Style: Heller Bock
Color: light amber to deep golden, unfiltered
Head: white, fluffy, creamy
Nose: rich malt, fruity, hint of hops
Body: soft, low carbonation
Palate: great mix of malt and hops, fruity, quite dry for strength
Finish: long dry, bittersweet
Served: from a bottle at the brewery
Impression: I was here in May and was disappointed to find this fine Bock not on tap but it seems, they only have their Bocks for the Anstich (first tapping) and if you’re lucky the next day or so. Thankfully, they seem to bottle a fair amount and I must say, this was amazing in any form. It was a beauty to behold. While supremely malty, the hops more than kept it in check and overall, it was an incredibly dry and fruity Bock. At 6.5%, it was dangerously drinkable and the finish about as clean as you will find in this style. I’ve been to the Weihnachtsbockanstich a few times and should try to get there for this one too.
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