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Fuck spring! We have Heller Hound!
Normally, most brewers gear up for spring with the same old American Wheats, Hefeweizens and Belgian Witsbut not Colorados Flying Dog Brewery. Labeled as an anti-spring beer, Flying Dogs Heller Hound Bock Beer is a 6.2 percent alcohol by volume Helles Bock, brewed to style with Weyerman Vienna, Weyerman Light Munich and Weyerman Cara Hell from Germany, and hopped with German Perle, Hersbrucker and US Sazz.
Often lumped together with Maibocks (malty lagers), this style of beer tends to be lighter in color than other Bock beers and often has a significant hop character with a noticeable alcohol thats similar to most traditional Bocksranging from around 5.5 to 8 percent ABV. Customarily served in the spring, Bock releases tend to coincide with festivals and celebrations in May. So what does it mean to release an anti-spring beerwhich is actually a traditional German spring offeringin spring? Who knows, but lets try it out
The pour yields three fingers of white head that imageleaves a sticky trail of lace down the glass; the orange/golden color of this brew shows a perfect clarity. Herbal hop and cake-batter aroma; aromatic, yet clean to the nose. Its thick medium body is creamy and rounded, with a crisp and moderate carbonation. Theres certainly enough malt to go around, with rustic bready flavors, a layer of toastiness and a backdrop of caramel with a honey edge. Just enough hops to balance with a clean semi-sharp bitterness and a long, lingering herbal flavor. Some warmth from the alcohol is evident from middle to end, definitely more in the drying finish.
Not too shabby at all. Its a bit rough around the edges, but its interesting, to say the least. Now why is this just a seasonal? Nothing beats a flavorful strong lager, and this is definitely one of the best beers that Flying Dog brews. Serve it in a tall pilsner glass, not too cold. Pair it up with a plate of sauerbraten with extra red cabbage. Prost!
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