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Granitbock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid.

S: Figs, pears, molasses, green grapes, biscuit.

T: Molasses, bitter lemon, granny apples, green grapes, hazelnut.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Much more bitter than I'm used to for the style. Instead of caramel and sweet dark fruit this doppelbock tastes of lemons and molasses.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:17:18 | More by DaftCaskBC
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:22:53 | More by meatyard
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

09-12-2013 19:41:05 | More by RochefortChris
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:56:18 | More by kkipple
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +7.5%

12-19-2011 19:07:11 | More by Ralphs66
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

11-02-2013 00:07:48 | More by OKCNittany
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chefduff2

New York

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

04-16-2013 06:45:37 | More by chefduff2
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always wanted to try an authentic steinbier (``stone beer'') and was thrilled when I found this in one of my local bottleshops. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is very dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, and sports a nice head. It smells like a dopplebock. You get deep bready, toffee aromas with a slight spicy note.

The beer has a full body and firm, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Lots of soft malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. As you ``chew'' on the beer, the malt flavors deepen and turn into caramel, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, and char. A bit of pepper-taste not unlike that in a good Maibock enters around mid-palate and adds character. A slight boozy taste at the finish makes the sweet toffee flavors seem richer. As the beer warms, the malty flavors become even more intense and complex.

This beer made for a stellar drinking experience. True, it tastes a lot like a dopplebock. However, the caramelization of the wort on the hot stones during the steinbeer process does add a lot of depth and intensity to the malt flavor. If you're a fan of malt bombs, you have got to try this beer (or some other traditional steinbier). Be advised though that this beer won't relinquish all of its secrets if you just absent-mindedly sip it while watching television. You've got to concentrate and tune in all your senses. Do that, and this beer will reward you.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:02:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 09:32:50 | More by MoreThanWine
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-01-2013 03:05:11 | More by brandonld23
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

12-03-2011 05:40:07 | More by pjs234
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MrVonzipper

California

2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown. Slightly tawny. Short bubbly tan head. No retention. Mostly bubbles.

Smells like Munich caramel malt extract and roasted barley straight from the brewshop. Faint rum raisin notes along with a jerky-like smell.

Strong malt flavors up front that transition quickly into a slightly stale tasting finish. Faint date and raisin notes.

Medium bodied, pretty flat with low carbonation.

Overall I Don't really know why but this bottle grabbed my attention and I had a good feeling about it. Needless to say I was pretty let down. Being produced in '09 I feel that this beer is just past it's prime. I'd definitely like to try it fresh, but I do not recommend drinking this beer with substantial age.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:47:49 | More by MrVonzipper
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FanofHefe

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated 2010 05 poured into a tulip. Mostly clear red/amber body with a two-finger tan head. The head fades to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing.

This smells terrible. Metallic and musty. Perhaps a little raisin, but hard to tell through the metal.

The taste is a little better, but not much. Some dark fruit and dark malt are there, but the metal taste is still there as well, in the background, disturbing the flavor overall.

I would have expected a dopplebock to age reasonably well and not be terrible in a year or so. But, this is likely going to be a drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:09:45 | More by FanofHefe
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

to be honest I bought this because I like the packaging with the old school pop-top and the 2011 vintage dogtag...and I've been in a beer rut lately...new career, stress, blah, blah..

It's dark, it's got a lot of carbonation, and looks damned good...let's take a whiff shall we?

Sweet molasses from the malts dominate this reviewers nose, some slight alcohol esters as well..

maybe I'm off my game, but my first impression is " kinda ordinary"..some malt sweetness, hint of spiciness( pepper) with a very dry, slightly astringent finish..kinda boozy as well

see above..but add somewhat thin and even slightly watery

@ $20 a bottle in Canada have your friend buy one and then go Rock, Paper Scissors for the cool dog tag..

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 01:57:42 | More by Shadman
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

04-06-2013 18:31:41 | More by Lanstrum
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 03:09:36 | More by superdedooperboy
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -19.4%

09-22-2012 04:10:54 | More by akttr
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-08-2014 15:58:17 | More by psoriasaurus
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 15:10:52 | More by homebrewhawk
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phisig137

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:37:31 | More by phisig137
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-12-2013 23:59:40 | More by Peyton5410
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-12-2013 01:04:04 | More by shockrocker65
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:41:01 | More by jgasparine
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 01:33:40 | More by ThirstyBird
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davesway10

Iowa

3/5  rDev -19.4%

12-19-2011 22:50:50 | More by davesway10
Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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