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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: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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°


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3803) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle from Proof bottle shop. Murky deep orange pour with a thin white head that leaves a ring. Aroma is bread, honey, floral, lemon and faint spice. Tastes are more of the same with pale malts and a yeasty herbal bite to it. Cereal and spice in the aftertaste. Enjoyable enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (5063) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2013
Aroma is citrus, mild/medium sweetness and fruit. The flavor is fruit/berries, citrus, biscuit malts, an undercurrent of mild sweetness and a tart/tangy finish. More complex than I was expecting, very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4840) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bad label, continental pint, hazy gold beer. Cereal, nutty sweet graham malt aroma. Sweet, a bit tinny, assertive hops, straw-malty. Mouthy. Grassy, herbal bitter finish. Average. Proof Liquors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nero55 (919) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a very small white head. Aroma of yeast and citrus.Medium body with malt sweetness and a bitter hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (8913) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Golden pour with some fine particulates. Small white head. Aroma is flowery and malty. Pretty crisp on the palate. Decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Honso (4) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
bottle - pours in a strong golden colour, head retention is almost perfect, aroma of grassy, flowery, piney hops, some honey and caramel hints from the malt as well. sweetness and honey-like taste being rounded up by a very noble hop bitterness. finishes with pleasant fading hop aroma and bitterness. very nice and deceitful beer, doesen’t taste like 7.4 ABV - therefore be careful!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
csaso (1896) - Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle - fair size foamy head, clear medium gold color, sweet fruity (apples) and sweet malt aroma and flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2552) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Golden peach. Saliva-inducing nose of honey-soaked malt, pineapple marmalade, peach phyllo tart, vanilla cake, rising bread, and flowery apricots. Hint of gooseberry and persimmon. Subdued, softly prickly carbonation. Densely sweet, initially, with a weighty onslaught of cakey pale malt and a mild nip of alcohol. Assertive yet refined and well-layered hops contribute a mild tingle of acidity as their viscous nectars ooze with a mouthwatering sappiness. Captivatingly soft and seductive hoppiness, with that telltale Saphir character of honeysuckle nectar. Some very fresh grassiness in there, as well. Burly yet polished and nonintrusive malt matches the resounding hoppy succulence with delicate yet deeply satiating waves of sweetly dextrinous, pastrylike richness and even some very finespun hay dust. High level of malt sugars persists toward the otherwise harmonious finish of luscious marmalade and slippery tropical fruits (kumquat, pineapple) slathered atop well-textured pale malt. Certainly on the sweet side, but rather than coming off as syrupy or hot, as most heller bocks trend towards, this is quite succulent and well-balanced. Quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2012
bottle. hazed gold body with a fine white head. vibrant juicy and grassy hops with sweet honey malt and musty, dusty yeast. silky, creamy texture; low carbonation; medium-low acid; high sweetness. oily late but remains quenching and bright throughout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4442) - Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a typical cream-white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a hint of fruit, a mixture of pear and apple. Malty flavor has a definite undertone of hops, with bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. Texture has average body and fizz, leaving a rather hoppy finish. If not outstanding, still enjoyable.


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