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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 01-12-2009)
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Light tan head that fades away fast. Color is a murky caramel hued brown.

Flavors of dark fruits, molasses, raisins, caramel, and chocolate. A lot of malts. Some grassy hops. Bready. A bit of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Fairly dry. A decent amount of carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. It has a bit of a roasted flavor in the finish and it ended kind of dry. Good flavors, just bad mouthfeel/finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:57:12 | More by mothman
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rolled the dice on this one paid 2 bucks for a vintage 2009. Here we go!

A - I am baffled after 4 years it still has some fizzy carbonation. It does fizz out rather quick though into a thin lace ring. Color is a very dark hazy brown with sediment left at the base of the bottle.

S - Smell is pretty mild with some soy sauce and candied dark fruits mostly plum and fig. Not very sour or offending in any way.

T - Damn I guess at this point it's very oxidized with cardboard and metallic notes then comes the cherry sourness followed by just a hint of dark fruits. After a while I can almost convince myself it has a caramel flavor to finish the glass.

M - Light to medium not a bad dopplebock.

Overall after hearing this one costs around 10? dollars a bottle so for two dollars its ok. Not really the best just not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:31:31 | More by DrDemento456
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid.

S: Figs, pears, molasses, green grapes, biscuit.

T: Molasses, bitter lemon, granny apples, green grapes, hazelnut.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Much more bitter than I'm used to for the style. Instead of caramel and sweet dark fruit this doppelbock tastes of lemons and molasses.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:17:18 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

to be honest I bought this because I like the packaging with the old school pop-top and the 2011 vintage dogtag...and I've been in a beer rut lately...new career, stress, blah, blah..

It's dark, it's got a lot of carbonation, and looks damned good...let's take a whiff shall we?

Sweet molasses from the malts dominate this reviewers nose, some slight alcohol esters as well..

maybe I'm off my game, but my first impression is " kinda ordinary"..some malt sweetness, hint of spiciness( pepper) with a very dry, slightly astringent finish..kinda boozy as well

see above..but add somewhat thin and even slightly watery

@ $20 a bottle in Canada have your friend buy one and then go Rock, Paper Scissors for the cool dog tag..

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:57:42 | More by Shadman
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always wanted to try an authentic steinbier (``stone beer'') and was thrilled when I found this in one of my local bottleshops. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is very dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, and sports a nice head. It smells like a dopplebock. You get deep bready, toffee aromas with a slight spicy note.

The beer has a full body and firm, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Lots of soft malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. As you ``chew'' on the beer, the malt flavors deepen and turn into caramel, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, and char. A bit of pepper-taste not unlike that in a good Maibock enters around mid-palate and adds character. A slight boozy taste at the finish makes the sweet toffee flavors seem richer. As the beer warms, the malty flavors become even more intense and complex.

This beer made for a stellar drinking experience. True, it tastes a lot like a dopplebock. However, the caramelization of the wort on the hot stones during the steinbeer process does add a lot of depth and intensity to the malt flavor. If you're a fan of malt bombs, you have got to try this beer (or some other traditional steinbier). Be advised though that this beer won't relinquish all of its secrets if you just absent-mindedly sip it while watching television. You've got to concentrate and tune in all your senses. Do that, and this beer will reward you.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:02:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet color with a rocky tan head; excellent stickage and lacing action

Smell: Caramel, figs, hazelnuts and toasted brown bread

Taste: Caramel and toasted brown bread, up front, with the figs and hazelnuts adding another dimension in the middle; nicely balanced through the finish with some tobacco in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; somewha creamy with moderate carbonation

Overall: A really nice example of the style, even after over two years in the bottle; not as sweet and fruity as some but very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 21:44:14 | More by brentk56
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Poured a deep red amber with a trace of off-white head that left no lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor is sweet caramel malts with dark fruit, quite pleasant start. Finishes somewhat abruptly with a dry, slightly astringently bitter finish. Medium bodied, low carbonation. A bit uneven, but enjoyable dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 17:45:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Indiscernable dating code, I'm betting this is older than I thought when I bought it today...

Pours an obscured chestnut with 2 fingers of pillowy cream colored head. Many floaties, good lacing, above average head reteention

S: Figs & brown bread

T: Follows the nose, herbal/leafy hops, faint dark cherry flavor as well up front. More figs, caramel, brown bread & woody hops as this warms, along with some tobacco notes. Finishes figgy with a touch of cherry &dryness

MF: Chewy, slight carbonation

A good dopple, but I believe this isn't in top condition, still very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:38:02 | More by russpowell
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml swing-top bottle, 2011 edition, label-free, with a chain-tag around the neck indicating point of origin, and a bunch of other stuff, all in German, of course - I'll dial up Google Translate at a later date.

This beer pours a clear, very dark rusted ruby hue, with two fingers of thinly foamy beige head, which leaves a random kaleidoscope of frizzy lace mutations around the glass as it gently settles.

It smells of astringent caramel, somewhat bready, with some further treacle and toffee Euro tendencies, soft, tart black fruit, a bit of straight-up granular brown sugar, and cowering, yet functional, earthy hops. The taste is raisin-heavy bready malt, the 'karamel' taking a reticent backseat, the black fruit still staying on the windward side of sweetness, with some even dark sugar and sharp leafy, weedy hops striving for balance. An increasing boozy, somewhat metallic edge makes that job all the more difficult.

The carbonation is perceptibly proficient, the body a deftly slim medium weight, and agreeable smooth, in the face of that same understated burgeoning alcohol edge. It finishes off-dry, but less sweet than I had anticipated - and to my delight, the hops outweigh the heat in the credit department.

A decent doppelbock, not too big, not too small, and if I may say, quite close to just right. However, the warmth becomes a bit too forward, at times, but overall, that seems forgivable, as the complete flavour trumps (uber) all(es).

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 05:16:40 | More by biboergosum
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Dark brown in color with a tan colored foamy head with fairly decent retention time and lacing levels.

S,T. Toasted and roasted malts, some nice dark fruits, good levels of richness without being too overbearing or cloying. Unfortunately there is also a certain lack of a standout characteristic or complexity, it seems that this is a doppelbock played completely by the book, for better or for worse. I even find myself wondering if this is a single malt beer. Only the faintest of earth hop garnish could be detected and even then only when allowed to warm up in the glass for a while.

M. Smooth textured, lighter side of medium thickness, light carbonation.

Pretty much a textbook "Ye Olde-School" Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 18:56:20 | More by WastingFreetime
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2009.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is very malty with some dark fruit and brown sugar aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, dark fruit, and some mineral-like flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mineral-like flavors are a bit off putting.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 07:21:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mr Dunderback's in Tampa FL. Standard pint glass serving.

Poured a darker brown with low white foam. A very faint malt smell, but very minor. Not distinctive.

Quite malt fwd taste, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet throughout. Low carbonation, makes it almost syrupy.

Flavorful, but simple. Easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 13:56:57 | More by KTCamm
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Brenden

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Graniitbock is brown, almost straight crayon box brown. It's also thick, being highlighted but only seen through at the edges. A tight tan head just short of one finger tall leaves pretty good lacing at the top that dies off as it dissipates.
The aroma gives something akin to gently spiced sugar cookie. I doubt any spices were actually used, but things come together to give a ghost of an impression. Burlier breads linger beneath.
It's breadier in flavor, almost like sourdough but with that sour coming out in the finish. It's too metallic, though that is part of an overall molasses flavor. There's a rye-like earthiness, though not as much spiciness.
The body is medium, maybe a bit light for a doppel, and while a crisp note opens it out and it's fairly smooth, it goes a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 18:42:02 | More by Brenden
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch creamy tan head which held solid at first but ended up rapidly deflating. The body is a dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. It smells very nicely of deep malt, kind of like fresh rye bread, too. The taste also is malty but a little less than the smell, and I pretty much only get malt out of it. The body is quite light, more so than I'd have expected from such a dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 09:32:50 | More by MoreThanWine
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a one inch white, light head.

Granitbock is one of my favorite beers, but it isn't always the same, depending o how it has been cellared. Sometimes the malt sugars are very pronounced and amazing making it a favorite, but sometimes it is more mellow and tastes like dark bread.

This one has a creamy texture and it's taste has a hint of sour with yeast. There is a very good malt character that isn't burnt or covered in dirt, the malt is well preserved with just a slight hint of residual sugars.

Not the best one I have had, and i can firmly say now that this beer is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 01:18:29 | More by Doppelbockulus
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FanofHefe

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated 2010 05 poured into a tulip. Mostly clear red/amber body with a two-finger tan head. The head fades to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing.

This smells terrible. Metallic and musty. Perhaps a little raisin, but hard to tell through the metal.

The taste is a little better, but not much. Some dark fruit and dark malt are there, but the metal taste is still there as well, in the background, disturbing the flavor overall.

I would have expected a dopplebock to age reasonably well and not be terrible in a year or so. But, this is likely going to be a drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:09:45 | More by FanofHefe
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 0.5l bottle at DeCicco's (Brewster) last week for $5.99. Quaffed yesterday, 04SEP11.

Poured into a standard nonic glass, it was a clear, dark, rich mahogany color. Head was sparse and thin, a few gatherings of beige bubbles mostly at the rim. Abundant maltiness wafted forth, with semisweet caramel filling the air. Body was close to medium, and it had a decent, smooth feel going down.

Flavor had a solid amount of malts, with caramel and toffee sweetness coating the palate. The malts were well represented, but I couldn't pick up anything in the way of hopping at all. A rather simple, straightforward DBock, to say the least.

Prosit!!

3.68 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1365

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 17:54:03 | More by Bierman9
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MrVonzipper

California

2.7/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown. Slightly tawny. Short bubbly tan head. No retention. Mostly bubbles.

Smells like Munich caramel malt extract and roasted barley straight from the brewshop. Faint rum raisin notes along with a jerky-like smell.

Strong malt flavors up front that transition quickly into a slightly stale tasting finish. Faint date and raisin notes.

Medium bodied, pretty flat with low carbonation.

Overall I Don't really know why but this bottle grabbed my attention and I had a good feeling about it. Needless to say I was pretty let down. Being produced in '09 I feel that this beer is just past it's prime. I'd definitely like to try it fresh, but I do not recommend drinking this beer with substantial age.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:47:49 | More by MrVonzipper
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mactrail

California

3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is some kind of classic, all musty, old fruit, and tiny bubbles. Best feature is a robust creaminess that fills the mouth. The big taste, however, is something like oxidized wine, burnt sugar, and browned butter. On the sweet end, prunes come to mind. Then there is a tart peculiarity like pomegranite and over-ripe plums. A touch of bitterness, but it's just part of the earthy funk.

I don't find this very drinkable but it's certainly an interesting catalog of flavors not often encountered. Tastes like an elderly English winter ale of some sort.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 04:09:31 | More by mactrail
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body which left 2-finger head and lace. A strong, sturdy malt base smell as I pick up bread/cracker - a dryness, and also some sweetness and a touch of hoppy fruitiness. Strong, medium-bodied, a clear smoothness makes it easy to drink and there's a balance in the beer as it finishes crisp thanks to carbonation. A good malt base as I pick up that touch of dryness, but mostly a syrupy figgishness as well as some caramel and dark chocolate. Also some fruit flavors akin to dark fruit and/or black cherry. A quality dopplebock that isn't as heavy and the mildness makes it an easy to drink brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 16:54:56 | More by clayrock81
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Boto

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Cambridge House; This one pours a cloudy. ruby tinged lighter brown color. There was a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Lots of caramel malts and earthy notes to the nose. Some dark fruits down there also. Plums? Raisins? The taste is very good. It is very well balanced. Just dry, with a faint sweetness in the finish. Maybe some smokiness also. Lots of caramel malts in this one. Hints of the dark fruits. Very nice!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 21:27:07 | More by Boto
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a murky brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet aroma of malt, fruit and some kind of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, first and foremost, with some molasses, a little dark fruit and a slight tinge of hops. A generally well-rounded flavor. More robust than most Doppelbocks.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the better Doppelbocks I've tried recently. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 12:03:36 | More by avalon07
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly hard pour, into my Celebrator glass, produces a 1cm, burnt-tan head comprised of large bubbles. This declines over time, but a ring of bubbles remains around the glass, with a thin film elsewhere. Beer itself is a murky brown-amber color with orange highlights. Opaque. Can make out some active carbonation. Fairly strong lacing.

Upon opening from a 50F fridge, I pick up heavy scents of fresh prunes, dried figs, and rum-raisins. There are subtle hints of brown sugar swirled in there as well. As the beer warms, fresh bread smells become more prominent.

The taste is fairly standard for a doppelbock on the sweet side of things. Heavy maltiness, some caramel flavors, rich bread, prune and dried fig. There's a bit too noticeable mineral flavor to this doppelbock, which detracts from the other flavors somewhat heavily.

Mouthfeel is thick to medium, fairly smooth with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is fairly smooth (not dry). Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a fairly solid doppelbock, which appears quite impressive but is slightly above average for the style. At $5 for a bottle, I'll probably forgo further adventures with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 05:56:48 | More by falloutsnow
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, ruby color with barely any head or foam, but has a little bubbling.

The aroma is full of fruity and sweet bready malts. I get prunes, some wood fiber, and chalky yeast with alcohol.

Super rich malt bomb upfront. Toasted malt, and an awesome yeast give the palate a great swirl of depp roasted cereal and bread grains. Flavors of plums and prunes, with a little black cherry abound. A little alcoholic warmth and a soft, yet syrupy palate finish it off. The finish does have a slight, too earthy flavor. It takes away from the depth of malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 18:18:33 | More by scruffwhor
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iLovehops23

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Rather murky brown but a brilliant reddish auburn when held to the light. Lots of tiny little bubbles form a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Dark brown bread, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, sweet milk chocolate and dark baked fruits.

Taste - Strong, sweet, unfiltered apple cider. That is what comes to mind initially. A good dose of brown sugar and molasses sticks on my tongue in the finish. This is almost juicy in flavor without the smokiness I was expecting.

Overall - Sweet. Very sweet. Lots of dark brown sugary flavors and extremely easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you've not had a beer made in this style. The hot stones definitely give the malt a big boost.

Would I buy more of it? - It was worth trying once but I doubt I'll buy another bottle as there is too much else out there that I still need to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:00:18 | More by iLovehops23
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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.