Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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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
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
03-26-2010 02:54:01 | More by TMoney2591
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
4.22/5 rDev +13.4%
Poured from a .5-liter Flasche into a hefty half-liter glass mug. The desire to pour this Steinbier into a Steinkrug was overridden by the desire to see the beer's beauty through the glass, so there it is.
Pours a deep, dark, somewhat hazy chestnut hue with a bubbly, one-fingered head of light tan foam that falls away rather quickly to nothingness, leaving behind nothing of itself on the walls of the glass as it falls away.
In the nose are whiffs of sweet maltiness, very typical of Doppelbock, with the faintest hint of roast and chocolate. A tinge of alcohol comes through as well, along with some spicy hop notes.
Full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. A big, sweeping flavor, quite sweet but nowhere near infringing on cloying. The caramelization from the hot stones in the brewing process really shows itself, creating hints of burnt toffee and faint lightly-roasted coffee. Sweet but mild milk chocolate shows up alongside caramelesque malty notes. Slightly spicy, herbaceous hops show up in the middle to provide a nice balancing bitterness, fading away a little into the finish, which lingers with a semi-dry caramel fade.
Exceptionally delicious, and the burnished toffee notes offered by the utilization of hot stones in the kettle is, though somewhat subtle, quite nice and interesting for a Doppelbock. My second beer from Brauerei Hofstetten, and so far I'm in love.
03-10-2010 03:09:36 | More by superdedooperboy
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
Very little head, barley gets to a half finger, dark tan in color, zero lacing. Red to auburn brown, noticeably clear, more of a metallic shine around the rims, very pretty. Super-rich nose of caramel, nougat, honeyed nuts, raisin bread, dried apple and pear fruit, cinnamon stick, there is a flinty to stone and tar element which distances itself from all the sweetness, highly credible lingering in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, the initial wave of sugary sweetness settles into a steady pulse and a drier finish. Still, replete with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuts, candied orange peels, bittersweet chocolate. The apple, pear fruit here has some plum and cherry in it but not much of a dried fruit character. The hops don't coalesce into distinct flavors at the end but texturally create more uprightness. The carbonation is medium grade, neither noticeably absent nor present. Well-layered, if not complex, very drinkable.
02-19-2010 03:24:31 | More by farrago
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
Another find on my trek to Tampa. This is a doppelbock brewed with a heated stone. Interesting.
Normal caramel color, a hint darker than most doppels. Carbonation is pretty small, however that's also the case with many others (but not all).
The flavor profile on this brew is about as malty and sweet as you can imagine. It's bold even for a doppelbock. Caramel, dark breads, a hint of fruitiness, but not too much. Are there hops in there? They're definitely hiding. It starts off as pretty amazing with the first sip, but it then starts to become a little too much and cloying.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet, but the little carbonation keeps it from being a mess.
Not bad, but not really all that great. If you like sweet beers, this is definitely a good example. The caramelization of the malt adds a bit of character, but it needs some balance in there or maybe a variety of malts like Ayinger uses would do it well.
This beer sounds better than it is. It's a middle of the pack really sweet doppelbock.
Edit: Got a chance to try this again and still found it to be sweet, but with an odd mineral/iron character going on, too. Not terrible, and probably less sweet than I remembered...but still nothing special at all.
02-16-2010 05:09:57 | More by Domingo
4.13/5 rDev +11%
Pours hazy reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a blanket.
Smells of rich malt, molasses, brown sugar
The taste is dark fruit, brown sugar, sweet dark malt, maybe some toffee. Nice slightly bitter after taste. Pretty nice.
The body is round - I'd say medium at minimum. Carbonation is fine in structure but active. Really very nice feeling brew.
This is a pleasant Dopplebock - great mouthfeel and tasty.
02-16-2010 01:33:40 | More by ThirstyBird
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
- 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.
02-08-2010 23:28:56 | More by beerthulhu
British Columbia (Canada)
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
Brewed in year 41902091, whatever that means.
"Steinbier bock - Fermented in a 200 year old granite trough".
How cool is that?
A: Dark, muddy brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention subsides but leaves a little leg.
S: Dark caramel, raisins, brown sugar, light spicing and a hint of cherry-like tartness.
T: Plenty of dark caramel (a little much), brown sugar, dark toffee, earthy mineral, cherries, nuts, raisins, rum, light smoky spicing, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.
M: Fairly full body has plenty of residual sweetness, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.
D: Decent, but for some reason I expected a little more.
02-01-2010 00:17:20 | More by Derek
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-10-2010 00:39:12 | More by ppoitras
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
3.45/5 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
3/5 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
3.85/5 rDev +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.
12-12-2009 01:28:27 | More by emerge077
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
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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!
11-09-2009 22:57:31 | More by indiapaleale
4.2/5 rDev +12.9%
Pours a cloudy, dense brown color with an average size off white head and average retention. A little lacing.Smells great. Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit.
Taste is very good.Sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee. Everything perfectly balanced, not too sweet, not at all cloying.
Mouthfeel is rich, sweet with a little hop bite at the end. Not quite the meal in a glass of some Dopplebocks
Drinkability is great.I could have had a lot more of this.
09-27-2009 22:47:50 | More by JayQue
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
4.1/5 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
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
Im drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer gushes as I open but somehow I manage to catch every drop in the glass. Foamy yet not overwhelming with only about 2 cm beige head forming in the glass. the beer itself is a deep chestnut color similar to maple syrup. The head recedes rapidly to a thin edge layer and some foam islands.
The aroma is caramel and toffee with a bit of brown sugar mixed in for good measure. Perhaps some maple syrup notes as well.
No hop presence here.
The first sip reveals a spacious almost non-existent carbonation, almost like cask conditioned, body is average with a relatively clean texture that is only slightly sticky on the lips.
Flavor is sweet malt through and through with caramel and toffee, some biscuity notes and a bit of brown sugar. Again no hops to be found, there is just a faint wisp of bitter alcohol on the finish, but overall this is a malt lovers beer. Not overly complex but certainly drinkable and enjoyable.
08-20-2009 01:44:45 | More by sulldaddy
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
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours the color of dark maple syrup with a frothy head that pretty quickly disappears. Doesn't look particularly impressive, but delivers well on smell and taste.
Smell is of roasted malt and dried fruit. Nice. Taste is of a solid, roasted malty flavor, with hints of fruitiness and caramel. Very smooth, too.
This is my kind of beer much of the time, and the only thing that limits its drinkability for me is the price per bottle.
07-12-2009 21:10:14 | More by bgjohnston
4.15/5 rDev +11.6%
Deep brown with a frothy tan head.
Smell is over ripe fruit.
Tastes really good....heavy on the dried fruit, caramel and even licorice in the aftertaste. The body is a bit lighter than most doppelbocks, which just makes it more drinkable.
A very good option..I look forward to this on tap.
06-14-2009 12:48:40 | More by Hautacam
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
"Oh no you don't," I think as the head tries to creep over the neck of the bottle. Lazily poured into a pint glass, the head quickly breaches and I am able to nearly top the glass off. Looks like maple syrup.
Dull malty smell as Johnny Damon boots a can of corn fly ball from David Ortiz in the bottom of the fourth.
Taste is nothing exceptional. Deep, straightforward malts dominate the whole of the mouth and cover the tongue. Finish is round and smooth, much more enjoyable than the last few overmalted doppelbocks I've had the misfortune of trying.
Not really much to say about this one, unfortunately. It's a little on the dull side but good if you want to chug your doppelbocks, I suppose.
06-12-2009 00:51:30 | More by Lupin
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur.
Pours a light tea-like brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves traces of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the caramelized malts and fairly sweet with hints of a toasted character and spices in the back. The taste follows the aroma with caramel malts and a bit more sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with decent carbonation. This is a very good bock and certainly original in the brewing process.
04-16-2009 19:33:14 | More by gford217
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.