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

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4.2
nuplastikk (6366) - 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.

3.1
Terminus (3702) - 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.

3.7
odinstyr (817) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Clear amber color, pillowy white head. Smells of toasty bread, caramel. Tastes sweet, like a hoppy grape juice. Robust and floral.

3.6
Braudog (6791) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Bottle. Dark golden color, quite active, with a thin but sticky and bright white head of foam. The aroma is actually pretty nice, laced with sweet, musty malt. I was likewise pleasantly surprised by the sublime flavors of this beer ... sweet, and malty, to be sure ... but very well balanced and even-keeled, noticeably lacking any of that corny essence you sometimes expect from European imports. Quite good. (#4121, 5/24/2011)

3.3
hayduke (5575) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Courtesy of Strykzone. Pours a light amber with a robust foamy white head and lots of lacing. Nose is floral hops.. Medium body and clean mouthfeel. body. Flavor is a bit bready with the floral hoppiness dominating. Bitter finish. Decent.

3.3
Maverick34 (3299) - New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Draught from Ginger Manhattan. POured a cloudy yellow gold. SOme bread, a bit of maltiness. Ok but unspectacular.

3
mansquito (6697) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC 500ml ($6): Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head; you can tell that it in unfiltered. Aroma of hops hops, fruit, sugar, and sniff of booze. The first thing I will talk about is whether or not the beer successfully covers the alcohol, which is a consistent failing of Heller Bocks: it does, so at least on those grounds this is a better beer than Holsten Maibock. There is a good amount of hops and as some other people have noted, this is an over-hopping iteration of this style. However, I don’t think that it is well balanced. There are some off flavors in there, and even a tiny bit of booze as it warms up. Not my favorite, although I knew that before I bought it, but I still did.

3.6
Sammy (12491) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 8, 2011
Complex beer. Better as it warmed. Light orange dirty unfiltered look, with one-quarter inch of hd. Lacey. Yeasty and fruity, orange aromas. Smooth better than average mouthfeel, a tad acidic, with apple and apricot, and peach. A tad boozy.

3.8
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Really reminds me of a European pilsner. Like Leffe Blonde only hoppier. This is delicious.

2.8
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2011
500ml bottle, as fresh as we can possibly get it here in the States. The body is a clear, shining, almost metallic shade of gold. A small, smooth head of just barely off-white foam settles in as a thin, patchy layer, leaving sticky swaths of wavy ring lacing behind. Even at this relatively fresh juncture, the nose seems just a bit stale, showing notes of day-old sourdough, baked golden raisins, and sugar-heavy dessert bread yeast in the malt base. Despite all that sweetness, the hops do make a strong showing, touching on dried grasses, straw, and citrus blossoms. I venture to guess that I’d quite like this varietal in a pils or some other better attenuated beer. Flavors show more of the same, burdened by heavy golden raisin and blonde candy sugar, and touching heavily on super yeasty and sugary dough. Grassy, pithy hops do provide a nice bitterness on the back end, but it doesn’t cover for the gross under-attenuation that plagues this, and almost all other Heller Bocks. Predictably, the palate is sticky, laboring, and mouth coating. Moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation tries to cut through, but gets bogged down in the sugars. This beer is just a testament to the fact that you can’t take a poorly designed base product and load it with hops to save the day. Disappointing brew.


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