Heller Hound Bock Beer | Flying Dog Brewery

146 Ratings
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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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 119
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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Photo of jimdkc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden color with a small white head (even with an aggressive pour.) A couple patches of lace left in the glass. Malty aroma. Sweet malty flavor with maybe a little light fruit. Grassy hops, but not very strong. Light, but not bad, mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable. I enjoyed this, but I don't think it will become one of my regular purchases!

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Photo of yankeeheel
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellow with a smallish off white head.

Smells faintly caramel in it's malt with not much else coming through.

Starts off slightly malty and then just turns in to a big wad of buttery goo. Diacetyl coming out of the woodwork. Now don't get me wrong, I like a little butter with my ringwood, but this is disgusting. Finishes with a little hop for your butter sauce.

This one was a pour out. Glad I didn't buy this 12 pack.

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Photo of Brent
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label carries the curious note "anti spring" - I guess because it is a seasonal spring offering in a style usually associated with the fall? Twisted. Poured a coppery chestnut. Vague caramel apple aroma. Nicely malty, with dark brown bread flavors. Hopping was right in there with some distinct German hops knocking about. Just a hare on the thin side for the maltyness. A good beer, not the best example of the style, but worthwhile.

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Photo of BCMan
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is gold in color. NO foam from pour but left a ring of bubbles. It has a dry crisp aroma. Subtle malt flavor anf the taste became more bland as I drank. Initial flavor was good and seemed to have multiple levels but no other sip was as good as the first. Bland aftertaste. The Ralph Steadman artwork for the labels is the best thing about this beer.

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

A little better than average....nice clear golden color....nose is bready....body is medium to light....taste begins with some O-fest like maltiness (Munich malt) and finishes on a dry note with some german hopping...I'd prefer it a little sweeter and fuller flavored but overall this is OK..

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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 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 Bierman9
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Flying Dog bier, suggested by VENOM to me. Has a medium-golden tinge, is clear throughout, and is crowned by a creamy, white head which shrinks to a thin, fine layer. Lacing is decent as well. Nose is a touch understated yet displays some toasty, bready malt with a hint of hops. Body was bordering on medium, and it had a fairly smooth feel on the tongue, albeit with a touch of foamy carbonation. Taste had some bready malt, as in the aroma, with a pleasing amount of sweetness. This leads into a light, floral hoppiness suggesting light fruits that lingers well yet also has a smidge of bitterness hanging around. Fairly good, though coming on the heels of some tasty Smutty I had last night, it'll have to take a back seat to it (and others). Prosit!!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden amber body with a one finger, offwhite head that retains well. Moderate patch lace all around the glass.

Balanced aroma features grassy and lemony citrus hops atop a malty caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation and a medium body.

Taste is dominated by caramel malt, tempered by a grassy hops edge. Well balanced taste, overall. Finish is crisp and dry, slightly bitter.

This is an enjoyable Maibock, but not the best around. Very solid effort from a brewery that, in my opinion, has been marketing some less than stellar brews. They're on the right course with this one.

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Photo of Truh
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed on 5/7/2004. 12 oz. pour from a bottle into a shaker glass. Poured a crisply clear and clean muted golden hue. Dreary, wood-shaving thin initial head. Sweet malt, but otherwise muted bouquet, some clover and maybe sweet hay. Aspirin-like aftertaste, with some warming alcohol kicking in later. Overly wrought yeast presence seemed to mimic much of what I would refer to as the “Flying Dog style,” which is summed up in one word – ugh. I had hoped that this seasonal would be better than other Flying Dog offerings I am acquainted with, but this one was only a tic better.

The true saving grace of this, and the other Flying Dog products I have tasted, is the label art by Ralph Steadman. Given a chance, I would frame posters of these labels.

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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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