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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 Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale color with good head. Aroma is somewhat malty like the style normally is. Nothing fancy. The taste is much better though. Malty with some caramel in the background. Nothing too special. More like average but still a good example. Leaves a dry mouthfeel.

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

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: clear amber with a 1 finger white head that disappears quickly, little bit of lace.
S: a little bit of bread/malts, not much going on
T: Nice malt presence, with a definite bitterness/hoppiness in the back of the mouth. Very crisp on the tongue.
M: Nicely carbonated, seems to coat the tongue/mouth a bit (not in a bad way).
D: Nice beer, well balanced. I am not that familiar with the style (or lagers in general). I like this but, I am not sure I will pick up again. If you can get a single, this is worth trying.

In the end, I like beers more hoppy or more malty, this seems to be stuck in the middle.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale amber, not much head, mild carbonation. Smells like a typical maibock: big malts with a dose of hops to liven it up. The taste is rather refreshing. Light and crisp with a malty base followed by a burst of hops with a floral presence. Perfect with some german blue cheese (Montagnolo) spread on some french bread on my porch.

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Photo of umustdrink
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy, dark orange color. Bright white head, settles to a patchy film. Lacing is slightly below average.

S - Dark but sweet malts with a grassy wheat stalk note.

T - Taste is mostly bitter (very bitter) malts and earthy, grassy wheat flavors. Not very tasty.

M - Overly-carbonated, hinders the taste. Consistency is thin to medium.

D - Overall this beer doesn't taste all that good. The combination of bitter and grassy doesn't seem to be working.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bock pours an extremely brilliant light golden color in to my glass. There is a thin white head that actually gave a bit more lasting power than I expected, along with some lacing. The aroma is moderately sweet, and quite malty, toasted grain, kind of biscuit like and a bit spicy. The taste is moderately sweet, a bit grainy and bready. The hop bitterness is medium-low and there is a touch of hop flavor toward the swallow. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and has a medium to medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Overall this one is a winner. The color and clarity of this brew is remarkable. The toasted grain and hop bitterness provide a nice balance. The mouthfeel was also quite enjoyable, very slippery. Too bad I only have 1 bottle.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of bready malt and alcohol sweetness, along with a firm grain presence and an elevated hop spice (for the style). Rich with a full body (again, for the style) but very drinkable.

A bit more balance here than with many examples of this generally malty style. So perhaps it’s not that authentic, but it’s very tasty.


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Photo of mentor
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger light tan head over a lightly clouded liquid. Would be golden, but the cloudy dulls it. Sediment retained in the bottle. Smells musty hops, touch of caramel, mildy sweet.

Tastes toch of hop sting and biscuit malt. Bit of zing from hops in the begnning and the sweet hangs in the aftertaste. Musty hop middle with an orange character. Thick mouthfeel for a bock and much hoppier than I was expecting. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

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

Pours out like weak ice tea with just a slight straw color to it.
Smell is very yeasty and malty with a little alcohol burn.
Taste is bitter at first with a lemony flavor followed by a sweet malty taste then it dies down to a very slight hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is clean but not any carbonation to speak of.
The 5.9 is deceiving because the alcohol burn in the aftertaste is pretty prominent.
Not Flying Dogs best effort, but still a good beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shimmering orange in color, with some deep golden colors revealed in the direct light. Thin, yet creamy white head. Yeast, floral hops and hints of lemon peel are all reserved, but nicely noticeable. Zesty and powdery malts, touches of honey and dark fruits across the palate. Grassy hops are later revealed and carbonation is near perfect. Munich/bready malts are present as well; overall nicely flavored and very easy to drink. Well above average, at the top of my maibock list! Another winner, and perhaps there best offering, from the Dog! Bottoms up.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bready nose. Starts balanced but some maltiness, then hops, expecting more sweetness. Bitter hoppy aftertaste. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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

Light copper in appearance - beer pours with almost no head, and very faint hop and malt aromas - somewhat bready on the nose. I like this beer on the first sip, because unlike other Flying Dog beers that fall slightly short of their intended style, this is Maibock all the way. The beer starts of slightly bitter with a defined malt character and the fills with sweetness twinged with a faint flavor of alcohol (expected in most traditional German Maibocks, but a surprise here as the beer is listed below 6% alcohol). Very nice finish with still defined sweetness and then a mild hop bitterness, and crisp throughout. A very easy drinking beer - too bad they don't make this one year round, it would be nice if there was more Mai-bock available through the late summer and winter months (other than the more expensive German imports).

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Photo of dherling
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A golden orange colored beer with a nice white head of foam that dissapears quickly, with minimal lacing. The nose was floral hops, a light aroma of fruits and more then even hops in the background. The taste was malt, a tiny bit of fruit, and a hoppy bitter aftertaste. This had a body and flavor more similar to an Oktoberfest than a Maibock for me, but still an enjoyable beer.

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

Pours with one half inch of thin, white head that lasts about twenty seconds. The body is very clear and a mild amber color.

A blend of sweet malty notes and hops pretty much sum up the aroma of this beer. Maltiness is represented with a toasted barley and toffee presence. Hops are mild with a grassy, sweet smell. A little more strength would be appreciated.

A buttery, brown sugar flavor starts this malty beer. There is almost a milky sweetness suggesting toffee. Hops are represented well and add some syrupy sweetness with only notable bitterness. The finish is relatively nice with some dry hops and tasted malt flavors mixed with a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and somewhat buttery but a little too thin. I'm thinking more of an English ale instead of bock.

Drinkability is a little better than average. This bock is definitely easy to drink but not inspiring enough to make me reach for another one right away. Overall, a solid beer that could be a great beer with more refining.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottel to a heavy glass mug. The liquid id pale yellow, nice carbonation, looks like beer. The head is white 2 finger, small bubbled, Quite a nice lace.

The smell is classic helles. Strong light grainy malt right up front and some strong hops for balence. I love how this style says 'I'm Beer, and a good one'!

The taste is killer helles bock, Big grainy malt, fresh baked bread, pronounced bitter hops. This is whole beer not skim.

The mouth feel is spot on baby, full, grainy, just like fresh bread. Nice.

The drinkability could not be better, yes you could chug these all night lone. Beer like this beg to be order by the full measure.
Sprechen "Mass Helles, Dank" Prost und Zum Wohl. MK

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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 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 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 barefootbrewer
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a quickly disappearing head. The smell is very clean and malty. The tasty is very malty and slightly sweet. This gives this beer a very balanced taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a carbonation bite. What can I say – Delicious!

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This bock beer has a very light appearance from the bottle. The head pours a pure white with regular bubbles and has good retention. The smell is light with malt undertones. The taste is bitterer than the nose let on with a detectable malt (acidulated?) aftertaste. The mouthfeel was watery and unimpressive. This is a drinkable beer if you can get past the aftertaste.

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

Clear solid gold with active carbonation and a thin creamy head. Webby lacing and solid retention. Clean, faint aroma of sweet malts and spiced fruit. Sweet pale malt and clean dry fruit flavors tinged with a little alcohol and honey. Medium mouthfeel.

May be a little clean but its still a pretty tasty bock.

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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 unklesyd
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clean and leaves a nice lace as it goes down.

Sweet light carmel and grain in the nose.

Snappier and hoppier than expected. Only very slightly sweet. Slightly raw pils graininess.

Mouthfeel is slightly rough, although not too much so. Light-medium body help drinkability. Not neccessarily what I was expecting, but a nice, easy drinker.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet toasted malts, corn, biscuit and a little fruitiness.

The flavor is sweet, slightly sugary, toasted malts with some Noble hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium and slightly watery.

Overall, not my favorite style, but this was better than I expected (although, I wasn't expecting much).

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Photo of acrawf6
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark golden with white head that goes down quickly to a small ring around the beer.

Smell. sweet and malty. seems lighter than i expected. smells like it has a small tartness to it.

Taste. starts a slightly sweet maltiness, but then turns into a thicker maltiness i would expect from the style. Also some cereal grainy tastes come out. As it warms up i get an alcohol warming to it, as well as in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Pretty good. Body is fuller than i expected. Nice amount of carbonation to it, nice balance.

Overall pretty good. Has a nice malt character, i say its average for the style (compared to other US breweries that brew this style). I think i would rather drink this with a heavy dinner than outside on the porch.

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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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