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Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Saphir BockSaphir Bock

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 01-23-2011)
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 00:30:03 | More by korguy123
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ggilman

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 23:02:55 | More by ggilman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 04:36:55 | More by Sammy
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zeff80

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 03:20:33 | More by zeff80
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2011 04:44:39 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 10:54:45 | More by Thorpe429
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 16:57:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:05:07 | More by mothman
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crossovert

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 21:39:54 | More by crossovert
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 20:19:57 | More by johnmichaelsen
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:58:07 | More by metter98
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 20:17:50 | More by akorsak
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 07:01:42 | More by corby112
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 19:10:45 | More by liamt07
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oberon

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:20:01 | More by oberon
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 21:17:58 | More by Huhzubendah
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:30:26 | More by dbrauneis
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 17:10:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 13:04:08 | More by avalon07
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DCon

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:16:09 | More by DCon
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:54:28 | More by BeerForMuscle
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 21:58:20 | More by clayrock81
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 07:02:02 | More by superspak
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cjgator3

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:34:52 | More by cjgator3
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:24:26 | More by Slatetank
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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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