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Hofstettner Granitbock

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Brewed by Brauerei Hofstetten - Krammer
Style: Doppelbock
St. Martin, Austria

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Um das Thema "Granit" im Bier noch mehr zu verankern, beschlossen wir 2008 erstmals ein GRANIT BOCKBIER einzubrauen, das in alten Granitsteintrögen vergoren wird. Perfekte Vorraussetzungen für ein solches Bier, bietet das Sudhaus aus dem Jahre 1929. Während der Hauptgärung in alten Granitbottichen hat das Gestein Zeit seine Geschichte an das Bier weiter zu geben. Um auf Temperatur zu kommen starten wir diesen Prozeß mit glühenden Granitzwecken. Die Steine werden über offenem Feuer erhitzt und kühlen dann schlagartig in der Würze ab. Die Bierinhaltstoffe karamellisieren und die Hefe erhält optimale Gärbedingungen. Zusätzlich wird die Hefe ganz klassisch "aufgezogen" d. h. von Kübel zu Kübel geschüttet um diese zu belüften. Dank der offenen Gärbottiche können wir die Kräusendecke abschöpfen und somit unedle Hopfenbitterstoffe entfernen. Daraus resultiert ein dunkler Bocktyp mit schönen Karamell- und Röstaromen und einem wunderbaren Hopfenbuket. Nach ausreichender Lagerung in den alten Gewölbe-kellern, ziehen wir den Bock bereits im Juli auf die Flasche, damit bis Weihnachten eine Nachreifung stattfinden kann.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2788) - FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Draught. Mahogny ruby in color with an off-white head. Nuttyness, caramel sweetness, dark bready and fruity sweets too in aroma. Raisins and plums meets toffee and dark bready pumpernickel in taste. Even a bit dry in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (2816) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2015
(Hofstettner Granitbock) Bottle 330 ml at home, thanks to Sebilinz! Served into a dimpled mug, ABV 7.3% Brown coloured body with a tall and very thick beige head. Very good retention. Light lacing on the glass. Aroma has notes of chocolate at first, they quicly fade away and they’re replaced by aromas of red and dark fruits. Taste of prunes, light chocolate, some metallic notes on the finish, sugar. Medium body, carbonation on the high side. Good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (20326) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
Bottled, thanks sebilinz! Hazy mahogany colour, rich firm head. Floral nose with notes of raisin. Dry with medium-full body and firm, soft mouthfeel. Elegant, non-sticky, firm malt. Some bread and notes of dates and grass. Mildly warming finish with low bitterness. Wonderful malty beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6687) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Draught @ Tap-House, Munich. Pours a deep red colour with a small head. Aroma of toasted malts, bread and some earthiness. Flavour of bready malts, some berries, grassy bitterness, sweetness and some earthiness. Medium bodied. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dEnk (4097) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle @ home. Aroma is caramel, fruity notes, some raisin, yeasty notes. Flavour is light sweet of caramel, fruity notes, raisin and more. Hint of liquorice. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfredvik (1253) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Not surprisingly, this is a sweet and malty one without much influence from the hops. Strong aroma of malt extract, dark caramel, brown sugar, burt sugar, sweet dark dried fruits, also fainter notes of chocolate and it feels slightly vinous. The strong flavour follows the malty aroma, but with a tad more of the dark dried fruits, there’s quite much raisins in here to back up the malt extract and caramel. Quite heavy sweet taste and a bit more bitterness that I feared. It still gets almost a bit cloyingly sweet, even though it dries up a bit in the finish. Full body, smooth texture, rather soft carbonation.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 years before BB date, from KaDeWe Berlin, courtesy of my mother in law]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GothGargoyle (1511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
Rusty brown with a small pale head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, grain, honey. Medium bodied, sweet on the palate with a lightly grainy aftertaste. Taste is caramel, honey, grain.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tnkw01 (1250) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. A nice amber brown. One of my favorite styles. Aroma is fruit cake, candy corn. Taste is caramel, dried fruit.......tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1960) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
330ml bottle, thanks to Geiserich! Pours very dark brown with tan head. Has quite a strong plummy aroma. Taste is rich malts with chewy dark fruits and a warming alcohol character. Some faint marzipan and honey coming through. Not generally my cup of tea, but it’s alright.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
A little too sweet and oddly boozy to be a favorite, but the sweet bready malt backbone was nice enough. Aroma and flavor also has some ripe fruit. It was a huge gusher, so no bonus points there. A one timer at 4.50 when Celebrator is cheaper and much much better.


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