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Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 39
Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body is a pale yellow color with an average white head. The head fades slowly and makes a little spoty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a deep bready quality with notes of clover honey and a touch of hops.

Taste / Palate: The base is bready and sweet. The hop balance is light but it does add some grassy and earthy notes to the finish. It feels soft and smooth with light carbonation.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale gold brew with more than enough foam and lots of flakes. Best after 2014 on the label.

Smell is sweet ish, vegetal, earthy.

Tastes like the above only with more of a vegetal almost rotten vegetable flavour. Has some semblance to a helles Bock but imho, the glory days, if it had one, are long gone.

Decent mouthfeel.

Not something I would ever drink again. Enough said

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed originally in 2012.
Pours a clear amber with a typical cream-white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a hint of fruit, a mixture of pear and apple. Malty flavor has a definite undertone of hops, with bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. Texture has average body and fizz, leaving a rather hoppy finish. If not outstanding, still enjoyable.

Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a modified tulip glass,
A - Hazy pale straw colored, a gentle escalator of carbonation feeds into a light creamy cap. Glass stays laced gently for the entire experience.
S - Honey, orange peel, lemon drop candy, toffee, and biscuit round out the nose, fresh
orange scone from the oven.
T - Malt forward, citrus quickly follows lead by tangerine, orange and lemon reduction.
F - Round, lush to begin, quickly tightens up leaving a soft coating of orange drop lingering on the palate.
O - A full, soft body, and intriguing flavors have me wanting more from this Austrian brewery. Very well done.
Cheers

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this from Brass Rail in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is sunny golden with light haze and thick white cream with fine bead, lace sticks in spots and retention is very good. The smell is herbal, fruity, lemon-zest and light grassy hop aromas are present too with slight yeast mineral note adding to the blend of hops and malt. The feel is very good, medium bodied with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness with nutty malt texture and subtle yeast creaminess with a mostly dry finish.

The taste has a honey-like flavor with mild toasted grain and gentle yeast up front with slight herbal hop flavors coming through mid palate with a slight lemony aspect adding a hint of tangy flavor to the malt which is lightly nutty and with a slight flavor of mineral in the yeast but the dominant taste is a more noble-hop like flavor of saphir which adds a fruity element. The overall taste is a great blend of malt yeast and hops adding a dimension which is not common in the style, the aroma and flavor of Saphir is great and adds a brightness which keeps this bock from becoming dull at any time, I would certainly drink this again.

Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a white head with a bit of retention and some lace. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile is surprisingly hoppy. I figured the hop profile from the dry hopping would have faded by now, but it hasn't. Clean, earthy, grassy, and spicy hop flavors. Malt profile is of light bread and biscuit flavors. Kind of on the sweet side of things as far as the malts go. There is a hint of citrus fruit flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a touch of dryness.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It was easy drinking and very enjoyable. I'd definitely drink more of this.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter stein a hazed honey color with a thinner white head atop,I like a little more of a head for the style.Wow the herbal leafy hops really jump out at ya in the the,nice and fresh,some toasted grain and an iron note compliments the hops well.Dryish upfront on the palate with mild toasted grain a bit of honey-like sweetness and drunken fuit comes into play with a nice lingering herbal hoppy finish.This is a nice version of a helles bock,the hops are big and fresh tasting,well done.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apple, pear, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very wel lhidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy Helles bock style. All around good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy soapy white head that reduces to a couple of medium thick patches of larger bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter amounts of spicy and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts that is the strongest flavor in the beer. The hops are mostly spicy in the taste and light to moderate in intensity with the faintest of grassy hints. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderately dry with some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I enjoyed the intensity of the spicy aspects of the Saphir hops in this brew and found it a little more interesting than the average Maibock / Helles Bock. I would definitely consider picking this one up again.

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.
No visible date.

A- Hazy yellow pour, with a two finger snow white head. Lacing is sticky and soapy.

S- Lemons, pears, grass, oranges, pilsner malts and a bit of cereal.

T- Lemons, pears, mandarin oranges, grass and some cereal grains.

M- Light to medium body, slightly chewy.

Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a floral, grassy character that's countered by musty funk, pale malt and light fruit. Hints of grass and pineapple followed by grass, straw, bread, biscuit and light fruit notes. The spicy, earthy hops really shine in the nose.

Chewy full body that's much heavier than I expected with a nice balance of earthy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit. There's a prominent spicy, grassy hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finished. Nice amount of dry bitterness that refrains from becoming one dimensional. Well balanced by bready yeast as well as hints of grass, straw, biscuit, apple and pear. The relatively high ABV is nicely masked making this complex beer pretty easy to drink.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish golden orange with fizzy one-finger head on top of a grassy, hoppy aroma with some citric and a sweet undercurrent from the pils malt (and touch of caramel - I swear). Great balance, light body and easy to drink, as the dry, citric hops mix well and balance with with sweet malts for a sweeter than usual maibock (that little dry twinge I usually get on the end of a beer of this style is less pronounce/muted by sweetness). It might not please some fans of this style, but I enjoyed the sweetness and breadiness from this beer that made it less dry than usual.

Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a slightly hazed gold with a thick, frothy white head that recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is pleasant. It is very much hinged on a honey meadlike scent that melts with some caramally malt. Te hops lend a big orangey citrus scent. This beer isn't optimally fresh but still smells pleasant. Like an orange blossom honey cake.

The flavor is really nice. Not like most heller bocks. This one isn't as sweet and the flavor and body both feel lighter and crisper than the typical helles bock. It has a nice honeylike flavor with a big malty punch, but the hops are still noticeable with some grassy bite, a mild bitterness, and some orange.

Overall not a bad one, it probably would be fantastic fresh.

Photo of Zraly
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy gold with a healthy, rocky head. Nice whiff of citrus and bread upfront. Lacing is good.

Hops are assertive upfront and supported by a doughy malt backbone. Hops snap with citrus. Medium-bodied and smooth, clean mouthfeel. A smattering of grain husk touches the palate in the finish, which dries down nicely. Well-balanced German lager.

A really nice European lager. I've only tried a few in this style (i.e., maibock) but so far, I'd have to say this is my favorite. The Saphir hops, with their crisp citrus presence, really shine with the malt bill. I could really go for a weisswurst right now!

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- There is a lot more malt in the nose than expected. The grassy hops are prevalent as well. Smells great!

T-The taste like the aroma starts out with some grainy malt with the hops coming in quickly and lingering well into the finish. The saphir hops are not overly bitter, but they do have a deliciously unique flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a really nicely hopped German lager that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had been wanting to try this after seeing it in Minneapolis in the spring, so I broke down and had a few bottles shipped from Ultimate Wine Shop in NJ.

Poured from the bottle into a standard US pint glass.

A heavy pour creates a generous 2+cm head of very light tan, small-ish bubbles. This fades in a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass; leaves a bit of lacing, too. Body is a rich, deep, semi-hazy gold color, but plenty of active carbonation is visible.

Aroma is very clean, with slight mineral content, grain, flowery hops, light sweet fruit, and even a slight sourness. Could be a bit more pronounced?

Taste opens with malty and caramel sweetness closely tied to some spicy herbal/floral hop components that strike up as soon as the beer hits the middle of the tongue. Mid-taste is of gentle, faint, bland, subtle orange mixed with more noticeable black pepper. Very nice bitterness that arises in the mid-taste and lasts throughout (and dominates) the close. Aftertaste of agreeable malt sweetness, even yielding a bit of coconut in the back of the mouth. This is really tasty, especially as it warms.

Fairly medium to medium-heavy-bodied, somewhat chewy, but carbonation is generous enough to blend well with this. This could be a little too heavy and sticky sweet in the mouthfeel if it weren't for the dry hopping, which creates a generally dry mouthfeel. Finish is, expectedly, quite dry. Excellent.

Overall: wow. This was a pleasure to drink and think about while doing so. An exceptional helles, with a nearly perfect Continental hop and malt balance. Would definitely grab a bunch more if seen.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle - $4.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, golden-toned body with nearly a finger of white foam.

Smell: A yeast scent overtop notes of bready barley, thinned out honey, earthy spices, and dried flower petals kept in a child's diary.

Taste: Lightly bready, doughy maltiness and a moderate amount of apparent sweetness with a slight honey quality to it. Scant fruitiness. Hops are spicy, earthy, and provide a nice lil' herbal kick. Moderate bitterness. The herbaceousness amplifies as you near the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty little bock.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, golden colored with a ring of lacing atop.

S - Huge honey nose. Raw and unfiltered with some lagered yeast kicking about.

T - Bitter and floral hops present. This one isn't overly hoppy, but has a nice presence. Semi bitter lager yeast and kick present with a nice sweet honey side.

M - Refreshing brew with a semi-dry bittered body.

O - A great hop lovers choice, but in no overpowering or crazy spiced/bitter. Well balanced and light.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is golden hued with a thin, wispy, white head that leaves sparse lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers, malt, sweet breads, and grain with some subtle herbal and earthy notes. Clean and easy drinking, with a nice, refreshing flavor. A bit sweet, but within the parameters of the style. Medium bodied, with alcohol presence muted for the most part. A solid beer, I would have this again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a nice-looking light yellow color with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lace and whatnot. The nose brings some light bread and not much else. Nothing too crazy there. Flavor picks it up with a nice bit of grain and light bread notes plus a faint sweetness on the backend. No discernible alcohol. Good body with some nice chewiness. Solid brew.

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #5 top Maibock / Helles Bock on the best of styles lists on beeradvocate.com. Served on tap at a local beer bar, served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a slight haze, a thin head, and low carbonation which leads to poor retention and low lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, mildly earthy, some hops in there I smell.

Beer is a little gritty, grinding, earthy on the midpalate, the lead off is mildly sweet with a little malt on the forward notes and some finishing bitterness on the backend. It was interesting but nothing too special.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #7 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium gold clear body, pure white head, quick dissipation with nice lacing. Very hoppy nose, Nobles, balanced by bready malts and a touch of honey sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, this was by far the most hoppy beer of the entire tasting, a bit of pineyness to balance the honey sweetness. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, dry finish. After the Doppelbock attack early in the tasting, used this as a palate refresher. Not sure about the color, more of a Helles Bock than Maibock colorwise, and on that note this is one Hoppy Helles. Greater than the sum of its well put together parts. One of the more interesting beers sampled, I actually enjoyed this quite a bit.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden with a big fizzy head on the top. This soon faded and dropped back into nothing at all. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass though.

Light grains, hints of bready notes and a touch of a flowery type of aroma at first. As it warms though just lots of grains and bready notes all over it.Crisp, clean and well defined. Very nice example of the style. It was light and cleans with a light clove like flavor mid palate before a nice dose of grassy and herbal like hops came through at the end offering just enough of a drying notion to leave a nice long bready finish in place.

Light bodied and smooth and clean it was definitely a class act. Well carbonated and nicely put together, I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day.This pretty much sums it up. I was able to put it down quite nicely and without much effort

Photo of Phinner
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great Helles (Heller?). The color is golden yellow. The taste is slightly sweet and very refined for a beer that has been dry hopped for 8 months. Better for drinking in spring when the weather is not so hot - but I would drink any time of the year.

Overall - a great beer that I will buy again.

Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received bottle from a distributor @ the Mo Bev Warehouse during the Mo Bev Beer Tour. Poured from the un-dated (except 1229- brewery opening) 500mL bottle into my Mizzou Pilsner glass. While living in Austria for over 5 months, I've never heard of this brewery so thought it'd be a great beer to try!

Appearance- Pours a nice light peach color with minimal hazing and a 1.5 finger of white head. Head dies down quickly and leaves a bubbly ring around the glass.

Aroma- Starts off with a very sweet, grainy light hops. Not much aroma... Wish there was more but this style always is easy on the nose.

Taste- Has a starting of a apple juice taste and then has a earthy hop feel that cuts off the rest of the apple taste. Nice bock finish with malts and dry ending. Extremely delicious!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Sweet but Dry (has many stages of mouthfeel). Very malty on the end of the tongue and palate.

Overall- Whew! Great beer! It started off rocky but then the taste was fantastic! Like many brews from Austria and Germany, not great on the nose or appearance but have above average taste/flavors. Will be looking for more of this brewery in St. Louis and many beer bars around the Midwest.

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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.