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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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3.72
pDev:
16.13%
 
 
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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 WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Dark brown in color with a tan colored foamy head with fairly decent retention time and lacing levels.

S,T. Toasted and roasted malts, some nice dark fruits, good levels of richness without being too overbearing or cloying. Unfortunately there is also a certain lack of a standout characteristic or complexity, it seems that this is a doppelbock played completely by the book, for better or for worse. I even find myself wondering if this is a single malt beer. Only the faintest of earth hop garnish could be detected and even then only when allowed to warm up in the glass for a while.

M. Smooth textured, lighter side of medium thickness, light carbonation.

Pretty much a textbook "Ye Olde-School" Doppelbock.

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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 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 GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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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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 DaftCaskBC
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid.

S: Figs, pears, molasses, green grapes, biscuit.

T: Molasses, bitter lemon, granny apples, green grapes, hazelnut.

M: Medium to thin viscosity and a low level of carbonation.

O: Much more bitter than I'm used to for the style. Instead of caramel and sweet dark fruit this doppelbock tastes of lemons and molasses.

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Photo of indiapaleale
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 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 deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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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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 Shadman
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

to be honest I bought this because I like the packaging with the old school pop-top and the 2011 vintage dogtag...and I've been in a beer rut lately...new career, stress, blah, blah..

It's dark, it's got a lot of carbonation, and looks damned good...let's take a whiff shall we?

Sweet molasses from the malts dominate this reviewers nose, some slight alcohol esters as well..

maybe I'm off my game, but my first impression is " kinda ordinary"..some malt sweetness, hint of spiciness( pepper) with a very dry, slightly astringent finish..kinda boozy as well

see above..but add somewhat thin and even slightly watery

@ $20 a bottle in Canada have your friend buy one and then go Rock, Paper Scissors for the cool dog tag..

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

Single bottle purchased at the venerable Charleston Beer Exchange.

Probably served around 50 degrees in my Ayinger D-bock glass.

This beer TRIED to gush forth as I popped the cap (not a good sign for a doppelbock...) but I was faster than Mustachio and dumped it into my glass where it puffed up a decent reddish head that faded away after a minute. The beer is very red-amber.

Smells okay, but just okay... sweet caramel, prune, some hints of malt interesting-ness. Lacks the malt depth of a truly great doppelbock as well as the bold aromas, but this covers all the bases and is not really flawed...

Taste is average as well. Maybe a bit above average. Decent depth of malt with burnt sugar / toffee notes, some dark fruit (mostly prune), and some alcohol, but alas! there's nothing really here to keep you coming back. It lacks subtlety and finesse, and that's hard to describe, but if you drink this next to Ayinger you'll immediately see the difference. Granitbock finishes strangely dry and mouth-coating, and is rather ungainly. Carbonation level is quite high, unusual.

Reading the previous reviews, I suspect there are QC issues with this beer. Mine was highly carbonated and had a fine, encompassing level of fizz that is quite odd for this sort of beer.

I really wanted to like Granitbock, what with being from Austria and a Steinbier and all. A pity you cannot win them all - Granitbock is decent, but for the price is difficult to recommend.

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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 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 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 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 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 phisig137
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours into my tulip a murky mahogany/walnut wood color, with a half finger head. Poor retention, and nothing left behind in the glass.

S- Fairly nice burnt sugar complexity, deep malts, dark fruit. Fairly standard doppelbock aroma, but nothing in particular to write about.

F- Unfortunately that falls apart a little on the palate. Flavors are thin and insipid, but what is there is dark raisins, a bit of minerality (flinty/iron) that I assume is coming from the granite. Finish is a great big wallop of diacetyl...

M- thin, undercarbonated

D- I likely won't finish the bottle.

It was interesting to try, and I'd try another "stone" beer, but the underlying bock has to be a little better to begin with. Not worth the price of admission ($5.49) for sure....

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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 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 Hautacam
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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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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 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 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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Granitbock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.72 out of 5 based on 147 ratings.
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