Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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3.5/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
09-24-2012 00:30:03 | More by korguy123
3.53/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
03-20-2011 23:02:55 | More by ggilman
3.58/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
05-09-2011 04:36:55 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
02-17-2011 03:20:33 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev -8%
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.
08-09-2011 04:44:39 | More by drabmuh
3.7/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
08-11-2011 10:54:45 | More by Thorpe429
3.75/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-28-2011 16:57:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-01-2013 02:05:07 | More by mothman
3.88/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-02-2012 21:39:54 | More by crossovert
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-12-2011 20:17:50 | More by akorsak
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
03-12-2011 15:58:07 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-23-2011 20:19:57 | More by John_M
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-15-2012 07:01:42 | More by corby112
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
05-26-2011 19:10:45 | More by liamt07
3.96/5 rDev -1%
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.
09-29-2013 19:20:01 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
07-24-2013 23:30:26 | More by dbrauneis
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-15-2011 21:17:58 | More by Huhzubendah
Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
89 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.