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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 Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly amber gold pour, topped by a froathy ivory head, including some decent lacing. A sweet malt aroma peculates up, followed by a full bodied malty quaff – with hints of pine mixed in the brew. No butter pops at all for me.

A decent spring brew, if the abv was a tad lower, it would make for a fine sessional – as is, still one to enjoy for an easy afternoon.

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Photo of rabsten
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My folks picked up a six of this for me vacationing in sunny Florida. They know I like beer and that I'd probably appreciate this more than a t-shirt. They were right.

Poured into a pint glass, tille head, no lacing, Dark gold with solid carbonation. Looks like a good AML.

Malt aroma with no hop or anything. Just middle of the road malt.

Tastes like a solid, above average macro lager, times two. Almost as if they took a good, craft brewed version of an AML (no extracts or ajduncts) and doubled it. Malted barley with slight alcohol tang.

Smooth, easy drinking beer. Easy going down, pleasant to drink.

Smooth and refreshing. Exceptionally drinkable.

Bottom line: a craft brew that even my (and yours) Bud Light swilling friends would appreciate.

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Photo of Drew966
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Heller Hound pours a light orange with a small white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The smell is pretty decent, malt and a little bit of hops and maybe a touch of citrus. Taste is a bit on the hoppy side, but with a strong malt backbone. A bit dry on the aftertaste. Doesn't completely knock my socks off like some of their other offerings, yet solid in all respects. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A fizzy yellow without looking like a lite brew. Lots of bubbles floating up toward the top of the glass. The head goes toward 1/2" and then sinks down pretty fast. But as I drink the lacing's all over the place, which is surprising.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt, a bit of honey, slight vanilla. Other than that I get some bitter hops, but nothing really too balanced. I was hoping for more than this.

Taste: More sweet malt with some honey backing. The hops come in at the end to curb it all. It's not the most complex of brews, but I like it. I know they could be more adverturous, but it's going down well. And it's pretty balanced for what it's worth.

Mouthfeel: A bit astringent at first; then it becomes fairly full as soon as the carbonation kind of comes to.

Drinkability: Well, I have five more to drink, and I'm fine with that. Looking to pair the next ones with some food to see what happens.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey-color with a modest white head; decent lacing

Smell: Grainy and yeasty, with honey tones

Taste: Starts out with a grainy and yeasty flavor that, after the swallow, starts to develop some complexity - the sweet honey and toffee notes build while an assertively bitter earthy hop character joins in

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: While this is a good effort from Flying Dog, in the final analysis, the sweet and bitter elements just don't blend very well

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Photo of Naes
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is very clear amber colored beer with a small white head. Lacing is good, but there is little to no head retention.
The aroma is sweet, but also contains trace amounts of hops.
The flavor is sweet with honey and is grainy. There is a bit of hops near the finish and it is also a bit fruity throughout.
Mouth feel is medium in body and is actively carbonated.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, with a medium white head that retains ok...seems style appopriate. The aroma is nice and malty, with notes of grain husk, biscuit, honey, a hint of lemon, along with some floral hops and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar to the nose, with grain husk and biscuit malt notes, along with some honey sweetness, some citric tartness (mostly lemon), light floral hops and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation and drinkability is good but alcohol is more noticeable than id like. A descent maibock, but nothing exceptional

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep golden/light honey with a 2 fingers white head that dropped quickly to a healthy film with some lacing.

Smell: Slight fruittiness and grainyness& a hint of alcohol

Taste: Bready taste followed by warming alcohol. Honey like sweetness. Finishes dry & fruitty& with an alcohol burn as it warms

MF: Slight syruppyness combined with good carbonation

Drinks okay, but I prefer dark or doppel bocks to the helles/mai bock style. Still not bad.

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

Appearance: pours a clear gold color with a 1/2" head. The head quickly falls to some surface spots.

Smell: the nose picks up strong honey sweetness.

Taste: the sweetness detected in the nose follows to the tongue. Strong malt levels are married with some caramel, honey, mild bitterness, and hints of pepper.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start, almost syrupy at the finish. Medium-heavy in body. Mild aftertaste of malt sweetness lingers a bit.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not overtly exciting.

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Photo of maibock1023
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color, with a thin head. Nice malty nose.Very nice malt honey flavor with a slight spiceness in the finnish.Medium mouthfeel... This is good! This brewery struck me as producing middle of the road beers when they first hit the market. Of late, the Old Horn Dog, and Gonzo Porter have won me over.This maibock is a nice example of the style and at 5.9%, I could put a couple of these away on a warm spring afternoon with no guilt.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange gold with a generous white head that rapidly fades but leaves nice shreds of lace on the glass. Aroma is vienna malt sweetness with a hint of floral hops. I must have had this too chilled as all I was getting at first was some husky notes and a blast of hops. As it warmed some fruity sweetness emerged and made this brew a much more pleasurable maibock for me. Taste was good and the mouthfeel is lively and slick making this a very drinkable brew to me.

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

Pours with a brassy golden clear hay topped with a frothy eggshell thin cap.

Bright honey nose and hops aroma.

First swigs: Smooth honey and grassy with a touch of vanilla. Buttery and sweet. Some breakfast cereal toasted aspects.

Medium feel with a crisp solid rolling carbonation.

Last swigs: A spot on Helles worth trying actually.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the Flying Dog brews I've sampled have been fairly good but can't crack the "4" barrier. The Heller Hound does just that, and actually was one of those 4's in every category beers, for me.

The appearance is a nice crisp orange colour with a somewhat soapy medium sized head that has a faint amount of stickiness to it.

The aromas are juicy and floral but cut with a healthy dose of malt. Simple, but effectively good.

Flavour here is well balanced throughout. It starts with a rubber malt taste that quickly moves to a nice hop juiciness and finishes a bit spicy with hops and malt still balanced nicely. Mouthfeel is crisp on this medium to light bodied brew.

Aside from probably the Gonzo Porter, this is the best of the Flying Dog bunch (at least the bunch that I have had). Give it a try if you see it.

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

Pours to a hazy orangish-yellow color with a white head that quickly diminishes to a ring. It leaves a fair amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of German malts and nobel hops. A slightly spicy hop aroma . It is toasty and a bit fruit is noted. Has a some what sweet smell too.

The flavor is bready and toasty, slightly juicy and hoppy. It is medium in body, and almost syrupy. Not too bad of a drinker.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe I'm spoiled, having grown up in Wisconsin and having lived in Germany . . . but this Bock just ain't very good. The mouthfeel is dead on, thick and rich and wonderful but the rest of the beer just falls short.
I think it is the overabundance of wheat coupled with an unbalanced yeast. The wheat clouds a lot of other flavours that should shine, while the fruity yeast should for for the style but it clashes with the wheat flavours and their hopping strategy. Couple that with a very soapy aftertaste and you've got a very sub-par beer from a pretty good brewery.

Stick to making ales, flying dog. You do a mighty fine job in that department.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with the traditional flying dog die cut label. flowers on the left side of the label, and the disgusting heller hound sits in the center. a bird sits on his head. "heller hound anti-spring bock beer" at the top of the label with what appears to be falling sheep on the right side of the label. there's a story here, but i don't know what it is. definition of heller is at the bottom of the label. no abv displayed. batch number: 209A05

appearance: pours a golden yellow-orange in a pilsner glass. very noticible carbonation as the head is over 2 inches fluffy, tight and just slightly off-white. lacing and retention is quite good. red-orange shadows and bright yellow highlights. very few noticible bubbles rise through the clear brew.

smell: initially hoppy with some floral hop aromas. there is a touch of sweetness but not much. yeasty as well.

taste: grainy with an earthy, lightly spicy hop flavor. yeasty from the middle of the sip through the finish. bready biscuity with some honey and a touch of honey. bitterness is mild and comes more from the yeast than the hops. not complex at all, but has decent flavor. finish is dry with a peppery yeasty bitterness.

mouthfeel: crisp light-medium body with very low carbonation. may have lost a bit in the pour. rolls around fairly smoothly, but clunks in the swallow.

drinkability: easy to drink. could make a good session brew. alcohol is well hidden, but is warming. aftertaste is very mild and doesn't do much for the drinkability.

overall: not bad, but not great. flavor is far from complex, aroma is mild, carbonation is low, drinkability is hit or miss, and mouthfeel is a tad disappointing. looks pretty, though. other than appearance, average all around.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA glass, looked a lot paler than I expected. Actually pilsner-colored.

Smell is malty, taste is also but not as assertive as I'd hoped. Just average.

Not worth seeking out. Just get Dead Guy Ale if you're after a maibock.

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

I found a single of this, so I decided I might give it a try. A 12oz. bottle with a cool picture of some crows, a hell hound and a definition of the word heller. Something you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: Poured a golden orange color with a nice head of white foam that dissipated quickly. After it dissipated, it just left one small ring of foam.

Smell: When I first opened it, the aroma that came out was floral hops. After the floral hops, a light aroma of fruits and more hops in the background.

Taste: In the taste there was some sweet malts, a little fruit, and with a hoppy bitter aftertaste. The taste was good, but not that good.

Drinkability: This was my very first Maibock, and to tell you the truth, I really didn't care for it. Maybe this wasn't the best representation of this style.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this Flying Dog Bock. Not an easy type of beer to find and/or never produced properly. Shiner Bock, Michelob Amber Bock,etc..all garbage. Flying Dog does a good job here of creating a very tasty, full flavored, and drinkable MaiBock. Pours a deep golden color, has decent head, disappates quickly. The taste is of a sugary vanilla(very pleasant) and a slight hoppy, clean finish. Very enjoyable can be a pleasure any time of the year.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. 193A05 on lower right corner.
Pours hazy golden, with a thick fluffy head. thick sheets of lace coat the glass.
Malty aroma, bready, toffee, maybe some bubblegum in there too.
Favor is sweet, vanilla and honey with just a little hops in the finish.

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Photo of mortarit
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The Maibock style of beer tends to be lighter in color than other Bock beers and often has a significant hop character with a noticeable alcohol around the same as a traditional Bock. Maibocks are customarily served in the spring and are oftentimes interrelated with spring festivals and celebrations more often in the month of May.

Taken from the description, yes it is lighter in color. OK malt or hops, I can tell the resemblance of hops now. Learning here as I go along from sip to sip.
According to the time schedule I am a little late in drinking this one. Funny, it's a new selection at the store I bought it at.
I'm glad I bought this in the varity pack not that it isn't good but not my style of beer. But it has been a good beer to experience the specific style from tonight.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tangerine peel orange. The head is French vanilla with a hint of orange, a nice color contrast to the beer beneath. The cap is semi-firm which causes it to resemble a wind-blown mesa as it descends. Undulating rings of lace look like strands of a foamy necklace fastened to the inner surface of the glass.

The aroma is odd. It's predominantly malty with a harsh, earthy, vegetal character, like rotting plant matter. It may not as bad as all that, but it isn't pleasant either. Although repeated sniffs allow me to appreciate herbal hops, they don't have a chance to impress given what else is going on in the nose.

Heller Hound tastes like it smells. For some reason, though, it's more tolerable on the palate. There's something about this malt-hop combination that I don't care for; I wish I could figure out what. Then again, maybe it's a maibock thing and I wouldn't understand. The truth is, I haven't had very many beers of this style that have even loosened my socks, much less knocked them off.

The flavor profile tastes like rock candy (which I've never liked), musty fruit, vanilla and incompletely masked alcohol. It's a strange melange that I've felt ambivalent about from the first sip. As I make my way into the second half of the bottle, I can't say that I'm warming up to it at all.

Heller Hound is an ugly mutt of a beer. It isn't completely without merit, but I struggled to find something to like in the curiously offbeat flavor profile. A recipe overhaul and a long stint in obedience school is my recommendation for taming this unruly pooch.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pretty nice pour for a bock. Bright orange with a big head. The head doesn't stick around for too long, though, and it eventually looks like ice tea.

Smells of sweet caramel bock malt and a strange zip of fruit and alcohol.

Remarkably smooth alcohol and ripe fruit up front, falling into caramel malt, ending on smooth, simple hops.

The hops in the flavor are a welcome addition to a style I usually don't much care for. If you see this beer you should pick up a sixer, especially if you're looking for something tasty to pound in the summer.

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