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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: 122   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5967) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (6148) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (318) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Tap. Golden yellow lacy white head pretty light carbonation bubbling up. Nose of malt and just a touch of citrus hops. Fault malty in the mouth but nicely balanced by grapefruit buyers. Finishes a touch sticky and heavy. Suspect this would go great with food. Excellent autumn beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (1341) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2014
The aroma is of honey, light grass, with a sweet malt complexion. It is hazy light golden in color with some lacing and a medium bubbled head. It has a honey and orange peel taste with a finish of grass with floral touches. It is a complex combination of flavors that complement each other.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3107) - 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 !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (2093) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (5129) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersorcerer (48) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Now this won my heart over with the first whiff of malt hinted with a spicy/pepper like aroma. And this character is also found in the taste. Light yellow very light brown color and a fairly moderate carbonation pour a nice combination of fine all the way to large bubbles in the small foam. A small amount of hop taste and dry palate with touch of sweet malt found in the aroma with a bit of alcohol towards the end. Lovely - now where can I try this on tap?

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 23, 2011
Brauerei Hofstetten, St. Martin, Austria Sttebb srgarz szne van, aminek a tetejn egy magas, fehr, apr buborkokkal teli hab cscsl, ami lassan tűnik el. Illata malts, gymlcss, kiss gygyfves s nedves szalms. ze előszr desksen, erősen gymlcssen kezdődik, amiben van barack, anansz, ami lassan tfordul szőlős, enyhn gyants s kellemesen kesernys, erősen komls vilgba, ami nagyszerűen kiegyenslyozza egymst. Elg testes, kzepesen lő, buborkos s elg jl elvan rejtve benne a magasabb alkoholtartalom. Utze is igen gymlcss, keserdes, ami aztn lassan kiszrtja a sznkat s igencsak hosszan tart. n ezt a tpust n nem nagyon kedvelem, de ez a sr nagyon bejtt a rendkvli gymlcsssgvel, kiegyenslyozottsgval s azzal, hogy igencsak az erősebben komlzott fajtkhoz sorolhat. Nagyon sajnlom, hogy kizrlag csak az Egyeslt llamokban forgalmazzk.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2011
On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Pours a clear golden orange color. Minimal head. Strong aroma of noble hops and cut grass. Flavor is what youd expect from a nice pilsner. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel and wonderfully clean finish. Very nice.


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