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


on tap

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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°

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
odinstyr (741) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Clear amber color, pillowy white head. Smells of toasty bread, caramel. Tastes sweet, like a hoppy grape juice. Robust and floral.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6342) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark golden color, quite active, with a thin but sticky and bright white head of foam. The aroma is actually pretty nice, laced with sweet, musty malt. I was likewise pleasantly surprised by the sublime flavors of this beer ... sweet, and malty, to be sure ... but very well balanced and even-keeled, noticeably lacking any of that corny essence you sometimes expect from European imports. Quite good. (#4121, 5/24/2011)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (4928) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Courtesy of Strykzone. Pours a light amber with a robust foamy white head and lots of lacing. Nose is floral hops.. Medium body and clean mouthfeel. body. Flavor is a bit bready with the floral hoppiness dominating. Bitter finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Draught from Ginger Manhattan. POured a cloudy yellow gold. SOme bread, a bit of maltiness. Ok but unspectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (5341) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC 500ml ($6): Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head; you can tell that it in unfiltered. Aroma of hops hops, fruit, sugar, and sniff of booze. The first thing I will talk about is whether or not the beer successfully covers the alcohol, which is a consistent failing of Heller Bocks: it does, so at least on those grounds this is a better beer than Holsten Maibock. There is a good amount of hops and as some other people have noted, this is an over-hopping iteration of this style. However, I don’t think that it is well balanced. There are some off flavors in there, and even a tiny bit of booze as it warms up. Not my favorite, although I knew that before I bought it, but I still did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
Complex beer. Better as it warmed. Light orange dirty unfiltered look, with one-quarter inch of hd. Lacey. Yeasty and fruity, orange aromas. Smooth better than average mouthfeel, a tad acidic, with apple and apricot, and peach. A tad boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Really reminds me of a European pilsner. Like Leffe Blonde only hoppier. This is delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
500ml bottle, as fresh as we can possibly get it here in the States. The body is a clear, shining, almost metallic shade of gold. A small, smooth head of just barely off-white foam settles in as a thin, patchy layer, leaving sticky swaths of wavy ring lacing behind. Even at this relatively fresh juncture, the nose seems just a bit stale, showing notes of day-old sourdough, baked golden raisins, and sugar-heavy dessert bread yeast in the malt base. Despite all that sweetness, the hops do make a strong showing, touching on dried grasses, straw, and citrus blossoms. I venture to guess that I’d quite like this varietal in a pils or some other better attenuated beer. Flavors show more of the same, burdened by heavy golden raisin and blonde candy sugar, and touching heavily on super yeasty and sugary dough. Grassy, pithy hops do provide a nice bitterness on the back end, but it doesn’t cover for the gross under-attenuation that plagues this, and almost all other Heller Bocks. Predictably, the palate is sticky, laboring, and mouth coating. Moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation tries to cut through, but gets bogged down in the sugars. This beer is just a testament to the fact that you can’t take a poorly designed base product and load it with hops to save the day. Disappointing brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
500 ml bottle from EZ. Poured a hazy gold body underneath a smaller to average sized foamy white head. Aroma of wet bread and green grapes and slight plastic notes. Flavor is the exact same as the aroma. Body finishes slightly dry, medium to full mouthfeel and average to slightly strong carbonation. Meh, Mendocino Spring Bock which I started the night with was far better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2892) - 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

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