Hofbräu Winter Spezial | Hofbräuhaus München

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Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München

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

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear and a light shade of yellow and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts and floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some notes of grain plus hints of spices towards the finish. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and rather clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer feels lighter compared to other maibocks, it doesn’t seem watery and the flavors are pretty good. It is rather drinkable. I would recommend this as a beer to try for a novice craft beer drinker that wants to sample this style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured one and a half bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,a brilliant garnet infused walnut brown with a thick billowing beige colored head atop.Somewhat muted aromas with caramel and a bit of dark fruit,almost a fruit-cake like aroma.Surprisingly delicate for the style in my opinion,caramel with a tinge of star anise,a decent shot of spicy hops in the back end round out a solid palate.Again to me somewhat delicate to me wich isn't a bad thing,I really like it.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy brown color. 2/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, Euro yeast, alcohol, biscuit, hint of all spice, hint of corn, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, Euro yeast, alcohol, biscuit, hint of all spice, hint of corn, and slight pale malt. Overall, good retention, complexity, feel, and body.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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 bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, possibly dated 278?
Mahogany colored bier with a creamy beige head that never really fades below a thick foam. Malty nose with spicy hops but pretty muted overall. Sweet, malty, and rich with notes of nutty toasted grain, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and a touch of spicy hops. Full body, pleasant carbonation, alcohol is warming but not overbearing, semi-dry finish. Good seasonal doppelbock here. Glad to try something different than the usuals from this brewery.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Hofbrau's Winter Spezial last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I had an extra space in the six pack I was making and I decided to take a chance on this beer, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh, 2012 vintage. Poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got that typical Hofbrau look to it with a nice winter scene in the background. It poured a pale yellow color that took on a nice golden hue when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This was a looking beer, the appearance was pretty true to style.

S- The aroma starts of with a good amount of malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to them and impart lot of grain and bread like aromas followed by a slight bit of honey. After that comes a slight German yeast aroma followed by some earthy hops towards the end. The aroma was pretty close to a Maibock but it held on to a lot of those crisp and grainy Helles aromas, it's nice.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it starts off with a good amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart some grains, bread, and bread crust like flavors followed by a light yeast flavor. Next comes some honey which sticks out just enough and it's followed by some earthy and slightly grassy hops that impart a light amount of bitterness. This is beer tasted good and it was true to style, I liked it.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly creamy, medium bodied with a good amount of slightly higher medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, I liked how it was a little thicker then I expected.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty damn good example of the style, it had lots of crisp and clean flavors without being too light, I enjoyed it. This beer had great drinkability, it was very smooth, with just enough flavor to hold my attention, I could see drinking more then a few of these when in the mood, it seems like this beer would really be nice in the summertime, it's pretty sessionable. What I liked the most about this beer was the drinkability and the mouthfeel, they were both pretty good and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is that it's marketed as a winter seasonal, I think it would do much better as a summertime beer. I would buy this beer again, but it's only available by the case or singles and I know it won't be around long, but I would buy a couple next year and I would recommend this beer to just about anyone. All in all I was happy with this beer, it didn't really have any aspects to it that made me think it's a winter seasonal, but it was still good nonetheless and would make for a pretty good session beer and I know it would be great with a nice brat and some German mustard. This was another really solid beer from Hofbrau, one of my favorite German breweries.

2014s was like a cross of a helles and maibock, I liked it just about as much as the first one I tried.

2015 edit, this years is good, it's a dopplebock and it's like a german version of Founders Old Dirty bastard, I like this one, it's my favorite so far.

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Photo of pkalix
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

super light, thought this would be dark(er)? no head....
smells like a cross of heineken and regular hofbrau....
taste... cross between a heineken and a regular hofbrau. nothing too inspiring...
hofbrau... the ultimate commercial brew.... but this aint it.
overall? pi$$ beer. a little hard? maybe. but this aint worth your money. commercial is as commercial does. hofbrau regular, actually dunkel, is decnt commercial. dont waste your money on this swill....

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Photo of khargro2
1.25/5  rDev -66.5%

Photo of hophugger
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbcrunch
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE bock pours a bright and clear ruby red mahogany with a very nice head of light tan foam that settles to a a thin layer and thick ring with nice lacing. Nose of brown sugars, dark fruits, baked bread, and zesty hops. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet brown sugar malts, light breaded malts, raisin, light cherry, and a crisp herbal hop note on the rear. Great mouth feel; full and satisfying, medium carbonation, and warming alcohol on the back.

Best Hofbrau brew have ever had.

Confused from past reviews. This is a dopple done right.


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Photo of bluehende
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of heerboth
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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