Saphir Bock | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
72
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
9.32%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 40
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 rderedin
3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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 locckdown
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.
No visible date.

A- Hazy yellow pour, with a two finger snow white head. Lacing is sticky and soapy.

S- Lemons, pears, grass, oranges, pilsner malts and a bit of cereal.

T- Lemons, pears, mandarin oranges, grass and some cereal grains.

M- Light to medium body, slightly chewy.

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Photo of ggilman
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just had this on draught at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, Maine. Poured into a 10oz. Allagash Chalice.

A - Clear, yellow with two inches of foamy white head. Laces the glass.

S - Spicy, yeasty nose

T - Slightly sour, bready with clove. Herbal tinge.

M & D - Crisp and clean with a decent biting carbonation. Dry. Got better as I got used to the herbal hop flavor. Not my favorite style, and not something I'd get again. Alcohol hits you, my small pour took effect right away.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Complex beer. Better as it warmed. Light orange dirty unfiltered look, with one-quarter inch of hd. Lacey. Yeasty and fruity, orange aromas. Smooth better than average mouthfeel, a tad acidic, with apple and apricot, and peach. A tad boozy.Interesting, and not what you would expect from the syle. On tap at the Blue Monk.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.

Pours a nice-looking light yellow color with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lace and whatnot. The nose brings some light bread and not much else. Nothing too crazy there. Flavor picks it up with a nice bit of grain and light bread notes plus a faint sweetness on the backend. No discernible alcohol. Good body with some nice chewiness. Solid brew.

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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 zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a semi-cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, bubbly, soapy head of foam. It left some thin rings of foam on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and grassy with a sweet caramel backbone.

T - Spicy, floral hops provide a big bite at the tip of your tongue. Then sweet caramel malt follows.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty tasty Maibock. I really think Saphir is an interesting hop.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is the #5 top Maibock / Helles Bock on the best of styles lists on beeradvocate.com. Served on tap at a local beer bar, served in a snifter.

Beer is amber and mostly clear with a slight haze, a thin head, and low carbonation which leads to poor retention and low lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, mildly earthy, some hops in there I smell.

Beer is a little gritty, grinding, earthy on the midpalate, the lead off is mildly sweet with a little malt on the forward notes and some finishing bitterness on the backend. It was interesting but nothing too special.

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Photo of LJWalker
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of timmy2b
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle - $4.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, golden-toned body with nearly a finger of white foam.

Smell: A yeast scent overtop notes of bready barley, thinned out honey, earthy spices, and dried flower petals kept in a child's diary.

Taste: Lightly bready, doughy maltiness and a moderate amount of apparent sweetness with a slight honey quality to it. Scant fruitiness. Hops are spicy, earthy, and provide a nice lil' herbal kick. Moderate bitterness. The herbaceousness amplifies as you near the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty little bock.

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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 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 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 akorsak
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, served (as all were) in a tulip.

A: Golden and hazy, the bock sits nicely. The fullness, the haze, obscures the beer significantly. A white head, not very big, arrived with the bock.

S: The nose is malty, biscuity and sweet. Very sweet, in fact, thanks to the abundance of lighter grains. The saphir hopping adds a little, not as much as you'd maybe expect. What's there is noticeable earthy.

T: The bock side is malty, chewy with a decidely fruity finish. Grapes and apples drive that sweetness, possibly obscuring the saphir notes. The hoppiness, earthy as it is, brings out the best of the malts, aiding in the sweetness of the lager. The bock is nicely dry, imperceptibly driving me to take another sip.

M: Sweet and earthy, the bock delivers on such a warm day. The saphir isn't as bold as I expected but the bock's malty character didn't disappoint.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away; it left rings of lacing down the edges of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bready malts as well as grassy and spicy hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather malty but the hops contribute much more spiciness as well as a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: The beer is a good representation of the style and relatively easy to drink. I would definitely consider having this again because the dry-hopping lends some interesting bitterness and spiciness to the taste.

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Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a slightly hazed gold with a thick, frothy white head that recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is pleasant. It is very much hinged on a honey meadlike scent that melts with some caramally malt. Te hops lend a big orangey citrus scent. This beer isn't optimally fresh but still smells pleasant. Like an orange blossom honey cake.

The flavor is really nice. Not like most heller bocks. This one isn't as sweet and the flavor and body both feel lighter and crisper than the typical helles bock. It has a nice honeylike flavor with a big malty punch, but the hops are still noticeable with some grassy bite, a mild bitterness, and some orange.

Overall not a bad one, it probably would be fantastic fresh.

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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.97 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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