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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°


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lord_totenkopf (310) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 9, 2011
On tap at Főzdefeszt, Budapest. Interesting beer. Has a very mature, strong aroma of cereals, malt and some dried fruits. I wish the hoppy notes were stronger and more significant. Taste of bread, malt and yeast. Nice brew but not that big deal in my opinion.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2011
Guess this is the one they had on tap at Főzdefeszt. Courtey of some friends of mattphilips’ and lord_totenkopf’s who shared it with me (thanks!). Poured a hazy brown body with a slow off white head. Mosty grainy nose, not bad, not really hoppy. Seweet malty taste, (illegible), grainy, fruity, no alcohol presence but no real bitterness too. For something that boasts with its’ hoppiness, it’s a WTF. It is, however, a nice beer by all means.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in July 2011 from a 500mL bottle at Lush West Town. Pours hazy yellow/orange with an average white head that leaves only a thin collar of lace. The nose is mostly cereal and hay malt with hints of bread and caramel, and just a bit of spicy bitter hops underlying. The flavor is sweet up front with cereal, caramel, and hay malt, moving on to spicy, almost noble style, hops. The body is light with average stinging carbonation and a long cereal and spicy hops finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
A ballsy, aggressively hopped lager with lots of grassy taste and a perhaps too bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - SEP 26, 2011
pours a misty yellow with a small head and adequate lacing, hoppy with aromatic nose, floral and spicey, even a touch sour, slightly creamy and effervescent

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
350ml bottle - $4.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, golden-toned body with nearly a finger of white foam.

Smell: A yeast scent overtop notes of bready barley, thinned out honey, earthy spices, and dried flower petals kept in a child’s diary.

Taste: Lightly bready, doughy maltiness and a moderate amount of apparent sweetness with a slight honey quality to it. Scant fruitiness. Hops are spicy, earthy, and provide a nice lil’ herbal kick. Moderate bitterness. The herbaceousness amplifies as you near the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty little bock.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. light yellow pour with a small white head. light bitter nose with lemon. light to medium body with earthy bitterness, caramel, wheat... light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Damp lager malt aroma: bready. Agitation breeds flowers, lemongrass, mint-leaf -- but only hints. Peppery, but mostly malty. The hop spice is there but fleeting. The appearance is golden yellow. Sediment and lots of carbonation. Big white head. Cloudy. The flavor is touch of lemon, with butterscotch and molasses. Very sweet (malta goya style). Malts turn amber/earthy; but maintain sugary sweetness. Flowery hop flavor lingers. Peppery bitterness at the end, as well as some fruits. The feel is slick and creamy; chewy. A malt-bomb if I’ve ever had one. Definitely evolves as it warms up. A Euro-bock with some chutzpah.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3215) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Bottle at Maltzilla’s tasting. Pours clear golden color with white head. Bready and slightly fruity aroma with some grassy hops. Similar flavors. Medium body with average carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter. Pours a nice-looking light yellow color with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lace and whatnot. The nose brings some light bread and not much else. Nothing too crazy there. Flavor picks it up with a nice bit of grain and light bread notes plus a faint sweetness on the backend. No discernible alcohol. Good body with some nice chewiness. Solid brew.


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