Heller Hound Bock Beer | Flying Dog Brewery

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Heller Hound Bock BeerHeller Hound Bock Beer

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 04-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 146
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 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 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 pootz
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

Poured a light amber color with a nice lacing cap.

Aromas of cooked cereals with a little toasted toffee and some grassiness.

Chewy malts in the front like a Marzen but the balancing hopping is woody-earthy like spalters and tattnangers...slick viscous mouth feel...finish is wet and warming with some sweetness and a strange taste like custard.

Not my favorite offering from this brewer.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a cloudy copper with a single-finger head. The smell is mostly toasted malt with some breadiness. The taste starts off with sweet malt that gives way to some dark fruitiness and floral hoppiness that lingers for a little while. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some thin carbonation. This is a nice little beer that's totally worth a try if you can find a bottle.

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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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden straw with a dense, fluffy white head. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is light with grain and toasted malts dominating. Taste is also very light, with some grassy notes and toasted malts. There is not too much evidence in hops in this one. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body and somewhat creamy.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy light orange. Clear and with some carbonation. Some good lace.

Toasted malt aroma with a darkly sweet undercurrent, like a mild barleywine. Full-bodied and nice.

Has an excellent sweet flavor, like a sour berry. Strong and nice. Mild barleywine-ish flavor and quite a good one. Sweet malt. Honey and red wine too. Also a blast of heavy alcohol.

Feels thick and a tad syrupy. Substantial, but definitely not chunky or overwhelming. It's really nice and strong. Sweet and bitter and everything else.

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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 Slynger
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orangey-tangerine color with a good size white head leaving minimal lacing.

The smell is lightly sweet and grainy. I Detect light orange sweetness along with sweet floral hops and grain.

Medium bodied and slightly flat, which is odd since swishing it brings out some bigger bubbled carbonation (probably doesn't help that I dropped the bottle after opening it, whoops). The taste is one notch better than the nose. Sweet with a bit of fresh orange and animal cracker-like grains. Lightly bitter of grains and rinds with a bit of earthly spice in the finish.

Not bad overall. Can't remember a bock that I have had with a citrus fruit aspect to it, although I'm not too familiar with Helles Bocks. I definitely wouldn't mind giving this one another shot a little fresher since I think this may have been last years batch.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy dark gold hue with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was very faint and had notes of soft, sweet malt. The taste was crisp and very large in body and depth. There were many hop floral tastes present and a medium/high hop bitterness towards the finish. I detected a few slight spicy tastes as well. There are actually quite a few complex flavors going on here, but I haven't put my finger on them. The consistency is medium and the carbonation is medium/high.

This beer had much more complexity than I originally thought, and I think it is worth a try. I would probably drink some more of these. Not a bad Maibock.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. No head really. Nose is sugary like the frosting to a cake, but fruity. Flavor is kind of odd. Sweet but with a weird bitter edge to it. Kind of seems rough around the edges. Feel is good on the liquid with a strong bubble that bites a bit. Overall I can’t say this one is overly worth trying. Rough around the edges and lacking any smooth edge to it. Seems like a miss to me and definitely stands as one of my least favorite Flying Dogs to date.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a tight white head that went away in a hurry, leaving no lacing.

S - fruity aroma of apricots.

T - light malt and lightly bitter finish.

M - thin, light bodied with medium carbonation fizz.

D - I couldn't drink more than one of these, there are much better Maibocks out there.

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Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Nice looking pours an orange-ish amber. 2 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly with a little patch of head in the middle and a ring around the glass. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Fresh grains, dough and clover. Maltiness. Smell kinda like Halloween. I'm having it at the right time.

T: Honey roll taste thats balanced out really well with malts and a bit-o-hops. Kind of like mead. Starts sweet, but the sweet doesn't stick with you long enough to be off putting. I like this one, also it gets better as it warms in your glass.

M: Not too bad but a bit light for me.

D: This beer starts rather differently, but it really grows on you quickly. I like this beer. I haven't had too many like this. Actually this is my first Maibock. Hey Mikey I like it!

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Photo of rowew
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Steadman flying dog style labels. Date code is not obviously decipherable. Obviously this one has been around a while, but it has been well cared for.

Appearance: Golden color, average head and retention.

Smell: Very malty - some bready and cereal aromas, hust a hint of floral hops. Just a bit of cooked vegetables.

Taste: Medium bodied, the malts dominate here, with just a bit of DMS. Main flavors are bready malt.

Overall impression: Nice beer - drinkable, hides the ABV well.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice dark golden color (nice in light in general), almost liquid gold. Pours with a slight head, but not much, and almost no lacing. Has a nice crisp, spring time smell, with a touch of what I think is honey. Has a nice taste, clean and refreshing, with only a slight hoppy taste. Goes down nice. I wish I'd gotten more than the one single.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a honey colored body with a thinnish head and some solid sheets of lace left on the glass. Big, worty, Grape-Nut-like smell with a lot of over-ripe/rotten fruit all comes out in the nose. Flavor is sickly sweet. Very bready (good) but with abundant rotten fruit (bad). Lots of honey. There's a forceful bitterness that comes in midway and really sort of ruins the mood. Mouthfeel is rather thick and the carbonation manages to be intrusive. I'm not into this.

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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 soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid vanilla cream head with sticky, sturdy spots and arcs of lace and very good retention. Body is a tea-stained golden amber that lets off a soft, warm glow. Slow-rising bubbles indicate a hefty body.

Smell: Oktoberfest-ish corny caramel malts with a pinch of spicy and floral hops. Lemony notes emerge after a swirl along with some nuttiness from the malts. Underneath it all lies a soft, cakey sweetness. The alcohol presence I expect in a Maibock is absent except for as a vaguely hot edge to the hops, like the smell of Limoncello.

Taste: Perfectly balanced but unfortunately, a bit underwhelming. Soprano hops sustain a tight, high note of citrus peel and oversteeped herbal tea from beginning to end; they are joined by a crescendoing sweetness of bright, tenor-range malts and a quiet yet sweeping flute section hitting a blue note of alcohol. Overall, fruity and fun but lacking the punch I hoped for. Think Cal Tjader rather than Lalo Schifrin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with very nice, soft, chewable carbonation. Loses points for being needlessly syrupy.

Drinkability: I still don't know if I'd call this a Maibock (Oktoberfest or even just a normal Bock seems more appropriate to me). But whatever it is, it's a good, strong lager that doesn't get cloying or overly boozy - in short, it drinks like a nice, robust pale ale.

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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 stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Nice medium sized No retention or lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, caramel malts and hops with some mild vanilla.

Taste: Sweet honey and caramel. There is a nice buttery taste with some mild vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth and buttery. Nice active carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice beer but nothing overly exciting.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

yellow with creamy head, that leaves some lace on the rapid summer drink down. Smooth, light but not watery mouthfeel. An understated slightly aggressive bitterness,shy of acidic. Appropriate understated carbonation. One of the better Flying Dogs, just don't smell it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, some hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice touch of spices and caramel. Nice clean fresh finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice maibock, recommended.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear reddish pink body with light lacing

S - Smells very balanced; candy malts and floral hops share the scene here

T - Wasn't too impressed with this one; lots of pears that finish almost spoiled / sour, very malty

M - Similar to a Tripel, creamy and silky

D - I was disappointed by the sour aftertaste, definitely detracts from repeat drinking

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Photo of Onibubba
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty clear amber and leaves a short creamy beige head. Does not last, but can be coaxed back up with a bit of a swirl. I don't really pick up a whole lot in the aroma, but that's not a slam - smell is my worst sense. Taste is a bit sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a lasting bitterness. Bitter beer face indeed. This is not a hoppy citrus / pine bitterness like you would find in an IPA. This is more of a lingering nasty bitterness that coats your tongue and sends you searching for another beer to get the taste of wet gym sock out of your mouth. On the plus side, this beer made me appreciate the hell out of the Holy Moses I followed it with.

Mouthfeel is fine. Drinkability is fine too. If you are comfortable with bitter beers, you'll like this one. It's not a repeat buy for me though.

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