Schönramer Saphir Bock | Private Landbrauerei Schönram

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Schönramer Saphir BockSchönramer Saphir Bock

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Schönram

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by largadeer on 09-22-2010

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by route66pubs:
Photo of route66pubs
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - from the doppelbock descriptor: "are darker than their little Bock brothers and sisters." This pours a clear yellow with a nice white head. Head has little to no retention whatsoever. Looks more like a pilsener than a doppelbock.

S - smells of a yeasty, wheaty malt. Slightly spicy, maybe a bit of chamomile.

T - very delicious malt coupled with a peppery spice as well. Some flowery hints add a nice, unexpected touch as well.

M - Wonderfully crisp and refreshing, yet extremely dry at the back of the mouth. Very enjoyable with the sweetness providing a smooth character to balance out the spicy crispness.

D - enjoyable, but not enough to leave me craving more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DavidGross
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty, some spices. Taste is malts, yeast, sweet, spices, complex, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates slowly, revealing heavy lacing. Aroma of wheat with hints of bready malt, grassy and floral hops, slightly skunky (despite a nice brown bottle);smells more like a wheaty pilsner than a bock. Flavor is unusual too; light bready malt, grassy and spicy hops, wheat, slightly sweet, finishing with a pilsner like noble hop bitterness and mild grassiness. Nice lightly creamy body with a good mouth feel. Easily the most unusual bock beer I've ever had; as noted the hopping leans towards pilsner character. A decent malt body, but with interesting wheat elements. Very tasty and different. I was looking forward to a sweet malty doppelbock, but this one won me over with its good idiosynchratic flavors. Try this one for a nice change.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Suppenküche. Thanks, Rusty.

The color is an extremely pale and clear gold, it could easily be mistaken for a Munich helles lager but for the somewhat weak head retention. This is a difficult beer to categorize, it has the alcohol of a doppelbock, with a malt bill more like a helles bock.

The nose is bright, herbal, zesty, very hoppy for a bock. There's a note of mineral-like lager yeast, a whiff of pale malt, but it's dominated by spicy, zesty hops. Sweetness is surprisingly reigned-in for an 8% bock.

The palate matches the aroma in sheer hoppiness, while still remaining very balanced and distinctly German. It's spicy, floral, leafy, zesty, utterly delicious and entirely too drinkable for the substantial ABV. I was expecting a sweeter bock, but this is very well attenuated, bordering on dry; perhaps the hops just cover up the malt. Not to say that there's no malt character, it's mildly sweet up front, honey-like and fairly substantial in body, but the finish is dry and bitter with a lingering floral/herbal hop note. It's hard to imagine a better finish and overall mouthfeel.

This is great stuff, I savored every sip and wished I hadn't given away my second bottle. Hopefully I'll run into more bottles while it's still fresh.

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are very strong aromas of flowery and spicy hops in the nose along with some hints of lemon.
T: Like the smell, the spicy flavors from the hops stand out in the overall taste above the underlying malts. There is a mild amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of alcohol warming in the finish as well as some dryness.
D: Considering the strength, the beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz bottle, best by 17:03:12, served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy/Turbid amber-brown with some floaters/yeast sediment in it. No foam or lacing.

Smell: Hint of fruit, grape, caramel, herbal.

Taste: Initially sweet with fruit and grape flavors, then herbal and bitter with a distinct noble hop finish. A bit tea-like as well as the finish. A little medicinal and boozy as well.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation. Just a bit thicker than water.

Overall / Drinkability: The bottle label was entirely in German so I wasn't sure if the label was "bottled on" or "best before". Turns out it was best before and it shows. This beer didn't hold up well. Okay, but not good. I might be willing to try again if fresh.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of drmeto
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear golden with a medium,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-typical Saphire fruitiness,vanilla,biscuity,grainy,white wine
-honey,caramel,creme brulee,biscuits,white bread,white wine
-strong creal finish
-slightly tart
-medium hop bitterniss
-medium body,medium carbonation
-faint alcohol warming
Best Heller Bock i've had yet.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of icannonball
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

4.89/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's funny reading the reviews because they don't seem to describe what I had. I had this on tap at The Avenue Pub in New Orleans.

It was lighter in color than I expected for a bock. More pilsner like. Very little head. I didn't get a hoppy aroma at all. It was a sweeter more yeasty and malty smell.

The beer itself has a delicious sweetness to it. It has a light feel for a bock, but it has a nice depth of flavor. It has a little citrus flavor but nothing overpowering. The taste lingers nicely on the palate. In many ways this tastes like a lighter, more smooth doppelbock and was excellent for the summer.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev -10%

nice beer, good pale bock, hops aren't as prevalent as the label portends.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of the beer scared the hell out of me when I poured it, it was more of a dehydrated man urine color. It poured a small white foaming head which quickly went away as soon as I picked up the glass. I smelled some citrus and floral notes. The taste was pretty much the same as the nose except I got a little hoppiness on the finish. This beer has a lot of alcohol but it was well hidden. This is great for the summer and will drink well with fish except (cod fish and other dry fish).

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Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -10%

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellow color and a hazy texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. OK lacing.

S: A good, but not great aroma of hops, malt, and a grassy quality.

T: Tasted of spicy hops, malt, a grassy quality, and a slight tinge of wheat. The spiciness from the hops is a little overbearing, causing an almost medicinal quality to the flavor. Still, not bad.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that is alright, but doesn't wow. Not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gwiedman1
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BestOfBatonRouge
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stumbled on this beer while searching for a Helles Bock in Baton Rouge which is near impossible. I found this to be a very interesting drink. Pours a beautiful bright golden color and very clear.(shockingly clear I must say) Smell is light and of a sort of malty, spicy and hot favor which tells you this will be a rich, slightly spicy and high alcohol beer. It definitely is not a malt heavy beer in taste but the malt is definitely there and persists through the drink. The spicy hotness is what hangs heavy and longer for me. The taste and the mouth feel for me are dominated by the sweetness of this drink. It's not especially smooth to me but a good beer that I'd enjoy with something like a plate of BBQ with baked beans for example.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 03/18/2011
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: Hard To Tell, Guessing 2008, Based On
A Best By Date Of 02/24/2011.
Glassware: Chimay Goblet

Brew poured a golden straw in color w/ a minimal whispy white head that dissipated quickly, and left little to no lacing. Aromas of fresh hay, orange peel, spices, oak, and breadiness. The flavors were much of the same, orange peel, oak, light peppery spice, biscuity malt, and a finish of mild hop bite. The ABV was not even noticeable. For an 8% bock, this is about as drinkable as it gets. The mouthfeel was thin, clean, and left the mouth a touch dry.

Overall, one of the better beers I have sampled in awhile. Highly recommended. Would love to sample this brew fresh.

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Photo of Pens1967
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagobeerguy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Mango honey color, no head, slight lacing
S: Bready, grassy, slight hints of honey, not to much of smell
T: tastes like smell with more flavor, it tastes very simple, only one or two flavors going on but well executed
F: Smooth and crisp, very nice
O: A simple beer yet very pleasing, a solid bock

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Schönramer Saphir Bock from Private Landbrauerei Schönram
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