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Barleywine Ale - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-20-2010)
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 18:55:32 | More by deltatauhobbit
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golf4collet

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

05-01-2014 01:42:07 | More by golf4collet
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

05-08-2013 01:45:06 | More by cadaugherty
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-25-2013 02:35:10 | More by vfgccp
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-20-2013 21:11:50 | More by derkfromwi
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 06:22:14 | More by homebrew311
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

09-01-2012 03:32:57 | More by t0rin0
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2009 is the year in which this beer was produced.

Murky brown with loose lacing and collar.
Aroma has some alcohol, pecans, dry toffee.
Flavors all around are sorta dry for a barleywine. There is not much hiding the low 8% alcohol, it stands out more then i would expect. Dry toffee and nutty notes, some off Metallica notes and Dark Fruit.
Dry and light for the style.

Another Barleywine slayed.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:19:49 | More by ChadQuest
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +13.6%

05-16-2012 02:13:36 | More by TonyTalon
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Clinton


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

04-15-2012 20:32:29 | More by Clinton
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 17:16:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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DCon

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 17:34:25 | More by DCon
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-21-2011 04:55:13 | More by TicoCali
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +13.6%

11-20-2011 04:52:44 | More by JAHMUR
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cjgator3

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 03:08:03 | More by cjgator3
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1Adam12

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 00:25:36 | More by 1Adam12
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 06:20:20 | More by PicoPapa
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crossovert

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 02:47:07 | More by crossovert
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Correct take on a barleywine, pleasing without anything particularly remarkable.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Front label offers an illustration of barrels and barley in a brown color orange. Back notes signature of brewmaster and main ingredients. Shows brewing year (2009 11), and 8.3% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Amber brown pour, with a short and short lived head, minimal surface memory and lacing.

S - Shy nose, malty and sweet with a boozy edge.

T - Taste offers a fair sweet malty range with adequate bitterness completing it. Nothing much else actually, dash of generic dark fruit, and sugar.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Good flow, correct, but nothing memorable.

Notes: Glad to have tried it. And coming from central Europe this is a great offering, in particular if one is around there. As an import... Not so exciting, really.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:54:26 | More by Daniellobo
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Tone

Missouri

3.8/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:08:17 | More by Tone
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 2009. Equal parts copper, orange and brick red topped with a slim slice of khaki colored froth that gets the job done. Small splotches of smeary lace are pleasing to the eye without being eye candy.

The aroma is not English barleywine-like. In fact, there isn't much aroma at all. Warming brings a toasted brown bread earthiness and hints of fruit brandy. Hopes are definitely not high at this point.

Barleywine Ale doesn't have much going for it on the taste buds either. If blinded, my guess would have been caramel-malted Euro strong ale from Albania or Bulgaria. That might be a bit harsh, but it isn't far off the mark.

Flavors include well-toasted brown bread, steely caramel, baked nuts and lemon-infused saccharine-sweetened iced tea. That might sound okay (though odd for the style), but it doesn't taste okay. There's no depth, no breadth, and no complexity. Alcohol is decently buried, for whatever that's worth.

As always, it's difficult to sort out the mouthfeel when the flavor profile grabs so much attention. Given what most (even semi-aged) English barleywines feel like, this ale is slightly above average. More heft and better buried bubbles would have helped.

Barley Wine Ale is not as good as Kubelbier (the only other offering that I've had from this brewery), and that beer wasn't anywhere close to the cat's pajamas. My advice: pass this one by unless you gotta catch 'em all (Pokeman reference).

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 13:20:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 12:36:47 | More by avalon07
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daledeee

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I spotted this beer and thought it was worth a try. A barley wine from Austria.

It poured a very dark brown with an off white head.

Nose is very malty with some fruit such as plum blended in

Taste is somewhat earthy with some fruit malt is also a part of the mix.

Mouth feel is a little too effervescent. The beer comes across as not having a complete taste. Interesting taste but it does need something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:36:55 | More by daledeee
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 13:43:11 | More by kwjd
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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:17:32 | More by glid02
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Barleywine Ale from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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