Hofbräu Winter Spezial | Hofbräuhaus München

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
2012 Version was a Helles Bock
2015+ Version is a Doppelbock

Added by steveh on 12-05-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
17.19%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Satorn
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of chicagoish
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

I usually dig these darker German style beers, so I had high hopes. But this one fell a bit short. To start, this has a bit of strange smell that I can best describe as maynaise like. Fortunately, the taste is a little better, but still a bit skunky as I have come to expect from beers from green glass, and also seems a bit more sweet in the finish than I would have expected for this style, making it a bit of a chore finish my 12 oz. I definitely won't be picking up any more in the future, as there are much better dark German lagers out there.

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Photo of EdFed
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyForeign
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobob10
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of TurboBrew
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Myboymi
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The 2016 has a higher alcohol @ 8.4%
Poured from a 11.2 fluid ounce bottle.
A beautiful dark brown color, nice lacing.
Toasty malt with a hint of coffee at the end.
Very good winter brew!

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Photo of Aoyoc
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Getting an early jump on things, the style usually reserved for spring religious observances lands in the season where those deep, dark and savory flavors are most needed- the winter time.

Dark golden and with amber low lights, the somber and simmering lager builds an eggshell lather with aromas of toasted granola, candied almond, dark fruit and mulled honey. Biscuity sweet and rich with graham cracker, light port and an overall savory appeal, the beer’s initial taste is all about the malt.

Yet over the tongue, the lager shows incredible lightness without giving up on savory impressions. Date, fig and cherry follow a light marzipan vanilla spice with the foundation of bread crust and pecan remaining firm. Herbal bitterness takes an edge off of the residual sweetness and provides a minty, tea-like taste late.

Modestly full, the beer’s texture is rounded and rich, but its smoothness suggests something lighter, brighter and much more drinkable than its strength suggests. Mild simmering warmth provides a smooth spice to join the minty hops in a medium-length after glow.

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peyton5410
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml green bottle. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of noble hops, dark fruit
and toasted malt. Body is medium and smooth. Grassy hops, spices, toasted malt and dry fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichardARoss
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled back on 1/3/16. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) green bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Blue 10" billiard flute glass.

Brew pours a mahogany in color with a thin off-white head. Some decent lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of malts and yeast with some spices. Taste is close to the nose with some spicy hops in the mix also with a hint of brown sugar. Pretty smooth and goes down easy with no harsh or bitterness at all. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Really enjoyed this brew.

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