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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 01-12-2009)
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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 Lupin
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch creamy tan head which held solid at first but ended up rapidly deflating. The body is a dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. It smells very nicely of deep malt, kind of like fresh rye bread, too. The taste also is malty but a little less than the smell, and I pretty much only get malt out of it. The body is quite light, more so than I'd have expected from such a dark beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.88/5  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 atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint a crisp copper with a decent light tan that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malts and slight caramel. The taste is sweet malts and some sweet malts with an interesting caramel finish, there is also a hint of brown sugar. The beer is on the light side of medium with its alcohol nicely hidden. This is certainly an interesting beer, one I could see trying again if the mood hits me.

Photo of meatyard
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass. Body is a hazy, amber/ruby with a short, quickly dispersing tan head that leaves no lacing. (the 2nd pour results in an almost 2-finger, fluffy head)
The smell is light alcohol, toasted malt and yeasty bread.
The taste is almost all malt with a light sweetness and dark bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied & flat as in almost no carbonation.
Drinkability: Better than many doppelbocks yet can't reach the heights of the best. It's good and easy to drink without any complexity.

Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the malt house

cell phone notes

appearance: dark cola body with a light tan head, very dark and full bodied

smell: huge bock aromas - caramel, toffee, massive caramelized malts

taste: hmm a "stone bier", white-hot granite dropped into the wort. the result is a massive body with burnt toffee, caramel, and smoke punching you in the face. i found this one a bit much after a huge dinner but it was rather interesting

mouthfeel: gummy, full bodied

drinkability: a bit challenging

Photo of kmerillat
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tbone64
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of iLovehops23
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of shockrocker65
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of speter
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.