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Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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88
very good

67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 38
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.

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 38
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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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Complex beer. Better as it warmed. Light orange dirty unfiltered look, with one-quarter inch of hd. Lacey. Yeasty and fruity, orange aromas. Smooth better than average mouthfeel, a tad acidic, with apple and apricot, and peach. A tad boozy.Interesting, and not what you would expect from the syle. On tap at the Blue Monk.

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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, served (as all were) in a tulip.

A: Golden and hazy, the bock sits nicely. The fullness, the haze, obscures the beer significantly. A white head, not very big, arrived with the bock.

S: The nose is malty, biscuity and sweet. Very sweet, in fact, thanks to the abundance of lighter grains. The saphir hopping adds a little, not as much as you'd maybe expect. What's there is noticeable earthy.

T: The bock side is malty, chewy with a decidely fruity finish. Grapes and apples drive that sweetness, possibly obscuring the saphir notes. The hoppiness, earthy as it is, brings out the best of the malts, aiding in the sweetness of the lager. The bock is nicely dry, imperceptibly driving me to take another sip.

M: Sweet and earthy, the bock delivers on such a warm day. The saphir isn't as bold as I expected but the bock's malty character didn't disappoint.

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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away; it left rings of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts as well as grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty but the hops contribute much more spiciness as well as a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: The beer is a good representation of the style and relatively easy to drink. I would definitely consider having this again because the dry-hopping lends some interesting bitterness and spiciness to the taste.

Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Steve and Sammy. 500ml into a tulip.

Poured a golden yellow wit a fluffy white head. Fell to a collar, which persisted with a bit of head along with it. Nose is dominate by grassy and floral hops, some citrus. Interesting and really bright for a bock. Taste mirrors the nose to an extent, prevalanet citrus, and floral/grassiness. Medium light feel, light bitterness. Easy drinking and an interesting and surprisingly good pale bock.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 3/19/2011 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains honey, citrus, light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts very sweet with flavors of citrus and honey. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but balances out the sweetness well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound down for a long time.

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 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 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 Gavage
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy pale orange color with some yellow tints. Short 1/4" head falls quickly.

Smell: loads of lemon citrus, a hint of spice, and some floral notes come through.

Taste: nice bready malt profile with lemon zest, a bit of honey, pears, red apples, and a nice bitterness. Some earthy qualities arrive late. Alcohol is slightly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and somewhat dry at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nice bock that is easy to drink but is a bit on the hoppier side. A very intersting beer that you will not get bored with.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light honey, cookie dough and light orange citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more going on with this beer on the palate. The beer is fairly dry, and the dry hopping really comes through on the dry, hoppy, bitter finish. It's not over done, but it's certainly noticeable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderately long, dry and slightlyh bitter finish. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol pretty much unnoticeable in this well made beer. Frankly, this drinks more like a 5% abv. beer, as opposed to the 7.4% listed.

While nothing extraordinairy, this is still a well made, easy to appreciate and enjoy helles bock.

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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very subtle aroma of malt, hops and some light fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, mild hops, and a bit of citrus (there's a slight presence of lemon - not too much, this is a German beer after all). The flavor is solid and sneakily good.

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

D: A well made, drinkable maibock/helles bock.

Photo of ggilman
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on draught at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine. Poured into a 10oz. Allagash Chalice.

A - Clear, yellow with two inches of foamy white head. Laces the glass.

S - Spicy, yeasty nose

T - Slightly sour, bready with clove. Herbal tinge.

M & D - Crisp and clean with a decent biting carbonation. Dry. Got better as I got used to the herbal hop flavor. Not my favorite style, and not something I'd get again. Alcohol hits you, my small pour took effect right away.

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 zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, bubbly, soapy head of foam. It left some thin rings of foam on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with a sweet caramel backbone.

T - Spicy, floral hops provide a big bite at the tip of your tongue. Then sweet caramel malt follows.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty tasty Maibock. I really think Saphir is an interesting hop.

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 Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always enjoyed the beers from this brewery, and it was nice to see bottles at my local shop. Pours a slightly hazy dark golden with a thin head that fades a little too quickly. Nice bitter hops with a tangy lager note playing support in the nose. Notes of mint, bubblegum, and lots of herbs as well as a touch of coconut. The taste is similar, with the lager yeast notes and hop notes playing off each other nicely. Lovely finish of very fresh tasting herbal hops on a mellow frame. There is a haunting coconut note that echoes somewhere in the finish. Very pleasant beer.

Photo of lehkost
4.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While it's seeming less special every time a brewery introduces a new beer showcasing Saphir hops, this is only my second chance to try it from a European brewery, and my first time trying it in a beer with such a high alcohol content. This review is based on my most recent tasting of this. My first time tasting this was not an impressive experience. This beer must be served somewhat cold. While many bocks are great at higher temperatures, this beer loses its balance as the alcohol and malt overtake the hop aromas.

A - Beautiful blond color, good head retention.

S - Definite aroma of noble hops, more of a Saaz aroma, but this is what Saphir is about, even if it was brewed as a stand-in for Hallertau. A bit of sweet malt, but almost all hops. This is dry-hopped for eight weeks (remarkable, in my mind, for a Germanic brewery), so this is supposed to take center stage.

T - Malt sweetness quickly gives way to a burst of noble hop flavor. Bright on the finish, and dry, but not bitter. While there are good amounts of alcohol, malt, hops, they integrate well into a flavor much more reminiscent of a Pilsner than a bock. While I find the style of "Imperial Pilsner" fairly uninspiring, this beer really hit the spot for me.

M - Carbonation falls just short of seltzery. While maybe a bit high for a bock, this is a blonde bock, and it is heavily hopped. I feel that this works just fine.

O - I look forward to trying this on draft, since I feel that it will showcase the beer better, especially when it comes to serving size. As I've said, this beer should be cold (which I still feel strange saying), so I think that the appropriate way to enjoy the bottle is to share it with a friend. If you want a half-liter of goodness, just order two rounds (as long as your friend is game). The alcohol is over 7% ABV, so I feel that the appropriate serving size is closer to .25 L, but I think this brewery only produces .5 L bottles. So be it. This is, in my opinion, a new gold standard, all told, for the showcase of Saphir hops.

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 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 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 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.
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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.