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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

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 +2.2%
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!

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  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).

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mothman
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
83 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.