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Saphir Bock - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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89
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 01-23-2011)
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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
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

akorsak, May 12, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Sammy, May 09, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

avalon07, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Gavage, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of MrOH
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love using saphir hops in my homebrews, so I figured I'd pick this up.

Pours a hazy yellow, with a sort of orangish red blush, much like a peach. I'm assuming the haze is from the extended dry hopping, but I like my helles lagers CLEAR. Thin white head, without much lace at all. I loved the color, but the haze isn't to style, so ???

Very subtle nose, with herbal hops and bready malt being the main things picked up, but there is a decent amount of citrus as well. That's why I love saphir, its like Hallertauer with a touch of an American "C".

Very clean tasting, but still rich and sweet. Earth, spice, bread, dried apricot. Like an apricot muffin. Smooth and balanced.

Full and a bit chewy, but not sticky or syrupy. High carbonation

Definitely my favorite Maibock that I can recall. Could definitely drink a few on a cool Spring night.

MrOH, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

nickfl, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev 0%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of ggilman
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

ggilman, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

metter98, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -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.

zeff80, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

John_M, Jan 23, 2011
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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.