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Barleywine Ale - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-20-2010)
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Reviews by 1Adam12:
Photo of 1Adam12
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a see through burgundy. Smell is weak. All raisin. Nothing else. Taste is better. Pretty much all raisin, but it works well. Very refreshing and drinkable. No layers, just raisin. Barely any carbonation, which really works for this beer. Overall, one dementional, all raisin. It's still good, but no layers at all, nothing special. Definitely not worth 6 bucks for a 12 oz bottle. Good, Drinkable, Nice, but I won't buy this again. Just nothing to it at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy brownish-amber color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with moderate amounts of raisins and candied apple aromas. Also present are mild amounts of dark toffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by good amounts of light toffee flavors. Shortly thereafter mild amounts of raisin and soft apple flavors work their way into things. Midway through the sip the sweetness fades and the malt flavors turn slightly grainy, joined by faint metallic notes. The grainy malt flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this is one of the weakest barrel-aged beers I've ever had. It's not necessarily bad as the only major flaw - the metallic notes that are faint to begin - with fade as the beer warms, but it isn't robust enough to be above average.

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Premiere, shared by Radek. Pours mahogoney with a nice head. Lots of foam. All caramel, a little nutty. Tad above average mouthfeel. Brewed in 2009. More like a strong brown ale. One-dimensional. Smells like a barleywine.A little boozy. Below average for style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish color with a light tan with a some lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet malt, dark fruits and a touch of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits and a a little metallic twang in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodies with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this is a pretty average Barleywine. Not horrible, but not great either.

Photo of Clinton
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap over at the Pride, listed as Sour Barleywine and I'd say that's a better description because this isn't like most Barleywines.

Pours an amber color in a tulip glass, decent sized light tan head, sticks around for awhile although there isn't much lacing.

Smell has a nice toffee aroma with touches of dark fruit and a subtle citrusy sour scent in the way back.

Taste starts out with a mild sourness along with a strong caramel malt backing, very nice dark fruit complexity, the tartness builds on each subsequent sip but never becomes too strong to make you pucker too much, sweet but not even close to being too much or cloying, this would make a good beer to break people into sours provided they don't think "it went bad", carbonation is a touch high compared to other barleywines but works for this beer, strength is well hidden and I never got that alcohol warming feeling (at least in the mouth).

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from Auslander. 2009 vintage pours a supa hazed brown color with minimal tan head and lacing.

Nose is nicely oxidized malt that totally smells like Kit-Kat bars and chocolate covered raisins floating in some Sam’s Choice Cola. Smells good, I like it quite a bit.

Taste is light and caramel, less sweet than I thought it would be…lighter body too. There is still a leafy, grassy hop finish that is nice. The main driver is caramel and toffee… and lots of it. If I had it blind, I don’t know what I would think. I guess English BW since BA is down right now. ABV is well hidden, although its not really that high at 8.3%. This beguiling, yet straightforward beer has been able to keep me interested all the way through and my random musings are now at an end, alas the glass is empty. Very fun beer to have Chris, and I wont be forgetting my first Austrian barleywine anytime soon!

Photo of safaricook
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are quite a few different versions of this Barleywine. As far as I know, the beer was brewed first in 2009 for the beermagazine bier.pur. There was also a 2010 bier.pur version with adapted hop contribution, notably Aurora (Super Styrian) from the hopfields around in the region. Furthermore, Calvados barrel aged versions and even brett versions.

Mine was the 2010 version and I picked it up early this summer at the brewery. If I remember it right, there was only one more bottle left in their shop.

Pours a clear copper body with only little amount of foam. Some finee bubbles. No lacing, some fingers.

Malts, caramel and faint roast, dark berries like black currant, dark Austrian bread, volatile alcohol carries the aromas but does not booze. Nice and complex.

Starts out malt sweet like a dark Doppelbock but is enhanced by those tical port flavors, dries out, leaves the mouth on a gentle bitter note and warms from the alcohol.

Little but gentle carbonation that lifts the medium to heavy towards oily body. Some dryness and some alcohol heat.

This is a well aged Barleywine that plays into the field of a Doppelbock especially considering the malt choices. I am glad I picked this one up and my wife too.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle with a Brewed in Year on the back of 2009. Pours a murky, muddy brown color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Mimimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, booze, brown sugar, raisins and other dark fruits. Malty. Taste is mostly of caramel and brown sugar. Some alcohol flavor, of course, but not a whole lot. The ABV isn't too high for a barleywine so I guess it is expected. A bit of a taste of dark fruits, but mostly this beer is sweet. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall, an alright barleywine, but I don't ever have to have it again.

Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz twist off bottle.

It pours like the standard Barleywine, odd that it is out of Austria. It is a beautiful deep reddish brown with a foamy, frothy off-white head that sticks for ever, receding to some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit one-dimensional. It is huge on the caramel, just a caramel bomb. There is some golden raisin int here as well. It smells like a prototypical English Barleywine.

The flavor is not as sweet or carmally as I would have expected. Instead it is slightly bitter with a huge fruitiness and an underlying of malt sweetness. The sweetness is like another reviewer said, more like a regular sugar than caramel.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and I think that is what irks most people with this one.

A decent barleywine.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, slight hops, hint of grain, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of hop, slight yeast, and hint of grain. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel. Body is a little weak, though.

Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle of this from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO for $4.39 (discounted price!). Poured from the dark tan/brown labeled bottle w/ beer barrels & wheat on the front into a 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Has BREWED IN YEAR "2009" / CHG No "11" on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a great amount of malt and caramel notes from the get go. Semi-rich but mostly smooth and easy going on the nose. Appreciate it since this is an English Barleywine and not an American version.

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a rich amber/caramel looking body with semi-haziness. Leaves TONS of rings of lacing and suds down the glass.

Flavor- A nice subtle, sweet, and heavily caramel influenced barleywine. Tons of toffee and complexed flavors throughout. Light bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Semi-Chewy but smooth, and then leaves toffee on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very subtle and light richness! Enjoyed the toffee and caramel flavors throughout also. Would love to pick up more of this and lucky to have gotten a discounted bottle. Recommend for an English Barleywine!

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly hazy texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of hops, caramel and some fruit.

T: Tasted of caramel, hops, plums, and some other dark fruits up front, but was surprisingly watery in the finish. A mixed bag in this category. Not as robust as other English barleywines.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an uneven beer, but not entirely undrinkable.

Photo of golf4collet
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of homebrew311
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here goes my first Austrian tick. Picked this one up at West Lakeview Liquors. Appearance is a deep tawny with tame head. A bit of cloudiness here, and some lacing left behind. The nose is rich and malty. Notes of dark fruit, red grapes, caramel, and molasses come through. Not picking up any barrel character. Taste is super sweet and fruity up front. This taste more like a doppelbock than a barleywine. Again, heavy grape candy like flavor with tons of of sweetness and minimal hop presence. Finish is sweet, nearly cloying. Again, no barrel character. Mouthfeel is heavy with low carbonation. Overall, quite disappointed by this. It doesn't really taste like a barleywine and the wooden barrels is claims to have been aged in are absent from both the smell and taste. At 5.49 for a 11.2 ouncer, I will gladly pass on this in future occasions.

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of vfgccp
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of gford217
2.38/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330ml bottle.

Pours a hazy caramel orange with a small creamy off-white head that leaves good lacing on the way down to a small cap.

The aroma is sub-par for a barleywine. There are some light sweet caramel notes and some red apple rinds.

The taste is not good at all. It's sour with green apples and little caramel or hops. Bitter and grainy. Metallic even. Meh.

The mouthfeel is thin bodied with low carbonation.

This is an umimpressive beer in general with a taste that seems to be a bit off. Not recommended.

Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper colour with thin off-white head. Very sweet caramel and butterscotch smell. Little bit of hops up front, this this seems to be all about the sweet caramel. I smell lots of barley too (similar to the smell of going in a brewery). Nice carbonation.

Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 5/21/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an amber color with no head or carbonation.

s - Smells of sweet malts, and grain or wheat.

t - Follows nose, just some sweet and bready malts.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - Not a great barelywine. Wouldn't look to have again.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprized to find a barleywine from this brewery( B.United website calls this an Austrian Barleywine).
Poured into a snifter, deep red and very clear with a small foamy head that drops quickly, but laces nicely.
Smell is strong noble hop aroma and floury-grainy...kind of a super pilsner smell.
Tastes sweet and very malty at first..hint of corn and honey, but the hops follow with a quick bite; not overdone, but a sharp contrast to the sweetness. There are a lot of subtle fruit flavors that blend well with the malt...not so much with the hops; although the melding does improve as it warms. Slight heat from the alcohol along with another whack from the hops at the finish, which is pretty dry, but does leave a lingering ,earthy,honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is much lighter than I expected, with pretty good carbonation.
All the while I'm tasting this I'm thinking that it's kind of a punchy concentrated version of their Keubelbier(an imperial zwickel?), same flavors, much more intensity and bite.
Pretty good. I'm guessing that not much will be gained from aging this one....but I'll probably age one just to see.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.

12oz screw cap bottle, label says brewed Nov 2009.

It pours a clear brownish red with a 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.

The smell isn't very Barleywine like at all...smells a lot like the very good Kubelbier that I also just tried so see my review of the nose there. ;^) More sweet notes showed up during the session so I can now say it does have a BWSA sort of nose.

The taste is also Kubelbier-like but intensified both in flavours and alcohol.Very little sweetness here that I'd expect to find in a beer called an English Barleywine. Too much orange citrus and overall general bitterness. I'm not saying it tastes bad, put it under the American Barleywine style and that would be a better fit, imho. Ok, I'm getting more used to the flavours hitting my palate and there does seem to be more appropriate levels of sweetness but it doesn't quite get there for me.

The mouthfeel consists of some lightish carbonation and a rather thin body. Too thin, me thinks.

Drinkability? It isn't al that easy to drink and it isn't even on the high end range for the style. Good but could be much better.

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Barleywine Ale from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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