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

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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 tgbljb
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a crystal clear golden color with large foamy white head. Smell is a mixture of toasty malt and sweet grains. Good malty taste with aspects of bread, Some toasty tones noted. Good smooth feeling in the mouth from the malt to give a nice ending. A nice enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ryantupy
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dull golden straw shade. The head is small but white with ok retention and a little bit of lacing. This beer tastes alright, while it pleasntly smooth the hops have kinda a bitter bite to them. Another review suggests hints of rum. I also noticed hints of dark rum and also a little hint of honey. This beer isent exactly my first choice from Flying Dog I found it to be ok and nothing more.

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Photo of mightymalt97
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is to the true style of maibock. Nice and maltv pale yellow with a extreme sweetness. Are you sure this is only 5.9%?
It is easy to drink and before you know it 2 bottles have been drunk.
I found this beer at Kroger for $7.49 a six packer And was served
at 54 degrees, the texture of the head was deep and rocky with little crevases .There wasn't a noticeable hop bite but it is a very
pleasant tasting brew.


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Photo of palliko
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a transparent gold. Very little head, minimal lacing, lightly carbonated. Some malt and hops with a nice fruity flavor. Some bitterness that seems to conflict with the attempt at being a bock beer. A good blend of sweetness and mellowness. This is by far the best offering from Flying Dog. Too bad it is a seasonal and not included in their sampler box.

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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 Winter
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden in color with a stoney colored thin white head. Seems lighter in color for a bock beer. Aroma's pretty average- some fruitiness, caramel and malt. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and sharp from the carbonation. Biscuit and caramel (though not sweet) tones in the flavor. Mildly hoppy finish. Alcohol is also noticeable in the finish. This is too bitter for a bock beer. Overall the caramel and malt flavors are rather unbalanced. This is my first beer from Flying Dog and I'd have to say that I'm not impressed. There are a lot of bock beer out there that are bettter than this one.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good average bock from Flying Dog. It pours a clear light amber color with a fluffy, 1 finger head. The smell is malty, but not as heavy as I was hoping for. There was a hop presence in the aroma and tast; maybe a little too much for this style of beer. Although there is not a lot to follow the dry finish, but it is an easy beer to drink after a round of golf in 80 degree weather.

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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 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 whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, clear brassy gold color with a decent but short lived ivory head.

The aroma is grainy, grassy, spicy.

The taste starts mildly sweet malts, a hint of fruit (pears), but then dries out with a definite hop bite to balance very nicely. The dry hops continue in the aftertaste making you want another drink.

A very nice refresher for warm weather, but with enough body for cooler weather as well.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear bright copper with a small off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity apple aroma, bread, honey, apple and caramel flavors, medium bodied with a soft and full mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, an average bock.

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Photo of blackie
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Dark golden in color. Earthy malt scents with a tinge of alcohol. Malty of course, and the alcohol is evident here again, in a good way. I am getting some blueberry on the tongue as well. Bought a single to test it out, and I will most likely purcase a sixer on the next trip.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An orange/amber beer with a slight haze to it. Has a nice off white head. The aroma starts with a light malty sweetness the gives way to a musty sour fruit scent. The flavor, although it wasn't bad, wasn't much of anything. Some hints at malty character and a slight hoppy note on the finish. But overall quite dissapointing.

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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 RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color and has a decent white head. The aroma is very hoppy and the flavor is a bit hoppy for a bock IMHO, but it is not bad at all. It is not the maltiest bock either, but it is a very interesting attempt at the style. I enjoyed this beer immensely.

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

I am sampling a bottle I picked up in CT in a pint glass at cellar temp.
The beer pours a clear gold color with a 2 cm fluffy off white head foaming up easily. Aroma is soft caramel malt with a bit of grainy husk as well. First sip reveals average rolling carbonation and medium body. The texture is a bit silky IMO.
Flavor is caramel malt up front and rolls to a spicy hop finish. A nice clean bock not very complex but well made.

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

Aroma is fresh and almost fruity malt based. A slight hoppy quality like an amber lager.
Very light color. Golden-yellow and not quite amber. Fizzy short-lived head. Slighty cloudy.
Flavor also has the light fruitiness and a strong dryness. Farily simple in overall flavor characteristics. Alcohol seems low for style.
Medium feel and medium fullness from carbonation.
I like the fruity quality that includes an almost citrus taste that's not from the hops. Has a fresh light quality about it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slight amber color with a medium white head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly subdued, but there is a small fruitiness and a sweet malt there. The flavor is mostly sweet malts with a very small bit of fruit. Yeasty/doughy. The mouthfeel is a little light. Something about this beer makes me not want it again, but I can't place my finger on it.

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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 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 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 kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to leave a decent lace on the glass and a nice coating over the beer. There is a nice malty character to the beer with a spicy hop as well. The beer starts with a hop flavor with a nice balance of light caramel malts. There is a little too much offensive bitter left on my tongue after swallowing. The beer is a nice moderate feel in my mouth, with a moderate carbonation. Nothing special. This is not a beer I would want to sit down and drink many of. I think it is that the beer is not my favorite in the style that I've had.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the pour the beer after disassociating it self from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass tralucent gold with a bulky white head that is spumous in consistency and as it abrades the lace forms a thin white curtain to conceal the glass. Nose is mostly malt, crisp and clean with the start lightly sweet and a fair to middling malt presence, the top thin. Finish is merciful in its acidity, the hops placid, quite dry aftertaste, rather a disappointment as I expected more body


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Photo of NEhophead
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle; "Anti-Spring"

Bright white, frothy 1" head, that gives way to a bit of lacing that doesn't hold all that well. A golden-yellow color that looks a tad on the light side.

Sweet malt nose with a dark fruit aroma: grapes and apple are the ones I can most readily pick out. Nothing overpowering though in terms of aromatics.

A burnt fruity quality that really encompasses the palate. A malty sweetness that really carries the bock to the point of being too much. A strange bitterness is present at the end of the sip that isn't flattering.

I just find this bock to be a bit unbalanced in terms of the sweetness and bitterness. IMO it just doesn't settle well on my palate.

The 5.6%abv would allow you to drink this all night, since it is a bit on the lighter side, but I wouldn't recommend this one to those looking for a good (mai)bock.

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Photo of nortmand
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow pour, with thin white head.
Smells yeasty and doughy, a little hoppiness.
Tastes very thick and yeasty, with a doughy, bready, dominant yeasty maltiness. The best way to describe this beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, but too much, should be easy drinking, but truly isn't.

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Heller Hound Bock Beer from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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