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Hofstettner Granitbock

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

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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (5660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 4, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell, etwas würzig. Geschmack röstmalzig, schokoladig, leicht würzig.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
This is a decent doppel with a rich malt character. It is pours a ruddy red brown and is nearly headless. It’s noise is of carmalized sugar and raisin. A touch of sweetness brings out a chocolate note and, along with a bit of tartness, it also emphasizes a plummy fruitiness. As it warms, the sweetness does cloy a bit though and make the initially creamy mouth feel turn sticky and heavy. Still, I think most lovers of the style will find much to like here. While it does not quite match the finesse of the best doppelbocks, the basic elements are all there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (159) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle from AmmersinO, Vienna. Dark brown body, with medium, creamy, beige head, that dissipates quickly. Delicious, complex aroma of almond, plum, raisin, ripe banana, caramel, chocolate, some roast. Tastes of chocolate, dark dried fruits, almond, banana, nuts. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, with a good carbonation and it finishes alcohol warming and sweet, with dark dried fruits and almond. Great! Unique, complex and also quaffable dark bock beer, that interestingly tastes like somewhere inbetween a Doppelbock and a Belgian dark strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aronvarga (217) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 9, 2014
330 ml bottle. Cloudy, dark rugby color, medium sized short-life beige head, plumy and smoky aroma, from medium to heavy body, very sweet malty taste, sweet malty and dry toffee palate with smokey notes. Nice one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (5484) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 Tap. Complex fruity sugars, berries, nice aromatics in rlthe finish. Medium body, creamy, light sparkly. Nicely balanced, light, approachable. Need to try this head to head with the Andechs Doppelbock., not sure the granite ads extra complexity compared.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stantheman (566) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
A 750 ml swing-top bottle (year 2011) from Legacy Liquor in Vancouver. A dark brown beer with moderate whitish head. Fruity and malty impressions on the nose. Delicately and pleasantly fruity and malted on the tongue. A delightful bock!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (835) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 3, 2014
reddish brown colour, half inch beige head; aroma of roasted sugar, dried fruits (raisin, maybe some figs and plum), bread and some honey; taste is dominated by roasted sugar with dried fruits and bread again; alcohol is fully hidden; quite good bock

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (3023) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2013
Wunderbar süffig und leicht trinkbar. Schokolade mit Karamell, ausgewogene Kohlensäure. Mit McTapps aus einem Trade verköstigt. Danke an den Spender. Wonderful.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (3526) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep red-hued rusty brown body with a small creamy off-white head. Nose is dried fruits, unripe banana, raisins, figs and hints of grainy caramel. Taste is burnt sugar, raisins, bread crust and hints of dusty grains and caramel. Medium body and carbonation. There is something I can’t put my finger on in this beer, which kinda puts it apart from most bocks...oh well, in either case: I quite like it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (3823) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle from Geiserich, many thanks. Dark brown color with small off-white head. Aroma of plum jam, malt. Taste, ripe plums, sweet malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Fruity finish. Alcohol is well hidden.


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