Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.23/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
09-02-2012 23:02:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.83/5 rDev +3%
Poured almost perfectly into a .5 liter stein a chesnut brown with a large fluffy almond colored crown.Aromas were mainly sweet caramel with a touch of toast thrown in,flavors are big in the caramel sweetness department,a tinge of dark fruit,and some toastiness in the finish.Nice flavors but it can get a bit sweet keeping the drinkability down a tad,a pretty good doppelbock beer.
05-27-2010 23:21:54 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a deep ruby red with a smattering of eggshell head. Aromas of deep caramelized fruits and bread with some earth tones. Slightly spicy in the nose as well.
Sweet caramelized malts alongside a cornucopia of fruit accents. A touch of tobacco and spiciness. Deep malt body abounds. Smooth finish with a touch of lingering sweetness.
Medium bodied and mellow carbonation. Pretty tasty brew and intriguing how it is brewed with red hot granite. Glad to be able to try it, thanks Dave!
07-04-2010 16:14:07 | More by orbitalr0x
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
I had this beer in a pilsner glass. It was a medium brown color with some red highlights. A medium sized tan head. Strong malt aroma, some dark fruit. Sweet. Big malt taste, sweet raisin. This was a chewy beer. It reminded me of the brown bread I used to eat with my baked beans. Very nice.
08-23-2009 21:08:57 | More by lordofthewiens
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
On draught at the Brick Store. Dark mahogany body is capped by a creamy beige head. Good retention gradually diminishes to some attractive sheet lacing.
Aroma is caramel, stewed apples, and some spicy hops.
Excellent mouthfeel has a sublime creaminess. Medium body with restrained carbonation.
Taste has a malty base of toffee and caramel. Dark fruity notes(figs) add complexity. A hint of spicy hops adds balance.
Really well done and quite tasty.
03-10-2009 18:13:16 | More by merlin48
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
$5.50 per .5L bottle at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. This brew pours a clear, brownish/dark red, and there's a small, but lasting head. Carbonation leans toward the low side, but is not inappropriate for the style. There's a superb, rich, toffee aroma in this beer that most American breweries never come close to emulating when trying to brew a bock. The flavor is even richer than the aroma. The delicious bock flavor in this beer is also something which is rarely found in bocks brewed outside of Austria and Germany. I'm really digging the malty, caramelized toffee flavor of this brew. This is an incredibly smooth doppelbock and one of the best I've had in a while. There's a strong maltiness, but that's what I like in a doppelbock. A little more carbonation would make it less syrupy, but it's excellent just the way it is. This beer is too expensive, but it is a very good example of a traditional doppelbock.
08-21-2009 17:50:20 | More by ohmybock
3.95/5 rDev +6.2%
Had this on-tap at the Brick Store. Apparently white hot granite blocks are dropped into the wort to caramelize the sugars, or at least that's what pghlee tells me.
Pours a murky brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.
Smells of sweet caramelized malt. I also got hints of nondescript spices.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt up front with hints of spices - they seem medicinal when compared with the smell. There's a decently bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It seemed a bit overcarbonated to me, although that may be because I had a cask beer beforehand.
Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one, and the flavors grew on me as the beer disappeared.
Overall this is a nice beer, though it's not as rich as some of the better doppelbocks. Still, I like the flavors and could have a lot of these if the ABV were a bit lower. Worth a shot, if for nothing else than the granite.
01-31-2009 03:45:45 | More by glid02
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
02-10-2012 18:42:02 | More by Brenden
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
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).
06-01-2012 05:16:40 | More by biboergosum
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
07-29-2011 15:47:49 | More by MrVonzipper
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
This is a dark brown amber with glowing red hues, lively and thick head, quick to come alive and serious with the retention.
Oh, Sweet molasses splashed on dark wheat bread. a tangy, buzzy heat tingle and subtle herbal backdrop. The malt has a very nice, warming, sweet and complex aroma.
The malty complexity is the star of the show here. This Bock has major amounts of sweetness from caramel to smokey-oaked molasses and maple syrup. a jazzy medium body keeps it lively but there is a malty heftiness to it. Balance is about right with a nice dry-herbal hop in the back with slight peppery notes and a decent heat. finishes dry with smoke and wood left over.
A damn fine Bock for this Granite-stater.
08-18-2009 16:01:44 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
Rich dark fruit bock, enjoyed at right temperature at Dunderbanks new location in Tampa. Old ale aroma, thick caramel, reddish dark colour, above average mouthfeel. Sweetish, sugary,for drinking, but not cloying. There is a secondary hop.This is bock, baby!
02-19-2009 22:59:48 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +4.8%
on tap at the malt house
cell phone notes
appearance: dark cola body with a light tan head, very dark and full bodied
smell: huge bock aromas - caramel, toffee, massive caramelized malts
taste: hmm a "stone bier", white-hot granite dropped into the wort. the result is a massive body with burnt toffee, caramel, and smoke punching you in the face. i found this one a bit much after a huge dinner but it was rather interesting
mouthfeel: gummy, full bodied
drinkability: a bit challenging
04-04-2009 19:25:12 | More by dirtylou
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
01-16-2012 01:18:29 | More by Doppelbockulus
3.7/5 rDev -0.5%
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
06-18-2012 00:38:02 | More by russpowell
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a small and short lived head; looks flat after settling. The aroma is not overly strong but has the traditional dopplebock aromas; a bit meaty with some raisin notes. The taste is big with the dark fruits, raisin in particular, light roasted meat, honey, and iron. Again, not very robust. The feel is light to moderate, though it drinks light, there is a tingley carbonation and it finishes sweet. An average dopplebock, definitely on the sweet side as the dark fruit flavors are predominate. I would like to see a touch more of a roasted malt presence to add some depth.
12-24-2009 04:12:18 | More by Gmann
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
02-29-2012 13:56:57 | More by KTCamm
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.