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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 04-08-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 119 | Ratings: 146
Photo of jdmorgan
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy dark gold hue with a small white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was very faint and had notes of soft, sweet malt. The taste was crisp and very large in body and depth. There were many hop floral tastes present and a medium/high hop bitterness towards the finish. I detected a few slight spicy tastes as well. There are actually quite a few complex flavors going on here, but I haven't put my finger on them. The consistency is medium and the carbonation is medium/high.

This beer had much more complexity than I originally thought, and I think it is worth a try. I would probably drink some more of these. Not a bad Maibock.

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

Pours a clear amber. No head really. Nose is sugary like the frosting to a cake, but fruity. Flavor is kind of odd. Sweet but with a weird bitter edge to it. Kind of seems rough around the edges. Feel is good on the liquid with a strong bubble that bites a bit. Overall I can’t say this one is overly worth trying. Rough around the edges and lacking any smooth edge to it. Seems like a miss to me and definitely stands as one of my least favorite Flying Dogs to date.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass.

A - hazy, golden color with a tight white head that went away in a hurry, leaving no lacing.

S - fruity aroma of apricots.

T - light malt and lightly bitter finish.

M - thin, light bodied with medium carbonation fizz.

D - I couldn't drink more than one of these, there are much better Maibocks out there.

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Photo of baos
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Nice looking pours an orange-ish amber. 2 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly with a little patch of head in the middle and a ring around the glass. Pretty decent lacing.

S: Fresh grains, dough and clover. Maltiness. Smell kinda like Halloween. I'm having it at the right time.

T: Honey roll taste thats balanced out really well with malts and a bit-o-hops. Kind of like mead. Starts sweet, but the sweet doesn't stick with you long enough to be off putting. I like this one, also it gets better as it warms in your glass.

M: Not too bad but a bit light for me.

D: This beer starts rather differently, but it really grows on you quickly. I like this beer. I haven't had too many like this. Actually this is my first Maibock. Hey Mikey I like it!

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Steadman flying dog style labels. Date code is not obviously decipherable. Obviously this one has been around a while, but it has been well cared for.

Appearance: Golden color, average head and retention.

Smell: Very malty - some bready and cereal aromas, hust a hint of floral hops. Just a bit of cooked vegetables.

Taste: Medium bodied, the malts dominate here, with just a bit of DMS. Main flavors are bready malt.

Overall impression: Nice beer - drinkable, hides the ABV well.

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Photo of JamesS
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice dark golden color (nice in light in general), almost liquid gold. Pours with a slight head, but not much, and almost no lacing. Has a nice crisp, spring time smell, with a touch of what I think is honey. Has a nice taste, clean and refreshing, with only a slight hoppy taste. Goes down nice. I wish I'd gotten more than the one single.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a honey colored body with a thinnish head and some solid sheets of lace left on the glass. Big, worty, Grape-Nut-like smell with a lot of over-ripe/rotten fruit all comes out in the nose. Flavor is sickly sweet. Very bready (good) but with abundant rotten fruit (bad). Lots of honey. There's a forceful bitterness that comes in midway and really sort of ruins the mood. Mouthfeel is rather thick and the carbonation manages to be intrusive. I'm not into this.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having my second beer in the midst of a 3 episode long marathon of Big Love.

A - A very nice looking beer. It pours a light copper, that was slightly hazy. Poured a good foamy two finger head that faded a bit too fast.

S - The maltiness hit my nose immediately despite the glass being two feet away from my head. That is certaintly the dominant characteristic in this beer, but it also has a passing hop aroma as well.

T & M - Rich and malty but with that slight lager crispness. It has a noble spicey aroma of saaz, to balance the caramel sweetness. A bit f lemon in there as well. As it warms the hops really show up in this beer.

D - Very nice, this is a well crafted brew indeed. Possibly one of the hoppiest bock/maibocks I have had, but no overly so. If I can find this beer again I will be buying more than one.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Solid vanilla cream head with sticky, sturdy spots and arcs of lace and very good retention. Body is a tea-stained golden amber that lets off a soft, warm glow. Slow-rising bubbles indicate a hefty body.

Smell: Oktoberfest-ish corny caramel malts with a pinch of spicy and floral hops. Lemony notes emerge after a swirl along with some nuttiness from the malts. Underneath it all lies a soft, cakey sweetness. The alcohol presence I expect in a Maibock is absent except for as a vaguely hot edge to the hops, like the smell of Limoncello.

Taste: Perfectly balanced but unfortunately, a bit underwhelming. Soprano hops sustain a tight, high note of citrus peel and oversteeped herbal tea from beginning to end; they are joined by a crescendoing sweetness of bright, tenor-range malts and a quiet yet sweeping flute section hitting a blue note of alcohol. Overall, fruity and fun but lacking the punch I hoped for. Think Cal Tjader rather than Lalo Schifrin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with very nice, soft, chewable carbonation. Loses points for being needlessly syrupy.

Drinkability: I still don't know if I'd call this a Maibock (Oktoberfest or even just a normal Bock seems more appropriate to me). But whatever it is, it's a good, strong lager that doesn't get cloying or overly boozy - in short, it drinks like a nice, robust pale ale.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.62/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Clear golden with a nice white head when poured. Then it settled down. Little bit of lace.

smell - Nice smell of malts here.

taste - Nice taste of malts, very little bit of hops here.

mouthfeel - Light-medium body, low carbination.

drinkability - Real nice Bock beer.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Nice medium sized No retention or lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, caramel malts and hops with some mild vanilla.

Taste: Sweet honey and caramel. There is a nice buttery taste with some mild vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Smooth and buttery. Nice active carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice beer but nothing overly exciting.

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

yellow with creamy head, that leaves some lace on the rapid summer drink down. Smooth, light but not watery mouthfeel. An understated slightly aggressive bitterness,shy of acidic. Appropriate understated carbonation. One of the better Flying Dogs, just don't smell it.

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

Thanks goes out to MuenchenerKindl for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white head, nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, some hops, some spices, and caramel. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, nice touch of spices and caramel. Nice clean fresh finish. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice maibock, recommended.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Very clear reddish pink body with light lacing

S - Smells very balanced; candy malts and floral hops share the scene here

T - Wasn't too impressed with this one; lots of pears that finish almost spoiled / sour, very malty

M - Similar to a Tripel, creamy and silky

D - I was disappointed by the sour aftertaste, definitely detracts from repeat drinking

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Photo of Onibubba
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pretty clear amber and leaves a short creamy beige head. Does not last, but can be coaxed back up with a bit of a swirl. I don't really pick up a whole lot in the aroma, but that's not a slam - smell is my worst sense. Taste is a bit sweet, but is quickly overtaken by a lasting bitterness. Bitter beer face indeed. This is not a hoppy citrus / pine bitterness like you would find in an IPA. This is more of a lingering nasty bitterness that coats your tongue and sends you searching for another beer to get the taste of wet gym sock out of your mouth. On the plus side, this beer made me appreciate the hell out of the Holy Moses I followed it with.

Mouthfeel is fine. Drinkability is fine too. If you are comfortable with bitter beers, you'll like this one. It's not a repeat buy for me though.

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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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Heller Hound Bock Beer from Flying Dog Brewery
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