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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 Mhlviertler Sorte Saphir gehen nur die edelsten Hopfenaromen ins Bier und zaubern einen Duft von Sdfrchten in das Glas.

Hinter diesem wertvollen Namen verbirgt sich der hopfengestopfte Weihnachtsbock der Brauerei Hofstetten.

Zustzlich zur ausgeprgten 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 befllt. ber 2 Monate reift das Bier so nach und reichert sich mit den wertvollen Hopfenlen an. Unfiltriert, damit nichts vom Geschmack verloren geht, kommt das Bier zur Abfllung.

Goldgelb in der Farbe mit einer leichten Trbung durch die Hefe schimmert der Saphir-Bock im Glas. Die Hopfenaromen harmonieren unglaublich mit der wrmenden Esternote. Im Geruch dominiert der Hopfen, blumig und frisch, mit einem Hauch Mandarine, Litschi und reifer Birne. Geschmacklich erscheint der Saphirbock vollmundig unauffllig vor allem im vorderen Mundbereich, sptestens aber beim Schlucken erffnet sich ein herrlicher Hopfengarten. Das blumige vom Hopfen wird fast kitschig untermalt von den alkoholischen Malznoten. Dabei ffnet sich auch die Bitterkraft angenehm ber 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5003) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1994) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
This beer reminds me of a terrible beer I drank in Paris in the summer of 2002. It was called Amsterdam or Holland or Something Dutch. I didnt like that beer and I didnt like this one. Scent is sugar, grass, malts. Pours a hazy light brown with decent white head. The flavor is a big nondescript malty mess. Decent mouthfeel. Style ticked off. Need another to confirm I dont like style. Bottle - Ale Yeah! - Decatur, GA

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Poured a hazy golden with a white head that was quick to ring. Aroma of yeast, citrus, grass, and hints of honey. The flavor found honey and light citrus. Light body and a sweet aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (4618) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle from Proof bottle shop. Murky deep orange pour with a thin white head that leaves a ring. Aroma is bread, honey, floral, lemon and faint spice. Tastes are more of the same with pale malts and a yeasty herbal bite to it. Cereal and spice in the aftertaste. Enjoyable enough.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6072) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5155) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Bad label, continental pint, hazy gold beer. Cereal, nutty sweet graham malt aroma. Sweet, a bit tinny, assertive hops, straw-malty. Mouthy. Grassy, herbal bitter finish. Average. Proof Liquors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nero55 (920) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a very small white head. Aroma of yeast and citrus.Medium body with malt sweetness and a bitter hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9936) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Golden pour with some fine particulates. Small white head. Aroma is flowery and malty. Pretty crisp on the palate. Decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Honso (4) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
bottle - pours in a strong golden colour, head retention is almost perfect, aroma of grassy, flowery, piney hops, some honey and caramel hints from the malt as well. sweetness and honey-like taste being rounded up by a very noble hop bitterness. finishes with pleasant fading hop aroma and bitterness. very nice and deceitful beer, doesent taste like 7.4 ABV - therefore be careful!


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