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


on tap

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   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°

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corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Earthy hop aroma with a floral, grassy character that’s countered by musty funk, pale malt and light fruit. Hints of grass and pineapple followed by grass, straw, bread, biscuit and light fruit notes. The spicy, earthy hops really shine in the nose. Chewy full body that’s much heavier than I expected with a nice balance of earthy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit. There’s a prominent spicy, grassy hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finished. Nice amount of dry bitterness that refrains from becoming one dimensional. Well balanced by bready yeast as well as hints of grass, straw, biscuit, apple and pear. The relatively high ABV is nicely masked making this complex beer pretty easy to drink.

drowland (8730) - Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
8/6/12. 500mL bottle from Grassroots. Hazy orange pour with a nice khaki head that fades but laces surprisingly well. Dry, spicy aroma with touches of citrus and a fresh zing to it. Light bread and pale malts in the flavor with a certain citrus tang, hay, and a nice dry, fresh hop presence. Refreshing and tasty. Nice!

AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Clear golden color with white foam. Dry pils, spicy hop, lagered aromas. medium body. Dusty, grainy aged pale malt flavors with spicy, dry bitter hoppage--good

Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy orange golden color with a finger head that quickly dissipates. Complex aromas of bready pilsner malts, fruit heavy grassy hops and a touch of sweet caramel undertones. On the palate this is a great flavorful beer but remains highly drinkable considering the flavor complexity and the abv. Great mouthfeel with a fruity citrusy start that gets mellowed mid palate by the light malty flavors of bread and sweet malts... good carbonation and a nice touch of crisp bitter flavors on the finish !

nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2012
The aroma is very caramely with mixed grains sweet fruit, spice, incense, and citrus hops. The appearance is hazy amber gold with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but has a slight paper like finish. The palate is average. Overall a neat beer to drink.

BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2012
1 Pint bottle poured a golden if somewhat hazy color. Little or no head. Bright taste that refreshes and stays comfortable in the mouth and finishes nicely.

BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Clean golden hue (except for the last pour which has some small yeasties), nice fluffy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of orange blossom honey, herbs, dusty yeast esters. hint of lime and lemon, along with a pils malt overtone. For the genre, this smells really nice. The taste is malt forward with lot of grainy and bready notes. Some light fruitness and slight herbal hop bitterness. A very light handed alcohol finish. The mouth feel is smooth and heavier bodied than found in many bocks. Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Too bad it is a bit costly.

PorterPounder (7970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Macon, Ga. - WineStyles Liquor Store - 500 ml bottle. Murky medium orange pour, light but persistent white head. Very sweet aroma - heavy presence of molasses, some brown sugar, some dates. Flavor is sweet as well with some molasses, raisins, a hint of chocolate and of apricots. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Not quite cloying, but 750 ml would have been too much.

GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Light malty aromas. Citrus and sweet malts. Overall a very interesting Heller Bock.

jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Floaties in the bottle none in the glass weird, clear small white head straw colored body.... Very grassy hops light pale malty nice aroma... Lots of grassy flavor slightly sweet decent flavor... Medium dry finish lively medium body... Nice bock hops really make this good...

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