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Hofbräu München Winter Spezial (-2014)


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Formerly brewed at Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
Style: Dunkler Bock
Munich, Germany


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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HIGHB4LL (837) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle from Wilbur’s. Aroma: bread, citrus. Appearance: clear, golden, minimal head, white foam. Taste: light sweetness, lightly sour, bready middle, finishes with a heavy malt taste. Palate: light body, fizzy, medium length finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11350) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
12 oz single bottle. Light pale golden color. It luckily isn’t skunked. Mild bready aroma, not yet stale. Flavor is sweetish, bready malt, very slight skunk, medium to low bitterness. Medium sweetness. Not one of their better lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s Fort Collins. Pours a clear golden appearance with a pearl white, fluffy head. Looks very nice. There’s a slight fruitiness to the nose which smells just about as fresh as any German beer I’ve ever had in the US. A bit of grain and fairly forward herbal/floral hoppy notes in the aroma as well. A touch metallic, quite sweet bready grainy, lemon tangy, a bit spicy flavor with not quite enough hop bitterness and really ending pretty sweet. Seems a bit strong as well. Overall, nice to try seemingly fresh but a bit strong and sweet for my taste. My cat sure loves it. Update: the more I try this, the more sickly sweet it gets. Too bad...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ajnepple (5091) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2013
330 ml bottle from Wilbur’s. Very pale light yellowish appearance with minimal off-white foam. Toasty, grainy, bready malt aroma, pretty mild. Light body with a thin, clean, crispy feel. Pilsener malty flavor with light spicy hop bitterness. Kind of bland and uninteresting. Meh.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Aroma and appearance of a typical German brew with a smooth and balanced taste and simple but satisfying mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2012
11.2oz bottle. $23.99 a case. First rate, assuming this was made for the US market. Filtered yellow-tan, thin white head above some actively rising carbonation bubbles. Classic pepper tinged noble hop aroma, a little more depth with the big, sweet malt bill. Perfectly balanced, this sort of wanders into Hellerbock territory, with it’s fruity undercurrents. Simple, straightforward, at times a little understated, but a great beer all the way, disturbingly better than most US examples of Lagers. Clean, full of finesse. Like a good version of the countless shitty Eastern European strongish Pale Lagers I’ve had.

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