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

Pours a clear dark golden with a small white head that leaves good lace behind.

A slightly carmel smell mingles with a strong malt presence.

There is a light sweet flavor that is followed by a touch of alcohol. It was not as good as the aroma, but not bad.

This beer is thin and crisp. There is actually a strong hop finish that lingers on the back of the tongue. This is a pretty well textured beer that has layers of sweetnees, bittereness and alcohol.

This is a prety good offering that could use a little tweaking to make it just a bit better. This wouldn't be my first choice but I would try it again.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. It looks like any run of the mill macro, except for the nice head that stays around. The smell was nutty and malty, as well as citrus smells. The taste was kind of like Schlitz beer, but more depth, which made it better. It had the malty taste up front, and then quickly switches to a hoppy taste. The hoppy taste isn't too strong though, so that's a good thing for me, since I like my beer with big malt. Everything about it was just average, except for the taste, which had it's good points.

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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
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