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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: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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°


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4971) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4452) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2013
Aroma is citrus, mild/medium sweetness and fruit. The flavor is fruit/berries, citrus, biscuit malts, an undercurrent of mild sweetness and a tart/tangy finish. More complex than I was expecting, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (216) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Tap. Golden yellow lacy white head pretty light carbonation bubbling up. Nose of malt and just a touch of citrus hops. Fault malty in the mouth but nicely balanced by grapefruit buyers. Finishes a touch sticky and heavy. Suspect this would go great with food. Excellent autumn beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (520) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2014
The aroma is of honey, light grass, with a sweet malt complexion. It is hazy light golden in color with some lacing and a medium bubbled head. It has a honey and orange peel taste with a finish of grass with floral touches. It is a complex combination of flavors that complement each other.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2604) - 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 !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (909) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle Golden Body with quick disapearing white head Aroma is citrus malt taste is malt hops aftertaste is also malts with hops extremly well done modern interpretation of a bock.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3239) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2013
500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apple, pear, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very wel lhidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy Helles bock style. All around good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersorcerer (39) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Now this won my heart over with the first whiff of malt hinted with a spicy/pepper like aroma. And this character is also found in the taste. Light yellow very light brown color and a fairly moderate carbonation pour a nice combination of fine all the way to large bubbles in the small foam. A small amount of hop taste and dry palate with touch of sweet malt found in the aroma with a bit of alcohol towards the end. Lovely - now where can I try this on tap?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 23, 2011
Brauerei Hofstetten, St. Martin, Austria Sötétebb sárgaréz színe van, aminek a tetején egy magas, fehér, apró buborékokkal teli hab csücsül, ami lassan tűnik el. Illata malátás, gyümölcsös, kissé gyógyfüves és nedves szalmás. Íze először édeskésen, erősen gyümölcsösen kezdődik, amiben van barack, ananász, ami lassan átfordul szőlős, enyhén gyantás és kellemesen kesernyés, erősen komlós világba, ami nagyszerűen kiegyensúlyozza egymást. Elég testes, közepesen élő, buborékos és elég jól elvan rejtve benne a magasabb alkoholtartalom. Utóíze is igen gyümölcsös, keserédes, ami aztán lassan kiszárítja a szánkat és igencsak hosszan tart. Én ezt a típust én nem nagyon kedvelem, de ez a sör nagyon bejött a rendkívüli gyümölcsösségével, kiegyensúlyozottságával és azzal, hogy igencsak az erősebben komlózott fajtákhoz sorolható. Nagyon sajnálom, hogy kizárólag csak az Egyesült Államokban forgalmazzák.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Pours a clear golden orange color. Minimal head. Strong aroma of noble hops and cut grass. Flavor is what you’d expect from a nice pilsner. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel and wonderfully clean finish. Very nice.


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