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Granitbock | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Austria
hofstetten.at

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 01-12-2009

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Ranking:
#27,978
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
148
pDev:
12.16%
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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of sporklift87
4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper with 2 fingers of tan head that leaves a frothy lace in the glass.

S- carmel, malt, and a little toffee. wonderful, really.

T- every note in the smell and more. Prunes, plums, candy apples even. All come through and wash the palate hiding the 7.2% ABV exceptionally well.

M- the smoothest beer i've had to memory. especially for this style that is usually on the malty side for my own personal taste. sits well with the perfect texture and wonderful carbonation.

D- all things considered, this could a beer fanatics session beer. not too high in ABV and certainly easy to put away if you have the palate for maltier beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is made following the tradition of Steinbier. The historical style is native to Austria. In this rendition they use red glowing granite blocks heated over a wood fire to bring the wort to a boil, this leads to caramelization of the sugar hence the flavour of the beer. The beer is fermented in historical open granite vessels.
I have had this beer many times and it is best from the 0.75l swing top bottle and with some age on it. During the spring and summer they lager it for 6 month in caves and when released in fall it is already really good, but over time (my oldest was 4 years old) it developes gentle sherry notes and smoothens furhter. The caramel, chocolate and gentle roast makes you feel cosy in the cold months of the year. For me the mineral taste that is brought into the game by the granite brings me home to my childhood, when I grew up just a mere 20km from the brewery in a land where the granite and the poor soil it provides, shape the landscape and the people.
A delicious beer that dips deep into the soul of the country. It is so much more than just a Bockbier.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice dark reddish brown with a finger of khaki head that lasts for a long time.

S - Toasted nuts, toffee, raisins, and figs. Caramelized sugars

T - More toasted nuts. A bit like a whole grain bread. A bit more of the figs here mixed with some chocolate.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Medium-full body.

D - Very nicely drinkable, a good doppelbock.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5-liter Flasche into a hefty half-liter glass mug. The desire to pour this Steinbier into a Steinkrug was overridden by the desire to see the beer's beauty through the glass, so there it is.

Pours a deep, dark, somewhat hazy chestnut hue with a bubbly, one-fingered head of light tan foam that falls away rather quickly to nothingness, leaving behind nothing of itself on the walls of the glass as it falls away.

In the nose are whiffs of sweet maltiness, very typical of Doppelbock, with the faintest hint of roast and chocolate. A tinge of alcohol comes through as well, along with some spicy hop notes.

Full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. A big, sweeping flavor, quite sweet but nowhere near infringing on cloying. The caramelization from the hot stones in the brewing process really shows itself, creating hints of burnt toffee and faint lightly-roasted coffee. Sweet but mild milk chocolate shows up alongside caramelesque malty notes. Slightly spicy, herbaceous hops show up in the middle to provide a nice balancing bitterness, fading away a little into the finish, which lingers with a semi-dry caramel fade.

Exceptionally delicious, and the burnished toffee notes offered by the utilization of hot stones in the kettle is, though somewhat subtle, quite nice and interesting for a Doppelbock. My second beer from Brauerei Hofstetten, and so far I'm in love.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store Pub. According to the menu, "white hot granite stones are dropped into this brew to get its caramel smoothness". Others have done this as well, and it does taste somewhat similar. Pours dark chestnut with a very nice head and some decent lacing. Smells fruity and malty with clean caramel throughout. Tastes richly fruity with caramel, somewhat sweet, and with fairly sumptous flavors without being heavy. Some slight char on the finish, but light and clean thrroughout. Quite soft and creamy in the mouth. Pretty much as advertised, this was a nice change of pace. Nice.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Cambridge House; This one pours a cloudy. ruby tinged lighter brown color. There was a small tan head that leaves a little lacing. Lots of caramel malts and earthy notes to the nose. Some dark fruits down there also. Plums? Raisins? The taste is very good. It is very well balanced. Just dry, with a faint sweetness in the finish. Maybe some smokiness also. Lots of caramel malts in this one. Hints of the dark fruits. Very nice!

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4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Brick Store. Dark mahogany body is capped by a creamy beige head. Good retention gradually diminishes to some attractive sheet lacing.

Aroma is caramel, stewed apples, and some spicy hops.

Excellent mouthfeel has a sublime creaminess. Medium body with restrained carbonation.

Taste has a malty base of toffee and caramel. Dark fruity notes(figs) add complexity. A hint of spicy hops adds balance.

Really well done and quite tasty.

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4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hofstetten Granitbock pours clean, brilliant brown under a rocky 2” light tan tinted white foam cap. The nose is all bread and malt with some kettle sugars and no hops. The palate is rich dark bread, sweet malt, and dark sugars and a suggestion of toffee with long lingering malt flavors and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. This is a very rich, creamy, smooth and full bodied beer with medium carbonation.

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4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always wanted to try an authentic steinbier (``stone beer'') and was thrilled when I found this in one of my local bottleshops. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. The beer is very dark reddish-brown, slightly hazy, and sports a nice head. It smells like a dopplebock. You get deep bready, toffee aromas with a slight spicy note.

The beer has a full body and firm, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Lots of soft malty sweetness on the front of the tongue. As you ``chew'' on the beer, the malt flavors deepen and turn into caramel, brown sugar, toffee, treacle, and char. A bit of pepper-taste not unlike that in a good Maibock enters around mid-palate and adds character. A slight boozy taste at the finish makes the sweet toffee flavors seem richer. As the beer warms, the malty flavors become even more intense and complex.

This beer made for a stellar drinking experience. True, it tastes a lot like a dopplebock. However, the caramelization of the wort on the hot stones during the steinbeer process does add a lot of depth and intensity to the malt flavor. If you're a fan of malt bombs, you have got to try this beer (or some other traditional steinbier). Be advised though that this beer won't relinquish all of its secrets if you just absent-mindedly sip it while watching television. You've got to concentrate and tune in all your senses. Do that, and this beer will reward you.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a dark brown amber with glowing red hues, lively and thick head, quick to come alive and serious with the retention.

Oh, Sweet molasses splashed on dark wheat bread. a tangy, buzzy heat tingle and subtle herbal backdrop. The malt has a very nice, warming, sweet and complex aroma.

The malty complexity is the star of the show here. This Bock has major amounts of sweetness from caramel to smokey-oaked molasses and maple syrup. a jazzy medium body keeps it lively but there is a malty heftiness to it. Balance is about right with a nice dry-herbal hop in the back with slight peppery notes and a decent heat. finishes dry with smoke and wood left over.

A damn fine Bock for this Granite-stater.

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4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dense brown color with an average size off white head and average retention. A little lacing.Smells great. Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit.

Taste is very good.Sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, toffee. Everything perfectly balanced, not too sweet, not at all cloying.

Mouthfeel is rich, sweet with a little hop bite at the end. Not quite the meal in a glass of some Dopplebocks

Drinkability is great.I could have had a lot more of this.

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4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Im drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer gushes as I open but somehow I manage to catch every drop in the glass. Foamy yet not overwhelming with only about 2 cm beige head forming in the glass. the beer itself is a deep chestnut color similar to maple syrup. The head recedes rapidly to a thin edge layer and some foam islands.
The aroma is caramel and toffee with a bit of brown sugar mixed in for good measure. Perhaps some maple syrup notes as well.
No hop presence here.
The first sip reveals a spacious almost non-existent carbonation, almost like cask conditioned, body is average with a relatively clean texture that is only slightly sticky on the lips.
Flavor is sweet malt through and through with caramel and toffee, some biscuity notes and a bit of brown sugar. Again no hops to be found, there is just a faint wisp of bitter alcohol on the finish, but overall this is a malt lovers beer. Not overly complex but certainly drinkable and enjoyable.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with a frothy tan head.
Smell is over ripe fruit.
Tastes really good....heavy on the dried fruit, caramel and even licorice in the aftertaste. The body is a bit lighter than most doppelbocks, which just makes it more drinkable.
A very good option..I look forward to this on tap.

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy reddish brown with a tan head that falls to a blanket.
Smells of rich malt, molasses, brown sugar
The taste is dark fruit, brown sugar, sweet dark malt, maybe some toffee. Nice slightly bitter after taste. Pretty nice.
The body is round - I'd say medium at minimum. Carbonation is fine in structure but active. Really very nice feeling brew.
This is a pleasant Dopplebock - great mouthfeel and tasty.

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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 148 ratings
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