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


on tap

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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°

whaleman's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Shiny gold body with abundant small to medium sized particulates, presumably from dry-hopping, and a tight sudsy white head. Aroma has robust malty sweet cereal qualities typical of a maibock/heller bock, plus a nice bonus of stonefruit and tangerine hop notes. Flavor is doughy and moderately sweet with pleasant spicy hop characters. Some gravity asserts itself on the palate, but sufficiently balanced overall. This is presumably fresh and a good, updated adaptation of an Old World style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
500ml bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized head. Bread, caramel, some citrus, and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillemsUrenkel (1429) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - APR 23, 2016
0,5 l bottle, Bought at Hof Luckmann, Bissendorf, Germany. If you ever be in the Osnabrück or Bielefeld area, visit them! Orange golden in the glass, little bit unclear. Big white foamy head. Looks good. Hop on the nose. Maybe with a little bit alcoholic elements and hints of burnt plastic. Taste has a balance between alcoholic bitterness, hop and a malty background. Increasing alcoholic sharpness. Later more floral hop influences. Strong and complex Heller Bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (16484) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 8, 2016
50cl bottle from trade with Sebilinz, many thanks! Pours slightly hazy dark golden colour with a mid-sized good lasting off-white head. Aroma of bitter aromatic hops, some peach, toasted malt. Taste of strong malt, mild sweet toasted malt, aromatic bitter hops, peach, nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Bottle 0,5l @Biergasthof Schiffner. Bright orange colour, no head I talk of. Fizzy orange pop nose which continues into flavour. Very distinct flavour. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (12280) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2016
Bottle. Blonde, hazy. Floral citrusaroma. Medium bodied. Citric hopbitter flavor with floral notes and tropical fruit. Slightly alcoholic. Malty sweet floral hopbitter finish with tropical fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4835) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2015
50 cl. bottle. Orange-amber body has some very fine particles creating a foggy haze. An island of meringue and ring of creamy foam sit on top. Nose is pine resin, light citrus zest and lemon toffee. Taste is tamer resin, honey and mildly sourish citrus toffee. Some toasted bread and dry grassy notes on the finish. Medium body has medium carbonation and no hint of the larger abv. Finish leans dry. Kind of a style buster and it’s a tastier brew than most I’ve had in the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawanna (3058) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2015
0,5 l bottle BB 20.08.2016 Golden, clear and with a huge / rocky white foam head. Nice fruity aroma, dough, citrus, floral, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3082) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Aroma is mostly malt. Some bitter in the flavor, but I cant really place it as hop bitter. Body is good tho it has some alcohol warmth. Decent drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 10, 2015
500ml bottle (HBF2015, Helsinki)
Nice malty aroma. Nice malty body too. Fairly textbook simple bock, not grabbing me as much as I like to be grabbed by a bock. Where’s the almond? Alcohol kinda covered, I can round up my score for that.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (25240) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottled@HBF2015. Yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is floral, fruity, hrbal and quite grainy and malty. Flavour is quite similar, and the mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side of things. Nice herbal and bready aftertaste though.

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