Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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4.3/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
03-08-2011 03:53:09 | More by BeerForMuscle
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong."
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.
02-27-2011 12:01:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +16.4%
A- dark copper with 2 fingers of tan head that leaves a frothy lace in the glass.
S- carmel, malt, and a little toffee. wonderful, really.
T- every note in the smell and more. Prunes, plums, candy apples even. All come through and wash the palate hiding the 7.2% ABV exceptionally well.
M- the smoothest beer i've had to memory. especially for this style that is usually on the malty side for my own personal taste. sits well with the perfect texture and wonderful carbonation.
D- all things considered, this could a beer fanatics session beer. not too high in ABV and certainly easy to put away if you have the palate for maltier beers.
02-12-2011 09:06:03 | More by sunkistxsudafed
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
12-25-2010 20:37:17 | More by womencantsail
2.6/5 rDev -30.1%
Reviewed on 1/9/2010. Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of overcooked vegetables, raisins. Flavor is much of the same with sweet malt, raisin, prune, some crackery notes, and overcooked vegetables. An interesting concept but to me, didn't improve the beer (although that would've been a freaky beer pre-granite).
12-23-2010 17:09:51 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
11-05-2010 04:19:32 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
11-04-2010 04:42:52 | More by nickfl
2.88/5 rDev -22.6%
Pours out muddled brown with reddish-orange tints. A lingering half inch of off white soda like head.
The nose is mostly sweet caramel and a little bit of raisin.
The taste of caramel are mostly covered by some metallic, almost astringic flavors. A little bit of bread as it warms up.
Slothful syrupy texture. Medium body and less than adequate carbonation from what I would want out of the style.
Not terrible to drink, but those metallic flavors really hang around.
09-21-2010 18:18:05 | More by nerdrocker101
4.25/5 rDev +14.2%
A - A nice dark reddish brown with a finger of khaki head that lasts for a long time.
S - Toasted nuts, toffee, raisins, and figs. Caramelized sugars
T - More toasted nuts. A bit like a whole grain bread. A bit more of the figs here mixed with some chocolate.
M - Very smooth and creamy. Medium-full body.
D - Very nicely drinkable, a good doppelbock.
09-18-2010 02:36:08 | More by fropones
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
09-16-2010 02:32:00 | More by speter
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-26-2010 00:47:32 | More by metter98
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-13-2010 23:24:57 | More by atsprings
3.25/5 rDev -12.6%
Guess I'll never learn. Opened a gusher near my desktop. Luckily a mess everywhere except the pc.Poured with a smallish tan head that settle to a light cover which lasted and a little lace. Aroma is toffee, malt, a little molasses and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like aroma and very malty sweet. Of course with a beer this sweet the body is very full and thick with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long duration with a bit of alcohol at the end.
08-06-2010 01:57:46 | More by drpimento
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a deep ruby red with a smattering of eggshell head. Aromas of deep caramelized fruits and bread with some earth tones. Slightly spicy in the nose as well.
Sweet caramelized malts alongside a cornucopia of fruit accents. A touch of tobacco and spiciness. Deep malt body abounds. Smooth finish with a touch of lingering sweetness.
Medium bodied and mellow carbonation. Pretty tasty brew and intriguing how it is brewed with red hot granite. Glad to be able to try it, thanks Dave!
07-04-2010 16:14:07 | More by orbitalr0x
2.73/5 rDev -26.6%
A - dark amber with near white head that does not leave lace.
S - mild usual bock scent with a little lager in the mix.
T - caramel and some fruity flavor, seems to have some alcohol flavor in the after taste.
M - mild coating with a very light tingle on sides of tongue.
D - I would not buy it again, but if it was at a party I could go for a few.
06-08-2010 00:46:02 | More by biglite351
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
This was a new arrival at the store. 500ml bottle.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy, thick off-white head. It recedes decently quickly leaving a bit of lacing.
The smell is really unique. It has a large dose of citrusy hops which was weird. It has a ton of fruitiness with both dark and bright fruits, maybe even strawberry. There is a dark malty scent underneath. Odd but good in the scent department.
The taste is also fruity. It is slightly alcoholic. More towards the Bohemian style rather than Bavarian. There are some toasted malts and the typical doppelbock sweet maltiness. The hops are more evident in this doppelback than any other I've tasted.
This one is odd-ball but tasty. Definitely one to look for in the late spring.
06-06-2010 23:34:00 | More by crossovert
3.98/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-05-2010 02:41:01 | More by jgasparine
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-05-2010 01:22:53 | More by meatyard
3.83/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-27-2010 23:21:54 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-25-2010 00:14:15 | More by jwc215
4.08/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
04-16-2010 03:25:49 | More by SShelly
4.05/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
04-12-2010 21:17:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
84 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.