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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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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 speter
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a three-finger light tan head that leaves no lacing as it fades. (Poured into a pilsner glass.)

S: Caramelized malt, brown sugar and prunes.

T: Up-front sweetness, as you would expect in a a doppelbock, but this has an underlying caramel and toffee that is especially nice. The center features prune and raisin flavors balanced with just a hint of noble hops. The finish is sweet and slightly warming. The aftertaste is brown sugar, molasses, and prunes. The flavors began subdued and intensified as the beer warmed, but they never became cloying.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and just a touch of warmth.

D: This is one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

A- Poured with a 1/2" tan foamy head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and a collar. The body was a hazy- almost completely opaque- medium brown... almost the color of oil-rubbed bronze.

S- Malt forward, and moderately rich with melanoidin and impressions of caramel, wet cardboard, and honey. Further examination reveals a VERY faint trace of noble hop aroma.

T- Flavor replicates the nose quite well. Flavors of rich caramel malt, melanoidin, and honey... with overtones of [unoffensive] wet cardboard. The finish brings in some very mild hop bitterness, and is overall dry and madiera-like. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M- A medium body with a slight grittiness... presumably from unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is nice and soft. No astringency.

D- A very drinkable dopplebock. Based on the label, I thought this would have been a Steinbier... and I was expecting a little smokiness accordingly. This tastes more like a solid- quite drinkable dopplebock.

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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 iLovehops23
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a murky brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet aroma of malt, fruit and some kind of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, first and foremost, with some molasses, a little dark fruit and a slight tinge of hops. A generally well-rounded flavor. More robust than most Doppelbocks.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the better Doppelbocks I've tried recently. Drinkable.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body which left 2-finger head and lace. A strong, sturdy malt base smell as I pick up bread/cracker - a dryness, and also some sweetness and a touch of hoppy fruitiness. Strong, medium-bodied, a clear smoothness makes it easy to drink and there's a balance in the beer as it finishes crisp thanks to carbonation. A good malt base as I pick up that touch of dryness, but mostly a syrupy figgishness as well as some caramel and dark chocolate. Also some fruit flavors akin to dark fruit and/or black cherry. A quality dopplebock that isn't as heavy and the mildness makes it an easy to drink brew.

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

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!

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

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.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 farrago
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SShelly
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the goat.

Pours dark dark brown with zero head.

Aroma is deeply malty, slightly burnt.

Flavor follows the aroma with deep malt, some balancing bitternss sticks around on the palette.

An interesting beer really sticks in the mouth. I like it.

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

$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.

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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 Hautacam
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.