Hofbräu Winter Spezial
Hofbräuhaus München

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #111
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,132
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 14.36%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
116
From:
Hofbräuhaus München
 
Germany
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  17
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 2012 Version was a Helles Bock
2015+ Version is a Doppelbock
Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 116 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a large, rocky, tan head with good retention. Sloppy sheets of lacing.

Rich, sweet dark malts in the nose — molasses and cherry mainly — with a light Christmas spice impression (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger).

Slightly lighter tasting, but with the same basic elements from the aroma. Sweet, cherry-laden malt and a nice addition of spice. Hints of bread and cocoa as well.

Medium bodied, slick feel with strong, soft carbonation.

This is a great, highly-drinkable Christmas beer. Plenty of depth, while still very quaffable. Excellent stuff.

Dec 06, 2020
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KS_Augsburg from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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%
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 +13.8%
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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RichardARoss from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 22, 2016
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SSGCujo from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +9.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -21.7%
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%
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 +4.4%
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 -11.2%
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 -4.2%
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 -1%
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 +6.3%
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 -4.7%
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 +6.8%
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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Jack65 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Feb 06, 2021
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bsp77 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -3.7%
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 -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 09, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-optically clear mahogany colored bottle pour with a 2 cm cap of fine, tan foam.
The aroma is provides a wisp of toffee.
The flavor features toasted malt, sweet caramel and woody hop notes.
The brew is light-bodied and finishes smoothly. This is very good. The 8.4% abv is well-hidden.

Dec 05, 2020
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Lembeh from New York

4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
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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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear brown with red highlights and a modest soon-reducing-to a thin layer off-white head. In the nose, it is roasted malts and a touch of caramel. In the mouth, the same. Note the alcohol content - be careful!

Nov 29, 2020
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 20, 2020
Hofbräu Winter Spezial from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 116 ratings