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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 04-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 146
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle, standard design with a dark blue crown cap with the Flying Dog logo and the words “Cut the leash”. The main and neck label both have the uniquely scary design of Flying Dog. Listed as a seasonal Flying Dog brew, it is called ‘Heller Hound Anti-Spring Bock Beer’. No strength listed, but a code of ’20 9A04’ is listed in the bottom right hand corner on the main label, which presumably is decipherable and can be used to determine the freshness of this bottle.

Appearance: A lovely clear golden body looks hazed at first but it is merely the condensation created on my Pint glass. Middling carbonation is decent in its attenuation. The head is a lovely thick white pillowy affair that lends a very impressive appearance. The head slowly thins but always leaves a decent enough thin collar with some nice lacing that is comprised of ‘each sip’ demarcation rings.

Nose: Sweet-ish grains, light toasty malts and some strange sweaty odors with light honey hints.

Taste: Very much a solid reflection of the aroma. A grainy start with some sweetish Munich malts mixed with a light honeyed biscuit feel. The latter third has intensive doughy aspects. Lingering honey toasted malt finish that coats the cheeks. Tasty number but not complicated at all.

Mouthfeel: Light feel, which is not detraction, but helps the Drinkability establish itself as one of the best assets in this offering, along with the appearance. Yet it has a solid enough presence to back up the light feel at times thanks to a thickness from the sweet malts.

Drinkability: I found this to be a nice offering to start the nights beer drinking. Easy enough in the short term, but the light honey sweet malt ending maybe a little too much for me in the longer term. Decent enough.

Overall: I have to be honest and say that several of the Flying Dog beers are far from impressive for me. I initially thought that this may be another one of them, yet I was pleasantly surprised all round by this one. Thanks to BigHuge for this tasty Seasonal and re-establishing some faith in Flying Dog.

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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 homersimpson
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a nice gold head.
Body as light and slick on the tongue.
Very malty and sweet to start, the only clarity coming from the carbonation. Sweetness stays through the brew and lingers around for a while afterwards.
A very summer beer, sure to be a hit hith the ladies. This brew is built for patios.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew has a clear, gold lager color, with a bubbly white head topping it off. A light, floral scent, sweet malt. The taste has a grainy malt taste, some bitter hope, slight acidic bite. This isnt a bad beer, but i feel it could have been blended a little better. That said, this is one of the better flying dogs around.

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Photo of ADR
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, head is frothy but slightly soapy and short-lasting. Decent laces, strings and small dots. Honeyish aroma, lightly floral. The main flavor impression for me is certainly malt-emphasized but with pastey and glue-like qualities, like the tang and lingering brightness of a bottle of Elmer's Glue-All. It doesn't finish well for me either, papery with an odd sense of undercooked bacon. All this makes it difficult to pick out hops nuances and better carbonation might have helped distract me. Of the reviews so far, obviously my impression differs -- and maybe its just me, but I don't like this beer at all...

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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 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 TripelJ
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now Quaffing: Flying Dog Heller Hound Bock

Pours 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. This definitely is an attempt at the style, but certainly not the best example I've had.

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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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Heller Hound Bock Beer from Flying Dog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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