Hofbräu Winter Spezial
Hofbräuhaus München

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #135
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,434
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 14.74%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
103
From:
Hofbräuhaus München
 
Germany
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  16
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: 2012 Version was a Helles Bock
2015+ Version is a Doppelbock
Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 103 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by RichardARoss:
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RichardARoss from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 22, 2016
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This winter special pours an amazing clear and dark amber, almost mahagony color with a thick, caramel color foamy head. There is substantial lacing on the sides if the glass - this was poured from the bottle into a Teku. What is amazing with this one is how hidden the alcohol is. At an ABV of 8.4% this is certainly not a light weight, but the alcohol never gets out front and center. Always well balanced, quite light and easy drinking if you relate it to the high ABV. You will want another one, and for me personally, two is the most I will have of this excellent seasonal.

Nov 17, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz green bottle. A little confusion about this one as I've seen reviews describing a lighter beer than the one I have in front of me. My bottle reads 8.4% ABV and has the name "DELICATOR" on the back label.

It pours a murky, deep ruby-brown color with a giant, rocky, tan head that rises well above the lip of the glass. Took me about 5 mins to pour the entire bottle into my glass.

Aroma is a bit subdued but comprised of toasted malt and plums. Rich, sweet malt flavor with a sharp bite at the end from the hops.

Medium-full bodied with a luscious, creamy texture. Heavy sweetness that borders on cloying, but it's so clean and smooth that the sweetness avoids becoming excessive.

Tasty brew and I'm glad I didn't fall victim to the green bottle skunk monster that has plagued me in various other Hofbräu beers.

Dec 31, 2016
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spartan1979 from Missouri

4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has to be a different beer than the reviews from 2+ years ago as it's a beautiful cooper color, rich and malty, 8.4% ABV with plenty of melanoidin flavor and hints of dried fruits. The back label says "Munich Specialty/DELICATOR" which indicates to me that it's a Doppelbock. Very tasty. If you haven't had this in while, it's worth revisiting.

From a bottle purchased on 11-25-15,

Nov 29, 2015
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SSGCujo from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 22, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orangy-brown porter color. One inch, head withhold lacing and sweet malty nose. Drank smooth with hints of caramel and orange. Medium, nicely balanced body.

I wasn't expecting nearly as much from this beer as it delivered. Would drink/serve/recommend it again.

Jan 31, 2017
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Satorn from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 26, 2017
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NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jan 06, 2019
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Kwright from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 27, 2018
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Captain69 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GOOD WINTER MARZEN STYLE - COULD HAVE NORE FLAVOR

Jul 03, 2018
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ProNR from New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 20, 2019
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O-Meg from New York

3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 09, 2019
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purplegirl from Wisconsin

3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice malt taste, good light brown head and at 8.4%, is very drinkable for a winter beer!

Mar 14, 2019
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Branlott42 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dec 31, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml green bottle

pours a fairly dark brown color, cream colored head. dark caramel malt aroma. similar flavor, but mostly one-one, not a lot of depth to the flavor. thin to medium bodied.

Dec 11, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: spiced dark bread, chocolate malt, caramel, some spicy hops. Same with the nose. Dark mahogany HUE, SEMI CLEAR, TAN FOAMY HEAD, SOME LACE. medium/FULL BODY. Robust and flavorful.

Jan 28, 2020
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 13, 2020
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EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 18, 2020
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cryptichead from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 09, 2020
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Lembeh from New York

4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great companion on a cold winters night is this spezial. If you like doppelbacks you will like this one. Classic roasted malts with a hint of sweetness with plenty of lager characteristics. Drink 2 of these to guarantee yourself a good evening.

Feb 14, 2020
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Foam from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the one gallon mini-keg version of this at a discount as my local beer shop was trying to get rid of it.
I hope it is not a year old and in past experience, these lose their carbonation quickly if you don't drink them all in one sitting or one night...
Nice chocolatey roasted doppelbock flavor which seems like there has to be some wheat in it with the soft mouth feel that I get from it...
Perfect for the cold weather months with some hearty German food or any Meats and cheese.

Dec 30, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance
mahogany brown. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation. 1 finger of tan head.

Nose
Molasses, toffee, caramel, fig, date, and raisin.

Taste
Insanely delicate. Molasses, toffee, and caramel. Dates, figs, and raisins. Slight earth and tobacco.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, smooth, sweet, sticky, and off-dry.

Overall
Very smooth, very delicate, very Doppelbock.

Jun 07, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing amber/mahogany with ruby hues; big creamy and fluffy khaki head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward along with a nice amount of caramel. Dark fruits are there. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way along with some toffee. Some raisins along with some more dark fruits. Some cherries in the mix. It's on the sweeter side, but it's not cloying or over the top. Very nice malt backbone. Subtle warmth in the finish, but the alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid brew. It's more or less what you would expect from the style. Solid malty goodness. It's enjoyable stuff.

Dec 15, 2019
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jan 06, 2020
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G-Style from New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It starts off as a really nice beer. Smells of honey... the initial taste is a nice hops and barely but the aftertaste yields a really smokey, grainy, barley like flavor. I didn't enjoy the aftertaste but the high alcohol content is nicely hidden and not over-powering this brew. Lots of flavor.

Dec 30, 2019
Hofbräu Winter Spezial from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 103 ratings