Brewed by Brauerei Hofstetten - Krammer
Style: Heller Bock
St. Martin, Austria
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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°

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, on 3/24/11. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of pale malts, leafy hops and caramel. The taste is sweet malts, some bready notes, bitter leafy hops, caramel and faint nutty notes. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy, particle filled gold with 1.5 finger head that shrinks to .5 finger with good retention. Aroma is wood and grass, very earthy with a hint of clean malty caramel. Taste is initially hoppy, woody, and bitter, then changes to a sweet caramel middle, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Body is medium-heavy, avg carb, slick, with a dryish bitter finish. Overall, I am not a big fan of super sweet bocks but this is a refreshing change of pace-- rather dry for a bock and hoppy as well. A very interesting strong lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6185) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2011
16.9 oz bottle $5.99 purchased @ Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA. Pored mostly clear, lively carbonation with ½ inch white head. Used a lager glass. Lightly skunky with some hidden malt for the aroma. This brew gets much better as it warms and has a layer of complexity. Has a distinct German malt and hop flavor that is amplified by the dry hopping. Flavor is lightly hoppy, nice grassy notes of the saphir hop, nice solid back bone of malt. I got to say I am pleasantly surprised by this brew. Very light, crisp and refreshing with plenty of flavor. Hops in the finish, but real light bitterness. I will be picking up a few more bottles of this. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3201) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011
On tap at the Malt House - pours hazy light amber with a small white head. Sweet and bready nose, with light floral hops, brown sugar, apple and white grape, and a nice dough quality. Taste is a bit more muddled up front, with sharp carbonation that hides flavor until a sharp floral hop bite comes throug, along with a lot of bready malt. Sweet bread on the finish, with a touch of brown sugar. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Poured on tap at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL with hazy deep copper body and tall light tan head. The aroma is chewy sugary sweetness, brown sugar and apples. The taste has some spicy hops, floral hops, some apple like sweetness and sugary malts. It ends with lingering spicy hop bitterness. Interesting beer that doesn’t manage to come together too well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Good sized bright white head of fine bubbles. Light skunk in the beginning but once it airs out, a nice soft malty aroma with some lemon, dough and a bit of floral hops. Color is a hazy golden orange. Flavor is more malts, some oranges, dry floral hops and a bit of wheat. End with a bit of lingering dryness and some sickly sweet malts. Light alcohol presence. A decent bock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
50cl bottle. Large off-white head, hazy apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, bread, some grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some grape, grass, bread. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2011
500ml bottle. Hazy unfiltered golden-tan. Foamy white head. Nice noble hop and sweet pungent fruit laced aroma. Really clean mouthfeel despite the strength and complexity. This beer is quite phenomenal, the heavy hopping is quite refreshing. Sweet, sugary, golden malt backbone. Creamy, yeasty, smooth mouthfeel, well balanced by the hops. Full bodied, but very drinkable. Superb, world class example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2011
bottle-clear orange with a small fizzy thei ehad. big spicy hop nose-hauertau for sure! big hop flavors up front with some grassy and leafy aspects. for some reason, this beer isnt coming together as i thought it would. it was highly recomended by vyvvy, but maybe my bottle was past its prime. finish is dry with also sweet. too much sweetness here. somewhat skunky hop flavors for lack of better words. noas a good as i was hoping for.

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