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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mantlesorrow (6) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 29, 2011 does not count
draught at Főzdefeszt,, its from the bas Bock, made with Saphir dryhopping. not so hoppy, but has a nice balance between malt and hop

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
On tap at Bangers and Lace. Pours a light cloudy golden color with a small fluffy white head. Aroma is lightly grainy, a touch spicy, some breadiness, an earthy yeastiness. Flavor is also very malty, bready grains with some honey and floral and lightly citric notes. Finishes a touch bitter, grainy and bready. Medium body and a crisp carbonation. Nice beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
japi (159) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2011
@ Főzdefeszt, Budapest. Light orange colour and an off-white head. The aroma is fruity, citrusy and sometimes more hoppy. The taste is rather sweet but it also has a hint of grapefruit and taste of fruits in it. It was not so good as I expected...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 9, 2011
On tap at Főzdefeszt, Budapest. Interesting beer. Has a very mature, strong aroma of cereals, malt and some dried fruits. I wish the hoppy notes were stronger and more significant. Taste of bread, malt and yeast. Nice brew but not that big deal in my opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (5413) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2011
Guess this is the one they had on tap at Főzdefeszt. Courtey of some friends of mattphilips and lord_totenkopfs who shared it with me (thanks!). Poured a hazy brown body with a slow off white head. Mosty grainy nose, not bad, not really hoppy. Seweet malty taste, (illegible), grainy, fruity, no alcohol presence but no real bitterness too. For something that boasts with its hoppiness, its a WTF. It is, however, a nice beer by all means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wedgie9 (2697) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Tasted in July 2011 from a 500mL bottle at Lush West Town. Pours hazy yellow/orange with an average white head that leaves only a thin collar of lace. The nose is mostly cereal and hay malt with hints of bread and caramel, and just a bit of spicy bitter hops underlying. The flavor is sweet up front with cereal, caramel, and hay malt, moving on to spicy, almost noble style, hops. The body is light with average stinging carbonation and a long cereal and spicy hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2011
A ballsy, aggressively hopped lager with lots of grassy taste and a perhaps too bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2011
pours a misty yellow with a small head and adequate lacing, hoppy with aromatic nose, floral and spicey, even a touch sour, slightly creamy and effervescent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
350ml bottle - $4.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, golden-toned body with nearly a finger of white foam.

Smell: A yeast scent overtop notes of bready barley, thinned out honey, earthy spices, and dried flower petals kept in a childs diary.

Taste: Lightly bready, doughy maltiness and a moderate amount of apparent sweetness with a slight honey quality to it. Scant fruitiness. Hops are spicy, earthy, and provide a nice lil herbal kick. Moderate bitterness. The herbaceousness amplifies as you near the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty little bock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2011
tasting on 8/20/11. light yellow pour with a small white head. light bitter nose with lemon. light to medium body with earthy bitterness, caramel, wheat... light bitter finish.

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