balanced throughout. It starts with a rubber malt taste that quickly moves to a nice hop juiciness and finishes a bit spicy with hops and malt still balanced nicely. Mouthfeel is crisp on this medium to light bodied brew.

Aside from probably the Gonzo Porter, this is the best of the Flying Dog bunch (at least the bunch that I have had). Give it a try if you see it.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a loft biscuity grain aroma with a hint of flowery hop and honey sweetness.

The taste consisted of a nice doughy grain and a light soft sweetness. There was a definite vanilla or egg nog flavor. Smattering of spicy hop was evident. Excellent biscuity aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was soft with medium fullness.

Overall a very quaffable bock. Very sessionable. Nice seasonal.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a yellow-orange with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts and some vinous fruit aromas at the end.
T: Taste is very sweet toasted malt upfront with a bit of a vinous fruity taste after which almost felt a bit like a barleywine.
M: Very smooth, crisp. Nice amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable bock. I enjoyed it as none of the flavors were too overpowering and the alcohol level was not able to be detected.

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