Heller Hound Bock Beer | Flying Dog Brewery

Heller Hound Bock BeerHeller Hound Bock Beer
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Heller Hound Bock BeerHeller Hound Bock Beer

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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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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 119
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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive as always for Flying Dog, this beer is a true maibock done with an American take. Looks solid golden in color. Active carbonation with a dainty white persistent head. Smells malty in character without the sweetness. Fruity sweet to taste. peaches, pears, and kiwi; but without the tartness. Mildly spicy, hopped only for balance. Round, but not full mouthfeel. Body reveals some vegetable flavors like corn. Also reveals honey accompanied by an mildly alcoholic finish. Good balance between finess and assertion.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey-color with a modest white head; decent lacing

Smell: Grainy and yeasty, with honey tones

Taste: Starts out with a grainy and yeasty flavor that, after the swallow, starts to develop some complexity - the sweet honey and toffee notes build while an assertively bitter earthy hop character joins in

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a good effort from Flying Dog, in the final analysis, the sweet and bitter elements just don't blend very well

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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

By far the best beer from this brewery I have had,pours a nice clear golden color with a a nice head that leaves a light lacing.Aroma has a vegitable quality to it wich I have picked up in other spring bocks as well with a light sweetness.Taste is mildy sweet and a little soapy (but not in a bad way if posible) with a very appetizing toasted malt flavor in a lingering finish.I really like this beer I dont like any of the other offerings from the brewery to much but this is a winner in my book.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The smell is rich and sweet with honey, malt, wheat, nuts and caramel.

T: The flavor starts out with malty honey sweetness and some breadiness, then brings a small but surprising hops kick and a little bit of spice. After-taste is very sweet as well.

M: Very smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty but a little too for my taste, easy-to-drink though and not very filling. Not a bad beer, but I’ve had better within the style.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden/light honey with a 2 fingers white head that dropped quickly to a healthy film with some lacing.

Smell: Slight fruittiness and grainyness& a hint of alcohol

Taste: Bready taste followed by warming alcohol. Honey like sweetness. Finishes dry & fruitty& with an alcohol burn as it warms

MF: Slight syruppyness combined with good carbonation

Drinks okay, but I prefer dark or doppel bocks to the helles/mai bock style. Still not bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tangerine peel orange. The head is French vanilla with a hint of orange, a nice color contrast to the beer beneath. The cap is semi-firm which causes it to resemble a wind-blown mesa as it descends. Undulating rings of lace look like strands of a foamy necklace fastened to the inner surface of the glass.

The aroma is odd. It's predominantly malty with a harsh, earthy, vegetal character, like rotting plant matter. It may not as bad as all that, but it isn't pleasant either. Although repeated sniffs allow me to appreciate herbal hops, they don't have a chance to impress given what else is going on in the nose.

Heller Hound tastes like it smells. For some reason, though, it's more tolerable on the palate. There's something about this malt-hop combination that I don't care for; I wish I could figure out what. Then again, maybe it's a maibock thing and I wouldn't understand. The truth is, I haven't had very many beers of this style that have even loosened my socks, much less knocked them off.

The flavor profile tastes like rock candy (which I've never liked), musty fruit, vanilla and incompletely masked alcohol. It's a strange melange that I've felt ambivalent about from the first sip. As I make my way into the second half of the bottle, I can't say that I'm warming up to it at all.

Heller Hound is an ugly mutt of a beer. It isn't completely without merit, but I struggled to find something to like in the curiously offbeat flavor profile. A recipe overhaul and a long stint in obedience school is my recommendation for taming this unruly pooch.

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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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm always weary of Flying Dog brews however their artwork kicks ass and I usually end up throwing a bottle of one of their beers into my sixpack holder...this is one of those beers...let's see what they can do with a hellesbock. Appears golden honey amber with a large off white head leaves fine even specks of lacing all around my glass. Aromatics bring mild toasted almond notes with fruity apple tartness and a bit of drizzled honey doused on there as well finishes with light herbal hops. Flavor has a doughy sweetness with more toasted nut and honey highlights among the clashing tart fruit apparent with more herbally hopped goodness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth crisp carbonation does coat the palate a bit if transitioning between brews grab a water. Drinkability...definitely a decent helles bock priced right at 1.99 can't complain I don't feel cheated however I'm still a huge Penn and Victory Mai/Helles bock fan over this version...still pretty good.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Allways enjoy the Ralph Steadman artwork on the Flying dog bottles. This one pours a dull, cloudy shade of apricot. Soft white head, with moderate retention, slight lacing. Nose is ripe plums, rum and some alcohol. Tasty little brew, I'm suprised by the middle of the road ratings for this brew, cuz, I'm finding it to be tasty, soft on the palate, nicely complex and warming for a spring seasonal. Notes of caramel, honey, rum, some lemony zing and a warm, dry finish. Nice spring/summer nightcap type of brew. Would also go well with some spicy meat type dishes.

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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 feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, pale bronze color, with an thick, creamy, solid head of foam.
Aroma: malty, herbal, vegetal, smelling of adjuncts.
Taste: hardly there, just a bit of sweetness, approaches the palate meekly, then fades fast away. Light bodied, with a mere whisper of flavor, hardly any finish to speak of, ...way too boring.
Chased this bland bottle with a zingier, tastier maibock from Summit and compared it with Town Hall's deliciousness released just yesterday...Heller hound, why can't you be more like them?

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

Appearance: pours a clear gold color with a 1/2" head. The head quickly falls to some surface spots.

Smell: the nose picks up strong honey sweetness.

Taste: the sweetness detected in the nose follows to the tongue. Strong malt levels are married with some caramel, honey, mild bitterness, and hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Mild aftertaste of malt sweetness lingers a bit.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not overtly exciting.

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is slightly malty with a bit of skunkiness to it. It seems to be a bit dry. The taste is good. It has a rich pale malt makeup with the addition of some Munich or Carapils malts for body and maltiness. It goes down slow and finishes dry and sweet. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine brew for sure. It has an average aroma, but is tastey and full of body; finally some quality out of Flying Dog.

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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 Derek
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze with an off white head. Very little retention, initially some lace.

S: Quality malt & hops... smells German. Bready malt (with a little toffee); pleasant grassy, metallic & slightly floral/minty hops.

T: Great hop flavour (Saaz, Hallertau & a light mintyness from the Perle). Modest bitterness with a toffee & light caramel sweetness. Certainly not packed full of crystal malts like some new-world versions. Taste score should be better than 4.0, but it's not quite a 4.5.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body; moderate carbonation. Lacking the creamy smoothness of some of the German versions.

D: Their website says 6.2%, but it's still on the light side for a maibock. But that just makes it all the more drinkable!

Thanks Mike! (MDS)

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Pours with a brilliantly clear, richly gold color and a frothy, initially three-finger-thick light tan colored head. The aroma is malt focused, yet fairly simple in its malt character, which makes sense for a Helles Bock. The aroma is not sweet, but has a richness to it that makes you know that this beer is no light weight lager. Chewy notes of fresh from the oven bread, toasty cracker notes, and a hint of caramelized malt sugars are most noticeable. There is just a hint of spicy hop character that is a touch grassy and lightly herbal.

The beer is sweetish up front, though not overly so and there is a nice herbal hop character that lightly prances throughout the flavor profile. The beer finishes with a lightly astringent bitterness and that same malt-accented sweetness that it started with. This beer has stayed nicely away from the more caramelized malts, and yet achieves a good depth of malt character despite its Helles appearance. Toasted grain notes provide a touch of dryness, to what otherwise has a rich malt sweetness. This beer is not so sweet that it is not still quaffable. It just slides right down and is dangerously quaffable, yet still has a richness and depth to it that requires contemplation after and during each sip.

This beer contains an incredible balance between malt and hop character; because the malts are not heavily roasted or caramelized the light hop character is able to shine through. Spicy hops intermingle with complexly sweetish malt layers creating quite the harmonious whole. I am quite impressed by this beer, it is perhaps better than the limited examples of the style that I have had in Germany.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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Beer rating: 37.7% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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