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Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | 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:
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(Beer added by: John_M on 01-23-2011)
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Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -25%

rderedin, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

korguy123, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

corby112, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

WDJersey, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev 0%

JAHMUR, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of locckdown
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

clayrock81, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -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.

crossovert, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%

bigred89, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  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!

Zraly, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +25%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

cjgator3, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

falloutsnow, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

BeerForMuscle, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -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.

drabmuh, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

jdense, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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

mikesgroove, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of Phinner
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Phinner, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of DCon
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

DCon, May 29, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  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.

Georgiabeer, May 27, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

liamt07, May 26, 2011
Photo of lehkost
4.9/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

lehkost, May 17, 2011
Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
89 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.