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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Round and malty nose of dark sugar and soft molassas twang with a touch of flowery wild honey. This doppelbock enters the palate on a polished and envoloping malt body that never veers towards cloying. Senses are left with sense of dark brown multigrain bread. Noble hop spice serves only to balance as a smokey sensation finishes. Carbonation gives lift but never becomes filling. A wonderful balance between old world technique and new world precision. Very clean and begging for roasted meats. 88

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Thanks to bu11zeye for this bottle. This beer pours a nice dark brown color. Nose is oddly metallic, possibly aluminum. Alcohol is present as well. The malt sweetness is quite nice and reminds me of a smoky cola in the taste. The lingering flavor is dark caramel and I’m enjoying how this one stays with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Hazy reddish. Sweet woody taste. Fresh and decent. Taste is very smooth. Well balanced and unobtrusive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, nutty brown color with no head,cognac and fruit aroma, wood, slight vinous, maple sugar, raisin and bready flavor light finish with some alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Unfortunately I have to rate this beer on potential as the bottle I had was pretty oxidized. Poured a golden reddish color with a thin white head. Aroma was caramel, some roast, a little biscuit all hiding underneath some pennies in the mouth oxidization. Flavor was rich and full, big mouthfeel, very chewy beer. I’m amazed that it’s a Heller Bock. I would love to try a fresher bottle of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4142) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2009
500ml bottle. Deep brown/ruby-red colot with a beige head. Sweet, yet slightly odd aroma. It really makes no sense to classify this as Heller Bock, as it is darker than a typical Dunkle. The taste is sweet and malty, with raisin, toffee, and caramel notes. Smooth and rich, with some pleasant Bocky pungencies. I’m sure they think this is the best Bock in the world back in St. Martin, but it is pretty average and standard..in a good way. Nice and pleasant drinker, with lots of Olde World character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3089) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pour is an almost black with a small tan head. Aroma is is a very nice caramel with earthyness. Flavor is some dark rich malts then the raision juice hits you. Finish has some more dark fruits hitting you then a bit of earthy malts. This is a damn fine example of the style and to think the only reason i picked this up was b/c it was kinda on the cheaper side.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gerrit (15) - AUSTRIA - MAY 13, 2009
beautifull nose, caramel and rosty flavour, slowly sweetness, caramel sugar, warm to the tounge, chocolate comes out and some fruity moments,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2009
On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur. Pours a light tea-like brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves traces of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the caramelized malts and fairly sweet with hints of a toasted character and spices in the back. The taste follows the aroma with caramel malts and a bit more sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with decent carbonation. This is a very good bock and certainly original in the brewing process.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
on tap. pours ruby with almost no head. nose is caramelly and dark fruit. flavor is very caramelly with a hint of smoke. med body and alcohol in check. pretty nice brew.

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