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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

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147
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
16.13%
 
 
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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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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 pat61
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased at Village Spirit Shoppe in Storrs, CT.

Poured into an imperial pint glass Chimay chalice, formed a 1/4" beige head over the cloudy orangey brown brew. Head quickly falls to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average lacing at best. Aroma is sweet, with tannins and alcohol apparent. Taste follows the nose pretty well, with the tannins blossoming and bringing out an impression amount of complexity. Mouthfeel is reasonably smooth, and drinkability is good. Not quite what I was hoping for, but a good brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rolled the dice on this one paid 2 bucks for a vintage 2009. Here we go!

A - I am baffled after 4 years it still has some fizzy carbonation. It does fizz out rather quick though into a thin lace ring. Color is a very dark hazy brown with sediment left at the base of the bottle.

S - Smell is pretty mild with some soy sauce and candied dark fruits mostly plum and fig. Not very sour or offending in any way.

T - Damn I guess at this point it's very oxidized with cardboard and metallic notes then comes the cherry sourness followed by just a hint of dark fruits. After a while I can almost convince myself it has a caramel flavor to finish the glass.

M - Light to medium not a bad dopplebock.

Overall after hearing this one costs around 10? dollars a bottle so for two dollars its ok. Not really the best just not terrible.

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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 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 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 glid02
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store. Apparently white hot granite blocks are dropped into the wort to caramelize the sugars, or at least that's what pghlee tells me.

Pours a murky brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer of bubbles on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramelized malt. I also got hints of nondescript spices.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt up front with hints of spices - they seem medicinal when compared with the smell. There's a decently bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It seemed a bit overcarbonated to me, although that may be because I had a cask beer beforehand.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing one, and the flavors grew on me as the beer disappeared.

Overall this is a nice beer, though it's not as rich as some of the better doppelbocks. Still, I like the flavors and could have a lot of these if the ABV were a bit lower. Worth a shot, if for nothing else than the granite.

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

I had this beer in a pilsner glass. It was a medium brown color with some red highlights. A medium sized tan head. Strong malt aroma, some dark fruit. Sweet. Big malt taste, sweet raisin. This was a chewy beer. It reminded me of the brown bread I used to eat with my baked beans. Very nice.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the malt house

cell phone notes

appearance: dark cola body with a light tan head, very dark and full bodied

smell: huge bock aromas - caramel, toffee, massive caramelized malts

taste: hmm a "stone bier", white-hot granite dropped into the wort. the result is a massive body with burnt toffee, caramel, and smoke punching you in the face. i found this one a bit much after a huge dinner but it was rather interesting

mouthfeel: gummy, full bodied

drinkability: a bit challenging

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Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Graniitbock is brown, almost straight crayon box brown. It's also thick, being highlighted but only seen through at the edges. A tight tan head just short of one finger tall leaves pretty good lacing at the top that dies off as it dissipates.
The aroma gives something akin to gently spiced sugar cookie. I doubt any spices were actually used, but things come together to give a ghost of an impression. Burlier breads linger beneath.
It's breadier in flavor, almost like sourdough but with that sour coming out in the finish. It's too metallic, though that is part of an overall molasses flavor. There's a rye-like earthiness, though not as much spiciness.
The body is medium, maybe a bit light for a doppel, and while a crisp note opens it out and it's fairly smooth, it goes a little flat.

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Photo of gford217
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brick Store in Decatur.

Pours a light tea-like brown with a small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves traces of lacing. The aroma is dominated by the caramelized malts and fairly sweet with hints of a toasted character and spices in the back. The taste follows the aroma with caramel malts and a bit more sugary sweetness. The mouthfeel is light to medium for the style with decent carbonation. This is a very good bock and certainly original in the brewing process.

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Photo of Gmann
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a small and short lived head; looks flat after settling. The aroma is not overly strong but has the traditional dopplebock aromas; a bit meaty with some raisin notes. The taste is big with the dark fruits, raisin in particular, light roasted meat, honey, and iron. Again, not very robust. The feel is light to moderate, though it drinks light, there is a tingley carbonation and it finishes sweet. An average dopplebock, definitely on the sweet side as the dark fruit flavors are predominate. I would like to see a touch more of a roasted malt presence to add some depth.

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

Served on tap at Mr Dunderback's in Tampa FL. Standard pint glass serving.

Poured a darker brown with low white foam. A very faint malt smell, but very minor. Not distinctive.

Quite malt fwd taste, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Sweet throughout. Low carbonation, makes it almost syrupy.

Flavorful, but simple. Easy drinker.

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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

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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 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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Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of DIM
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was a hazy chestnut brown, it poured with a small off-white head. It smells of molasdes, raisins, sweet bread, and some roasty cocoa. I kinda get some boozy fruitcake.

This doesn't quite deliver what the smell promises. Sweet fruitcake up front a drier, roasty cocoa finish that is a bit chalky. Silky smooth body.

Pretty good doppelbock, not one I'd revisit though.

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Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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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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 logicalparadox
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice head to start, but quickly dissipates. Dark, Sweet, reminiscent of a fine Belgian abbey ale, but this is german all the way. Big flavors of raisins, caramel, and black strap molasses. As a doppelbock, it's got the appearance of a porter but the mouthfeel of a much lighter beer. The sweetness creates a slight syrupy quality.

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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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