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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°


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3229) - 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 (1987) - 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 (7029) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rubbishystuff (2149) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 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 (2804) - 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 (7353) - 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 (6566) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a finger head that quickly dissipates. Complex aromas of bready pilsner malts, fruit heavy grassy hops and a touch of sweet caramel undertones. On the palate this is a great flavorful beer but remains highly drinkable considering the flavor complexity and the abv. Great mouthfeel with a fruity citrusy start that gets mellowed mid palate by the light malty flavors of bread and sweet malts... good carbonation and a nice touch of crisp bitter flavors on the finish !

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
The aroma is very caramely with mixed grains sweet fruit, spice, incense, and citrus hops. The appearance is hazy amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but has a slight paper like finish. The palate is average. Overall a neat beer to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2012
1 Pint bottle poured a golden if somewhat hazy color. Little or no head. Bright taste that refreshes and stays comfortable in the mouth and finishes nicely.


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