Heller Bock | The Bobcat Café & Brewery

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The Bobcat Café & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Bierman9 on 04-14-2010

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into a lowball glass.

The best part of this beer is the way it looks. Nice and orange with very little head, but very thin. I was expecting something a little darker for the ABV. The smell is almost completely absent, probably because of the interesting choice of serving ware, but I'm not convinced that this beer's got a backbone at all. The taste is merely okay. The biggest factor is the booze (which is actually 9%, not 8.2%, though the batches may be slightly different). The malt is only present at the very end of the tongue, but it's coupled with a slightly unpleasant hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is equally blah given the excessive alcohol and bitterness.

I wouldn't get this beer again, but I love that the Bobcat really goes out of its way to try new things.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alewife and I stopped into the Bobcat on 10APR10, at the beginning of a 3-night stay in Bristol. We ended up returning on the 11th and 12th as well. Why? Well, the bartenders, John and Dana are great. But just as important to us was the chance to quaff more of this top-shelf heller bock. Damn tasty stuff, Mark; damn tasty!

This one was served in a 12oz tumbler for $4.00. The hue was medium to dark golden, and it was a clear liquid. Steady carbo rose within, adding to a white head, made up of fine bubbles layering the top of the bier. Lacing was quite nice as well. Quite attractive to look at. The nose was a little light, but what was there was some bready malt and lightly floral hopping. Body here was more than medium, and save for a smattering of bubbles, this one was quite smooth going down the hatch.

Taste? Wow! Fantastic bready malts lead things off. As if I wasn't excited before, this really grabbed me. Lightly sweet, the bread was just right for the style. A touch of a honeyish character also lends to the sweetness. Hops are right there, too, though restrained. They lend a lovely florality to the finish, which also has a suggestion of spiciness. A lovely bier, indeed. We could have quaffed this all night, but the 8.20% ABV, though not readily evident, can sneak up on you fast. Das Bier schmecht sehr, sehr gut, Mark! Vielen Dank!

Zum Wohl!!

look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5


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Heller Bock from The Bobcat Café & Brewery
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