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

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common

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RATINGS: 203   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2010 seattle beer fest. sweet, dark brown color with a candy caramel malty flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured an amber/brown with an off white head. aroma of grains, malt, dark fruit, and plum. flavor was grains, malt, alcohol, and some bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
(500ml bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, toasted bread, anise, caramel, and apple. Flavor of strong maple syrup, roasted malt, caramel, raisins, anise, and toffee.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
500 mL bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a very dark red color with a medium head. Average head retention and fair lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, light toast, banana, citrus. Taste is toasted malts, banana, faint grassy hops, caramel and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, crisp. Fairly pleasant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma of caramel, spice, some dark fruit. Flavor of caramel, spice, some dark roast, some dark fruit, licorice. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, pretty good!

3.6
   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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5481) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3748) - 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.

3.4
   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

3
   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.


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