Saphir Bock | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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71 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint 0.9oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: The body is a pale yellow color with an average white head. The head fades slowly and makes a little spoty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a deep bready quality with notes of clover honey and a touch of hops.

Taste / Palate: The base is bready and sweet. The hop balance is light but it does add some grassy and earthy notes to the finish. It feels soft and smooth with light carbonation.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.96/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pale gold brew with more than enough foam and lots of flakes. Best after 2014 on the label.

Smell is sweet ish, vegetal, earthy.

Tastes like the above only with more of a vegetal almost rotten vegetable flavour. Has some semblance to a helles Bock but imho, the glory days, if it had one, are long gone.

Decent mouthfeel.

Not something I would ever drink again. Enough said

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.31/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed originally in 2012.
Pours a clear amber with a typical cream-white head. Crisp, malty aroma has a hint of fruit, a mixture of pear and apple. Malty flavor has a definite undertone of hops, with bitterness to balance the fruity sweetness. Texture has average body and fizz, leaving a rather hoppy finish. If not outstanding, still enjoyable.

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Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a modified tulip glass,
A - Hazy pale straw colored, a gentle escalator of carbonation feeds into a light creamy cap. Glass stays laced gently for the entire experience.
S - Honey, orange peel, lemon drop candy, toffee, and biscuit round out the nose, fresh
orange scone from the oven.
T - Malt forward, citrus quickly follows lead by tangerine, orange and lemon reduction.
F - Round, lush to begin, quickly tightens up leaving a soft coating of orange drop lingering on the palate.
O - A full, soft body, and intriguing flavors have me wanting more from this Austrian brewery. Very well done.
Cheers

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Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Akabufflaobilly
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hoop454
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Satchboogie
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Brinks
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this from Brass Rail in Campbelltown, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is sunny golden with light haze and thick white cream with fine bead, lace sticks in spots and retention is very good. The smell is herbal, fruity, lemon-zest and light grassy hop aromas are present too with slight yeast mineral note adding to the blend of hops and malt. The feel is very good, medium bodied with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness with nutty malt texture and subtle yeast creaminess with a mostly dry finish.

The taste has a honey-like flavor with mild toasted grain and gentle yeast up front with slight herbal hop flavors coming through mid palate with a slight lemony aspect adding a hint of tangy flavor to the malt which is lightly nutty and with a slight flavor of mineral in the yeast but the dominant taste is a more noble-hop like flavor of saphir which adds a fruity element. The overall taste is a great blend of malt yeast and hops adding a dimension which is not common in the style, the aroma and flavor of Saphir is great and adds a brightness which keeps this bock from becoming dull at any time, I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a white head with a bit of retention and some lace. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile is surprisingly hoppy. I figured the hop profile from the dry hopping would have faded by now, but it hasn't. Clean, earthy, grassy, and spicy hop flavors. Malt profile is of light bread and biscuit flavors. Kind of on the sweet side of things as far as the malts go. There is a hint of citrus fruit flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a touch of bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Ends with a touch of dryness.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It was easy drinking and very enjoyable. I'd definitely drink more of this.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this beer is neither retired nor brewed just once. It is brewed every year for release before Christmas as it is the tradition for Bockbier in Austria. Last edition seen and tasted, was made in 2015 The beer is brewed with Magnum, Aurora and Select hops and furthermore lagered and dry hopped for 2 months. It is an unfiltered heller Bock.
In my opinion this is a really remarkable beer and I will not dissect, because I just do not dare to destroy its magic for me. Also I fail every time when I want to pin down its aroma to a certain fruit, it is heaven to me. Saphir Bock is one of the few beers that makes me longing for it, when I do not have it around. It is unique and the only lager that I hold in such high regards. It is the perfect combination of modern hops and traditional long term lagering. It combines the full chewy mouthfeel of a Kellerbier and the fruity juicy flavors of a fresh IPA, but as in any other heller Bock it is the sweetness of the malts that carry is it. Everything in this beer comes together perfectly while still being modest and unpretentious. Aside from its frothy white head, I do not know how it looks like because I always need to drink it in a traditional stein. It must shine as bright as the star of Bethlehem.

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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.97 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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