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Barleywine Ale - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.96%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-20-2010)
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Photo of kwjd
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

kwjd, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

glid02, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of gford217
2.38/5  rDev -33%
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.

gford217, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of csmiley
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours fairly clear and medium brown in color. Some red shows in the light. Off-white head comes to about one finger and recedes quickly. It ends up a thin ring and leaves little lace.

S - Starts out pretty sweet with toffee and cooked caramel. There is a little nuttiness that pops up midway. Burnt sugar also comes in middle. Dark fruit is persistent throughout. Raisin and plum is what I'm getting. Alcohol is present but very mild.

T - Metallic. Very metallic until it warms. Dark fruit shows a little more in the flavor - fig and raisin. The sweeter malt flavors still have a strong showing all the way through. More caramel than toffee although both have a significant presence. Alcohol is covered nicely. It's a little grainy toward the end.

M - Lighter bodied with a smooth carbonation. Finish is metallic and a little harsh. Doesn't hang on the the palate at all. Somewhat creamy from the carbonation which keeps this score from being much lower.

D - Drinkability is not bad at all. The alcohol is warm but well under control. Combine that with a lighter mouthfeel and you've got a pretty easy drinking English Barleywine. Still, it's just a little on the bland side overall. Don't see myself seeking this one out again.

csmiley, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Sammy, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of DIM
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottled in 2009

a: This was a clear, ruby and gold tinted copper color. It poured with a quickly fading, but lightly sticky tan head.

s: A bit mild, but fairly pleasant. I found warm toffee and something sweet that I want to call taffy. I also got some flowery hops, citrus, and syrupy fruit. Smells good, but it might not be to style.

t: Starts off well. Up front I tasted flowery cherries, toffee, and something sweet that I gues I'll call caramel. The finish is a bit rough, with harsh, jagged grains, some flavorless bitterness, and some perfumed heat. On second thought, the finish reminds me of toffee concentrate. If there is such a thing.

m: Nice, velvety body with gently creamy carbonation.

d: I bought this for the novelty of trying a baleywine from Austria. It wasn't bad and some more time might have smoothed out the finish.

DIM, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of WorldWideStout
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light brown which collects as a dark amber in the snifter. Fairly white head stays around 1-1.5 fingers until I begin drinking.

S: Big dark fruits, especially prunes. Grape lollilop.

T: Actually starts off a bit bitter, then prunes come in. A bit of malty sweetness in the middle, and then finishes off with a tiny bit of bitterness.

M: A bit undercarbonated. This doesn't particularly hurt the beer, but it doesn't lend a creamy feel to it either.

D: Dark fruit flavors are pretty strong, but there's nothing that would stop most at just one.

This beer tastes much, much more like a belgian dubbel to me than anything else. Not bad for a dubbel, though a bit one-dimensional. Nowhere near the malt presence to call this an english barleywine, however.

WorldWideStout, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Bitterbill, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Hautacam
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Hautacam, Feb 20, 2010
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Barleywine Ale from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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