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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%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Bottle: Pour is hazy orange gold with a thick off white head that fades to a lasting cap. aroma is yeasty, grassy, pilsner maltiness with hints of banana like wheat tones, light mandarin orange as well. Flavour carries notes of candied orange, grassy hop. biscuity maltiness. Very drinkable overall, not too sweet. Fantastic twist on the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9207) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2012
500ml bottle. It pours a slightly hazed gold with a thick, frothy white head that recedes to some nice lacing. The smell is pleasant. It is very much hinged on a honey meadlike scent that melts with some caramally malt. Te hops lend a big orangey citrus scent. This beer isn’t optimally fresh but still smells pleasant. Like an orange blossom honey cake. The flavor is really nice. Not like most heller bocks. This one isn’t as sweet and the flavor and body both feel lighter and crisper than the typical helles bock. It has a nice honeylike flavor with a big malty punch, but the hops are still noticeable with some grassy bite, a mild bitterness, and some orange. Overall not a bad one, it probably would be fantastic fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle. It pours light orange with a nice creamy white head. The aroma is very bready with hot, sweet wort and hints of citrus lime and earthy tea leaves. Interesting. The flavor is kind of the same with strong hop flavors of lime, florals and bread. Very full bodied and creamy texture. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bock Saphir
Date: May 04, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy gold, creamy off white head, icy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, candy sweetness, lots of floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, candy sweetness, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1352) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 19, 2011
Lively carbonated, opalescent orange golden coloured brew with a medium sized, off-white head on its top. Fresh, fruity, hoppy nose and aroma lead by tart citrus fruits, which are escorted by honey, bread, florals and herbs, mouthfeel’s oily and medium sharp. It finishes long and sweetbitter with alcohol, herbals and citrusses. Tasty and full bodied one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 5, 2011
0,5l bottle from Sörspecialista, Budapest. Cloudy golden color with medium white head. Hay, floral, resin, spruce aroma because of the Saphir hop. Medium bitter taste. Medium body with creamy, oily, sticky texture and lively carbonation. Long Saphir hoppy bitter finish. It’s a very delicious beer. It’s a good chence to experience the character of Saphir.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2241) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Hazy amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, floral, caramel, & light citrus; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, hops, and some honey; Finish is dry; Nicely balanced; Overall, interesting and tasty brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2448) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 3, 2011
On tap at Csakajósör.
Opalescent pale golden beer with a medium white-off white head. Fresh hops in the nose with a fine malty background, some almond, bready and biscuity yeast. Starts with a honeyish malt, some bready background, yeast and the powerful herbal hops. Fine bock, nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattphilips (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 29, 2011
Főzdefeszt, Budapest. Opálos, mézsárga színű, közepes méretű, krémes piszkosfehér habbal. Malátás, illetve virágosan és gyümölcsösen komlós illata van. Íze először édeskés a malátától, méztől és az alkohol is megcsíp kissé, de ezt a virágos-gyümölcsös komló alaposan helyrebillenti, kellemes keserédessé változtatva ezt a jó kis világos bakot. Meglehetősen testes, erőteljes ízvilággal rendelkezik, ennek megfelelően nem lehet csak úgy nekiugrani. Kellemesen szénsavas és a rengeteg komlótól egészen keserűbe fordul. Az egyik legkomlósabb Bock, amit eddig kóstoltam. Érdekes és finom.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mantlesorrow (6) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 29, 2011 does not count
draught at Főzdefeszt,, it’s from the bas Bock, made with Saphir dryhopping. not so hoppy, but has a nice balance between malt and hop


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