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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 01-12-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is slightly sweet; there are aromas of brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness in the overall taste, which has flavors of apples and caramel as well as some hints of chocolate, raisins and spices. The sweet flavors are not at all cloying.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was very easy to drink. I would definitely consider trying this beer again given its unique style with the hot granite stones caramelizing the sugars in the malt. No traces of alcohol are detectable in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of brentk56
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

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

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. An authentic German steinbier, I've been looking forward to this. Dark copper in color, cloudy, opaque. Ample carbonation feeds a lasting head. It's malty on the nose, heavily caramelized but also very earthy, mineral, almost metallic. Hops seem to be buried beneath it all. The palate shares the same mineral and earthy notes. It's semi-sweet, very caramelized though not as metallic as I was expecting. The use of hot granite in the wort does add a unique mineral quality to the beer, but it's not overwhelming. I enjoyed this far more than I was expecting.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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).

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this obscure import thinking it was a going to be smoky, like the other Steinbier i've had, Rauchenfelser.

Tawny ruby brown, a decent finger of head stays on the surface for awhile. Soon after it fades into a ring at the edge with patchy skim. A swirl brings back the coverage momentarily.

Sweet brown sugar and caramel aroma. Very malty and only mildly toasty. The flavor follows suit, big brown sugary doppel flavors with little in the way of smoked flavor. It's chewy, rich, and supple with a mild apple flavor from the yeast. Not bad to try, it's a little too sweet for me to return to over drier Doppelbocks like Asam-Bock and Celebrator.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong."

--Thomas Carlysle

Dark apricot orange with bright Sunkist borders and a two finger cap of buttered toast colored foam. The head develops some interesting surface topography as it melts, and leaves enough lace for the appearance to qualify as good overall.

The nose clearly belongs to a doppelbock. It's steely caramel-like and nutty, with plenty of power. This might be the best brew yet from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer.

Granitbock isn't as solid as a block of granite, but it's enjoyable beer if you like the style. It (slightly) favors the darker end of the doppelbock spectrum, while retaining quite of a bit of the toasted and earthy qualities of the lighter end. Good mix for those who can't decide where their preferences lie.

Flavors include steely caramel, lightly sugared pecans, black tea leaves, and an earthy-herbal hoppiness that provides an ideal amount of countering bitterness. The search for negatives has come up empty. This semi-big lager is growing on me with each passing ounce, so the higher taste score will be chosen in the end.

The body/mouthfeel could be a mite bigger, although that probably borders on nitpicking. Lightly stinging bubbles add a welcome amount of mouth energy without stepping over the line into buzzy and annoying.

Granitbock, in my humble opinion, is the single best beer these guys brew. Granted, I've only had three offerings from them so far. If you're a big fan of Deutsch Doppels, then $4.99 isn't too much to spend on 500 ml of medium-dark, mostly malty, bittersweet enjoyment.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head recedes slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Dark caramel and toffee malt with brown sugar notes. Light herbal hops in the background provide balance.

T - Caramel and light toast up front with some cola notes. Brown sugar and a bit of molasses appears in the middle. The beer finishes with a complex blend of dark, sugary flavors that are balanced by light hop bitterness and some herbal hop flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a smooth, rich malt profile. There is enough complexity from the dark sugary notes to keep the beer interesting, but it is still smooth and well balanced. The hops are just sufficient to keep the malt from becoming cloying and they provide a herbal bite that lingers on the palate.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fair amount of haziness and a couple fingers of khaki head.

S: A nice caramel and toffee sweetness on the front, like a usual bock. The steinbier process/character comes through shortly after with some definite salt and iron character coming through. Finishes up with some fruits and sugar like dates, plums, and molasses.

T: There is the same blend of salty and iron flavors right away, and the sweetness follows. There's a good maltiness with some moderate caramel and molasses. However, there is not as much fruit character, though.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: My first steinbier and it was pretty interesting. I actually liked it quite a bit. Don't know if I would drink a ton of it in a sitting, but I finished my glass.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dropped off to my table a hazed, deep dark brown body topped with a full, foaming, tan-colored head.

Smell: Fruity, malty nose, combining scents of baked apples and pureed raisins with notes of bread and caramel with a spray bottle spritz of clean alcohol.

Taste: The taste is alive with a dark breadiness smoothed over with well-caramelized sugars. Smidgen of roast. Deep, delicately tart fruitiness carries over from the nose. Slight, growing chocolate presence as it warms. Very restrained hop character and bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol presence on the fruity, sweetly malty, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: No trouble here finishing my portion. A fine, upstanding bock, providing you like'm sweet and malty.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

I can see quite a few shades of brown in my glass right now. If you'd like a brief selection, grab the box of 96 crayons and read the sides of those that at least vaguely look brown. ...Or I suppose you could just look at a glass of Granitbock for yourself... Either way. I realize that I've been circumventing a real description, so I'll fill in some gaps by saying that the core is lovely dark mahogany and, as the eye prgrosses outward, this bleeds through a few shades into a rosy walnut. A deep haze pervades throughout. Not quite as pervasive is the aroma, though I've tended to find bocks somewhat lacking in the scent department. What's there is some weak cinnamon, brown sugar, and wheat. As weak as they have been for me, I have enjoyed their grainy/spicy quality. And, even better, this translates beautifully in the taste. Reprising their roles are the cinnamon, sugar, and wheat, but a woodiness and nuttiness are also present, culminating in a nice almond-laced aftertaste that lounges about for awhile, sinking into its newly-purchased muscular sofa. I feel this bit helps distinguish this particular brew from its similar cousins. The familiar familial traits of medium body, light carbonation, and sevefrely smooth feel are all here, and I think baldness is as well, but it's still too soon to know for sure. As much as I often feel bored with them, I always find myself enjoying my time with the Bocks, and now I have a new friend in Granit.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  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

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed medium brown with a thin tan head that becomes wispy. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, slight booze and some dried fruits.

The taste is of caramel candy - very sweet - with a hint of dried fruits. Booze shows in a warming way, and adds a bit of a rum-like character to the heavy caramel. Finishes sweet with a bit of earthy balance in the finish.

It hits full-bodied with carbonation being a bit sluggish. It does have a long finish. Sweet, slightly sticky, feel. A candy-ish brew.

Alcohol does show, but still pretty drinkable. A bit too sweet and boozy, though a decent sweet, warming sipper. Very, almost too, caramelish.

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Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. According to the menu, "white hot granite stones are dropped into this brew to get its caramel smoothness". Others have done this as well, and it does taste somewhat similar. Pours dark chestnut with a very nice head and some decent lacing. Smells fruity and malty with clean caramel throughout. Tastes richly fruity with caramel, somewhat sweet, and with fairly sumptous flavors without being heavy. Some slight char on the finish, but light and clean thrroughout. Quite soft and creamy in the mouth. Pretty much as advertised, this was a nice change of pace. Nice.

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Photo of Zorro
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored beer with next to no head formation.

Smells sweet. Scents of malt nuts and grass. Fair scent of molasses. Smells fairly woody and has a strong tea aroma.

Starts out sweet with a taste of tobacco. Medium level of bitterness and some nuts, it has a very clean finish for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty and user friendly Bock beer this is worth a taste.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day. A new beer they had just gotten in.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer has an interesting aroma of brown sugar, chocolate and cardboard. In fact the cardboard aroma is really pretty pronounced. On the palate, this beer is pretty delicious, with flavors of brown sugar and sweet malt. The beer seems a bit too gassy out of the tap, but still has plenty of flavor and is very enjoyable. There's almost a sugar-butter flavor to this beer, which adds to the attraction (the sweet malt flavor is not excessive). The beer has a medium bodied mouthfeel and is pretty smooth on the palate. Abv. is fairly well disguised, and drinkability is likewise pretty good.

An interesting new beer. Not bad at all.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at Brauhaus

A - Very rich ruby brown body, dark and inviting. Small cream head atop this solid mug of beer.

S - Roasty sweet malts and dark sugars are in the nose. This beer smells rich and malty sweet. Some dark dried fruits and dark sugar/molasses are present.

T - This beer tastes much like it smells. The flavor is very rich and complex. Delicious darkness of malt, brown sugar, mollasses, dark caramel, dried dark fruits like figs and prunes.

M - Like most malty beers this has a very smooth mouthfeel. It's rich and full of flavor but free of a heavy syruppy body. Perfectly carbonated.

D - I really love dark beers, malty beers, double bocks etc so I can down this style. But for anyone, this beer is easy to drink, its just so smooth and soft and the taste alone will have it sliding down.

Notes - I passed over this one for a long while at my favorite spot and am completely regretfull I did. I really like this beer alot and suggest it to anyone.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- Brewed in year/chg 31902091. consumed 2/10.

A: Poured a deep caramelized apple with a whipped and frothy khaki colored head that was a solid finger high, moderately retentive and lapsed leaving a spongey coating. The coloring was deep, almost to the point where only faint glimpses of light came through. The carbonation factor was fast and furious, composed of a mixture of both micro and macro bubbles showering upwards.

S: Alcohol soaked caramel apples definitely come to mind on the initial impression of the nose. Boozy with sticky caramel comes through along with dried apple peels adding a bit of fruitiness.

T: A smooth caramel apple sweetness and fruitiness is evident from the start. A smooth and refined alcohol nature combines with a glazed harden caramel coating while a fruitiness of apples lie beneath. Malty and bready with a bit of warming on the finish makes for a good representation per style. On the finish was slight hints of warm maraschino cherries that provided a fruity ending.

M: The mouthful had a full malty character, was extremely smooth and rich providing an ample body. The beer slid around with a rich caramel feel, thick and viscose with a surprising light carbonation despite the initial impression.

D: A very good example and wonderful drinking experience. The 7.3% is spot on providing just the right amount of warmth and alcohol without hindering enjoyability. I could definitely go for more of this.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at Village Spirit Shoppe in Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass Chimay chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy orangey brown brew. Head quickly falls to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing at best. Aroma is sweet, with tannins and alcohol apparent. Taste follows the nose pretty well, with the tannins blossoming and bringing out an impression amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is good. Not quite what I was hoping for, but a good brew.

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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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