Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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2.6/5 rDev -30.1%
Reviewed on 1/9/2010. Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of overcooked vegetables, raisins. Flavor is much of the same with sweet malt, raisin, prune, some crackery notes, and overcooked vegetables. An interesting concept but to me, didn't improve the beer (although that would've been a freaky beer pre-granite).
12-23-2010 17:09:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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
2.73/5 rDev -26.6%
A - dark amber with near white head that does not leave lace.
S - mild usual bock scent with a little lager in the mix.
T - caramel and some fruity flavor, seems to have some alcohol flavor in the after taste.
M - mild coating with a very light tingle on sides of tongue.
D - I would not buy it again, but if it was at a party I could go for a few.
06-08-2010 00:46:02 | More by biglite351
2.75/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
09-07-2011 00:09:45 | More by FanofHefe
2.88/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours out muddled brown with reddish-orange tints. A lingering half inch of off white soda like head.
The nose is mostly sweet caramel and a little bit of raisin.
The taste of caramel are mostly covered by some metallic, almost astringic flavors. A little bit of bread as it warms up.
Slothful syrupy texture. Medium body and less than adequate carbonation from what I would want out of the style.
Not terrible to drink, but those metallic flavors really hang around.
09-21-2010 18:18:05 | More by nerdrocker101
2.98/5 rDev -19.9%
500ml bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 Tulip. Poured a reddish brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and molasses. Medium bodied, malty. Maybe a bit thin for a doppel. Some dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Quite metallic in the finish. Very disappointing.
03-13-2010 15:10:52 | More by homebrewhawk
3/5 rDev -19.4%
A- Pours into my tulip a murky mahogany/walnut wood color, with a half finger head. Poor retention, and nothing left behind in the glass.
S- Fairly nice burnt sugar complexity, deep malts, dark fruit. Fairly standard doppelbock aroma, but nothing in particular to write about.
F- Unfortunately that falls apart a little on the palate. Flavors are thin and insipid, but what is there is dark raisins, a bit of minerality (flinty/iron) that I assume is coming from the granite. Finish is a great big wallop of diacetyl...
M- thin, undercarbonated
D- I likely won't finish the bottle.
It was interesting to try, and I'd try another "stone" beer, but the underlying bock has to be a little better to begin with. Not worth the price of admission ($5.49) for sure....
12-17-2009 23:37:31 | More by phisig137
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
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
Single bottle purchased at the venerable Charleston Beer Exchange.
Probably served around 50 degrees in my Ayinger D-bock glass.
This beer TRIED to gush forth as I popped the cap (not a good sign for a doppelbock...) but I was faster than Mustachio and dumped it into my glass where it puffed up a decent reddish head that faded away after a minute. The beer is very red-amber.
Smells okay, but just okay... sweet caramel, prune, some hints of malt interesting-ness. Lacks the malt depth of a truly great doppelbock as well as the bold aromas, but this covers all the bases and is not really flawed...
Taste is average as well. Maybe a bit above average. Decent depth of malt with burnt sugar / toffee notes, some dark fruit (mostly prune), and some alcohol, but alas! there's nothing really here to keep you coming back. It lacks subtlety and finesse, and that's hard to describe, but if you drink this next to Ayinger you'll immediately see the difference. Granitbock finishes strangely dry and mouth-coating, and is rather ungainly. Carbonation level is quite high, unusual.
Reading the previous reviews, I suspect there are QC issues with this beer. Mine was highly carbonated and had a fine, encompassing level of fizz that is quite odd for this sort of beer.
I really wanted to like Granitbock, what with being from Austria and a Steinbier and all. A pity you cannot win them all - Granitbock is decent, but for the price is difficult to recommend.
01-04-2010 04:56:18 | More by kkipple
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
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..
10-23-2012 01:57:42 | More by Shadman
3.15/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
07-10-2011 04:09:31 | More by mactrail
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.21/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
12-01-2013 00:57:12 | More by mothman
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
Guess I'll never learn. Opened a gusher near my desktop. Luckily a mess everywhere except the pc.Poured with a smallish tan head that settle to a light cover which lasted and a little lace. Aroma is toffee, malt, a little molasses and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like aroma and very malty sweet. Of course with a beer this sweet the body is very full and thick with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long duration with a bit of alcohol at the end.
08-06-2010 01:57:46 | More by drpimento
3.28/5 rDev -11.8%
Appearance: pours a hazy brown color with a short head that falls to a spotty surface foam quickly. No lace develops.
Smell: sugary sweetness is strong and there is some softer ripe fruit tones in the background.
Taste: big sweet malt profile. Brown sugar, ripe plums, honey, and mild bitterness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and syrupy at the finish. Aftertaste is long on the sugary sweetness.
Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer that is a bit too sweet to drink quickly. If you are in the mood for a malty beer this one will work.
12-04-2009 23:12:31 | More by Gavage
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
3.35/5 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
3.38/5 rDev -9.1%
Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.
500ML bottle(label says brewed Oct 2009)
It pours a reddish brown colour with another multiple fingers worth of offwhite foam. Fairly good lacing with the foam shrinking fairly quickly.
The smell is uber malty with tons of caramel malt assaulting my nosebuds. There's a good presence of chocolate as well, some toffee, and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is quite sweet with caramel malt that is very candy bar like and some notes of bread and that's pretty much it. What I find peculiar is that most of the flavours shine on the back end while up front, it has a kind of muted taste, if that makes any sense.
The body, at times, seems to be a bit thin and it has fairly light carbonation; not so good a mouthfeel for my liking.
Drinkability? Though the abv isn't much of a factor in the drinking, I can't say I'd yearn for more when I'm done here. It's good but not inspiring...
03-31-2010 22:54:57 | More by Bitterbill
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.