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

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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (2769) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Guess I’ll never learn. Opened a gusher near my desktop. Luckily a mess everywhere except the pc.Poured with a smallish tan head that settle to a light cover which lasted and a little lace. Aroma is toffee, malt, a little molasses and dark ripe fruit. Flavor’s like aroma and very malty sweet. Of course with a beer this sweet the body is very full and thick with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long duration with a bit of alcohol at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Aroma: Molasses, brown sugar, earthy yeast. Fizzy beige head, gone soon. Oily lacing. Same color as root beer, but opaque. Flavor follows nose with a little alcohol. Decidedly sweet. Medium-heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Foamy, pleasant mouthfeel. Finish is sweet with a minor presence of alcohol. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2010
(500 ml bottle from Bootleggers) Pours brown with three fingers of tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Mouthfeel smooth, feels pretty filtered, very lightly fizzy. Flavor of chocolate, brown sugar, honey and vanilla. Light bitter bite in finish. Nice - malty and rich.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 9, 2010
500ml bottle poured into a lager glass. HG looks like a good bock, being brown with a tint of red. The head is a little thin though. The aroma is nicely sweet with floral touches, raisins and alcohol. Umm bock! It has that dark fruit and alcohol flavor so inherent to the style. The body is a tad thin but not detrimentaly so. The finish is a sweet and syrupy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6566) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Deep reddish brown color with tan head. Big sweet dark bread, brown sugar, yeasty lagered aromas. Light to medium bodied. Nice molasses, dark bread, dark fruit, yeasty flavors. good.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Pour is a thin dark brown. Little head. Aroma is malts and honey. Flavor is a little toasty with hints of coffee and bark. Light feeling.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Ruby beer with a creamy, off-white head - kind of an earthy aroma for a bock - a lot of sweet date, raisin, treacle, dough - a moderate acidic tang - smooth, creamy mouthfeel - not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but still loaded with raisin, fig, caramel, toffee - some noble hops and moderate acidity do a decent job of cutting it, but it borders on cloying after a while, especially as it warms - I like my bocks sweet, though, so I don’t have an issue - quite complex.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 5, 2010
At the brewery. Clear mahogany with a nice tan head. Aroma is sweet malty, caramel, sweet chocolate. Flavour of burnt sugar, sweet. Overall nice but nothing special.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3461) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010

12/30/2009: Hofstettner Granitbock... Aroma: Lots of sweet caramelized "European" malt; hints of apple. Appearance: Golden reddish-amber; minimum beige head. Flavor: Lots of caramelized pale European malt just shy of getting scorched; dark brown sugar; hints of caramelized apple; moderate earthy bitterness. Palate: Medium to medium-full body; fairly smooth. Overall: This is a nice Bock!

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle ( 41902091 ) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #84 for this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
16 oz bottle from Julio’s. A thin, mostly fading light beige head covers the clear dark chesnut pour that could be more attractive. While the looks could easily be improved, the nose greets us with a firm, grasping maltiness . Profoundly toasty, nutty lager with an unmistakable bock/lager character from its clean yeastiness. Fig and plum reminiscent fruitiness provides a certain juicy aspect that fits the leather/nut/leaf/chocolate/toasted bread/caramel flavour profile to a T. Gently oily palate, relatively round, though easy-drinking and enhanced by engaging light, rather soft bubbles. A soft leafy, spicy hoppiness closes this march to excellence. A bit sweeter than I prefer, but excellent malt extraction. Toasty heaven. Adorable though on the stronger side of bocks. I don’t remember too many good bocks from my visit in Austria, so this is a pleasant surprise.


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