Helluva Bock | Atlanta Brewing Company

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Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Spring

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Added by nickthegun12 on 02-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by RichScherle:
Photo of RichScherle
3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Ever so slightly hazed amber bronze. Head goes away fast - but a nice albeit thin lacing is retained. Looks pretty good

S - Definitely can pick up on the bock-ish nose (and slightly fleeting and faint like most bocks) - a bit of sweet toffee and a rasp of fruit and alcohol mixed with hop.

T - This one is a bit challenging. There is a honeyed sweetness throughout, with extremely faint butter (pleansantly so) but at mid pallet it goes from honey, toffee and caramel to a strong almost roasty hoppy taste (and its not dark so its intriguing to have a roasty taste in there). Finishes with a solid noble-like hop bitterness, and back to flashes of fruity, wildflower honey notes. It does most certainly taste characteristic of a bock but with that american twist.

M - the dryness I like (especially at 7+% abv, which the six pack holder says. Its dry, or maybe slightly semi sweet and very bock-ish. My only complain is the carb seems a big too much and too aggressive for a bock. I think a smoother carb would complement the honey notes better, and maybe a tad less of that roasty harshess (though its not overwhelming) would make this great. bring in some more elegance

D - Pretty good. Not cloying - nice hops to dry things out.

Overall - I'd say this is a good beer worth some respect. Good bock flavors american-ified. Not mind blowing but solid and good. I wouldn't get this often - but I WOULD get it again sometime. And I got a 6 pack for just shy of 8 bucks which to me seems like a very attractive quality/price ratio.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DarrellK
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nickthegun12
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a bad bock style beer at all!

pours a light brown color with a decent white head...and splotchy lacing

smell is nice....malt comes to the nose more than anything....not much of a hop profile....there is a weird funk that comes to the nose as well

taste is very nice a smooth maltyness comes out...

the is a little grainy but almost creamy...but very smooth...

not a bad session beer....could not find the alcohol percentage...but my guess would be around 6% alcohol

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Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- You can definitely tell it is a bock from the aroma. The is a lot of bready malt with a touch of honey. 

T-The taste starts out with some honey-like sweetness and malt with some alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a decent bock but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a medium honey-hue with a short-lived fizzy white head.

S - The nose smells like IKEA, in a bad way. There is a subtle yet irritating cinnamon nuance in the aroma. Other than that, the rest doesn't seem very good, either, offering olfactory suggestions of cornflakes and 7-Up.

T - The taste is just not very good. There is a cheap sweetness, and unsettling spiciness featuring a citric-cinnamon theme, and the feel makes it a bit worse.

M - The feel is not ok, I'd say it is more than a bit too prickly.

D - I don't care for this; I feel like it is giving me heartburn (like a Mickey's or something.)

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slight orange color, with a bit of head and almost no lacing.

S -Slight bit of malt, but nothing crazy in the nose.

T -The taste is nothing spectacular, very normal beer, was not pleased with this brew.

M - Medium body, seemed high in carbonation

D -Do not think I will be having this one again, very boring taste.

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Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of mattsdenney
2.93/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear gold color with a slight orange tint. Thick head, good lacing.

S: Sweetness, malt, bread crust.

T: Very sweet, biscuity malt with hints of cinnamon and spice. Mild citrusy aftertaste. Not bad, but the sweetness is a little much and I'm picking up on some odd, unexplained bitterness.

M: Thin bodied but still has a syrupy consistency that isn't very pleasant.

D: I wouldn't plan on purchasing this again but I never regret the purchase of a new beer. This beer has decent drinkability although one or two at the most is enough.

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Photo of OldTime
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of kencarman
2.03/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color off for Mai/Helles. More copper. (Traditional.) Mouthfeel and taste higher alcohol (slight) might work for some edgy Eisbocks, but not Mai/Helles. Malt very background. Lager yeastie (sulfur) and DMS aroma. The malt's there but so far in the background... forget it. Style-wise this Bock is all over the place, and IMO: not a pleasant quaff.

Note: insulting Northern brewers and their sports teams is as sucky a form of marketing as if Matt Brewing (Saranac) marketed a beer as "better than those Southern yokel brewed beers, yuck, yuck." Of course Matt is smarter than that. Apparently Red Brick marketeers aren't. May work for Arrogant, but they simply go ahead and insult everyone's taste. What's next Brick, promoting a new malt liquor with the slogan: "African Americans may not like this cause this ain't your father's Malt 'Licker?'"

I have had Red Brick beer before. They can do a hell of a lot better than this.

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Photo of Avagadro
2.41/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Copper in color, clear in appearance, and little in the way of lacing.

S: Bouquet is faint, with only a touch of honey coming through.

T: Caramel and honey are way over the top. This brew has many of the flavors that are supposed to be found in this style, but there is no balance. A maibock/helles bock should be crisp and refreshing, with a touch of malt sweetness and just a hint of hops. This is cloying at best.

M: Full body, sticky, heavy, no....

D: This is a terrible example of a great beer. did they think the cute name would make up for the fact that the beer is of the lowest quality? This is the second brew I've had from Red Brick, and so far I am not a fan.

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Photo of cbn
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy honey-colored body with receding off-white head.

Lightly sweet aroma with a slightly musty yeast and steely hop presence.

Metallic bitterness dominates a salty body.

Quickly dissipating carbonation leaves a flavorful beer wanting.

First offering from the brewer that I have tried. Expiration date:06/03/11.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Buford, Georgia.

Appearance: Passed across the bar a clear, gold-amber body with a scant, wispy, white head from a to-the-top pour.

Smell: For me, it's definitely a mild, clean aroma, outputting only light notes of bready malts, light caramel syrup, and maybe a slice of apple. Moving on.

Taste: Lightly toasty bready barley with a light lurking influence of pils malt. Moderately sweet with a low taste of caramel. Softly spicy, herbaceous hop character in the middle. Faint yeastiness. Noted alcohol presence, though it's not impeding on the proceedings. Finishes up fairly dry, with bits of bitterness and alcohol riding out the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Falls just shy of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's fine. Helluva seems just a slight reworking of the helles bock they've rolled out in years prior now released under their latest marketing scheme.

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Photo of nickfl
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of thick, white foam on top of a clear, golden colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the walls of the glass.

S - Strong, honey and bread malt notes with a little bit of spicy alcohol and golden raisins.

T - Lightly sweet malt up front with a hint of honey and some malty sugar cookie notes. A little bit of smooth, almost wheat-like character comes out in the middle with a very light note of spicy hops. The beer finishes with a bit of clover honey and some very light, oddly neutral malt flavor that is balanced by light bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - this is an odd one, it smells very appropriate and full of character, but the flavor is weak and watery for some reason. The malt character is extremely mild and the hops are virtually non-existent. This is a real contrast to the rich malt character in the aroma and it is a bit of a letdown. I honestly can't figure out what went wrong here, but it just falls flat on its face in the end. It does look good though...

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Helluva Bock from Atlanta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 16 ratings