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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.1%
 
 
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. An authentic German steinbier, I've been looking forward to this. Dark copper in color, cloudy, opaque. Ample carbonation feeds a lasting head. It's malty on the nose, heavily caramelized but also very earthy, mineral, almost metallic. Hops seem to be buried beneath it all. The palate shares the same mineral and earthy notes. It's semi-sweet, very caramelized though not as metallic as I was expecting. The use of hot granite in the wort does add a unique mineral quality to the beer, but it's not overwhelming. I enjoyed this far more than I was expecting.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a dark brown body with clear, amber highlights. The head recedes slowly and leaves little lace.

S - Dark caramel and toffee malt with brown sugar notes. Light herbal hops in the background provide balance.

T - Caramel and light toast up front with some cola notes. Brown sugar and a bit of molasses appears in the middle. The beer finishes with a complex blend of dark, sugary flavors that are balanced by light hop bitterness and some herbal hop flavor that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a smooth, rich malt profile. There is enough complexity from the dark sugary notes to keep the beer interesting, but it is still smooth and well balanced. The hops are just sufficient to keep the malt from becoming cloying and they provide a herbal bite that lingers on the palate.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out muddled brown with reddish-orange tints. A lingering half inch of off white soda like head.

The nose is mostly sweet caramel and a little bit of raisin.

The taste of caramel are mostly covered by some metallic, almost astringic flavors. A little bit of bread as it warms up.

Slothful syrupy texture. Medium body and less than adequate carbonation from what I would want out of the style.

Not terrible to drink, but those metallic flavors really hang around.

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Photo of fropones
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a three-finger light tan head that leaves no lacing as it fades. (Poured into a pilsner glass.)

S: Caramelized malt, brown sugar and prunes.

T: Up-front sweetness, as you would expect in a a doppelbock, but this has an underlying caramel and toffee that is especially nice. The center features prune and raisin flavors balanced with just a hint of noble hops. The finish is sweet and slightly warming. The aftertaste is brown sugar, molasses, and prunes. The flavors began subdued and intensified as the beer warmed, but they never became cloying.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and just a touch of warmth.

D: This is one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell is slightly sweet; there are aromas of brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits and toffee in the nose.
T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness in the overall taste, which has flavors of apples and caramel as well as some hints of chocolate, raisins and spices. The sweet flavors are not at all cloying.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer was very easy to drink. I would definitely consider trying this beer again given its unique style with the hot granite stones caramelizing the sugars in the malt. No traces of alcohol are detectable in the aroma or taste.

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Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint a crisp copper with a decent light tan that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malts and slight caramel. The taste is sweet malts and some sweet malts with an interesting caramel finish, there is also a hint of brown sugar. The beer is on the light side of medium with its alcohol nicely hidden. This is certainly an interesting beer, one I could see trying again if the mood hits me.

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Photo of drpimento
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Guess I'll never learn. Opened a gusher near my desktop. Luckily a mess everywhere except the pc.Poured with a smallish tan head that settle to a light cover which lasted and a little lace. Aroma is toffee, malt, a little molasses and dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like aroma and very malty sweet. Of course with a beer this sweet the body is very full and thick with good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium to long duration with a bit of alcohol at the end.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a smattering of eggshell head. Aromas of deep caramelized fruits and bread with some earth tones. Slightly spicy in the nose as well.

Sweet caramelized malts alongside a cornucopia of fruit accents. A touch of tobacco and spiciness. Deep malt body abounds. Smooth finish with a touch of lingering sweetness.

Medium bodied and mellow carbonation. Pretty tasty brew and intriguing how it is brewed with red hot granite. Glad to be able to try it, thanks Dave!

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Photo of biglite351
2.69/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - dark amber with near white head that does not leave lace.

S - mild usual bock scent with a little lager in the mix.

T - caramel and some fruity flavor, seems to have some alcohol flavor in the after taste.

M - mild coating with a very light tingle on sides of tongue.

D - I would not buy it again, but if it was at a party I could go for a few.

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Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a new arrival at the store. 500ml bottle.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a creamy, thick off-white head. It recedes decently quickly leaving a bit of lacing.

The smell is really unique. It has a large dose of citrusy hops which was weird. It has a ton of fruitiness with both dark and bright fruits, maybe even strawberry. There is a dark malty scent underneath. Odd but good in the scent department.

The taste is also fruity. It is slightly alcoholic. More towards the Bohemian style rather than Bavarian. There are some toasted malts and the typical doppelbock sweet maltiness. The hops are more evident in this doppelback than any other I've tasted.

This one is odd-ball but tasty. Definitely one to look for in the late spring.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a 1/2" tan foamy head, which quickly receded to a haze layer and a collar. The body was a hazy- almost completely opaque- medium brown... almost the color of oil-rubbed bronze.

S- Malt forward, and moderately rich with melanoidin and impressions of caramel, wet cardboard, and honey. Further examination reveals a VERY faint trace of noble hop aroma.

T- Flavor replicates the nose quite well. Flavors of rich caramel malt, melanoidin, and honey... with overtones of [unoffensive] wet cardboard. The finish brings in some very mild hop bitterness, and is overall dry and madiera-like. Alcohol is extremely well hidden.

M- A medium body with a slight grittiness... presumably from unattenuated sugar. The carbonation is nice and soft. No astringency.

D- A very drinkable dopplebock. Based on the label, I thought this would have been a Steinbier... and I was expecting a little smokiness accordingly. This tastes more like a solid- quite drinkable dopplebock.

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Photo of meatyard
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass. Body is a hazy, amber/ruby with a short, quickly dispersing tan head that leaves no lacing. (the 2nd pour results in an almost 2-finger, fluffy head)
The smell is light alcohol, toasted malt and yeasty bread.
The taste is almost all malt with a light sweetness and dark bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied & flat as in almost no carbonation.
Drinkability: Better than many doppelbocks yet can't reach the heights of the best. It's good and easy to drink without any complexity.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost perfectly into a .5 liter stein a chesnut brown with a large fluffy almond colored crown.Aromas were mainly sweet caramel with a touch of toast thrown in,flavors are big in the caramel sweetness department,a tinge of dark fruit,and some toastiness in the finish.Nice flavors but it can get a bit sweet keeping the drinkability down a tad,a pretty good doppelbock beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed medium brown with a thin tan head that becomes wispy. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, slight booze and some dried fruits.

The taste is of caramel candy - very sweet - with a hint of dried fruits. Booze shows in a warming way, and adds a bit of a rum-like character to the heavy caramel. Finishes sweet with a bit of earthy balance in the finish.

It hits full-bodied with carbonation being a bit sluggish. It does have a long finish. Sweet, slightly sticky, feel. A candy-ish brew.

Alcohol does show, but still pretty drinkable. A bit too sweet and boozy, though a decent sweet, warming sipper. Very, almost too, caramelish.

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Photo of SShelly
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the goat.

Pours dark dark brown with zero head.

Aroma is deeply malty, slightly burnt.

Flavor follows the aroma with deep malt, some balancing bitternss sticks around on the palette.

An interesting beer really sticks in the mouth. I like it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dropped off to my table a hazed, deep dark brown body topped with a full, foaming, tan-colored head.

Smell: Fruity, malty nose, combining scents of baked apples and pureed raisins with notes of bread and caramel with a spray bottle spritz of clean alcohol.

Taste: The taste is alive with a dark breadiness smoothed over with well-caramelized sugars. Smidgen of roast. Deep, delicately tart fruitiness carries over from the nose. Slight, growing chocolate presence as it warms. Very restrained hop character and bitterness. Touch of warming alcohol presence on the fruity, sweetly malty, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: No trouble here finishing my portion. A fine, upstanding bock, providing you like'm sweet and malty.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.

500ML bottle(label says brewed Oct 2009)
It pours a reddish brown colour with another multiple fingers worth of offwhite foam. Fairly good lacing with the foam shrinking fairly quickly.

The smell is uber malty with tons of caramel malt assaulting my nosebuds. There's a good presence of chocolate as well, some toffee, and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is quite sweet with caramel malt that is very candy bar like and some notes of bread and that's pretty much it. What I find peculiar is that most of the flavours shine on the back end while up front, it has a kind of muted taste, if that makes any sense.

The body, at times, seems to be a bit thin and it has fairly light carbonation; not so good a mouthfeel for my liking.

Drinkability? Though the abv isn't much of a factor in the drinking, I can't say I'd yearn for more when I'm done here. It's good but not inspiring...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

I can see quite a few shades of brown in my glass right now. If you'd like a brief selection, grab the box of 96 crayons and read the sides of those that at least vaguely look brown. ...Or I suppose you could just look at a glass of Granitbock for yourself... Either way. I realize that I've been circumventing a real description, so I'll fill in some gaps by saying that the core is lovely dark mahogany and, as the eye prgrosses outward, this bleeds through a few shades into a rosy walnut. A deep haze pervades throughout. Not quite as pervasive is the aroma, though I've tended to find bocks somewhat lacking in the scent department. What's there is some weak cinnamon, brown sugar, and wheat. As weak as they have been for me, I have enjoyed their grainy/spicy quality. And, even better, this translates beautifully in the taste. Reprising their roles are the cinnamon, sugar, and wheat, but a woodiness and nuttiness are also present, culminating in a nice almond-laced aftertaste that lounges about for awhile, sinking into its newly-purchased muscular sofa. I feel this bit helps distinguish this particular brew from its similar cousins. The familiar familial traits of medium body, light carbonation, and sevefrely smooth feel are all here, and I think baldness is as well, but it's still too soon to know for sure. As much as I often feel bored with them, I always find myself enjoying my time with the Bocks, and now I have a new friend in Granit.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 Tulip. Poured a reddish brown with a finger of tan head. Aroma of caramel malt and molasses. Medium bodied, malty. Maybe a bit thin for a doppel. Some dark fruit and caramelized sugar. Quite metallic in the finish. Very disappointing.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of farrago
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very little head, barley gets to a half finger, dark tan in color, zero lacing. Red to auburn brown, noticeably clear, more of a metallic shine around the rims, very pretty. Super-rich nose of caramel, nougat, honeyed nuts, raisin bread, dried apple and pear fruit, cinnamon stick, there is a flinty to stone and tar element which distances itself from all the sweetness, highly credible lingering in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, the initial wave of sugary sweetness settles into a steady pulse and a drier finish. Still, replete with caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nuts, candied orange peels, bittersweet chocolate. The apple, pear fruit here has some plum and cherry in it but not much of a dried fruit character. The hops don't coalesce into distinct flavors at the end but texturally create more uprightness. The carbonation is medium grade, neither noticeably absent nor present. Well-layered, if not complex, very drinkable.

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Photo of Domingo
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another find on my trek to Tampa. This is a doppelbock brewed with a heated stone. Interesting.
Normal caramel color, a hint darker than most doppels. Carbonation is pretty small, however that's also the case with many others (but not all).
The flavor profile on this brew is about as malty and sweet as you can imagine. It's bold even for a doppelbock. Caramel, dark breads, a hint of fruitiness, but not too much. Are there hops in there? They're definitely hiding. It starts off as pretty amazing with the first sip, but it then starts to become a little too much and cloying.
Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet, but the little carbonation keeps it from being a mess.
Not bad, but not really all that great. If you like sweet beers, this is definitely a good example. The caramelization of the malt adds a bit of character, but it needs some balance in there or maybe a variety of malts like Ayinger uses would do it well.
This beer sounds better than it is. It's a middle of the pack really sweet doppelbock.

Edit: Got a chance to try this again and still found it to be sweet, but with an odd mineral/iron character going on, too. Not terrible, and probably less sweet than I remembered...but still nothing special at all.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- Brewed in year/chg 31902091. consumed 2/10.

A: Poured a deep caramelized apple with a whipped and frothy khaki colored head that was a solid finger high, moderately retentive and lapsed leaving a spongey coating. The coloring was deep, almost to the point where only faint glimpses of light came through. The carbonation factor was fast and furious, composed of a mixture of both micro and macro bubbles showering upwards.

S: Alcohol soaked caramel apples definitely come to mind on the initial impression of the nose. Boozy with sticky caramel comes through along with dried apple peels adding a bit of fruitiness.

T: A smooth caramel apple sweetness and fruitiness is evident from the start. A smooth and refined alcohol nature combines with a glazed harden caramel coating while a fruitiness of apples lie beneath. Malty and bready with a bit of warming on the finish makes for a good representation per style. On the finish was slight hints of warm maraschino cherries that provided a fruity ending.

M: The mouthful had a full malty character, was extremely smooth and rich providing an ample body. The beer slid around with a rich caramel feel, thick and viscose with a surprising light carbonation despite the initial impression.

D: A very good example and wonderful drinking experience. The 7.3% is spot on providing just the right amount of warmth and alcohol without hindering enjoyability. I could definitely go for more of this.

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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.72 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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