Granitbock | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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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 MoreThanWine
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a half inch creamy tan head which held solid at first but ended up rapidly deflating. The body is a dark raw umber brown, almost coffee. It smells very nicely of deep malt, kind of like fresh rye bread, too. The taste also is malty but a little less than the smell, and I pretty much only get malt out of it. The body is quite light, more so than I'd have expected from such a dark beer.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a one inch white, light head.

Granitbock is one of my favorite beers, but it isn't always the same, depending o how it has been cellared. Sometimes the malt sugars are very pronounced and amazing making it a favorite, but sometimes it is more mellow and tastes like dark bread.

This one has a creamy texture and it's taste has a hint of sour with yeast. There is a very good malt character that isn't burnt or covered in dirt, the malt is well preserved with just a slight hint of residual sugars.

Not the best one I have had, and i can firmly say now that this beer is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

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Photo of HoistinBrews
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of davesway10
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of pmlato
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of pjs234
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of FanofHefe
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated 2010 05 poured into a tulip. Mostly clear red/amber body with a two-finger tan head. The head fades to a nice cap and leaves a little lacing.

This smells terrible. Metallic and musty. Perhaps a little raisin, but hard to tell through the metal.

The taste is a little better, but not much. Some dark fruit and dark malt are there, but the metal taste is still there as well, in the background, disturbing the flavor overall.

I would have expected a dopplebock to age reasonably well and not be terrible in a year or so. But, this is likely going to be a drainpour.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this 0.5l bottle at DeCicco's (Brewster) last week for $5.99. Quaffed yesterday, 04SEP11.

Poured into a standard nonic glass, it was a clear, dark, rich mahogany color. Head was sparse and thin, a few gatherings of beige bubbles mostly at the rim. Abundant maltiness wafted forth, with semisweet caramel filling the air. Body was close to medium, and it had a decent, smooth feel going down.

Flavor had a solid amount of malts, with caramel and toffee sweetness coating the palate. The malts were well represented, but I couldn't pick up anything in the way of hopping at all. A rather simple, straightforward DBock, to say the least.

Prosit!!

3.68 rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1365

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown. Slightly tawny. Short bubbly tan head. No retention. Mostly bubbles.

Smells like Munich caramel malt extract and roasted barley straight from the brewshop. Faint rum raisin notes along with a jerky-like smell.

Strong malt flavors up front that transition quickly into a slightly stale tasting finish. Faint date and raisin notes.

Medium bodied, pretty flat with low carbonation.

Overall I Don't really know why but this bottle grabbed my attention and I had a good feeling about it. Needless to say I was pretty let down. Being produced in '09 I feel that this beer is just past it's prime. I'd definitely like to try it fresh, but I do not recommend drinking this beer with substantial age.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is some kind of classic, all musty, old fruit, and tiny bubbles. Best feature is a robust creaminess that fills the mouth. The big taste, however, is something like oxidized wine, burnt sugar, and browned butter. On the sweet end, prunes come to mind. Then there is a tart peculiarity like pomegranite and over-ripe plums. A touch of bitterness, but it's just part of the earthy funk.

I don't find this very drinkable but it's certainly an interesting catalog of flavors not often encountered. Tastes like an elderly English winter ale of some sort.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown body which left 2-finger head and lace. A strong, sturdy malt base smell as I pick up bread/cracker - a dryness, and also some sweetness and a touch of hoppy fruitiness. Strong, medium-bodied, a clear smoothness makes it easy to drink and there's a balance in the beer as it finishes crisp thanks to carbonation. A good malt base as I pick up that touch of dryness, but mostly a syrupy figgishness as well as some caramel and dark chocolate. Also some fruit flavors akin to dark fruit and/or black cherry. A quality dopplebock that isn't as heavy and the mildness makes it an easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a murky brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet aroma of malt, fruit and some kind of sugar.

T: Tasted of malt, first and foremost, with some molasses, a little dark fruit and a slight tinge of hops. A generally well-rounded flavor. More robust than most Doppelbocks.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of the better Doppelbocks I've tried recently. Drinkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly hard pour, into my Celebrator glass, produces a 1cm, burnt-tan head comprised of large bubbles. This declines over time, but a ring of bubbles remains around the glass, with a thin film elsewhere. Beer itself is a murky brown-amber color with orange highlights. Opaque. Can make out some active carbonation. Fairly strong lacing.

Upon opening from a 50F fridge, I pick up heavy scents of fresh prunes, dried figs, and rum-raisins. There are subtle hints of brown sugar swirled in there as well. As the beer warms, fresh bread smells become more prominent.

The taste is fairly standard for a doppelbock on the sweet side of things. Heavy maltiness, some caramel flavors, rich bread, prune and dried fig. There's a bit too noticeable mineral flavor to this doppelbock, which detracts from the other flavors somewhat heavily.

Mouthfeel is thick to medium, fairly smooth with low to moderate carbonation. Finish is fairly smooth (not dry). Somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a fairly solid doppelbock, which appears quite impressive but is slightly above average for the style. At $5 for a bottle, I'll probably forgo further adventures with this beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky, ruby color with barely any head or foam, but has a little bubbling.

The aroma is full of fruity and sweet bready malts. I get prunes, some wood fiber, and chalky yeast with alcohol.

Super rich malt bomb upfront. Toasted malt, and an awesome yeast give the palate a great swirl of depp roasted cereal and bread grains. Flavors of plums and prunes, with a little black cherry abound. A little alcoholic warmth and a soft, yet syrupy palate finish it off. The finish does have a slight, too earthy flavor. It takes away from the depth of malt flavors.

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Photo of iLovehops23
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Rather murky brown but a brilliant reddish auburn when held to the light. Lots of tiny little bubbles form a creamy off-white head.

Aroma - Dark brown bread, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, sweet milk chocolate and dark baked fruits.

Taste - Strong, sweet, unfiltered apple cider. That is what comes to mind initially. A good dose of brown sugar and molasses sticks on my tongue in the finish. This is almost juicy in flavor without the smokiness I was expecting.

Overall - Sweet. Very sweet. Lots of dark brown sugary flavors and extremely easy to drink. Definitely worth trying if you've not had a beer made in this style. The hot stones definitely give the malt a big boost.

Would I buy more of it? - It was worth trying once but I doubt I'll buy another bottle as there is too much else out there that I still need to try!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on-tap at Brauhaus

A - Very rich ruby brown body, dark and inviting. Small cream head atop this solid mug of beer.

S - Roasty sweet malts and dark sugars are in the nose. This beer smells rich and malty sweet. Some dark dried fruits and dark sugar/molasses are present.

T - This beer tastes much like it smells. The flavor is very rich and complex. Delicious darkness of malt, brown sugar, mollasses, dark caramel, dried dark fruits like figs and prunes.

M - Like most malty beers this has a very smooth mouthfeel. It's rich and full of flavor but free of a heavy syruppy body. Perfectly carbonated.

D - I really love dark beers, malty beers, double bocks etc so I can down this style. But for anyone, this beer is easy to drink, its just so smooth and soft and the taste alone will have it sliding down.

Notes - I passed over this one for a long while at my favorite spot and am completely regretfull I did. I really like this beer alot and suggest it to anyone.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the path of the weak, becomes a steppingstone in the path of the strong."

--Thomas Carlysle

Dark apricot orange with bright Sunkist borders and a two finger cap of buttered toast colored foam. The head develops some interesting surface topography as it melts, and leaves enough lace for the appearance to qualify as good overall.

The nose clearly belongs to a doppelbock. It's steely caramel-like and nutty, with plenty of power. This might be the best brew yet from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer.

Granitbock isn't as solid as a block of granite, but it's enjoyable beer if you like the style. It (slightly) favors the darker end of the doppelbock spectrum, while retaining quite of a bit of the toasted and earthy qualities of the lighter end. Good mix for those who can't decide where their preferences lie.

Flavors include steely caramel, lightly sugared pecans, black tea leaves, and an earthy-herbal hoppiness that provides an ideal amount of countering bitterness. The search for negatives has come up empty. This semi-big lager is growing on me with each passing ounce, so the higher taste score will be chosen in the end.

The body/mouthfeel could be a mite bigger, although that probably borders on nitpicking. Lightly stinging bubbles add a welcome amount of mouth energy without stepping over the line into buzzy and annoying.

Granitbock, in my humble opinion, is the single best beer these guys brew. Granted, I've only had three offerings from them so far. If you're a big fan of Deutsch Doppels, then $4.99 isn't too much to spend on 500 ml of medium-dark, mostly malty, bittersweet enjoyment.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a fair amount of haziness and a couple fingers of khaki head.

S: A nice caramel and toffee sweetness on the front, like a usual bock. The steinbier process/character comes through shortly after with some definite salt and iron character coming through. Finishes up with some fruits and sugar like dates, plums, and molasses.

T: There is the same blend of salty and iron flavors right away, and the sweetness follows. There's a good maltiness with some moderate caramel and molasses. However, there is not as much fruit character, though.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: My first steinbier and it was pretty interesting. I actually liked it quite a bit. Don't know if I would drink a ton of it in a sitting, but I finished my glass.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.59/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/9/2010. Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of overcooked vegetables, raisins. Flavor is much of the same with sweet malt, raisin, prune, some crackery notes, and overcooked vegetables. An interesting concept but to me, didn't improve the beer (although that would've been a freaky beer pre-granite).

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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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