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Heller Doppelbock by Brauerei Michael Plank
7.80 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 08/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
A heavily smeared glow of dulled golden hay capped by a small lop of white foam that stays put fairly well. Not much lacing sticks, just a few specks and spots.

Aroma is of what a solid Maibock usually places on the nose with a sweet breadyness coated with a slight grassy edge and toasty cereal backing.

Taste is just as solid, nice tender sweetness of lightly sugared bread, partial lemon tone way underneath, grassy notes edge it well as does some floral hints, very dull toastyness rounds it out with a tiny push into some sweetened bitterness of grasses.

Body is quite rounded in a solid malty sense and tone while keeping a tenderly chewy carbonation and creamyish bread laden center. And there's a crisp side to it, as is a crunchy light bite. Nice complexity to its overall play on the palate in the mouthfeel department. Nice toasty/grassy play inbetween the sweetness wonders about the mid ranges and finishing with just a nudge of bitterness to grass and lemon; or, i.e. lemongrass?

A solid Maibock and quite drinkable. Something I would get again.

Price: $5.00 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by SAP on 08/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2008
A solid pour summons forth an initially three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazed, slightly orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply of fresh malt, with both grassy grain notes as well as a certain malt sweetness. The sweet malt aromatics provide aromas reminiscent of a mix of rich, almost umami like malt, pale honey, and that of sweet, caramelized grain (like the sweetness found in bread).

Sweet tasting and quite malt focused as expected. The malt doesn't have the concentrated, caramelized note of a dark bock and instead focuses on pale malt flavors. The grain is well tempered by a noticeable hop character thy is typically lacking in this beers darker brethren; distinctly herbal with a solid bitterness that lingers into a long finish. The hop notes are supporting to the malt, but play a substantial role in the flavor profile. Malt induced flavors of whole-grain crackers, some light grassy grain, and somehow something that reminds me of oranges though definitely malt derived. The body here is perhaps a touch lighter than one might want in a dunkler Doppelbock, but it is much in line with many a German example of a dunkler and for this particular beer the medium heft works quite well; chewy yet still plays well with the hop character.

After a bit of time some stale notes begin to creep into the aroma, though they are kept muted most of the time. I like the extra hop oomph that is here (more proof that there is no such thing as an Imperial Pilsner, it is just a Heller Bock / Doppelbock). Definitely a nice beer, hopefully I will be able to get a fresher bottle at some point (though I have no idea how old this one even is).

Served In: Tulip

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