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Brewed by Brauerei Hofstetten - Krammer
Style: Heller Bock
St. Martin, Austria
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Durch Hopfenstopfen mit Naturhhopfen der Mühlviertler Sorte Saphir gehen nur die edelsten Hopfenaromen ins Bier und zaubern einen Duft von Südfrüchten in das Glas.

Hinter diesem wertvollen Namen verbirgt sich der hopfengestopfte Weihnachtsbock der Brauerei Hofstetten.

Zusätzlich zur ausgeprägten Hopfung im Sudhaus mit den Sorten Magnum, Aurora und Select wurde dieser Bock im Lagerkeller Hopfengestopft. Hierbei wird Doldenhopfen – frisch vom Feld - in den Lagertank „gestopft“ und dann mit Bockbier befüllt. Über 2 Monate reift das Bier so nach und reichert sich mit den wertvollen Hopfenölen an. Unfiltriert, damit nichts vom Geschmack verloren geht, kommt das Bier zur Abfüllung.

Goldgelb in der Farbe mit einer leichten Trübung durch die Hefe schimmert der Saphir-Bock im Glas. Die Hopfenaromen harmonieren unglaublich mit der wärmenden Esternote. Im Geruch dominiert der Hopfen, blumig und frisch, mit einem Hauch Mandarine, Litschi und reifer Birne. Geschmacklich erscheint der Saphirbock vollmundig unauffällig vor allem im vorderen Mundbereich, spätestens aber beim Schlucken eröffnet sich ein herrlicher Hopfengarten. Das blumige vom Hopfen wird fast kitschig untermalt von den alkoholischen Malznoten. Dabei öffnet sich auch die Bitterkraft angenehm über den Gaumen und Hals bis hinauf in die Nase. Das Ganze klingt lieblich herb in einer sanften Hefenote aus. 16.5°


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2011
Pale golden pour white foamy head .... aroma is of sweet fruits and light grassy hops with sweet malt .... taste is of light floral grassy hops, little bready, sweet malts and a little fruity definitely can taste honey .... light bitter hop finish with some honey and malt lingering in that finish a pretty smooth brew not bad abv hidden well

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10658) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold. White head. Nose of lager malt and corn. Taste of light honey, lager malt and corn. Medium body. Crisp and smooth.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Blonde pour into a glass at Pepperland. Aroma is clean, bready - some herbal hop notes are very subtle and fresh. Flavor is clean, crisp. Breadiness is light, but present, and the herbal notes come into their own. very crisp and refreshing maibock with almost no alcohol presence. Very Drinkable

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours light amber with a creamy white head. Nice floral aroma above mild breadiness. Med body. Flavor is moderately bready, and the floral hoppiness is augmented by something just a little spicey. Drinks very nicely. Finishes bitter and somewhat astringent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Very smooth mai-bock style beer.Alc/vol is well hidden for this style.Carbonated with micro-bubbles,so many they seem to clould the beer. Yummy brew I would be happy to purchase again.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WMitty (17) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2011
This is a well-balanced beer, but there is not much to get excited about. A hint of sweetness up front leads to a grainy middle that drops off quickly.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Dragy. Pours clear gold with a white head. Light bready malty aroma with earthy hops and light fruity notes. The flavor has bready and toasted malts, floral hops and a light sweetness. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (5502) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Clear golden with visible carbonation that sticks to the glass. A soapy white head. A malty aroma with some European hops. Unexpectedly bitter from the hops. Malt, biscuit, fruit flavors. There is light honey, soap, corn, and grain. It has a fizzy feel. Unfortunately the hop profile doesn’t work and is over done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1342) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Scent of a fresh pack of tennis balls. Has a distinct German malt and hop flavor. Nicely balanced and definitely full of hops and higher in alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2011
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight honey, light biscuit, corn, and slight noble, hops. Poured amber/yellow/gold in color with a tiny white head around the edges only. Hazy. Cloudy. Full of tiny particles throughout. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, corn, light noble hops, and some grain. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, light noble hop, corn, grain finish is medium sweet and lightly bitter, and dry. 7.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.


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