Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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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
3.7/5 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
3.9/5 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
4.55/5 rDev +13.8%
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
07-20-2011 02:09:07 | More by mikesgroove
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
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
3.68/5 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
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-21-2011 17:10:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev +2.5%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly but leaves little lace.
S - Bready malt and lots of musty, herbal hops. Very much more like a pilsener than a bock.
T - Sweet malt up front with a hint of fruity yeast. Musty hops come out in the middle with some more honey flavored malt. The beer finishes with a sugary honey note and moderate bitterness as well as more herbal hop flavors.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Very interesting, the strong, pilsener malt character and heavy hop aroma contributes to something that is more like an Imperial Pils than a bock. It is fairly sweet, but this helps to balance the green hop character from the dry hopping. Pretty nice overall, I would drink it again, though I don't expect to find it at any place where I wouldn't be tempted by many other excellent beers.
03-22-2011 04:43:59 | More by nickfl
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
4.06/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-15-2013 22:24:26 | More by Slatetank
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-23-2011 17:42:41 | More by Gavage
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
4.2/5 rDev +5%
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.
05-27-2011 01:04:17 | More by Georgiabeer
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
3.98/5 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
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
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-14-2013 07:02:02 | More by superspak
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
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
3.95/5 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
Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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