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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: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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°


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, 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 (8481) - 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 (3800) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2809) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On draft at Churchkey in D.C. The beer is golden hued with a thin, wispy, white head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers, malt, sweet breads, and grain with some subtle herbal and earthy notes. Clean and easy drinking, with a nice, refreshing flavor. A bit sweet, but within the parameters of the style. Medium bodied, with alcohol presence muted for the most part. A solid beer, I would have this again. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 08-15-2011

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1823) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pours somewhat hazy gold with a white head. Aroma is bread, earthy, grass and light citrus. Taste is sweet with muted bitters. Medium body with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, sugar cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (honeysuckle flowers, herbs), with light notes of Juicy Fruit gum, pineapple, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Great stuff. The nose is quite nice...very juicy and the components are all attractive and enticing. Very clean too...no grain husks, soap, DMS, or other typical unpleasantries. Fairly sweet, but succulent and neither fatiguing nor cloying (even though I’d prefer it less sweet, I drank the entire bottle and enjoyed every drop). Rich and velvety mouthfeel, and a case where the alcohol is perfectly positioned to help the bitterness deal with the high residual sugars, without being "hot". Thumbs up.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
At Bad Apple. This was quite nice. The sweetness and malt levels were very appropriate. Slightly herbal and grassy hops. Alcohol hidden. Good. Serving: Tap

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy hop aroma with a floral, grassy character that’s countered by musty funk, pale malt and light fruit. Hints of grass and pineapple followed by grass, straw, bread, biscuit and light fruit notes. The spicy, earthy hops really shine in the nose. Chewy full body that’s much heavier than I expected with a nice balance of earthy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit. There’s a prominent spicy, grassy hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finished. Nice amount of dry bitterness that refrains from becoming one dimensional. Well balanced by bready yeast as well as hints of grass, straw, biscuit, apple and pear. The relatively high ABV is nicely masked making this complex beer pretty easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
8/6/12. 500mL bottle from Grassroots. Hazy orange pour with a nice khaki head that fades but laces surprisingly well. Dry, spicy aroma with touches of citrus and a fresh zing to it. Light bread and pale malts in the flavor with a certain citrus tang, hay, and a nice dry, fresh hop presence. Refreshing and tasty. Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Clear golden color with white foam. Dry pils, spicy hop, lagered aromas. medium body. Dusty, grainy aged pale malt flavors with spicy, dry bitter hoppage--good


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