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Hofbräu München Winter Spezial

Brewed by Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
Style: Dunkler Bock
Munich, Germany


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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Times like the Christmas season call for a special, elegant brew with a festive touch. With an alcohol content of 6.3% by volume, Hofbrau Winter Special offers a delectable full-bodied flavor with a blossomy fragrance and a fine aroma suggestive of hops. The result is a distinguished brew for special occasions.

Note 2015 version is listed at 8.4 ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (3346) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of dark malt. Clear amber brown color, smooth 1" beige head, strips and streaks of lace. Taste is full-bodied dark malt that adds mild carbonation on the swallow before moving to a lightly hopped finish. If this is 8.4%, it hides it incredibly well. A robust malt-centered brew, but light in the stomach and easy to quaff. I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5377) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Green glass. Nose of heavy cola, caramel, dark malt, hint of smoke and a lot of grain. Pours dark mahogany and supports a soapy tan head. Taste lightly sweet, malty but murky, smoke and roast are there, no coffee, much more thick and gooey caramel with cola, some red berry in the background. Full body a little lifeless, sluggish, with clean medium bitterness offering just a wisp of balance. Alcohol pretty well controlled, but there’s a sense of stripped industrialism. I like the inherent malt soul but the caramel just muddles everything to the point of non-recognition. [2016.02.08: 3.1]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bubblehouse (1018) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Good beer. Easy to drInk. Quick beer before cards vs north carolina. Drinkable. GO Cards

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
N3lson1 (712) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Drank from a pint glass poured from a twelve ounce bottle, thank you Bjôrn. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2016
This is a big, sweet doppelbock-ish lager. It’s clear and deep amber w/ a short lived head and little spots of lacing on the side of the glass. The malt character here is really nice, deep and raisiny w/ some nutty, toasty highlights. It is a bit on the sweet side but not to the point of being cloying due to the firm hand of bitterness in the finish. I actually wasn’t expecting much from this green bottle German brew but it’s a pretty damn good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle this beer poured a dark nut brown with a bit of an orange hue and a large fluffy beige head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty with toffee and mild fruitiness. The flavor was sweet and toasty malts, tobacco, cola, toffee, dark fruits and a bit of bread. Nicely complex yet subdued. Medium length finish. Medium body and smooth. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1879) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Liquor Barn (Jefferson Commons); shared with my Boo. Aroma: Moderate tootsie roll chocolate; moderate spiced bread; lighter nutty impressions. Appearance: Darker chestnut brown pour with a foamy bone head that settles into a ring. Flavor: Rich, spiced bread up front with more chocolate/nutty notes thereafter, leading to a lingering herbal hop finish; some raisiny character develops as this warms. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: This is a pretty nice winter seasonal, and is definitely one that lovers of bock biers should try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeandduke (182) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
1/3/16 Chicago (11.2 oz bottle 8.4% ABV, poured into beer glass). Very dark brown colour, generous white/tan head, very heavy carbonation. Very nice aroma of malt and brown sugar. Texture very light, very smooth and easy drinking. Pleasant taste of hops and malts, with a hint of raisin. Overall very good beer and I’m glad I picked this up this Christmas!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (2796) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Pours a deep shiny ruby brown. Malts and bready stuff. Caramel and bread. Pretty nice little bock here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bpreo (2270) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Wonderful aroma, but the flavor is bot my cup of tea (or is it pint of beer?).

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